This post was guest written by Sarah Young, Library Services Department Assistant.
It’s been several weeks since Library Services and Arts & Humanities launched our collaborative mural project. Thanks to the staff and students who have participated so far, the library is becoming much more colorful!
There are still plenty of opportunities to join the fun! Sign up to paint at Calendly and watch this space for future updates.
Thanks again to all of our mural painters! Looking forward to seeing more people join the fun in the coming weeks.
Never fear – we have a plan! Sarah Uthoff, one of our librarians, suggested that a mural would add some nice color to the space. Jennifer Cunningham and Ben Jensen from Arts & Humanities suggested that a collaborative painting project would be a fun way to add color and let people across campus get involved (think Chalk the Walk, but with a wall and acrylic paint). Ben and I discussed a plan and artworks, and we will soon be ready to paint!
Here’s a preview of a couple of the artworks we’ll be recreating:
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the founding members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Expressionism moved away from depicting the world as it and instead focused on art as a depiction of subjective experience. Kandinsky was especially interested in color and the different energy each color conveyed, which he explored in his 1910 treatise On the Spiritual in Art. These interests led Kandinsky away from representational imagery altogether, and he is credited as being one of the first abstract artists.
Want to learn more about Kandinsky? Here are some resources from Kirkwood Library:
Keith Haring (1958-1990) started as a graffiti artist in the New York city subways and developed a iconography of pop art cartoon-like images including babies, barking dogs, and flying saucers. He was one of the first graffiti artists, along with his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, to gain recognition by the high art market. Haring was interested in breaking down the barriers between “high” and “low” art and opened his Pop Shop in New York City in 1986, so anyone could have a bit of his art affordably. Haring, who was openly gay, also used his artwork as a form of advocacy for issues he cared about, including AIDS awareness and his mural Crack is Whack.
Want to learn more about Keith Haring? Here are some resources from Kirkwood Library:
This is one of those things that might end up on the tip of your tongue. You know you’ve used an online system to schedule the best times with a group before, but you can’t remember what it’s called or where to find it.
Anyone can use this free system without creating an account. Just enter the information about your meeting, possible dates and times, and if you want to e-mail it to people – their e-mails. Otherwise you can just send around the link. This system is much easier than dealing with a flood of e-mails trying to set up a time.
You probably have used it already, as a meeting attendee if not someone setting it up, but remember the next time you need to schedule a meeting and can’t remember the name of that program, that website, that ap, you can find it here.
Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.
Reception with author Jeanette Hopkins and illustrator Stormy Mochal April 6, 3:00-5:00pm
About the Author:
Jeanette Hopkins has been a classroom and environmental educator for over twenty years. She began her teaching career in a class one “rural” school and most recently taught at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She is a past member of the Iowa Writing Project Advisory Board and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist. She has a keen appreciation for the delight young readers have for rhythm, rhyme and repetition and hopes that readers of all ages will appreciate the inclusion of such in her books, The LadyBug Waltz and The Juggler. For more info click here.
About the Illustrator:
Living and working in Dubuque, Iowa, Stormy continues to be inspired by the ever-changing marvel of Iowa’s country. Having been an Iowan all her life it only seems natural that each of her images contains a piece of country; farmhouses, starry-laden skies, and birds.
Art is her release from a world full of serious matters. It is her connection to the inner child, a playful, not-so-serious self. The images are simple; stars, flowers, people. Things that make her feel happy, bright colors, coloring book-like outlines, scribbles and birds. Free flow writing is often present in her work. The writing is thought turned to form, only to be seen, not meant to be read.
Her ideas and images come from all the life that surrounds her, although her imagination tries to take most of the credit. For more info click here.
Whether you are doing research on newsworthy items in the area or just want to see the headlines from the day you were born, access to local newspaper archives is a good thing. In order to help you find the local news you’re looking for, we’ve created links that will search specific local newspapers in the newspaper databases we subscribe to. You can find these links in under our databases A to Z list or databases by subject page. Under Newsstand you will find links that will allow you to search the Iowa City Press-Citizen and the Des Moines Register. Additionally, in the description of EBSCOhost’s Newspaper Source Plus you will find a link that allows for searching the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Not a big fun of science? Check out Project Gutenberg then. Project Gutenberg covers a wide range of topics. It is the longest-running ebook site, and has the single largest collection of free ebooks as well. The collection consists of public domain books – basically those whose copyright has expired. Plato’s Symposium? Got it. Twain’s Huckleberry Finn? Of course. Books in non-English languages? Chinese, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish … You name it. Whitman’s Leaves of Grass – do you prefer print or audio? All are readable, downloadable and printable, and they are also compatible with many ebook readers and other mobile devices. It’s all free and just waiting for you!
That’s right! No more unlimited free printing on campus.
Beginning Spring 2011, registered students will be given a free $36 print quota per semester. Each black and white page cost 5 cents, and each color page costs 10 cents. Printing duplex(front and back) will be treated as 1 page.
Have questions? Check out the FAQs page by the campus ITS department.
WilsonWeb is a database set including Current Bio Illustrated, Current Issues: Health, Current Issues: Ref Shelf Plus, Library Lit & Inf Full Text, and Science Full Text Select. When using mobile device, use this link WilsonWeb Mobile to access. Try it out and let us know your experience.
Note that when you are off campus, you will be prompted for a username and password. Your username is your K number, and your password is your EagleNet password.