Category Archives: New in the Library

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 joroberts@uarts.edu 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

Announcing ebrary! New online resource

We are very pleased to announce a subscription to ebrary Academic Complete, an electronic book collection of over 43,900 full-text titles covering all academic subject areas that will greatly supplement our existing print collections. We’ll be sending out additional e-mail and news posts about it soon, but if you’re eager to try it, here’s how to find it.

> Go to the library home page: http://library.uarts.edu/

> Under “Find Materials” on the home page, select E-Books

> Select ebrary

If you are on the UArts campus you will connect automatically.  If you are off campus, you’ll be prompted to enter your name and library barcode number. Once you’re in, you’ll want to watch the online training video or perhaps download the “Quick Guide”. Explore the options – it’s pretty amazing!