Columbia College Chicago

November 30, 2012

The Giving Tree - Helping Chicago Children in Need

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) and the Columbia College Chicago Library have partnered to bring the Columbia community an opportunity to give a gift to child in need. 

The Giving Tree provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff from Columbia College Chicago to purchase a gift for a student at one of Columbia's partner elementary schools. View a video about The Giving Tree program here.

The tree will be located across from the Circulation desk in the Library beginning Friday, November 30th. It will contain ornaments representing each child in need, and the gift that they would like for the holiday season. 

Students, faculty and staff can then select a child's gift by pulling the corresponding ornament off the tree, and check out their ornament at the Library Circulation desk. Ornament holders will then purchase the gift noted on the ornament, and bring the ornament and wrapped gift to the Library Circulation Desk by 8pm on December 12th*. Gifts will be delivered to students at a holiday party on their last day of school before break. 

Please address all Giving Tree questions to

GoPrint Cards (aka, OMNIPRINT) now available in the Library

GoPrint Vending Machine
GoPrint Station

The Library is now able to provide print cards for purchase.  The OMNIPRINT CARD  is available via the GoPrint Vending Machine on the first floor of the Library near the staircase. This service is available to ALL library visitors.

The initial purchase of the card requires $1.00; 50 cents is deducted for the card, and the remaining credit is for future print use.  Print cards can have more credits added with paper cash; coins are not accepted by the card dispenser. Each printed page costs 10 cents.
Omniprint Card

Unless you plan to do a lot of printing, we suggest that you add only enough money for immediate printing needs or to keep a small amount of credit on your print card in case it is lost or stolen.  If either happens, you will need to purchase a new card.

The OMINIPRINT CARD works only on the first floor black and white printer, and all print jobs are retrieved on the first floor  If you have questions, the Access Services Staff will be able to assist you.

Please note that the OMNIPRINT CARD is not for use with copiers.

November 26, 2012

Final Fridays Begin Friday 11/30/12

The Columbia College Chicago Library will be offering extended hours on the last three Fridays of the Fall 2012 Semester.  We will be open until 8:00pm on the following Fridays:
  • Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Friday, December 7, 2012
  • Friday, December 14, 2012
For assistance or more information, visit us in person at 624 S. Michigan, call us at 312-369-7900 or online at

November 21, 2012

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 11/25

Each year, November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  Adopted as Resolution 54/134 by the United Nations in 1999, the date is used to highlight international commitments towards the prevention of and end to gender-based violence. For 2012, United Nations Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet calls on all heads of state and government to make new commitments and take strong national action to protect women and girls. To watch her statement, it can be found here.

The date honors the memory of three sisters, Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal from the Dominican Republic, who were killed on November 25th, 1960 for their political activism against the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. These young women, known as "Las Mariposas" (The Butterflies) sacrificed their lives for freedom and democracy and became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women in Latin America. A fourth sister, Dede Mirabal who remains in the Dominican Republic, works to keep the memory of her sisters alive at the Museo Hermanas Mirabal near the city of Salcedo.

Visit the Library to find more information regarding the Mirabal sisters. One suggested resource is Code Name: Butterflies,  a 2008 documentary about the lives of  Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa and Dede Mirabal now available in the library audiovisual collection.  Shot in the Dominican Republic, the film features interviews by family, friends and fellow activists who worked with them during the Trujillo era. See the trailer below:

The Mirabal sisters are also the subjects of In the Time of the Butterflies, a fictionalized account of their lives written by noted author, Julia Alvarez.  In the Time of the Butterflies is the featured book for the The Big Read at Columbia College Chicago in spring 2013.  More information will be available in early February 2013.

November 15, 2012

Library awarded first Faculty & Staff Excellence Award

Photo by Dominic Rossetti

The Columbia College Chicago Library has been awarded the first Faculty & Staff Excellence Award from the Office of Alumni Relations.  

The Library was nominated by Cynthia Vargas, Associate Director of Alumni Events & Programs.  Cynthia stated, "There was no question for me who deserved this the most and who I wanted to nominate.  All of you have been essential and wonderful to work with over the years.  Your continued partnership and the willingness to showcase alumni work is much appreciated".

The award was presented at the Alumni Weekend Alumni & Student Luncheon on Saturday, September 29th, 2012.  Accepted on behalf of the Library staff were Library Dean Jan Chindlund, Head of College Archives, Heidi Marshall and Head of Marketing, Outreach and Special Initiatives, Kim Hale.

November 14, 2012

Art in the Library Reception 11/15 5-7pm

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:00-7:00pm
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan Ave.
3rd Floor North

Join us - Thursday, November 15, 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.

November 7, 2012

Lynda.Com and Safari Tech Books


 Safari Tech Books

Lynda.Com and Safari Tech Books - a winning combination! has just announced several new classes that are available this Fall.  As a member of the Columbia College Chicago community, you have free access to over 60,000 training classes and videos offered at  So take a class with Lynda and then follow up by browsing some of the 15,000 online Tech Books available in the eBook Database, Safari Tech Books.

Here are some of the new classes being offered at

InDesign Secrets  with David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion
In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie ConcepciĆ³n, co-hosts of the web’s top resource for InDesign tips and tricks,, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.  This course was updated on Oct 25, 2012.  duration: 6h 11m

InDesign for Web Design  with Michael Murphy
InDesign offers unique advantages for kick-starting a website design, such as its unmatched typographic control, pixel-perfect positioning, and fluid, intuitive layout environment. InDesign offers designers who want to quickly create webpage prototypes a powerful toolset with robust text and object styles, page grid features, and interactivity—and none of the limitations of Photoshop, complexities of Dreamweaver, or burdens of hand-coding HTML and CSS. This course shows aspiring web designers how to set up documents for the web, utilize web fonts for maximum compatibility, design a navigation bar, and even mimic CSS with InDesign styles. The final chapter shows how to export your mockups as HTML, CSS, PDF, SWF, and web-optimized images that can be shown to clients or quickly published to the web. duration: 5h 7m

InDesign FX  with Mike Rankin
InDesign FX is a collection of self-contained effects projects designed to be completed in ten minutes or less. Taught by expert Mike Rankin, the series explores every aspect of InDesign’s graphic effects capabilities through real-world examples, all without relying on Photoshop or Illustrator. The intent is to reveal the quick, practical, and sometimes surprising application of InDesign effects to creative projects. This course was updated on Oct 18, 2012.  duration: 5h 18m

Now follow up with some easy to access reference materials at Safari Tech Books:

Click here for more information about Safari Tech Books at Columbia