Category Archives: Information

For general informational 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

Research Spotlight: Immigration Law & Policy

This comprehensive resource allows you to search the full text of current and historical law, decisions, CFR Title 8 & US Code Title 8, hearings, Supreme Court briefs, and more. The researcher can search a key term, or browse sections by title.

A sample search for DACA reveals a vast array of primary documents and supporting materials, including FAQs, hearings, briefs, and Congressional Research Reports. These materials can be essential in understanding these complex legal topic.

When off campus, simply use your AccessECC ID and password to log in. If you need help using the database, contact the library and librarians and we are happy to get you started.

Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

The Poet X Book Review

The Poet X

The Poet X              
Elizabeth Acevedo        
Fic A174p, Children’s low stacks

Elizabeth Acevedo, an Afro-Dominican National Poetry Slam Champion, was awarded both the 2018 National Book Award and the Pura Belpré Award (given to Latino/Latina writers) for her debut novel.

Her character, Xiomara, pours all her frustrations and passion into her poetry, but when asked to join a slam poetry club, wonders if she can defy her mother and the laws of the church in order to perform her poems aloud.

–Submitted by Mary Spevecek, Referrence/Instruction Librarian

The Beantown Girls Book Review

The Beantown Girls
By Jane Healey

The Beantown Girls was a fascinating historical novel I recently read by Jane Healey.  It is about three young ladies who make the trek across the pond from Boston to Europe during the height of World War II, in order to become Red Cross Clubmobile Girls.  I didn’t know such a thing existed during WWII, but many American women went through training and traveled across the Atlantic to different locations during the war to encourage American troops.

In the novel, the girls serve coffee and doughnuts to the soldiers and have several exciting escapades driving the big truck across war torn roads.  What I loved about it is the sense of what it might have been like during that the war.  Young men and women having to live in that exact moment, not knowing what might happen the next day.  The Beantown Girls encounter adventure at every turn, but they also encounter reality, and the fact that friends they met one day were gone the next.  I feel like I take some of life for granted just assuming people I know and hold dear will be around for some time.  I enjoyed different parts of the novel that caused me to think about life, but it was also an enjoyable adventure to read about. 

Written by Jessica Kellenberger, Technical Specialist I

Open Access Week is Oct. 21-27, 2019

This year’s theme for Open Access Week is  “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”.

This year’s theme will build on the groundwork laid last year when discussions focused on “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” The 2018 theme highlighted the importance of making a central commitment to equity as we transition toward new systems for sharing knowledge, and the past twelve months have only seen the pace of that transition increase…..
We find ourselves at a critical moment. The decisions we make now—individually and collectively—will fundamentally shape the future for many years to come. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. Asking ourselves and our partners “open for whom?” will help ensure that considerations of equity become and remain central in this period of transition. — International Open Access Week–SPARC*

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.

A distinguished panel of publishers and librarians will provide their views on the impact of Open Access and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in the discussion. Register here.

Lastly, ECC Library has a Research Guide for Open Educational Resources (OER) to explore how to find and use OER resources for your classes.

Contact the library if you have any questions– or 847-214-7354.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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