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Welcome new Associate Dean of the Library, Shannon Pohrte Wenzel

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Hi! My name is Shannon Pohrte Wenzel, and I am excited to start my journey at ECC as the Associate Dean of the Library and Copyright Officer. I have been involved in libraries for over 20 years.  I have been lucky enough to experience all types of libraries from public libraries, high school libraries and college libraries.  I recently was the Library Director at the University of St. Francis in Joliet for 10 years. I got my Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University and my Bachelors of Arts with a major in Biology from Lake Forest College.

More about me:

  • I am currently reading…
    …. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. I am reading this for my book club.  The great thing about book clubs is that I get to read books that I normally would not have picked. A few books in genres I normally don’t read have been really enjoyable which is a really nice surprise.  I also enjoy audio books to help my commute go faster.  I just finished listening to “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis.  I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good motivational book.
  • Describe yourself in one word using the first letter of your first name.
    I would describe myself as “social”. I enjoy getting out in the world and interacting with people. I find I am mostly an extrovert with some introvert tendencies.  Some of my favorite memories involve either being with my family or friends just hanging out and chatting.
  • Finish this sentence: In my spare time, I love to….
    …play board games and the video game, World of Warcraft. Yup, I am a gamer.  I prefer the European board games such as Power Grid, Carcassone and Settlers of Catan.  I have been to C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) annually for the past 3 years and really enjoy geek culture.
  • If I could go anywhere in the world, I would…
    …love to travel around Europe. I think the sites and the history would just be out of this world. Plus the food would be so much fun. I really enjoy seeing new places.  More specifically, I would love to go to Croatia.  My grandmother’s family is from there, and I have always been fascinated by that part of my family.

Stop by Building C and say hi!


Resource Spotlight: Human Anatomy from Gale (new resource)

Human anatomy

This new resource allows you to use interactive models and activities to learn about human anatomy. Tour through systems, search by region of the body, or study the 3D printable models. You can also do a search or browse through the activities available to help with your learning needs.

This resources is also linked through both the Anatomical Model Research Guide and through the Nursing Resources Research Guide.

Remember that you can check out physical Anatomical Models for study to use in the library. Contact the Circulation Desk with questions, or see this FAQ.

Get ready to celebrate Black History Month at ECC!

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

Look for works in our catalog with the subject African American; the titles below are some of our newest selections in the past year.

We have a new database titled Slavery in American and the World; it has cases, legal materials, and statutes as well as pamphlets and books written in the era.

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; all are free. Contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7078 for more information on event times and venues.

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian


Stressed during finals? Try these tips for breaking the stress cycle…

We have blogged about tips to reduce stress here before (see here, here, and here.)  Here are 5 new ways to break you out of the stress cycle:

  1. Stream a video: whatever your choice of provider, pick something you can totally get lost in for an hour or two. Force yourself to become immersed in the story. A quick 1-2 hour break from studying can help you to refocus once you have hit a studying wall. Bonus points for subtitles! You can also check out a DVD from the library!


    Photo courtesy of ITU Pictures,

  2. Get physical: ok, not really new as we have said this before, but a quick walk or other physical activity such as yoga, running, spinning, or whatever you enjoy can clear your mind. Take a walk around the connected buildings of the campus to avoid the snowy and cold weather. Be sure to listen to some great music or a podcast so you aren’t worrying about your studying.

    Photo courtesy of Victor Tondee, 887883@N05/16781930910


  3. Read something short: an article, a few poems, a short story or two–something you can get lost in and that will allow you to change your focus into something that interests you or provides you with beauty.  You can check books and magazines out of the library, so check out our browsing collection on the first floor.newmags
  4. Clean something: your car, apartment, your family home…this was my go-to during finals week when I was in college: I always cleaned my oven when I was taking a break.  Focusing on a physical task, one that you have wanted to get done but you always put off, can help you feel accomplished.


    Free via Creative Commons

  5. Find quiet time: this may seem counter intuitive, but be sure at either the end or the beginning of your day you find a time for reflection and gratitude.  Put the worries aside and concentrate on what can be accomplished and your goals for that day only. The Reading Room/Quiet Floor (2nd floor of the Library, Building C) is a great place to enjoy the natural light and quiet atmosphere.


We hope you have had a great semester and look forward to seeing you in 2017!

–Post by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Contributed to by Barbara Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Library closed for President’s Day

The library will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016, in honor of President’s Day.

We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Click here for Spring Semester Hours.

Renner Library Spring Hours announced


ECC Library will be open the following hours during Spring 2016 semester (January 19-May 19):

7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m

 CLOSED Sundays

Additional information and holiday closures can be found on the Library Hours webpage.

Giving Thanks…

tgcoverstack_03As we give thanks this season, this resource provides a nice way to think about and share our gratitude to each other.  From the introduction:

The idea is simple: At your Thanksgiving celebration (and yes, it’s okay to use it outside the US), consider going around the table and having each person read a section out loud….

During the ten or fifteen minutes your family spends reading together, millions of people will all reading the same words, thinking the same issues, connecting with each other…

This guide was compiled by Seth Godin.  See his blog here.

Here is the link to the pdf you can download and freely share. Especially in the difficult times we have been seeing all over the world, and that some here in the US endure each day, this can be a gentle reminder that we do share the condition of humanity and that gratefulness happens in many ways unique to each of us.

Happy Thanksgiving!