Tag Archives: Special Interest

June is LGBTQ Pride month

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What is LGBTQ Pride Month?

Learn: 

Originally declared by President Clinton in 2000, further proclamations declaring June as LGBT Pride Month have been declared for the past 8 years.  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.

Explore: 

LGBTQ Graphic Novels Bibliography from ALA

Book awards:

In the ECC Library:

Nonfiction

Fiction:

At ECC:

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

Need help citing? Try these resources!

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Make your life easier by checking out the citing guide options below.

MLA

APA

Chicago/Turabian

NoodleTools is an online tool that can assist you in organizing your research, including notecards, sharing, and creating your bibliography/works cited page. See the NoodleTools Research Guide for step-by-step instructions.

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. Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t forget that you can also get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. 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.

Confused about “Fake News”? We have thoughts…and resources!

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Libraries and librarians are and have always been integral in helping people find balanced, reliable information and evaluating that information for credibility. Rather than using the terms “Fake News”, we like to say “Thinking Critically About the News”, because the idea of “fake” can cover everything from parody, satire, lying, unintentional misinformation, and even news that is biased but contains truth.

Our Thinking Critically About the News Research Guide  (found under Current Events & Controversial Issues) provides reliable and vetted sites to help faculty and students explore the issue of “fake” news and practice their evaluation skills. The guide includes information on bias, exercises, fact checking, a news feed, and more. ” It was created by Library Intern Angela Bouque and compiled and curated by ECC Librarians.

For questions, comments, and additions, or to schedule a library instruction session, please contact the Library Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or email libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Need quiet? Get a room…

f5334a7d9827850cb76db6e96becdd372e82815485dcf6d020d14140baaab050….a study room!

Need a peaceful, quiet study space?  Want to work on a group project?  The library’s study rooms are the answer!

Study rooms:

  • Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;
  • Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);
  • May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;
  • On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;
  • Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.

May is Mental Health Month

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This year, MHA is talking about Risky Business. We believe it’s important to educate people about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. –from Mental Health America

Use the #mhm2017 and #riskybusiness tags on social media.

NAMI estimates that nearly 1 in 5 adults (18.5%) in the U.S. suffer from some sort of mental illness in any given year. As we acknowledge Mental Health Month in May, we wanted to highlight a few resources that can help you explore the topic.

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.

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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.

ebrary: Ebrary contains many subject areas. Search a specific term for best results.

For articlesPsycArticles is a great place for psychology research.  High quality, academic, peer reviewed articles are available on any psychology topic.

Looking for ways to help with everyday mental health maintenance? Try 31 Tips to Boost your Mental Health.

wellness-wheel-chartFinally, 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, and crisis intervention.  Contact information: Bldg B, Room B120, Tel: 847-214-7390
studentwellness@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Two new books on women innovators

WomanbooksWomen’s History Month may have passed, but women are always part of the story!

The library just received two brand new works that address women who have been instrumental in many areas of history.

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventor, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs and illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino (General Collection)

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky (Children’s Collection)

Thanks to Kristy Yemm-Pemrick , Library Clerk, for promoting these cool new books!

Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

#LibrariesTransform: Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15!

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Libraries provide innumerable services to their communities, whether a public, academic, or special library.  From a recent Pew Report, Americans value their libraries and services overwhelmingly, and see libraries as an integral place in their communities, a place that will provide you with trustworthy information and a variety of perspectives.

This video was created during last year’s library week–check it out to see the exciting things happening at your libraries!

Check out the National Library Week website, and follow along on social media:

#NationalLibraryWeek

#LibrariesTransform

#SaveIMLS (Don’t know what this is? More information here)

Twitter I Love LibrariesTwitter

Facebook I Love LibrariesFacebook

Maria2016(2)–Submitted by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian