Tish Hayes

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating disorders impact 4% of the US population across gender, race, age, and class lines, and take a devastating toll on the mental and physical health of those who sufferer from these illnesses. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week seeks to dispel the myths surrounding eating disorders and help connect people to needed resources.

For more information, take a look at http://nedawareness.org/

Helping Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Hearing reports of the devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan over the past few days has been heart-wrenching and overwhelming. Wondering how you can help? The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has an excellent guide for how best to contribute to the relief efforts:

Instead of providing items, you can best help by providing financial donations to first-responder nonprofits.  Such donations allow first responders to purchase and deliver exactly what is needed quickly and cost-effectively, responding flexibly as needs on the ground change.

They provide a few select options for giving opportunities now, and also explain the need for long-term aid for recovery efforts.

GuideStar also provides an extensive list of charities providing typhoon relief in the region.

Student Guide to Social Media

This guide was created by UK librarians from the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and York. It’s a great tool for learning about different aspects of social media and how to use social media for academic purposes. You can click on the image below to get to the guide. Skip the intro if you like, and give it a try!


The Library’s Top 10

catalogPhotoHere in the library we are really excited about the start of the fall semester. We know there are a lot of new students on campus who may not know what the library has to offer, so we created a list of the top 10 things everyone should know about our library:

10. The library website is http://lib.morainevalley.edu.

9. You can check out a laptop, iPad, calculator, or anatomy models.

8. Many textbooks are available for a limited check-out period (2-4 hours/hourly).

7. Print for 10 cents or 15 cents double-sided, 50 cents for color.

6. Coffee, doughnuts, sandwiches, and other snacks are available at the coffee bar. Stay a while and read one of our many magazines or newspapers.

5. Work together in our collaborative spaces on the main floor or reserve a group study room. Make reservations at the Circulation Desk: (708) 974-5235

4. Silent study space, computers, and most of our books and DVDs are available on the lower level.

3. Access articles, ebooks, streaming video and more from home using your MVCC username and password.

2. Our research guides provide resources related to your classes. See our citing sources guide for APA and MLA help.

1. Ask a librarian for help! No question is too big or too small. After hours, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


The Invisible War

invisiblewarThe awareness of sexual assault in the military has been building for some time. But with the Senate hearing earlier this month and the very different bills recently presented to congress to deal with the issue, media attention seems to have reached an all-time high.

The library has a couple of resources related to sexual assault in the military, and I want to highlight the recent documentary The Invisible War. This film focuses on the stories of survivors and examines the difficult choices they are forced to make in the aftermath of their assault. An Academy Award nominee, this documentary has been credited with helping to bring this “invisible” issue to the forefront of our conversation about the military as an institution. More information about the film, a trailer, and additional resources are available at the PBS website.

Show Your Pride

June is LGBT Pride Month, and even though we’re almost halfway through the month, there are still plenty of ways you can show your pride.

For a lis2013 Prideting of events happening in and around Chicago, you can visit the official Chicago Pride Parade website. Under the events tab you will find something going on almost every night of the week leading up to the Parade on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

If going out on the town isn’t really your thing, you might want to read one or two of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award winners. You might not find these on the shelf here in the library, but you can always use interlibary loan to request a copy.

This is also a great time to take a look at organizations that are part of the LGBT community:

Windy City Times is a local media outlet providing national and local coverage of LGBT issues.

Center on Halsted is a community center whose mission is to advance community and secure the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland.

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and Manga Research Guide

sailortwainIf you’re in the habit of glancing at the new release shelves here in the library (which you should totally do–we have great stuff coming in), you might have noticed new graphic novels and manga, like Sailor Twain and Naruto, mixed in with the other titles.

As a supplement to this new material, we have a research guide focused on graphic novels, comic books, and manga. If you’ve never read a graphic novel, or only remember comic books from when you were a kid, this is a great way to get acquainted with this increasingly popular and sophisticated medium. If you’re already a fan, you can use this guide as a discovery point for news and reviews, or access to the library’s collection.

Let us know what comics you’re reading, what your favorite comic shop is, and where you keep up with new graphic novels coming out! Leave a comment below or suggest a title with our item request form.

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