Congrats and Thanks to Brenda!

July 23rd, 2014

Brenda

Today we say congrats and thanks to Brenda Lozano as she takes a new position at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles as a metadata librarian. Brenda has been a part time cataloger for us over the past year. She has helped write our cataloging standards as we transitioned to the new RDA cataloging standard. Brenda has contributed much to our work, and she has become a good friend. We will miss her!

Additionally, the MVCC library has helped to launch Brenda’s modeling career. She was out model for the marketing materials for our upcoming Graphic Novel Symposium.

Behind the Scenes: Graphic Novel Symposium Photo Shoot

Giovanni’s Room, Baldwin, LGBT Issues: Fall One Book Events

July 18th, 2014

We are excited to announce our Fall 2014 One Book events centered themes related to Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Get more information at our One Book website: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/

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Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Sept 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Faculty members from literature and the library will discuss James Baldwin’s classic text. They will offer historical analysis as well as views of the text through various literary texts. This discussion is the opening One Book event that will identify the range of themes within Baldwin’s text.

What is Queer?: Current and Historic Struggles of LGBTQ People
Tuesday, September 23rd, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
The “Queer” movement challenges us to think beyond our limited conceptions of gender and sexuality. Sociologist Jeffrey McCully will discuss the ways that gender expression and human sexuality are socially constructed based on norms that change from one society to another and across time. Jeffrey will also explore how gender and sexuality intersect with other systems of difference, such as class, race, and ethnicity. We will also consider the progress that has been made in recognizing the needs of the LGBT community and the challenges that lay ahead.

Scotty Works OUT: Film Screening and Conversation with the Filmmaker
Wednesday, October 1st, 11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Filmmaker and MVCC faculty member Dan Pal presents his short film Scotty Works OUT. This film, which is about finding a connection in a world of isolation, includes the work of actors and crew members from Moraine Valley. This is an opportunity to explore modern relationships, filmmaking, and screen writing. This event is part of the One Book programming and co-sponsored by the MVCC Film Makers Club.

All About Bullying: A Faculty Panel Presentation
Thursday, October 2nd, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Bullying is a problem faced by many students at all levels of schooling. It is a problem that was ignored in the past, but has gained national recognition as many educators, parents, and community leaders work to stop bullying. Join us as education experts define and explore the causes and impacts of bullying.

Suffer in Silence No More: Art Fair for Mental Health Awareness
Monday, October 6, 10 a.m. -2 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
This special event will utilize visual arts to express all aspects of mental health. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to create art pieces that will be displayed in this art fair. If creating a piece of art is not your specialty, we invite you to attend this fair. This event is organized by the Moraine Valley Counseling & Career Development Center. For more information, contact Teresa Hannon, Counselor, at 708-974-5722 or hannont@morainevalley.edu

Sexuality, Gender, and the Coming Out Process
Thursday, October 16th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
This panel discussion will focus on the pervading theme of Giovanni’s Room: Sexual Identity. Come hear from members of the LGBTQ community as well as LGBTQ Allies about sexual and gender identity, the coming out process, and how these things impact individuals and those around them. Panel members will discuss the reality behind the protagonist’s struggle to understand his sexuality, deal with familial and societal pressure to conform, and accept who he is as a person. Our discussion will show how issues the author wrote about in the 1950s are still prevalent today.

Special Lecture on James Baldwin and the Intersection of Race, Gender and Sexuality by Northwestern University’s Dean Dwight A. McBride
Tuesday, October 21st, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Moraine Valley welcomes special guest Dwight A. McBride, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost of Graduate Education at Northwestern University. Dean McBride is a world renowned scholar who specializes issues relating to race and sexual orientation issues. He is also an expert on the life and influence of James Baldwin. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to join us for this special lecture. This One Book, One College event is made possible by the Moraine Valley Democracy Commitment.

Graphic Novels as Literature and as Class Texts with Sheryl Bundy

July 16th, 2014

Moraine Valley Librarians, Joe, Tish, & Troy prepare for the upcoming Graphic Novel Symposium at MVCC by discussing graphic novels as literature with faculty member Sheryl Bundy. Learn more about the Graphic Novel Symposium at http://www.morainevalley.edu/comicculture/

Graphic Novels as Literature and as Class Texts

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-18_2014_checkitout.mp3

Visual Storytelling: A Discussion with Erik La Gatutta

July 16th, 2014

Moraine Valley Librarians, Tish, & Troy prepare for the upcoming Graphic Novel Symposium at MVCC by discussing the art of graphic novels and comic books with faculty member Erik LaGatutta. They discuss the Learn more about the Graphic Novel Symposium at http://www.morainevalley.edu/comicculture/

Visual Storytelling: A Discussion with Erik La Gatutta

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-17_2014_checkitout.mp3

Graphic Novels at Moraine Valley and the Graphic Novel Symposium

July 16th, 2014

Moraine Valley Librarians, Joe, Tish, & Troy prepare for the upcoming Graphic Novel Symposium at MVCC by discussing graphic novels in the library’s collection. They discuss a range of graphic novels that include superhero, non-superhero stories, fiction, nonfiction, classics, and non-classics. Learn more about the Graphic Novel Symposium at http://www.morainevalley.edu/comicculture/

Graphic Novels at Moraine Valley and the Graphic Novel Symposium

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-16_2014_checkitout.mp3

James Baldwin, the Activist Voice, and Views on Privilege in Giovanni’s Room

July 16th, 2014

MVCC Democracy Commitment Faculty Coordinator, Tamarra Coleman-Hill discusses James Baldwin as an activist with librarians Joe, Tish, and Troy. The discussion has special emphasis on the One Book text, Giovanni’s Room. Learn more at the One Book site: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/.

James Baldwin, the Activist Voice, and Views on Privilege in Giovanni’s Room

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-15_2014_checkitout.mp3

Services for LGBTQ Students at Moraine Valley

July 16th, 2014

Moraine Valley Counselor Matthew Cullen discusses college services offered for LGBTQ students. Learn more at the One Book site: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/default.htm.

Services for LGBTQ Students at Moraine Valley

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-14_2014_checkitout.mp3

Defining Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, Gender Expression, LGBT, and Queer

July 16th, 2014

Sociologist Jeffrey McCully joins MVCC librarians, Joe, Tish and Troy to define key terms relating to LGBTQ issues relating to the themes of the One Book program. These terms include gender identity, sexual identity, gender expression, LGBT, and queer. Learn more at the One Book site: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/default.htm.

Defining Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, Gender Expression, LGBT, and Queer

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-13_2014_checkitout.mp3

Review of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room (online video and audio)

July 16th, 2014

Moraine Valley Librarians, Joe, Tish, & Troy discuss the upcoming One Book text, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. They consider the literary value of the novel and the historical role Baldwin played in the second half of the 20th Century. Learn more at the One Book site: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/default.htm.

Review of Giovanni’s Room & Discussion of James Baldwin

The audio of this event is available below:

Farewell to Librarian, Lizzie Matkowski!

July 15th, 2014

Today we bid farewell to MV public services librarian Lizzie Matkowski!

You may recognize Lizzie from her time spent working at the reference desk assisting patrons with research questions or perhaps you met her in the classroom as she taught your library instruction session.  She was one of our resident experts on digital downloads and did some great work helping with the library’s science fair.

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Lizzie is moving on to a new post at Downers Grove Public Library and we wish her the best.

Congrats, Lizzie!  You will be missed.