May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time meant to highlight the millions of Americans suffering from mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. This month focuses on fighting stigma, providing support, education, and advocating for equal care. Mental Health America has issued a call to action for the month: share what life with a mental illness feels like using #mentalillnessfeelslike.

This infographic provides a brief look at anxiety, one of the primary types of mental health issues in America:


In that spirit, we would like to share some of the many resources that ECC has to offer, including  Wellness Services. If you are having problems and don’t know where to go, this is a great first place. They provide short term sessions if you are having problems and can refer students to long term care, if need be.

If you’re not looking for help for yourself, but are curious about mental illness and how it affects college students, why not check out some of ECC’s  library Resources:

–Contributed by Maria Bagshaw and Karen Klein, Reference Librarians

The Circle Book Review


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The Circle by Dave Eggers
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Mae is thrilled to have landed a job at The Circle, a gleaming, cutting-edge tech company. Their state-of-the-art campus and brilliant young employees dazzle Mae. The company believes that privacy is a thing of the past and Mae gets sucked into the culture so fast she doesn’t realize the consequences of giving up all privacy until it’s too late. It’s a page-turner as well as a thought-provoking exploration of the effect our public online personas are having on our private lives.


keathing–Submitted by Julie Keating, Reference Librarian

Sustainability: The Time is Now

earth-day-2016-poster-earth-day-networkDid you know?

  • 1 carton (10 reams of regular (non-recycled) paper) uses .6 of a tree (or, in other words, 1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper. Source: Conservatree)
  • In 2015, students at ECC used over 1 MILLION sheets of paper (averaging to 3,100 sheets per day)
  • An average of 7 ink cartridges PER MONTH are used in the ECC Library.
  • The environmental impact of the paper alone for these print jobs equaled the loss of 14 trees and the CO2 produced was 5,226.4 kg.

So, how can you help?

Check out our Sustainability Research Guide! It has much more on this topic, including tips, books, and article databases for further research.

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!


Resource Spotlight: Finding information by Subject

It’s easy to be overwhelmed…the library has over 80 databases full of information on all subjects!  But what if you are not sure where to start your research?

Your best bet is to search by subject.

To search for online articles on a certain subject:

  • Click on the Article Databases link from the library’s webpage
  • Click the drop down box that says All SubjectsSubject db
  • Click on your subject area
  • Your list of the best databases for that subject will appear; you can choose from those databases to begin your search.

To search for a book in the library’s catalog:

  • Go to the library’s webpage
  • Click the drop down box that says Keyword and choose SubjectSubject books
  • Type in a general subject
  • Click Submit
  • This works best for general subjects (business, childhood education, etc.) Library subject headings are very specific so if you don’t get a good selection, try looking up a book and then click on the subject listed on the book entry’s record:

Subject record

As always, contact the library if you have questions or need help!

New Research Guide: Anatomical Models (Bone Boxes)

The library has created a new Research Guide dedicated to our Anatomical Models collection (affectionately known as “bone boxes.”) The guide makes it easy to browse what models we have in the collection by type of system and provides images to help you browse the collection before you come in to use the models. We have also linked this guide to the medical and health research guides in our Research Guide collection.

To use this collection, contact the Circulation Desk. See the library’s FAQ for more details.

Libraries Transform: National Library Week


First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.–American Library Association, 2016

Here at ECC’s Renner Academic Library, we provide you with a multitude of information at your fingertips:

  • Over 100,000 books, ebooks, CDs, videos, and DVDs
  • Online access to over 68,000 full text online journals
  • Quiet study rooms with technology access
  • Anatomical models (“bone boxes”)
  • 80 networked computers
  • 30 Chromebooks that can be checked out of the library
  • 30 laptops that can be used in the library

And, some of your best resources are: the librarians! Last semester, your librarians provided over 5,700 answers to questions, including 600 chat reference and over 5,000 in person questions! We are:

  • Available all hours that the library is open
  • Available by chat, text, research appointment, phone, email, and in person. Contact us!
  • Here to help with research sources for your assignments, with citation questions, and more!

So if you are looking for resources or need some help navigating the online databases, your library can help you to transform your life by “helping you thrive in the digital age.”


April is National Poetry Month

npm-poster-2016Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  Now in its 20th year, National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

Can you name the poets for each piece of poetry? (*Answers below)

  • I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul…
  • And sweet’s the air of curly smoke from all my burning bridges.
  • For open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!
  • Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but–fighting back!
  • The accumulation of clothes and ashes circles you, rising like a moat after rainfall.
  • Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.
  • And there the moon-bird rests from his flight To cool in the peppermint wind.

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.

Who are your favorite poets?  Leave us a comment!

*Invictus by William E. Henley
Sanctuary by Dorothy Parker
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
If We Must Die! by Claude McKay
A Brief Attachment by Cate Marvin
Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein