Category Archives: Information

For general informational items.

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

To share on social media, use #FreedomOfInformationDay.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw

National Women’s History Month begins March 1!

NeverthelessThis year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is “NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women.”  
From the National Women’s History Project:

Fighting all forms of discrimination against women takes persistence. The 2018 honorees have all gotten the message to stop, either directly or indirectly, yet they have all continued to fight and succeeded in bringing positive change to the lives of diverse American women.

You can find more about the honorees and nominees here.

Additional Resources on women and politics:

Democracy: Stories of the Long Road to Freedom
America by the Numbers: The New Deciders (DVD)
Eleanor Roosevelt
Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era
Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical 
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography
What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women’s Movement
The President’s Wives: The Office of the First Lady
Makers: Women Who Make America (DVD)
Off the Sidelines: Raise your Voice, Change the World 
When Does Gender Matter?
Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King
Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder

As part of our Global Issues in Context Database, there is a special section on Women and Children you can explore.  This site provides audio, video, news, biographies and more. As part of our HeinOnline database, there is a section on Women and the Law that you can also explore.

Search our library’s catalog for DVDs, ebooks, and more.

Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Stay With Me Book Review

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Stay With Me
By Ayobami Adebayo
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Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo  is one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s book Club picks.  I love to get a heads up on a book and am happy to pass along my take on it!
There are a lot of subjects covered within the pretty Matisse inspired cover….
Political activism and protest, family pressures, polygamy and betrayal…  It’s all here.  It is heartbreaking, funny and hard to put down.  It’s definitely worth a look!
This work as also shortlisted for 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for FictionFor more information, customer reviews, and editorial reviews, see this page on Amazon.
–Review by Kristyn Yemm Pemrick, Library Clerk

Celebrate Black History Month in February


February is designated as African American History Month. The ECC Library has many resources related to black history, culture, and the arts.

On the second floor of the Library (Building C), see our book display Race Relations–Where are we?

We also have items available for the February 6 Read In in Room C-120 in the library. Check with the First Floor Reference Desk (Building C) for titles.

These are specialized databases that can help you explore the issues related to black history:

The Social Justice Research Guide  provides links to databases, books, and information on race relations, white privilege, civil rights, and more.

If you would like to find something specific, the librarians can help you with choosing biographies, poetry, databases, fiction, and nonfiction works.  Contact us and we are happy to help!

Elgin Community College also has a wonderful month of festivities available to the college community and the public; most are free. Contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7078 for more information on event times and venues.


Activate your Library Card!

librarycardNeed to have your information on the go?  Access information from home 24/7? Get a head start on your research?  Then you need to have your library card!

Bring your Student Picture ID to the library to have the barcode on the back activated.  Student IDs can be obtained from the Student Life Office.

Library cards, once activated, expire when your Student ID expires. 

Please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or email if you have questions or to activate your card remotely.


For faculty: Faculty Services @ECC Library

facultyAs we get ready to start a new semester, please take a look at all the ways the library can support you and can help your students achieve success!  Check out our Faculty Services menu, which lists descriptions of our services (face-to face or online), and provides online forms for your convenience.

If you have questions, please email or call 847-214-7354 to speak with a librarian about how we can best assist you.


The Buried Giant Book Review

buriedgiant.jpgThe Buried Giant
By Kazuo Ishiguro
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This work by 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Ishiguro is an immersive, engrossing fantasy about an old couple on a journey to discover the unknown. Taking place around the time of King Arthur, Axl and Beatrice strain to remember their pasts, coping with brief flashes of uncertainty that threaten to upend their progress while traveling to reach the neighboring village of their son. They encounter various characters along the way that assist them in understanding both their own quests and pasts, and the quests and pasts of others.

Throughout the work, Ishiguro writes of the “fog” that encompasses not only the couple, but many others in their village and the surrounding countryside. His writing encapsulates that fog for the reader; we are drawn in by the descriptions and the conflict but are not quite sure how each piece fits into the puzzle until the very end.

Lavishly written and heart-wrenching, this book is not necessarily something that gives the reader a “good feeling” when reading it, but it is definitely a book that is lovely to read and whose themes stay with you long after you have finished. As this is my first Ishiguro novel, and because I have read that Buried Giant is a departure for him, I am looking forward to reading more by this novelist.


–Submitted by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian