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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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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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Summer Checkout for Rising Seniors

Posted by Carter on April 7, 2011

Get a leg up on your research this summer.  Rising Seniors (current Juniors) should see below about details for extended Summer checkout.

1) Rising Seniors can check out up to five books for the summer. DVDs and other library materials don’t qualify.

2) The due date for these items will be August 29. (One week after classes start)

3) Rising Seniors MUST specifically request a book for the summer when checking it out. It doesn’t happen automatically.

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New Library Catalog Debuting December 13th

Posted by Carter on December 8, 2010

The Library’s online catalog will soon have a new & improved look. In addition to a streamlined look, it will have all the functions you’re familiar as well as new features.

  • My Search – lets you save your favorite searches and repeat them the next time you log in. It’s great for keeping up with new items about topics you are interested in.
  • My List – you can select titles from your search results and save them in a personalized list inside the library catalog.
  • Edit Search and Filters options – easily refine and filter your search results without going back to previous search pages.

We think you will like the convenience and appearance of the new interface. It will be in place starting Monday, December 13.

Library staff are able to assist with this transition.  Please contact us with any questions or feedback at 359-7587.

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Need to Dig Deeper?

Posted by Carter on October 6, 2010

The Library is excited to unveil the first of three new posters promoting our digital resources.  Do you know about the plethora of quality information available to you online through our database subscriptions?  Want to search through and read 44,000 ebooks any time of day or night?  What about credible magazine and newspaper articles when you need them?  Visit to explore.

To celebrate, we are offering a limited number giveaways for students!  To get your giveaway, show the Circulation desk that you’ve checked in at Kimbrough Library on Foursquare, Facebook Places, Brightkite, or Gowalla.  Don’t have one of these accounts?  Come to the Circulation desk to ask for your  give away.

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Troubleshooting Java Plugins for Credo Reference

Posted by Carter on October 5, 2010

One of our digital resources, Credo Reference, has a really amazing feature called the Concept Map.

Some students have noticed a problem opening up articles when using the concept map, so we thought we’d point you toward some help.  The notebooks issued in the 2010-11 academic year may not have the Java Plugin needed to display articles using the concept map feature.  Here’s what the Credo Reference blog says we can do to fix this:

The concept map needs Java 1.4.19 or newer to work. That is the only requirement. For the users that don’t have Java installed this link provides installers for all operating systems: After installation the browser will need to be restarted. Windows users might need to reboot their computer.

In some cases Java is already installed but it is disabled in the browser. How to enable it is browser-specific but it usually means opening the browser’s Preferences dialog and enabling Java. In Firefox the checkbox to enable Java is in the Preferences window under the ‘Content’ tab. In Safari the option is under the ‘Security’ tab. The option is usually placed besides the option to enable Java Script. It is important to note, though, that ‘Java’ and ‘Java Script’ are two completely different/independent things and enabling one does not enable the other.

If you have questions about the Java plug in, email Credo Reference at  If you have questions about using Credo in general just email the library at

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John R. Fischetti Editorial Cartoons and Sketches

Posted by Carter on October 1, 2010

The ARTstor database is always growing!  They now have complete digital scans of 30 of John R. Fischetti’s notebooks, which are in the archives at Columbia College.

Who was John Fischetti?

John Fischetti (1916 – 1980) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose work appeared in the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times, and Stars and Stripes. Fischetti studied at Pratt Institute and worked as an animator for Disney Studios before embarking on his career as a cartoonist in New York and then in Chicago. Fischetti’s political cartoons satirized local politics, social issues, and current events, including the Watergate scandal, the energy crisis, the economy, and terrorism.

Log in to ARTstor here with your Ringling user ID and password – this allows you to view and download high resolution scans.

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Work at the Library

Posted by Carter on August 10, 2010

We are now hiring two research consultant positions at the library.   6-8 hours/each in the Fall semester, beginning as ASAP after classes start.

To apply, turn in an Application for Student Employment at the Circulation desk.


TITLE: Research Consultant (number of positions varies)

Part-time; hours vary; no benefits; hourly pay rate based on years employed on campus (1st yr: $7.25/hr; 2nd yr: $7.35/hr; 3rd yr: $7.45/hr; 4th yr: $7.55/hr)

REPORTS TO: Instruction and Research Services Librarian

PRIMARY FUNCTION: Peer research consultation.


  1. Provides individual consultations on-demand and by appointment about using library resources to find appropriate information for academic assignments and citation style.
  2. Attends initial training during the first week of the semester.
  3. Attends weekly hour-long staff meeting for ongoing training.
  4. Provides clerical support, such as assembly of instructional materials, packets, displays, etc.
  5. Works on special projects/assignments as directed.
  6. Works at Circulation Desk to provide checkout/check-in service.
  7. Provides assistance in using Library copier and public computers.

NOTE:                  Student employees are expected to maintain appropriate job behavior including reporting to work on time and as scheduled; compliance with all policies and procedures; and completion of time sheets according to guidelines/deadlines.

Research Consultants will report to Circulation Staff in the Instruction and Research Services Librarian’s absence.



  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student of the Ringling College of Art and Design.
  • Must have completed EN151: Writing Studio or received transfer credit for this course.


  • Position requires attention to detail and a previous experience in research.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.  Ability to relate to students from a variety of academic backgrounds.


  • Primary availability required during evening hours on Sunday through Thursday nights.


Ability to work with computers, both visually and dexterously.

Ability to lift up to 25 pounds and reach shelving heights up to six feet.

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