Featured book review: Dust: a history of the small & invisible.

From the book jacket:

While the story of the big has often been told, the story of the small has not yet even been outlined. With Dust, Joseph Amato enthralls the reader with the first history of the small and the invisible. Dust is a poetic meditation on how dust has been experienced and the small has been imagined across the ages. Examining a thousand years of Western civilization—from the naturalism of medieval philosophy, to the artistry of the Renaissance, to the scientific and industrial revolutions, to the modern worlds of nanotechnology and viral diseases—Dust offers a savvy story of the genesis of the microcosm.
Dust, which fills the deepest recesses of space, pervades all earthly things. Throughout the ages it has been the smallest yet the most common element of everyday life. Of all small things, dust has been the most minute particulate the eye sees and the hand touches. Indeed, until this century, dust was simply accepted as a fundamental condition of life; like darkness, it marked the boundary between the seen and the unseen.

So go ahead, celebrate the minuscule! You’ll find this book under the call number:

RA 577 .D8 A48 2000

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 Lynda.com! Go check out the preview at: http://www.lynda.com/Education-Elearning-Higher-Education-tutorials/Information-Literacy/368046-2.html, and if you are interested in viewing the course, contact the library to set up access to Lynda.com–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