Category Archives: Collection Highlights

German Cinema at the SVA Library

The spotlight is on contemporary German cinema at the SVA Library! Post-reunification, German cinema exploded with a fresh and powerful energy as new directors filled screens with a veritable feast of impressive films. Below are some trailers to whet the appetite:

Fatih Akin has tackled issues of German cultural identity with regards to Turkish immigration in such forceful films as The Edge Of Heaven:

Hans Weingartner’s The Edukators is one of the coolest political thrillers of the 00’s:

Lastly, Tom Tykwer is perhaps best known for his crossover smash Run Lola Run but his follow-up film is just as good:

Check out these films and more at the SVA Library!

RIP, Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid, the groundbreaking Iraqi-born British architect, died on Thursday, March 31st in Miami at the age of 65.

Visit our display at the front of the library to learn more about her career, her designs, and her legacy.


Amazing SVA Alumni Graphic Novels arrived in the library today, NO April Fools joke! 

Shawn Martinbrough, Thief of Thieves, Image Comics



Joe Flood, Science Comics: Dinosaurs, FirstSecond Books (​I​llustrator)


Meredith Gran, Marceline Gone Adrift, KaBOOM! Comics


Leslie Stein, Bright Eyed at Midnight, Fantagraphics 


James Jean, Fables Covers: The art of James Jean (new edition), Vertigo

Alex Juhasz, The Little Prince, production designer, and illustrator

Renew Your Access to


Last Spring, the SVA Library began providing access to the New York Times online. Anyone at SVA with a college email address can sign up for unlimited access to by visiting Every year SVA users have to renew their pass to access our institutional subscription, and current users may start to receive renewal emails based on when they first signed up. Just follow the directions in the renewal email to reactivate your pass.

Under the terms of our academic site license, registered SVA users have unlimited access to any content falling outside the limits of the NY Times archive collection. That archive collection is for the years 1923 – 1980, so SVA users have unlimited access to content from 1851 – 1922, and then from 1981 to the present. Individual SVA users have limited access to NYT archive material, for no more than 5 articles per day.

NYTimes in Education

SVA users now also have access to the New York Times inEducation: – a resource to help faculty and students make the most out of our subscription.

What will you find on

Tools & Resources

  • Faculty Contributions: Articles & Questions to Guide Classroom Discussion
  • Curated New York Times articles
  • Custom news alerts
  • Instructional strategies
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Weekly Digests

Subject Areas

  • American Government
  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • International Relations
  • Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Writing & English Composition
  • Coming Soon: Sociology, Religion,
  • Biology

Accessing these teaching resources is easy – simply visit, and click link “Register Now” at the upper right hand corner. From there, follow the instructions to create an account.

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Featured Resource: One Search

The SVA Library subscribes to almost 40 different databases including Art Source, ARTstor, EBSCO’s Academic eBook Collection, JSTOR, and more. Did you know that there’s a way to search most of these databases at once?

It’s called One Search, and it’s the default search option from the “Everything” search box on the library website:

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Entering a search in the Everything search tab will open a new browser tab with your results in the native One Search interface:

one search results

From here, you can use the filters in the left hand column to narrow your results down by Full Text only, Source Type (books, magazines, academic journals, etc), Subject, Content Provider (that is, individual databases), and more.

One Search is a great tool when you want to retrieve the most comprehensive results for your search. Because it’s searching across multiple databases, you’ll receive many more far-reaching results than if you searched one individual database on its own. If the scope of your research is large, or if you’re just starting your research and want to get a picture of the content available across many databases, One Search is a great place to start.

Here’s a list of our subscribed databases that are searched with One Search:

SVA Library Catalog
Academic OneFile
Academic Search Complete
Alexander Street Press (Underground Comics / Art & Architecture in Video)
Art Source (includes Art Index Retrospective)
Business Insights: Essentials
Business Source Elite
EBSCO Academic Ebook Collection
Film & Television Literature Index
Grove Art Online (Oxford Art Online)
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Health Reference Center Academic
InfoTrac Newsstand
JSTOR Journals
Newspaper Source
Professional Development Collection


Got a question about One Search? Ask Us!

Un Sedicesimo on Display

A new display of magazine covers from Un Sedicesimo is up in the library by the single service restrooms.


Un Sedicesimo is a typographical measure: a 16 page binding, but it is also a bimonthly magazine about design.  Rather, it doesn’t talk about design, it makes design. Each 16 page issue has a different author/desinger that presents a finished project, without analysis or debate. Un Sedicesimo will be a different magazine each time, from the headline to the colophon. It will become a sort of gallery on paper, which proposes a new personal exhibition every two months, six times a year.

Find Un Sedicesimo in our periodical stacks, under S.

A Cinematic Celebration Black History Month

The SVA Library is celebrating Black History Month with a curated selection of films, including art, dance, docs, & features. Highlights include:

spike_lee_redhook_summer_2_page-bg_15384_800_500_81_sRed Hook Summer, Spike Lee, 2012

Another chapter in Lee’s continuing chronicle of various Brooklyn neighborhoods, Red Hook Summer was criminally under-seen upon release but stands as one of Lee’s more engaging recent releases.

still1The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975Goeran Olsson, 2011

Olsson’s powerful and captivating documentary compiles original 16mm found footage with archival interviews. Hear directly from many important civil rights activists, including Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Huey Newton, & Angela Davis.


Tupac: Resurrection, Lauren Lazin, 2003

Tupac Shakur narrates his own life story in a documentary that features music videos, home movies, and archival interviews. Get deep into Tupac’s mind as he details his love of poetry & hip-hop, as well as his turbulent legal issues. Produced in association with Tupac’s mother, former Black Panther Afeni Shakur.

Find these films and more on the DVD display case near the circulation desk.