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Library Hours during the holiday recess: December 18-January 15


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Hours for the library during Holiday Recess are as follows:

December 18-December 21, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
January 2 – January 10, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, January 11, 2018 (Convocation) 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday, January 12, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday, December 22, 2017- Monday, January 1, 2018 &
January 13-January 15, 2018
Also closed Saturdays & Sundays December 16-January 14

Semester hours resume at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16.

Remember that many of our online resources are available to you 24/7 by having your Student ID/Library Card updated through our Circulation Desk.  Please contact 847-214-7337 or before 5:00 p.m on December 21st to update your card. Contact our Reference Desk for other questions.

Have a happy and safe Holiday Season!


Studying for finals making you stressed? Get a study room!

Don’t make yourself crazy–check out a study room if you need quiet or want to work on a group project.

Study rooms:

*Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;

*Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);

*May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;

*On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;

*Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.


Between the World and Me Book Review

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Between the World and Me
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Coates writes a series of essays addressed to his son about the state of race relations in America and how this will impact his son’s life. He describes his upbringing and his intellectual development, fostered by  deep reading and exposure to new ideas and people at Howard University; he was also changed by becoming a husband and father. He gives historical context to the black experience in the United States, and then gives us his personal experiences and views. This book is an important contribution to the conversation about race in America.


–Submitted by Julie Keating, Reference Librarian

Thanksgiving Hours for ECC Library


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The library hours for the week of November 20-26 will be as follows:

Monday & Tuesday, November 20 & November 21:
7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 22: 7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Closed: Thursday, November 23-Sunday, November 26

The library will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 27.

Remember that many of our online resources are available to you 24/7 by having your Student ID/Library Card updated through our Circulation Desk.  Please contact 847-214-7337 or before 5:00 p.m on November 22nd to update your card. Contact our Reference Desk for other questions.

Tree of Smoke Book Review


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Tree of Smoke
by Denis Johnson

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With the onset of PBS’s broadcast of the Ken Burns film series, The Vietnam War, it’s a good time to revisit some of the novels written about the war. Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke is one of the great ones. Winner of the 2007 National Book Award, the novel follows four main characters through their experiences in the war from 1963 to 1970, with a conclusion which takes place in 1983. Two of the characters are brothers of low rank in the military. The other two are high ranking: an uncle and nephew involved in the secret service. Although the book does a good job relaying the wartime atmosphere, especially the constant uncertainty, it does a great job of relaying the sense loss and grief. This book is not for the timid and it took me awhile to get through it, but it is definitely worth the effort.  Denis Johnson was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction this past July. He passed away on May 24, 2017.

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–Submitted by Barbara Evans, Reference Librarian

Open Access Week: October 23-29, 2017

OpenAccessWeek_logo“Open in order to…” serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables—in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context; then to take action to realize these benefits.–Nick Shockey, Open Access Week blog

Beginning in 2008, open access week strives to open up research to more of the scholarly and general community. The key tenets focus around increasing access to knowledge, facilitating collaboration, and raising your own research visibility to the greater world.

To view past videos of Open Access discussions, see their website.

There is also a list of events available in the United States, or view the map to see past and present events from around the world.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: HeinOnline Immigration Law and Policy

HeinOnlineThe Immigration Law and Policy database from HeinOnline offers a compilation of important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This database includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.

Containing 1,580 titles and over 2,100 volumes, this is a great place to send students working on sociology, political science, current events, law, hot topics in the news, and even for personal interest.

If you have questions about using the database, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian