April 26th is World IP Day

banner for world intellectual property day

Are you an innovator?   Do you have an idea for a new invention or service?   Join us for World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-7pm in Film Row Cinema, 1104 South Wabash, 8th floor.   Hear successful innovators discuss the innovation process.  Then a panel of legal experts will explain how to protect your ideas.  A pizza party will round out the evening.  The event is free but please register on Handshake.  See you there!

Graduating? Congratulations! Come Back and Use the Library Anytime: Alumni Library Benefits

alum using a computer in the library

Woohoo!  You’ve done it. Completed your degree.  Did you know that as a Columbia College Chicago alum you can continue to use the Library? And we’d love to see you.

Sign up for a Columbia College Chicago Alumni Card and you can borrow books, DVD’s, CD’s and scores; use electronic databases, journals and e-books at the library; attend library events; get reference help  and use the library’s reading rooms, computers, and media equipment.  There’s no charge for the card.

With a valid alumni card you can

  • Visit the library
  • Borrow up to 75 books for 16 weeks + 4 renewals
  • Borrow up to 3 movies for 3 days
  • Borrow up to 10 CD’s for 7 days + 4 renewals
  • Borrow music scores for 7 days + 4 renewals.
  • Use electronic library resources on campus. (Electronic resources are not available to alumni off-campus.)
  • Print color or black and white copies on the first floor near the circulation desk by purchasing a Go-Print Cash Card ($.50 purchase fee).

Graduation is a busy time, but it will just take a few minutes to bookmark the Library web site; sign up online for an alumni card; and check out all the services and benefits available to you through the Columbia College Chicago Alumni Association and Network.

Come back and visit us soon!

P.S.  And please think about joining the Friends of the Library.  A contribution at any level will directly support services for current students and alumni.

On Exhibit at the Field Museum: Tattoo

sun tattoo

Tattoos are everywhere.  Where did they start?  What do they mean?

Learn about the ancient art of tattooing at Chicago’s Field Museum.  The popular exhibit TATTOO has been extended until September 4, 2017.

Take your student ID!   Ticket options start at $26 for students, and vary in level and price.   Chicago residents can save up to $5 on the price of their ticket.

Can’t make it to the exhibit or want to explore more about tattoos and tattooing? Check out one of our books on the subject. We have over 250!


Image: Simplicity V with her Tattoo by e.Pi Long is licensed under CC BY SA.

Did You Know? We Have A Meditation Room

meditation room sign

In partnership with Multicultural Affairs, the library has set aside one study room as a dedicated interfaith prayer and meditation room.

The meditation room is in a quiet corner on the 3rd Floor of the library, formerly study room 301C. The room is sparsely furnished but includes a couple chairs, “a shoe shelf, a kneeling bench, meditation pillows and prayer rugs fitted with compasses.”

According to Kimberly Weatherly, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, “We’re inclusive; it’s about making sure the needs of diverse students are met, and that includes faith.”

Learn more about the meditation room from the Columbia Chronicle: Inclusion is goal of new interfaith space.


Celebrate National Library Week!


NLW17_Facebook-cover-because-of-you-10-1_0National Library Week (April 9 – 15, 2017) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2017 National Library Week is “Libraries Transform.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate every year in National Library Week.

How can you celebrate National Library Week?  Here are some ideas to show your support of libraries:

1. Visit your library.

Head to your favorite library during National Library Week to see what’s new and take part in the celebration.  Libraries across the country are participating.

2. Show your support for libraries on social media.

Help spread the word about National Library Week by sharing these images on your blog or social media channel. Follow I Love Libraries on Facebook and Twitter and the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform to join the celebration on social media.

3.  Honor you favorite Library Staff Member on National Library Worker’s Day on Tuesday, April 11

National Library Workers Day is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.  Let your favorite Library staffer how much you appreciate what they do.

5. Thursday, April 13 is Take Action for Libraries Day

At the federal level libraries are facing some special challenges this year, so we’ll be asking for your help on Thursday of National Library Week.

In response to President’s Trump proposed budget cuts, this year’s Take Action for Libraries Day will highlight the library community’s efforts to safeguard funding for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which serves as a critical funding resource for every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories to support libraries and museums. IMLS funding helps support literacy programs for youth, small business service centers, services for veterans and technological resources and services like 3-D printers.

We must stand-up and voice our support for libraries to legislators and local, state and federal leaders,” said ALA President Julie Todaro. “Librarians and library workers transform lives every day though educational resources and expert guidance. While many value the contributions of libraries, libraries can’t live on love alone. The loss of crucial federal funding will have a profound impact on library service and the more than 1. 5 billion who rely on them.  Join our Thunderclap on Take Action for Libraries Day to help us save federal funding for libraries.

FAKE NEWS – Critical Questions for Artists, Writers, Entrepreneurs, Students…Everyone.


More information is available from more people and places than ever before.  On the other hand, not every source of news and information is credible, and some things posted as news are intentionally misleading or flat out false.  Most of us think we can spot fake news quickly, but when you are laying your reputation on the line as a creative, an entrepreneur, or a student, it’s worth taking time to ask some serious questions.

Take the time to know more about the information you use.

How to Spot Fake News graphic

How to Spot Fake News

More sites about fake news and fact-checking:

IMVAIN from Center for News Literacy

Six Questions from the American Press Institute

FactCheck.org from Annenberg Public Policy Center



Graphic: “How to Spot Fake News” by International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) is licensed under CC by 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Image: “Smartphone Teen” by Pabak Sarkar is licensed under CC by 2.0


Celebrate National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month poster
April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull root with spring rain.
– T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land”

April is National Poetry Month.  We’ve compiled some resources to inspire you to celebrate.

  •  Poets.org is a treasure trove of information including full poems, biographies and selected bibliographies for poets, audio and videos, information on writing and reading poetry, and resources for educators. The site also includes 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.
  • In addition to books of poetry, we also have a plethora of resources for writing poetry.
  • Some of the poetry books and anthologies we own in the Library.
  • The Poetry Foundation – browse poems and poets, listen to audio and podcasts, download the poetry app, and learn about all aspects of poetry on their website.Poetry Out Loud  – sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation – is a contest that encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.  Students master public speaking skills, building self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.  Piloted in Washington, DC and Chicago in 2006, the program has grown to involve millions of students across the country.
  • Favorite Poem Project – Founded by Robert Pinsky, 39th Poet Laureate of the United States in 1997, the Favorite Poem Project invited Americans to submit their favorite poems.  An anthology, suggestions for hosting local events and videos of individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love are included on the site.
  • Poetry of America – Library of Congress – The “Poetry of America” initiative is part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Through two features, “Poetry of American Identity” and “Poetry of American History,” this initiative explores how poetry connects to the following themes: immigration and migration, work and industry, social change, and peace and war.

No matter your interests, you can find a poem on it. Try browsing Poets.org or the Poetry Foundation for any number of poems on apples to zebras and everything in between. Including basketball

I seemed to watch myself go up
effortlessly for the basket,
and saw the ball drop through the net.
Ray Fleming “One on One in Basketball”