Trendy Data



Perhaps the most valuable informational resources today, DATA impact what we know and how we know it, whether in social sciences, journalism, the arts, or business.  Fortunately, more and more tools are available to find and use data without requiring us to be experts in statistics and technology.

The Library subscribes to several data tools that are used in business and professional contexts and are extremely useful tools for entrepreneurs and other curious types.  The more familiar you are with data tools, the better you are prepared for your career in our data driven culture.

Here are some of our favorites:

MINTEL Brands, companies, markets and consumers. Market Intelligence delivering data you need and telling you what it means.

STATISTA  One of the world’s largest statistics portals with eye-catching infographics you can include in reports, Powerpoint presentations, etc.

SimplyAnalytics  Powerful analytics and data visualization.  Create maps to compare data over a geographic area, make rankings of data in those locations, generate business lists, and create detailed reports of various data compared by location.  Data drawn from the Census Bureau and other government agencies as well as data from marketing research companies.

Image credits: SimplyAnalytics (2017). SimmonsLOCAL Fall 2015 full year consumer survey. Retrieved November, 2017, from SimplyAnalytics database.


Poems for Veterans Day – From the National Endowment for the Arts


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Today’s entry is taken from the National Endowment for the Arts in honor of Veterans Day.   The original post from the Art Works Blog can be found here.

To all of our country’s veterans, thank you for your service.

Poems for Veterans Day

“Those nights I heard shouts from the dark
of my parents’ room, he was back down
in his foxhole, barking orders, taking fire…”

At the Vietnam War Memorial” by Robert Dana

“…we’ve come to find
your brother’s name, etched
in the long black muster
of sixteen years of war—”

Thanks” by Yusef Komunyakaa

for the vague white flower
that pointed to the gleaming metal
reflecting how it is to be broken…”

Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen

“Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs…”

Phantom Noise” by Brian Turner

“There is this ringing hum  this
bullet-borne language  ringing
shell-fall and static this  late-night
ringing of threadwork and carpet  ringing”

The War After the War” by Debora Greger

“…he’d take out a small gray notebook
and show his eldest daughter
how, in pencil, in tiny hurried script,
he kept the names of those who died around him.”

Spoken From the Hedgerows” by Jorie Graham

“If death comes, friend, let it come quick.
And don’t play the hero, there is no past or future. Don’t play
the hero. Ok. Let’s go. Move out. Say goodbye.”

Graphic Novels Perfect for Halloween

book covers

Did you know the library has a large collection of graphic novels including many books perfect for a cold Halloween night? You can find most of our graphic novels on the 4th floor with the call number 741.5973.

Check out one of these titles today:

Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

The Books of Magic

From Hell: Being a Melodrama in Sixteen Parts

Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe

The Lovecraft Anthology

Marvel Zombies

Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days

The Sandman

The Swamp Thing

Through the Woods

and many more!

Mark Your Calendar: November Events in the Library

open mic


5C Open Mic

Wednesday, November 1st, 6-8pm

Have jokes? Need an audience? Come on down to the Library’s 5C Comedy Open Mic night! Sign up at 6pm for a five-minute slot.


Wednesday, November 1st, 7-9pm

Bring in any fiction, nonfiction, or poetry work and Pub Lab staff will help you submit them to the latest contests and lit mags. They’ll guide you through the whole process, offering advice on markets, cover letters, and editing.

Naming of the Paula Singer Epstein Library Classroom

Thursday, November 2nd, 4-6pm

Join the Library as we name the library classroom after one of our beloved former colleagues, Paula Epstein. Paula provided library instruction (as well as humor and lots of candy) to hundreds of Columbia students, and was a friend to everyone she met during her tenure at the college. Made possible courtesy of the Horace A. Jimerson Gift to the Columbia College Chicago Library

Open House at the Library

Saturday, November 4th, 10am-2:30pm

Come take a tour of the Library and discover why the Columbia Library is at the center of the college’s academic and cultural life.

Library Zine Night

Monday, November 6th, 6-10pm

Join us for our November zine night, a chance for you to work alone or collaboratively on zines, comics, artist books, or other paper projects in the library. We have: staplers, trimmers, basic drawing supplies, paper, adhesives, scissors, discarded book scraps, scanners, photocopiers (and occasional guest how-to’s).

Read! Talk! Make! Book to Art Club

Wednesday, November 8th, 6-8pm

The Fall 2017 installment of The Book to Art Club features our first title, Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Started by the Library As Incubator Project, the Book to Art Club is a book + art-making club that exists virtually and in-person at libraries around the world. a way to find hands-on, creative ways to engage with literature – where the process of art-making is more important than the product!

Art on the Cheap Panel

Tuesday, November 14th, 6-8pm

Get Your Hustle On is a series of discussions and workshops devoted to the more practical aspects of developing and sustaining a career as a working artists across disciplines. Our first installment, ART ON THE CHEAP, brings practicing artists in for a panel discussion on finding and using upcycled and recycled materials in your work and finding new ways to flourish as an artist on a shoe-string budget.

Aesthetics of Research Salon Series | Carleen Tibbetts and Russel Jaffe

Wednesday, November 15th, 7-9pm

Carleen Tibbetts is the author of the chapbooks “a starving music will come to eat the body” (FiveQuarterly) and “to exosk(elle), the last sugar” (Zoo Cake Press). Recent work appears in TAGVVERK, Datableed, Deluge, The Offending Adam, Dreginald, LaVague, and jubilat, among others. With Isobel O’Hare, she co-edits the experimental journal Dream Pop. Russell Jaffe edits TL;DR magazine ( & films educational literary study guides for Course Hero & teaches at Loyola University & Fusion Academy. He is the author of a few books of poetry, most recently LA CROIX WATER (Damask, ’16). His book Civil Coping Mechanisms is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms.

