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Self Care during Social Isolation (video)

Librarians host a discussion with MVCC Counselors about staying mentally healthy during this time of social isolation. The Counselors offer tips and insight for keeping focus, managing time, and dealing with the lack of social contact.

Tools for a Better Binge: Just Watch and Bingeclock

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As you are at home binge watching Tiger King and Westworld, here are some tools to make your binge even better.

Just Watch: A streaming guide that tells which services carries which movies, shows, and other stuff. Instead of searching each service (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.) individually, you can search for a movie or show and see which services provides it. Here are key features:

  • Includes Hoopla and Kanopy (provided to students, faculty, and staff by our library!)
  • Has easy-to-use app for iOS and Android.
  • Personalize searches based on your streaming services. You can limit to over 50 streaming options .
  • Save shows and movies in your own list so you can keep track where they are currently available.

Bingeclock: A master database of TV shows and movies. If you are preparing to watch The Good Place or Avatar: The Last Airbender and you are wondering how long it will take, Bingclock will tell you. You can search by show, and it will give you the total hours.

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: 3 seasons totalling 1 day, 6 hours, 30 minutes.
  • The Good Place: 4 seasons, totalling 24 hours.
  • Guiding Light: 591 days, 1 hour (longest show).
  • Mash: 5 days, 9 hours.
  • Friends: 5 days, 1 hour.
  • Game of Thrones: 2 days, 22 hours, 1 minute.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: 4 days, 21 hours.

Outbreak Support: Student & Faculty Services Pages

As classes have moved from face-to-face to online, our librarians have been working to put together resources for students and faculty. Please visit this pages:

Library online services remain open! 

  • Librarians are answering questions via chat, email and text during hours of operation
  • Librarians are ready to work with students in online courses! 
  • The online library is open 24/7 with 1000s of ebooks, articles, and online video. 
  • The Library’s social media accounts will be sharing resources. Follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube

Library Extended Break Hours

As Moraine Valley Community College is adjusting hours and preparing to move classes online, the MVCC Library will continue to be available to students and faculty in-person, by phone (708-974-5234) and online at our Ask a Librarian page to help support you in your coursework.  The MVCC Library’s updated hours can be found on our hours page. Events updates can be located on our events page For more information on Moraine Valley’s break schedule and resumption of classes visit the college homepage.?

Super Tuesday: 2020 Nomination Election Panel (video)

Political Science Professor’s Deron Schreck, Merri Fefles, and Kevin Navratil will examine the 2020 Nomination Elections, key races, the Illinois Primary and any other questions you may have about the 2020 Nomination Election. This is event is open to all and is sponsored by the by the Democracy Commitment.

The Fear of Automation and Technology: A Historical Perspective (video)

The fear of technology has been constant across history. Some of this fear has been well-founded while some has not. A panel of historians will discuss examples of technophobia and as well as the transformations that technology has enabled.

In Relationships with our Phones: Our Emotional Attachment to Gadgets & Devices (video)

Who’s the most important person in your life? Is it not a person at all? In honor of Valentine’s Day, a panel of faculty members will discuss our relationships with technology. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on Isaac Asimov’s, I, Robot.

2020 Impeachment Discussion: Context and Background on the Impeachment of President Donald Trump (video)

Political Science faculty members will be discussing the impeachment process in general and, specifically, the impact of President Trump’s impeachment.

Uncover: The Watts Riot of 1965 (video)

Moraine Valley students and staff will hear the story about the largest urban rebellion of the Civil rights era. This session will focus on the cause, timeline of events and historical significance of this known riot.

Early Designs: Early Automatons (video)

Dr. Amani Wazwaz discusses early forms of robots and automatons designed by such great thinkers and designers as Archytas, Al Jazzari, Leonardo da Vinci, John Joseph Merlin, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, and others. This talk is inspired by Moraine Valley’s 2019 One Book, One College on Isaac Asimov’s I Robot and MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.

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