Thursday, February 11, 2016

Exploring LIM College DVD Collection: Fashion on the Screen

LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library collects and circulate DVDs, both curriculum-related and otherwise.  Given the ubiquity and seeming advantageous convenience of streaming video, you may wonder why this is. The reasons for this collection decision are many –

Variety.  The library relies on DVDS to cover a wide range of content and subjects. Educational documentaries, which are rarely available from streaming services, explore in-depth complex issues of the clothing industry.  This deep-level analysis, whether the exploration of economics of the apparel industry in The True Cost, or the interviews with garment industry insiders in Schmatta, act as important research materials for the curriculum.  Documentaries on individual designers or runway shows offers a close analysis of work and technique.  

Viewing options. DVDs can be borrowed from the library for one-week, viewed in the library on a laptop with or without headphones, or viewed by a group in the library training room.  This last option facilitates group work by allowing for group discussion. 

Period dress in review.  As an element of the overall design of a film, accurate period dress allows viewers to understand clothing within its era and adds much to character and storytelling. As a fan of Downton Abbey (available in the library), there are many scenes designed to showcase the clothes.  Reading about the growing emancipation of women in the 1920’s is far less compelling and illustrating that just seeing a character switch from Victorian to flapper.

Fun. Pretty Little Liars. Glee. Girls. What DVDs do you recommend the library purchase?

Posted on February 11, 2015 I Blog post by Lou Acierno, M.L.I.S. (Director of Library Services)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Spring 2016 Saturday Hours

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library will be open select Saturdays to support you through your midterms & finals. We'll be open from 10am - 4pm and will be offering our Ask-a-Librarian service from 12pm - 4pm. We look forward to see you on the following Saturdays:

February 20
February 27
March 5

April 23
April 30
May 7

Monday, February 1, 2016

Black History Month

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library is celebrating Black History Month with a dedicated display. The books and DVDs feature prominent African Americans who have made a difference on our world. Some of the titles that are featured include: 

Stop by the Library today and check out one of our many titles celebrating Black History Month!

The Art of Costume Design

It’s the middle of awards season, and fashion blogs are full of red carpet rundowns and best (and worst) dressed lists.  But fashion has an integral role to play in more than just the Oscars pre-show; it is an integral part of TV shows and movies themselves.  Costume design is an important part of any production—it communicates so much about the time period, characters, and setting of a narrative before any words are spoken.  Learn more about costume design for movies, TV, theater, and even opera with these books, found at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library:

Posted on February 01, 2016 I Blog post by Rebecca Clark, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New York: Our Campus, Our City

New York is LIM College’s campus, learning center, and playground. LIM College has a long history with New York, and I’ve been spending time learning more about the College’s past and its relationship with the city. In 1939 Maxwell F. Marcuse, in association with two colleagues from the fashion industry, founded LIM College (originally called the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising). Marcuse, a well-known advertiser in retailing, understood the importance of learning through hands-on experience, especially in New York’s fashion industry. Marcuse became an educator, writer, and, according to his biography, was known to his friends as a “New Yorkist.” One of his books, This Was New York! A Nostalgic Picture of Gotham in the Gaslight Era, recounts the remarkable history of New York from as early as 1626 and includes a pictorial guide of how the city has transformed over the years.

If you are interested in viewing a signed copy of This Was New York! (August 25, 1965) and learning more about the Maxwell F. Marcuse Collection, come visit the LIM College Archives on the 14th floor in Maxwell Hall. To schedule an appointment, please contact

We also have wonderful books on New York’s history available at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library. Here are some recommendations:

Visit our library to check out these books and discover similar titles in our collection! 

Posted on January 26, 2016 I Blog post by Elizabeth Marotta, M.L.I.S. (Archivist/Librarian) 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Adrian G. Marcuse Library Closed Monday, January 25, 2016

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library will be closed Monday, January 25 due to Winter Storm Jonas. The Library will re-open Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30am.

Ask-a-Librarian will resume normal hours on Tuesday, January 26.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pop Up Magazine Display - Spring 2016

Pop Up Magazine Display - new @ the Adrian G. Marcuse Library!  The Pop Up display brings a new mix of magazines to the library to be switched out every semester.   A few titles from this semester’s lineup are: 

“Wonderland is an international, independently published magazine offering a unique perspective on the best new and established talent across all popular culture: fashion, film, music and art.”  Learn more at

“Brownbook Is An Urban Lifestyle Guide Focusing On Design, Culture And Travel Across The Middle East And North Africa.” Learn more at

“Frame magazine is the world’s leading interior-design publication. The bimonthly magazine is filled with inspiring projects and stunning photography from all sectors of the international interiors industry. Since 1997, Frame has remained faithful to its vision: putting interior design on the map as a creative profession that’s on a par with product design and architecture.” Learn more at

This semester’s full lineup includes: Archetype, The Article, Brownbook, Citizen K International, DISfunkshion, Frame, Glass, HighSnobiety, In Beauty, Magazine, Pin-Up and Wonderland.  Find all 12 on display next to the Vogue wall.  

Posted on January 19, 2016 I Blog post by Lauren Gavin, M.L.S. (Technical Services/Reference Librarian)