More resources for the serious movie fans out there!

January 28, 2009

moviesMore than a year ago,  I wrote a post about a couple of free web sites featuring “the best” in the movie world to help you pick flicks you may want to watch.  Today I am thrilled to share with you the news of new e-resources the library just bought for both serious and not so serious research on film making.  So, here they are:

VideoHounds Golden Movie Retriever  (cool name, eh?) 
Briefly reviews movies that are available on DVD or tape. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations.

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
Use this database for more serious research and an introduction to film and film studies, critical theory and film history, film genres, etc.

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers
Written for film students and film buffs alike, this database features thorough coverage of legendary films, actors, actresses, directors, writers, and other production artists through detailed essays and commentary by experts. Entries include biographies, filmographies, comprehensive credits, production information, major awards, and bibliographies.

 History of the American Cinema
This database is based on a 10-volume series dealing with the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the development of film and the film industry, analyzing both the genres, themes and technology that defined each decade and the political and economic background that gave rise to them.
To get to these new subscrptions, go to the COCC Barber web page.  Under Articles & More: Databases, select “Arts.”   Alternatively, you may select “All databases,” scroll down, and look for their listing under the heading Encyclopedias and Addl Reference Sources.



Getting an understanding on world conflict

January 21, 2009

I recently read an article in the Smithsonian  –Inside Iran’s fury by Stephen Kinzer, Oct 2008- providing an interesting insight into  Iran-U.S. relations.  If nothing else, this article is a great reminder that present international relations are still shaped from history often forgotten and that justification of current actions is often deep rooted in past experiences of unfairness and oppression.  For a lot of Americans remembering the ’80s, Iran-U.S. relationships were shaped on Nov 4, 1979, with the beginning of the U.S. hostage crisis.  However, for Iranians these relationships are still shaped by events dating even further back in history, in the 1950s, and the undermining through western interventions of their country’s attempt to democratize and free itself.  According to the writer of this Smithsonian article, “This chasm of perception reflects the enormous gap in the way Americans and Iranians viewed – and continue to view – one another.  It will be hard for them to reconcile their difference unless they begin seeing the world through each other’s eyes.”

To read Stephen Kinzer’s reflective and provocative article:

 — log into our library web page and click on the link e-Journals,  under the heading Research Tools.

— click on COCC Barber Library electronic journal collection and do a search for Smithsonian.

Academic Search Premier is one of the databases that will allow you to search and locate the article.  Use the Search within this publication link in the green menu bar of the database.

— type in the title of the article: inside iran’s fury 

—  in the list of results you will see the article available in “HTML Full Text”


Still interested in critical viewpoints on events that shape our world? History in Dispute, one of our library’s series (Reference collection, call# D20.H543 2000), is a publication that presents challenging perspectives on important issues throughout time around the globe.  Each entry offers an introduction to the controversies surrounding a historical event accompanied by expert written articles arguing differing points of view.

Resources such as these give an opportunity to reflect on and try to understand our world’s conflicts before we consider what those best ways may be to confront or resolve them.

Word Cafe 18 – January 22nd at 7:00 pm

January 15, 2009

Come on down to the Barber Library’s Reading Room for an evening of poetry in motion.

Please join us as local poets read from their works to the accompaniment of modern dancers. Featured poets will be:

Lisa Galloway
Katrina Hays
Judith Montgomery
Ellen Waterston

Poetry will be interpreted by dancers from Fish Hawk Wing.

An open mic will follow our featured artists (3 minute limit, please).
Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact
Collene Peterson Funk, COCC Writer in Residence 383-7701, ext. 2566

Inauguration Day coming right up!

January 15, 2009

Come and watch it! It’s happening TUESDAY, 1/20/09, at noon (Eastern Standard Time)! 

Our library will be broadcasting live coverage of the Presidential Inauguration in one of the Oregon Rooms, second floor of the library.  Join us in the morning hours, Tuesday, 1/20,  to watch the festivities, if you happen to be on campus!  

Since 1901, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has been responsible for the planning and execution of the swearing-in ceremonies and the luncheon of the inauguration of the President of the United States at the U.S. Capitol.

The theme of the inauguration was published Monday this week:  We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Musical performers scheduled for the event include Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher Raymond IV, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor,, and Stevie Wonder.  Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington will be among those reading historical passages.


Get detailed schedules of inauguration events at the U.S. Capitol:


See the swearing in ceremony on closed captioned streaming video (on Jan 20th):

Almost as good as being there:

We’re getting ready!  See flickr photostream of inauguration preparation activities:


Inauguration weather:


Items you may not bring to the inauguration ceremony:


What’s for lunch?


Want to get involved?

President-elect Obama Asks You to Be a Part of the Inauguration

Inauguration Blog:

What’s next?

President-elect Obama believes that we, as Americans, have a responsibility to help our communities and fellow citizens. His “Renew America Together” program is available at::


Video of past inauguration lucheons:

President Reagan’s 1981 Swearing In Ceremony:

President Kenedy’s 1961 Swearing In Ceremony:

I Do Solemnly Swear”: A Half Century of Inaugural Images:

Swearing In Chronology:



New Year’s offerings!

January 8, 2009


Welcome back, dear students, faculty, and staff, and happy 2009!

In my blog post on Novermber 25, 2008, I mentioned to you that our Summit catalog was soon coming up with a new look. Well, actually, it’s more than a new look that Summit is treating us with! If you try a search, you will now see that Summit presents results not only from the collections of the  Orbis Cascade Alliance’s 36 Oregon and Washington member libraries, but also from libraries all around the world! In all, the new catalog gives you access to over 107 million library records that you may easily search and request for FREE! Who needs!?  

As the images below show, in the new Summit, each book result is often accompanied by the book’s cover page, a link that shows you how to cite it, even by available reviews for the particular publication – quite handy, isn’t it? And similar to the old Summit, the Request Summit Item button allows you to receive the item within 2-3 working days!




In addition to books and AV materials the old Summit used to offer, you are now also able to locate other types of sources such as articles. As the example below shows, in the left hand panel of your results page, under Format, there is a link to a list of Article results.


Although these articles are not available full-text via Summit, you may be able to retrieve them electronically through the link Find It @ Your Library or by clicking on the  [check availability for this item] link which will show you if you can locate the journal or magazine in our local collection.


These are just a few examples of some of the new Summit features. Play around, discover, and take advantage of the wonderful collections and services this catalog offers you! As always, feel free to give us your feedback using the “Comments” feature of this blog!

Note: the link to the Summit catalog is still located via our library’s main page, under Books & More: Library Catalogs.