Columbia College Chicago

January 20, 2009

Facebook and CNN bring you the Obama Inauguration

Before watching the inauguration online (streaming in the Library Instruction Classroom) I tuned in via and logged in to see posts from Facebook users. Turns out I wasn't the only one - not by a long shot!

Mindblowing Numbers From the Obama Inauguration
via Mashable! by Pete Cashmore on 1/20/09

Data below from

Facebook and CNN have released numbers for their live streaming partnership today, which allowed Facebook users to provide live commentary on the CNN feed.
The stats released, as of noon ET:
1. There were 200,000+ status updates through the Facebook integration on
2. at that time, 3,000 people commented on the Facebook CNN feed per minute
3. Obama’s Facebook Fan Page has more than 4 million fans and in excess of 500,000 wall posts
As of 11.45am, CNN:
-had served 13.9 million live video streams globally since 6am
-had broken its all time total daily streaming record (from Election Day) of 5.3 million live streams.
Impressive numbers indeed.
Updated Afternoon Numbers
Update: Facebook sent us fresh numbers for the period up until 1.15pm ET. These totals include the morning figures:
1. 600,000 status updates posted through the Live Facebook feed
2. Facebook averaged 4,000 status updates per minute during the broadcast
3. 8,500 status updates were posted during the first minute of Obama’s speech
4. “Millions” of people logged into Facebook during the broadcast

January 16, 2009

Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King: "I Have a Dream"

Monday, January 19th, 2009 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

While the College will be closed, this is a day for everyone to reflect upon Dr. King's message of peace, equality, freedom and justice for all. As a reminder, watch and listen to the complete version of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech", courtesy of

Inauguration 2009

On Tuesday, January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama will be sworn in as our nation’s 44th President of the United States.

For those who wish to view the Inauguration Ceremony and other festivities throughout the day, the Library will provide streamed media coverage in the Instruction Room on the 2nd floor from 9am – 5pm.

For more information on this Inauguration and those of the past, the following links will be useful:

The Presidential Inauguration Committee:




Get ready for the big day by watching videos of previous inaugural speeches, all the way back to a newsreel of William McKinley’s inauguration in 1901!

Hulu - Inaugural Speeches:

January 14, 2009

Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection Exhibit

The Columbia College Chicago Library and College Archives invite you to see a new exhibit featuring items on display from the Chicago Anti Apartheid Movement Collection.

The collection, held in the College Archives, was assembled through the efforts of Lisa Brock, Chair of the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department. A seminal force in the anti-apartheid movement in Chicago, Lisa brought together many of her colleagues who donated the material that forms this collection.

Organizations worldwide worked to end apartheid, the system of government-sponsored racism in Southern and South Africa. Chicago was an active city in the anti apartheid movement, passing sanctions against and divesting holdings from South Africa. Such actions would not have been possible without the work of local social justice, religious, and activist groups who collaborated to pass legislation, raise awareness, and assist South African organizations in the struggle to end apartheid. The Chicago Anti Apartheid Movement Collection represents the work of these local groups.

Read about the activities of Columbia College Chicago during this time as articles from the Columbia Chronicle are available on electronic display along with images of the collection posters and the t-shirts.

The exhibit is on the first floor of the Columbia College Chicago Library, located at 624 S. Michigan Ave. It runs through February 28, 2009 and can be viewed during normal Library hours.

For more information, contact the College Archives at (312) 369-8788.

January 5, 2009

Library J-Term Hours: Jan 5 - Jan 24, 2009

During J-Term Session, Columbia College Chicago Library hours are as follows:

J-Term Hours: January 5, 2009 - January 24, 2009*


8:00 am - 7:00 pm

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday


The Library will be closed Monday, January 19, 2009.

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Welcome back to campus and Happy New Year to everyone at Columbia College Chicago and beyond!

Here's to 2009!