Tag Archives: Special Information

Census 2020: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

The library has a new guide called Census 2020, compiling resources in both English and Spanish, answering your questions and stressing the importance of your participation in the U.S. Census.

Did you know that the Census:

*Is mandated by the Constitution?

*Helps determine representation in the House of Representatives?

* Can change how the boundaries to districts are drawn in your area?

See Census 101 for more.

The guide has direct links to the U.S. Census site, as well as resources such as books, databases, and websites.

You will want to be sure to participate! Your information is confidential, but can be important as to monies received from the government toward important services and programs in your community.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

ECC to host traveling exhibition Oct. 30 to Nov. 29

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.

“This 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

Top 10: Keeping your items safe

Image by vishnu vijayan from Pixabay 

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:


  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.


6. Strong password strategies (try Strong Password Generator 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 and Epic Browser are two options.


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.  Be sure to sign up for the RAVE Alert. See the ECC Campus Safety site for more information.

*Some of the online tips providing by the Library Journal article on Protecting Patron Privacy.
–Reposted by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Critical thinking and information literacy

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

Suicide Prevention Week is September 8-14

Each year, we provide resources to raise awareness of suicide, provide hope, and save lives.


Library resources: (includes Ebooks available with your AccessECC ID and password)

Other resources:

  • Follow @AASuicidology on Twitter
  • Follow @afspnational on Twitter
  • Follow the hashtag #StopSuicide
  • Contact the ECC Wellness Professionals at 847-214-7390. They have crisis intervention and support groups to assist you.
  • 1-800-SUICIDE  (1-800-784-2433)
  • Depression Hotline (630) 482-9696
  • Para obtener asistencia en español llame al 1-888-628-9454 
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty: Course Reserves

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)
  • Choose:
    • 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.
  • Choose:
    • 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.

Please be aware that use of material must follow copyright guidelines.

For students:

Most items are designated for library use only and cannot be checked out of the library building. Students will also need their Student ID/Library card in order to access any Course Reserve items.

Search to see if your instructor has placed any items on reserve in the library.

If you have any questions about Course Reserves, please contact the Reference Librarians (847-214-7354) or the Circulation Desk (847-214-7337.)

June is Pride Month!

What is Pride Month?


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.

Wondering about terminology? This site from We are Family provides a glossary of terms that are easy to understand. Here is another, more comprehensive site from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.


This site (also from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual) has some great, printable graphics that explain various concepts around the categories of gender, sexuality, and social justice.

Book awards:

In the ECC Library:

The library has an LGBTQ+ Research Guide which lists books, articles, websites, and more.

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 studentwellness@elgin.edu if you would like more resources, or if you have any questions.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian