New books at the ECC Library!

Check out (get it??) a sampling of the books that have just arrived! Click the link for location information, description, and availability.

New books arrive every week–search our library’s catalog from our website for new and old favorites.


Court Dancer

The Clockmaker’s Daughter

Bridge of Clay


The Book of Boy

Speak No Evil

The Night Diary


Death of Politics: how to heal our frayed republic after Trump

Book of Symbols

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the great space race

Assad or we burn the country : how one family’s lust for power destroyed Syria

The Drama of celebrity

We’ve Got People:  from Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the end of big money and the rise of a movement

Stonewall Reader

Starting and Running a marijuana business

The secret life of language : discover the origins of global communication 

She the people : a graphic history of uprisings, breakdowns, setbacks, revolts, and enduring hope on the unfinished road to women’s equality

Stony the road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow

The killer across the table : unlocking the secrets of serial killers and predators with the FBI’s original Mindhunter 

Losing Earth: a recent history

The way we eat now : how the food revolution has transformed our lives, our bodies, and our world

*All covers courtesy of

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

Resource spotlight: AHFS Consumer Medical Information

This database includes information on over 1,000 prescription drugs and is a recognized standard for patient drug information. Information is available in both English and Spanish.

For example, a search for clomiphene provides information on the drug, including usage, precautions, dietary concerns, side effects, and more.

As well as being an incredible resource for our students and faculty in the health sciences area, any student wanting to know more about a certain drug in their own personal lives can also refer to this trusted resource to assist in understanding the risks and how it works in the body.

If you need assistance in navigating this database, please contact the library at 847-214-7354 or

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

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. –National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)

There are lots of great resources available on the NICCS site, including this one from Homeland Security on Social Media Bots:

You can also check out our Cybersecurity and Online Privacy and Security Research Guides.

To join the conversation, use the hashtags #BeCyberSmart and #CyberAware or follow NCSAM (@StaySafeOnline or Facebook.)

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

#BookThatChangedYourWorld: Jennifer Schlau

Boyd, Candy Dawson. Forever Friends. Puffin, 1986.

I probably read this book 10-15 times (maybe even more, I truly lost count) as an older child/young adolescent, and somewhere I still have my copy.

Hands down, this is one of my favorite children’s books. It’s beautiful when the memories of enjoying a great book in many locations and in all seasons feels as warm as enjoying the story itself.

One reason I think I took most to this story as a child was the African-American protagonist and her family. I grew up in a school system very predominantly made up of Caucasian students so reading a story about an African-American girl my age that I could identify with and relate to was very powerful experience for me.

Toni (Antoinette) is preparing for a big exam into a private academy when her best friend Susan is killed in a car accident. We walk with Toni as she processes her friend’s death. We walk with her moving toward physical and emotional maturity.

Boyd makes you feel like you are right next to Toni – for instance, vivid descriptions of waking up in the morning to the sound of the heater running and being warm and snuggly in bed. There’s a little metaphor that I remember, but Boyd puts you right there (reading my review makes me want to curl up and read this again as soon as possible!). This work was originally published as Breadsticks and Blessing Places. It is out of print, but with a quick search on World Cat to see where it is nearby, I noticed that Chicago Public Library has it (under the Breadsticks and Blessing Places title) as well as Loyola University (under Forever Friends), so if you decide to read it, Interlibrary Loan might be for you.

–Submitted by Jennifer Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New books at the ECC Library!

Check out (get it??) a sampling of the books that have just arrived! Click the link for location information, description, and availability.

New books arrive every week–search our library’s catalog from our website for new and old favorites.

Vikings: Facts and Fictions

Pastry School: 100 Step by Step Recipes

Throwaway Nation: The Ugly Truth About American Garbage

Luisa Now and Then

Doing Justice

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches

Factfulness:  ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Robots are Coming: the future of jobs in the age of automation

How Schools Work

Feminism Unfinished

Building Reuse

Aristotle’s Way

*Images courtesy of