Now streaming! Asian Film Online

May 13th, 2015 by azimmerl

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Asian Film Online, Volume I & II offers a view of Asian culture as seen through the lens of the independent Asian filmmaker. Through a selection of over 1,000 narrative feature films, documentaries and shorts curated by film scholars and critics, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights onto themes relevant across Asia, including modernity, globalization, female agency, social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity.

Asian Film Online: Volume I features more than 600 hours of film from across the region. More than 75 percent of these titles stream exclusively in Asian Film Online, and more than 60 percent are award winners. Twenty-four countries are represented, with a strong concentration on China, India, Iran, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.

The collection features internationally acclaimed directors as well as those rarely seen outside their native countries. Filmmakers include:

  • Xie Fei, an award winner from China (A Girl from Hunan, Black Snow, A Mongolian Tale)
  • Iranian new-wave director Dariush Mehrjui (The Cycle, Pari, The Lodgers)
  • Leading Indonesian director Garin Nugroho (And the Moon Dances, A Poet, Bird Man Tale)
  • South Korean feminist documentarian Kim Soyoung (Koryu: Southern Woman, New Woman: Her First Song, I’ll Be Seeing Her: Images of Women in Korean Cinema)
  • West Asian (Middle Eastern) filmmakers: Iran’s Majid Majidi (The Color of Paradise, Baran), Lebanon’s Jocelyn Saab (Kiss Me Not on the Eyes), and Iraq’s Shawkat Amin Korki (Crossing the Dust)
  • Sri Lankan directors Prassana Vithanage, Asoka Handagama, and Dharmasna Pathiraja
  • Plus Tanvir Mokammel (Bangladesh), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (India), Kim Dong Won (South Korea), and James Lee (Malaysia)
  • Other highlights of Volume I include:

  • More than 30 films highlighting Persia’s rich history and the diverse societies that define the country, each paired with a contextual video introduction from a leading film scholar or expert.
  • Fourteen significant films made by “sixth generation” filmmakers, as discussed by Dr. Sun Shaoyi and Li Xun in their book Lights! Camera! Kai Shi!: In-depth Interviews with China’s New Generation of Movie Directors
  • The Water Cries, a 16-part series produced by CCTV in China, which examines the largely untold story of water rights in China’s past, present, and future.
  • Asian Film Online: Volume II

    Launched in 2014, Volume II is growing to deliver 500 additional hours of film along with 5,000 pages of text focused on the featured films and filmmakers. The second volume features works from 70 countries across Asia, including more in-depth coverage of Turkey, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, and Vietnam.

    Highlights from Volume II include:

  • Feature films from the rarely seen region of Assam in Northeast India, including works from Jahnu Barua and Utpal Borpujar
  • The complete works of Vietnam’s Dang Nhat Minh, not available together in any other collection
  • The largest available collection of films from Sri Lanka’s Sir Lester James Peries, winner of the Fellini Gold Medal at the 2003 Cannes International Film Festival
  • Behind-the-scenes footage with award-winning Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, including a detailed look at the creation of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Films from Iranian feminist Tahinineh Milani, whose controversial works address women’s rights and include award-winners like The Unwanted Woman, The Fifth Reaction, Two Women, The Hidden Half, and Ceasefire—one of the best-selling Iranian movies of all time
  • New Book Celebration 5/5 4:30-6

    April 28th, 2015 by Olivia Castello

    Please join President Kim Cassidy, Provost Mary Osirim, and LITS for a wine and cheese reception celebrating members of the academic community who published books over the past year.

    Tuesday, May 5th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Special Collections Seminar Room, 2nd floor of Canaday Library.

    The impressive list of authors and their books is below. If you have a new book and it isn’t listed, please contact Eric Pumroy.

