Brand new! Information Literacy Online Course…JUST FOR YOU!!


Let’s talk about information literacy for a moment. What do I mean when I say that? I mean that in order to be great researchers, great information consumers, and let’s face it, to be able to navigate through life in general–you need to develop a set of skills that helps you identify your information needs, figure out how to get that info, and decipher the good stuff from the bad!

I had the great opportunity to work with four other amazing librarians from art and design colleges from around the country to develop the curriculum for an online course that was produced by and is hosted by! Go check out the preview at:, and if you are interested in viewing the course, contact the library to set up access to–we subscribe to that database here at OCAC, and I’m happy to get you connected.


Featured Periodical: Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture

tjccHere’s some great scholarship for all you Fibers people!

From their website: “Textile brings together research in textile studies in an innovative and distinctive academic forum for all those who share a multifaceted view of textiles within an expanded field. Peer-reviewed and in full-color throughout, it represents a dynamic and wide-ranging set of critical practices. It provides a platform for points of departure between art and craft; gender and identity; cloth, body and architecture; labor and technology; techno-design and practice— all situated within the broader contexts of material and visual culture.”

It’s a visually and intellectually stimulating journal. We have current and back issues available to read at the library, so come on down!

Book Review: The Americans (Robert Frank)

The_Americans_(2nd_printing)Okay, maybe it’s a little late for the 4th of July, but I’m offering The Americans, photos by Robert Frank for this book review. It is absolutely wonderful–a book we have in our library, and one I have in my own collection. I don’t know why it speaks to me so much, really, but I think it’s so beloved and lauded for good reason. This is very anecdotal, but it seemed to me that our Frank books were circulating a bit more than usual lately, so I looked him up online to find that he took this epic road trip across America 60 years ago–so an anniversary. There was also a great write-up about him in the New York Times recently, so if you’re interested, please check it out: The Man Who Saw America

And of course, if you haven’t seen his work, come to the library to check out:

The Americans
TR 654 .F851 A6 1978

Hold Still, Keep Going
TR 647 .F725 2001

Glass Mosaic Workshop at the Tualatin Public Library

Hi everyone!

Our colleague at WCCLS (our library consortium) wanted me to spread the word about the Glass Mosaic Workshop taking place at the Tualatin Public Library

When: July 22nd, 23rd & 24th (10am-4pm)
Where: Brown’s Ferry Community Center (18880 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin OR 97062   503.692.2000)
Cost: $165

In this three day workshop, broken mosaic pieces will be attached to a piece of glass that is ready to hang. Teacher Mark Brody is the author of the new book, Mosaic Garden Projects. All materials are provided in the price of the class. Registration is required. Call 503.691.3069 to sign up or visit\library.

OCAC Library Summer Hours Adjustment

For the remainder of the summer, the library will be open from 12-5:00pm Monday-Thursday.

We’ll be back to our regular schedule of Monday-Friday 9-5 once Fall Semester commences August 31.
Seriously, though, when we’re open, you should come down! It’s air conditioned! Get your summer reading going!


Featured Periodical: Modern Painters

From Amazon: “Modern Painters is the definitive international source for analysis of contemporary art and culture — from painting and sculpture to photography, film, architecture, design and performance. Visually dynamic artwork with fresh, incisive writing that is above all accessible.”

1332408492_modernpaintersThe July/August issue focuses on Marc Quinn, and also has an interview with Phil Collins (the visual artist, not the singer…my mistake!). This issue also spotlights Tara Donovan’s sculptures with slinkys! Yes! Come to the library, where, yes, it’s air-conditioned, and have a read!

The Lives of the Muses : Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired


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From Publishers Weekly:

“I have never seen you without thinking that I should like to pray to you,” says the poet Rilke. The object of his devotion is the astonishing Lou Andreas-Salomé—the woman who played muse not only to Rilke, but also to Nietzsche and Freud. The idea of the muse seems an initially quaint, if not flatly sexist charge. Acclaimed novelist Prose (Blue Angel, etc.) confronts that honestly when she asks: “Doesn’t the idea of the Muse reinforce the destructive stereotype of the creative, productive, active male and of the passive female?” Politically incorrect or not, the muses, as Prose presents them, genuinely “illumine and deepen the mysteries of Eros and creativity, as each Muse redraws the border between the human and the divine.” In nine biographical narratives, Prose examines a range of relationships between artists and the women who gave them their divine spark. Though the artists, among them Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dalí and John Lennon, can easily be viewed through the lens of obsessional pathology, Prose makes a remarkable case for the exceptionality of these women in their own right. Lee Miller for example was not merely the muse to Man Ray, but an accomplished photographer, and Suzanne Farrell, Balanchine’s muse, a virtuosic ballerina. Prose’s project is to probe the mystery of inspiration, not to solve it once and for all: “one difference between magic and art is that magic can be explained.” From Samuel Johnson’s caretaker and trusted friend Hester Thrale to Dalí’s wife, Gala, Prose demonstrates the strength and unique quality of influence each muse had on her artist.