Columbia College Chicago

December 12, 2011

Free Coffee after 5pm - Today through Thursday

We know that you will be working hard this week on your final tests and projects, so let us give you a boost!  The Library will be providing free cups of coffee after 5pm beginning Monday, December 12th through Thursday, December 15th. 

It's our way of sharing our appreciation and wishing you good luck!

December 1, 2011

Give a Gift to a Child in Need: The Giving Tree @ the Library

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP), and the Library have partnered to bring you an opportunity to give a gift to child in need. The Giving Tree will allow students, faculty, and staff from Columbia College Chicago to purchase a gift for an elementary student at Herzl Elementary School who has lost their home in the last year. 

Beginning Friday, December 1 through Wednesday, December 14, the Giving Tree will be located in the Library, across from the Circulation Desk, First Floor.  The Tree will contain names of children in need and the gift that they would like for the holiday season.  For more information, stop by the Library or contact Kim Hale at 312.369.7431 or Roland Hansen at 312.369.7431.

If you prefer to donate cash in lieu of a purchased gift, or have other questions about the Giving Tree, contact the project coordinator at:
Please note: No monetary donations will be accepted by the Library.

By choosing to buy a scarf, doll, coat, or race car for a Herzl student this holiday season, you will make their holiday season a bit brighter.

World Aids Day, December 1

Today, Thursday, December 1 is World AIDS Day.  World AIDS Day is held each year on this date, providing an opportunity for people throughout the world to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
Source: World AIDS Day website

For more information on World AIDS Day and HIV/AIDS:

November 30, 2011

Give Your Books a New Home: Books for Africa

Do you have textbooks that can't be returned for a refund?  Are you cleaning out your dorm room or office and have great books needing a new home?  Well, we can help you with that!

The Library, in partnership with Better World Books, will be sponsoring a book drive through Friday, December 16, 2011. All books received will be sent to Better World Books who will then sort and sell as many books as possible with proceeds going to our chosen literacy partner, Books for Africa. 

For more information about these organizations, go to:   

November 29, 2011

Finals Fridays Begin December 2

For the convenience of our students and faculty, the Columbia College Chicago Library will be offering extended hours on the last three Fridays of the Fall 2011 Semester. We will be open until 8:00pm on the following Fridays:
  • Friday, December 2, 2011
  • Friday, December 9, 2011
  • Friday, December 16, 2011
For assistance or more information, visit us in person at 624 S. Michigan, call us at 312-369-7900 or online at  Good luck on finals!

November 21, 2011

Library Closing at 7pm on Wednesday, November 23

The Columbia College Chicago Library will be closing at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 23rd, and will reopen on Monday, November 28th at 8:00am.  

The College will be closed Thursday through Sunday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

November 17, 2011

Art in the Library Exhibit Opening and Reception

Photography by Abby Tebeau

Please join us for our latest Art in the Library exhibition opening and reception on Thursday, November 17,
2011 from 5-7pm, Third Floor North. The Library is located at 624 S. Michigan Ave.

Art in the Library is an ongoing series (four times each academic year) of exhibitions featuring the art of Columbia College Chicago student, faculty, staff and alumni. 

Interested in showing your work in a future Art in the Library exhibition? Contact Larry Oberc at 312.369.7157 or

October 25, 2011

Friends of the Library Signature Showcase: Jay Wolke

From 2000 to 2007, Jay Wolke photographed in the south of Italy to 
capture the complexity of a region that is colloquially known as  
Il mezzogiorno. What he found in this historic and often troubled 
landscape was an elaborate set of physical, social,and political forces 
manifested in an extraordinary tapestry of visual information.

Join us as he discusses the project and signs copies of his latest book,  
Architecture of Resignation, Photographs from the Mezzogiorno published 
by the Center for American Places (now Columbia College Chicago 
Press).  This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will 
be served.

Friday October 28, 2011 | 5:00-6:30pm
Columbia College Chicago Library, 3rd Floor North
624 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Jay Wolke is Professor and Chair of the Art + Design Department at 
Columbia College Chicago and has been an educator since 1980. He is  
a celebrated photographer and the author of several books including   
All Around the House: Photographs of American Jewish Communal Life
published by the Art Institute of Chicago, and Along the Divide: 
Photographs of the Dan Ryan Expressway, published by the Center for 
American Places.

October 14, 2011

Welcome Parents!

The Library welcomes you to Parent Weekend!

Visit the Library on Friday evening for the Art Walk, and on Sunday for a continental brunch. 

Art Walk: Friday, October 14, from 6-8pm. 
Brunch: Sunday, October 16 from 10am-12pm.

Visit the Parent Weekend event calendar for more information.
Hope to see you there!

October 12, 2011

Patricia Ann McNair Book Signing: A Temple of Air

Join us as Patricia Ann McNair, Fiction Writing faculty member reads from and discusses her debut story collection, The Temple of Air on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Library, 3rd Floor North.

From the teenagers who witness a tragedy at a carnival to the twins who run the local ice cream parlor, each of the eleven linked stories in this collection gives readers a glimpse of life in the small town of New Hope.  Unapologetically in your face, her stories pull you close enough to dig their way into your subconscious and leave you haunted.

This program is free and open to the public, and copies of the book will be available for sale.

October 3, 2011

Art in the Library Exhibit Opening and Reception

Artist: Rafael E. Torres, Jr., Staff

Please join us for our fall 2011 Art in the Library exhibition opening and reception on Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 5-7pm, Third Floor North. The Library is located at 624 S. Michigan Ave.
Art in the Library is an ongoing series (four times each academic year) of exhibitions featuring the art of Columbia College Chicago student, faculty, staff and alumni. 
Interested in showing your work in a future Art in the Library exhibition? Contact Larry Oberc at 312.369.7157 or

September 26, 2011

Banned Books Week: September 24 - October 1, 2011

This week, we celebrate Banned Books Week! Each year during the last week of September, the American Library Association (along with libraries, booksellers, publishers, and others) celebrates the freedom to read and brings to light books which have been challenged or banned throughout the country.

A yearly compilation of books which have been challenged or banned is produced by Robert P. Doyle, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association. Among the titles for 2010-2011 include:
  • Slaugherhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • The Koran
  • Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India by Joseph Lelveld
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Come by and check out our first floor display cases with more examples of banned books. We will also have buttons and bookmarks to give away. Show your support of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read!

September 21, 2011

Technology help when you need it

Having trouble editing that video you just shot? Want to know how to retouch photos like the pros? Want to redesign your website so it’s mobile-friendly? We can help! There are two great resources available to assist you with your technology questions, both of which can be accessed with your OASIS login.
This College resource features video tutorials on a wide array of topics, complete with screen caps and visual examples of demonstrations. Lynda is a wonderful resource for those who don't learn well through books, and can help you gain an overview of a familiar topic or learn a totally new skill. Videos lead you through the process or program step by step, teaching you the technical skills and the core concepts behind them.

Safari Tech Books
This Library resource consists of more than 12,000 online e-books, and is a great reference for those who don’t learn well through video or who need to look up specific facts. E-books are presented much the same way as paper books, complete with chapters, indices, screen caps, and diagrams. The main advantage of an e-book, however, is the ability to keyword search. You can find the specific tool, trick, skill, or shortcut to meet your needs quickly and efficiently.

Lynda + Safari Tech Books... Figuring out technology, so you don't have to on your own.

Alumni on 5 Exhibit: Revolution of Self

September 23, 2011 – March 9, 2012
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan Avenue, 5th Floor

The fall 2011 Alumni on 5 exhibition explores the rawness of self-portraiture and self-exploration when it is approached with honesty, both brutal and beautiful; our necessary non-fictions.

What is self-portrait and how can you use it to express revolution of self?
What happens when everything you thought you once knew has been altered; when the necessary fictions melt away? What does this change look like? How do you express this revolution/revelation, in your art?

Late Night Television, image by Larry Chiat ('02)

Shows organized and curated by:
Jodi Adams (BA ‘08)
* Stephen DeSantis (MFA ‘08)*

Featured alumni artists:
* Ali Beyer (MFA ’08)*
Evy Briggs (BFA ’08)
Valerie Burke (BA ’76)
Larry Chait (’02)
* Sandi Chaplin (MA ’98)*
Anni Holm (BFA ’04)
* Laurie LeBreton (MFA ’11)*
Shellie Lewis (BA ’10)
Dimitri Moore (BA ’11)
* Kelly Parsell (MFA ’10)*
Carolyn Otto Pavelkis (MFA ’01)
* Rose Camastro Pritchett (MFA ’03)*
*Jamie Rey (MFA ’07)*
Kevin Riordan (BA ’96)
* Karol Shewmaker (MFA ’09)*
Kayla Story (BFA ’11)

* Interdisciplinary Arts Department Alumni

Exhibition open during regular library hours

September 19, 2011

20th Century Cover Design Exhibit

Twentieth Century Cover Designs
September 19 – December 23

Stop by the Library’s 3rd floor to view plates from this book arranged & printed by Victor H. and Ernest L. Briggs and published in 1902. The book is held in Special Collections, a unit of the Library that collects, preserves, and provides access to unique, rare, and valuable items in support of the educational, research and cultural needs of the Columbia College Chicago community.

The exhibit was curated by Emily Sperl, an undergraduate student in the Photography Department.

Paper Clips & Paper Fasteners Exhibit

Keeping It Together: Paper Clips & Paper Fasteners
September 19 – December 23

Keeping it together

Take a moment to honor the paper clip on the Library’s second floor. The exhibit includes images of distinctive fasteners from the 19th and 20th centuries, removed during the processing of archival collections. Acquaint yourself with each paper clip’s distinctive shape and discover a bit about the hardworking and largely unheralded fastener!

Keeping it together

The exhibit was curated by Zach Michael, an undergraduate student in the Photography Department.

Keeping it together

September 9, 2011

New Comics & Graphic Novels Database!

Underground and Independent Comics - a new resource from the Library.

Underground and Independent Comics includes more than 100,000 pages of materials, 75,000 pages of primary materials (the comics themselves), and more than 25,000 pages of materials about comics—interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism—from The Comics Journal and other secondary sources.

Browse and search by character, genre, people, publisher, series and titles. 

Questions? Ask a Librarian, we're always happy to help!

September 8, 2011

Berg Fashion Library Database - New!

The Library has added Berg Fashion Library to our list of databases available to Columbia College Chicago students.

You can scroll through the slideshow of designers...

...explore fashion and textile by Place...

...or by Time...

...and Search the image collection ...

...and Browse by topic...

... all through the Berg Fashion Library!

September 6, 2011

Asian Fashion and Cosplay Exhibit

In 2008, students participated in a summer study tour in Tokyo, Japan. The tour description read:

Love Harajuku street fashion? Big fan of manga, anime, and Japanese pop culture? Interested in Japanese art, design, new media and its history? Join us for a study tour to Tokyo, the cultural capital of Asia where refined traditions, Zen philosophy and tranquil aesthetic coexist with the exaggerated cuteness of animate subculture and imported global influences.

Asian Fashion & Cosplay Exhibit
The street fashion images displayed in the Library, 3rd floor, east contain highlights from an exhibit co-created by the Center for Asian Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago.
The exhibit runs through December 23, 2011.

September 2, 2011

Trouble with PDFs?

Do you have Adobe Reader on your Mac? If you're using Safari or Firefox on a Mac, you may have trouble downloading PDFs articles from library databases. The solution is simple - just download Adobe Reader:
• It’s free
• It just takes a few minutes,
• and you just have to do it once

Click the Download Adobe Reader button on the library website and follow the steps to install.
Download Adobe Reader

The brief video below outlines the process.

Still having trouble?
Ask a Librarian

Contact us via email or chat (, phone (312-369-7153) or in person (624 S. Michigan Ave.)

September 1, 2011

Library Search - It’s in the box!

Finding books and articles at the Library just got easier!
There’s a new way to search for them on the Library website.
What is it? How do you get to it? Piece of cake…it’s in the box! The one that says “Books & Articles”. You can now search for both at once - simply enter a search term into the box and away you go!

In this box
Need help? Stop by and see a Reference Librarian at the 2nd floor reference desk. For a quick question, use Chat Reference featured on the Library front page (as well as throughout the Library website) or send us an email for in-depth or after hours requests.

August 10, 2011

Veterans Administration Exhibit

Veterans Administration Research and Guidance Center at Columbia College Exhibit
Library, 2nd Floor
August 10th - December 23, 2011

VA Research and Guidance Center
After World War II, Columbia College was an important education center for the Veteran Administration. The GI Bill had far reaching effects at the College that still resonate today. The display features material from the time period, 1945 to 1956, including information about students, disciplines introduced, and alumnae who attended Columbia on the GI Bill, including one of our current trustees. The exhibit is in the Library, 2nd floor west and runs from August 10 until December 23, 2011.

VA Research and Guidance Center
College Archive & Digital Collections

Archie Lieberman Black Star Exhibit

Archie Lieberman Black Star ExhibitThe Archie Lieberman Black Star exhibition features a selection of Lieberman’s photographs during his time with Black Star, a photographic agency offering photojournalism and stock photography services. It is an important supplier of photographs to Life and other magazines. Culled from thousands of negatives, most of the photographs shown in the exhibit were not chosen for their original publications. Despite the variety of content, these striking photographs reveal a sense of humor and an interest in the unusual. Lieberman worked with Black Star for nearly a decade.

The Archie Lieberman Black Star exhibition is part of the Archie Lieberman collection, a generous gift from the Lieberman family to the Archives and Digital Collections at Columbia College Chicago. Lieberman taught photography at Columbia College during the 1960s. Curated by Thatiana Oliveira, a graduate student in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, the exhibit runs through September 30, 2011. An exhibit reception will be held Tuesday September 13, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Library, 3 North.

College Archive & Digital Collections

August 8, 2011

Chicago History Portal Project

Columbia College Chicago is pleased to announce its participation in an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project to plan a portal to Chicago-focused historical collections in 14 area museums, universities, libraries, and other cultural institutions that make up the Chicago Collections Consortium (CCC). Mellon recently awarded $61,000 to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on behalf of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library who is leading the effort.

The Chicago Collections Consortium, when complete, will provide a web portal to member collections through one single database. Member institutions include: University of Illinois at Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum.

Columbia College Chicago Library staff members, Kyle Henke and Kerri Willette will serve on two portal working groups to evaluate content, technology needs, functional requirements and implementation approaches. College Archivist, Heidi Marshall and Center for Black Music Head Librarian and Archivist, Suzanne Flandreau are also active participants in the project. For more information, The Chicago Sun Times recently wrote about the project, and you can read about it here.