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Library hours for intersession: Aug 10-23, 2020

Virtual Hours for the ECC Library during Elgin Community College Intersession will be:

August 1014 & August 17-21 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Please note that on Convocation Day, August 20, hours are TBD according to the Convocation schedule. Information will be forthcoming.

CLOSED August 15 & 16 & August 22 & 23

There will be curbside service during intersession Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Please call the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or email circdesk@elgin.edu for questions about curbside services.

Fall semester begins at 8:00 a.m. on August 24! See Fall semester hours here.

Library services update for Fall 2020

As noted in the Academic, Financial & Student Support Services
and Resource Guide
that was emailed, here are the specific library services to be aware of for Fall 2020:

Services will be available to students remotely, curbside and in person. The library building will be open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, starting August 24. You can enter the library through the B hallway entrance only. The doors from the gallery hallway to the G
building and C building outside doors will be locked. More information can be found at the library website.


Reference services (help finding books or eBooks, database searching assistance, and citation assistance) will be available virtually during these hours:

▪ Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

▪ Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

▪ Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

▪ You can also request a video library appointment 24 hours ahead of time.

▪ Visit https://elgin.libwizard.com/f/researchappointmentform to fill out the request form.

In-person reference appointments will be held:

▪ Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Library in-person appointments need to be arranged 48 hours ahead of time.

▪ Visit https://elgin.libwizard.com/f/researchappointmentform to fill out the request form.

  • Please see the ECC library website and chat online with a reference librarian or email them at libref@elgin.edu.
  • Phone services at this time have been suspended at the reference desk.
  • You still have access to most library databases from home through the ECC website.

Library website
Databases include access to ebooks, newspaper and journal articles, and streaming video. Videos on how to access databases and other research help are also available in our research guides.

Embedded librarians may also be available in your classes via D2L.

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan services for books and articles are available. Here is the form.

Due dates for technology, such as Chromebooks and graphing calculators,
will be the end of the semester. Due dates for library items such as DVDs
and books will be checked out for 3 weeks from date of checkout. If you
need further assistance, please contact the circulation desk at
circdesk@elgin.edu or (847) 214-7337.

Library curbside service for pick up and drop off of library items is run on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

o When you come to pick up or drop off your Chromebook, electronics, and
library items at Library Parking Lot C, please do not leave your car. We
will come to you. Just come up to the curb of the library sidewalk. Then
you can call the Circulation Desk at the number listed on the sign by the library curb (847-214-7337) and let us know if you are picking up or
dropping off. If picking up items, please give us your name so we can
check it out to you. We will ask to see either your ECC ID or your driver’s
license to verify your identity when we come to your car.
o If you checked out a Chromebook, laptop, or graphing calculator, you need to return it if you no longer need it. If you do need it for the fall semester, please email Circulation at circdesk@elgin.edu or call at (847) 214-7337 after 8/7 to renew your item. Please keep in mind that other students may need the technology and the library only has so many to check out.
o Also, due to quarantine practices, the returned items will not be checked in right away. The library is not accruing late fines for returned items at this time. If an item is returned damaged, a fee will be assessed and charged to the patron.
o Materials, such as books and DVDs, but not Chromebooks and other
electronics, can be returned via the book drops at the Library. One is bright
blue and is in the Parking Lot C and the other is by the doors of the library
building at the Lot C entrance.
o Library materials such as books and DVDs will be available for checkout, but you will need to request them first. You can email the circ desk (circdesk@elgin.edu) for the item you would like and you will be emailed when the item is available for you to pick up. When you email the circ desk for a book, please provide as much information as you can. This
would be title, author, year published, ISBN, format, library call number,
etc. We are working on being able to request an item through the library
online catalog. Please stay tuned.

Other Services & Information
o A limited number of library computers are available for use by ECC students and ECC employees. Social distancing practices were used to determine which computers are available. At this time, the public is not allowed in the library.
o Due to social distancing practices, the library study rooms and cubicles are closed and library chairs and tables are not available for use. Group work is not being permitted at this time.
o The library has sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer available to patrons and employees to help keep all the used areas clean.

One Last Lunch book review

One Last Lunch: A Final Meal with Those Who Meant So Much to Us (edited by Erica Heller) Look for this book for purchase online or in your local public library

This was an imaginative project that I feel brings us closer to some of those famous people we would have loved to know, such as Robin Williams, Prince, Julia Child, James Baldwin, Saul Bellow, David Bowie, and countless others. Each story is an exercise in creativity because this lunch is fictional–the authors were to imagine and describe what they would discuss, where they would go, and how they would feel if they could speak with their loved one one last time. This work made me want to read more about the celebrity individuals, or to seek out their works. I found it delightful to read, especially for the escapism aspect during the pandemic. Erica Heller does a wonderful job editing and providing her own “bookended” stories. At times sad and touching, but often illuminating and heartwarming.–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

One of our newer databases is Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text. It is the leading full-text database for criminal justice research and offers an essential collection of journals for students and scholars researching criminal justice and criminology, including scholarly resources.

This database uses the EBSCO platform, which means that you can also save your items of interest to Google Drive, use the citation feature, print or email your articles, and do advanced searching.

If you have a topic related to criminal justice, policing, or human rights, this is a great place to begin your research.

If you need help using the databases, contact the librarians at libref@elgin.edu or via chat or text (847-999-0403).

-Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

July is Culinary Arts month!

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs in the culinary arts (such as a chef) are increasing at a faster rate than the average job. The map below shows that there is much employment opportunity for chefs in Illinois.

Online trade publications:


The library has access to thousands of newspaper articles, from local papers such as the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald, to around the globe. Search the newspaper collections individually for current news on food trends or foodborne illness outbreaks.


Plunkett Research: Find market research, industry Statistics, trends and in-depth analysis of companies, including industries such as Hotels & Travel, Green Technology, International Companies, Retailing, and Sports.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Contains many works related to food, such as Food: In Context, Career Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry, and Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.

Ebook Central: Search by a term such as culinary, cuisine or cooking for many culinary works, from the scholarly to the practical. Here are a few examples:

We have many wonderful print resources as well that will be accessible in the future, so check with the library if you have any questions!

–Updated and revised by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

We’re closed, but you can still…

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

We miss you! But you still have all these things available to you!

Borrow eBooks
Access Research Guides
Ask questions about research
Ask the Archives
Use online resources such as databases
Use WiFi
Make a virtual research appointment
Follow our social media
Contact us
Chat with us
Text us: (847) 999-0403
Borrow a Chromebook (info found under Hours)

Borrow eBooks
Request Research Guides for your classes
Book information literacy instruction for your classes
Ask questions about research
Ask the Archives
Use online resources such as databases
Use WiFi
Follow our social media
Contact us
Chat with us
Text us: (847) 999-0403

When you need us or have questions about the above, contact us. We are here online during our summer hours. Start on our library’s website for access to all our resources.

Inspired by Orkney Library‘s Tweet 6/30/2020

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day

The National Center for PTSD provides many resources which can help you or a loved one take advantage of supportive resources. This booklet will help you understand PTSD, which affects over 8 million people in the U.S.

Here are some places that you can go for support:

Get Help in a Crisis
Numbers for emergency resources such as the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) and Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255, press 1).

Find a Therapist
Suggestions for finding a therapist, counselor, or mental health care provider who can help your recovery.

Help for Veterans
Resources to help you find treatment within VA.

Help for Family and Friends
Resources to help you take care of yourself while supporting someone with PTSD.

You can also find Self-Help and Coping tools to help you manage stress reactions, regardless of whether or not you have PTSD.

You can also contact the ECC Wellness Services here, or Anitra King at Veterans Services.

–Compiled by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

7 tips for studying at home

Image by ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay

There is lots of advice out there for studying at home (see this and this), but now that home studying may be the ONLY option, how do we make the most of it and not get distracted? Here are some tips that I’ve actually tried and have worked in keeping me on task and successful.

  1. Make a schedule. I cannot stress this enough: decide when your study time is, put it on your calendar with a reminder, and be sure you have set the time aside for just that activity. Do you need to study for a test for 2 hours? Or just work on a half hour of homework that day? Try to plan out what you need over the week so that you leave yourself plenty of time. Put it on a family calendar so that your family knows that is your study time.
  2. Get your family and/or loved ones on board. If you know you are going to need to work on homework, be sure everyone is aware and will support you and your space. A shared calendar can help with this, or even posting a sign on an office or bedroom door with “do not disturb until….” Set aside time to be with loved ones as well. Setting the expectation can go a long way to keeping the peace.
  3. Have a specific study space. How do you study best? Sitting at a desk? Out on a patio? In bed? My spots are usually on the living room couch or in bed (but not close to bedtime.) It doesn’t matter, as long as you can get the work done. Make sure your space is comfortable and free of distractions as possible.
  4. Be sure to take some time for exercise or taking a break. If you find your mind wandering, take a quick walk and then get back to your schedule. Plan out lunch or snacks. Be disciplined in mind AND in body.
  5. If you are in a small group for a class or have a friend who is also studying online, share your schedule and ideas with them. You may be able to study “together” and keep each other accountable. Having someone else in the same situation who you can vent to can help you feel supported.
  6. Reach out to the support services available to you-Write Place, Tutoring, Wellness Services, and the library, to name a few. These resources can quickly answer questions in their respective areas. You should also establish a good connection with your professor. Make sure they know of any challenges you are facing. Talking to an expert in that area can save you valuable time and help you get back on track.
  7. Lastly, along with a schedule, keep up a routine as much as possible during your regular week. If you usually exercise at 8 a.m., keep doing that each day. Take your lunch/dinner at roughly the same time. Once you get into a routine, it seems to help your mindset that you also have a study routine that is in the mix.

Don’t worry if your schedule or routine don’t always work out! Take your successes as a win, and keep focusing on your learning each day.

Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Good graphics for teaching about disinformation

I found these two graphics on Twitter from @terrisenft (her Twitter description: I study global social media. Now at Macquarie (Sydney, AU) Previously @ NYU (New York) and UEL (London.) Founder, http://selfieresearchers.org). These graphics offer a simple way to consider disinformation, both as a breakdown of the different types of disinformation, and also as the perpetrators of disinformation.

Summer Reading suggestions from the ECC Library!

Image by Kristin Baldeschwiler from Pixabay 

Check your local public library to see if these titles are available to you on their eBook platforms or for curbside pickup.

One of the more anticipated titles for this summer is Suzanne Collins’s The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to The Hunger Games. Set during the 10th Hunger Games as the origin story of Coriolanus Snow, this work shows the influence of Collins’s father, an Air Force officer interested in military history. Have younger siblings? Try Collins’s Gregor the Overlander, an epic fantasy listed as one of New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing. – Mary Spevacek, Reference Librarian

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

A fictionalized account of a resilient woman who managed to rise to the top of the advertising staff at Macy’s department store in the early twentieth century and maintain her position through decades of profession and personal setbacks. This reads partly like a Mad Men plot but also as an ode to New York City where Lillian, a lifelong resident, takes long walks and meditates on her life. A delight to read.–Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Black Pain:  It just looks like We’re Not Hurting by Terrie M. Williams

Black Pain was written specifically for the black community, but depression and anxiety are universal.  If you are feeling depressed (or think you may be), carry symptoms that have no explanation, whether male or female, you can gain a better perspective in knowing how and why depression shows up in the black community, the difficulties some face in finding support and treatment, and how to move forward in the face of a society that often does not acknowledge or honor black faces.  If you have a loved one who is suffering from depression, Black Pain can help you to navigate your relationship with them and be the best advocate possible.
Although this book was published in 2008, and mental illness has become more widely discussed since that time; sadly, the trauma and issues surrounding racism haven’t changed much at all.  Still, it is an excellent read and a lifeline to those who look to it for knowledge and understanding.–Dennece Jefferson, Office Coordinator

Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell

This work really focuses in on the lesser known story of Winston Churchill’s wife, Clemmie, and her relationship with her husband, family, and the country. Purnell doesn’t shy away from her weaknesses, and yet she comes out as a strong and compassionate woman who, while supporting her husband, also took time away for her own vacations and to be her own person. If you know a little about Churchill and especially his World War I & II experiences, the added perspective of the woman who was behind the scenes brings the stories a richness not known before. Many primary sources punctuate to round out her personality as we really feel we get to know her. Definitely for history buffs.–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

If you have seen the movie, which the author helped to write, do not fool yourself that you know the book! In under 200 pages, Wallace manages to pack in some wonderful exaggerated stories and the complicated relationship between a father and son. The stories make for a light fun read on one level but hold much deeper meaning.–Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Just Kids by Patti Smith

This autobiography reads not just as a love affair between poet and rock star Patti Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, but also as a love affair with the artists and art scene in New York City from 1969 into the 1970s. The writing is mesmerizing and the descriptions of their lives although sometimes harrowing are also invigorating. Accompanied by numerous photographs. Winner of the National Book Award.--Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Max Brooks, author of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (you may have seen the movie with Brad Pitt), has written a new one out June 16th, which looks like a great summer read: Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre. From Goodreads: Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it. – Mary Spevacek, Reference Librarian

1619 Project (Winner of the Pulitzer for Commentary by Nikole Hannah-Jones) with many contributors.

If you haven’t read this project, you can read it here for free. There is a great deal of information and interesting insights, covering essays, illustrations, photographs, and poetry. Rather than a rewriting of history, this project aims to correct it, providing primary documentation to the perspective shared. We must remember that these perspectives don’t tarnish our history as a country, but are a part of the fabric, and for too long, the contributions of African-Americans have been at best touched upon, and at worst ignored. This Politico article explains some of the criticisms but ultimately the fact checker/writer involved believes that the overall product is a worthy addition to learning the true history of our country. Debate should be welcomed; indignant responses under the guise of patriotism are not rational debate. -Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Someone by Alice McDermott

This short novel has a deceivingly simple storyline, the “everyday” life of a 20th century woman in Brooklyn’s Irish Catholic neighborhood. The main character, Marie, lives an average even model life as viewed by outsiders, marrying at a young age, having children and being a good wife. However, through it all, we see “up close and personal” her struggles, triumphs and crushing blows as events in her life unfold. Written in lyrical prose with insights into life’s joys and sorrows.–Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Three celebrity memoirs! These three memoirs came out within the last year, and they are entertaining, touching, and inspiring. They each read as though the person is speaking to you–the personalities shine through.-Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

  • Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

This Queer Eye host details his life thus far, including his journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance, and how he deals with his illness. He is honest, open, and loving–just as you would expect from his TV persona. 

  • Open Book by Jessica Simpson

I was not necessarily a Jessica Simpson fan–I had heard of her and of her reality show, and had bought her shoes, but I wouldn’t have expected to totally fall in admiration of her when reading this book. I started it because I saw it recommended and thought it sounded like a distracting read. However, she proves to be way more than met the eye–really an Open Book to her fans and those who are struggling or have struggled with addictions. She is unique and shouldn’t be underestimated.

  • Me by Elton John

Probably my favorite read of the year, I couldn’t put this one down. Again, he writes as you would expect him to sound–brutally honest and at times a bit catty, but overall grateful and giving to his fans and to the world. His lasting friendship with his lyricist Bernie Taupin is one of my favorite things. I really liked hearing about his journey to sobriety and his discovery of the joys of fatherhood. What a life lived. 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche builds her own experience of coming to America into her character Ifemelu’s story. Adiche describes her own experience with race simultaneously with Ifemelu’s: until emigration to the United States, the color of her skin was not something she really thought about. Once in the United States, where being Black has significant meaning, we imagine Adiche’s eyes were expanded as much as Ifemelu’s. Uniquely positioned to be both outside of the American Black experience while also forced to feeling its ramifications based on how other people treat her, we watch Ifemelu courageously begin to discuss these topics in a blog. The novel spans non-American Black experiences in Nigeria, the United States, and England. Adiche’s writing is precise, literary, and imaginative; we can imagine the locations and the emotions. Ifemelu is determined, human, and observant with a keen pulse for description as well. It’s also at its heart, a love story. This novel so timely for its discussion of race and race relations (which also part of the 2013 Ten Best Books of the Year from the New York Times Book Review) is highly recommended.–Jennifer Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For those faculty who are in the CETL Reading Group, we have a research guide devoted to helping you find books for those discussions. The guide includes browsing ebook items on teaching/learning, teaching strategies, and equity/cultural competence. Contact Tyler Roeger at  troeger@elgin.edu for more information.