The library offers a Course Reserves system whereby faculty request particular items to be available for a particular class. The items are available at our Circulation Desk by Instructor or Course. Students can also search for reserve materials in our library’s catalog.
To place Items on Reserve for Your Students, please follow this procedure:
Go to the Circulation Desk in Building C (Library).
Bring the item you want on Reserve if the item is a personal copy. If it is a library copy, we can get the item for you.
Fill out the form at Circulation with the following information:
Faculty name, course name, and title of the item
Call number of the item (if any)
Staff Use Only (formerly scheduling). Item will be available only to faculty. Students cannot use or check out.
Reserves. Item will be available for students for in library use only. Item may be in use by student when needed by faculty.
Property of faculty member
Property of Library
Please allow a minimum of 48 hours processing time for materials already owned by the library. If you are bringing material of your own for reserve, please allow additional processing time.
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.
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.
We 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 tutorial, Media 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or x7354, We’d love to hear from you! Contact Stacey Shah email@example.com for information on our embedded librarian program for your D2L course.
–Submitted by Marge Schildknecht, Public Services Librarian
As 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-214-7354 to speak with a librarian about how we can best assist you.
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.
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.”
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