Don’t forget ebrary, our e-books subscription

In January 2010 the UArts Libraries launched their subscription to ebrary, an online subscription collection of more than 47,000 books. It’s research time, so we want to remind you to take advantage of this great collection.

Working on a paper on animal rights legislation? A quick search of ebrary turned up 526 books, including titles such as For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States (Ohio University Press, 2006) and Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions (Oxford University Press, 2004).

To get to ebrary, follow these simple steps:

1. Start at the library home page:

2. Under “Online Resources“, select E-Books

3. Then select ebrary:

IF YOU’RE OFF-CAMPUS you’ll be prompted to log in with your name and library barcode number. Don’t have a barcode? Just bring your valid ID (Fall 2010 sticker on it) to the Greenfield or Music Library and we’ll give you one.

Digital Library of the Week: Scholarly Journals about Demons and Monsters

Not all things haunted and other-worldly are considered science fiction fun. Two scholarly journals (yup, that’s peer-reviewed!) take their demonic subjects very seriously.

Nosferatu, a film by F.W. Murnau
Nosferatu, a film by F.W. Murnau

Love the greatest vampire of all, Dracula? Here’s one for you: The Journal of Dracula Studies. Yes, really, a scholarly, full-text e-journal published by the Dracula Research Center (run by Dracula scholar Elizabeth Miller). Read peer-reviewed articles such as Sharon Russell’s The Influence of Dracula on the Lesbian Vampire Film or Fear and Laughing in Sunnydale: Buffy vs Dracula by Peter Golz.

You can find even more well-researched writing on Dracula in the Greenfield Library. Search the catalog for Dracula as subject. Also search for vampire as subject and find books such as Blood Read: The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture.

Golem by David Wisniewski
Golem by David Wisniewski

Also check out Golem: Journal of Religion and Monsters – yet another peer-reviewed, full-text e-journal with articles reflecting on how our fears and demons suggest a lot about who we are as people. Read Dana Fore’s “Oh yes. There will be blood.”: Sacrificial Power and Disability in Saw and Saw 2 or Rebecca Raphael’s The Doomsday Body, or Dr. Strangelove as Disabled Cyborg. There is even a student edition, Gremlin, that invites your articles for submission.

What is a golem, you ask? Check out Golem, an illustrated story by David Wisniewski that beautifully tells the tale of this Jewish giant. It’s available in the Greenfield Library with call number 741.641 W762g. The golem also makes a wonderful appearance in Michael Chabon’s novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. It’s also available in the Greenfield Library with call number 813 C342a.

Happy Haunted Reading!

“Phantom of the Opera” on the Mighty Wurlitzer!

Looking for something fun to do on Halloween? You might want to consider a one-of-a-kind experience right here in Philadelphia.

Macy’s at 13th and Market Streets is home to the Wanamaker Organ, also known as The Mighty Wurlitzer, the world’s largest playing pipe organ. On Sunday, October 31, Jim Riggs will play organ accompaniment to the 1925 silent film classic The Phantom of the Opera. Tickets are $10 and available starting at 4:00 pm on Sunday. Go to Macy’s third floor, right outside of Greek Hall.

Learn more about Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin, the stars of Rupert Julian’s 1925 direction of The Phantom of the Opera. We have a wonderful book in Greenfield Reference called Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses.

You can also learn more about the Wanamaker Organ in Music in the Marketplace: The Story of Philadelphia’s Historic Wanamaker Organ, from John Wanamaker to Lord & Taylor. It’s available in the Music Library, along with the LP Virgil Fox plays the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ.

Greenfield Library Student Exhibition Opportunity 2010

If you’ve been in the Greenfield Library lately, you probably noticed Printmaking senior Cerise Kacensky’s print, Upside Downside Rightside Up, in the book stacks study area. She is one of our student exhibitors, and you can be, too!

Cerise Kandinsky's Upside Downside Rightside Up
Cerise Kacensky’s Upside Downside Rightside Up

The Greenfield Library study area has a small, but terrific and highly visible, space for showing 2D work, creative writing, and short scripts. There are no entry fees and no deadlines. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1. A pdf form has all the information on applying. Or, stop by the Greenfield Library circulation desk to pick up guidelines and a proposal form. Questions? Contact our Circulation Supervisor, Shannon Robinson, at or 215 717 6280.

2. Submit up to 2 photos of the work you would like to show. You can submit photos with the application or email a .jpg to Shannon at

3. Submit an artist’s statement (1 page or less) with your application. This is optional, but always helpful in understanding the artwork. If accepted, the artist’s statement can be included in the exhibition.

We can’t wait to display the work you’ve been doing in your studios!

Library Staff Recommendation: Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968

Casey Murphy
Casey Murphy

Casey Murphy, Greenfield Circulation Assistant, recommends:

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968

Greenfield DVD

Full of terrific archival footage and interviews with the curator, artists, and historians, this documentary shines a light on some of the most intriguing artists in art history, the women of Pop. This documentary is a multifaceted gem of facts and curiosities about each artist and the work represented.
If you like this, take a look at the exhibition catalog:
Seductive Subversion : Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968