Category Archives: Announcement

To announce closures or other pertinent items.

New research guide: Suicide Awareness

There is a new research guide available to faculty, staff, and students that focuses on suicide awareness and prevention.

This guide is listed under both Psychology and under Current Events and Controversial Issues in the Research Guides.

Mary Grimm and Vinnie Cascio from the Wellness staff assisted with reviewing the guide for the content and provided resources. Note that on the ECC Wellness Services tab they provided a link to a free screening tool that they just launched through their department. 

This guide should be helpful for those with topics on suicide and also for those needing to explore resources and get help. 

If you have suggestions to add to the research guide (links to resources, organizations, and other useful information), please email us at

Librarians Maria Bagshaw and Jen Schlau present at the IPSA conference at College of DuPage

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Maria Bagshaw and Jen Schlau presented two different talks as part of a panel presentation for the Illinois Political Science Association. The panel focus was pedagogy in the political sciences.

Maria’s talk focused on bridging the gap between high school students and college instructors’ expectations as far as research ability. She discussed the Big 6 theory, I-SAIL standards, ACRL framework, and how we can introduce information literacy more closely in grades 6-12 in order to prepare students better for success.

Jen’s talk profiled ways she teaches in the classroom using the ACRL Framework as a guide. She documented challenges students have with researching and how campus-wide efforts and documented collaboration between teachers and librarians can help us all support students.

Other panelists discussed the following:

Liebig’s Law of the Minimum, Prairie Schooners and the Donner Party by       Paige Sullivan, Aurora University

Bridging the Chasm of Students’ Lack of Participation by Chris Newman, Elgin Community College

Curriculum and pedagogical methods of teaching American Government and U.S. History in the middle school, high school, and college levels by John Paris, College of DuPage and David White, McHenry County College

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Interlibrary loan: the free service you need for research and life

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What is Interlibrary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

Plan ahead–sometimes items  can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.

ECC to host traveling exhibition Oct. 30 to Nov. 29

Elgin Community College will bring the traveling exhibition “Jehovah’s Witnesses: Faith Under Fire,” to campus from Oct. 30 to Nov. 29. The exhibit, created by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, showcases the relatively unknown story of the suffering and hardships endured by the Jehovah’s Witness community in Nazi Germany.

The exhibition opens with a presentation from Greg and Sandra Milakovich, US representatives for the foundation, on Oct. 30 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Seigle Auditorium, Building E. The presentation includes a Skype session with 89-year-old Holocaust survivor and foundation co-founder Simone Arnold Liebster of Alsace, France. Arnold Liebster was 12 when she was sent to a Nazi re-education facility while her parents were sent to concentration camps.

The exhibit itself will be on display in Hallway Bldg. B, just beyond The Hub Student Lounge. It features 27 feet of panels where viewers can read stories and see images regarding the unique situation faced by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nazi-occupied territory.

“This exhibit was chosen to shed light on the little-known history of the marginalization and persecution of peaceful resisters to the Nazi regime,” said Ginger Alms, ECC English professor and GIST committee member. “The resolve and quiet dignity of the Witnesses during this period showed how individuals could make a difference. Their story can inspire people today to stand up against hatred and violence no matter what others do.”

The Witnesses’ story is one of immeasurable faith and courage, especially since they always had before them the opportunity to seek relief by signing a declaration to recant their faith and give their allegiance to Hitler. Because they refused to abandon their belief in nonviolence and racial equality, they were targeted for persecution and execution. They showed that it was possible to stand up against Nazi terror, even though they were a minority.

For more information regarding the Arnold-Liebster Foundation and educational resources, visit    

Special thanks to GIST and the English Department as sponsors of this event and exhibit! Written by the ECC Marketing Department

New books at the ECC Library!

Check out (get it??) a sampling of the books that have just arrived! Click the link for location information, description, and availability.

New books arrive every week–search our library’s catalog from our website for new and old favorites.


Court Dancer

The Clockmaker’s Daughter

Bridge of Clay


The Book of Boy

Speak No Evil

The Night Diary


Death of Politics: how to heal our frayed republic after Trump

Book of Symbols

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the great space race

Assad or we burn the country : how one family’s lust for power destroyed Syria

The Drama of celebrity

We’ve Got People:  from Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the end of big money and the rise of a movement

Stonewall Reader

Starting and Running a marijuana business

The secret life of language : discover the origins of global communication 

She the people : a graphic history of uprisings, breakdowns, setbacks, revolts, and enduring hope on the unfinished road to women’s equality

Stony the road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow

The killer across the table : unlocking the secrets of serial killers and predators with the FBI’s original Mindhunter 

Losing Earth: a recent history

The way we eat now : how the food revolution has transformed our lives, our bodies, and our world

*All covers courtesy of

Top 10: Keeping your items safe

Image by vishnu vijayan from Pixabay 

In honor of National Cyber Security Month (see post), 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:


  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 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.


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.
–Reposted by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New books at the ECC Library!

Check out (get it??) a sampling of the books that have just arrived! Click the link for location information, description, and availability.

New books arrive every week–search our library’s catalog from our website for new and old favorites.

Vikings: Facts and Fictions

Pastry School: 100 Step by Step Recipes

Throwaway Nation: The Ugly Truth About American Garbage

Luisa Now and Then

Doing Justice

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches

Factfulness:  ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Robots are Coming: the future of jobs in the age of automation

How Schools Work

Feminism Unfinished

Building Reuse

Aristotle’s Way

*Images courtesy of