Oral History brings the ECC past alive!

Did you know the library has links to oral interviews with prominent Elgin Community College professors, staff, and board members?

Here are our latest interviews:

For a list of our past oral interviews, visit our Archives page. These new interviews will be uploaded soon!

–Thank you to Armando Trejo, Archivist and Librarian, for his dedication and hard work in maintaining our past and present!
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Resource Spotlight: New York Times Digital Subscription

NYT DigitalThe library has a subscription to the New York Times digital edition This is the web version of the New York Times, rather than a database version. It includes full access to all articles dating back to 1851 right from a mobile device or a computer. You can register to have free, personal access through this new subscription.  Here are the steps:

  • Using a student.elgin.edu or elgin.edu email account, create a personal account for full access to NYT from 1851-present.
  • Account registration works best in a Chrome browser.
  • You only need to register at this link once. After that, you can go directly to nytimes.com and login with your personal account.

Access to the New York Times in text form for student research is still available through the library’s newspaper databases.

Keeping your items safe

SafetyIn honor of National Cyber Security Month, we thought we would do a post on safety.

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:

IN THE LIBRARY:

  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.

ONLINE*:

6. Strong password strategies (try Strong Password Generator or 1Password). Easy passwords equals easy access!

7. Secure your 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 and Epic Browser are two options.

AND FINALLY:

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.  Be sure to sign up for the RAVE Alert. See the ECC Campus Safety site for more information.

*Some of the online tips providing by the Library Journal article on Protecting Patron Privacy.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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Each year, the NCSAM provides the public with information on staying safe in an online world.

Weekly themes are as follows:

Week 1: Oct. 1­–5: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety 

Week 2: Oct. 8–12: Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity

Week 3: Oct. 15–19: It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

Week 4: Oct. 22–26: Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure   

Online safety basics can be found here, or explore how to better secure your devices. 

You can also check out our Cybersecurity and Online Privacy and Security Research Guides.

To join the conversation, use the hashtag #chatstc and #CyberAware or follow NCSAM on Twitter @StaySafeOnline or Facebook.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Banned Books Week is September 23-29, 2018

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The theme for Banned Books week is Banning Books Silences Stories. The theme encourages you to speak out against censorship and share your stories. We should all be allowed to freely choose, read, analyze, accept, and reject materials based on our own experiences and ideas.

We have many works in our collection that deal with censorship in different areas. Browse these subjects in our catalog. This catalog search deals specifically with Censorship in the United States.

Writing in the Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky (author of the popular V.I. Warshawski books) is particularly apropos for this year’s theme, as Paretsky discusses finding her voice as a feminist and woman writer and the importance of  the power of speaking out.

This video provides information on the top challenged books of 2017.

This infographic provides current information and statistics on censorhip.

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Finally, food for thought:

Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.’ But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.

–Ai Weiwei (BrainyQuote)

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contribution from Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Sources: ALA Offices for Intellectual Freedom and the Banned Books Week website.

Voting and Registering! Let your voice be heard!

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The General Election is TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6!

On campus:

Voting registration tables are available throughout the month of September (see graphic to left.)

Student Government is presenting Pie-Partisan-A Four Part Series, in the Alumni Room (B-182) from 3:00-4:00 pm on the following dates:

September 13, October 11, November 8, December 6. 

Themes vary; the second topic is School Gun Safety on October 11.

Am I Registered to Vote?

Find out if you are registered to vote.

I Need to Register to Vote…

Online Voter Registration Application website: Illinois residents may also register in person at their local office of the election authority, at driver’s license facilities, or with deputy registrars who are appointed in each jurisdiction.

To register you will need:

  • Your Illinois Driver’s License number or state issued ID number
  • Date the license or ID was issued
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Your birth date

If you do NOT have a Illinois Driver’s License or state issued ID number, you may register by using the State Board of Elections’ paper based Voter Registration Application Tool.

I Need to Understand the Issues…

The ECC Library has created a Voting 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.

To be an informed voter, you should understand the issues. Check out our extensive newspaper databases, which have local, national, and international coverage. We also have a Research Guide on Thinking Critically About the News–learn how to tell fact from fiction. Finally, you can subscribe for free to the New York Times.

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.

I Need to Vote Early:

Early Voting is Thursday, September 27 through Monday, November 5. Check out your county for times/places for early voting:

Kane County

Cook County

DeKalb

DuPage

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