Book Display: Books by current and past ECC faculty

FAC Book displayEllie Swanson, Technical Services Librarian, has created a book display showcasing ECC faculty-authored books. Highlighted are works by the late Bill Pelz (Against Capitalism: the European left on the march), Baudelaire Ulysse (Racialized Consciousness: Mapping the genealogy of racial identity and manifestations in socio-political discourses), Roberto Suro (Strangers Among Us: How Latino immigration is transforming America), several by Mary Ellen Goodwill, and more.

The display is located on the 2nd floor of the library, Building C. The books will be on display until the first week of November. Any of the works can be checked out by choosing your favorite and taking it to the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor with your student ID.

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The English Assassin Book Review

silva.jpgHave you read or watched the movie the “Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown?  If you liked this author, then you may like Daniel Silva, who is consistently on the New York Times bestseller list. Like a James Bond movie, Silva’s books are fast-paced, based in European countries, and full of compelling characters, including a hero fighting to “right wrongs.”

“The English Assassin” is about the looting of Jewish paintings during WWII and a provocative historical view that Swiss bankers traded hard currency for Nazi gold. As compensation, these bankers received thousands of paintings taken by the Nazis from Jews during the Holocaust. Our hero is Israeli spy and art restorer, Gabriel Allon. Allon goes to Zurich and discovers the body of Augustus Rolfe, a prominent Swiss banker murdered when his conscience gets the better of him. His daughter, Anna Rolfe, a renowned violinist becomes Allon’s key accomplice, and the two dodge the English Assassin in order to uncover Rolfe’s hidden past and the secrets of a hidden Swiss banking aristocracy.

Silva’s books, while fiction, focus on history, art, and religion, and in this book, Swiss culture and music. If you are like me, you may want to follow-up with some fact checking of Silva’s historically based storyline. Daniel Silva with his Conspiracy/Espionage Thrillers is currently one of my favorite authors. Let me know if he becomes one of yours.

jana–Submitted by Jana Porter, Reference Librarian

Open Access Week: October 22-28, 2018

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From the website:

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. http://openaccessweek.org/page/about

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.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

 

Oral History brings the ECC past alive!

Did you know the library has links to oral interviews with prominent Elgin Community College professors, staff, and board members?

Here are our latest interviews:

For a list of our past oral interviews, visit our Archives page. These new interviews will be uploaded soon!

–Thank you to Armando Trejo, Archivist and Librarian, for his dedication and hard work in maintaining our past and present!

Resource Spotlight: New York Times Digital Subscription

NYT DigitalThe library has a subscription to the New York Times digital edition This is the web version of the New York Times, rather than a database version. It includes full access to all articles dating back to 1851 right from a mobile device or a computer. You can register to have free, personal access through this new subscription.  Here are the steps:

  • Using a student.elgin.edu or elgin.edu email account, create a personal account for full access to NYT from 1851-present.
  • Account registration works best in a Chrome browser.
  • You only need to register at this link once. After that, you can go directly to nytimes.com and login with your personal account.

Access to the New York Times in text form for student research is still available through the library’s newspaper databases.

Keeping your items safe

SafetyIn honor of National Cyber Security Month, 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:

IN THE LIBRARY:

  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.

ONLINE*:

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.

AND FINALLY:

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.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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Each year, the NCSAM provides the public with information on staying safe in an online world.

Weekly themes are as follows:

Week 1: Oct. 1­–5: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety 

Week 2: Oct. 8–12: Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity

Week 3: Oct. 15–19: It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

Week 4: Oct. 22–26: Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure   

Online safety basics can be found here, or explore how to better secure your devices. 

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

To join the conversation, use the hashtag #chatstc and #CyberAware or follow NCSAM on Twitter @StaySafeOnline or Facebook.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian