Category Archives: New in the Library

Library iPad Apps – The Fantastic Flying Books…

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a beautiful iPad app adaptation of the Academy Award-winning short film of the same name directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.

The app follows the same story as the short film, but also includes interactive sequences that enhance the user’s experience. From simple animations when you tap on certain parts in the story to animations such as a piano keyboard for you to play with, the app is downright adorable.

The other main difference between the film and the app is the inclusion of narration by Mike Martindale. While the film is without dialogue, the app as well as the book adaptation include a written story describing the events of the film. Though the story is obviously geared towards younger audiences, it is still quaint and touching enough to be enjoyed by all lovers of books and stories.


Limited Edition Library Pin #2

We have given away the last of our second Limited Edition Library Pin. Thanks to everyone that stopped by!


Don’t fret, the third in our series will be coming soon.

Hot Off the Presses

Now available at the Greenfield Library circulation desk is the second edition of a limited edition library pin series. Each pin comes with a QR code linking to the library resource highlighted on the pin. This month’s featured image:

Barnett, Mac, and Jon Klassen. Extra Yarn. New York: Balzer & Bray, 2012.

Only 25 pins are available, so pick yours up today!

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Library staff recommendation: The Color Revolution

Monsanto Plastics color chips
An array of chips showing the range of plastic molding compound colors available from Monsanto


The Color Revolution / Regina Lee Blaszczyk.
Greenfield Open Stacks 658.823 B613c

This fascinating book looks at the behind-the-scenes story of the people and industries behind color and consumers’ interaction with it. Blaszczyk writes in her introduction: “We cannot truly understand designed objects or technological systems outside of their historical, industrial, technical, social, and cultural contexts. This is especially true of managed color, a modern technology that was developed through a drawn-out process and carried out by countless actors and gatekeepers.” (p. 19) This is a story of chemistry and dyeing, art and of science, haute couture, department stores, taste-making, paint colors, and printing, told from Blaszczyk’s point of view as an historian and sociologist.

There is also a great deal of local color in this book: Philadelphia was a huge manufacturing center of textiles and chemicals, including dyeing, and the DuPont Company is featured prominently in the content. Of even more local interest is a UArts alumna, Mary Elizabeth Hallock Greenewalt. Greenewalt was deeply interested in the relationship between music and color, and believed this to be a new art form that she called Nourathar. Greenewalt graduated in 1893 from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, which is now the UArts School of Music. The UArts Music Library holds Greenewalt’s book, Nourathar: The Fine Art of Light Color Playing, in its Special Collections, and Greenewalt’s papers are held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at 13th and Locust.

Greenewalt seated at one of her inventions


New in the Music Library: The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, and Wailer

The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, and Wailer / Colin Grant. NY: W. W. Norton, c2011. Music Library ML 385 .G726 2011

“Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trenchtown R&B crooners swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers-one of the most influential groups in popular music. Colin Grant presents a lively history of this remarkable band from their upbringing in the brutal slums of Kingston to their first recordings and then international superstardom. With energetic prose and stunning, original research, Grant argues that these reggae stars offered three models for black men in the second half of the twentieth century: accommodate and succeed (Marley), fight and die (Tosh), or retreat and live (Livingston [Bunny Wailer]). Grant meets with Rastafarian elders, Obeah men (witch doctors), and other folk authorities as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of Jamaica’s famously impenetrable culture. Much more than a top-flight music biography, The Natural Mystics offers a sophisticated understanding of Jamaican politics, heritage, race, and religion-a portrait of a seminal group during a period of exuberant cultural evolution.” [product description]

Check out what else the UArts Libraries have on reggae music. Feelin’ irie? Go to Music Online and search by genre for reggae or ska.Please note that Music Online is a subscription resources for current UArts students, faculty and staff only. Off-campus access requires logging in.

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!

New Book Edited by UArts Professor Virginia Bower

Jingdezhen ware porcelain vase from the Ming dynasty before 1585
Jingdezhen ware porcelain vase from the Ming dynasty before 1585

The UArts Libraries is proud to add Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty (Greenfield Open Stacks 738.0951 C441li) to its collection. Virgina L. Bower, an adjunct associate professor at the University of the Arts, is one of the editors of this beautifully illustrated book on the history Chinese ceramics from Yale University Press.

To create such an in-depth catalogue of one of China’s most celebrated artistic forms took ten years of collaboration among Chinese, American, and Japanese scholars, including Professor Bower. She says of the project:

“Editing Chinese Ceramics was among the most challenging tasks I’ve ever undertaken, but it was also among the most rewarding. All the scholars—from China, Japan and the United States worked hard to fully discuss and illustrate the best works from all over the world; it really was a global team effort.”

Chinese Ceramics will be on display in the Greenfield Library until the end of the semester. Congratulations, Professor Bower!

Book Published by UArts Foundation Professor Buy Shaver

Buy Shaver, a 2D Foundation professor, has had a book published by The University of Chicago press. Titled Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design, Professor Shaver’s book is a step-by-step approach to the basic elements of successful two-dimensional art. To achieve this, Professor Shaver writes in the book’s introduction that “an artist must firstly get the viewer’s attention and secondly must control how the viewer perceives a composition.” This is accomplished though “visual dynamics – contrast, motion, and noise.”

This is a terrific resource for both faculty and students. Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design will take the reader through line, shape, value, color, and, of course, feeling. You’ll learn why “sex, death, food, and all things cuddly” are so important to good artwork!

The Foundation Department is sponsoring a lecture by Professor Shaver on Wednesday, February 26. Join him as he discusses his book and his approach to teaching two-dimensional design. The lecture will be held in CBS Auditorium in Hamilton Hall at 12:00 p.m.

from Buy Shaver's 2006 installation at the Philadelphia Art Alliance
from Buy Shaver's 2006 installation at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

NEW! ProQuest: The Arts

The University Libraries are pleased to present ProQuest: The Arts, a new way to search four of our most popular databases: Art Bibliographies Modern, Design and Applied Arts Index, International Index to Music Periodicals, and International Index to Performing Arts.

ProQuest: The Arts offers the same content as the old databases, but in a new interface that’s both powerful and easy to use.  By default ProQuest: The Arts searches all four databases, but you can narrow your focus using either the Advanced Search or the blue bar at the top of each screen. You can also filter your search resutls by type, date, subject, and more using the options on the right side of your search results. Create an account and sign in to “My Research” to save searches, tag articles, and create email or RSS alerts for your favorite topics.

The old versions of Art Bibliographies Modern, Design and Applied Arts Index, International Index to Music Periodicals, and International Index to Performing Arts will remain active through the Spring 2011 semester, but are being phased out.

Please contact Josh Roberts, Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian, at with any questions or concerns.

It’s back! The “New Books” shelf is back!

Warren, Sid, Jim and many others – you kept asking when we’d have the “New Books” shelf back again. We have re-purposed one of the periodical shelves to feature those wonderful new books.

If you never saw the old one, the New Books shelf is just a spot where we put out the new books so people can see what’s new. New books may be checked out right away.  We hope you’ll enjoy having this popular feature back again!

Casey Murphy puts new books on the new "New Books" shelf
Casey Murphy puts new books on the new "New Books" shelf