RESOLVED — EBSCO Database Access Issues

The issue has been resolved. Access has been restored to EBSCO databases. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

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The library has received reports that students are unable to access EBSCO databases off-campus. The library is aware of this issue and actively investigating. In the interim, these databases can be accessed on-campus. When there is an update or resolution to this issue, this post will be updated. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

Looking 13 Billion Years into the Past is Just the Beginning

On July 12th 2022, NASA released the first five images taken by the powerful James Webb Space Telescope.

A photo of the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA. A frontal view of the large, gold, hexagonal mirrors held aloft in a large room. Underneath the mirrors stand a crew of NASA workers in white protective suits. Some workers are viewing the telescope, others are holding cables and instruments.
The James Webb Space Telescope in 2017. Image credit: NASA/Desiree Stover (https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2017/james-webb-space-telescope-mirror-seen-in-full-bloom)

After 17 years of construction and testing, Webb was launched into orbit in 2021 as a successor to the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. Built to create high-resolution images by detecting infrared light, scientists expect that Webb will be able to look farther and deeper into space than we’ve ever seen before.

Looking Into the Deep Past

Telescopes allow us to look into the past, rather than see objects as they are now. The further an object is from the telescope, the longer it takes light emitted from the object to reach us. It takes about 8 minutes for light to travel to Earth from the Sun, so on sunny days, you’re seeing the sun 8 minutes in the past.

Now imagine you’re looking at an object one billion light years away. Light from that object has been traveling towards us for one billion years! So when we look at that object in the telescope we’re seeing what it looked like when that light first left the object a billion years ago.

One of first images Webb has taken is a deep field image. This image looks towards a very small, distant part of the cosmos and took 12.5 hours for the telescope to capture. Webb is able to look so far, we can view some of these galaxies as they were about a billion years after the big bang! The farthest galaxy appears to be 13.1 billion years old. Some of the galaxies in the image appear stretched or distorted. Those galaxies are much further away from us and the light they emit is distorted by the immense gravitational pull of galaxies in the foreground.

Thousands of small galaxies appear across this view. Their colors vary. Some are shades of orange, while others are white. Most appear as fuzzy ovals, but a few have distinct spiral arms. In front of the galaxies are several foreground stars. Most appear blue, and the bright stars have diffraction spikes, forming an eight-pointed star shape. There are also many thin, long, orange arcs that curve around the center of the image. For more details, download the Text Description.
Webb’s First Deep Field. Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI. (https://webbtelescope.org/contents/media/images/2022/035/01G7DCWB7137MYJ05CSH1Q5Z1Z)

What’s Next for Webb?

Webb will continue to look deep into the history of our universe, looking for some of the earliest star formation, but will also look at places closer to home, like the outer planets and other structures in our solar system. We may even learn more about exoplanets, planets in other solar systems!

Learn About The Moraine Valley Observatory and Telescope

MVCC Observatory Homepage and Events

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Recommended Reading/Viewing from MVCC Library

Hiking & Local Nature

Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) is located near beautiful forest preserves. Throughout the year, students see the seasons change through the colors of local flora, the sounds of migrating birds, and the occasional encounters with local wildlife. It is magical.

The following resources vary from beginners to must-read books. They are intended to help students and visitors experience nature near the campus and throughout Illinois. Along with the nearby forest preserves, MVCC’s campus has a vibrant Nature Study Area and Observatory, a 40-acre reconstructed tall grass prairie which is home to coyotes, great blue herons, colorful mallards, schools of bass and bluegill, hundreds of plants, and grasses. Visit the Nature Study Area and all the Forest Preserves of Cook County around the campus and Illinois!

 Click on the image below to visit our virtual display! Want to learn more about nature in Illinois? Revisit our Explore Wild Illinois virtual display!

LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels

June is Pride Month and we celebrate it with the diverse stories found in the following beautifully illustrated graphic novels. From relationships to self discovery to overcoming life’s challenges, we hope you discover a story that connects with you! Click on the image to explore our LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels virtual display!

AAPI Heritage Month Isn’t Over!

May is AAPI Heritage Month, celebrating the cultural and historic contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US. This curated list highlights just a few of the thousands of books and ebooks available that are authored by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that can be found physically in the MVCC Library or digitally through one of our databases. Check out the list by clicking on the image below!

AAPI Heritage Month

Finals Week in the Library

Student asking librarian for help

With finals starting tomorrow, I wanted to wish you all good luck and remind you that the library is here to help.

Do you need a quiet place to study? The library is the perfect place for that. We have many different spaces to study in including a small silent study area on the first floor of the library (which is pretty quiet to begin with). If you prefer to study with a group, you can book one of our study rooms for up to 4 people. You can also book a virtual study room.

Do you need to review your textbook? We have many of the books used on campus; search the library textbook collection to see if we have what you need. Most check out for 3 hours.

Do you need help researching for your final paper? You can ask for help at the library information desk, or you can call, email, text, or chat with us on the Ask a Librarian page. Do you need help citing sources? The librarians can help you with that too, or you can use our citing sources guide.

Do you need to print a paper? The library has black and white printers (10-15 cents a page) and a color printer (50 cents a page). We also have a scanner if you need it.

Do you need to know when your finals are? You can check the final exam schedule.

When in doubt, Ask a Librarian!

Washington Post’s Capitol Coverage Wins Pulitzer

From the Guardian (Washington Post wins public service Pulitzer for Capitol attack coverage)
“The Washington Post has won the 2022 Pulitzer prize for public service journalism, for The Attack, its account of the deadly assault on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on 6 January 2021…”read more

This reporting involved 75 journalists including 25 reporters who were on the scene. You can watch some of the Post’s video coverage here:

Here is the reaction by the WP reporters when the Pulitzer’s were announced.

Thinking of Randy Conner

All of us in the library, we deeply saddened at the passing of Randy Conner, faculty member in Humanities. Randy was a dear friend and colleague who was always willing to be part of our library’s cultural programming.

Randy was an innovative teacher who developed several new courses, most notably HUM 155, LGBTQ Humanities. Additionally, he was an accomplished scholar publishing and editing many texts. His book series The Pagan Heart of the West challenged traditional views of Western spirituality.

Here are a few of Randy’s talk:

A review of Hermann Hesse’s Demian (including a great deal of Randy’s own life story)
Reflections on Fire: The Symbolic, Sacred & Destructive
The Hero’s Journey & the Power of Myth: A Faculty Panel Discussion

Our campus and our library will not be the same without him.

The Number 1 Way to Fight Climate Change

We’ve been talking about climate change a lot this year, as we highlight issues from this year’s One Book One College selection All We Can Save. It’s a book that addresses the seriousness of our situation, but it’s also a book of inspiration. There are many people, from all walks of life, doing great work toward tackling the problem.

For those of us that are encouraged to act, we’ve learned about various things that we can do. We can make green energy choices in our homes and modes of transportation. We can make climate friendly food choices. We can buy less stuff. We can plant trees, or tackle something like my latest project, which is building a butterfly garden in my backyard.

All of these things are vitally important. But in all honesty, they are not enough. The problem is so much bigger than what we as individuals can do. The problem of climate change is systemic and the real change that needs to happen is at the government and corporate level. This means that the number one thing that we can do to fight climate change is to apply pressure, and not let leaders look away from the problem. With our actions, our dollars, or our votes we can support the groups that are doing this kind of work, like the authors featured in All We Can Save.

“It is time to stop focusing on what government can do and start recognizing the critical role we all play in making government do its job.” Gina McCarthy, “Public Service for Public Health, All We Can Save

Here are a couple of great discussions about the need to keep talking about climate change to help bring about the systemic change that we need.

New York Times Podcast

Got Climate Doom? Here’s What You Can Do To Actually Make a Difference

TEDTalk

Here are a number of organizations that are doing this work.

Sunrise Movement 

350.org

Environmental Voter Project

Drawdown

Climate Power

Fridays for Future

Evergreen Action

Earthday.org

Sierra Club Beyond Coal

Greenpeace

And to leave you with a just a bit more inspiration from Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sean Paul and many, many more artists–Love Song to the Earth.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is important all year round. If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. Please visit the resources below to find community or campus counseling or other help.

Library Books and Resources

Mental Health Awareness
Visit this curated display of fiction and nonfiction books, ebooks, and eaudiobooks about mental health available through the MVCC Library.

Library databases for Psychology

Databases include Counseling and Therapy in Video and PsycArticle. Research mental health topics and find articles, videos, and other resources.

Campus Resources

Personal Counseling
Short-term counseling services are available, at no cost, to currently enrolled students

ULifeline
Your online resource for college mental health

Community Resources

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health South Suburban Location)
NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a not-for-profit membership organization created to improve the lives of individuals and families challenged by mental illness.

Illinois Department of Health Services Mental Health Resources
Emergency and non-emergency resources and contacts in the state of Illinois.

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