Consuming news critically – Questions for Artists, Writers, Entrepreneurs, Students, Activists…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 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: “Bailey Puggins the Newsie” by DaPuglet is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0



Hope: A Little Goes a Long Way

suicide prevention ribbon

The Columbia College Library is partnering with Counseling Services and Health Education to help break through the stigmas related to suicide and seeking mental health services.

“Hope: A Little Goes a Long Way,” held on Friday, September 15, 1 – 4 p.m., in the Columbia Library, 624 S. Michigan, 3rd floor North, offers an interactive program designed to help develop intrapersonal connections and introduce students to life-skills training to help address mental health issues. The program uses the principles of dance/movement therapy, a body/mind approach to healthcare, to enhance the empathic capacity of the college community to better understand and support students in need. The program is also designed to help identify warning signs and risk factors for suicide.

In addition to “Hope: A Little Goes a Long Way,” the Columbia Library periodically hosts meditation workshops in the Library Meditation Room, and hosts De-Stress Fest each semester (December 4-7), including Therapy Dogs, to help create a safe and supportive environment for students.

For more information on “Hope Goes a Long Way,” or to make an appointment at the Counseling Center, call 312-369-8700.

Image from: IHS

“Portrait of a Soldier” Exhibit on display from September 11-15, 2017



Former Governor Pat Quinn will commemorate Patriot Day – and the 16th anniversary of 9/11 – by opening the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit at the Columbia College Chicago Library Reading Room 301,  Monday September 11, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

The display features hand-drawn portraits of 291 Illinois men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001.

“When you look at the faces in these powerful portraits, you see how many were the same age as these college students,” Quinn said. “This exhibit reminds us all of the horrific events of 16 years ago and the sacrifices made to defend democracy.”

The unique exhibit – which seeks to put faces to the names of the fallen – is comprised of portraits created by artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon, Illinois. The project began when Schilling drew a portrait of fellow Mattoon resident U.S. Army Spc. Charles Neeley after Neeley lost his life in Iraq.

Schilling – then a student at Eastern Illinois University – committed himself to drawing a portrait of every Illinois service member killed in the Global War on Terror. Each portrait is lovingly done in Schilling’s evocative style. His efforts caught the eye of then-Lieutenant Governor Quinn, who established the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial exhibit in 2004, and began taking the display to venues across Illinois.

“Portrait of a Soldier” will be on display in the Library the week of Monday, September 11.





5 Things Students Create In The Library Maker Lab

3d printed asl hand signs

Students 3D print and use the vinyl cutter in the library Maker Lab to create a variety of objects – academic and personal.  Here are five of our favorite maker lab uses:

Entrepreneurship team projects

Entrepreneurship teams are tasked with running their own venture project business throughout the semester, designing, marketing, financing, and working together to make their projected sales goals.

Teams have utilized 3D printing and 3D scanning to prototype product designs or build the final product. Past projects that utilized the Maker Lab included: Talk to the Hands, 3D printed keychains of ASL hand signs; Emerge, an all-in-one hand sanitizer and tissue dispenser; and Vantage Vinyl, a product that allows vinyl records to be hung up for display.

Custom gaming pieces

3D printing is a useful tool for printing custom gaming miniatures for Warhammer, D & D, and more. One student went so far as to design and print his own custom Settlers of Catan set with roads, settlements, and cities based upon twisted hexagons.

Digitally designed characters

Students enrolled in animation or design courses like 3D Digital Sculpting use design software, like Maya, to create and animate digital characters. These 3D designs can be exported for 3D printing. Characters that we’ve 3D printed include student renderings of Pi from The Life of Pi and Yennefer from Witcher.

Vinyl cut installations

Need lettering for your next gallery exhibit? Students use the Maker Lab’s vinyl cutter to cut adhesive vinyl for gallery lettering, logos, and other images for installation. Vinyl cutting is also great for making stickers!

Fix stuff

Did you break the bracket of your Beats Headphones? Don’t worry. We can repair it! Students have made small repairs by 3D printing everything from missing board game pieces to new iPhone cases.

ALA responds to end of Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program


The American Library Association (ALA) today published a response to the end of the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program . Columbia College Chicago Library is posting this message because we share in the mission and values espoused by the ALA.

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following message regarding the Trump administration’s announcement that it will end the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protected nearly 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation as they pursued the American dream.

“Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including immigrants, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity,“ said Neal.

“We are disappointed that the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are in jeopardy. Through no fault of their own, these undocumented youth were brought to this country as children, and deserve the opportunity to contribute to our society without the fear of being deported. We ask Congress to work together to find a solution to this issue.”

Best practices and resources to better serve immigrant populations are currently available through the ALA’s Libraries Respond website.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.



Save Money! We Have Your Textbooks

book edges

Did you know that the library has textbooks*?

It’s true! We have at least one copy of each textbook sold in the bookstore that costs more than $40. The book is always kept in the library at the circulation desk on the first floor. You can come in to use the book, take notes, make copies, or scan pages anytime during library hours. You just can’t take it home with you.

Did you know that it is also possible for us to get books you need that the library does not own?

One way is for you to request that the library buy a copy using our Suggest a Purchase form. The other way is to request the book from another library using I-Share or Interlibrary Loan.

These services are available to all Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, and staff.


Photo by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

Mark Your Calendar: September Events in the Library


Fresh Meet: New Student Mixer

Friday, September 1st, 4-7pm

The Library invites you to meet students outside your major, enjoy fresh food from Peach and Green, watch live music, and enter to win a computer from Dell. It’s all happening right after Convocation. Join us!

Paint Party

Tuesday, September 5th, 6-8pm

Grab a brush and make a friend! The Library will be hosting a “paint party” where students are encouraged to draw, paint, or simply hang out and enjoy music, snacks, and art-making.

5C Comedy Open Mic

Wednesday, September 6th, 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. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Old School Board Game Night

Friday, September 8th, 5-7pm

Kick off the semester with some of your old favorites, including Trivial Pursuit, Candyland, Scattergories, Uno, Scrabble, Checkers, and more.

Library Zine Night

Monday, September 11th, 6-10pm

Join us for our first Zine Night of the semester, a chance for you to work alone or collaboratively on zines, comics, artist books, or other paper projects in the library.

Hope: A Little Goes a Long Way

Friday, September 15th, 1-4pm

How do we break through the stigmas related to suicide and seeking mental health services? Join Counseling Services and Health Education for an interactive program geared towards moving past the stigma and learning key elements in suicide prevention.

Rock the Vote

Tuesday, September 19th, 12-4pm

Celebrate Constitution Day by registering to vote! The Library will provide free pocket Constitutions (in both Spanish and English) as well as free voter registration forms!

How-to-Tuesday: Black Light Paintings

Tuesday, September 19th, 6-8pm

Come live all your black velvet dreams.  We’ll demo and experiment with basic screen printing and some freehand techniques using neon and glow-in-the dark inks and paints.

Tattoo: Ink, Art, and Object

Monday, September 25th, 6-8pm

Join us for an evening of tattoo-inspred poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Bad Books Reception

Tuesday, September 26th, 4-6pm

Tattoo: Ink, Art, and Object Artist Panel

Tuesday, September 26th, 6-8pm

Join us for an evening conversation with our Tattoo: Ink, Art and Object artists. The exhibition is part of our fall focus week devoted to all things tattoo, an exploration of everything from low brow to high, from flash to fine art, and everything in between.

Budgeting 101

Wednesday, September 27th, 2:30-3:30pm

Have you ever been in a situation where an opportunity arose, such as a trip or a concert, but then you couldn’t go because you didn’t have the money? Or, have you ever wondered where all of your money goes? Join us for this workshop to learn how to consciously spend your money and still have fun.

Creating Writing Reading Series: Mary Gaitskill and T. J. Jarrett

Wednesday, September 27th, 5:30-7:30pm

Columbia College Chicago presents the Fall 2017 Creative Writing Reading Series. This reading opens with a student reader and closes with a Q&A session with the audience. Selected titles will be available for sale.

Tattoo: Ink, Art, and Object Workshop

Wednesday, September 27th, 6-8pm

Join us for our tattoo flash inking workshop, employing a variety of techniques including watercolor, pencil, marker, and more. Make stickers, temporary tattoos, buttons, and more.