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
As of Monday, May 20th, the method for signing into the library databases and e-books from off campus has changed. Instead of using a barcode, you will sign in with your ECC username and password, as if you are logging into AccessECC or D2L. If you are already signed into AccessECC or D2L, you will not need to sign in again.
You will still need your physical library card or Employee ID to check out physical library materials (e.g. books, DVDs, etc.). If you are faculty and staff, once you get your Employee ID, you can to come to the Library Circulation Desk to register your barcode.
If you have any questions about your library card, please
contact the Circulation Desk at x7337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have issues logging into the databases or e-books, please contact the Reference Desk at
x7354 or email@example.com.
Laugh.Some research (library card required to view article) shows that laughing can help alleviate stress. While not all research concurs, finding a funny show on Netflix or reading a humorous book can help you focus on other, more positive aspects of life.
2. Yoga/Meditation/Mindfulness. Practicing these techniques regularly has been found in some research(library card required to view article) to “reveal…positive effects of yoga on stress reduction in healthy adult populations”. Again, focusing on a mantra or a pose means your mind cannot focus on the stress. Deep breathing and practicing gratefulness can also help you reset.
3. Exercise. You hear this all the time, but even a little exercise per day can reduce the symptoms of stress. Whether you like to run, walk, jump rope, or do Zumba, 30 minutes a day (or even 10 minutes, 3 times a day) is all you need to help your body recoup.
4. Do Something New. Always wanted to try skydiving? Try an indoor skydiving site (such as this one in Naperville). Like to solve puzzles? An escape room experience may be for you (here’s an example).
5. Dive into comfort—whatever that means to you. Is it binge-watching your favorite show? Curling up with a blanket and your favorite book? Going to your favorite restaurant or fast food joint? Pick something that truly feels comforting for a couple hours and let yourself be immersed in that activity so you can rejuvenate when you have to get back to studying.
The Write Place offers writing assistance. They are located in Building B, Room B274. Any student or ECC employee can use this service. Stop by Building B, Room B274, or call 847-214-7480 for information.
Don’t forget that you can also get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. We cannot “check” your paper and sources, but we can lead you in the right direction! We are available during all of our library hours (many nights until 10 p.m.) and have experience in the various formats. Contact us by email, chat, text, phone, and in person.
1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.
1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness.
60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.
Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about half the rate of whites in the past year, and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but suicide is preventable.
The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports.
We have many books that can help you explore mental health issues. Look for works under the Subject of mental health or mental illness. You can also look up the specific issue, such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, or stress. Go here to search the library’s print catalog.
We also have many ebook collections; the following two specific collections can be useful when you need to access information online.
Springer: This collection has an emphasis on scientific materials, including psychology.
Ebook Central: This database covers many subject areas. Search a specific term for best results.
For articles, PsycArticles is a great place for psychology research. High quality, academic, peer reviewed articles are available on any psychology topic.
Finally, we have great help right here at ECC: Wellness Services. They have a lot of support services that they offer students, including one-on-one sessions, support groups, crisis intervention and even a Wellness podcast. Contact information: Bldg B, Room B120, Tel: 847-214-7390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Per the American Librarian Association: Libraries of all types strengthen their communities through education, lifelong learning, and a wealth of public services. No longer just a place for books, libraries have expanded beyond their traditional roles and provide more opportunities for community engagement and the delivery of new services that connect closely with their community’s needs. Libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools, and campuses—a resource for all community members to find what they need to help improve their quality of life.