Banned Books Week September 25-October 1, 2016: Celebrating Diversity


Check out this article on frequently challenged materials with diverse content, then tweet using #diversity and #BannedBooksWeek with your reactions.

Here is a list of the most challenged books overall for 2015.

Participate in Banned Books Week with Outspeak.  Defend your First Amendment Rights.

Finally, check out this video discussing the most challenged books from the past year.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian


Need election information? Check out these FREE resources


Photo from the New Orleans branch of the NAACP

 Election time is coming down to the wire!  Still confused? Try some of these great resources to help you be aware and informed.  Don’t forget to register and VOTE!

The ECC Library has created a Voting 2016 Research Guide devoted to the upcoming elections. This guide provides a one-stop place to access voting information, polling places, elected officials, and more. Some of the sites included are listed below.


VoteSmart: Their mission says it all: “to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.”

OpenSecrets: A nonpartisan guide that traces how money influences America’s elections and policies.

PolitiFact: Statements are examined by reporters and researchers and given the Truth-O-Meter test. A nice place to see who is stretching the truth, or telling lies, and how.

FactCheck: From their mission statement: to “monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

PolicyMap: This open part of their subscription services allows users to map data all over the country on topics such as housing, economy, education, health, and more.


(you will need your library card activated to use the databases off campus)

CQ Researcher: This database covers a lot of information: current and historical.  It provides in depth reports on important issues and is a great place to go for a good compilation of facts on a topic.

Opposing Viewpoints: Covers controversial topics and gives you the pro/con to each side of the debate.

U.S. Election information

U.S. Election Commission: Provides information on the upcoming elections, including voter registration information.

C-SPAN video library: Watch videos related to various C-SPAN programs, including a special Campaign 2016 section.

Can I Vote?: This site will quickly tell you if you are registered to vote, or what you need to become a registered voter.

Ballotopedia: A free online encyclopedia of American Politics.

Local voting information

Kane County Elections

Cook County Elections

Voting information outside of Kane and Cook Counties:

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Keep your stuff (and yourself) safe


When you are studying and concentrating, it is easy to become distracted. The last thing you need is to lose your work or study materials through theft or inattention.  Here are 10 tips to help keep your stuff safe and private in the library and online:


  1. Keep personal items with you at all times,even when just going to the printer or restroom.  This includes bags, purses, phones, laptops, flash drives, and other items.
  2. Do not put purses or bags on the restroom floor where others could quickly grab them.
  3. Always log off of your library computer before you leave the library so that no one else can access your account.
  4. Report any suspicious or disruptive behavior to the Reference Desk, Computer Help Desk, Circulation Desk, or any library staff.  Do not confront any suspicious or disruptive person yourself.
  5. For emergencies, call the ECC Police at X-7777.  For non-emergencies, call X-7778.


6. Strong password strategies (try Diceware). Easy passwords equals easy access!

7. Secure you text and calling options: if you don’t have an Apple device, look for online software and apps that can encrypt your information.

8. Update software: often your updates contain critical patches for security issues. Do this regularly!

9. Use a browser that allows you to be anonymous. Tor Browser is one such option.


10. Pay attention at all times to your surroundings.  Don’t be glued to your screen but rather make sure you are keeping physical space and virtual space as private as you can.

ECC has a website devoted to safety issues, including weather, fire, and lockdown procedures.  See the ECC Campus Safety site for more information.

*Online tips from the Library Journal article on Protecting Patron Privacy.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New version of MLA Handbook (8th ed.)

51bs1ojsh7l-_sx331_bo1204203200_If you need to use the MLA citation style guide, there is now a NEW version (8th ed.) that has significant changes to how you should be citing your resources (see this site for What’s New). Check with your instructor to see which edition (7th or 8th) they would like you to use.

Copies of the print book have been added to the library collection. The library website citation guide and the citation help tabs in our research guides now link to the new edition via the Purdue OWL site.

So far, the MLA citation tools in subscription databases (like those from Gale, EBSCO, and ProQuest) are still linking to the 7thedition, so be cautious when using the automatic citation tools in the databases.

To date, CREDO Reference and NoodleTools (library subscription citation software) now updated to 8th ed.

For more information, this site includes fundamental differences between editions and how to cite in the MLA 8th edition.


If you need personalized help with citing questions, contact the librarians for assistance at or 847-214-7354, or come into Building C.


National Suicide Prevention Week: September 5 – 11, 2016

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That is the theme of this year’s National Suicide Prevention Week. Per the website, the focus will be “…on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.”


  • Suicide claims approximately over 800,000 lives worldwide each year, resulting in one suicide every 40 seconds.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 12.3 minutes.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds. The elderly make up 14.5% of the population, but comprise 18% of all suicides.
  • Approximately 1,069,325 American attempt suicide each year.
  • An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one.

Library resources: (includes Ebooks available with your activated library card)

Other resources:

  • To get help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Follow @AASuicidology on Twitter
  • Contact the ECC Wellness Professionals at 847-214-7390. They have crisis intervention and support groups to assist you.
  • 1-800-SUICIDE  (1-800-784-2433)
  • Depression Hotline (630) 482-9696
  • Para obtener asistencia en español llame al 1-888-628-9454 
*Facts from the NSPW website and media kitMaria
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Library closed for Labor Day weekend


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 Weekend from Saturday, September 3-Monday, September 5.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:45 a.m.

Remember that most of the library‘s online resources are accessible 24/7 with a current student ID/library card, so make sure to have your card up to date by calling 847-214-7337 or emailing us at

Enjoy the long weekend!

Station Eleven Book Review


Cover courtesy of

Station Eleven: A Novel
By Emily St. John Mandel

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Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed. (Summary provided by

I loved this book because often post-apocalyptic stories are set farther in the future, but this is about the collapse of our current civilization. I think the most visceral moment for me in the book is when a woman is stranded in the airport, looking for her anti-depressant. It made me think about how I wouldn’t be able to access my asthma medicine if something like this happened in the real world. It made the whole idea of the collapse of civilization ever-present in my mind. One point that really effected me was the lack of antibiotics: there was no one to manufacture/ distribute them so they were no longer available. We don’t realize how dependent our current civilization is on the labor (and infrastructure) of people.

I also loved this book because it shows the way that the collapse of civilization affected different people from various walks of life, whether they were a child or an adult when the pandemic happened. So Kirsten is the main thread of the story, but it is punctuated by Arthur and people that touched both of their lives in various ways. I highly recommend this book.

Karen new pic–Submitted by Karen Klein, former Reference Librarian