Elgin Community College will bring the traveling exhibition “Jehovah’s Witnesses: Faith Under Fire,” to campus from Oct. 30 to Nov. 29. The exhibit, created by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, showcases the relatively unknown story of the suffering and hardships endured by the Jehovah’s Witness community in Nazi Germany.
The exhibition opens with a presentation from Greg and Sandra Milakovich, US representatives for the foundation, on Oct. 30 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Seigle Auditorium, Building E. The presentation includes a Skype session with 89-year-old Holocaust survivor and foundation co-founder Simone Arnold Liebster of Alsace, France. Arnold Liebster was 12 when she was sent to a Nazi re-education facility while her parents were sent to concentration camps.
The exhibit itself will be on display
in Hallway Bldg. B, just beyond The Hub Student Lounge. It features 27 feet of
panels where viewers can read stories and see images regarding the unique
situation faced by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nazi-occupied territory.
exhibit was chosen to shed light on the little-known history of
the marginalization and persecution of peaceful resisters to the Nazi
regime,” said Ginger Alms, ECC English professor and GIST committee member.
“The resolve and quiet dignity of the Witnesses during this period showed how
individuals could make a difference. Their story can inspire people today to
stand up against hatred and violence no matter what others do.”
The Witnesses’ story
is one of immeasurable faith and courage, especially since they always had
before them the opportunity to seek relief by signing a declaration to recant
their faith and give their allegiance to Hitler. Because they refused to
abandon their belief in nonviolence and racial equality, they were targeted for
persecution and execution. They showed that it was possible to stand up against
Nazi terror, even though they were a minority.
For more information regarding the Arnold-Liebster Foundation and educational resources, visit www.alst.org.
Special thanks to GIST and the English Department as sponsors of this event and exhibit! Written by the ECC Marketing Department
In honor of National Cyber Security Month (see post), we thought we would do a post on safety.
When you are studying and concentrating, it is easy to become distracted. The last thing you need is to lose your work or study materials through theft or inattention. Here are 10 tips to help keep your stuff safe and private in the library and online:
IN THE LIBRARY:
Keep personal items with you at all times, even when just going to the printer or restroom. This includes bags, purses, phones, laptops, flash drives, and other items.
Do not put purses or bags on the restroom floor where others could quickly grab them.
Always log off of your library computer before you leave the library so that no one else can access your account.
Report any suspicious or disruptive behavior to the Reference Desk, Computer Help Desk, Circulation Desk, or any library staff. Do not confront any suspicious or disruptive person yourself.
For emergencies, call the ECC Police at X-7777. For non-emergencies, call X-7778.
Information literacy has as one of roots critical thinking. Without knowing how to understand types of information (scholarly/popular, primary/secondary) and how to evaluate them, you can have a disadvantage in the classroom and in your future workplace.
Information literacy can encompass ideas such as bias, authorship, currency, evaluation, presentation, synthesis, attribution, and more.
The library has compiled some tools in a research guide to discuss how you think critically about the news, although the tips in there can also cover articles, websites, books, and other information you may want to use in your research.
There’s a great YouTube series called Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information that discusses these concepts. Narrated by John Green (Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns), this series of 10 videos provides a basis for becoming adept at online research. The skills and concepts can also be applied to research in general. Watch the first episode here:
Remember that your librarians also teach about information literacy concepts in the classroom–you may see us in your psychology, sociology, history, art, or other classes.
If you are faculty and you want an instruction session, click here for our online request form.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian
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.
Pride Month was initially declared by President Clinton in 2000. The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of primary materials you can explore as well. From their website:
The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Learn more here.
Coming soon: JULY 1! A new database called LGBT Life with Full Text from EBSCO ! We are excited to offer this “definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms. ” This database will be useful for faculty and students alike.
Our institution protects the rights of our LGBTQ community. ECC has six gender neutral and family bathrooms and transgender students may utilize those bathrooms to which their gender conforms. These bathrooms are located around campus and can also be used as nursing rooms. The bathrooms labeled “family” can be found in A158, C133, K104, and K159. The bathrooms labeled “unisex” can be found in H139, H140, E100.4 and E216.02.
Your Wellness Professionals also provide support and services for the LGBTQ community. One such service is a template you can give to your professor before classes begin about preferred names and pronouns. Please contact Wellness Services at email@example.com if you would like more resources, or if you have any questions.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian