New Display in the Library!

A new display is currently on view at Memorial Library entitled “Defining Activism:” books by and about American Activists.

In tandem with the current exhibition up at the Dowd and Beard Galleries, the Memorial Library is highlighting activism, as exhibited in our collections and at SUNY Cortland.

The library is highlighting a selection of books by about 28 “Americans who tell the truth” as depicted in Robert Shetterly’s portrait series currently showing in the Dowd and Beard Galleries. The 28 portraits originated from a still growing collection of more than 150 activists. Inspired by events that took place after 9/11 and the apparent disingenuity of the Bush Administration, Robert Shetterly, a Maine-based artist, set out to paint portraits of American activists that “tell the truth.” Drawn from a wide-range of activism, be it criminal justice activism, environmental activism, peace activism, each activist is beautifully represented by a portrait and a quote inscribed into the painting itself.  A project spanning now over ten years, Shetterly continues to paint portraits of courageous American figures that define and redefine how we as a people can stand up to injustice.

Be sure to take a trip downtown to check out the exhibition in person! In the meantime, enjoy the slideshow displayed downstairs in the lobby depicting each activist in the exhibition accompanied by the powerful and poignant quote Shetterly chose to include within the portrait.

Alongside the books showcased, we have provided a bibliography for your own research. Come by the library and pick one up!


Featured Database: ARTstor

Impress your classmates and professors with high-quality images inserted into your presentations!

ARTstor  provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. ARTstor shares collections from hundreds of museums, artists, artists’ estates, photographers, scholars, special collections and photo archives.

Some of the image collections you can find in ARTstor:

  • Frick Collection
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • and much, much more!
So what can you do with the ARTstor Digital Library?
  • Create a free account and save and sort images into your own personal folders; even upload your own images
  • Search by Keyword, or Browse by collection, classification, or geography
  • View images and image data
  • Print and save images to your own computer or flash drive
  • Download images to PowerPoint or KeyNote

Ready to start? Go to the Library Databases link on the Library Tab in myRedDragon and search for ARTstor in the alphabetical list of databases by title or Ask a librarian!


New: Library Research Guides!

The library has a newly designed Library Tab in myRedDragon featuring the new Library Research Guides! Our previous Subject Plus guides have been transitioned to the most widely used system for creating research guides and sharing knowledge: LibGuides. These online Library Research Guides cover all SUNY Cortland’s study areas, specific topics and general research techniques and are created by Cortland librarians to help faculty and students find information for a particular subject.  Be sure to take a look at our new Library Research Guides. You can find them in the third box down in the middle of the Library Tab. Enjoy!