SVA Library Closed for MLK Jr. Holiday – 2017

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, the SVA Library will be closed on Monday, January 16th. We’ll reopen on Tuesday the 17th at 8:30am.


Sign up for an NYPL library card at the SVA Library!

UPDATE 1/12/17: Due to a scheduling issue, this event has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a new time in the near future.

Tomorrow, January 12th, from 12-3pm, SVA students, faculty, and staff can sign up for an NYPL library card at the SVA Library! Two librarians from NYPL’s Muhlenberg branch will be tabling in the main library to sign you up and answer your questions. The New York Public Library is a great resource to have access to, and vastly expands the amount of materials available to our community.


Learning to Look, Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy at the ICP


The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that registration is open and filling quickly for Learning to Look, Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy, to be held on February 22, 2017. This workshop will be hosted by the International Center of Photography in conjunction with the exhibition “Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change,” and is open to cultural heritage professionals, the information and educational communities, and to anyone interested in visual culture. Learning to Look, Looking to Learn is one of four workshops being offered in the second year of the VRAF Regional Workshop Program.  The VRAF is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their continued support of this exciting opportunity to partner with cultural heritage and educational institutions.

As our culture moves from an oral tradition to a visual one, strong visual literacy skills will be increasingly essential to interpreting the information around us. Learning to Look, Looking to Learn will provide participants with critical looking skills, as well as tools and techniques for enhancing the visual literacy of others. Part one of this workshop will be held at the International Center of Photography Museum, exploring visual literacy through objects in the exhibit “Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change.” The afternoon session will be hosted at the International Center of Photography School. Through a variety of interactive exercises, this session will explore more advanced visual literacy concepts, and examine how participants might apply their new skills to their own work and institutions.

Learning to Look, Looking to Learn will be taught by Nicole E. Brown, the Multidisciplinary Instruction Library at New York University. Nicole’s research interests include innovative teaching practices and incorporating new literacies into teaching and learning environments. As a member of the ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force, she works to promote the integration of visual literacy into library instruction, and co-wrote Visual Literacy for Libraries, an ALA Editions book co-written with the three members of the Visual Literacy Task Force.

The fee for this day-long workshop is $125.  To learn more about the workshop, and to register, please visit

If you have questions about registration, feel free to contact Betha Whitlow, VRAF Director, For questions about the International Center of Photography venue, please contact Paul Rogers, Director of Public Programming and Content at ICP,

New: Who is Ana Mendieta?

am1Who is Ana Mendieta? is a graphic novel published by The Feminist Press and written and illustrated by Christine Redfern & Caro Caron. It profiles the life of Ana Mendieta, a Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist who is best known for her “earth-body” artwork.

From the Feminist Press description, “This fiery account of Ana Mendieta is also a snapshot of the turbulent times in which she lived. In exile from revolutionary Cuba, Ana Mendieta found in the 1960s US another kind of social upheaval: Frida Kahlo was finally being appreciated as an artist, not just a muse; Valerie Solanas wrote her manifesto, then shot Andy Warhol; Carolee Schneemann performed nude and pulled a feminist scroll out of her vagina. And Ana Mendieta began creating what she called “earth-body art,” revolutionary work that explored issues of gender and cultural activity. In 1985, at the height of her success, she plunged to her death from the window of the New York City apartment she shared with her husband, artist Carl Andre. He was tried and acquitted of her murder. These vibrantly drawn pages chronicle how the women’s art movement changed the way we look at the female body in art and in the world. Redfern and Caron bring luminaries and the conflicts that inspired them to blazing life, telling us not only who is Ana Mendieta, but why we need to know.”




Food for Fines Fall 2016 – Extended

Food for Fines has been extended until January 6th!

Every canned or non-perishable food item brought into the library reduces your library fines by $2. Please no ramen or frozen food. All donations will be given to City Harvest.


New: Tuff Ladies

What do Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, and Princess Diana have in common? They’re all Tuff Ladies, featured in Till Lukat’s new book profiling both everyday and anomalous episodes from the lives of tuff ladies throughout time and across the globe.

From the publisher, “This book is a collection of stories from extraordinary women who had something worth fighting for. From the Samurai and gunslingers of the wild west to a girl who makes her stand against the Taliban. These ladies will break your heart or your nose and they definitely break all the rules.”

The book features:  Tomoe Gozen, Bridget Bishop, Ann Boney, Harriet Tubman, Belle Starr, Nora Hildebrandt, Ma Barker, Ellen West, Marie Laveau, Frida Kahlo, Miep Gies, Rosa Parks, Carmen Amaya, Beate Uhse, Ulrike Meinhof, Valentina Tereshkova, Grace Slick, Linda Lovelace, Wendy O. Williams, Susan Butcher, Princess Diana, The Spider Girls, Katie Piper, and Malala Yousafzai.

You can find Tuff Ladies and many other new graphic novels on the new book shelf in the SVA Library.




Real News:


Real News vs. Fake News: it’s been one of the biggest topics of discussion at the end of 2016. Lucky for the SVA community, the SVA Library provides free access to, a very reliable source of Real News. Making The New York Times part of your regular reading habits is a great way to stay informed about current issues and to keep ahead of Fake News.

Visit, and using your school email address, create a account. Check your email inbox and open your confirmation message. Click on the link to validate your email address and start reading!

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