Digital Resource of the Week: accessCeramics

crespina by Antonella Cimatti
crespina by Antonella Cimatti

accessCeramics provides high quality images of contemporary ceramics by today’s leading artists. The digital collection started as a project at the Visual Resources Center of Watzek Library and the Art Department of Lewis & Clark College. The images are stored on Flickr, making them very accessible and easy to search.

There are many browse options including by artist, surface treatment,  firing requirements, or object type. Don’t forget to check out their resources page for information on ceramic organizations, museums, and residency programs.

Photon by Todd Leech
Photon by Todd Leech

To learn more about what ceramics resources the UArts Libraries has, check out the Ceramics section of the Crafts subject guide. Also read the Oxford Art Online entry on ceramics and discover new artists in Contemporary Ceramics by Emmanuel Cooper.

Blue Dog by adrian arleo
Blue Dog by adrian arleo

Library staff recommendation: Shadow of the Vampire

Shadow of the Vampire
Directed by E. Elias Merhige
GD1066 Greenfield DVD

Shadow of the Vampire is my all-time favorite vampire film! John Malkovich portrays F. W. Murnau, the famous film director who produced the classic vampire film Nosferatu. In Shadow, the fictional Murnau is taking his German cast and crew to shoot Nosferatu on location in Slovakia. Willem Dafoe plays Max Schreck who, as a character actor, is playing the vampire, Count Orlok. Schreck takes his role very seriously, never breaking character or being seen out of costume. Perhaps the actor is taking his role too seriously?

Malkovich and Dafoe are superb. The film is at once hilarious and frightening. You’ll be in suspense until the very last scene!

Recommended by Shannon Robinson

Brown Bag Research Workshops from the UArts Libraries

It’s paper-writing and midterms time! Buff up your research skills and learn more about what the UArts Libraries have to offer. Bring your laptop if you like.

Open to all UArts students, faculty and staff. No sign-up, just show up.

Bring your lunch to a quick 30-minute workshop.

We’ll supply coffee and cookies.

All workshops are in Anderson Hall/333 S Broad St, Room M-4 (mezzanine floor), 12:00pm-12:30pm.

Workshops will start on time so we can end on time and you can get to class.

Can’t make it to a workshop? We’d be happy to come to your class, your office, or make an appointment with you in the library.

Monday, October 24, 2011

BUILD A BETTER SEARCH: UNDERSTANDING LIBRARY DATABASES

Whether you’re looking for articles, images, or media – if it’s organized in a database, you’ll understand how to search it better by attending this workshop.

What you’ll learn: The information concepts of: databases/records/fields; Boolean logic; controlled vocabulary. Sounds fancy but is easy to understand.

Who’s giving the workshop: Sara MacDonald is the UArts Libraries Public Services Librarian and loves talking about this more than anything.

Tuesday, October 25 AND Friday, October 28, 2011

FINDING ARTICLES: WilsonWeb, LexisNexis, and JSTOR

Books are great, but magazine, journal and newspaper articles are where you need to go for up-to-date information and news. Articles will give your paper some up-to-date pizzazz.

What you’ll learn: The differences (and similarities) between WilsonWeb, LexisNexis and JSTOR; how to put together a good search that retrieves relevant results.

Who’s giving the workshop: Sara MacDonald is the UArts Libraries Public Services Librarian and has loved looking things up all her life.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

WHAT GOOGLE KNOWS ABOUT YOU, HOW THAT AFFECTS WHAT YOU SEE ON THE WEB, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

We all love Google, but does Google love us? How private is Web searching?

What you’ll learn: How Google works, what it tracks, and why you’re not Google’s customer—you’re its product.

Who’s giving the workshop: Josh Roberts is the UArts Libraries Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian and has undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.

Monday, October 31, 2011

ORGANIZING YOUR INFO: ZOTERO

Looking for a system that will help you track your research? Zotero is a free Firefox add-on that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

What you’ll learn: Installing and using Zotero.

