Category Archives: Event

For announcing a specific event, rather than general information.

New Anti-Racism Research Guide

The library has a new Anti-Racism Resource Guide. This guide is a work in progress and will be added to as new resources are discovered.

In addition, we also have the Social Justice Research Guide and the MAGIC Beyond Awareness Research Guide that have a lot of great related resources.

Reminder that Part 1 of the MAGIC Black Lives Matter series is on Wednesday, June 10th from 2:00-3:30. See below for details!

Video Conference with Rwandan Genocide Survivor

Bring your classes and join us for an interview, via video-conference, with a Rwandan Genocide survivor, Dr. Tharcisse Seminega, author of No Great Love.  The presentation/interview will be conducted by Greg Milakovich, US Representative for the ArnoldLiebster Foundation, on March 31, 2020, from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM in the Seigle Auditorium, Building E. During the interview, Milakovich will give the historical context of the massacre, as Dr. Semiega shares his family’s experience during the slaughter. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

In addition, ECC  will host the traveling exhibition “A Chronicle of Hope—Revisiting the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.” The exhibition will be presented from March 31 to April 30 and will be on display in the Spartan Corner (Hub) in Building B. The six 4’ x 7’ illustrated panels contain accounts of life and death among the community of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the genocide in Rwanda and were produced by the Office of Public Information of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The event is paid for with GIST Global Grants money, available to all faculty.  

If you have any questions, please contact Ginger Alms x7180.

It’s a Leap Year!

Leap Year means one extra day on the calendar (February 29)–this year, it is on a Saturday (who doesn’t like an extra Saturday a year!)

Leap days work to synchronize the Earth’s orbit with our calendar–since the Earth orbits the Sun every 365.25 days, then we need to have a Leap Day every 4 years to make up for that .25 days.

This site has a nice explanation if you want more information.

–Thank you to librarian Barb Evans for the blog post idea!

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

June is Pride Month!

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Pride Month was initially declared by President Clinton in 2000.  The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of primary materials you can explore as well. From their website:

The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Learn more here.

Wondering about terminology? This site from We are Family provides a glossary of terms that are easy to understand. Here is another, more comprehensive site from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.


This site (also from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual) has some great, printable graphics that explain various concepts around the categories of gender, sexuality, and social justice.


Book awards:

In the ECC Library:




Our institution protects the rights of our LGBTQ community.  ECC has six gender neutral and family bathrooms and transgender students may utilize those bathrooms to which their gender conforms. These bathrooms are located around campus and can also be used as nursing rooms. The bathrooms labeled “family” can be found in A158, C133, K104, and K159. The bathrooms labeled “unisex” can be found in H139, H140, E100.4 and E216.02.

Your Wellness Professionals also provide support and services for the LGBTQ community. One such service is a template you can give to your professor before classes begin about preferred names and pronouns.  Please contact Wellness Services at if you would like more resources, or if you have any questions.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution

Earth Day 2018

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and
inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.–Earth Day Network


–Courtesy of this BBC article, December 2017

To get involved:


Libraries Lead: Celebrate National Library Week: April 8-14, 2018

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The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

Today’s libraries lead their communities and transform lives every day. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your library provides access to the programming and services you need to you reach your potential and grow as

National Library Week colora leader. National Library Week is April 8-14—visit your ECC Library or your local public library today!

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

Library open during Pancake Dinner


Plan your study session or finish up your research paper at the ECC Library (Building C) on December  4 and get a bonus–free pancakes! The library is also open until 10:00 p.m.

When you need a break, enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and coffee dinner from 8-10 p.m. in the Jobe Lounge (Building B), sponsored by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Student Development.

Building B and the F Building Computer labs will also be open until 10 p.m.

Banned Books Week: September 24-30, 2017

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Photo via http://www.

Words Have Power.

How do we know that words have power? These quotes are just an example:

There is only one way to avoid criticism: 
do nothing
say nothing
and be nothing.–Aristotle

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.–Winston Churchill

One day or day one. Your choice. –Anonymous, various

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.– Mark Twain

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.–F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is nothing permanent except change.–Heraclitus

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.– Goethe

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.— Thomas Jefferson

There are no facts, only interpretations.– Friedrich Nietzsche

Happiness equals reality minus expectations.– Tom Magliozzi 

What’s being challenged?  See this video from the American Libraries Association or check out the list of Top 10 Challenged Books.  According to the American Libraries Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, there was a 17% increase in book censorship complaints in 2016.*


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Want to continue the conversation or learn more?

Follow on social media @BannedBooksWeek or on Facebook. Use the hashtags #WordsHavePower or see this site to become a #RebelReader.

Search in your local library catalog or at the ECC library for the following Subjects, or do a keyword search on banned books here:

Prohibited Books
Challenged Books
Banned Books Week

*Source: Jacoby, M. (2017). Banned Books Week celebrates our right to read. Retrieved from 
 —Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contributions from Jana Porter

Freedom of Information Day Celebrated March 16

Celebrated on President James Madison’s birthday (one of the Fathers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights), this date is celebrated each year to celebrate and encourage openness of government with the people.

This playlist from the Department of Justice, explains what the Freedom of Information Act is and provides a detailed look at FOIA.


–Written by Maria Bagshaw, with contributions by Kristina Howard