You are being watched, tracked, and tabulated. Do you care?

May 22nd, 2015


You are being watched, tracked, and tabulated. Do you care? Maybe you should Check out this online graphic novel by Josh Neufeld and Michael Keller called “Terms of Service.” It is an exploration of our online world where we trade free services for our data. BUT, as a graphic novel (comic) it is easy to read and (even) fun.


Ruby Bridge: A Profile in Courage

May 14th, 2015

On May 14, Ruby Bridge, a Civil Rights icon of the 60s, spoke at a luncheon sponsored by Chicago Metro Achievement Center for Girls (a group that tutors and mentors intercity girls). Her message was filled with dignity and optimism. She discussed her historical journey of being the first African American child to integrate at an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960.

Norman Rockwell, a famous American illustrator, painted his interpretation of Ruby’s first day at school.



The painting is a powerful image of a brave little girl facing danger and hatred. Rockwell titled the painting, The Problem We All Live With.

Mrs. Bridge summarized her speech by stating, “We should never look at another person and judge them by the color their skin. That is the lesson I learned in first grade.”

The MVCC library has placed an order for a copy of Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges. Meanwhile, check out the Civil Rights material in the Moraine Library.


Is gender identity biologically hard-wired?

May 14th, 2015

Here’s a short video relating to the discussions we’ve had this academic year relating to our One Book program on Giovanni’s Room.

Is gender identity biologically hard-wired?

Description: At an early age, 8-year-old Skyler Kelly began to let his parents know that what he looked like on the outside, a girl, is not how he felt on the inside. The science of gender identity isn’t fully understood, but new research points to a complex set of factors, including biological ones. Special correspondent Jackie Judd talks to families and researchers who are working on these discoveries.

Shake Off the End of the Semester!

May 10th, 2015



We have an exciting new addition to our collection at MVCC Library!  If the picture didn’t give it away, we now have a Zumba kit for check out!  If you’ve ever wanted to give the dance based workout craze a try in the privacy of your own home, now’s your chance!  The kit includes everything you’ll need to get the full Zumba experience, aside from the classroom environment of course.

  • 5 workout DVDs,
  • A program guide that offers some insight into how to best use the Zumba workouts,
  • 2 Zumba Toning Sticks.  (These produce a rattling sound, so you can feel like you’re making music while you’re working up a sweat)

The program guide outlines: tips and techniques for doing Zumba safely and correctly, a weekly workout planner, appropriate stretches, and some recipes for healthy eating.  While the guide does offer advice for working out safely and eating healthy meals, you should consult with a healthcare professional before starting a serious workout routine or making big changes to your diet.  This is especially true if you are new to exercising and/or if you are unfamiliar with creating a healthy, nutritious diet.

The DVDs have a range of intensity and skill level.  The most basic workout is called “Step by Step” which will walk you through the basic Zumba movements during the workout, followed by “Activate”, “Exhilarate”, “Zumba Toning”, and finally “Mix”.  The workout planner shows examples of how to mix up your workouts throughout the week, and when to take breaks.

The end of the semester is a great time to try something new, or pick up a hobby for the summer!  You can check out the kit in the library from our circulation desk to start shaking up your summer!

Chicago to Get Obama Presidential Library!

April 30th, 2015

The MVCC library blog posted on February 11, 2015, Chicago Deserves the Presidential Library , discussed the future location of President Obama’s Presidential Library. Chicagoans hoped that President Obama would remember his family history, as well as his educational and political connections to Chicago and choose the Windy City. The decision has been made. President Obama’s Presidential Library will be built in an undisclosed location in Chicago. There is a great deal of prestige, tourism dollars and local pride that will be bestowed upon the city.

Check out the MVCC Catalog and Databases for more information on President Obama and his legacy.

Libraries provide community support

April 30th, 2015

Though Baltimore schools have since reopened, they did close due to rioting over Freddy Gray’s death while in police custody, but the public libraries stayed open as places of “comfort and community” to residents.

Roswell Encina, Director of Communications of Enoch Pratt Free Library says, “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.”

“Baltimore libraries stay open to provide community support”-PBS

For the latest news on the Freddie Gray death investigation in Baltimore at CNN click here.

Powerful tweets like the ones below from Baltimore City Schools click here.



Citing Sources Can Save You $7.4 Million

April 29th, 2015


When I heard the verdict in the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit, awarding the family of Marvin Gaye $7.4 million, my first thought was didn’t they know better?  A federal jury determined that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams had improperly borrowed from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give it Up”.  Thicke or Williams must have learned somewhere along the way that you cannot borrow from the works of others without giving them credit.  Did the idea of plagiarism occur to anyone?

