Library Voices

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Have you checked out something from the library this semester?

Posted by Carter on August 22, 2012

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Rising Seniors Can Check out 5 Books for the Summer

Posted by Carter on April 9, 2012

Want to get a leg up on Thesis?  Students who will be returning as seniors in the fall may check out up to five books for the summer. Remember that you must specifically request a book for the summer when you are checking it out–otherwise the normal three-week checkout period will apply. DVDs, magazines and other library materials are not available for summer checkout.

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Meet Our New Research Librarian

Posted by Carter on February 28, 2012

Kimbrough Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Friedman as Instruction and Research Services Librarian.

In her position, Jennifer will partner with academic departments and collaborate with other faculty librarians in the development and delivery of instruction in research methods and library resources use.  She will initiate and assist with implementing technologically innovative services, web-based content and other digital resources.  She comes highly recommended for her work with faculty, staff, and students and for her tech savvy.

Jennifer comes to Ringling College from Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she was Librarian for Collection Resources and Access at the Frances Loeb Library.  Her responsibilities there included instruction and reference, collection building and document delivery, targeted communications to communities within the graduate school, and copyright education, to name a few.  She also served as the expert for the Art, Design and the Public Domain program.  Prior to Harvard, Jennifer was Collections Manager and Public Services Librarian at MIT’s Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning.  At MIT she served as the libraries’ expert on the research and learning culture and practices of the Architectural Design and Visual Arts communities and collaborated with the Program for Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) to manage the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) Archive.  Jennifer also held positions at Clemson University and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Jennifer holds the Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University and the B.A. in Art History from Trinity College.  She is active in the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), currently serving on the Development Committee and the Document Advisory Committee.

When not on the job fulfilling your information needs, Jennifer enjoys anime, researching stage magic and entertainment architecture, and continues to pursue the techniques to make the perfect béchamel sauce.  An enthusiastic gamer, she relishes Rock Band, the return of couch co-op games, discovering new board & card games and debating the fine points of old-school RPGs.

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Downloading Killer Tracks production music—set up your individual account and password

Posted by Carter on February 20, 2012

Using production music in your project and don’t have a Killer Tracks account and password yet?  You will need to set up an individual account and password with Killer Tracks to be able to download the music tracks.  Don’t worry, there’s no cost to you. That’s already covered by Kimbrough Library.

Set up your account and password now while you have plenty of time.  It can take 24 hours on a weekday for Killer Tracks to confirm your account and they do not process password requests on weekends.

To set up your individual account and request a password:

1.  Go to the Library’s website where we list our music and sound effects databases on the “Find Sounds” page:

2.  Click on Killer Tracks, accept the terms of use, and login to the proxy server using your Ringling ID and password.

3.  Follow the instructions on the subsequent page.  Remember to use your Ringling email address, as well as the Client Account # 15227.

Call Kimbrough Library at 359-7587 if you need assistance.

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Cintiq Stations Available in the Library

Posted by Carter on February 11, 2012

The library has two Cintiq stations available.  These computers are closest to our front doors.  Didn’t bring your Wacom pen with you?  That’s ok, just ask at the front desk if you’d like to borrow one to use with      the Cintiq. There are no time limits on these machines.  We still have four quick print & scan stations, as well as one quick print stations.


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Handmade Book Artist Bea Nettles Visits Ringling College

Posted by Carter on February 3, 2012

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Artist Books!

Posted by jennugent on November 2, 2011

Half of our artist books are currently on display across from the circulation desk. Ask the library staff to get a better look at these, or any others that are stored in our Special Collections.

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Jen’s selections from our Special Collections

Posted by jennugent on November 2, 2011

Come in and check out the display just outside the library’s computer lab!

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Hamlet’s Blackberry

Posted by annfinn on October 18, 2011

Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers, HarperCollinsPublishers, c2010

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Imagine this:  you are in a door-less room , imprisoned with others who are always trying to get your attention.  Sometimes what the others want to tell or show you is critically important—or at least interesting to you.  But, much of the time the interruptions border on the trivial and banal.  There’s no place where you can get away to relax, think, or concentrate on your most pressing needs.  Stop imagining—because you live in just such an enclosed world.  We all do!  The current Internet/telecommunications completely-wired world is just such a place.  There’s no escape from our ubiquitous screens (be they computer, smart phone, etc.) and their reach.

The latest publishing craze is the plethora of books bemoaning what our “screens” and our over-connectivity are doing to our lives.  In Hamlet’s BlackBerry we now find a book that not only commiserates—but, also, offers suggestions to help handle the overload.

Recently, despite his best efforts,  the author, William Powers, felt himself sinking under the pressure to keep in constant touch via IM, text, email, twitter, Facebook, etc.   Web searches ate into what he used to call his “free time”.  (Since the advent of the computer age, more access to computing power and shorter response times have been considered the most-desired of outcomes.  More connectedness was always seen as a “good”.  Yet, all that information has actually made it harder to be truly knowledgeable.)   Powers noticed friends and family having difficulty keeping up with it all, too!  It was almost as if busyness itself was becoming the whole point of life.  There was a struggle going on at the center of Powers’ life for the center of his being.

Powers eventually realized that spending all one’s time connected to the crowd is a terrible idea.     Human in-person interaction and depth of feeling were being seriously affected.  Then, he began to wonder how people in past ages coped with new technology.  After all, humans have adapted to the new for many centuries!  History is replete with moments when an astonishing new invention suddenly made it easier for people to connect across time & space.    This book is the author’s account of his research into past coping mechanisms and the possibilities of their use in the present or future. 

The technology of screens is devised to focus our minds and lives outward instead of inward.  If we are to achieve the depth of feeling & knowledge necessary for a valuable life, we need to short circuit the current trends.  Powers believes with his coping mechanisms, it is possible to establish some distance between a person and the crowd, and he believes people can to use these skills to establish the necessary habits & processes– while the digital age is still young.    Has Powell found Nirvana & solved all our over-connected-ness problems?  No!!  Could he have had an insight or two that you might find helpful in the future?  Perhaps.  You might want to check it out…

P.S.:  By the way, Hamlet didn’t actually own a BlackBerry.  You’ll find out what this fictional character used, instead, to keep track of his thoughts, when you read Powell’s book!

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Ringling 10.10 AQUA Week > Water Resources

Posted by Carter on October 7, 2011

Kimbrough Library at Ringling College of Art + Design supports Ringling 10:10 AQUA Week.  Also be sure to check out their blog.  We have prepared a guide contains supplemental resources about water use and conservation. It is designed for people who want to educate themselves further about the role water plays in our environment.

Ask at the library if you would like help finding any of the resources listed on this resource guide.

Ringling 10.10 Aqua Week Resources (HTML)

Ringling 10.10 Aqua Week Resources (PDF)

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