Who’s giving the workshop: Josh Roberts is the UArts Libraries Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian and has undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SOCIAL BOOKMARKING: ORGANIZING YOUR RESEARCH ONE LINK AT A TIME

Social bookmarking sites let you save, organize, annotate, and share your favorites of the Internet right there in cyberspace – accessible anywhere, anytime from any web-enabled device.

What you’ll learn: Learn about the best social bookmarking sites and how to use their services to keep your research and inspirational resources labeled and organized. Discover how to share resources for group projects and find people with interests similar to your own.

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. She digs Diigo and has always wanted her own label-maker.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

INTERLIBRARY LOAN AND WORLDCAT: ALL AROUND THE WORLD

The UArts Libraries may not own everything you need, but they can get it for you from another library.

What you’ll learn: How to search for and request books, articles, videos.

Who’s giving the workshop: Mary Louise Castaldi is the UArts Libraries Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian and has been requesting materials for UArts patrons from all over the country and the world for 12 years.

Friday, November 4, 2011

IT’S A DIGITAL VISUAL WORLD: ARTSTOR AND AP IMAGES

Looking for something better than a thumbnail? You’re in luck! The UArts Libraries subscribe to two great image databases, ARTstor and AP Images.

What you’ll learn: The difference between ARTstor and AP Images; how to search, download and use images from these sources.

Who’s giving the workshop: Laura Grutzeck is the UArts Libraries Visual Resources Librarian.

Digital Resource of the Week: Smarthistory

detail of cave painting at Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc
detail of cave painting at Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc

Smarthistory is an open-access, multi-media alternative to the traditional art history textbook. As one of the best 50 websites of 2011, you’ll want to bookmark it and refer to it often in your art history classes.

How does Smarthistory work? Search the world of art history by time period, artistic style, or specific artist. The articles are written by art historians and accompanied by great images of the artwork, videos, and links to additional, related resources. Besides overviews of historical eras, you’ll find in-depth material on things like Stonehenge, the Rosetta Stone, the artist Donatello, and the Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini,  Ecstasy of St. Theresa, 1647-52 (Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome)
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Ecstasy of St. Theresa, 1647-52 (Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome)

Each day more images, multimedia, and articles are being added to the website as art historians around the world share their expertise. Smarthistory will not only help you study, you’ll have fun doing so!

Joseph Beuys, Fat Chair, 1964-1985 (Tate Modern)
Joseph Beuys, Fat Chair, 1964-1985 (Tate Modern)

Library staff recommendation: The Wolves in the Walls

The Wolves in the Walls
Written by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Dave McKean
741.641 M4597w 2003 Greenfield Open Stacks

The Wolves in the Walls is a dark and quirky tale written by Neil Gaiman (best known for The Sandman series) and illustrated by Dave McKean. It is a spooky children’s book, perfect for filling little ones with just enough Halloween spirit. It’s not just for children though, it’s a great, quick read for adults too. Gaiman and McKean are a dream team, combining moody, sepia-toned illustrations with Gaiman’s illustrative, creepy text. A must-read for Halloween lovers of all ages!

Other titles by Neil Gaiman in the Greenfield Library’s collection include:

The Graveyard Book
Illustrated by Dave McKean
741.641 M4597g 2008 Greenfield Open Stacks

Stardust
823 G127s 2006 Greenfield Open Stacks

The Sandman
741.50924 G127s  (v. 1 – 5) Greenfield Open Stacks

Recommended by Casey Murphy

Digital Resource of the Week: Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon by Charles M. Sheldon
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon by Charles M. Sheldon

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World is an enormous collection of images from the New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery. It includes illustrations and photographs of ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as imagined by artists and travelers from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You’ll find a variety of subjects depicted here: armormythology, religion, and the Seven Wonders of the World, just to name a few.

The New York Public Library has a You Tube video to accompany the collection called Wonders: A Walk Through the Gallery.

Interested in the Seven Wonders of the World? Check out The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Peter Clayton and Martin Price (Greenfield Library Open Stacks 930.09 C579s) and The Seven Wonders of the World: Five Thousand Years of Culture and History in the Ancient World by Artur Muller (Greenfield Library Open Stacks 709.01 M91). Also browse through the earlier eras in Daily Life through History to learn more about the people and their customs in these ancient civilizations (you will be prompted to log in with your username and password if you are off campus).

Cairo: Pyramide of Guizeh from the Cairo Postcard Trust
Cairo: Pyramide of Guizeh from the Cairo Postcard Trust

Library staff recommendation: Fragonard Museum – The Écorchés

Fragonard Museum – The Écorchés
by Christophe Degueurce
611.00924 F842m 2011 Greenfield Open Stacks

The name Fragonard usually reminds us of Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1809), the painter. This Fragonard is Honore Fragonard (1732-1799), Jean-Honore’s cousin and an anatomist. Trained as a surgeon, Fragonard was deeply interested in human anatomy and how it compared to other animals, asking questions and demanding scientific explanations during the Age of Enlightenment.

Fragonard also wanted to provide visual learning tools for others in the medical field. He accomplished this by masterfully dissecting and preserving cadavers. Today, twenty-one of his original écorchés (French for “flayed,” so literally referring to the opening up or peeling back of the body) are on display at the Fragonard Museum in Paris. He is considered a pioneer of the study of modern day anatomy and his work can be appreciated both for its scientific ingenuity and artistic skill.

Recommended by Shannon Robinson

New exhibition catalog features UArts artists

The 29th Annual Exhibition of
the Emirates Fine Arts Society

Curated by Layla Juma Rashid
Greenfield Open Stacks 709.05 Em48 2011

The University Libraries has recently acquired the exhibition catalog for
the 29th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society.

Curated by Layla Juma Rashid, the exhibition includes the works of 12 artists from the University of the Arts MFA Program in Studio Art: Eric Abaka, AJ Bredensteiner, Kris Strawser, Harry Hukkinen, Guy Loraine, David Chatfield, Lauren McCarty, Marge Renno, Michele Kishita, Carrice McKinstry, Tae Gyun Yoon, and Andrew Walker.

As well as artists’ works and statements (in both English and Arabic), Joe Girandola, director of the MFA program, has an essay entitled Still Melting…

Congratulations to the students and Professor Girandola on a wonderful exhibition!

Digital Resource of the Week: Crafts Study Centre

Beryl Ash's "Museum Garment"
Beryl Ash's "Museum Garment"

The Crafts Study Centre, part of the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England, is a wonderful collection of 20th century and contemporary craft. This online image database includes over 200 works in calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Also visit the Crafts Study Centre main website to read the essay The Collection as a Narrative by Linda Brassington, a senior Lecturer in Printed Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts. You can also view their press releases; these provide great overviews on craft topics such as Memoranda (about how objects can contain memory) or Plain Stripe Check (about handwoven textiles).

ceramic by Eric Mullon
ceramic by Eric Mullon

Learn more about historical and contemporary crafts at the UArts Libraries. We’ve created a subject guide on crafts that will help you get started!

Library staff recommendation: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
By Milan Kundera
Greenfield Open Stacks 891.863 K962u 1999

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a beautiful and tragic novel set in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. It tells the story of Tereza, a photographer in love with Tomas, a handsome surgeon, his mistress Sabina, and her faithful lover Franz. It explores Nietzche’s theory of the eternal return and Parmenides’ theories of life as light. The opposition of lightness and weight, meaning and meaninglessness, sets the stage for the novel. Are we destined to repeat our every action indefinitely or do we live in a world where everything occurs but once, making each decision, each action, weightless?
You can find more books by Milan Kundera in the Greenfield Open Stacks:
The Joke
891.863 K962j 1993

The Art of the Novel
891.863 K962a 1988

Czechoslovakia: Plays
891.862008 C996

Jacques and His Master: an Homage to Diderot in Three Acts
891.862 K962j

Recommended by Casey Murphy