Columbia College Chicago

July 30, 2007

"Poet with the camera" Ingmar Bergman Dies at 89

Ingmar Bergman, widely considered one of the greatest directors in motion picture history, died July 30th at the age of 89. His death was announced by the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.

The Library has many books and other resources covering the life and works of Bergman. Click on the Find Articles--Film & Video link on the Library's home page to be directed to a number of film related databases, as well as the Biography Reference Bank.

Read Bergman's New York Times obituary HERE

For more information on the works of Ingmar Bergman, explore the Ingmar Bergman Face to Face website.

July 26, 2007

Your Campus Card = Your Library Card

Welcome, incoming First-Year students and new Transfer students! One of the highlights of Orientation (which has been taking place throughout this month and will continue into next month) is picking up your shiny new Columbia College ID card.

Not only will you be able to add "Columbia Cash" to your card to make purchases in the Bookstore, the Plum Cafe and the Library Coffee Cart and pay for printing in the Library and other Campus labs, your Columbia College Chicago ID (aka your "Campus Card") is also your Columbia College Chicago Library card! Your Campus Card is your ticket to a world of books and other resources available to you through the Columbia College Chicago Library.

In addition to checking out books from the CCCLibrary, you can also use your Campus Card to request books from other libraries located all over Illinois. Here's a quick explanation of how to do this:

And here's more information about the new Campus Card:

Not sure how this works? Have another question? Just click

July 20, 2007

Columbia College Chicago supports New Orleans

At the end of this month, Columbia College Chicago Librarian Shirley Bennett will travel to New Orleans to help foster awareness of the continuing challenges faced by Hurricane Katrina survivors. Shirley is one of fifteen mentors from the College and its community partners who will be accompanying a group of twenty Saturday Scholars students who are making this trip as part of the culmination of a six-week course incorporating reading, writing and visual literacy based on the text of When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts by filmmaker Spike Lee.

This trip builds on a previous outreach effort made by a group of Columbia College students who were accompanied by Lott Hill, former Assistant Director for Civic Engagement and current Acting Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. They traveled to the French Quarter to offer their assistance and support during Spring Break earlier this year.

Find these books and more on Hurricane Katrina in the Library:

July 16, 2007

Writer's Market 2008 is in!

Trying to find a publisher or a literary agent? Want to target specific consumer magazines or trade journals and don't know their editorial policies? The Writer's Market is an excellent reference source for the "where and how to sell what you write." It's available in the Library's 2nd floor reference stacks area.

Have questions? Need help? Just click

Do you like free donuts?

While this isn't in any way tied to the Library (or to the "Donut Day" extravaganzas we've held in the past), we thought you might like to know that the Dunkin' Donuts™ on the corner of Wabash and Harrison is offering a free donut (one per customer, per visit) on Mondays throughout July. Maybe you want to grab a quick pick-me-up before heading over to the Library? donuts and information.

July 11, 2007

In the spotlight: Chocolate

The true history of chocolate

Pure imagination : the making of Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory

The new taste of chocolate : a cultural and natural history of cacao with recipes

The emperors of chocolate : inside the secret world of Hershey and Mars

Chocolate therapy : dare to discover your inner center!

The Library's bookshelves and databases are covered in (information about) chocolate! Come sit in our newly-remodeled Weisman Reading Room and read today's New York Times--the food section has an article describing the merits of British chocolate over American chocolate. Or read the full text of the article HERE through our America's Newspapers database.

Have questions? Need help? Just click

July 6, 2007

Spice up your summer at the Library!

Have you been wishing you knew how to cook more than just hot water for tea and ramen noodles? Getting bored with cafeteria and fast food or your usual rotation of recipes? Then check out some cookbooks from the Library this summer! Go to the catalog and search by Subject for Cookery or just try a keyword like Vegetarian or Pasta. Or simply come on up to the 3rd floor and browse the shelves in the 641.5 range. Your stomach (and wallet) thanks you!

July 3, 2007

New database: Biography Reference Bank

The Library has recently acquired the Biography Reference Bank!

Did you know...

  • that Martha Graham was born in 1894 and continued to choreograph her dance company until she died a month before her 97th birthday?
  • that Barack means "blessed" in Swahili?
  • that David Bowie's life was changed by reading Jack Kerouac's On the Road and that he has a son named Zowie Bowie?
  • that Georgia O'Keefe lived in Chicago briefly in the early 1900's and did free-lance commercial art work?
Well, now you do! You can find out about these famous people and more using Biography Reference Bank, just one of the many databases the Library offers featuring all kinds of interesting biographical information from reputable reference sources!

Have questions? Need help? Just click

July 2, 2007

New books (July 2007)

View a full list of this month's latest arrivals. Here are a few selected titles:

Chicago: Fashion Hub

Today's New York Times featured an article on fashion in Chicago. It discussed Fashion Focus Chicago, an upcoming event (October, 2007) organized by the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. Check out that website for lots of links to Chicago Fashion sources, local designers and more.

And keep an eye out for Fashion Week Chicago, coming up in September 2007.

And if you missed this year's Fashion Columbia event during Manifest, be sure to put it on your calendar for May, 2008!

Read the full text of the NYT article HERE, available through the Library's America's Newspapers database.

Want to learn more about fashion in Chicago and beyond? Try some of the databases listed under our Find Articles--Fashion category. Need help? Just click

Welcome "new" Library staff members!

The Library would like to welcome our newest staff members, Kristin Lipowski and Cole Robertson.

Kristin has been a part-time image cataloger but has accepted the newly created full-time position of Visual Resources Cataloger. She will begin her new role in August.

Cole returns to the library as our new Visual Resources Coordinator. He was formerly a student worker here before graduating with an MFA in Photography in 2006. His photography was selected for the SOHO Photo Gallery's National Juried Photography Competition in July.

Welcome and congratulations to Kristin and Cole!