Category Archives: Library Staff Recommendations

Staff from the University of the Arts University Libraries recommend their favorite library materials.

Library Staff Book Recommendation: Gilbert Portanier – Oeuvres 2000-2009

Barb Danin
Barb Danin

Barb from the Greenfield Library recommends:

Gilbert Portanier – Oeuvres 2000-2009
Call number 738.0924 P832a in Greenfield Open Stacks

French artist Gilbert Portanier’s colorful painterly ceramics are exuberant, lively, fresh, vibrant and imaginative. He has invented his own language in a form that is both figurative and abstract. Fragments of memories, reveries, and fantasies of inner universes all contribute to works that are allusive, suggestive, and atmospheric. His poetic vision is a joyous celebration, his work a sumptuous meal, a feast, a dream.

Library Staff Book Recommendation: Kirby: King of Comics

Mike Sgier
Mike Sgier

Mike from the Greenfield Library recommends:

Kirby: King of Comics
by Mark Evanier and introduction by Neil Gaiman
741.50924 K631e (Find it in Greenfield Open Stacks)

Kirby: King of Comics is a great retrospective of Jack Kirby’s career in comics, spanning from his early work in the 1940s to his monumental achievements working with Stan Lee at Marvel Comics in the 1960s. The reproductions in the book are stunning, ranging from penciled pages and personal pieces to finished ink and color pages. The book not only presents Kirby as one of the most important creators in comics, but as a force in America’s popular culture.

Library Staff Book Recommendation: Josef Sudek

Casey Murphy
Casey Murphy

Casey from the Greenfield Library recommends:

Josef Sudek
edited by Anna Farova
741.50924 K631e (Find it in Greenfield Open Stacks)

Czech photographer Josef Sudek (1896-1976) lived through Nazi and Soviet occupations and pushed on to create a deeply personal and emotional body of work. After meandering through a series of mediums and joining various artistic movements, Sudek sought his own path and picked up the camera.

Often referred to as the “Poet of Prague,” Sudek brought something new to the Europe of his time. Relying on intuition and his knowledge of fine art, Sudek followed his “ingenious eye” into a world of photography unlike anything ever seen before or since.

Library Staff Book Recommendation: Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears

Shannon Robinson
Shannon Robinson

Shannon recommends:

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears
Written and illustrated by Emily Gravett
741.641 G788l 2008 (Find it in Greenfield Open Stacks)

This is a charming children’s book illustrated by a terrific artist and designer. Emily Gravett has won numerous awards for her books, including the Kate Greenaway Medal for this one and for Wolves, which we also have, among a few of her others. Check out the call numbers beginning 741.641 G788 for Gravett. She says her motto is “Why stay between the lines?” This book is a perfect example!

Library Staff Book Recommendation: Lenore Tawney: A Retrospective

Casey Murphy
Casey Murphy

Casey recommends:

Lenore Tawney: A Retrospective

Edited by Kathleen Nugent Mangan

709.24 T199a (Find it in Greenfield Open Stacks)

Fiber artist Lenore Tawney helped revolutionize the world of fiber art with her open-warp weavings, gauze experiments, fiber sculptures, and box constructions. Tawney was a visual poet, constructing fragile yet deeply powerful work throughout her career. Her work is a must-see for anyone interested in fiber art or found object-based work.

Library Staff Book Recommendation: The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Mike Sgier
Mike Sgier

Mike from the Greenfield Library recommends:

The Hero with a Thousand Faces
by Joseph Campbell
291 C15h (Find it in Greenfield Open Stacks)

Joseph Campbell was a teacher and writer who spent his life studying the myths of the world, finding the common traits within each to tell the story of humanity. This book focuses on the archetype of the hero, and the various forms that it takes across cultures and time. The book also serves as an entrance to Campbell’s worldview and his ideas in comparative mythology, ideas that are both inspiring and relevant to today’s global culture.

The Greenfield Library also has the video series featuring Campbell in interviews with journalist Bill Moyer.

Staff Picks

When you are next in the Greenfield Library, look around the circulation desk and laptop bar for University Libraries’ staff recommendations. We are all art lovers so we enjoy sharing our favorite books and DVDs from the collection.

Mike Sgier

Many of you have already browsed our current Staff Picks and commented on the great cartoon portraits of the staff member. They are done by our very own Greenfield evening circulation assistant, Mike Sgier, who is a comics artist and illustrator.

Right now there are four recommendations displayed in the library. Mike suggests one of our recent DVD acquisitions, the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums.

New recommendations will be on display continually so keep stopping by the Greenfield Library!