    • Cynthia Bisman, Social Work: Value Guided Practice for a Global Society. Columbia University Press
    • Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Anglicizing America: Empire, Revolution, Republic. University of Pennsylvania Press.
    • Martin Gaspar, La condición traductora: Sobre los nuevos protagonistas de la literatura latinoamericana. Beatriz Viterbo Editora
    • Carol Hager, NIMBY is Beautiful: Cases of Local Activism and Environmental Innovation Around the World. Berghahn Books
    • David Karen and Robert Washington, Sociological Perspectives on Sport: The Games Outside the Games, Routledge
    • Rudy Le Menthéour, editor. Charles-Augustin Vandermonde, Essai sur la manière de perfectionner l’espèce humaine. Classiques Garnier.
    • Peter Magee, The Archaeology of Prehistoric Arabia: Adaptation and Social Formation from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. Cambridge University Press.
    • Gary McDonogh, Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice. Cambridge University Press
    • Nguyen Tan Hoang. A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation. Duke University Press.
    • Robin Parks, Egg heaven: stories. Albany, NY : Shade Mountain Press
    • Nicholas Patruno and Roberta Ricci, Approaches to the teaching of Primo Levi. Modern Language Association
    • Michael T. Rock and Michal A. Toman, China’s Technological Catch Up Strategy: Industrial Development, Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions. Oxford University Press
    • Joel Schlosser, What Would Socrates Do? Cambridge University Press
    • Benjamin Stevens, Classical Traditions in Science Fiction. Oxford University Press
    • Daniel Torday, The Last Flight of Poxl West: a Novel. St. Martin’s Press
    • Marianne Weldon, Twentieth Century Retailing in Downtown Grand Rapids. Arcadia.

    Contact Eric Pumroy with questions, or 610-526-5272.

    Created Equal Film Series: Freedom Summer Screening & Talk with Charles E. Cobb, Jr., 4/22 4:30pm

    April 20th, 2015 by Olivia Castello

    Library & Information Technology Services invites you to an abridged film screening, featured talk & discussion of

    Freedom Summer, with Charles E. Cobb, Jr.

    April 22, 2015 ~ 4:30PM ~ Carpenter 21
    Free and Open to the Public

    Freedom Summer film logo

    Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local activists in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

    View the full film any time at:

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    Our featured speaker is veteran journalist, author, professor and former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee field secretary:


    From 1962-1967 Charles E. “Charlie” Cobb Jr. served as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the Mississippi Delta. He conceptualized and proposed the Freedom School program.

    Mr. Cobb is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a former National Geographic magazine staff writer. He has reported for National Public Radio, PBS’s Frontline, and others. His most recent book is This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (2014).

    For more information on this event and the entire film series:

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    The Created Equal film series is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Additional thanks to Bryn Mawr College co-sponsors: Africana Studies Program, Bi-Co Education Program, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, History Department, Library & Information Technology Services, Office of the Provost, The Pensby Center & the Bi-Co Program in Gender and Sexuality.

    Digital Media and Collaboration Lab Opening Reception, 4/17

    April 14th, 2015 by Olivia Castello

    Please join us for the opening of the new Digital Media and Collaboration Lab in Carpenter Library on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 12-4 pm. Refreshments and mementos will be provided.

    Carpenter Library Digital Media and Collaboration Lab room photo

    The Digital Media and Collaboration Lab is located in the back of the main floor of Carpenter, and is open for use whenever the library is open. There are four tables for collaborative work, featuring built-in computers and adapters for laptops, mobile devices, and telephones. Six digital media workstations with scanners are also available, as well as an overhead scanner. Library & Information Technology Services staff and students are available to help with video and photo editing Monday to Friday 9-5 (and Monday to Thursday 6-9), and Sunday 1-4.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions (see

    We will be celebrating the collective contributions that have made the new space possible, with particular thanks to the Provost’s Office for assistance with funding and to everyone in Facilities, especially College Architect Joseph Marra and Assistant Director Harold Maryea.

    Exhibit: Ancient Life on Greek Pottery, March 30-June 1

    March 30th, 2015 by Olivia Castello

    Ancient Life on Greek Pottery
    Canaday Library Class of 1912 Rare Book Room Gallery
    Bryn Mawr College

    Ancient Life on Greek Pottery cover photo

    Attic Red-Figure Kylix [Drinking Cup], 480-470 BCE. Clay fragment (detail of cup interior). Gift of Joseph Clark Hoppin, Professor of Archaeology. Bryn Mawr College Art and Artifact Collection P.205.

    Curated by Robert Sutton, professor emeritus of Classical Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, the exhibition reveals a complicated portrait of the people and the cultures associated with the objects on view. From personal items to ritual objects, from pristine examples to enigmatic fragments, and from intimate depictions to mythic expressions, Sutton’s selections illustrate the breadth and scope of the College’s collection of Greek pottery and offer

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    Opening reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Gallery talk by Robert F. Sutton: 6:30 p.m.

    Exhibition open 11:00 am-4:30 pm daily, March 30 to June 1, 2015

    For more information: 610-526 6576 or

    IS changes name to Library & Information Technology Services

    March 13th, 2015 by azimmerl

    We’re very pleased to announce that Information Services has a brand new name: Library & Information Technology Services (LITS)!

    Organizationally and administratively, we’re still the same department you’ve come to know as Information Services (IS). So why, after 14 years as IS, are we changing our name now?

  • We are an integrated organization that delivers programs, services, and projects together across disciplines – but we have oddities in our website, sponsorship of events, and outreach because we’ve wanted to use “IS” while also highlighting “Library” and “IT.”
  • Libraries are important spaces and sets of services in our community, and technology is also essential – but both were missing from the “Information Services” name.
  • Community members both inside and outside of IS routinely qualified our organization’s name as the group that includes the libraries and IT services. We want to cut to the chase and describe ourselves more clearly!
  • LITS is currently laying groundwork to clarify our portfolio of services for the community, and will be working in the coming year to enhance the LITS website to create better access to information, resource and services. Having a name that says what we are and resonates with the team and the community is important as we move forward.

    We look forward to continuing to partner with and provide services to the College community! For a full description of the LITS department, please see

    Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings

    February 9th, 2015 by azimmerl

    Ganzeer. “Of Course, Blue Bra Lady” Silkscreen print, 2014.

    January 22 – March 6, 2015
    Hours: Noon – 4:30 pm daily
    Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library
    Bryn Mawr College

    Exhibition Opening and Lecture by Exhibition Curator Christiane Gruber
    Thursday, January 22
    7:30 p.m.
    Carpenter Library 21, Bryn Mawr College

    An Evening with Ganzeer, Egyptian Artist and Activist
    January 26, 7:30 p.m., Thomas Great Hall

    Ganzeer in Conversation: Art, Revolution, and the Arab Spring in Egypt
    January 27, 5 p.m., Goodhart Music Room

    Bryn Mawr College is examining the role of the arts in the Arab Spring movements with the exhibition Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings, and a public program featuring Ganzeer, one of the most prominent of the artists active in Cairo during the uprisings against the Mubarak government.

    The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Arab American National Museum and guest curators, Christiane Gruber and Nama Khalil of the University of Michigan. It will be on display in the Class of 1912 Rare Book Room in Bryn Mawr College’s Canaday Library from Thursday, January 22nd through Friday, March 6, noon to 4:30 pm daily.

    For more information on public programs, curator Christine Gruber and artist Ganzeer, see the exhibition web page:

    Contact Special Collections with questions, 610-526-6576 or

    This Friday! The Collector’s View: Japanese Art Objects in the Bryn Mawr Collection

    February 4th, 2015 by azimmerl

    The Collector’s View: Japanese Art Objects in the Bryn Mawr Collection

    with History of Art graduate student Anna Moblard-Meier

    Friday, February 6, 3-4pm

    Canaday Library Second Floor

    Seminar Room 205

    Refreshments Served

    Free and Open to the Public

    Have you tried Zinio yet? We’ve added new titles!

    December 17th, 2014 by azimmerl

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    Zinio provides the ability to read dozens of popular magazines cover to cover on your computer or mobile device.

    See our Zinio guide to see what’s in Zinio and find out how to log on.

    New titles added this month are:

    Better Homes & Gardens
    Bon Appetit
    Conde Nast Traveler
    Do it yourself
    Food Network Magazine
    Martha Stewart Living
    Vanity Fair
    W Magazine

    Pets in the Library!

    December 11th, 2014 by azimmerl

    pets in the library

    Tuesday, Dec 16th

    12:00 to 2:00 PM

    Canaday Library Atrium

    When life gets hectic, spending time with a companion animal can help relieve stress, promote relaxation, and provide comfort.

    We invite you to take some time off on Tuesday afternoon of finals week to pal around with a cuddly creature in Canaday Library, Floor 1 in the Atrium.

    For more information, contact: