Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. The goals of the Earth Day Network for 2019 are to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
Our Earth’s composition of species

This video shows some of the diversity of our species, focusing on the Amazon, home to 1 in 10 known species on Earth.

The ECC library also has a specialized research guide on Sustainability that contains information on LEED, Recycling, Alternative Energy, Reforestation, and more.

What are you doing to help keep our planet healthy and to protect our species? Let us know in the comments below!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Life, on the Line: Book Review

Cover via Amazon

Life on the Line: a chef’s story of chasing greatness, facing death,
and redefining the way we eat
By Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas
641.5092A176L

You do not have to be a fan of upscale dining to love this book by Chicago chef and founder of Alinea, Grant Achatz, about his rise to the top of his profession and his battle with cancer. Anyone who is interested in achieving excellence will find inspiration in the story of Achatz’ education as a chef and his ambition to open his own restaurant and push the boundaries of what is possible with both food preparation and the dining experience. I could not put this book down, and the Chicago connection made it even more engrossing. This was my top book of 2011!

Written by Julie Keating, Reference/Instruction Librarian

National Library Week: April 7-13, 2019

Per the American Librarian Association:
Libraries of all types strengthen their communities through education, lifelong learning, and a wealth of public services. No longer just a place for books, libraries have expanded beyond their traditional roles and provide more opportunities for community engagement and the delivery of new services that connect closely with their community’s needs. Libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools, and campuses—a resource for all community members to find what they need to help improve their quality of life. 

Did you know that your ECC Library offers the following services and resources to our students?

  • Loaning of our 60 Chromebooks
  • Over 80 computers in our on-site labs
  • Anatomical models
  • Expert librarian help with research in person in Building C, by text, or online through chat or in your D2L. Contact us!
  • In-house use of our 20 laptops
  • Over 65,000 print books
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text articles
  • Loaning of our 22 TI-84 calculators
  • Interlibrary loan–get items free from other libraries
  • 3 hour study room use
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text, non-fiction ebooks
  • 24/7 off campus access of articles and ebook databases with an activated Student ID

Community members can also use our print collections, check out designated materials, use interlibrary loan, and get a two hour computer pass per day to use our online resources.

This video will give you an overview of the things you may not know about your library!

Come visit the ECC Library–we can save you time and money, and help you get started on the path to success!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty: FAQs for faculty

Did you know that the library has an FAQ? It is located on our website under How Do I? While the FAQ is open to everyone, we have a special tag for faculty where you can see just the questions that are faculty focused.

Questions include how to schedule a classroom at the library, research appointments, embedded librarians for your online class, and more.

If you have any questions that are not answered in our FAQ, or have questions that you would like to see posted in the FAQ, please contact the Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

April is National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. —Poets.org

Here’s a link to some of the special programming offered by Poets.org.

*Write a poem a day for a month!
*Visit the American Writers Museum in Chicago!
*Check out the Pulitzer Prize winning poetry titles from 1918-present. Check our catalog to see what we have in our collection.
*30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.

Explore different types of poetry in the ECC Library. If you want to browse, poetry is generally found in the 811 section of the collection, although individual collections of poetry can be found in 808.81. You can also search our catalog for your favorite author.

Follow Poetry Month on Social media: @POETSorg on Twitter, #NationalPoetryMonth on Twitter, Poets.org on FaceBook, and #nationalpoetrymonth on Instagram

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Library closed for Spring Recess

The library is closed March 25-March 31 for Spring Recess. The library will reopen on Monday, April 1, at 7 :45 a.m.

To use the library’s databases and ebooks 24/7 during break or anytime, make sure your student ID is updated by calling the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or emailing circdesk@elgin.edu.

Have a safe and relaxing break!

#BookThatChangedYourWorld: Julie Keating

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The art of happiness : a handbook for living / the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
294.3444 B916a

I read this book when I was going through a difficult time in my life, and suffering from severe anxiety. I found this book to be very helpful. You may think that this book would be very dense and difficult to read, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is written in a very accessible style as a series of conversations. The Dalai Lama believes that you can train your mind to exist in a happier state. He believes that “you can overcome your negative mental states  through the application of the “antidote”, or the corresponding positive mental state.” It was very instructive to me at the time that it was possible to have power over my negative emotions.  He touches on dealing with issues stemming from anger, anxiety, suffering, grief, and self esteem. You do not have to be a Buddhist to appreciate this book. Issues are discussed in a very practical, common sense manner with helpful ideas for everyone to consider.

One of the passages in the book that stood out to me was about grief:

“For those people who do not believe in rebirth, then I think there are still some simple ways to help deal with the loss. First, they could reflect that if they worried too much, allowing themselves to be too overwhelmed by the sense of loss and sorrow, and if they carried on with that feeling of being overwhelmed, not only would it be very destructive and harming to themselves, ruining their health, but also it would not have any benefit to the person who has passed away.

“For example, in my own case, I have lost my most respected tutor, my mother, and also one of my brothers. When they passed away, of course, I felt very, very sad. Then I constantly kept thinking that it’s no use to worry too much, and if I really loved these people, then I must try to fulfill their wishes with a calm mind. So I try my best to do that. So I think if you’ve lost someone who is very dear to you, that’s the proper way to approach it. You see, the best way to keep a memory of that person, the best remembrance, is to see if you can carry on the wishes of that person.

“Initially, of course, feelings of grief and anxiety are a natural human response to a loss. But if you allow these feelings of loss and worry to persist, there’s a danger; if these feelings are left unchecked, they can lead to a kind of self-absorption. A situation where the focus becomes your own self. And when that happens you become overwhelmed by the sense of loss, and you get a feeling that it’s only you who is going through this. Depression sets in. But in reality, there are others who will be going through the same kind of experience. So, if you find yourself worrying too much, it may help to think of the other people who have similar or even worse tragedies. Once you realize that, then you no longer feel isolated, as if you have been singlepointedly picked out. That can offer you some kind of condolence.”

      —The Dalai Lama (1935-), in The Art of Happiness (pub. 1998) 

I know that being a student is very stressful, and anxiety plagues many of us. For those interested, I would recommend two other books here in the ECC library to help deal with the stresses of modern life:

Wherever you go, there you are : mindfulness meditation in
everyday life / Jon Kabat-Zinn 155.9042 K11w

 The relaxation response / by Herbert Benson 616.132 B474R

–Submitted by Julie Keating, Reference/Instruction Librarian