Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day!

Earth Day 2015 is celebrated by over 1 billion people in 192 countries, making it the largest civic observation in the world!

Eradicating global poverty is possible, but only in a world where all countries commit to a low carbon future. We’ve got the technology. All we need is the will. Sustainability is the answer to development— the only answer. (1)

Celebrating Earth Day can be as simple as thinking about ways you can recycle at your school and in your everyday life. To get started, check out the library’s Sustainability Research Guide. (2) It has much more on this topic, including tips, books, and article databases for further research.

Also, check out ECC’s Sustainability Maker Faire on 4/22 from 11-3 in the Events Center, J Building.

Did you know…..?

  • American throw away over 2.5 million plastic bottles each hour
  • Each person has the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 cans in his or her lifetime
  • Recycling a three foot stack of newspapers will save 1 tree.
  • Currently, less than 35% of households and less than 10% of business recycle. (3)

7  Savvy Tips to conserving paper and ink in the library:

  1. Email the article to yourself. All the databases offers an email feature right from where you are researching. (This also saves you from losing the article later in the semester!)
  2. Save your items to a flash drive or to your desktop.
  3. Print only the pages you need instead of the entire document.
  4. Check the Print Preview to make sure you print the correct document.
  5. When printing a PowerPoint or slides, print several slides per page, instead of a single slide on each page.
  6. When making copies, choose to print your document 2 sided rather than on single sheets.
  7. When all else fails, RECYCLE! Look for the blue bins around the library to recycle your unneeded paper.

(1) http://www.earthday.org/
(2) Many of these facts and tips were taken from this SlideShare presentation by Distance Librarian, Stacey Shah. Also check out the Is Paperless Always Better SlideShare by Technical Services Librarian Ellie Swanson.
(3) http://www.recyclecrossamerica.org/recycling-facts

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell Book Review

Cover courtesy of Amazon.com

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell
By Susanna Clarke
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If you enjoy writers from the 19th century such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens or Charlotte Bronte and you also enjoy magic, then you might like Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke. This novel is written in the style of a 19th century novel of manners, complete with footnotes.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, when almost all magic has been erased from Britain, two wildly different magicians surface. With them they bring legitimacy to magic and change to England’s history.

Mr. Norell, a scholarly recluse, bring his powers to light in 1806 and becomes a celebrity.

Not too long after that, another practical magician appears, Jonathan Strange. He studies under Norell and together they join forces against France. However, Strange is drawn to the most dangerous forms of magic, straining his partnership with his mentor and risking everything he holds dear.

I recommend this book if you love great prose, dry British humor, and nineteenth century literature. Even if you enjoy these things, be warned the book has a bit of a slow start to it, so patience is your friend.

Reviewed by Karen Klein, Reference Librarian

Welcome new library staff, Karrie Stewart!

Karrie Stewart

Karrie Stewart

Karrie is a graduate of ECC with an associates in Science. She began her education trying for the nursing program but realized that wasn’t her thing. She is currently a student at College of Dupage in the LTA program (with about a year to go.)  She strives to read at least 40 books every year and would love to be in charge of a readers advisory program someday.  A die-hard Cubs and Bulls fan, she tries to get to a least one game a season.  She is the 4th generation in her family living in Elgin and has a  fiesty baby rabbit named Leo.

Rabbit Karrie

Unlimited Possibilities @your library: Celebrate National Library Week!

Courtesy of ALA.org

National Library Week is April 12-18, 2015.

Libraries continue to be places where you can read, learn, study, collaborate,create, and explore freely.

Do you know these facts about your library?

  • ECC librarians answer around 10,000 Reference questions each academic year, including 1,400 chat questions.
  • The ECC librarians are embedded in over 80 classes each semester on campus, providing online research assistance and support through D2L.
  • The library owns more than 100,000 items in various formats like print books, ebooks, dvds, and compact discs.
  • We have specialized Research Guides for many topics, including Recommended Reading and Recommended Watching–try something new today!
  • Librarians are available to you over 70 hours per week, by chat, text, email, in person, and by phone.  Contact us!

You have unlimited possibilities @your library!

New Database: Science in Context

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We are pleased to announce that the library has a one-year subscription to Science In Context through our Gale database subscription.

Science In Context features authoritative information covering all major science topics and provides topic overviews, biographies, periodical articles from noted publications, images and videos, detailed experiments from Experiment Central, biographies, and dictionaries. The interface is similar to our Opposing Viewpoints database.

To access this database, go to Article Databases–> General–> Gale and then find Science In Context on the list.

This database access expires March 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact libref@elgin.edu or call 847-214-7354.

April is National Poetry Month

From Poets.org

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  Now in its 18th year, National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

Click here for a Subject Search on Poetry in the library’s catalog.  You can also narrow down to different types of poetry such as children’s, feminist, haiku, or love.

Which poets are your favorites?  Leave us a comment!

Research help, Right outside your classroom: Mobile Librarian Outreach

ECC Mobile Librarians Sub-brand Logo-20130718Need help but no time to run to the library?  See the schedule below to consult with a librarian at a location convenient to you!

The librarians will have their mobile devices to assist you with research, citation, and any other questions you may have.

We will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from March 31- April 30 in Buildings B, F, and A.

  • Tuesdays: Building B, 3rd Floor
  • Wednesdays: Building F
    1st floor: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: Building A
    1st floor: 9:30-11 a.m.
    3rd floor: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The ECC Library Mobile Outreach Project has the goal of enhancing student success by expanding the library’s point of need information services…outside the library’s physical space…providing face-to-face research support and increasing librarian/student contact.

Remember that you always have the option of reaching our librarians in Building C, or via email, chat, phone (847-214-7354) or text (847-999-0403).

Contact libref@elgin.edu for more information.