Destress Fest: Therapy Dogs

Tuesday, December 5th, 2-4pm

Come relax in the best way possible – with the Canine Therapy Corps! Get all your bell rubs and pats in this Tuesday, December 5, as part of the Library’s De-Stress Fest celebration



Tattoo: Ink, Art, and Object

Through December 15, Library 1st and 2nd Floors

Join the library for our fall exhibition devoted to all things tattoo: low brow to high, from flash to fine art, and everything in between.

Chicago Against Apartheid

Through December 31, Library 5th Floor

Discover the history of Chicago activists fighting against apartheid in South Africa during the 1970s-1990s in this exhibit featuring resources from the College Archives & Special Collections.

Library = Computer Lab


The library and campus IT have been working hard this semester to upgrade the computers and printing available to all Columbia College students in the library.

Updates include:

  • Brand new Dell PCs and Macs.
  • Software upgrades: All computers now have Microsoft Office Suite 2016 and Adobe Creative Cloud 2017.
  • Printing stations on all five floors of the library.

In addition, all computers will now automatically restart overnight. Any files that students have left on the computers will be deleted during the restart to protect student work and privacy.

For a complete list of the computers, software, and printing options in the library, please consult the library floor directory.

Book a Study Room

students in a study room

Did you know the library has four dedicated study rooms?

The rooms are located on the 3rd floor of the library and are designed for use by small groups. All rooms are equipped with tables and chairs and several rooms have collaborative technology.

The rooms are used on a first-come, first-serve basis or can be reserved in advance through the EMS, the college’s space reservation system. Instructions on how to book through EMS can be found on our Study Room Booking Instructions page.

The library also has additional rooms that can be used for meetings or study and can also be reserved in advance. Learn more about these rooms on our Library Spaces page.

Mark Your Calendar: October Events in the Library

student making a frankentoy


Zines in the Classroom Workshop

October 11, 6-8pm

Welcoming teachers and instructors at all levels of education, this workshop will begin with a brief history of zines and zine culture, feature a show & tell of a wide variety of zines and approaches, and explore multiple ways to bring zines and zine making into the classroom through exercises and assignments.


Community Ofrenda

October 11, 8:30-9pm

At the opening reception on Oct. 11th, Jesus “Chuy” Negrete, director of the Mexican Cultural Institute will sing corridos (Mexican historic ballads) with light refreshments. We welcome you to view these artist books, “one of a kind” codex-inspired creations in the entrance area of CCC Library. These artistic creations are examples of what resulted from the course, “LATIN AMERICAN ART, LITERATURE AND MUSIC”. Alongside student’s projects is a community “ofrenda” inspired by the Mexican holiday, Dias de los Muertos.


Madeleine O’Dea Book Discussion and Signing

October 17, 5:30-7pm

Australian journalist Madeleine O’Dea comes to the Columbia College Chicago Library to discuss and sign copies of her book, The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China (Pegasus, October 2017).


How To Tuesday: Paper Mechanicals

October 17, 6-8pm

Come make things with paper. We will experiment with pop ups, paper doll puppets, paper machines and more.


Therapy Dogs: Midterm Edition

October 18, 4-6pm

Relax in one of the best ways we know how: with dogs! Get your pats and belly rubs in with the Canine Therapy Corps.


Little Indie Press Festival @ WAC Crawl

October 20, 4-7pm

Featuring many manifestation of independent publishing, including indie literature, comics, zines, and book arts, the festival includes a publisher’s showcase, word games, readings, zine making and more.


Library Spotlight: Taste of Himalaya

October 23, 4-6pm

Discover the extraordinary delights of Indian and Nepalese cuisine when the Himalayan Restaurant visits the Columbia library. The event will also spotlight an emerging Columbia College musician.


Wicked Week: Frankentoys

October 24, 1-4pm

Frankentoys is here again with another year of plush toy destruction! The Library will provide basic supplies including stuffed animals, thread, glue, and scissors to help you deconstruct a stuffed animal and reconstruct a “Frankentoy!”



Friends of the Library Signature Showcase: The Transformation of Black Music

October 26, 4-6pm

Melanie Zeck, Research Fellow, Center for Black Music Research, will be interviewed by faculty member Bobbi Wilsyn on The Transformation of Black Music, a groundbreaking new book she co-authored with CBMR founder Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., which explores the expansive spectrum of black musics around the world.


Horror Movie Trivia Night

October 27, 5-7:30pm

Test your knowledge of horror movies.


Public Domainia Halloween Edition

October 31, 6-9pm

Join us for our regular series exploring the wide world of films available in the public domain, from the classic to the rare, the brilliant to the horrible. Our Halloween double-feature includes art-school favorite Bucket of Blood and a little bit of mermaid horror in the form of Night Tide. We will also have tricks, treats, and some crafty seasonal fun happening while we watch.


Paula Singer Epstein Library Classroom Dedication

November 2, 4-6pm

Join us as we honor our former colleague Paula Epstein (Reference/Instruction Librarian) as we dedicate the Paula Epstein Library Classroom (made possible through the Horace A. Jimerson Trust).