Try out some trial online art resources!

February 18, 2009

We have a thirty day trial (11-FEB-09 – 13-MAR-09) to Grove Art Online, the most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day!  Now available through the Oxford Art Online gateway, Grove Art Online features over 45,000 signed articles, 5,500 images, 40,000 image links, timelines of world art, MoMA lesson plans, and links to ARTstor (for subscribers to this service) and Art Resource.  A Grove Art Online subscription now also includes access to the full text of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and the Oxford Companion to Western Art.

Access Information: To begin using Grove Art Online, please visit 
Select Full Text 1997+
This database offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications-now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism.  Full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included.  In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects covered include: Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, Video.

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Heart Month

February 12, 2009

February–the month of hearts, love, wine and chocolate!    

Hearts first.  Each year, Congress requires the president to declare February as American Heart Month.   American Heart Association volunteers across the country use this month to share information on heart health and cardiovascular disease.  

So…I started thinking:  what do we have in the library to support heart health?

Well, with multiple Allied Health programs on campus, not to mention a booming Health and Human Performance Department, we are downright flush with heart resources. 

There’s the health professional’s Introduction to Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmias by Sandra Atwood (2009, RC685 .A65 A88—currently on display main floor of the library)

…and numerous electronic books and resources (these are available via COCC campus computers and to COCC students and staff).  Take a look at these (these links take you to the Library’s online catalog–once you’re in the catalog, scroll down to see the link to the electronic text):

The encyclopedia of the heart and heart disease

Cardiac care: an introduction for healthcare professionals

Chronic cardiac care: a practical guide to specialist nurse management

Pathophysiology of disease: an introduction to clinical medicine.

Medical texts not your thing?    
I love  The Heart by James Peto.  (Currently on display, but for future reference, the call number is QM 181 .P48).  More than a book on cardiac health, The Heart discusses the emotional heart, heart anatomy, the broken heart, and heart symbolism.

Then too, there are the other aspects of heart health—nutrition and stress.Get the facts on stress and stress research with:


Principles and practices of Stress Management ed. by Paul Lehrer covers stress concepts, the psychology of relaxation, biofeedback training, music therapy and other approaches to reducing stress.  This is currently on display, but for future reference, the call number is RA785 .P75). 

Too stressed to read?  Try this DVD (also on display—call number for future reference is RA785 .S768): Stress Management for Body, Mind and Spirit (2007).  This DVD provides an opportunity for viewers to learn and experience skills such ad progressive muscular relaxation and mindfulness. 

What about nutrition?  There’s the highly clinical: Williams’ Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy (on display but call number is RM216 .S358 for future reference)

…and the compelling Cultures of the Abdomen: Diet, Digestion, and Fat in the Modern World, edited by Christopher Forth and Ana Carden-Coyne (on display; call number is GT 498 .A24 C85)

…and In Defense of Food; An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan (call number RA784 .P643).   Check out the chapter: “Escape from the Western Diet”!

Alright—the healthy stuff is covered…on to love, wine and chocolate!    In need of a love poem?  Check out the following websites:

“Poem of the Week” love poems:

Poetry org Poetry Valentines:

Also see the classic love poems included in our book display!

How about wine?  Take a look at:

Wine: A Scientific Exploration, ed. by Merton Sandler and Roger Pinder (hey…this book also covers wine’s potential role in disease prevention!  See…it’s all related!)   Again, this is on display, but for future look-ups, the call number is: TP 548 .W74.

And the best of all, for last: CHOCOLATE!

Again, these are on our book display:

Chiles to Chocolate: Food the Americas Gave  the World edited by Nelson Foster and Linda Cordell (SB176 .A48 C45)


Death By Chocolate: the Last Word on a Consuming Passion by Marcel Desaulniers.  (TX767. C5).

That should do you for February!  Have a great month! 

Art Exhibit Reception – Rotunda Gallery

February 4, 2009

Around the Next Bend is a Rotunda Gallery exhibit featuring fine art by members of the High Desert Art League – a diverse group of prominent Central Oregon artists. An artists’ reception will be held with refreshments from 4-6 pm on Thursday, February 12. The exhibit continues  through February 23.  High Desert Art League members include International Workshop Instructor and Painter, Cindy Briggs; Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor Painter, Vivian Olson; Oil Painter, Barbara Slater; Mixed Media Semi-Abstract Artist, Pam Jersey Bird; Fine Art Photographers Vern Bartley featuring Photographic Ornay and Richard Frederick specializing in Palladium Prints; Bronze Sculptor, Joren Traveller; Stoneware Sculptor, Norman Frater; Glass Blower and Sculptor, Jeffrey Thompson; Watercolorist, Helen Brown; Watercolor, Pastel and Mixed Media Artist, Jacqueline Newbold; and introducing the High Desert Art League’s newest member, Experimental Ceramic Artist, Cheri Harris

In the Library

February 4, 2009

This poem is written by Michele DeSilva and inspired by her work in our beautiful library!

In the Library

I browse the aisles
touching the rigid spines
of the books with one finger
feeling the undulation
from book edge to
book edge, like waves,
fossilized and categorized.

It is the titles that I am here for,
not necessarily the contents.
The promise and potential of
the world seems to be in these titles.

1001 Questions about Trees
Not quite an even number –
that one question
that couldn’t be left out.
I imagine editors pouring over
a text, consulting experts,
trying to cut one last
question but ultimately unable,
because each was too important.
I don’t particularly need the answers,
am satisfied by the questions.

Drownproofing techniques for floating,
swimming, and open-water survival

Drownproofing – who knew there
was such a thing? The title
promises that the accident
can be prevented, the crisis
averted. The author’s name
is Wetmore. I wonder if this
is a joke, just as the human instinct
to take caution is an elaborate ruse,
for we can prevent nothing
that is meant to happen.