Friday, March 27, 2015

Check It Out

The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution
by Marilyn Satin Kushner and Kimberly Orcutt, eds.
New York Historical Society, 2013
Call Number: N6448 A74 A76 2013

Available for four-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

This volume was put together by the New York Historical Society to accompany their centennial retrospective of the Armory Show. Kushner says in her introduction that throughout the book an attempt was made to separate the legends about the show from the facts about it. (This meant that the writers started with critiquing material previously written about the show and then moved on to new research. She also states that by including essays written by authorities in various fields the editors attempted to view the show from perspectives not previously investigated. This was especially evident in the chapters which discussed the social issues New York was struggling with at that time and how they affected the show.

The essays are divided into six major categories:

  1. “ORGANIZERS” (a roughly ten page essay on each of the four major organizers of the show)  
  2. “NY and the US ca. 1913” (the historical and cultural context of the show, especially in New York)
  3. “THE EXHIBITION” (general introductions to the American and European art along with five to ten page essays on nine artists, one essay on drawings in the show, and another on prints)
  4. “RESPONSES” (of both critics and the public) Example: “An elderly gentleman `suddenly became vociferous and almost violent in his efforts to keep a friend from looking at a Picasso’”
  5. “TRAVELING VENUES” (the differences between the Armory Shows in New York, Chicago, and Boston)
  6. “LEGACY” (both short and long term legacies for art dealers, collectors, and the course of American art). 
The book is elegantly laid out and contains over 350 gorgeous illustrations. Despite having over 500 pages including the bibliography and appendixes, the book is very readable and flows easily from one subject to another. It gives the reader a much better understanding of various aspects of the Armory Show by connecting causes to results. Aside from the chapters on the cultural, artistic, and historic context of the show, this is especially true in the essays on the organizers. These chapters foster a better understanding of their personalities and the impact of each on the show.

Ken Johnson, in The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide 2013 states that “It [the book] conveys a good idea of how and why an exhibition that happened a century ago is still worth thinking about."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Database of the Week

The EBSCOhost Religion and Philosophy database provides full-text articles on topics related to world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. 

This collection offers nearly 300 full text journals that specialize in these subject areas. What a treasure-trove of information!

Most of these articles are unavailable for free on the Internet. The Library provides free access to all of the articles for SWC students, faculty, and staff. For off-campus access, enter your Username (WebAdvisor ID) and Password (birthdate).

View a full list of databases offered through the library for all currently-enrolled SWC students.

Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Falling Behind?

Make an appointment with a tutor in the Library!

Assistance is available for a wide range of subjects, including (but not limited to):
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • English (Reading/Writing)
  • French
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Psychology
Make a 30-minute appointment for one-on-one tutoring at the ITC (Interdisciplinary Tutoring Center) Desk on the 3rd floor of the library. 

Call (619) 421-6700 x5198 or email

See you at the Library!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Check It Out

Isabel Allende: A Literary Companion 
by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2013
New Book Shelf
Call Number: PQ 8098.1 L54 Z87 2013

Available for four-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

As part of the McFarland Literary Companion series, this book introduces and honors the Spanish language author, Isabel Allende who is known for her insights on multiculturalism and world feminism. The author, Mary Ellen Snodgrass is an award-winning author of reference sources, including several of the volumes in the McFarland series.

This volume offers a chronology of Allende’s life and works, her genealogy, a literary companion that is alphabetically arranged by extensive subject entries based on various themes, a historical timeline of the Allende canon, and a helpful glossary. Most impressive is that while this resource provides scholarly information, it is organized and written in a reader-friendly and engaging style.

Review by Tanya Carr, SWC Librarian

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Break

All SWC Libraries are closed March 29 - April 5 for Spring Break.

Regular hours will resume on Monday, April 6.

Enjoy your break!

Kathryn Fritz Special Collection, circa 1927

Saturday, March 21, 2015

We are open today!

The main library at the Chula Vista campus is open 10 am - 2 pm on Saturdays.

Visit the library's website for more information about resources and hours. You can ask a librarian for assistance via our chat service -- it's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Student Orientations - Today and Saturday

Taking an online class? Attend a free, one-hour orientation!

Join us for an introduction to the Blackboard course management system, and other useful information about taking an online class.

All orientations take place in the Library classroom -- L-244.

No need to sign up, just be on time!

Orientations for Online Students:

Friday, March 20, Noon
Saturday, March 21, 10:00 AM
Monday, March 23, 4:00 PM