It’s simple.  If you summarize, paraphrase or directly quote from a source – CITE IT!  College students learn this early in their academic careers.  Faculty require students to use a citation style, usually APA or MLA, to recognize and attribute the words, thoughts and ideas of others in research papers.  The Moraine Valley Community College Library offers short classes to help students learn how to cite sources and includes a Citing Sources Guide on its website.

While academic plagiarism and music plagiarism are different, the principle is the same.  Academic plagiarism tarnishes academic reputations and results in penalties that can lead to dismissal.  Music plagiarism is a legal matter usually involving copyright infringement.  It’s about more than borrowing from the work of another, it is about following the streams of revenue and sharing the wealth.

When Thicke and Williams decided to pay homage to Gaye using his work for inspiration, they created one of the most popular songs of 2013.  About 7.4 million copies were sold, generating over $16 million.  Gaye’s estate received nothing.  The court ordered Thicke and Williams to pay copyright damages of $4 million and an additional $3.4 million based on sales.

So, instead of “Blurred Lines” being remembered as the longest running number one single of 2013, Thicke’s biggest hit and a double Grammy nominated song, it will be recalled as the source of one of the largest damage awards for copyright infringement in the music industry and, possibly, changing the way artist create new music.

Let this be a clear lesson, always cite your sources and give credit to the originator(s).  It may save you $7.4 million.  Nothing blurred about that!

To hear the comparison click here.

To hear a CNN commentary click here.

The Fall of Saigon

April 27th, 2015

It is amazing that on April 30, 1975, 40 years ago, the North Vietnamese forces fought and won the city of Saigon, thus ending the U. S. led conflict that was very controversial here in the states. Returning soldiers endured the scorn of many Americans who questioned our country’s involvement.

What does Vietnam look like now? View this DVD from our collection that will give you a sense of the country’s rebound from the colonialism of the French and the American take-over of the struggle. Today, the U.S. even imports products from Vietnam. By the way, Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City.

Get more information from our online catalog here.

It’s Important to De-stress

April 26th, 2015


Don’t be like Kitteh! Finals can be a tough time, but there are definitely ways to help make them a bit easier!  With final exams starting in a couple weeks (You can find the final exam schedule here), it’s time to start thinking about how to get ready.  Of course you’ll be studying quite a bit, but you should also plan to take breaks from that studying to keep fresh.

A study from the University of Illinois posits that taking a break during your study time can help keep you focused and increase your overall productivity.  The University of Illinois states “This study is consistent with the idea that the brain is built to detect and respond to change, Lleras said, and suggests that prolonged attention to a single task actually hinders performance.”  With this in mind, be sure to prepare for some distractions from your intense studying.

At this point, you may be wondering “What’s the most efficient way to set myself up to study and take short breaks?”.  Well, the best place to do that is the library!  You’ll likely be here to study anyway, but we have a number of ways for you to take a meaningful break.

One of them is our gaming collection.  If you didn’t already know, we have added a new collection of board games to the library, and they make the perfect distraction during your finals studies.  Currently, we have Settlers of Catan, Blockus, Ticket to Ride, Tsuro, Carcassonne, and Hey, That’s My Fish!  Many of these games are easy to learn and quick to play.  Just the diversion you’ll be looking for!



Our Library’s First Online Catalog from 1991 #TBT

April 23rd, 2015

Check out this archival video from 1991. The MVCC Library celebrated our first online catalog. This system predated the world wide web, so it relied upon hardwired terminals. It was a major project to migrate from the physical, card catalog online records. Our library was one of the early adopters of the technology.

This was a big year (1991) for the MVCC library. All of the system modules were implemented, the card catalog cabinets were physically removed from the library, and librarian Maria D’Aversa was named Innovator of the Year by the campus for her leadership on this project.

The footage here includes “pallbearers” Maria D’Aversa, Diane Grund, Sylvia Jenkins, Nancy Hessler, Betsey Teo, Barb Rys, and Doreen O’Brien. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Margaret Lehner, delivers the eulogy for the catalog.

This video includes the “funeral” for the old card catalog, and it includes publicity for the new online catalog. The “funeral” includes our current college President, Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, when she was a faculty librarian. It also includes Dr. Margaret Lehner who was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the time and who serves as our Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Assistant to the President.

Moving from Card Catalog to Online Catalog at Moraine Valley (1991)