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Welcome new Associate Dean of the Library, Shannon Pohrte Wenzel

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Hi! My name is Shannon Pohrte Wenzel, and I am excited to start my journey at ECC as the Associate Dean of the Library and Copyright Officer. I have been involved in libraries for over 20 years.  I have been lucky enough to experience all types of libraries from public libraries, high school libraries and college libraries.  I recently was the Library Director at the University of St. Francis in Joliet for 10 years. I got my Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University and my Bachelors of Arts with a major in Biology from Lake Forest College.

More about me:

  • I am currently reading…
    …. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. I am reading this for my book club.  The great thing about book clubs is that I get to read books that I normally would not have picked. A few books in genres I normally don’t read have been really enjoyable which is a really nice surprise.  I also enjoy audio books to help my commute go faster.  I just finished listening to “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis.  I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good motivational book.
  • Describe yourself in one word using the first letter of your first name.
    I would describe myself as “social”. I enjoy getting out in the world and interacting with people. I find I am mostly an extrovert with some introvert tendencies.  Some of my favorite memories involve either being with my family or friends just hanging out and chatting.
  • Finish this sentence: In my spare time, I love to….
    …play board games and the video game, World of Warcraft. Yup, I am a gamer.  I prefer the European board games such as Power Grid, Carcassone and Settlers of Catan.  I have been to C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) annually for the past 3 years and really enjoy geek culture.
  • If I could go anywhere in the world, I would…
    …love to travel around Europe. I think the sites and the history would just be out of this world. Plus the food would be so much fun. I really enjoy seeing new places.  More specifically, I would love to go to Croatia.  My grandmother’s family is from there, and I have always been fascinated by that part of my family.

Stop by Building C and say hi!


Welcome new librarian, Kristina!


Kristina Howard


Kristina Howard is a new addition to the ECC library.  She received her MSIS from University of Texas-Austin. Since moving to Illinois, she has worked at University of Illinois-Chicago and Prairie State Community College. Outside of work, Kristina loves to read the Harry Potter books to her son, hike around the forest preserves, and travel.

Welcome New Reference Librarian, Julie Keating!

keathingJulie Keating comes to ECC library after a long career in public libraries, most recently at Bloomingdale Public Library. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Illinois and her MLS from Dominican University. Julie  believes in the power of information to change lives, and looks forward to meeting and working with students and faculty at ECC. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters and son-in-law, painting watercolors, reading (mostly non-fiction), and spending time outside.

Welcome new library staff, Karrie Stewart!

Karrie Stewart

Karrie Stewart

Karrie is a graduate of ECC with an associates in Science. She began her education trying for the nursing program but realized that wasn’t her thing. She is currently a student at College of Dupage in the LTA program (with about a year to go.)  She strives to read at least 40 books every year and would love to be in charge of a readers advisory program someday.  A die-hard Cubs and Bulls fan, she tries to get to a least one game a season.  She is the 4th generation in her family living in Elgin and has a  fiesty baby rabbit named Leo.

Rabbit Karrie

Welcome new librarians and library staff!

The Renner Library is happy to highlight four new members of its staff:

Angela Bouque is our newest circulation clerk. She is also employed at Gail Borden’s Rakow Branch. Before working two part-time jobs, she was a stay at home mother of 6 children. Angela is currently working on her MLIS online and hopes to someday be a REAL librarian.

Beth Hultman is a new reference librarian at the Renner Library.  She is also the Library Media Center Director at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.  Beth is an Elgin resident and enjoys exploring the area with her husband and two young daughters.  She has a BA in Spanish from UIC and received her MLIS from Dominican University in 2011.  Outside of work, Beth loves catching up on the newest seasons of Walking Dead and Top Chef; and of course reading as much as her busy schedule allows!


Karen Klein

Karen Klein is a graduate of the library school at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She’s worked at a number of academic libraries, large and small. She enjoys helping people & working with students to find the information they need. In her spare time, she loves to read, write and spend time with friends & family.

Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews

Daniel Matthews is a recent graduate, receiving his MLIS from Syracuse University in May of 2014.  He is currently working for Moraine Valley Community College and Waubonsee Community college as a part-time reference/instruction librarian, and picks up hours as a substitute librarian for the White Oak Public Library when he can.  He is originally from Kankakee, IL, and is happy to be back in the midwest after his time in upstate New York.

Please welcome our new librarians and staff to ECC!

Welcome Jerry Mackay

JerryThe library is pleased to welcome our new Associate Dean of the Library, Gerald (Jerry) Mackay.  Jerry hails from the Joliet area and has extensive experience in both public and academic libraries, notably at both Prairie State and Lewis University.  He received his Master of Library Science at Dominican University and a second Master of Political Studies at Governors State University.

Jerry is also a Marine Corps veteran, having served in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) and South Africa.

Please welcome Jerry to the ECC Community!

Welcome, Barbara Evans!

Barbara Evans

Barbara Evans

Barbara Evans is a new librarian at the Renner Library.  She has been a reference and teaching librarian for many years, most recently at National Louis University’s Lisle and Elgin campuses.  Previously, Barb worked at Waubonsee Community College Library and the Bartlett Public Library.  Since she started out as a children’s librarian in public libraries, she still enjoys keeping up with children’s and young adult literature.  Other hobbies include hiking, botanical art, gardening and of course reading.  Barb is married and has two daughters, a son-in-law and a Scottie dog.  Stop in and say hello.  Barb is looking forward to meeting students, faculty and staff and getting acquainted with ECC.