Archive for February 2012


A display can be designed by a club, department, or class recognized by the College.


  • Promote the use and circulation of library materials.
  • Promote the awareness of Harper events, services, clubs/organizations, and courses/curriculum.
  • Foster a positive relationship between the Library, our campus departments, clubs/organizations, students and faculty.
  • Promote the Mission and Vision of William Rainey Harper College.


Requests must be made in person, by phone, or e-mail.

Telephone or e-mail: Amy Vracar

Phone ext.6062

Or visit:

The Harper College Library’s website

and view the Display Case Guidelines in the Mission and Policies Page

Can’t wait to see your display in the library!

Posted February 23, 2012 by Michele Ukleja in What's New?

February’s Book Review   Leave a comment

It is exam time! and you may find yourself longing for spring break. While you are studying in the library, take you mind on a “visual vacation”.  Explore the library’s Culture Shock! series and plan you next vacation.  Or look at some of the beautiful National Park and outdoor adventure books in our collection. It’s okay to take a break and dream for a moment. Studies show that looking at pictures of inspirational images, or photos of places you have been, help us to shed unwanted stress.  One of my favorite books is, National Parks : America’s Best Idea : An Illustrated History.  And there’s the book, Everest : Summit of Achievement, an inspiring book illustrating that you can finish what you set out to accomplish.

Posted February 17, 2012 by infokim in What's New?

February is…   Leave a comment


African-American history is an important part of the United States.  Let’s celebrate this month by… checking out books from the Harper College Library!

 A History of African American Theatre

Call Number:                         PN2270.A35 H55 2005

 To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans

Call Number:                         E185 .T68 2000

 Black History in the Pages of Children’s Literature

Call Number:                         PS173.N4 C37 2007

 The Truth that Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender and Freedom

Call Number:                         E185.86 .S635 1998

 The Historical and Cultural Atlas of African Americans

Call Number:                         E185 .A8 1991

 The Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women From Colonial America to the Present

Call Number:                         OVERSIZE E185.86 .F33 1999

Want to learn more?



-Amy V.

Posted February 6, 2012 by ckuffel in What's New?

One Book, One Harper presents: Striking a (Coal) Nerve :A discussion of strikes, unions and the coal mining community & Film screening: Matewan   Leave a comment

One Book, One Harper presents!

Attend a screening of the 1987 film Matewan, then attend a discussion by author Carl D. Oblinger, Professor of History at Benedictine University in Springfield (Divided kingdom: work, community, and the mining wars in the central Illinois coals fields during the Great Depression) and Steve Rosswurm, Professor of History at Lake Forest College and editor of The CIO’s Left-Led Unions.

Film screenings on February 6 (noon, A243)  and February 8 (7pm,A238)

Discussion with Carl Oblinger and Steve Rosswurm, February 9, (7pm in J143)

All events are free and open to the public!

Posted February 6, 2012 by Michele Ukleja in What's New?

CARLI Digital Collections Featured Image: Arts and Crafts Village   Leave a comment

CARLI Digital collection featured image


Arts and Crafts Village


From William Rainey Harper College’s “William Rainey Harper, Young Man In A Hurry” in CARLI Digital Collections.


The “William Rainey Harper Collection” is intended to honor the life, intelligence, and ambition of Dr. Harper, and other members of his family, and to understand how those same traits are mirrored in the institution that bears his name. Dr. William Rainey Harper, first president of the University of Chicago, came up with many innovations in an attempt to widen the availability of higher education to students who would otherwise not be able to pursue it. In 1881, while teaching at Morgan Park Academy in Chicago, Dr. Harper enacted summer school classes, and then created “correspondence courses,” whereby students would correspond by mail with the professor in lieu of attending classes in person. He also called for the creation of “junior colleges” to focus on the first two years of higher education, which would be a preparatory period devoted to general studies—the foundation from which to build knowledge in specialized areas when students attended universities.


The collection contains photographs, political cartoons, diplomas, honors of recognition, news clippings, and other memorabilia. “Arts and Crafts Village” is a 1904 photograph of the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. William Rainey Harper was associated with the Institution??either as an instructor or a principal–from 1883 until 1895. This photo shows the Old Dormitory Building which was remodeled for use of Arts and Crafts.


For more information about this and other CARLI Digital Collections, visit



Posted February 1, 2012 by Michele Ukleja in What's New?


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