May is Mental Health Month

There’s a virus spreading across America. It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And in some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking about? It’s stigma. Stigma against people with mental health conditions. But there’s good news. Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. Join NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Together we can #CureStigma.–NAMI WebsiteCureStigma-Twitter-Header

NAMI estimates that 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. suffer from some sort of mental illness in any given year. As we acknowledge Mental Health Month in May, we wanted to highlight a few resources that can help you explore the topic.

We have many books that can help you explore mental health issues. Look for works under the Subject of mental health or mental illness.  You can also look up the specific issue, such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, or stress. Go here to search the library’s print catalog.

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We also have many ebook collections; the following two specific collections can be useful when you need to access information online.

Springer: This collection has an emphasis on scientific materials, including psychology.

Ebook Central: This database covers many subject areas. Search a specific term for best results.

For articlesPsycArticles is a great place for psychology research.  High quality, academic, peer reviewed articles are available on any psychology topic.

wellness-wheel-chartFinally, we have great help right here at ECC: Wellness Services.  They have a lot of support services that they offer students, including one-on-one sessions, support groups, crisis intervention and even a Wellness podcast. Contact information: Bldg B, Room B120, Tel: 847-214-7390  or studentwellness@elgin.edu.

To follow on social media, use the hashtag #CureStigma.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian
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Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution

Earth Day 2018

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and
inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.–Earth Day Network

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–Courtesy of this BBC article, December 2017

To get involved:

 

Less than one month…

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If you need help with your research, using the databases, or have brief questions about citations, the librarians can assist you. A few minutes with us can help you find those credible resources and save you significant time.

Find us by email, phone, text, in person, and chat!

Reference Desk

Email: libref@elgin.edu
Phone: (847) 214-7354
Text: (847) 999-0403

Interlibrary Loan

Email: atrejo@elgin.edu
Phone: (847) 214-7141
Fax: (847) 622-3042

Never Let Me Go Book Review

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Ishiguro, 2017 Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, creates a world that seems like a nightmarish mirror of our own. Told from the perspective of Kathy, the novel traces her relationship with both Tommy and Ruth through school and into adulthood where they are groomed to fulfill a special purpose. Although you learn about this purpose fairly soon in the book, the focus here is on the characters and how they react to the future and to their circumstances.

As with The Buried Giant, Ishiguro evokes an atmosphere that is at once realistic and dream-like. This work will make you think about ethical questions and what makes a person human.

There is a movie from 2010 that dramatizes this book, starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightly as the main characters. Although I haven’t seen the movie, I would suggest reading Ishiguro’s work first, as there cannot be a replacement for the way he writes, nor for the atmospheres he creates through his words and descriptions.

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–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Libraries Lead: Celebrate National Library Week: April 8-14, 2018

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The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

Today’s libraries lead their communities and transform lives every day. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your library provides access to the programming and services you need to you reach your potential and grow as

National Library Week colora leader. National Library Week is April 8-14—visit your ECC Library or your local public library today!

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

For faculty (and your students!) Interlibrary Loan

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What is Interlibrary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

Plan ahead–sometimes items  can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.

April is National Poetry Month!

poetry monthNational Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. —Poets.org

Here are some nearby poetry events, from Poets.org.

Write a poem a day for a month!

Visit the American Writers Museum in Chicago!

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.

Explore different types of poetry in the ECC Library. If you want to browse, poetry is generally found in the 811 section of the collection, although individual collections of poetry can be found in 808.81. You can also search our catalog for your favorite author.

Follow on Social media: @POETSorg on Twitter , #nationalpoetrymonth on Twitter, Poets.org on FaceBook, and #nationalpoetrymonth on Instagram

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian