Columbia College Chicago

December 18, 2012

Take a course over break!

Looking for something to do over your semester break?  How about taking a class with Lynda! has just announced several new classes that are available this winter.  As a member of the Columbia College Chicago community, you have free access to over 60,000 training classes and videos offered at

Here are just a few of these new classes - visit Lynda.Com to see all of the classes offered.

Up and Running with iCloud
In this course, author Christopher Breen shows you the basics of using iCloud on Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Discover how to access and synchronize your mail, calendars, contacts, documents, apps, and music—keeping your data backed up but still in arm´s reach. The course also shows how to share photos, upgrade your music library to 256 kbps AAC, and keep your notes, bookmarks, and reminders in sync.  

Gmail for Power Users
In this course, Susan Metz shows how to personalize email, manage multiple accounts, and be more productive with the Google email service. The course offers tips and tricks for customizing Gmail to suit your needs; working efficiently with shortcuts; taking advantage of labels; integrating with Calendar, Google Docs, and social media; using voice and video chat; implementing time management in Gmail; and much more.  This course was updated on Dec 03, 2012. 

InDesign Secrets
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.  New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at  This course was updated on Dec 06, 2012.

Sharing Photos with Instagram
With the Instagram mobile app and photo-sharing service, you can use your Android or iOS device to snap a photo, apply creative filter effects, and then share it with millions of Instagram users—and on Facebook and Twitter, too. In this course, Justin Seeley details the ins and outs of the Instagram app and sharing service. The course contains tips on shooting photos using the Instagram app and also describes how to edit and enhance photos taken with Instagram or imported from another app.  Justin then details the process of posting photos to Instagram and adding descriptive tags, captions, and location information. The final chapter offers insights on building a community of followers and on enhancing your Instagram experience with additional apps and services.

Deke's Techniques
Deke´s Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step–by–step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real–world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.  New techniques will be added to the collection each week. Exercise files accompany the course.  This course was updated on Dec 11, 2012.

December 17, 2012

Library Hours: Week of Dec. 17 - 21

The Library will be open this week during the following hours:  Monday Dec.17 - Thursday Dec.20, 2012 from 8:00am - 5:00pm

Columbia College Chicago will be closed Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 for the Holiday Break.  

The Library will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:00am.

December 10, 2012

Free Coffee in the Library During Finals Week!

Studying late for finals?  Working on that last project before the end of the semester?  Need a little pick me up?

Stop by the Library for free coffee during finals week to help get you through those long hours before Holiday Break!

When and where, you ask?

Monday December 10th - Thursday December 13th, 2012 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Coffee Cart
(first floor), courtesy of your friends here at the Library!

Good luck on finals and safe travels!