Thursday, January 30, 2014

Database Spotlight: JSTOR

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JSTOR is a digital library of more than 1,500 academic journals, books, and primary sources. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserv
es this content for future generations.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Featured ebook of the week!

"Black Directors in Hollywood"

Hollywood film directors are some of the world's most powerful storytellers, shaping the fantasies and aspirations of people around the globe. Since the 1960s, African Americans have increasingly joined their ranks, bringing fresh insights to movie characterizations, plots, and themes and depicting areas of African American culture that were previously absent from mainstream films. Today, black directors are making films in all popular genres, while inventing new ones to speak directly from and to the black experience.
This book offers a first comprehensive look at the work of black directors in Hollywood, from pioneers such as Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles, and Ossie Davis to current talents including Spike Lee, John Singleton, Kasi Lemmons, and Carl Franklin. Discussing 67 individuals and over 135 films, Melvin Donalson thoroughly explores how black directors' storytelling skills and film techniques have widened both the thematic focus and visual style of American cinema. Assessing the meanings and messages in their films, he convincingly demonstrates that black directors are balancing Hollywood's demand for box office success with artistic achievement and responsibility to ethnic, cultural, and gender issues.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Virgnina Woolf!

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She was born Virginia Stephen, the daughter of Sir Leslie Stephen by his second wife, Julia Duckworth. The family lived at Hyde Park Gate, London, and she was educated at home. After her father's death in 1904, she moved to 46 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, with her sister Vanessa (later the wife of Clive Bell) and her brothers Thoby and Adrian. The house was to be the original meeting-place of the Bloomsbury Group. When Thoby died of typhoid fever in 1906, she suffered a prolonged mental breakdown; throughout her life she was subject to nervous illness. (From Credo Reference)

Read her books:

To the Lighthouse
A Room of One's Own
The Letters of Virginia Woolf

Friday, January 24, 2014

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

"The World of Downton Abby"

Are you a fan of "Downton Abbey"? We have the season 1 & 2 available at Alcuin Library, plus the book "The World of Downton Abbey" available at Clemens Library (PN1992.77.D695 F45 2011). This book is a companion to the popular British series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. It offers insights into the story and characters and background information on British society in the early years of the twentieth century. Want to learn more? Then look here.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cool Tool: Realtime Board

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Realtime Board is a tool for hosting online, collaborative brainstorming sessions. Visualize your taskboard and use it with your team. Create tasks with post-its, move them, leave comments – increase your productivity!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Movie Titles

Justified Season 4
ESPN 30 for 30 Films  Season 11
Family Guy  Volume 12
Shameless  Season 3
Fast and Furious 6
All in the Family the Complete Series(Seasons 1-9)

Museum Hours
The Lone Ranger
The Sound of Music(2013)
Tales of the Night
Ain’t them Bodies Saints
Honor & Sacrifice  The Roy Matsumoto Story
The Revolutionary  
Hannah Arendt
Top of the Lake

Monday, January 20, 2014

Featured ebook of the week!

"Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood"

Freddie Maas's revealing memoir offers a unique perspective on the film industry and Hollywood culture in their early days and illuminates the plight of Hollywood writers working within the studio system. An ambitious twenty-three-year-old, Maas moved to Hollywood and launched her own writing career by drafting a screenplay of the bestselling novel The Plastic Age for ""It"" girl Clara Bow. On the basis of that script, she landed a staff position at powerhouse MGM studios. In the years to come, she worked with and befriended numerous actors and directors, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Eric von Stroheim, as well as such writers and producers as Thomas Mann and Louis B. Mayer. As a professional screenwriter, Fredderica quickly learned that scripts and story ideas were frequently rewritten and that screen credit was regularly given to the wrong person. Studio executives wanted well-worn plots, but it was the writer's job to develop the innovative situations and scintillating dialogue that would bring to picture to life. For over twenty years, Freddie and her friends struggled to survive in this incredibly competitive environment. Through it all, Freddie remained a passionate, outspoken woman in an industry run by powerful men, and her provocative, nonconformist ways brought her success, failure, wisdom, and a wealth of stories, opinions, and insight into a fascinating period in screen history.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Read the Book - Watch the Movie

Read the Book:
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Clemens Library PR9619.4.Z87 B66 2006)

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
Watch the Movie:
The Book Thief in theaters January 17th.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Movie Titles

Treme  Season Three
Downton Abbey Season 3
The Flat
Half the Sky
Red Obsession
The Future(iL Futuro)
The Wolverine
Virtuosity in a Box:  The Taubman Techniques v. 1-5
David Lean directs Noel Coward

The Condor’s Shadow
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Berberian Sound Studio
Exploring Human Nature with Dr. Phillip Zimbardo
The Hunt
Despicable Me 2
Drinking Buddies
Because Food Matters:  Fairtrade:  Who Benefits?
Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Me