Thanks to Carol and Lauren

December 18th, 2014

It is with sadness that we mark the end of this semester, because we are saying goodbye to two of our excellent librarians.

Carol Gianoli has worked at our library for over ten years. She has taught countless research classes and helped many students at our information desk.

Lauren Crowther has worked for us over the past year on Monday nights. Although she is a recent addition to our staff, she was a good fit. She taught evening research sessions and worked at our information desk.

We thank Carol and Lauren for their service and friendship.

Off Campus Access to Databases Restored

December 17th, 2014

Access to the library’s article, music and video databases has been restored. If you are off campus, you need your MVConnect ID and password to login (like normal).

We are close to having our entire system restored.

Please contact us if you have questions or problems.

Sustainability is Good Business

December 17th, 2014

We wanted to share this video of an event organized by the Moraine Valley Business Club (and hosted on the Library YouTube Channel).

Sustainability is Good Business

On-Campus Access to Databases

December 16th, 2014

On-campus access to the library’s databases has been restored. Click here to view a list of the library’s databases.  Students can access the databases on-campus only. We hope to restore access from off campus soon.

Our library staff has been working with our IT staff to restore all of our services.

Dec. 16 : Library System Outage

December 15th, 2014

outageThe Library system is currently experiencing an outage.

Access to many of the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and some of its subscription databases, is currently unavailable.  The databases that are available can be accessed only from on-campus right now.

We are working to restore the system as soon as possible and will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored.

Please visit the Ask a Librarian for Help page ( or call us at 708-974-5234 if you need assistance.

Need Help During Finals? Come to the Library!

December 12th, 2014

It’s the most joyous time of the year…FINALS!

As you are working on those final papers and tests don’t forget about these services:

  • group study rooms (reserve time at the Circulation Desk)
  • silent study space (on the first floor of the library)
  • laptops and ipads for checkout
  • textbooks for checkout
  • awesome librarians
  • coffee bar…COFFEE!!



Women and War in the Middle East

November 25th, 2014

Dr. Nadine Naber addresses various historical and political conditions that produce violence against women in the Arab world with a focus on Palestine. The lecture focuses on how sexism is a central aspect of various forms of state violence, including economic oppression and militarism and war. This event was organized as part of Arab-Heritage Month.

Women and War in the Middle East

The audio of this event is available below:

Special Lecture: Sustainability Is Good Business (in U Building)

November 20th, 2014

Here’s a special shout out to the Business, Finance, and Entrepreneur Club. They are hosting a special lecture in the U Building (U111). Even though this is not in the library, it looks cool, and we wanted to help spread the word. Here are the details:

Sustainability is Good Business
A special lecture by Stephenie Presseller, General Manager of the MVCC Center of Sustainability
December 3rd, from 3pm to 4pm.

How did the Great War Shape the 20th Century? A Faculty Panel Discussion (online video)

November 19th, 2014

We mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a discussion of the significance of this immense and horrific global conflict. Moraine Valley History faculty members will discuss the wide-reaching implications of the conflict in terms of life on the front, life on the home front, and the enduring wounds that continued long after the war.

How did the Great War Shape the 20th Century? A Faculty Panel Discussion

The audio of this event is available below:

Not Quite White: U.S. Census Race Classification and Arab-Americans (online video)

November 19th, 2014

How many Arab-Americans live in the United States? This question cannot be answered accurately because there is no federal survey that counts all Arab-Americans. According the U.S. Census, people of Arab descent are classified as “White”…yet many Arab-Americans would consider themselves “not quite White”. Nina Shoman-Dajani will discuss the diversity that exists within the Arab-American community while providing a bit of the history of Arab-Americans in the U.S.—including their early “fight to be white” in order to gain U.S. citizenship and the current struggle of Arab-Americans to be recognized with their own category on the U.S. Census. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

Not Quite White: U.S. Census Race Classification and Arab-Americans

The audio of this event is available below: