Columbia College Chicago

May 24, 2013

People's Choice Award Winners - Library Style

Congratulations to Columbia College Chicago Library staffers Molly Beestrum (Library Instruction Coordinator) and Amy Wainwright (Access Services Assistant) and Kerri Willette (Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Wisconsin – Parkside) who won a People’s Choice Award for their presentation, When Social Media Fails to Inspire: Transforming your Library’s Social Media Presence at the 2013 Association for College and Research Libraries Conference in Indianapolis, IN. 

People’s Choice awards were selected by conference attendees onsite using their mobile devices to rate the sessions, and  the group won in the Cyber Zed Shed category which highlights technology-related innovations in academic libraries.

May 20, 2013

Take a class with Lynda this summer!


Looking for something to do this Summer?

Why not brush up on some of your computer skills by taking a class or two with Lynda at   

Lynda.Com offers over 900 online training courses that cover topics such as photography, business software, web development, graphic design, editing video, sound and much more!  All these videos are available to Columbia College students, staff and faculty free of charge.

Some of the new courses offered at include:
Outlook Web App (OWA) 2010 Essential Training
Learn how to access your Microsoft Exchange account online using Outlook Web App (OWA). In this course, author Gini Courter takes you on a tour of OWA, and shows how to send, receive, and manage your email on the web. Learn the ins and outs of tagging and organizing your email and discover how to create appointments, request meetings, and view multiple calendars. Plus, find out how to add, group, and search for contacts and use the task feature to manage your to-do list effectively.  Duration 3h 27m

InDesign Secrets
In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, 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.  Duration 8h 37m

Enhancing a Travel Photo with Photoshop and Lightroom
Learn how to develop a travel photo into a wonderful memory of your trip in this short start-to-finish project from author Jan Kabili. Jan shows you how to combine the power of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to achieve the best possible results from your corrections. The course covers adjusting tone and color, correcting hue/saturation and lightness, precisely targeting adjustments with masks, and removing distracting objects with the Content-Aware toolset in Photoshop.  Duration: 54m 

Use your Columbia Login to view all of the courses available at:

May 17, 2013

MANIFEST @ the Library - Friday May 17th

Columbia's annual spring rite of passage, the MANIFEST Urban Arts Festival is finally here!  Eighty departmental showcases of work by over 2,000 students as well as performances, gallery exhibitions, and many activities will be occurring throughout the day around campus.  The Library is a big supporter of Manifest, featuring art exhibits throughout the day including:

Bill Russo Concert Posters: selected concerts from the archives of the legendary founder of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble1st Floor
The Jane Alexandroff Exhibition:  a celebration of the first lady of Columbia College. 2nd Floor, West
The  Columbia College Project 2: 1972: tells the story of 540 N. Lake Shore Dr., Columbia’s home in the 1960s and early 70s2nd Floor East
Art in the Library:  Presenting the work of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, staff and alumni.  3rd Floor North
Chicago: A Celebration: featuring photographs by Archie Lieberman and text by Robert Cromie.   
3rd Floor East
Alumni on 5 Exhibition:  looks at Columbia alumni teaching artists and the connection between studio practice and their teaching practice. 5th Floor
The Big Read at Manifest: showcasing artwork dealing with  broad themes addressed in Julia Alvarez’s novel,  In the Time of the Butterflies including violence against women, political activism, equal rights, and the history of the Dominican Republic 1001 S. Wabash.

The Library is also a stop on the Manifest Gallery Walk  tonight, so come by and see lots of wonderful art work from the Columbia community and enjoy refreshments from 5-7pm during your visit.  For more Manifest information, go to:

May 14, 2013

Congratulations to our graduating Library Student Assistants!

The Columbia College Chicago Library staff wish the very best to our graduating student assistants.  We appreciate them and the work they have done for us in the Library.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

Access Services
Ade Adewole - Film & Video
Antonio Hernandez - Film & Video
Caroline Browne – Cultural Studies
Jerrica Martin - Television
Lynette Velazquez – Art & Design
Sean Struble – Film & Video

College Archives
Jay Seawell - MA Photography
Nick Albertson - MA Photography

Library Administration/Access Services
Joy Thornton – Music

Library Marketing, Outreach and Special Initiatives
Samantha Funt – MA Arts & Entertainment Management
Julius Baldridge – Film & Video

Reference & Instruction
Rachel Doe - Film & Video

Technical Services
Ahmad Daniels – Game Design
Ram Catapang – Film & Video

May 13, 2013

Free Coffee During Finals Week--This Monday thru Thursday Evenings!

Studying late for finals? Need a little pick me up? Stop by the Library for a free cup of coffee during finals week to help get you through!

When and where, you ask?

Monday May 13th - Thursday May 16th, 2013 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Coffee Cart
(first floor of the Library), courtesy of your friends at the Library!

Good luck on finals!

May 9, 2013

Julia Alvarez: Keynote Speaker for The Big Read, Friday May 10, 2013

Photo credit: Bill Eichner

Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies, and other books such as How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent and Return to Sender joins us via videoconferencing as the keynote speaker for The Big Read.  The program will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago's Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor from 6:00-7:30pm.  A reception follows the program.
Ms. Alvarez is a novelist, prize-winning poet, children's author, essayist and currently a writer in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. Her latest work, A Wedding in Haiti was published by Algonquin Books in 2012. The program will be moderated by Jesus Macarena-Avila, faculty member in the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department at Columbia College Chicago.

Also on the program will be Grupo Marivilla, a Chicago area senior citizen Latina/o folk dance group who will be performing dances of the Domincan Republic in native dress. They are based at Centro Maravilla, part of Alivio Medical Center in the Pilsen neighborhood.  Members of the dance troupe are between the ages of 65-93.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  This program is also made in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois General Assembly.

May 8, 2013

The Big Read Screening TONIGHT: Tropico de Sangre

The Big Read Screenings conclude with Tropico de Sangre, starring Michelle Rodriguez in the role of Minerva Mirabal.  The film, directed by Juan Delancer, focuses on Minerva Mirabal and tells the true story of how she and her sisters came to represent the greatest threat to dictator Rafael Trujillo and his regime.

She, along with her sisters, Patria and Maria Teresa would eventually be murdered by Trujillo on November 25, 1960 for their underground work toward overthrowing his dictatorship.

The film came under fire in 2008 by Carlos Leiter, president of the Minerva Mirabal  Foundation for using Rodriguez due to her past legal troubles and illegal use of the Mirabal name.  Find out what happened here.

Trópico de Sangre
Wednesday, May 8 from 6:30-8:30pm 
Columbia College Chicago Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor, Chicago IL

May 3, 2013

Finals Fridays - Open until 8pm

Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives on Flickr
Library hours expand on the last three Fridays of the semester!

The Columbia College Chicago Library will be open later on the last three Fridays of the spring 2013 semester.

Hours will be expanded to 8pm for the following dates:

• Friday, May 3rd

• Friday, May 10th

• Friday, May 17th