New: Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang about the Boxer Rebellion, an uprising which took place in China between 1899 and 1901. The books, Boxers and Saints respectively, tell the parallel stories of two young people caught on opposite sides of the violent rift.


Boxers follows the tale of Little Bao and a band of commoners (trained in kung fu) who set out to free China from the foreign missionaries and soldiers who are terrorizing the countryside. Saints follows the experiences of Vibiana, one of the Chinese Christians persecuted by the uprising, as she struggles between her country and her faith.


You can find both volumes on the new book shelf in the main library alongside other books by Gene Luen Yang and those of Lauren Redniss (MFA 2000 Illustration)—both graphic novelists were recently awarded 2016 MacArthur Fellowships.

New Database Trial: Flipster


The SVA Library has just begun a trial of Flipster, a digital magazine solution that makes it easy to read magazines on your computer or mobile device. Visit our Flipster trial here to browse over 1,100 magazines in Flipster’s digital newsstand. Click on Flipster from the EBSCO landing page. The trial is also accessible from our A-Z Databases page.

Download the Flipster app (iTunes, Google Play)  to your mobile device to download magazines for offline reading. On screen instructions in the app will guide you.


Flipster’s web interface


A spread from Threaded magazine in Flipster


The Flipster app

This trial expires on October 22, 2016.

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New Database Trials: AP Collection, Sexuality & Gender, Nat Geo and more


We’ve just begin a trial of five of Gale’s Primary Sources databases. The following 4 collections can be accessed HERE:

  • Archives of Sexuality & Gender
  • Associated Press Collections Online
  • Illustrated London News Archive, 1842-2003
  • Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950

…and the entire digitized run of National Geographic magazine can be accessed here:

These trials expire October 11, 2016.

About these collections:

Archives of Sexuality & Gender:
LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 covers topics including LGBTQ activism and the HIV/AIDS crisis. It provides researchers with the documents necessary to delve deep into the Gay Rights Movement with resources that may otherwise go undiscovered. Repositories for this collection include: Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation; Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives; Women’s Energy Bank; GLBT Historical Society; National Library of Medicine; among other archives.

Associated Press Collections Online:
Gives insight into major events, people and trends from the mid-1800s through the twentieth century from the Associated Press Corporate Archive. Collections may include: original wire copy, personal papers, AP style books, internal publications, and more. Hundreds of videos from the AP Archive and thousands of striking images from AP Images archive add depth to the original reporting and stories behind the news from this venerable news agency.

Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950:
Liberty flourished when illustrated magazines were the most important form of mass entertainment. This was an era of unique creativity and growing involvement in world affairs. Middle class America became much more interested in world events and their impact on everyday life in America. This digital collection provides a unique opportunity to view Liberty and how it charted the moods, attitudes, lifestyles, fads, and fortunes of middle class America through its three most significant decades.

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003:
The complete digital edition (over 260,000 full colour pages) of the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper. Celebrated for its vivid pictorial commentary on global news, the ILN is a unique resource for the history of the last 150 years.

National Geographic Magazine:
The complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

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New Stacks Signage, now with Subjects!

We’ve updated our stacks signage to include subjects! Our old signs only labeled call number ranges, like so:


Our new signs list the subjects covered within each call number range:


Since we field a lot of questions like “Where are the photography books? Where are the art history books?” we aimed to improve the browse-ability of our stacks. You can still lookup specific books, authors, or subjects in our Vision catalog, and here’s a handy guide to reading our Library of Congress call numbers.

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New at the SVA Library: Virtual Reality Viewers

The SVA Library now has New York Times Google Cardboard VR viewers to check out at the circulation desk! The viewers can be used in the library with your own Android or iPhone.


Many apps have been released featuring stereoscopic viewing technology – just visit the App Store or Google Play to find some for your device.

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SVA Library Graduate Student Reception

The SVA Library invites all graduate students to an informal reception on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 from 6-7:30pm.

Say hello to library staff, meet grad students from other programs, browse the collections, and enjoy an adult beverage.

We can’t wait to see you there!


Cabinet of Curiosities: For Your Information

The Cabinet of Curiosities, located next to the Reinhold Brown collection, is a revolving display of materials based around a common theme. This semester’s theme is For Your Information, and features books and DVDs on current socially and politically relevant topics. You’re welcome to explore the cabinet and check out any materials you find inside!