Tag Archives: Special Information

Oral History brings the ECC past alive!

Did you know the library has links to oral interviews with prominent Elgin Community College professors, staff, and board members?

Here are our latest interviews:

For a list of our past oral interviews, visit our Archives page. These new interviews will be uploaded soon!

–Thank you to Armando Trejo, Archivist and Librarian, for his dedication and hard work in maintaining our past and present!
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Keeping your items safe

SafetyIn 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 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.

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.  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.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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Each year, the NCSAM provides the public with information on staying safe in an online world.

Weekly themes are as follows:

Week 1: Oct. 1­–5: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety 

Week 2: Oct. 8–12: Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity

Week 3: Oct. 15–19: It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

Week 4: Oct. 22–26: Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure   

Online safety basics can be found here, or explore how to better secure your devices. 

You can also check out our Cybersecurity and Online Privacy and Security Research Guides.

To join the conversation, use the hashtag #chatstc and #CyberAware or follow NCSAM on Twitter @StaySafeOnline or Facebook.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Banned Books Week is September 23-29, 2018

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The theme for Banned Books week is Banning Books Silences Stories. The theme encourages you to speak out against censorship and share your stories. We should all be allowed to freely choose, read, analyze, accept, and reject materials based on our own experiences and ideas.

We have many works in our collection that deal with censorship in different areas. Browse these subjects in our catalog. This catalog search deals specifically with Censorship in the United States.

Writing in the Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky (author of the popular V.I. Warshawski books) is particularly apropos for this year’s theme, as Paretsky discusses finding her voice as a feminist and woman writer and the importance of  the power of speaking out.

This video provides information on the top challenged books of 2017.

This infographic provides current information and statistics on censorhip.

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Finally, food for thought:

Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.’ But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.

–Ai Weiwei (BrainyQuote)

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contribution from Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Sources: ALA Offices for Intellectual Freedom and the Banned Books Week website.

We are social: Connect with us!

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Did you know that the ECC Library is on Facebook and Twitter?  All our blog posts get shared there as well, plus we add extra information in our social media forums.


To connect:

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Suicide Prevention Week September 9-15: The Power of Connection

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

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Library resources: (includes Ebooks available with your activated library card)

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 

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–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

 

Activate your library card!

librarycardNeed to have your information on the go?  Access information from home 24/7? Get a head start on your research?  Then you need to have your library card!

Bring your Student Picture ID to the library to have the barcode on the back activated.  Student IDs can be obtained from the Student Life Office.

Library cards, once activated, expire when your Student ID expires. 

Please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or email circdesk@elgin.edu if you have questions or to activate your card remotely.