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Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. The goals of the Earth Day Network for 2019 are to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
Our Earth’s composition of species

This video shows some of the diversity of our species, focusing on the Amazon, home to 1 in 10 known species on Earth.

The ECC library also has a specialized research guide on Sustainability that contains information on LEED, Recycling, Alternative Energy, Reforestation, and more.

What are you doing to help keep our planet healthy and to protect our species? Let us know in the comments below!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

National Library Week: April 7-13, 2019

Per the American Librarian Association:
Libraries of all types strengthen their communities through education, lifelong learning, and a wealth of public services. No longer just a place for books, libraries have expanded beyond their traditional roles and provide more opportunities for community engagement and the delivery of new services that connect closely with their community’s needs. Libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools, and campuses—a resource for all community members to find what they need to help improve their quality of life. 

Did you know that your ECC Library offers the following services and resources to our students?

  • Loaning of our 60 Chromebooks
  • Over 80 computers in our on-site labs
  • Anatomical models
  • Expert librarian help with research in person in Building C, by text, or online through chat or in your D2L. Contact us!
  • In-house use of our 20 laptops
  • Over 65,000 print books
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text articles
  • Loaning of our 22 TI-84 calculators
  • Interlibrary loan–get items free from other libraries
  • 3 hour study room use
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text, non-fiction ebooks
  • 24/7 off campus access of articles and ebook databases with an activated Student ID

Community members can also use our print collections, check out designated materials, use interlibrary loan, and get a two hour computer pass per day to use our online resources.

This video will give you an overview of the things you may not know about your library!

Come visit the ECC Library–we can save you time and money, and help you get started on the path to success!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty: FAQs for faculty

Did you know that the library has an FAQ? It is located on our website under How Do I? While the FAQ is open to everyone, we have a special tag for faculty where you can see just the questions that are faculty focused.

Questions include how to schedule a classroom at the library, research appointments, embedded librarians for your online class, and more.

If you have any questions that are not answered in our FAQ, or have questions that you would like to see posted in the FAQ, please contact the Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

April is National Poetry Month!

National 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’s a link to some of the special programming offered by Poets.org.

*Write a poem a day for a month!
*Visit the American Writers Museum in Chicago!
*Check out the Pulitzer Prize winning poetry titles from 1918-present. Check our catalog to see what we have in our collection.
*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 Poetry Month on Social media: @POETSorg on Twitter, #NationalPoetryMonth on Twitter, Poets.org on FaceBook, and #nationalpoetrymonth on Instagram

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Library closed for Spring Recess

The library is closed March 25-March 31 for Spring Recess. The library will reopen on Monday, April 1, at 7 :45 a.m.

To use the library’s databases and ebooks 24/7 during break or anytime, make sure your student ID is updated by calling the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or emailing circdesk@elgin.edu.

Have a safe and relaxing break!

Freedom of Information Day is March 16!

Use this link to find information on your state! https://www.nfoic.org/

Celebrated on President James Madison’s birthday (one of the Fathers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights), this date is celebrated each year to celebrate and encourage openness of government with the people.

This video from the Department of Justice, explains what the Freedom of Information Act is and provides a detailed look at FOIA.

To share on social media, use #FreedomOfInformationDay.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Alexander Street Theatre in Video

Covering documentaries and performances for some of the most prominent plays in the 20th century and beyond, this resource provides unique content, including many new performances from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre collection (Opus Arte), Theatre Arts Films, the BBC, and TMW Media Group.

You can browse the collection by discipline, such as diversity, history, music, or science. In addition to videos and audio, there are over 8,800 books and documents to explore.

Unique to this database is the ability to make a clip or playlist–this can be helpful for students when wanting to highlight a piece as part of a paper or project, or for faculty to include as part of a lesson or use in D2L.

If you haven’t tried this resource, take a look at all it has to offer!

You will need to have an activated Student ID to view this content from off campus. Contact 847-214-7337 to activate your ID.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian