Monthly Archives: September 2011
Would you like the chance to boost your portfolio, win free art supplies, AND share your work with thousands of people at Purchase?
If the answer is YES, then enter Purchase College Library’s first-ever Student Art Contest! We are asking current students from ALL departments to create an original bookmark design for the Library. The most creative, professional and eye-catching design will be printed as the official bookmark for the Library, AND earns the artist a $100 gift certificate to a local or online art supply retailer. Two runners up will win gift certificates as well.
The purpose of Purchase College Library Student Art Contest is to provide a visible and professional venue for the talents of Purchase students while simultaneously promoting the Library. Students are encouraged to submit designs for a full-color library bookmark, to be distributed in the Library and at campus events. Current Purchase undergraduate and graduate students in all departments may participate. A panel of faculty and staff judges will determine the top three winners. Prizes are listed below:
1st place: Design is published in bookmark form; winner receives $100 (U.S. Dollars) gift card to an art supply store
2nd place: $75 (U.S. Dollars) gift card to an art supply store
3rd place: $50 (U.S. Dollars) gift card to an art supply store
For entry rules and other details on how to enter please visit: http://purchase.libguides.com/bookmark
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011
In honor of Banned Books Week, today’s book of the week is The Catcher in the Rye (1945) by J.D. Salinger.
One of the most banned books in American history, The Catcher in the Rye tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old high school boy who runs away from his boarding school for a weekend in New York City. Holden’s unique narrative voice (driven by teenage slang & logic but betraying a wisdom beyond his years) and his longing to protect innocence and beauty in a changing world have moved generations of readers. A 20th century classic, this coming-of-age novel is frequently assigned as required reading in many high schools and colleges across the U.S.
Surprised to learn this book was banned? Here’s some history:
In 1960: A high school english teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma is fired for teaching “The Catcher in the Rye”
In 1963: Parents in Columbus, Ohio petition the school board to remove the book from schools on the grounds that it is “anti-white” and “obscene.”
In 1982: Removed from two Anniston, Alabama high school libraries due to sexual content, but later reinstated on a restrictive basis.
In 1988: Challenged at the Linton-Stockton, Indiana High School because the book is “blasphemous and undermines morality.”
In 1993: The novel was challenged as required reading in the Corona Norco, California Unified School District (1993) because it is “centered around negative activity.”
Think this was all in the past?
In 2002, The Cather in the Rye was removed from libraries in Summerville, South Carolina school district for being what one school district board member called a “filthy, filthy book”. It was again challenged at Big Sky High School in Missoula, Montana in 2009. For a full list and history challenges to The Catcher in the Rye, see the ALA Banned and/or Challenged Books list.
What other books have been banned?
Many favorites, classics, and popular novels have been banned at different times and in different states. Here’s just a small sampling of books banned in U.S. libraries and schools over the years:
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
- Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
- Beloved, Toni Morrison
- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
- Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut (banned as recently as 2011)
- Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
- Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
- Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
- Brave New World, Adolfus Huxley
- The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Want to read a BANNED BOOK? Search for some of the titles above in the Purchase College Library Catalog or hear these librarians, professors, celebrities, and citizens speak out on the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!
In conjuncture with PurchasePrintWeek, hosted by the School of Art+ Design, the Library is proud to showcase a new digital exhibition on artists’ books held in the Library’s Special Collections. Designed and curated by Library intern Christa DeFaber, with the help of Joe Swatski, Special Collections Librarian, the digital exhibit highlights the range of artists’ books found in the Library’s small collection.
View the virtual exhibit at the Library’s Flickr page, get inspired for your own work and of course come to the Library to view the books in person to get the full experience.
Full information on PurchasePrintWeek: Read the rest of this entry
Meet the new Writers Center Fellows and visit the The Purchase Writers Center on the lower level of the Library!
The Writing Center invites you to a
Introducing 2011-12 Purchase Writers Center Fellows
Suzanne Chasin, Clark Collier Cooke, and Rachel Simon
Meet Suzanne, Clark, and Rachel and reconnect with last year’s the inaugural fellows, Pam Hart, Marilyn Johnson, who continues as Senior Fellow, Christine Lehner, and Sarah Bracey White
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th 4:30-6:00pm
Purchase Writers Center
(Library, Lower Level)
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Museums, university libraries and other cultural institutions are sharing more and more of their unique and special collections online. Here are three digital collections of high quality art images worth perusing.
Art of the Poster 1880-1918
Lawrence University, in collaboration with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, presents poster images from the late nineteenth century in its Digital Library Collection. Graphic designers and illustrators like Alphonse Mucha, Jules Cheret, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec are represented throughout the collection. In addition, other artists from art periods like Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secession are also prominent within this digital repository of images.
The Corpus Vitrearum Deutschland is part of the International Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA), which was founded to share the entire stock of medieval stained glass in museums in Europe, Canada and the United States. The CVMA German Picture Archive includes over 500 high quality photographs of stained glass, available to the public for teaching and research. Detail views of the stained glass include location information plotted on a Google Map. Website and associated search function available in German.
The Database of Virtual Art documents the rapidly evolving field of digital installation art. The web-based, cost-free instrument – appropriate to the needs of process art – allows individuals to post material themselves. Compiling video documentation, technical data, interfaces, displays, and literature offers a unique answer to the needs of the field. All works can be linked with exhibiting institutions, events and bibliographical references. The database allows you to browse and search by artist, aesthetic, genre, thematical keywords and technology.
Image information: 1. L’Ermitage, revue illustree, Paul Berthon, 1897 2. Scene from the Old Testament (Noah’s Ark), 1430-31 3. LAb[au], Touch, an interactive urban installation, 2006
Find out what’s new at the Library this semester! Check out the Fall 2011 issue of our Library Newsletter, Beyond The Stacks.
Learn about new services like Text Us, our new more browsable CD collection, and our Mobile-friendly website.
Read up on news from the TLTC about submitting Senior Projects via Moodle, signing up for your own faculty website, and taking one of our workshops this Fall.
The Library is excited to share our progress with you as we start a new semester!
This week’s book: In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman. New York: Pantheon Books, 2004.
There are many books, scholarly and literary, in Purchase College Library’s collection about the World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings that took place September 11, 2001. For example, we have copies of the 9/11 Commission Report and have recently acquired a number of books related to the experience of American Muslims after 9/11. In the Shadow of No Towers is today’s Library Book of the Week because it offers a unique viewpoint on these events in a unique format.
A graphic novel by acclaimed artist and New Yorker Art Spiegelman, “No Towers” is a visually striking reflection upon the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Art Spiegelman is best known for his award-winning graphic novels Maus and Maus II which tell the story of the Holocaust using mice and cats to represent Jews and Nazis. Maus was acclaimed for breaking boundaries in comic books by discussing serious historical and political topics, and also for its imaginative storytelling that breaks the “fourth” wall. As in Maus, Spiegelman is the narrator in In the Shadow of No Towers. In words and surreal images, the reader experiences the events of 9/11 through Speigelman’s eyes. Always a thoughtful critic of society, Spiegelman examines the aftermath of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as what it means to live in a society continually entrenched in the “War on Terror.”
In the Shadow of No Towers is a moving, visually captivating, and cathartic exploration of life in New York during and after September 11, 2001. Originally published in large-format on oversized, cardstock pages, the form of this graphic novel harkens back to the Winsor McCay classic comic Little Nemo in Slumberland. In the Shadow of No Towers has a dreamlike quality full of visual metaphors and symbols as Spiegelman tries comes to terms with the indelible image of the Twin Towers falling.
To check out a copy of In the Shadow of No Towers, see our graphic novel collection on the Library’s first floor.
Check Moodle to see if your textbooks are on Course Reserve at the Library!
Are you still waiting for your textbook to arrive from Amazon? Is the bookstore sold out of the book you need? Don’t despair! Your textbook may be on Course Reserves at the Library.
Purchase College professors can choose to place textbooks on Reserve at the Library so that the whole class can share them. Students can check out a Reserve item (book or DVD) for up to 3 hours at a time. That’s plenty of time to read your chapter for tomorrow’s class or make a scan/photocopy of your reading assignment!
You can see a list of items on Reserve for each of your classes in Moodle. Here’s how:
1. Log into Moodle and choose your class under “Fall 2011″
2. Look for the “Library Reserves” block in the upper right corner. It looks something like this:
3. Click on the title of the book or DVD you’d like to check out, and write down the entire CALL NUMBER. Call numbers look like this:
4. Bring the call number to the Circulation Desk and ask to check out the item.
KEEP IN MIND: Your textbook will only be on Reserve if your professor has requested that the Library place it on Reserve. The Library does not own copies of every textbook for every class. For more about Reserves, see our FAQ on Library Reserves.
Are you a faculty member who wants to place an item on Reserve? Check out our guide on how to place Reserves Requests via Moodle.
If you have questions about Reserves or need help finding a book (any book!), come talk with a librarian at the Reference Desk. You can also email, text, or chat with a librarian. For problems accessing Moodle, see a librarian or email TLTC@purchase.edu
Welcome back! The Library has a bunch of new arts related resources and news to share. If you have a chance, stop by this week and check out our new arty stuff:
1. Art in the Library: Purchase College Library is proud to display the art of three recent Purchase graduates: Victoria Wrubel, Francisco Donoso and Christine Mahoney. Look up from your phones, books and laptops to enjoy the work of talented fellow Purchase artists.
2. Art Full Text: The Library now subscribes to the database Art Full Text. Art Full Text provides full text of articles from more than 270 periodicals as far back as 1997. That means more articles available at your fingers tips, from anywhere and at anytime.
3. Art DVDs: The Library has purchased several new arts related DVDs including Wasteland, Marwencol, Universe of Keith Haring, and All About Prints. Check out these and the many more art and non art related DVDs on the first floor of the Library by the reference desk.
4. Art Books: The art books, shelved on the second floor, underwent a major clean-up project over the summer. Books should be easier to find, more neatly arranged and have clearer labels. The oversize art books were also reorganized to allow for better browsing. As always, check out new books (art and otherwise) on the rack near the circulation desk. Some new art books added over the summer include Man, Myth & Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance, Avant-garde art in everyday life : early-twentieth-century European modernism, Color moves : art & fashion by Sonia Delaunay and many, many more.
5. Art Subject Guides: Beginning a research or writing project in the arts? Check out our guides on:
All of our guides are consistently upgraded and edited so check back often for new and better resources. Check out all subject guides at http://purchase.libguides.com/home. Guides on New Media and Printmaking coming soon.
Here’s to a great and art-filled semester!
We have upgraded to RefWorks 2.0! Some of the highlights of the new interface include:
Buttons, Navigation Area and Action Icons – Key functions via new buttons, navigation toolbars, and action icons allow for access to features and functionalities in one click.
Adaptable Views – Lightbox technology allows for simultaneous views of the record as well as the original working page. Collapsible menus allows for a cleaner workspace and allows users to access additional information as needed.
For assistance in using RefWorks, or to schedule an instruction session for your class, contact a librarian.