Tag Archives: Special Information

Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. The goals of the Earth Day Network for 2019 are to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
Our Earth’s composition of species

This video shows some of the diversity of our species, focusing on the Amazon, home to 1 in 10 known species on Earth.

The ECC library also has a specialized research guide on Sustainability that contains information on LEED, Recycling, Alternative Energy, Reforestation, and more.

What are you doing to help keep our planet healthy and to protect our species? Let us know in the comments below!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

National Library Week: April 7-13, 2019

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. 

Did you know that your ECC Library offers the following services and resources to our students?

  • Loaning of our 60 Chromebooks
  • Over 80 computers in our on-site labs
  • Anatomical models
  • Expert librarian help with research in person in Building C, by text, or online through chat or in your D2L. Contact us!
  • In-house use of our 20 laptops
  • Over 65,000 print books
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text articles
  • Loaning of our 22 TI-84 calculators
  • Interlibrary loan–get items free from other libraries
  • 3 hour study room use
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text, non-fiction ebooks
  • 24/7 off campus access of articles and ebook databases with an activated Student ID

Community members can also use our print collections, check out designated materials, use interlibrary loan, and get a two hour computer pass per day to use our online resources.

This video will give you an overview of the things you may not know about your library!

Come visit the ECC Library–we can save you time and money, and help you get started on the path to success!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Activate your library card!

Need 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.

Happy New Year 2019!


The ECC Library reopens for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. hours on January 2nd.

We look forward to seeing you when the Spring Semester begins on January 14!

Happy Holidays from ECC Library

christmas-bauble-15738_640Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

We look forward to seeing you in January.

Need something the library doesn’t own? Try Interlibrary Loan!


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What is Interlibrary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

Plan ahead–sometimes items can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.

Open Access Week: October 22-28, 2018

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From the website:

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. http://openaccessweek.org/page/about

Check out the events, groups, and Q&A to learn more.

The movie Paywall, The Business of Scholarship, also informs on some the issues surrounding open access versus profit margins and the importance of open scholarship to all. Check it out here:

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (Full Movie) CC BY 4.0 from Paywall The Movie on Vimeo.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian