Tag Archives: Special Interest

Library open during Pancake Dinner

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Plan your study session or finish up your research paper at the ECC Library (Building C) on December  4 and get a bonus–free pancakes! The library is also open until 10:00 p.m.

When you need a break, enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and coffee dinner from 8-10 p.m. in the Jobe Lounge (Building B), sponsored by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Student Development.

Building B and the F Building Computer labs will also be open until 10 p.m.

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Between the World and Me Book Review

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Cover via Amazon.com

Between the World and Me
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Coates writes a series of essays addressed to his son about the state of race relations in America and how this will impact his son’s life. He describes his upbringing and his intellectual development, fostered by  deep reading and exposure to new ideas and people at Howard University; he was also changed by becoming a husband and father. He gives historical context to the black experience in the United States, and then gives us his personal experiences and views. This book is an important contribution to the conversation about race in America.

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–Submitted by Julie Keating, Reference Librarian

For faculty (and students): Interlibrary Loan

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Photo via Meme Maker

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.

Tree of Smoke Book Review

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Cover art courtesy of Amazon.com

Tree of Smoke
by Denis Johnson

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With the onset of PBS’s broadcast of the Ken Burns film series, The Vietnam War, it’s a good time to revisit some of the novels written about the war. Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke is one of the great ones. Winner of the 2007 National Book Award, the novel follows four main characters through their experiences in the war from 1963 to 1970, with a conclusion which takes place in 1983. Two of the characters are brothers of low rank in the military. The other two are high ranking: an uncle and nephew involved in the secret service. Although the book does a good job relaying the wartime atmosphere, especially the constant uncertainty, it does a great job of relaying the sense loss and grief. This book is not for the timid and it took me awhile to get through it, but it is definitely worth the effort.  Denis Johnson was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction this past July. He passed away on May 24, 2017.

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–Submitted by Barbara Evans, Reference Librarian

Open Access Week: October 23-29, 2017

OpenAccessWeek_logo“Open in order to…” serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables—in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context; then to take action to realize these benefits.–Nick Shockey, Open Access Week blog

Beginning in 2008, open access week strives to open up research to more of the scholarly and general community. The key tenets focus around increasing access to knowledge, facilitating collaboration, and raising your own research visibility to the greater world.

To view past videos of Open Access discussions, see their website.

There is also a list of events available in the United States, or view the map to see past and present events from around the world.https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1X7INUOEhXpnGU2x36UFRs4WMcWk

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: HeinOnline Immigration Law and Policy

HeinOnlineThe Immigration Law and Policy database from HeinOnline offers a compilation of important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This database includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.

Containing 1,580 titles and over 2,100 volumes, this is a great place to send students working on sociology, political science, current events, law, hot topics in the news, and even for personal interest.

If you have questions about using the database, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

October is National Cyber Security Month!

The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.–Department of Homeland Security

Ways to get involved:

Go here to participate in community efforts such as recognizing human trafficking, terrorism and other crime, becoming prepared for an emergency, and more.

Participate and follow social media:

Also try the hashtags #CyberSecurity and #CyberAware on Twitter.

At the library:

  • We created a research guide on Cyber Security that will link you to books, databases, and the latest news.
  • Here are items we have in our print collection.
  • Ebook Central contains some works on cyber security and other cyber crimes such as identity theft.
Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian