2:25 pm - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

New Music and Dance Video Database


SCAD students at all campuses now have access to over 600 music and dance videos through Film on Demand’s music and dance collection. This newly-acquired library database provides access to dance, music appreciation, music history, and world music informational videos. Where else can you watch a video about Justin Bieber’s rise to fame, or Louisiana prison musicians, all in one place?

Visit Films on Demand to begin your viewing journey!

11:58 am - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

Database Trial - IBISWorld


We are currently trialling IBISWorld, an online collection of market industry research reports.  Please take a moment a to explore the site and let us know what you think!

2:17 pm - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

SCAD Style

Read up on SCADStyle's featured guests:

featuring designer William Sofield

by Mayer Rus

by Stefan Sagmeister

by Stefan Sagmeister

featuring Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang

by Marian Banjes

by Marian Banjes

by Donald Norman

2:26 pm - Wed, Apr 9, 2014
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Digital Anastasia

Special Collections gets a lot of traffic coming in to see the Don Bluth Collection of Animation.  As we get materials out for class visits, there is always the concern of what is relevant to today’s student.  We usually don’t have a problem finding materials for the hard core animation aficionados, but those students who are there with their Illustration or Sequential classes may not be familiar with Don Bluth’s earlier productions.  So how do we make their visit relevant and familiar?  


Character sketch for Anya’s quirky hairstyle

Fortunately, a few years ago, we received a box from Don Bluth’s personal archives with some early pre-production art from Anastasia.  It wasn’t much, some character designs with a few costume designs and props.  But we got them out and hoped for the best.  Anastasia art turned out to be an instant hit!  Most students like the film, some stating that it was one of their childhood favorites.  Seeing the planning drawings brought back good memories. 

Character design for Anya, with notes from Don

The pre-production art helps us to see the creative process of character design. It is fun to see the evolution of Anya herself, starting with the meek Sleeping Beauty type of girl, experimenting with a more modern Audrey Hepburn type, and then settling on the feisty red haired ragamuffin that Anya became.  Especially interesting are Don’s notes on a few of the character designs.  It wasn’t until fairly late into the process that his notes mentioned that Anya could be funny with a comic personality.  Her hair also evolved from long wavy tresses to a more modern short chopped haircut.   It was not actually short, just tied in a bizarre knot at the top of her head.  As the character is introduced, her clothes reflect a sort of tomboy chic creatively put together with cast off clothes to make her own type of fashion statement.  But also, Anya comes with a huge array of costume changes!

Model sheet for Anya’s puppy Pooka

Some of the characters in the planning drawings did not make it into the final film and some changed greatly.  We have posted a selection of these drawings on the Don Bluth Collection of Animation digital library page.  We have put a selection of the minor characters up on our digital site and are working on the major characters.  And while you are there, take a look at what else is available on our digital site

Character design for Masha and Jean-Claude, not in final film


11:39 am
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SCADpad is launching today! Want to learn more about sustainable design, urban planning, and small spaces? SCAD Libraries has created a research guide that will quickly guide you to resources in these and related subject areas. Check out the SCADpad research guide in support of this unique and exciting initiative at http://scad.libguides.com/scadpad


SCADpad is launching today! Want to learn more about sustainable design, urban planning, and small spaces? SCAD Libraries has created a research guide that will quickly guide you to resources in these and related subject areas. Check out the SCADpad research guide in support of this unique and exciting initiative at http://scad.libguides.com/scadpad

1:29 pm - Mon, Apr 7, 2014
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Bookmark Contest 2014 Winners!


We are pleased to announce that the 1st place winner is Rachel Urban, a Sequential Art Senior in Savannah. Her design will soon grace the front of the official printed bookmark.

Join us in also congratulating James McInvale (Illustration Graduate, Savannah) for taking home the 2nd place prize, and 3rd place winner Vivian Lin (Animation, Freshman, Hong Kong).

Thanks to everyone who submitted designs for this year’s contest, and to judges Daniel Powers (Illustration professor, Savannah), Nicol Auguste (Liberal Arts professor, Savannah), and Robin Miller (Visual Resources Center Manager, Jen Library, Savannah).

View winners at the contest website.

3:54 pm - Fri, Apr 4, 2014
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Poster Design @ Jen Library 4 SCBF

Want to promote literacy, represent SCAD and boost your portfolio?

Every fall the Live Oak Public Library system hosts the Savannah Children’s Book Festival, and every spring they hold a Poster Contest for talented students to create an image that will be used to promote the event. This year’s contest deadline is Thursday, April 24. SCAD students do really well in the College category so if you choose to enter, find inspiration for your project with books from SCAD Libraries!

Click on the book covers to find them in the library catalog








4:11 pm - Wed, Apr 2, 2014
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New additions to the SCAD Digital Image Database - Architecture


The Visual Resources Center has recently added architecture-related images to the SCAD DID from the following books:

Le Corbusier : furniture and interiors 1905-1965
Eero Saarinen: shaping the future
Materials & skills for historic building conservation
Louis Kahn : the power of architecture
Big house, little house, back house, barn
Archimedes Russell, upstate architect
Louisiana plantation homes: a return to splendor
Wood, brick and stone
New British architecture
Moravian architecture and town planning
Carolina dwelling
Historic America: buildings, structures and sites

Images from these resources can be easily found in the database by selecting the Architecture / Topography category and entering a book title in the Book Source field.

1:20 pm - Tue, Apr 1, 2014

Recorded Workshops

photo credit: jonrawlinson via photopin cc

Sharpen your research skills with SCAD Libraries’ workshops!  These recordings are available 24/7 here.

  • Research Survival
    New SCAD Library explorers, welcome! The knowledge you seek is within your grasp - let us be your guide. Get the skills you need to conquer the catalog, track down books and articles with ease, and learn what a library search tool can do that Google can’t. This workshop is your expedition orientation!
  • Introduction to Art Research
    SCAD Libraries offers many resources that are perfect for researching art and design topics. Participants in this session will gain an overview of important kinds of information needed when studying art – such as high quality images, reviews, exhibition catalogs and more – and demo several of the library’s online tools in order to find them.
  • Keyword Search Savvy
    Sick of sifting through thousands of results every time you search? Feel like you’re using the ‘wrong’ words? This session will present strategies for creating effective keyword search strings to help you find the information you need, without all the filler.
  • Popular, Trade and Scholarly, Oh My!
    There is a vast array of published literature written for general audiences, academics and everyone in between. Each kind of material has unique benefits and drawbacks. But which to choose? In this workshop, attendees will learn to identify and select different kinds of publications according to their need, and then put those skills to use with a demo of a database containing research articles.
  • Searching Beyond SCAD’s Libraries
    There’s a world of research information out there – learn to navigate the info-verse with Worldcat, Google Books and Google Scholar. This workshop discusses when and how to broaden your research beyond SCAD’s collections, by finding materials in other libraries and using Inter-Library Loan.
  • The CRAAP Test
    Is your research resource C.R.A.A.P.? In this workshop you will learn 5 ways to evaluate any website, book or journal that you want to use as reference for your project to see if it’s grade A prime, or not worth your time!
  • Organizing Your Sources with Zotero
    Are you getting ready to write your thesis paper? Do you struggle with organizing all of your books, articles and web sources? This workshop will teach you how to collect and manage your research materials with Zotero, a Firefox add-on. Zotero is free, easy to use, and will even help you format your bibliography. Additional tips for staying on-track and organized with your research will be discussed as well.

For more details, please see http://scad.libguides.com/workshops

4:09 pm - Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Redbooks Online

Check out SCAD Libraries’ newest online database - Redbooks

Redbooks provides access to over 10,000 global advertising agencies, and the more than 15,000 companies that advertise with them. Find such useful information as advertising agencies’ profiles, clients, ad campaigns, and areas of market specialization. Also access information on advertisers’ marketing approaches. Students, browse thousands of advertising job announcements!

One Big Note:
We have a 5-seat maximum limit for concurrent user access - you will get an error message if too many people try to log on at the same time. Users should ‘sign out’ when they’re done, but if they don’t, it takes about 15 minutes for the account to re-set and open up the seat.
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