Easy Recording

Need to record a podcast or narrate your powerpoints?

You can check out microphones and other recording equipment from the library to help you create podcasts, soundtracks, or other audio assignments. Or check them out for your own personal use.

For example, the iRig handheld microphone helps you easily make professional quality recordings with your phone or tablet—the microphone plugs into the headphone jack. A tripod stand is also available. You can check out the iRig microphone for 4 hours or for 1 week.

Cameras, headsets, laptops, microphones, cables, calculators, flash drives, adapters, and chargers are also available. Loan periods vary, depending on the item. Ask at the Circulation Desk.

Dakota Access Pipeline Talk on March 21st

Don’t miss this upcoming event:

A DAPL Primer: Pipeline Law, Water Warriors and the Standing Rock Movement
Tuesday, March 21st from 12:30 to 1:45 pm in the Library lounge
Activities that impact the environment usually require environmental impact statements. They also, typically, require public participation. Why didn’t this happen for DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline)? Or did it? Who are the DAPL stakeholders? Why did the law fail the Standing Rock Indian Reservation? What is it like living in the protest camp? Why should this matter to everyone in Illinois? Learn what you can do to protect your water supply. Water is Life! Join our panel for a look at the DAPL timeline, one Native American’s view, and the personal experiences of a local Water Warrior at Standing Rock.

Panel:
Dawn Wrobel, MVCC Adjunct Faculty, Geography, former Public Participation Coordinator for the Illinois EPA
Joseph Standing Bear Schranz (Ojibwe), President of Midwest SOARRING Foundation and former MVCC student
Jann Mahaffey, nurse, district resident and Water Warrior who has participated in the protests at Standing Rock

#TryPod: The Podcasts We Love

Our Librarians love podcasts, and we are joining the #TryPod effort to promote podcasts during the month of March 2017.

 

Don’t miss the Library’s two podcasts:

  1. The MVCC Library Podcast: Audio from library events and discussions with faculty.
  2. The Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel: Student-created podcasts on a range of topics.

Here are some recommended podcasts from our Librarians

Sharon Byerly

  1. Filmspotting: Reviews of films and interviews with actors and others.
  2. Chewing: Discussions of food and health.
  3. Sound Opinions: Great music reviews and interviews.

Tony Dunbar

  1. CodeSwitch: Discussions about race, ethnicity, and culture and how they play out in the real world.
  2. Counter Stories: Discussions of culture, race, identity.

Terra Jacobson

  1. Women of the Hour: Lena Dunham talks about a range of topics aimed at women but definitely open for everyone.
  2. Radio Lab: Award winning show about curiosity and ideas.
  3. Dear Sugar: Honest advice on love, relationships, and all kinds of other stuff.

Tish Hayes

  1. CodeSwitch: Discussions about race, ethnicity, and culture and how they play out in the real world.
  2. Myths and Legends: Ever wonder where popular fairy tales come from? This podcast explores the bizarre and crazy origins of these stories.
  3. Invisibilia: About the invisible forces that control human behavior.

Barb Keleher

  1. Serious Eats/Special Sauce: Interviews with chefs and others about food.
  2. Stuff You Missed in History: Fills in the historic gaps.
  3. Maltin on Movies: Discussion of great films (many you haven’t heard of).
  4. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: This ain’t no joke! Serious history.
  5. You Must Remember This: History about the forgotten history of Hollywood.

Marie Martino

  1. Nerdette: Interviews with artists, authors, and others about nerdy stuff.
  2. Serial: Listen to a story unfold as the investigators follow the info.
  3. Bad at Sports: Interviews, discussions, and other stuff. Sorta art. Sorta journalism.

Troy Swanson

  1. FiveThirtyEight Podcasts: 538 focuses on using data to understand our world. They analyze politics, sports, and other stuff with numbers.
  2. Nerdist Podcast: Chris Hardwick interviews actors, writers, directors, musicians and tons of other people.
  3. iFanboy: The leading comic book podcast. These guys are funny.
  4. History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps: A full history of Western philosophy starting with the ancient Greeks and moving forward.
  5. I was There Too: Each week Matt Gourley interviews someone who was in the background of a famous movie.

Rebecca Tull

  1. New York Times Book Review: The most well-known book review source.
  2. Guardian Books Podcast: Books with an international flair.
  3. Slate’s Podcasts: Smart and timely topics from Culture Gabfest, DoubleX Gabfest, etc.
  4. The Axe Files: David Axelrod out of U of Chicago’s Institute of Politics talks with political leaders and thinkers.

If you are interested in listening to podcasts but are not sure how, check out this article from Digital Trends.

50th Anniversary Video-Holly Katavich, Manager of Compensation and HRIS, Human Resources

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Each week this semester we will highlight one of the videos.

Holly Katavich started at MVCC as a student worker and has been here ever since. In those 17 years, she was encouraged to pursue her education and establish her career. She credits the caring faculty and staff at MVCC for her success. She remembers a fountain on the first floor of the library that she liked to study by and a very different T building with an open floor plan. She also describes the atmosphere on campus on 9/11.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Holly Katavich, Manager of Compensation and HRIS, Human Resources

Rise Up! #WomensMarch Start a Movement #IWD2017

We were happy to host this discussion today in honor of #IWD2017 & #InternationalWomensDay.

Moraine Valley faculty and staff who attended the Women’s March in Chicago discuss their experiences and reasons for marching. Learn about the history of women marching for their rights from Merri Fefles, associate professor of History and Political Science; gain an understanding of how the Women’s March became a platform for many issues from Sustainability manager Stephenie Presseller; and see the march through the photo lens of Maura Vizza, communications specialist in Marketing and Communications. This event is part of the Women’s History Month programming.

Rise Up! Women’s Marches Start a Movement (video)

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Women’s March, Dakota Pipeline, Syrian-American Issues, American Revolution

The Library’s March 2017 public event line up is great! We have topics for everyone. Check them out!
All are free and open to the public.

Rise Up! Women’s Marches Start a Movement
Wednesday, March 8, 11 a.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Moraine Valley faculty and staff who attended the Women’s March in Chicago will discuss their experiences and reasons for marching. Learn about the history of women marching for their rights from Merri Fefles, associate professor of History and Political Science; gain an understanding of how the Women’s March became a platform for many issues from Sustainability manager Stephenie Presseller; and see the march through the photo lens of Maura Vizza, communications specialist in Marketing and Communications.

A Dakota Access Pipeline Primer: Pipeline Law, Water Warriors and the Standing Rock Movement
Tuesday, March 21st, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Activities that impact the environment usually require environmental impact statements. They also, typically, require public participation. Why didn’t this happen for DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline)? Or did it? Who are the DAPL stakeholders? Why did the law fail the Standing Rock Indian Reservation? What is it like living in the protest camp? Why should this matter to everyone in Illinois? Learn what you can do to protect your water supply. Water is Life! Join our panel for a look at the DAPL timeline, one Native American’s view, and the personal experiences of a local Water Warrior at Standing Rock.

Special Guest: Suzanne Akhras Sahloul founder of the Syrian Community Network
Wednesday, March 22nd, 12 p.m.- 2:30 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Suzanne Akhras Sahloul is the founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network, a refugee support network, which promotes the spirit of community, family and Syrian culture. Suzanne is also the founder of the Syrian American Medical Society’s Midwest Foundation serving as its President from 2004-2006 and as SAMS National Foundation President from 2005-2007. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. Suzanne is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management. This event is organized by the Arab Student Union.

Forgotten History: Myths & Oddities of the American Revolution
Tuesday, March 28th, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Library Lounge, Building L
As a part of the college’s year-long engagement with Hamilton, Moraine Valley History Professor Jim Mc Intyre will de-bunk some of the myths and share some of the lesser-known facts about the American Revolution, the War of Independence, and the Founding Fathers.

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley
Wednesday, March 29th, 11am -noon, Library Lounge, Building L
As part of its 50th Anniversary, Moraine Valley has collected oral histories from the people who have helped make it into the quality institution it is today. Meet some of the women behind those recordings and hear them tell the college’s story through their own experiences.

Rock Solid for 50 Years

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Each week this semester we will highlight one of the videos.

Brian Andersen and Matt Walsh, charter members of the Moraine Valley Foundation, tell us of involvement of the Oak Lawn Rotary in the establishment of the college. The campus was located on a former turf farm which did not make for sturdy building foundations. All the buildings therefore have beams down to solid rock–a rock solid foundation.

The efforts of the Foundation have played a large part in the success of the college. They created many events and fundraising efforts that led to greater awareness of the college and increased enrollment. Children’s fairs, a golf driving range, referendum passage, scholarships, and the construction of the Fine and Performing Arts Center are just a few of the things that the Foundation made possible.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Brian Andersen and Matt Walsh, Charter Members of the Foundation—Andersen, Executive Vice President; Walsh, Foundation’s First President

Transgender & Gender Identity

Explore our library’s collection of materials on transgender people, gender, and identity. You can browse the call number HQ77.95.U6 for materials on transgender people in the United States and HQ1075 for works on sex role and gender identity, located on the first floor of the library. Also, here is a list of five documentaries and motion pictures recently added to our collection to open the dialogue on transgender experiences, one of the current topics making headlines:

  • American Transgender originally aired on the National Geographic Channel in May 2012. This documentary follows the different lifestyles of three transgender individuals, addressing topics like identity and relationships.
  • Boy Meets Girl is a 2014 film regarding the changing relationship between Robby and his best friend, Ricky, a transgender girl.
  • The 2015 film by Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl, is based on the true life story of a transgender Danish painter, Lili Elbe.
  • I Am the Queen is a documentary examining the Vida/Sida Cacica Pageant in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, where transgender participants compete in a pageant with support from the larger Puerto Rican community.
  • Sex, Lies & Gender is another National Geographic Channel documentary, originally broadcast in September 2009. The program explores how doctors and parents face gender decisions and the options in traditional and controversial therapies for transgender individuals.

 

 

Fact, Fiction, or Something Else: What Does the Artist Owe to History?

The musical Hamilton draws directly from the historical record, but it clearly is not a documentary, which many historians have noted. Writers and artists such as Shakespeare, Dan Brown, and Anne Rice dramatize historic settings, characters, and famous events in their works. Sometimes they bring history to life and sometime they perpetuate historical myths. What does it mean to be “true” to the historical record? How do artists get it right? How can they get it wrong? What do they owe to the record? A panel of history and literature faculty will come together to explore these questions.

Fact, Fiction, or Something Else: What Does the Artist Owe to History?

The audio of this discussion is available below: