Category Archives: Information

For general informational items.

Oral History brings the ECC past alive!

Did you know the library has links to oral interviews with prominent Elgin Community College professors, staff, and board members?

Here are our latest interviews:

For a list of our past oral interviews, visit our Archives page. These new interviews will be uploaded soon!

–Thank you to Armando Trejo, Archivist and Librarian, for his dedication and hard work in maintaining our past and present!

Keeping your items safe

SafetyIn honor of National Cyber Security Month, 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.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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

Banned Books Week is September 23-29, 2018


The theme for Banned Books week is Banning Books Silences Stories. The theme encourages you to speak out against censorship and share your stories. We should all be allowed to freely choose, read, analyze, accept, and reject materials based on our own experiences and ideas.

We have many works in our collection that deal with censorship in different areas. Browse these subjects in our catalog. This catalog search deals specifically with Censorship in the United States.

Writing in the Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky (author of the popular V.I. Warshawski books) is particularly apropos for this year’s theme, as Paretsky discusses finding her voice as a feminist and woman writer and the importance of  the power of speaking out.

This video provides information on the top challenged books of 2017.

This infographic provides current information and statistics on censorhip.

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Finally, food for thought:

Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.’ But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.

–Ai Weiwei (BrainyQuote)

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contribution from Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Sources: ALA Offices for Intellectual Freedom and the Banned Books Week website.

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

For faculty: How to find a journal title in the library’s print/online collections

Full Text Finder is a service you would use if you want to know if a magazine or journal article can be found in its entirety (full text) through our library’s collection.  Many of these journals also allow you to create an RSS Feed and/or Create an Alert, so you can keep up with the latest articles in your discipline.

Find Full Text Finder on the Article Databases webpage, by choosing “F” on the alphabetical list. It is also located under the Research drop down box on our home page under Find a Specific Journal.

To use Full Text Finder, simply type in the title you want to search.FTF search

Once you search the title, if the title is available in our collections, you will get a screen like this, with your link to the full text access:FTF results

You can also browse the journals by discipline (subject area). Click on the subject you want to explore, such as Biology, History, Marketing, etc:FTF discipline

If you need help using this tool or finding out if we carry a particular title, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian