Tag Archives: faculty

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

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.

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 libref@elgin.edu or x7354, We’d love to hear from you! Contact Stacey Shah sshah@elgin.edu for information on our embedded librarian program for your D2L course.

 –Submitted by Marge Schildknecht, Public Services Librarian

For faculty: Faculty Services @ECC Library

facultyAs we get ready to start a new semester, please take a look at all the ways the library can support you and can help your students achieve success!  Check out our Faculty Services menu, which lists descriptions of our services (face-to face or online), and provides online forms for your convenience.

If you have questions, please email libref@elgin.edu or call 847-214-7354 to speak with a librarian about how we can best assist you.

FREE FOR YOU! New York Times Digital Edition!

Happy New Year! Here’s a reminder if you haven’t yet activated your digital subscription to the New York Times:

The 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.

Resource Spotlight: READ IT! Database for ESL/ELL

EBSCO’s Read It! database “was created for anyone who has a good foundation in English grammar and reading skills. It is a place to find reading material about many subjects. Articles are short, and written to support your reading skills as you learn about topics in English that you need for school and everyday life.”

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Highlights include:

  • ELL reading level/lexile information available for each article.
  • Users can HIGHLIGHT and LISTEN to a term in context to enable better comprehension.
  • Comprehension tests are available at the end of many articles, with a mix of multiple choice and fill in the blank.  This helps students to test their level of understanding.
  • Users can use REFINE to choose a specific reading level.
  • In an Advanced Search, the user can choose a specific reading level.
  • Articles can be emailed, printed, saved, and cited.

The library has an ESL/ELL Research Guide with additional resources. Within this guide is a tab that provides more in-depth coverage of the READ IT! database.

If you have any questions about the database or using it as a faculty or a student, please contact the library.

—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

 

FREE for you: New York Times Digital Edition!

Good news! The library has a brand new 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.

–Written by Marge Schildknecht, Public Services Librarian