Columbia College Chicago

May 15, 2012

CARLI member library closures due to NATO


Due to security concerns surrounding the NATO Summit, the following CARLI member institutions in the Chicago downtown/loop area will be closed Friday May 18 - Monday May 21.  They include:
Columbia College Chicago
School of the Art Institute
Roosevelt University
Loyola University
National Louis University
Robert Morris University 
John Marshall Law School
DePaul University
East-West University 
Harrington College of Design 

Other institutions may decide to close at the last minute, so you are advised to plan/call ahead if you have research needs during this time period. A list of CARLI member institutions with contact information can be found here.

Harold Washington Library Center is scheduled to be open during that time, although street closures in the area will be in effect.

Summer transportation

Without your U-Pass, you might feel like you're stranded in your apartment this summer. Hopefully with a few tools we can remedy that situation.

1. Use the CTA's many resources.
The website itself,, is completely full of helpful advice including information on closures/reroutes and links to their apps. Two things I use regularly on my smartphone- train tracker, I just have it bookmarked on my phone, ( but you could use an app instead, and bus tracker, which I use both the web and text versions (

2.Car sharing: i-Go/Zip cars
i-go ( cars are parked throughout the city and great if you just need to make a few random day trips. Columbia even participates in their University and College program, when you sign up you can get a discount:!
Zipcar ( is a similar car sharing business and they also have a University discount program:

3. Bike!
Chicago is a very bike friendly city, get you wheels tuned up, grab a helmet and check out some of these resources. Google will map the best route for you to take on your bike if you need some help with directions. For example, I mapped a route from Columbia College to Wrigley field, and here is a link to the suggested route: The CTA is also very bike friendly and if you need to you can bring you bike on a train during certain hours, or on a bus at any time ( The chainlink is a Chicago-specific bike community with tons of info about biking in Chicago, if you sign up, their weekly email updates are great to keep an eye out for Chicagoland bike tours and events ( And last but not least, Chicago's Bike to Work Week takes place June 11-15, but the event is kicked off on June 9th. Here are two sites to get your fill of information about Bike to Work Week: and

May 14, 2012

Kindle Lending Library

What do The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Habits of Highly Effective People and Fast Food Nation have in common?  They are all available for you to borrow for free at the Kindle Owner's Lending Library!

What you need
To borrow ebooks from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library you need to own some type of Kindle device and you must be an eligible Prime member (paid Amazon Prime, paid Amazon Student).  Kindle owners can now borrow ebooks from the Lending Library and place them directly onto their registered Kindle Device.

Reading your eBook
The borrowed eBook must be read on a Kindle device - you will not be able to read the ebook on your iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.   There are no "due dates" for your borrowed ebook - you are allowed to keep the ebook as long as you wish.  However, you can only borrow one book at a time and only borrow one free book per month. 

Bookmarks, notes and highlights are all available through the Lending Library and will be saved to your account.  if you ever borrow or puchase the ebook in the future all of the notes and highlights will be available for you.

For more information about the Kindle Lending Library, click here.  

May 7, 2012

Free iPhone Apps

New Free iPhone Apps

Well graduation has finally come and gone and faculty and students can kick back for a little summer rest and relaxation.  Whether you enjoy traveling, hiking, dining, entertaining or sharing pictures from your day's outing, here are some new free iPhone apps to help kick-off your summer fun.

Food and Wine Mobile App
For more information:
American Express Publishing
Released May 2, 2012

Recipes for more than 350 outstanding drinks by America’s best mixologists, plus great party food, essential cocktail-making tips, a comprehensive spirits guide and a definitive listing of America’s top 100 bars and lounges.

Customer Ratings: 3.5 ★’s

For more Information:
Updated:  April 28, 2012

Trazzler is a free app that makes it simple for you to find great places nearby. But more than that, it's a bold new experiment that blends editorial vision and the collective creativity and wisdom of thousands of smart explorers people like you—a place where you collaborate with editors to scout out, photograph, and cover the places you love best.

Every week, Trazzler runs photo and writing contests on fun (and even thought-provoking) themes. You can win money, trips, and prizes just for exploring new places and sharing the things you love to do.

Customer Ratings:  4 ★’s

Columbia’s GPS PAL
For More intormation:
Columbia Sportwear Co.
Released April 20, 2012


A GPS enabled journaling app that gives you the ability to preserve memorable outdoor experiences on the go.  Enjoy and explore the outdoors freely with GPS PAL.

Customer Ratings:  4.5★’s

BiteHunter - Dining Deals for Restaurants
For more information:
Bitehunter Corporation
Updated: Apr. 5, 2012

BiteHunter is a real-time location based app for finding great dining deals.  They aggregate restaurant deals from thousands of source and offer an easy one-click payment options (BiteBuy TM).

Customer Ratings:  3.5★’s

For more information:
Friends of The Web, LLC
Updated:  April 12, 2012

Make a 3D sterogram or a long stop motion animation!  Then share it with your friends via Twitter or email, or save it to your device.  Jittergram makes it easy by showing your previous frame on top of the current camera view so you can line everything up perfectly and then it automatically creates a GIF and makes it super easy to share.

Customer Ratings:  4★’s

Got a new app that you are liking this summer?  Share it with us!

May 3, 2012

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our graduating students!  We know you have put in many long hours in your years at Columbia and wish you the best of luck as you embark on the next journey! Special acknowledgments and many thanks to our graduating Library student workers without whom we could not provide the level of service that we do:

Jisung Kim, BA - Film and Video
Benjamin Leaf, BA - Photography
Brandon Marshall, BA - Fiction Writing
Zach Pint, BA - Film and Video
College Archives and Digital Collections                                  
Thatiana Oliveira, MFA - Photography
Abby Tebeau, BFA - Photography

Library Administration
Sirseal  Gipson, BA - Marketing

Hayley Hochstettler, BA - Film and Video

Technical Services
Jerica Hucke, BA - Theatre
Agnes Pogorecka, BFA - Fashion Design
Terence Reynolds, MFA - Creative Writing
Miles Robinson, BA - Film and Video

Show Your Parents Chicago's Best!

Are your parents in from out of town? Show them a little of Chicago's best this weekend!

  • Willis Tower

    On May 3rd, The Ledge at Willis Tower celebrated its 39th birthday! Missed it? No worries, it’s great to go there any day.

  • Chicago Cultural Center & Park Grill

    Here’s an activity pod made for parents!

    First, visit the Chicago Cultural Center (78 East Washington Street)! This beautiful landmark is the nation's first free municipal cultural center, is one of the city's ten most popular attractions and it’s considered one of the most comprehensive arts showcases in the United States, presenting more than 800 free cultural programs a year. As home of two magnificent stained-glass domes, free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events, there’s always something going on.

    Then, move across the street and have a bite at the Park Grill!

    Yes, it IS under the BEAN!!!

  • Marylin statue in Pioneer Court

    OK, this one is outdoors but it’s the last chance to look up…I mean, at Marilyn’s dress!

    She's slated to leave Pioneer Court on Monday, May 7th!

  • Tulips on the Magnificent Mile

    Also, if you can stand it, take a stroll along the Mag Mile… and look at the floral fabulousness…such as Tulipa Maggie Daley!