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February 28, 2014

All Things Oscars!

The Academy Awards are coming up so we put together some resources available in the Library to meet all your Oscar needs.
Take a look at our pinterest boards for books about the Oscars and all of the Best Picture winners since 1927 available in the Library!
The Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Pictures has amazing information documenting the history of the Academy of Motion Pictures including Photographic Archive, Graphic Arts Collection, Alfred Hitchcock Papers, Production Art Database, Costume Design and Film Posters (and more!).

Mediarun Digital put together an infographic of all dresses worn by Best Actress winners.

Make your picks at the official Academy Awards site:

And while you watch the telecast, play Oscar Bingo.  Here are a few of the printable Oscar 2014 Bingo cards available on the web.

February 25, 2014

What's wrong with that link?

Faculty - have your students mentioned that they are having problems accessing the Library materials you have put online for your class?  Do they get an error message when they try to click on a Library link in your Moodle or OASIS class?  What's the problem with those links?

Well, the problem might be related to something called "permalinks." Access to articles and e-books from the Library's databases require that a special link, a "permalink", be used.  Usually, if you want to include a link to a webpage, you can just copy the URL from the top of the webpage and everything works fine.  Unfortunately, in order to have a link to the Library materials that will authenticate properly and won't time out, you can't use the URL from the top of the browser page.  You need to find the "permalink."

 You can find detailed instructions on how to create "permalinks" to use in your Moodle class in this research guide:  Faculty Tutorials:  Link to Articles in Library Databases.  

In the meantime here is a very quick guide to finding the "permalink" for an article or e-book you want to use in your class.

1.  Locate the article you want to use and click on the title.

2.  Locate the Permalink Icon and click on it.  Every database is just a bit different so look for something that says Permalink, URL, or some type of link icon. 

 In this example the Permalink icon in on the right-hand side of the page.

 3.  Copy the Permalink.  Use this Permalink with your Moodle or OASIS class or in emails that you might send to your students.  


 As always, if you have any questions or need help finding a "Permalink" you can ASK A LIBRARIAN!

February 20, 2014

How to Pronounce Fashion Designer Names

Stumped about how to pronounce Prabal Gurung or Thankoon? Unsure about how to say Elie Saab or Marchesa?  Is the last n silent in Lanvin and Balmain (hint, yes it is!)?

With awards season underway and fashion weeks happening all over the world, make sure you sound like a pro when you mention Lupita Nyong'o on the red carpet in Dior Couture or Rihanna's latest Vogue cover in Louis Vuitton.

Here are some tools to help you out:

Pop Sugar has a handy video that runs down the names of current designers in alphabetical order - and it includes the phonetic spelling!

If that was too fast, try these sites from Harper's Bazaar ...

Just a few examples from Harper's Bazaar

...and Valet 

Samples from Valet

The Chic Spy is my personal favorite - it includes audio clips so you can hear someone say the name (correctly).

(Just a screen shot - go to the site to play the audio files, or click the embedded link below)

And for those of you who need pronunciation on-the-go, download the Speak Chic app to your mobile device.

February 14, 2014

The 70 Year Valentine

If you’ve been around the Library recently, you know that we’ve been making quite the fuss about Art Shay and My Florence, an exhibition of photographs Art lovingly compiled documenting 67 years of marriage to Florence. It is the ultimate valentine.

But Mr. Shay isn’t just a husband who was deeply in love with his wife, he is a world-renowned photographer (his photos have graced over 1,000 magazine covers). So this exhibition has received more attention than any other we’ve displayed at the Library. The whirlwinds of activity have included national media attention, local media attention, and an opening reception that brought throngs of people through our doors.

Here's a sampling of the great coverage My Florence has received: 

Photographs Tell Story of Decades Long Romance from the CBS Evening News [video]

My Florence: Photographs by Art Shay from Chicago Tonight [video]

Famed Photographer Art Shay's Show Captures His True Love by Mark Konkol

Arts Preview: 'My Florence: Photographs by Art Shay' by Thomas Connors

Bonus: From The Vault of Art Shay: Forever My Florence by Art Shay

So today, Valentine's Day, we strongly encourage you to grab your sweetheart and stop by the Library for an exhibit that is sure to make you smile.

My Florence: Photographs by Art Shay is on exhibit at 624 S. Michigan, 2nd Floor, until May 24, 2014.

February 12, 2014

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 5:30-8:30 pm
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan Ave.
3rd Floor North

 "?" ink sketch by Claire, student
As part of Columbia College’s CAA Evening, please join us for the Art in the Library Opening and Reception, Spring 2014 Exhibition - Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., 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.
"Joker" digital painting by Steven Smith, student
For a preview of the show visit the Art in the Library website and view work from some of the artists featured in the show.

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.

Light refreshments will be served.

February 4, 2014

Celebrate Black History Month!

Photo of Carter G. Woodson: Robert S. Scurlock
Each February, Black History Month (also known as African American Heritage Month) celebrates the significant contributions of African-Americans throughout United States history. It is an opportunity to learn more about the past and to better understand the experiences that have shaped this nation.

But how did Black History Month begin, and why is it so important?

Carter G. Woodson, considered the "Father of Black History" was an educator, author, historian and civil rights activist who founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life in 1915.  As a researcher with degrees from the University of Chicago and Harvard University, he began The Journal of Negro History in 1916 to encourage research and publication about Black life in American history.  He rallied for support in within the Black community to promote the research results he and his peers were finding. In 1926, he developed the idea for "Negro History Week" to honor the achievements of Black Americans. In 1976, Negro History Week was renamed Black History Month and the celebration expanded to include the entire month of February. 

Learn more about the origins of Black History Month  from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History here. 

You may also view this short documentary on Carter G. Woodson  from the African American Trailblazers series produced by the Library of Virginia:

Carter G. Woodson - African American Trailblazers

February 3, 2014

Our 7 Favorite Library Videos!

In honor of Love Your Library month, we’re re-watching some of our favorite library themed sketches and movie scenes. Check them out!

Cookie Monster in the Library 

Beauty and the Beast – Library Scene

Ghostbusters – Library Scene

Seinfeld – The Library Cop

Librarian Lays Down the Law (from Party Girl)

Mr. Bean – Library Sketch

Marian the Librarian (from The Music Man)

Do you have a favorite?