Columbia College Chicago

September 30, 2012

Banned Books Week 30th Anniversary begins Sunday, 9/30/12

Sunday, September 30, 2012 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Banned Books Week!

Sponsored by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and many other organizations, Banned Books Week  is an annual celebration of the freedom to read and of individual expression.  It is also an opportunity to bring attention to the challenges to and restriction attempts of materials in libraries and bookstores across the nation. 

Members of the book community, including librarians, teachers, booksellers, comic book artists and journalists come together each year to advocate against censorship and the free expression of ideas. This year, renowned journalist Bill Moyers was named honorary co-chair of Banned Books Week and has produced a video in honor of its 30th anniversary and importance.  

Bill Moyers on Banned Books Week from on Vimeo.

Be sure to stop the Library and see our Banned Book Week display near the entrance.  Banned Books Week buttons and bookmarks will be available in the Library beginning Monday October 1 at Noon.  Quantities are limited, so be sure to come early! For more information on Banned Books week, go here. 

Celebrate your freedom to read!

September 26, 2012

Radical Columbia Panel Discussion 9/27 5-7pm

Celebrating the History of Women at Columbia College: An Arts & Activism: Critical Encounters Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 27, 5-7pm 
Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st floor 

This continuing series of panel discussions explores the revolutionary ideas and people who helped make Columbia as seen through the experiences of those on campus then and now.  The second panel in this series will explore the vital role that women have played, and continue to play, in building the educational path of Columbia College Chicago and in paving the way for women to contribute to the arts and cultural life in society.  

The Celebrating Columbia's History through Women's Voices panel includes:
Sheila Baldwin
Suzanne  Cohan-Lange
Paula Epstein
Judy Gall
Carol Halliday-McQueen
Kay Hemmerton
Renee Hansen
Ann Hemenway
Susan Imus
Phyllis Johnson
Garnett Kilberg-Cohen
Caroline Latta
Louise Love
Erin McCarthy
Shirley Mordine
Karen Osborne
Kathleen Perkins
Lya Dym Rosenblum
Ellen Stone Belic

The panel will be moderated by HHSS Distinguished Professor, Louis Silverstein.  Special thanks to Norman Alexandroff and the Columbia College Chicago Archives and Digital Collections.  

Immediately following this panel discussion will be the opening reception for the new exhibition, Celebrating Columbia's History: Jane Alexandroff.  600 S. Michigan, 8th floor.  

September 19, 2012

Art in the Library Reception 9/20 5-7pm

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:00-7:00pm
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan Ave.
3rd Floor North

Join us - Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. for the Art in the Library Opening and Reception for the Fall 2012 Exhibition in 3rd floor north.

Presenting the work of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Art in the Library program exhibits works in all forms of visual arts, including sculpture, painting, drawings, and paper and book arts. Exhibitions by different artists are shown quarterly on a rotating basis.

Light refreshments will be served.

Vision. Sound. Movement.
The Art in the Library program at Columbia College Chicago provides an open, supportive and inviting setting to showcase the talent and creativity of our own community of artists. Since its inception in 2002, Art in the Library has offered library visitors the opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity and progressive attitudes which thrive in the Columbia environment.

The Art in the Library Committee welcomes all Columbia College Chicago artists to submit work for consideration.

Please visit the Art in the Library website for more information including submission guidelines, artwork forms, and examples of current and former exhibits.

September 13, 2012

Tech Support in the Library

The Library is partnering with IT to provide face-to-face technical help to Columbia students, faculty and staff.

An IT support specialist will be at the 2nd floor desk in the Library from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to provide assistance with issues related to:

  • campus networks
  • email
  • wireless
  • OASIS and Moodle
Hardware problems are not part of this service.

And don’t forget, it is still possible to get answers to your technical problems at 312-369-7788.

Or, visit the Client Services website.

September 11, 2012

What Your Columbia ID Can Do for You

Did you know? Your Columbia ID is your library card for Columbia's Library. But that's not all! It is also your library card for nearby libraries at Roosevelt University, Robert Morris University, School of the Art Institute, DePaul University, and college and university libraries all over Illinois that are in the I-Share system.

Take your Columbia ID over to one of the libraries in walking distance to check out a book, or use the Library Borrower ID number (barcode that starts with 22711... on the back of your ID) to have books sent to Columbia Library from any I-Share library. Search the I-Share Catalog for millions of books!

What else can your ID do for you? If you add Columbia Cash to your ID, you can print and photocopy in the Library and campus computer labs. You can also buy coffee in the Library, and shop at these fine locations.

More Information

September 10, 2012

Are you registered to vote?

This fall's National Election will be held on November 6th.  Will you be able to participate?  There is still time to register to vote so that you can be a part of the upcoming Presidential election.  The deadline to register to vote in Illinois is Oct. 9, 2012.

To register to vote, you must be:
  • A U.S. citizen
  • 18 years old by Election Day
  • A resident of your precinct at least 30 days before the election
Where can I register to vote?
  • Register at COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO on Monday Sept. 17th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at either the 1st floor of the Library (624 S. Michigan) or the 1st floor of the 623 S. Wabash building 
  • Register in person at the County Clerk's office (6 different locations including Downtown Chicago at the Daley Center, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Markham and Bridgeview)
  • A village, city or township clerk
  • Register with a Deputy Registrar any place in the State
  • MAIL-IN VOTER APPLICATION:  the form and instructions can be found at and clicking on "Voter Registration."  (This is the method most out-of-town college students will need to use).

Identification needed when registering to vote in person
You must display two pieces of identification when registering in person.  Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address.  Acceptable forms of ID include:  Illinois Driver's license or state ID, employee or student ID, credit card, social security card, birth certificate, utility bill in the applicant's name, mail postmarked to the applicant, valid U.S. passport, lease or rental contract

Where do I vote?
Your voter registration card contains your township and precinct number.  

How do I vote?
Information about ABSENTEE VOTING for Illinois Residents can be found at:

The League of Women Voters has created a web site with state specific information and voting for all states.  Go to


September 4, 2012

Take a Tour of the Library

This one’s just for YOU!

Come on…don’t you need to know how the Columbia College Library works?

Sign up for a Library Orientation Tour:

Mondays & Tuesdays:
  • 11:00am - 11:30am
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm

In one swift visit, you’ll hit the main Library hot-spots and learn some snappy-fast moves for navigating the Library Homepage.

Register now! We’re waiting for you!