Library staff recommendation: Betty Woodman


Betty Woodman
Skira Editore, 2014

Greenfield Open Stacks – 738.0924.W859s

A beautiful book of Woodman’s exuberant, brightly colored, sometimes witty, painterly vase forms.

These vases never conform to the traditional shape of a vase,
instead they seem to be almost in motion with undulating shapes,
patterns and colors. She is strongly influenced by the work of Matisse and Bonnard, Japanese woodblocks, as well as art from many cultures visited on her travels and time living in Italy.

Salutations! I’m Your New Music Reference Librarian


My name is Jim Cowen and I am the new Music Reference Librarian at the University Libraries. Since I started in the middle of Fall 2014, I thought I would take the start of this new semester as a chance to introduce myself. As a University of the Arts School of Music Class of 2001 alumnus, and a previous University Libraries employee from about 2001-2006, I am thrilled to be back here at UArts in my new capacity.

I will be working out of the Music Library, which is located on the third floor of the Merriam Theater building. I welcome visitors at any time to help with reference queries, give a tour, or just to say hello. Appointments are always welcome too, but certainly not needed. My office may be in a dark corner of the library, but my door is always open! I am developing expertise in our streaming audio and video databases and would love to show those to you.

In addition to providing reference in the Music Library, I’ll bring the show to you: if you ever need in-class instruction in Library services, just let me know. This is especially true for the School of Music and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, since I am your new library liaison. Any time you have questions about library services and resources, or wish to arrange research instruction sessions, please drop me a line. I truly look forward to working with you.

Random fun facts…

  • I still have pretty much every action figure I have ever owned since childhood, and I am still buying more. Recent acquisitions:


  • I have two awesome cats, Butters and Tuxedo. Can you guess which one is Tux?


  • I used to wear make-up and play in an eighties hair metal cover band.







Related fun facts…

  • Finishing up my MLIS from Drexel University
  • Libraries at which I have worked:
    1. Rowan University Music Library
    2. Ocean County College Library
    3. Collingswood Public Library (intern)
    4. Ocean County Library

You made it to the end! Awesome.

Enjoy the rest of your day,




Music Reference Librarian
The University of the Arts, University Libraries
320 S Broad St ~ Philadelphia PA 19102 ~ 215.717.6293 ~ Fax: 215-717-6287 is the preeminent software tutorial website currently on the market. And through UArts, you can access it for free! offers tutorials on a wide variety of topics, from Adobe’s Creative Cloud network of software to business and IT to education and many other topics. Whether you’re just trying to familiarize yourself with a new piece of software or looking for some new tips to help you expedite or enhance your creative process, is sure to have something for you.



The tutorials offered are helpful and in-depth, narrated and demonstrated by professionals who guide you through every step and more often than not include example files for you to follow along and try out the principles taught for yourself. Also provided are transcripts of what the narrator is saying and an area to take notes that keep track of what time in the video you wrote them.



In addition to the tutorials, also offers various videos more along the lines of short documentaries and video blogs from and by various professionals in their respective fields.



Finally, provides you with many other non-software tutorials to help improve many talents such as presentation skills, public speaking and time/project management.

publicspeaking is a valuable tool to any student learning about their field who wants to improve or expand their talents. Look for more posts from the UArts Libraries about various tutorials and videos!

Staff Recommendation: Grasshopper Jungle

2015 Printz Award Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle (813 Sm52g) by Andrew Smith is an incredibly fun book that wraps family history, high school, male adolescence, and suburban Midwest life in an extremely strange plot where gigantic mutant praying mantises are attacking and taking over the human race. Smith’s writing is unique and conveys teenage speech and emotion excellently. The story and way in which it is told never langors or loses your attention. Equal parts sci-fi, mystery, action and coming-of-age story, Grasshopper Jungle draws from these genres and then skews them into something different yet highly recognizable.

BlogpicRecommended by Bill Rooney, Evening/Weekend Circulation Assistant

Staff Recommendation: Night of the Hunter, Film and Book

gish-300x225Part Gothic horror, part fairy tale, part German expressionist film, Night of the Hunter (GD978, in Blu-Ray from Criterion) is surely one of the most unusual semi-mainstream films you’ll ever see. Robert Mitchum is creepy, creepy, creepy, as a charismatic and murderous itinerant preacher who goes up against the fabulous Lillian Gish, great star of silent films, in his quest for stolen money hidden, unbeknownst to him, in a little girl’s doll. Two young children, John and Pearl, go on a voyage to escape Mitchum’s Harry Powell. A fascinating story seen from a child’s point of view, the haunting sets and cinematography are just as good as the frightening morality tale played out on the screen. The only film ever directed by Charles Laughton, Night of the Hunter will have you on the edge of your seat. Turn out the lights, turn off your phone, watch and enjoy!

Once you’ve seen the film (you don’t want to spoil the story, after all), take a look at Simon Callow’s book, Night of the Hunter (Greenfield Open Stacks 701.4372 N521c), from the British Film Institute Classics series. A noted actor (he played Emanuel Schickaneder in Amadeus and Gareth in Four Weddings and a Funeral), Callow is also a wonderful author, and this slim volume focuses a great deal on Charles Laughton and the production of the film.

sjm01 Recommended by Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian