Monday, December 19, 2016

Holidays on Display

As the semester draws to a close and final projects are being wrapped up, I can’t help getting into the holiday spirit. I’m sure that we are all looking forward to the much-needed break where we can finally relax and spend time with friends and family. Going along with the festive theme, I decided to write this post on great holiday books that the Library offers.

-          Holidays on Display: This book, written by William L. Bird, highlights the incredible window displays that are put up by department stores and other retail locations all over the world. Check this book out and then take a walk down 5th Avenue to see some windows for yourself.
-          Encyclopedia of Holidays and Celebrations:A Country by Country Guide: This e-book explores different holiday festivities in 206 different countries. It is a great guide for learning more about other cultures and traditions.
-          It’s a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays: This book is filled with traditional holiday stories and is a great way to get in the holiday spirit! Experts include: “Deck the Halls,” The Great Paper Chase,” “A Thoroughly Modern Santa” and “Eat Till it Hurts.”

Be sure to check out these books and others before you head off to enjoy break. They are sure to get you in the festive mood and make you forget about final projects and exams!

Posted on December 19, 2016 I Blog post by Rachel Gass (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fine Forgiveness

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library will waiving all overdue fines upon return of the book(s) through Friday, December 16, 2016. Simply return the overdue books and the late fees will be forgiven.  

The Library will be open next week from 

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (September 10, 2016 - December 10, 2016)
Sunday: Closed

Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter Intersession Hours

Monday, December 19, 2016:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2016:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2016: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The library will be closed Thursday, December 22, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017.

Tuesday, January 3 - Friday, January 13, 2017
Monday* - Friday:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
*Closed Monday, January 2

Staff Favorites! Not-A-Book

For the November’s book display, librarians and student workers chose favorite titles to recommend to patrons.  My selections were titles that raises the question; what defines a work as a book?  Below are examples of my choices –

The term “book” is stretched to the limit by this work. In this boxed set, author Chris Ware assembles fourteen different printed works including cloth-bound books, newspapers, broadsheets, flip books and a board game to tell the story of the life of a woman living in a brownstone apartment.  If this isn’t sufficiently unusual, the work can be read in any order. Librarian note: when the book is returned, each discrete part must be accounted for! 

The Raw Shark Texts (a pun on Rorshach Test) is an exciting story of an amnesiac trying to piece together memories of his life. However, it is most fascinating when viewed as an experimental work of meta-fiction raising questions on reading, memory, and identity. At one point, the book is torn and turned into a flip-book (?).  Not a great book, but a lot of fun!  

WARNING: The next sentence will frighten off most reader – The first book of a seven-volume  4,500-page work.  However, you’ll be relieved to know that you will get much enjoyment out of this first volume and do not need to read the entire work.  This is a great story of how memory (again) shapes our self-identity and the destructive force of sexual jealousy. This most recent translation (from the French) is considered far more lively and accessible than previous translations.   

 Posted on December 05, 2016 I Blog post by Lou Acierno, M.L.I.S. (Director of Library Services)

Monday, November 28, 2016

What is Protest Literature?

There is no one definition of protest literature—it can encompass many points of view and many media, including poetry, prose, fiction, and non-fiction.  What ties all protest literature together are two common characteristics: protest literature points out problems in a society, and suggests possible solutions to those problems.  Good protest literature can help you see points of view far outside your own, and inspire you to think in new ways about the world around you.  These are just few examples of protest literature you can find at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library:

Posted on November 28, 2016 I Blog post by Rebecca Clark, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)

The Lexington Line Available at the Library

Copies of the new issue of the Lexington Line is available at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library. This Autumn/Winter 2016 edition features articles about Small Girl PR, albums reviews, a spotlight on Professor Hallay, student photoshoots and more. I personally really enjoyed reading about the album reviews for top 12 albums of 2016 on pages 24-27. Beyonce’s Lemonade, Anderson .Paak’s Malibu, and Frank Ocean’s Blonde were some of my personal favorites that were featured. There is even an article written by Madison Ross who is the Digital Content Editor of the magazine and a work study student here at Library as well. From pages 41-43, she discusses how the influences of both art and fashion can pursue philanthropy and good deeds. Both entities working together can produce a better world through responsible reflections of their time. Michelle Alvarez, another library work study is also the Marketing Director for the magazine. She helps gets advertisers, organizes the launch event, develops marketing initiatives to attract LIM College students and outside readers. Just last Thursday, November 10th there was a Lexington Line launch party at the opening of the Boohoo store in SoHo. The collaboration was a success, you can check out pictures/videos from the event searching the #lexline or #boohoostorenyc hashtags on Instagram.

If you would like to read a copy come pick one up at the reference desk here at the library or up at the writing center!

Posted on November 28, 2016 I Blog post by Joely Liriano (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Climate Change

I recently watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s National Geographic documentary, Before the Flood, going over climate change and the wide range of influences it has on societal development. Not only does this affect our environment and weather patterns, but one example would be how when rising sea levels cause displacement of communities now underwater, a lessening of resources for growing populations is now a product of the fact. DiCaprio interviews various scientists, researchers, innovators, and people global warming has already affected using stunning visuals from glaciers collapsing to the sea levels in Eastern Asia rising. Business Insider says that instead of trying to change the minds of those who are skeptical about climate change; however, Leonardo DiCaprio “wants to offer children and young people access to science, and give them the tools to fight to protect the planet.”[1]

With that in mind, Adrian G. Marcuse Library has numerous books and research databases to further teach and assist those interested in this global issue and inspiring sustainability.
Smith writes about international policy and how to go about both vulnerability and poverty reduction influenced by global warming. He focuses on both social and economic aspects as well.
The war is mainly between those who accept climate change as an actual thing versus those who don’t believe it is real. As this debate is occurring, the effects of global warming are becoming more and more prominent.

"We're driving in a car with bad brakes in a fog and heading for a cliff. We know for sure that cliff is out there. We just don't know exactly where it is. Prudence would suggest that we should start putting on the brakes." -Barack Obama
Goodall teaches ways for sustainability to applied to everyday life from driving to what retail products you purchase. It goes over how our consumer lives can have real positive effect in slowing down the process of climate change.

Overall, this isn’t an issue that won’t go away. It neither will affect few. It will affect all of us. So, it is up to us, the individuals, corporations, and even government, to work together—united—and take action and inspire change. Let’s continue to learn and expand our knowledge, let’s continue to absolve our differences and work together!

[1] Letzter, R. (2016, November 07). You have until Election Day to watch the stunning climate ... Retrieved November 08, 2016, from

Posted on November 14, 2016 I Blog post by Madison Ross (student worker of the LIM College Library)