Renew your Library Card!

librarycardNeed to have your information on the go?  Want to get a head start on your research?  Then you need to have your library card activated for Fall Semester!

Student cards must be renewed each semester. As soon as your barcode is activated or your card is issued borrowing privileges begin.

Students will need to present their ECC photo ID card at the Circulation Desk to have the library barcode activated, or contact the Library’s Circulation Desk at (847) 214-7337 or for more information or to renew over the phone.

Windows 8 now on all library computers

Windows8All the library’s labs now contain the current version of Windows 8.  Please note that the interface is quite different than previous versions, so plan to spend some time getting to know how it works.

Need to know how to get started? See this Microsoft site for an overview. Want to know what else Windows 8 can do? This TechRadar article offers 62 (!) tips, tricks, and secrets.

Visit the library and give Windows 8 a try. Limited technical help will also be available.

Stop by and chat with a Computer lab aide if you have questions.

ECC Library Fall Hours Announced

Photo courtesy of  Dominic Alves via Flickr

Photo courtesy of Dominic Alves via Flickr

Welcome Back!

The library will be open the following hours during Fall semester, beginning August 18th:

Monday-Thursday     7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday                              7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday                        9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

We are also CLOSED  for the following holidays:

Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, August 30-Monday, September 1

Thanksgiving Recess
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26-Sunday, November 30

Holiday Recess
5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23-Thursday, January 1

For the rest of this week (August 12-15), the library is open:
Tuesday, August 12: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 14: 11:00 -5:00 p.m.
Friday, August 15: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 Saturday, August  16  & Sunday, August 17

For Faculty: Copyright Research Guide

copyrightJust in time for the new semester, we have created a Copyright Guide focusing on the basics of copyright, fair use, ethical use of images, and websites that will assist you in correctly using materials for your classes.

A Quick note on Fair Use

To determine fair use, you want to look at the Four Factors:

  • Factor 1 – The Purpose of Your Use  -  Do you seek commercial gain, or are you using these for scholarship, teaching, or writing a paper?
  • Factor 2 – The Nature of Your Use  –  Characteristics of the work itself are important in looking at fair use. Are you using a very highly creative work? If so, the judgment might be against its use as fair use.
  • Factor 3 – The Amount of the Work You Use – Are you trying to use an entire book, a chapter, or an art image?
  • Factor 4 – How the Potential Market for the Work Will Be Impacted by your Use – If you copy 100 book chapters, that is 100 copies pulled from the market.

If you have questions about copyright, please contact Jerry Mackay, Associate Dean of the Library, at 847-214-7597.

Kane County Chronicle now available at the ECC Library

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The library now has a subscription to the Kane County Chronicle.  We will be receiving this local paper from Tuesday through Saturday each week.  This subscription joins the other print newspapers in our browsing collection such as  the New York Times, Daily Herald, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, and more.  We also have online newspapers available through our website.

The Kane County Chronicle includes local news, prep sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classifieds, and crime news.

Stop by Building C and check out our newspaper and magazine browsing collections today!

The Alchemist Book Review

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The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a fanciful tale of a young boy from Spain who leaves his life as a shepherd to follow his dream. The book is a quick read at only 160 pages, and especially at first I couldn’t put it down. Later it took on a more provocative and mystical aspect, which slowed down what I thought would be an easy and fast read.

While tending his flocks, the boy has a recurring dream that tells him he will find his treasure at the Pyramids in Egypt. After selling his sheep to pursue his dream, the boy finds himself in Egypt on an adventure where he is robbed of all his earthly possessions, works in a crystal shop, meets a king  who tells him to pursue his Personal Legend, and finally joins a caravan across the desert where he meets an Englishman in search of the Alchemist. The Alchemist is a spiritual tribal leader who knows the secret of long life and turning things into gold. The boy, who has an instinctive and observant nature, eventually finds himself in the company of the Alchemist, and along the way discovers love and learns to listen to his heart as he listens to the sounds of the universe – at first this was his sheep and later the desert, the wind, and the soul of mankind.

This book is rated by members as a 3.74 out of 5 stars and I would concur with the rating. What drew me to it initially was that it was a shorter book and on two GoodReads lists: “Best Books Ever” and “Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once.”  Check out the GoodReads website and books you shouldn’t miss, which may include this one.

Reviewed by Jana Porter, Reference Librarian

‘Tis the season…for weeding!

Photo courtesy of rebecca f at CC

Photo courtesy via Creative Commons: rebecca f

Just like we weed our gardens this time of year (especially with all this rain!), we also have to “weed” our library collection.

Weeding (aka culling or deselection) is an intellectual process whereby the librarians evaluate sections of the library’s collection for the following criteria:

1. Physical condition of the work (missing page, ripped cover, coffee stains, etc.)
2. Outdated information (particularly important in science, technology, and legal fields)
3. Whether the work still fits the scope of the collection and the parameters of the courses and college/library missions.
4. When the work was last used/checked out.

Weeding does not mean only pulling the items from the shelves.  It also means that the librarians need to find updated works to replace the items that are no longer useful.  We use several library and publishing magazines to find well-reviewed items, taking into account our student population and the needs of our faculty and staff. This is an ongoing process that keeps our collection up to date and relevant.

For more about weeding, see this recent article in the Kane County Chronicle, or the American Library Association FactSheet on weeding.

For more information about ECC’s weeding and collection development, please contact Ellie Swanson at 847-214-7321 or email