Find an awesome career

Whether you are just beginning to explore a career, or you are trying to find a new one, the library has developed a Career Development Resource List to get you started.

This guide walks you through the career development process, offers links to self-assessment, books and e-books in the library that will provide information on a chosen career, schools and training information, ECC college contacts for assistance, and more.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your job prospects and employment. Give these resources a try and take yourself to the next level!

5 Ways to Get off to a Good Start This Semester

Keeping up with classes can be a pain, but these tips can help. We found them by consulting the wisdom from some expert sources we found in the library.

1. Keep a calendar, and set aside time for studying

The expert sources we consulted all agree that the best way to be organized is to keep a schedule with all of your classes, shifts at work, and other appointments in it. You can use an electronic calendar on a computer or smart phone, or you can buy a good old fashioned paper scheduler from the ECC Bookstore.

2. Don’t forget to set aside time for yourself

Make sure you have time to do thinks you enjoy, or even just to eat or zone out. The Everything College Checklist Book agrees: “Leave a few empty spaces in your schedule to gain the freedom to adjust things each day, be spontaneous, or just relax” (160).

3. Start good habits now

As we all know, “it’s tempting to blow off the homework when there’s no test looming or when the prof doesn’t bother to call on anyone in class,” but according to The Secrets of College Success, “the fun will quickly diminish when you have five hundred pages of reading to catch up on two days before the test” (50).

4. Take handwritten notes

Think your laptop will make it so much easier to take notes? Turns out, maybe not. Even though all of our experts agree on the importance of taking notes in class, a recent study showed that people remembered much more when they took notes by hand. That’s because you know you won’t be able to write down everything, so you have to think about what’s important and put it in your own words. Plus, it’s a lot easier to doodle on paper than a keyboard!

5. Remember that there are teachers, librarians, and tutors that can help you

There’s a reason that there’s more to the college than just classrooms. And when your professor isn’t holding office hours, there are a lot of other places where friendly experts are ready to help you, like the Library, the Tutoring Center, and the Write Place.

Find out more:
Fox, Gunnar. Kick Ass in College: A Guerrilla Guide to College Success. Dallas, TX: Kickass Media, 2010.
Jacbos, Lynn. The Secrets of College Success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
Muchnick, Cynthia. The Everything College Checklist Book. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2013.

Carl Lehnen, Librarian

—-Contributed by Carl Lehnen, Reference Librarian

Films on Demand: Educational video streaming service now available through ECC Library

FilmsondemandFilms on Demand provides educational videos on a variety of subject areas.  It is billed as a “Web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Choose from thousands of high-quality educational titles in dozens of subject areas.”

You can find the link two ways:

You will need your usual library card number login to access the service from off-campus.

Click on the link for a downloadable list of available videos in these subjects: Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science,  Health, Technical Education, Family & Consumer Sciences,
Careers & Job Search,  and Guidance & Counseling.

Watch this video for a general overview of this new and exciting service!

Library Closed for Labor Day Weekend

From the FDR Library & Museum: "Two sisters who left the farm to keep our airmen flying...  1942"

From the FDR Library & Museum: “Two sisters who left the farm to keep our airmen flying… 1942″

The library will be closed for Labor day:

Saturday, August 30-Monday, September 1, 2014

We will re-open Tuesday, September 2 at 7:45 a.m.

Please click here for regular library hours.

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 circdesk@elgin.edu 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.

CLOSED:
 Saturday, August  16  & Sunday, August 17