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

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!


Library closed for Labor Day weekend

Labor day

The library will be closed for Labor Day Weekend from Saturday, September 1-Monday, September 3.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:45 a.m.

Remember that most of the library‘s online resources are accessible 24/7 with a current student ID/library card, so make sure to have your card up to date by calling 847-214-7337 or emailing us at Enjoy the long weekend!

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Resource Spotlight: Nursing & Allied Health Database

Proquest2This database is just one of the great health databases we offer here at ECC Library.  The Nursing & Allied Health Database via ProQuest includes full text journals and dissertations plus Systematic Reviews, Evidence Summaries, and Best Practice Information Sheets from the Joanna Briggs Institute.


The default search is a Basic Search. However, the Advanced Search option also lets you restrict your search by population age, sex, and date. You have all the other great functions you have with all our databases, such as citation tools, print options, emailing, etc.

One of the strengths of this database is that it provides MeSH headings (Medical Subject Headings) for each result. These can also be searched in the Advanced Search option. MeSH provide a controlled vocabulary that you can use for research, which can help you retrieve the most relevant results, and can also provide you with additional keywords when searching other databases and the internet.  For example, when you search for scholarly sources in the medical field, those sources are most likely to use the formal term, such as NEOPLASMS, rather than the popular term of CANCER. MeSH can help you determine what those terms may be.

From the U.S. National Library of Medicine site:

Many synonyms, near-synonyms, and closely related concepts are included as entry terms to help users find the most relevant MeSH descriptor for the concept they are seeking. In NLM’s online databases, many terms entered by searchers are automatically mapped to MeSH descriptors to facilitate retrieval of relevant information.

If you want help using the Nursing and Allied Health database or any of our databases, please contact the library’s Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Activate your library card!

librarycardNeed to have your information on the go?  Access information from home 24/7? Get a head start on your research?  Then you need to have your library card!

Bring your Student Picture ID to the library to have the barcode on the back activated.  Student IDs can be obtained from the Student Life Office.

Library cards, once activated, expire when your Student ID expires. 

Please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or email if you have questions or to activate your card remotely.

ECC Library Fall semester hours announced


Welcome Back!

The library will be open the following hours during Fall semester, beginning August 20th:

Monday-Thursday     7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday                           7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday                       9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

We are also CLOSED for the following holidays:

Labor Day Weekend: September 1-3
Thanksgiving Recess: 5 p.m. November 21-November 25
Holiday Recess: 5 p.m December 21-January 1, 2019