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)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Staff Favorites!

Take a look at the November display of staff favorites!  The Library will be refreshing the display all throughout the month.  A few titles I recommend: 

This beautifully illustrated book includes photos, artwork, and ephemera  from the Wes Anderson films Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom.  The book captures the spirit, charm and aesthetics expected from Wes Anderson.

In fashion, advertising and popular culture, sunglasses are a signifier of cool.  Cool Shades offers a scholarly and engaging history of sunglasses and addresses the many complex meanings of sunglasses.   

Britpop! Follows the rise and fall of the movement from 1994 - 1998.  In contrast to British bands of the eighties, the Brit Pop bands of the mid-nineties embraced the mainstream. This book draws on music journalism and interviews from all of the major bands of the time, like Oasis, Blur, Elastica, and Suede.

The Design of Everyday Things, originally published as The Psychology of Everyday Things, is a fascinating book about smart design. 

Posted on November 07, 2016 I Blog post by Lauren Gavin, M.L.S. (Technical Services/Reference Librarian)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fashion: Now & Then Recap: Gender Roles in Fashion

One interesting theme during the Fashion: Now & Then: Fashion as Art Conference this year was the questioning of how gender and fashion worked together to impart gender roles on society. In looking at the rigid fashion guidelines that are set forth by gender roles, this year’s presenters also introduced various counterculture movements that challenged such validity and became powerful movements in their own right. Patti Jordan, visual merchandising professor at LIM College and well-known artist herself, presented on subcultures prevalent in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Some of these including The Cockettes, a raunchy gender-fluid performance group that challenged both identity and sexual roles, as well as the Club Kids that originated New York’s iconic nightlife scene with characters such as Michael Alig and Richie Rich showing up in crazy looks to promote nightlife. In addition to films such as Liquid Sky that were also prevalent during these decades, Jordan argues that the 70’s and 80’s were a great time for gender exploration.
Above: Picture of The Cockettes performance artists
The Adrian G. Marcuse Library has books that further explore this idea and might be some interesting reads that challenge your ideas on what gender looks like in relation to fashion. Some of these books include:
(Call Number: 391 NEG)
(Call Number: 391 CRA)
Other presenters at the Fashion Now and Then: Fashion as Art Conference suggested that moving forward, we expect to see more gender neutral clothing popping up at retailers that we frequently shop. How would you feel about this? Let us know! 

Posted on November 02, 2016 I Blog post by Thomas Goonan (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

British Fashion

We at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library love the United Kingdom, so we’re taking some time to focus on British fashion and the designers that have made it popular worldwide.  From Mary Quant and Zandra Rhodes to Mary Katrantzou and Stella McCartney, the library has a wealth of resources to answer your curiosity about fashion anarchy in the UK.

by Hywel Davies
Call number: 746.92 DAV

by Andrew Bolton
Call number: 746.9 BOL

by Catherine McDermott
Call number: 391.0094 BEA

by Claire Wilcox
Call number: 746.92092 WIL

Posted on October 25, 2016 I Blog post by Rebecca Clark, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Adrian G. Marcuse Library Closed for Fashion: Now & Then Conference

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library will be closing Thursday, October 20 at 6pm and will remain closed until Monday, October 24 for the 2016 Fashion: Now & Then: Fashion as Art Conference. We will re-open on Monday, October 24 at 7:30am. 

For more information on the Conference, please check out our Conference website.

Registration is required and you can register here.

FRANCA: Chaos and Creation

Last week, I was lucky enough to be one out of 10 LIM College students to attend Vogue’s private screening of FRANCA: Chaos and Creation. While the new documentary premiered last month in Europe – Vogue’s star studded event last week marked its United States debut at the Metrograph Theater in Lower Manhattan. I, along with my other LIM peers, were starstuck as we spent the premieres cocktail hour in the same room with huge iconic figures in the fashion industry. To name a few: Anna Wintour, Vera Wang, Naomi Campbell, Diane von Furstenburg, and of course Franca Sozzani, herself.
After the cocktail hour, we were loaded with mass amounts of traditional movie theater snacks: popcorn, sodas, and variants of candies, and then we were shuttled into the theater. The hour and a half long feature, depicted the life of Franco Sozzani – from her young childhood in a small town in northern Italy to her 28 year run as the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia. The documentary was directed by Sozzani’s very own son, Francesco Carrozzini and includes commentary from the two of them and other fashion industry icons, including Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Andre Leon Talley and more.

During Sozzani’s run as Editor-in-Chief, she revolutionized how fashion publications connect to art, politics and current events. Controversially, Sozzani themes her editions around current events and issues – such as, the B.P. oil crisis, domestic abuse and plastic surgery.

Sozzani, is also credited with creating the “supermodel” and publishing the first issue of vogue to only feature models of color. She still holds her position at Vogue and continues to produce innovative and contemporary works of art in Vogue Italia. The full length feature can now be watched at and editions of Franca Sozzani’s Vogue Italia can be read for free at the Adrian G.Marcuse Library in Maxwell Hall. You can find several of the latest editions in our magazine rooms, with numerous Vogue Issues from countries all around the globe!

Posted on October 17, 2016 I Blog post by Danielle White (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Travel & Tourism

Last semester I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad at the University of Westminster in London. Over the course of about four months, I was able to explore London and six other European cities. While I cannot say I regret anything, I do wish that I had done a bit more research before taking on these adventures because I feel that I did miss some key sites. When I got back to the Adrian G. Marcuse Library, I decided to check out their selection of travel and tourism books and was nothing less than impressed. If you are currently planning a trip, definitely check out the library for all kinds of interesting reads. Since I am planning on going back to the United Kingdom, I decided to focus on books about England and London.

Many of the travel and tourism books are located in the “914” section. A few books that I found to be of interest were, 1000 Things to Do in Britain published by Time Out Magazine and The Beatles’ London: A Guide to 467 Beatles Sites In and Around London.

1000 Things to Do in Britain (914.1 TIM) is a typical guidebook. However, it focuses on Britain as a whole and not just London. I’ve found that there are not too many books that focus on the whole country because London is, of course, the tourist hub. I definitely want to check out places outside of London to get a better feel for the British culture so I know this book will be helpful.

It is almost impossible to mention London without mentioning The Beatles. The Beatles’ London (914.21 SCH) covers everything there is to know about the band and their city. It is a must-read for any die-hard fans.

Be sure to check out the LIM College Library when planning your next trip!

Posted on October 05, 2016 I Blog post by Rachel Gass (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fashion Now & Then Conference Presenters' Publications

The Fashion Now & Then: Fashion as Art Conference is around the corner, it will be held at the LIM College Townhouse from Thursday October 20th until Saturday, October 22nd. There are four presenters who have books here at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library available to read or check out.

April Calahan, co-author of Fashion and The Art of Pochoir, will be this year's Friday Keynote speaker on Friday, October 21st from 10:30-11:30am.

741.672 CAL

This book displays 275 illustrations during the Golden Age in Paris including annotations and biographical descriptions of the artists shown. These illustrations are of “pochoir”, a French hand-stenciling technique issued in luxury fashion publications. This is great piece of French publication history, given the significance of this technique used by artists in the 1910s and 1920s.

Gordon Kendall, who will be presenting with Alexandra Sargent on Friday, October 21st from 2:00-3:00pm at this year's Conference, authored Fashion Brand Merchandising. 

331 KEN

This book goes over the basic concepts of how branding and merchandising go hand in hand. It covers the roles of the brand-marketer, merchandiser, retailer, designer and student. It provides the tools in order to be successful in the fashion branding process. 

Daniel James Cole and Nancy Diehl, previous presenters of the 2015 Fashion Now & Then Conference, authored The History of Modern Fashion.

391.001 COL

This book is on the connection between fashion and art in all mediums, but also fashion and pop culture. With the help of beautiful illustration from 1850 to 2010, the history of fashion is told as a story.

Ari Seth Cohen, a previous presenter of the 2011 and 2012 Fashion Now & Then Conferences, authored Advanced Style: Older and Wiser.

746.9 COH2
This is Ari Seth Cohen's follow-up to the best-selling title, Advanced Style. The title features Cohen's photographs of his favorite older ladies along with 22 short essays.

Posted on September 27, 2016 I Blog post by Joely Liriano (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Monday, September 19, 2016

“The See Now, Buy Now” Movement

In the blink of an eye, our summer vacation dissipated into nothing more than a recent memory and all students-alike got swept up into the nervous excitement of the back to school season. We all revamped our wardrobes; comparison shopped for the best deals on textbooks and mentally prepared ourselves for another intense 15 weeks of studying. However, these early weeks of September have a different meaning for us fashion students: fashion week. The start of our semester is more than just reviewing syllabi and completing introductory assignments; we are volunteering until the late hours of the night, rushing around from show to show, waiting in crowded lines in hopes of a celebrity sighting and analyzing every trend we can find in the media. This fashion week in particular, was more than just about the runway trends we observed as fashion-lovers. This fashion week, allowed us – as business students – to analyze changes in the retail market.

The most apparent and radical change being the implementation of a runway to retail strategy. “The see-now-buy-now” movement cuts out the standard 4-6 month waiting time and makes the runway looks immediately shoppable for consumers. This approach was executed (and successfully so) this past week by recognizable brand names; including, Rebecca Minkoff, Burberry, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. Closing this time gap is predicted to have a huge impact on the entire organization of fashion weeks and the retail industry; which only proves the influence that fast-fashion and modern media platforms have had on the fashion industry in recent years.

While the innovation of these trendsetting brands has been publicly applauded by many, some critics fear for the integrity of these high-end designers and the potential downfall of their brand name. In previous occurrences, the various strategies of mass-marketing and mass-retailing that have been employed by name brand designers have been quite controversial. While these approaches could have influenced an increase in sales, many argue that these moves tarnish the credibility and name of the organization. 

This topic is thoroughly explored in Dana Thomas’s novel Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster. Published in 2007, Thomas explores in detail the idea’s of how mass accessibility can be harmful to an establishment’s brand image and can actually lead to the loss of their critical and affluent consumer base. While “runway-to-retail” seems like the strongest move in the fashion industry now, Thomas’s theory proposes that over time, these choices could be detrimental. You can pick up her at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library and analyze for yourself if the see-now buy-now movement is the best move for brands.
      Author: Dana Thomas
     Call Number: 338.47 THO

Posted on September 19, 2016 I Blog post by Danielle White (student worker of the LIM College Library)