Category Archives: Announcement

To announce closures or other pertinent items.

Hours for Winter Recess

christmas-1911637_640Here are the hours for December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019:

Friday, Dec. 14  7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15 CLOSED

December 17-December 21 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

December 22-January 1 CLOSED for Winter Recess

January 2-January 9 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 10 (Convocation) 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday, January 11 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 12 & Sunday, January 13 CLOSED

Semester Hours resume at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Need a quiet space? Get a study room!

secret-2725302_640As we come into the final push to the end of the semester, you may find you need to have some quiet time to yourself to focus, or maybe you need to work on a group project while you are on campus. The library’s study rooms are the answer!

Study rooms:

  • Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;
  • Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);
  • May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;
  • On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;
  • Are not soundproof, so noise should be kept to a quiet, normal speaking voice;
  • Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.

ECC Librarian Jen Schlau participates in two conference presentations

Jen1Adjunct Librarian Jen Schlau participated in two conferences in October 2018. Her first session was a poster at the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conference in Peoria, Illinois. The second was a presentation with an ECC English faculty member at the Writing on the Edge Conference at College of DuPage. This is a conference put together by English as a Second Language and English adjuncts for adjuncts.

Jen was a participant in the 2016-2017 Faculty Research Community at ECC. The research community has a cohort of faculty work on research projects for an academic year. While ultimately independently working on a project, the cohort meets together several times each semester to discuss progress and receive support. Jen’s project is titled “Sitting Down with a Librarian: Semi-Structured Research Interviews”. She interviewed sixteen ECC students about how they conduct research and how the ECC campus supports them in doing so. Students in some cases also shared some great ideas about how we can further assist students in their learning and searching skills! More information about participating in the Faculty Research Community and other projects is available at the FRC’s website.

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Her second presentation shared her collaboration on teaching media bias and fake news with an ECC English faculty member. The instructor worked on a current news or issue writing assignment, and Jen developed and taught a lesson plan on helping the students critically read news information and judge news sources. Jen was able to share her knowledge working on this presentation, and she also got some excellent future directions for teaching this topic as well!

Jen can be reached for questions at the Reference Desk (Building C, libref@elgin.edu, or 847-214-7354) at the ECC Library or her individual email (jschlau@elgin.edu or 847-214-7666).

Hours for Thanksgiving Week

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The library hours for the week of November 19-25 will be as follows:

Monday & Tuesday, November 19 & November 20:
7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21: 7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Closed: Thursday, November 22-Sunday, November 25

The library will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 26.

Remember that many of our online resources are available to you 24/7 by having your Student ID/Library Card activated through our Circulation Desk.  Please contact 847-214-7337 or circdesk@elgin.edu before 5:00 p.m on November 21 to update your card. Contact our Reference Desk for other questions.

Open Access Week: October 22-28, 2018

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From the website:

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. http://openaccessweek.org/page/about

Check out the events, groups, and Q&A to learn more.

The movie Paywall, The Business of Scholarship, also informs on some the issues surrounding open access versus profit margins and the importance of open scholarship to all. Check it out here:

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (Full Movie) CC BY 4.0 from Paywall The Movie on Vimeo.
–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

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. December 6 is the last in the series.

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. More information about registering in Illinois is available from the State Board of Elections.

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

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