Monday, December 22, 2008

Library Hours - Happy Holidays

Southwestern College Library will reopen for the spring semester on Wednesday January 14, 2009 at 7:30 a.m..

The library staff wishes you happy holidays and best wishes for the new year. We look forward to seeing you in 2009.

Friday, December 19, 2008

ARTstor Collections 2008

In 2008, the ARTstor Digital Library released 22 new collections, added content to 21 existing collections, and reached agreements with 33 new museums, photoarchives, libraries, scholars, professional photographers, and artists and artists' estates. The ARTstor Digital Library collection now totals 890,000 images and will soon include nearly 1,000,000 images with the release of the Magnum Photos collection in early 2009.

To view ARTstor from off campus locations you need to create an ARTstor account at from any on-campus computer.

New collections launched (22)
Asian Art (Connecticut College)
Brian Davis: Architecture in Britain
Cave Temples at Ellora, India (Deepanjana Danda Klein and Arno Klein
Century Magazine Illustrations of the American Civil War (Minneapolis College of Art and Design)
Contemporary Art (Franklin Furnace)
Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Rollins College)
Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project (CIC HCAP)
David Wade: Pattern in Islamic Art
European Architecture and Sculpture (Sara N. James)
Ezra Stoller Archive (Esto)
Ferguson-Royce: Pre-Columbian Photography (University of Texas at Austin)
Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings
Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Mellink Archive (Bryn Mawr College)
Mexican Retablos (Jorge Durand and Douglas Massey)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Moreen O'Brien Maser Memorial (Skidmore College)
The Phillips Collection
Ralph Lieberman: Architectural Photography
Terra Foundation for American Art
Wayne Andrews: Architecture (Esto)
World War I and II Posters and Postcards (University of Minnesota Libraries)

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Extended Library Hours for Finals

On Thursday December 11 through the end of the fall semester the library will begin extended hours for students to access library services and resources to prepare for their final exams.

Extended Hours Schedule December 11 - December 18, 2008
Thursday December 11: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday December 12: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday December 13: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday December 14: Closed
Monday Dec. 15 - Thursday Dec. 18: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday December 19: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday December 20 & 21: Closed

Classical Music Library - Free Download

From the library's Articles and Databases webpage you have access to tens of thousands licensed classical recordings that you can listen to over the Internet. Currently enrolled students can also use this resource from off-campus.

Each month the Classical Music Library also provides a free downloadable MP3 classical music track. This week's free download is Mozart's Serenade No. 11 in E flat, K. 375, performed by the Ensemble á Vent Français Bordeaux Aquitaine, Michel Arrignon, conductor. Of the three substantial wind serenades composed in Mozart's early years in Vienna, Serenade No. 11 in E flat, K. 375 is probably the earliest, dating from October 1781.

Download this work now through December 22, 2008.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

This week in CQ Researcher

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint by Thomas J. Billitteri, December 5, 2008

Can individual actions reduce global warming?

As climate change rises closer to the top of the government’s policy agenda – and an economic crisis intensifies – more and more consumers are trying to change their behavior so they pollute and consume less. To reduce their individual “carbon footprints,” many are cutting gasoline and home-heating consumption, choosing locally grown food and recycling. While such actions are important in curbing global warming, the extent to which consumers can reduce or reverse broad-scale environmental damage is open to debate. Moreover, well-intentioned personal actions can have unintended consequences that cancel out positive effects. To have the greatest impact, corporate and government policy must lead the way, many environmental advocates say.

  • Are measures of individual carbon emissions valid?
  • Should government do more to encourage individuals to reduce their carbon footprints?
  • Can individual action significantly reduce global climate change?
To read this article and others visit our Articles and Databases webpage and click on CQ Researcher. Select the Remote Access link for information on how to access this resource from off campus locations.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

GreenPrint - paper saving software

GreenPrint is a free Windows utility that helps eliminate wasted pages while printing and helps maximize your printer's output to save on paper and ink.

After installation, you can print from any application to GreenPrint, which will automatically remove pages from your printout based on rules like "completely blank pages," "pages with an image only," or "Pages 95 percent blank with less than five lines of text," and then pass along your document to your printer with the unnecessary pages removed.

There's a version for Windows (free) and a version for Macs (which costs $29 and has a 30 day free trial). GreenPrint, detects and highlights unwanted content, such as banner ads on a Web page, that tends to spill over onto extra pages. It also lets users delete images from the printed page and quickly create print-friendly PDF documents. The GreenPrint interface appears when users print from any program.

Not only does it helps you decide what to print and not to print, but it also keeps a tally of paper, trees, and money saved.

Monday, December 01, 2008

December eBook of the Month

Barack Obama: The New Face of American Politics by Martin Dupuis and Keith Boeckelman 2008.

At the beginning of 2004, Barack Obama was an almost unknown Illinois state legislator and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Today, Obama's straightforward policy recommendations, message of hope and inclusion, and charismatic style have propelled him to the highest office in the nation.

Written by Martin Dupuis and Keith Boeckelman, this book examines Barack Obama's meteoric rise to fame and what it means for American politics. The roots of President-elect Obama's politics and presidential campaign strategy are traced in this detailed political biography, ascending from his successful run in 1996 to represent Chicago's South Side in the Illinois Senate, through his partial term as the junior U.S. senator from Illinois beginning in 2004, to his campaign for the presidency. Access to Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics is available now through December 31.

If you have already established a NetLibrary account through Southwestern College Library, visit and log in to read "Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics" or any of our other 19,000 electronic book titles.

If you do not have a NetLibrary account, you can create your own account from any computer on the Southwestern College campuses. Visit our NetLibrary information page .