Tag Archives: Special Interest

Banned Books Week is Sept. 22-28, 2019

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)

No one should be restricting your right to reading or seeing materials just because they are deemed controversial or too political by a certain group of people. It is your right to make your own judgments on the value of the resources available to you.

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.

Which works were most banned in 2018? Check out this video:

Want to know more? This infographic provides information on challenges and censorship (from the State of America’s Libraries Report 2019).

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

We are social–connect with us!


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:

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

Database access & Library cards–new and easier!

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 student ID to check out physical library materials (e.g. books, DVDs, study rooms, anatomical models, etc.). Please register your physical ID with the Circulation Desk at the library.

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 circdesk@elgin.edu.

If you have issues logging into the databases or e-books, please contact the Reference Desk at x7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

Student planners are in!

Start your year off right by getting your time management on the right track!

The ever-popular student planners are available FREE to students around campus. The library has planners at the Circulation Desk, and both Reference Desks (1st and 2nd floor). These planners contain the Academic Calendar for the 2019-2020 year, important phone numbers and locations of services, information about courses, planning, transcripts, and Student Life, Student Services, and more.

Thank you Kristy Yemm- Pemrick in Circulation for the idea for the post!

Resource spotlight: Ebook Central

Ebook Central is a rich and in-depth resource containing credible ebook materials in electronic format. This resource includes information on a wide variety of topics including: anthropology, business, computers, education, English, fine arts, history, language, law, psychology, religion, science, and social sciences.

The books in Ebook Central offer an online alternative and supplement to our wonderful print collection in Building C. You will access Ebook Central in the Article Database list, click on Ebook Central, and use your AccessECC ID and password.

Check out the graphic below for how to access the full text of the book once your are logged in, or view the video on how to begin a search in Ebook Central.

If you have any questions, the librarians can help! Contact us!

The Stone Diaries Book Review

Image via Amazon

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
FIC S555s 

We occupy static roles in one another’s lives (her grandparent, his sibling, her spouse). Rarely do we step back and consider that person’s movement and evolution through those roles in totality. Do we really think hard about how our grandfather was a young boy? Can we capture in our mind our great-grandmother’s once teenage insecurity? Shields traces us through these evolutionary roles by taking us through Daisy Goodwill Flett’s entire life cycle. Shields narrates Daisy from the totally dependent newborn to the family matriarch approaching death. While the novel commenced with a tedious mood with lots of detail that felt superfluous, it turns into a comprehensive, exceptional look at an entire life, and the novel plays with perspective and outlook. We are offered remarkable glimpses of a protagonist’s story that combine to a grand scale rarely seen. The shifting character perspectives and text made the novel very rich and special. Not only do we read the narrator, but we also read in neatly placed primary sources (letters, obituaries, lists) of Daisy’s life. A impressively creative novel that was well worth my time to pick up and speaks for itself as to why it earned the 1995 Pulizter Prize for Fiction.

–Reviewed by Jennifer Schlau, Adjunct Faculty Reference & Instruction Librarian