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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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!


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 on the following dates:

September 13, October 11, November 8, December 6. 

Themes vary; the second topic is School Gun Safety on October 11.

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.

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



We are social: Connect with us!


Did you know that the ECC Library is on Facebook and Twitter?  All our blog posts get shared there as well, plus we add extra information in our social media forums.

To connect:


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Suicide Prevention Week September 9-15: The Power of Connection


Each year, we provide resources to raise awareness of suicide, provide hope, and save lives.


Library resources: (includes Ebooks available with your activated library card)

Other resources:

  • Follow @AASuicidology on Twitter
  • Follow @afspnational on Twitter
  • Follow the hashtag #StopSuicide
  • Contact the ECC Wellness Professionals at 847-214-7390. They have crisis intervention and support groups to assist you.
  • 1-800-SUICIDE  (1-800-784-2433)
  • Depression Hotline (630) 482-9696
  • Para obtener asistencia en español llame al 1-888-628-9454 


–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian


For faculty: Need to combat “alternative facts”? Some resources from the ECC Reference Librarians

magnifying-glass-1607160_640We all know that navigating and evaluating the world of online information has become increasingly difficult. The ECC Library has some new and useful tools to help:

• Developed by Librarian Jen Schlau, this video tutorialMedia Bias, teaches students how to identify and evaluate bias and determine high journalistic quality in news sources. (20 min.)

• Librarians Maria Bagshaw and Julie Keating suggest this open source e-book: Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers by Michael Caulfield. This e-book is a practical and accessible guide that uses real world, relatable examples that will be familiar to students.

• You can find these and many more librarian-vetted resources for helping your students evaluate information in the library’s research guide, Thinking Critically About the News.

• For easy access to authoritative news, you and your students can have a free subscription to the digital New York Times, simply by registering with your ECC email. (This access is provided by the paid ECC Library subscription to the digital NYT.)

• To schedule a library visit or to discuss our many resources, contact the reference and instruction librarians at or x7354, We’d love to hear from you! Contact Stacey Shah for information on our embedded librarian program for your D2L course.

 –Submitted by Marge Schildknecht, Public Services Librarian

Welcome new Associate Dean of the Library, Shannon Pohrte Wenzel

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Hi! My name is Shannon Pohrte Wenzel, and I am excited to start my journey at ECC as the Associate Dean of the Library and Copyright Officer. I have been involved in libraries for over 20 years.  I have been lucky enough to experience all types of libraries from public libraries, high school libraries and college libraries.  I recently was the Library Director at the University of St. Francis in Joliet for 10 years. I got my Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University and my Bachelors of Arts with a major in Biology from Lake Forest College.

More about me:

  • I am currently reading…
    …. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. I am reading this for my book club.  The great thing about book clubs is that I get to read books that I normally would not have picked. A few books in genres I normally don’t read have been really enjoyable which is a really nice surprise.  I also enjoy audio books to help my commute go faster.  I just finished listening to “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis.  I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good motivational book.
  • Describe yourself in one word using the first letter of your first name.
    I would describe myself as “social”. I enjoy getting out in the world and interacting with people. I find I am mostly an extrovert with some introvert tendencies.  Some of my favorite memories involve either being with my family or friends just hanging out and chatting.
  • Finish this sentence: In my spare time, I love to….
    …play board games and the video game, World of Warcraft. Yup, I am a gamer.  I prefer the European board games such as Power Grid, Carcassone and Settlers of Catan.  I have been to C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) annually for the past 3 years and really enjoy geek culture.
  • If I could go anywhere in the world, I would…
    …love to travel around Europe. I think the sites and the history would just be out of this world. Plus the food would be so much fun. I really enjoy seeing new places.  More specifically, I would love to go to Croatia.  My grandmother’s family is from there, and I have always been fascinated by that part of my family.

Stop by Building C and say hi!


Library closed for Labor Day weekend

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The library will be closed for Labor Day Weekend from Saturday, September 1-Monday, September 3.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:45 a.m.

Remember that most of the library‘s online resources are accessible 24/7 with a current student ID/library card, so make sure to have your card up to date by calling 847-214-7337 or emailing us at Enjoy the long weekend!

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