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10 Tips for keeping your items (and you!) safe

100px-Australia_road_sign_R3-2.svgIn honor of National Cyber Security Month, 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Do not put purses or bags on the restroom floor where others could quickly grab them.
  3. Always log off of your library computer before you leave the library so that no one else can access your account.
  4. 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.
  5. For emergencies, call the ECC Police at X-7777.  For non-emergencies, call X-7778.

ONLINE*:

6. Strong password strategies (try Diceware or 1Password). Easy passwords equals easy access!

7. Secure your text and calling options: if you don’t have an Apple device, look for online software and apps that can encrypt your information.

8. Update software: often your updates contain critical patches for security issues. Do this regularly!

9. Use a browser that allows you to be anonymous. Tor Browser is one such option.

AND FINALLY:

10. Pay attention at all times to your surroundings.  Don’t be glued to your screen but rather make sure you are keeping physical space and virtual space as private as you can.

ECC has a website devoted to safety issues, including weather, fire, and lockdown procedures.  See the ECC Campus Safety site for more information.

*Some of the online tips providing by the Library Journal article on Protecting Patron Privacy.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian
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Banned Books Week: September 24-30, 2017

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Words Have Power.

How do we know that words have power? These quotes are just an example:

There is only one way to avoid criticism: 
do nothing
say nothing
and be nothing.–Aristotle

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.–Winston Churchill

One day or day one. Your choice. –Anonymous, various

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.– Mark Twain

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.–F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is nothing permanent except change.–Heraclitus

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.– Goethe

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.— Thomas Jefferson

There are no facts, only interpretations.– Friedrich Nietzsche

Happiness equals reality minus expectations.– Tom Magliozzi 

What’s being challenged?  See this video from the American Libraries Association or check out the list of Top 10 Challenged Books.  According to the American Libraries Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, there was a 17% increase in book censorship complaints in 2016.*

 

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Want to continue the conversation or learn more?

Follow on social media @BannedBooksWeek or on Facebook. Use the hashtags #WordsHavePower or see this site to become a #RebelReader.

Search in your local library catalog or at the ECC library for the following Subjects, or do a keyword search on banned books here:

Censorship
Prohibited Books
Challenged Books
Banned Books Week

*Source: Jacoby, M. (2017). Banned Books Week celebrates our right to read. BannedBooks.org. Retrieved from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/node/12963 
 —Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contributions from Jana Porter

Solar Eclipse: Fast Facts

When? August 21

What time? For our area, the eclipse will peak at 1:18:28 pm CDT, when the moon obscures 86.9% of the sun.

What is a solar eclipse?

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Graphic courtesy of the  Exploratorium

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Check your zip code for when the eclipse will happen in your area and what it will look like.

What do I need to view it? Be safe with this NASA guide!

For more information:

NPR: Here’s What you Need to Know about the Total Solar Eclipse
NASA: Who, What, Where, When, How
Weather.gov : Path of Totality
MIT News: Tips for Viewing the Solar Eclipse Q&A with Richard Binzel

Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference Librarian, with contributions from Stacey Shah, Distance Learning Librarian

 

Stress Relief Tips for Finals Week

We are a very stressed society, and not all stress is created equal. A quick Google search will give you thousands of ways that you can help yourself deal with stress during finals week, and beyond. We have posted for several semesters various stress relief ideas and resources; see here for some resources in the library on meditation and yoga.

Here are FIVE ways you can work to reduce your stress–and they are pretty easy!

  1. Use your campus resources.  At ECC, the library, Write Place, Tutoring, Wellness Services, and even your professors can help you manage the parts of writing, research, and dealing with any issues and get you started on a positive path.

  2. Exercise. This can be as simple as a walk or doing yoga. See this article for the benefits of physical activity. You can even walk through the connected buildings or use the track or workout facilities when you are on campus!
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    3. If you don’t enjoy exercising, try just watching a sporting event. Disengaging for a short period of time to watch hockey or baseball can help you refocus later, giving your brain a “rest” from the studying at hand.

    4. There’s an app for that: for example, try 14 Stress Management Apps. Set reminders or mantras that will keep you focused and help with time management.
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    5. Eat well. The ECC Cafeteria is open during finals week from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in case you want to grab a quick yet healthy snack. According to this APA article, “Millennials are most likely to report eating to manage stress (36 percent vs. 30 percent of Gen Xers, 25 percent of Boomers and just 10 percent of Matures).” Don’t skimp on your nutrition–try to eat a piece of fruit or choose a salad for lunch. Or do what I do–eat your salad with Doritos or something else not so great so at least you are balancing out your bad with the good. smiley

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    –Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Three Part Series: Library Assessment Snapshots – Part 3

What did you learn at your library instruction class?*

This question allows the library to understand the qualitative aspects of a student’s experience in the library instruction sessions.

Some favorite comments are things like: “I learned how to minimize your research options and make it more efficient” or “Lots! How to research without just surfing the web” or “Librarian did an excellent job. Took away the fear of research and made it easy.”

Below we have listed the most common categories in which we receive comments.

Most helpful thing learned Respondents
Database usage 303
Different resources 72
Keyword searching technique 65
Research techniques 62
Citations 59
Narrowing technique 59
Research Guide 57
Other search technique(s) 46
Internet searching 43
Library website 38
*This three part series will give you a snapshot of the Library Instruction Assessment data, which has been collected from students attending library sessions since Fall 2014. This particular snapshot includes data gathered from 1003 students who attended 91 library sessions in Spring 2016, as well as comments from students in Fall 2016.

Contact Marge Schildknecht (mschildknecht@elgin.edu) for more information about the library’s efforts to improve our library instruction services through this data collection process.

Jana–Submitted by Jana Porter, Reference Librarian

Three Part Series: Library Assessment Snapshots – Part 2

If you’ve been to a library class several times, how was the material different and thus still beneficial to you?*

Perhaps surprisingly the data below shows that students actually find their subsequent library sessions just as beneficial, if not more, than the previous one(s).

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Note in the table above that overall the students never in a library session before (0) gave the session a 4.49. Those in all the subsequent categories gave the session an overall usefulness of 4.53. This suggests that more than one library session is beneficial to most students.

*This three part series will give you a snapshot of the Library Instruction Assessment data, which has been collected from students attending library sessions since Fall 2014. The snapshot is from data gathered from 1056 students who attended 120 library sessions in Fall 2016.

Contact Marge Schildknecht for more information about the library’s efforts to improve our library instruction services through this data collection process.

Jana–Submitted by Jana Porter, Reference Librarian

Three Part Series: Library Assessment Snapshots – Part 1

Introduction

This three part series will give you a snapshot of the Library Instruction Assessment data, which has been collected from students attending library sessions since Fall 2014. The snapshot is from data gathered from 1,056 students who attended 120 library sessions in Fall 2016.

Contact Marge Schildknecht for more information about the library’s efforts to improve our library instruction services through this data collection process.

If you’ve been to a library session before, which class did you take?

The following chart represents the top 10 library instruction sessions as reported by students. The subjects below match the subject areas most often covered in the library sessions, excepting ESL, which is generally taught more frequently than Political Science.

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Jana–Submitted by Jana Porter, Reference Librarian