Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues

We are excited to host a series of student presentations on a range of social issues. These discussions are available on the library’s YouTube channel (links below).

These students are in Mike McGuire’s composition classes. They are presenting their research and experiences on their service learning projects.


Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 1 Session 1)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 1 Session 2)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 2 Session 1)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 2 Session 2)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 2, session 3)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 3, session 1)

Dave Termunde, User Support Services Coordinator, Information Technology

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.

Moraine Valley helped Dave Termunde develop a love for computers and technology at a very young age. He began taking computer classes at MVCC at the age of 8 and by the age of 13 enrolled in credit classes here. He went on to hold various technology positions and became an instructor at the college. He’s always felt that Moraine Valley is a special place for helping students find what they enjoy.

“That’s one thing Moraine Valley exposed me to–is what I personally really enjoy waking up and doing everyday.”

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

Dave Termunde, User Support Services Coordinator, Information Technology

Hamilton: The Revolution Co-Author Jeremy McCarter at Moraine Valley

Moraine Valley Community College hosted Jeremy McCarter, co-author of “Hamilton: The Revolution,” Thursday, April 20, 2017 in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine Arts and Performing Center. McCarter’s presentation was part of Moraine Valley’s One Book, One College, a collaborative effort between the college’s Library and Bookstore. The event is made possible by Moraine Valley’s Liberal Arts and Student Engagement subdivisions, and the Library.

Hamilton: The Revolution Co-Author Jeremy McCarter at Moraine Valley

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Don’t Fall for Fake News!

This term our library hosted three events focusing on understanding fake news. You can watch them on YouTube and download them as podcasts.


The Big Fake Out: Why Do we Fall for Fake News?

Our world of seamless information sharing and low-attention spans make it easy to spread news stories that are entirely fabricated. An entire industry of fake news sites has emerged generating advertising revenue for their owners. How do preexisting beliefs make us fall victim to outrageous stories? Why can’t we make rational decisions when it comes to evaluating information? How do our Why can’t we resist sharing articles that confirm our views? A panel of faculty members from philosophy, sociology, and psychology discuss these questions. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/the-big-fake-out-why-do-we-fall-for-fake-news/

Playing the Fake News Game: An Interactive Event & Discussion
Join us in playing our own news game that is in the tradition of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Can you separate fake news from actual news stories? Fabricated news stories spread across the internet like wildfire impacting how we understand our world and how we make decisions as citizens. This event will discuss ways we can prevent ourselves from falling victim to online falsehoods. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/playing-the-fake-news-game-an-interactive-event-discussion/

Fake News, Journalism, and Media with the Chicago Tribune’s Margaret Holt
Margaret Holt, Standards Editor with the Chicago Tribune, discusses her career as a journalist and editor. She also discusses the impact of fake news and the state of journalism. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/fake-news-journalism-and-media-with-the-chicago-tribunes-margaret-holt/

Travel Suggestions for a Long Weekend

Memorial Day is just a few weeks away. If you don’t have plans but want to go somewhere new, here are some sites with details about nearby destinations.

13 best day trips

Weekend getaways near Chicago

Best day trips for under $100

Best train trips from Chicago

Also, the library has this book and ebook on the subject:

Last-Minute Travel Secrets: 121 Ingenious Tips to Endure Cramped Planes, Car Trouble, Awful Hotels, and Other Trips from Hell by Joey Green

Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective: Insider Tips on Getting the Best Value, Service, and Security in Accommodations from Bed and Breakfasts to Five-Star Resorts by Peter Greenberg (ebook)

UPDATE: Fixed! Kindle Users Experiencing Issues with eRead IL App

We are happy to report that Baker & Taylor announced that the updated version of the Axis 360 (used for eRead IL) mobile app is now available for Kindle Fires in the Amazon App store. Please update to the latest version as soon as possible, as this version of the app resolves the issues with being able to checkout, return, and renew titles. To check if the app has automatically updated, you can open your app store, tap on the menu button (the icon with three lines in the top left corner), and then tap App Updates. You should see the Axis 360 app icon with an Open button next to it. If the app did not automatically update, you can manually update it.

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Hi Everyone,

We heard from eRead IL, one of our ebook services, that folks using the Axis 360 App (a Baker and Taylor product) on their Kindles are experiencing some problems:

“An app update released last week contained a bug that has been causing connectivity issues for patrons. Baker & Taylor has released a corrected version of the app to Apple, Google, and Amazon. The corrected version has been released by Apple and Google into the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store but Amazon has not yet rolled it out to the Amazon App Store. Kindle Fire users looking for the Axis 360 app in the Amazon App Store may receive a message that the Kindle Fires are no longer compatible with Axis 360. This is not correct. We do not currently have any indication from Amazon about when they will release the corrected app.”  –statement issued from eRead IL, 4/18/17

It is suspected the issue will be resolved soon.

Thanks!

New EBSCO eBooks

We have added dozens of new eBooks and eAudiobooks to our collection this past month. The electronic books can be easily accessed via Web browser. You will be asked to enter your MVCC login information for off-campus access, and access is limited to one user per book, multiple users can’t access the same book at the same time. The eAudiobooks will need to be checked out through the EBSCO Audiobook app.

Browse the whole collection of EBSCO eBooks or sample one of my favorites below:

Norma Vazquez-Zwick, Enrollment Services Secretary

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.

Norma Vazquez-Zwick has worked a in few different areas in her almost 13 years at Moraine. One of the most rewarding was working with GED and ESL students. She got to meet people from so many different countries and coming from so many different stages in life who were all doing the same brave thing of trying to make a new life for themselves. 

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

Norma Vazquez-Zwick, Enrollment Services Secretary

Have You Celebrated Poetry Month Yet?

April is Poetry Month!  We have some great titles in the first floor lounge that showcase the different ways poetry can speak to your heart.

Derek Walcott, Winner of the Nobel Prize and Saint Lucia’s favorite son, died last month.  We have a wonderful introduction to his decades of work Selected Poems Derek Walcott, Edited by Edward Baugh

The Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi is beloved by lovers of poetry all over the world.   If you know his poetry, you may want to check out a book about his life: Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love by Brad Gooch

Somos Como Las Nubes/We Are Like the Clouds is a moving and beautifully illustrated account of the tragic migrations of thousands of children in Central America to seek refuge in the US.  The poet, Jorge Argueta, was himself a refugee from El Salvador in the 1980s.