Summer Renovations in Greenfield Library

The Greenfield Library in Anderson Hall is getting a facelift this summer. Some shelving will be removed to create more seating space, additional electrical outlets and network ports will be installed, and painting will be done. In addition, we will be getting some new furniture on the first floor. This is all very exciting but there will be many inconveniences along the way. Please be patient with us and excuse our appearance as the improvements are made. We will try to keep the library open and the collections accessible as much as possible, however, there will be some closings which I will announce with as much advance notice as is possible. Stay tuned!

New Google search options

Google just rolled out some new ways to refine your search results that are pretty useful.  Here’s the announcement but it’s easier to just try it.

Google something and then click the “Show options…” link at the top of the results.  Now you can refine your search. For example, you can select what types of pages you want to see (reviews, news, etc).  If you choose one of the time limits, you can then sort the results chronologically instead of by relevance.  Neat!  The timeline and “wonderwheel” are very interesting, too.  Happy searching!

Summertime ’09!

Just a few more days of the spring semester and it’s all over.  Here are some bits of info about the UArts Libraries during the summer.


Greenfield Library

Monday-Thursday: 8:15am – 8:00pm

Friday: 8:15am – 4:00pm

closed weekends

Music Library

Monday-Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

closed weekends

Visual Resources Library

Monday-Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

closed weekends


Not taking summer classes but still like to read/watch movies/look at beautiful books?  You may borrow materials DURING the summer (not for the entire summer; regular policies apply) if you meet the following criteria:

• you return EVERYTHING

• you pay ALL fines

• you are pre-registered for Fall 2009

Have a great summer!

Searching for videos and DVDs

We often get questions about how to find videos and DVDs held by the Greenfield and Music Library.  There are many ways to search for this type of material!  Here are a few.

One of the simplest ways to search for videos and DVDs is to use the Advanced Keyword Search screen. Enter a keyword search, and then use the Material Type box below and to the right to select videocassette or DVD. TIP: you can select both videocassette and DVD by selecting one, and then holding down the shift key to select the second one. Click Submit to run your search.
• Search by AUTHOR for directors, choreographers, composers, and performers. Remember to search LAST NAME first.

• Search by TITLE if you know it.

• Search by KEYWORD to find songs on an album, a dance piece, or a film in a collection.  Put quotation marks around phrases, e.g., “chien andalou” or “all of me” or “cave of the heart”

• Search by SUBJECT using
feature films
documentary films
musical films
science fiction films

The above searches will retrieve ANY type of material (books, CDs, etc.) but you can LIMIT any search by MATERIAL TYPE.
Want to just browse and see what we have?

Go to

Select Library Catalog
Call Number Search
Other Call Number
Read the directions on the screen and follow the examples:
CD for Music Library compact discs
MD for Music Library DVDs
MV for Music Library videos
LP for Music Library LPs
GD for Greenfield Library DVDs
GV for Greenfield Library videos
Once you  find an item you want, write down the CALL NUMBER and go to the circulation desk to request it.


Why do we still have so many videotapes, you ask? It’s surprising what hasn’t yet been released on DVD, but as films are released on DVD, we do replace our videotape copies with DVDs.  If you know something is available on DVD and we still only have a video of it, please let us know.

Quay Brothers Love Libraries

UArts alumni (1969) and identical twins Timothy and Stephen Quay were featured on last week’s cover of City Paper, but it was the quote inside that caught this librarian’s eye:

“The thing that we liked instantly was that the college had a fantastic library and music library and a fantastic film course. We suddenly dove into a period of hunting and researching and learning things that we wouldn’t have had access to in high school. And you’d see a lot of other artists at work. It was really a hothouse — a humbling experience in the best sense of the word.”

The library is of course what was then the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) library, and the music library they mention is that of the Philadelphia Musical Academy, with whom PCA had reciprocal library access.  The Philadelphia Musical Academy is today’s UArts School of Music, and PCA is the UArts College of Art and Design. The libraries are now the UArts Greenfield Library and UArts Music Library.

The film course they mention was probably taught by the late David Grossman, a local legend known for his repertory film screenings. Grossman is listed as teaching a Liberal Arts department film course in the 1967-69 PCA catalog.

What’s so great about the Quay Brothers? A September 7, 1999 Village Voice article says “To call the Quays’ work the most original and rapturously vivid image-making on the planet might sound like hyperbole until you see the films, which have no genuine precedent (the films of their forerunners, from Ladislaw Starewicz to Jan Svankmajer, are charmingly crude by comparison) and can redefine your ideas of cinematic space and causality.”

Find out for yourself by watching some Quay Brothers DVDs, available in the UArts Greenfield Library. Search the library catalog by author for Brothers Quay, which is how they used to prefer to be known.

New books in Greenfield

Do you know we put the new books out about once a week in the Greenfield Library?  Many of you know we do, but for those who don’t, or who don’t make it to Anderson Hall very often, here’s a little snapshot of what went out on the New Books shelf today. New books can be checked out immediately, so if you see something you like, come on down! The covers of new materials are also featured on the bulletin boards outside the Greenfield Library and Music Library. Make sure you have your Spring 2009 sticker on your UArts ID so you can borrow.

Greenfield Library new books, Feb. 25, 2009
Greenfield Library new books, Feb. 25, 2009

What/Where is “Greenfield Vault”?

If you have seen the location “Greenfield Vault” in a library catalog record, you may have been wondering what that means or where it is. There is a room on the basement level of the Greenfield Library that was a working vault at one time in Anderson Hall’s history. When the library moved to its current location in 1985, staff started referring to the room as the vault and have ever since. It is the room where back volumes of periodicals have been kept since 1985.

When we installed compact shelving in the vault, the shelving capacity of that room doubled. In order to create more space on the first floor of the library for books and people, we started moving lesser used books from the stationary shelves to the new shelving.  We needed to put a location for those books in the catalog records so you would be able to find them. Since we and many of you know the space as the “vault” we decided to make that the official location name. Take a look at Primitive to Picasso to see the location in a catalog record.

All books shelved in the vault may be checked out of the library. The vault is open until 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. At other times, you may request books that are in the vault from the staff at the circulation desk on the first floor of the library.

James Elkins lecture guide online

James Elkins: “Can Drawings Think?”: Works Cited

  • If you missed last week’s lecture “Can Drawings Think?” by noted art historian, James Elkins, you may want to view a VIDEO.
  • If you want to read some of the BOOKS he discussed in his talk, you need a list of titles, and will want to  know where to find them.
  • If you want to check out the website he referred to, you will need a name and/or LINK.
  • And last, if you want to look at the artists DRAWINGS he displayed, you will need the artists’ names.

Library tours are over; watch for workshops!

Thanks to the 15 students took the Spring 2009 library tour. Their comments: “Very informative!”  “Enjoyed the vault! Never knew it existed. Learned so much more from taking this tour.”  “I enjoyed finding out about the library, picture, and DVD collections.”  “I always learn something new on these tours.  🙂 ”  “I was surprised by how much I didn’t know. I learned a lot of valuable information.”  “Very helpful!”  “This will be helpful for future research papers.”  “So much I didn’t know [about the Music Library]!”

Please watch your UArts e-mail for announcements of library workshops.  Bring your laptop for a hands-on learning session.  We’ll cover topics such as how to find videos and DVDs, how to search for magazine, newspaper and journal articles, plus a workshop on Zotero, a free Firefox application that automatically formats bibliographic citations.  If you have a suggestion for a workshop, please tell us!  Please note that we will not offer a drawing prize for the library workshops.  Your newly-gained knowledge and information power will be its own reward.  And maybe some candy.

Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian

You could win $100 for taking a library tour!

Take a tour of the Greenfield Library and/or Music Library, and you’ll be eligible to enter our library tour drawing.  The prize: a $100 FreedomPay card, good at the UArts School Store, Cantina, Terra Grab ‘n Go, and Paolo’s Pizza on Pine Street.

12:00pm: Greenfield Library AND Music Library tours

5:00pm: Greenfield Library AND Music Library tours

12:00pm: Greenfield Library AND Music Library tours

5:00pm: Greenfield Library AND Music Library tours

12:00pm: Greenfield ONLY

The Greenfield Library is in Anderson Hall, 333 S. Broad St., first floor.
The Music Library is in the Merriam Theater building, third floor.
Meet near the circulation desk; no sign-up needed.
Tours start ON TIME and will take 30-40 minutes.
No food or drink in the library, please.


Please note that while tours are open to all UArts students, faculty and staff, only students may enter the drawing.  You don’t have to be a new student to take a tour: a number of students take the tour every semester and say they always learn something new.