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Sustainability is Good Business

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

We wanted to share this video of an event organized by the Moraine Valley Business Club (and hosted on the Library YouTube Channel).

Sustainability is Good Business

On-Campus Access to Databases

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

On-campus access to the library’s databases has been restored. Click here to view a list of the library’s databases.  Students can access the databases on-campus only. We hope to restore access from off campus soon.

Our library staff has been working with our IT staff to restore all of our services.

Dec. 16 : Library System Outage

Monday, December 15th, 2014

outageThe Library system is currently experiencing an outage.

Access to many of the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and some of its subscription databases, is currently unavailable.  The databases that are available can be accessed only from on-campus right now.

We are working to restore the system as soon as possible and will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored.

Please visit the Ask a Librarian for Help page ( or call us at 708-974-5234 if you need assistance.

Need Help During Finals? Come to the Library!

Friday, December 12th, 2014

It’s the most joyous time of the year…FINALS!

As you are working on those final papers and tests don’t forget about these services:

  • group study rooms (reserve time at the Circulation Desk)
  • silent study space (on the first floor of the library)
  • laptops and ipads for checkout
  • textbooks for checkout
  • awesome librarians
  • coffee bar…COFFEE!!



Women and War in the Middle East

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Dr. Nadine Naber addresses various historical and political conditions that produce violence against women in the Arab world with a focus on Palestine. The lecture focuses on how sexism is a central aspect of various forms of state violence, including economic oppression and militarism and war. This event was organized as part of Arab-Heritage Month.

Women and War in the Middle East

The audio of this event is available below:

Special Lecture: Sustainability Is Good Business (in U Building)

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Here’s a special shout out to the Business, Finance, and Entrepreneur Club. They are hosting a special lecture in the U Building (U111). Even though this is not in the library, it looks cool, and we wanted to help spread the word. Here are the details:

Sustainability is Good Business
A special lecture by Stephenie Presseller, General Manager of the MVCC Center of Sustainability
December 3rd, from 3pm to 4pm.

How did the Great War Shape the 20th Century? A Faculty Panel Discussion (online video)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

We mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a discussion of the significance of this immense and horrific global conflict. Moraine Valley History faculty members will discuss the wide-reaching implications of the conflict in terms of life on the front, life on the home front, and the enduring wounds that continued long after the war.

How did the Great War Shape the 20th Century? A Faculty Panel Discussion

The audio of this event is available below:

Not Quite White: U.S. Census Race Classification and Arab-Americans (online video)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

How many Arab-Americans live in the United States? This question cannot be answered accurately because there is no federal survey that counts all Arab-Americans. According the U.S. Census, people of Arab descent are classified as “White”…yet many Arab-Americans would consider themselves “not quite White”. Nina Shoman-Dajani will discuss the diversity that exists within the Arab-American community while providing a bit of the history of Arab-Americans in the U.S.—including their early “fight to be white” in order to gain U.S. citizenship and the current struggle of Arab-Americans to be recognized with their own category on the U.S. Census. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

Not Quite White: U.S. Census Race Classification and Arab-Americans

The audio of this event is available below:

James Baldwin, French Food, Arab Spring, GASP!, and Domestic Violence

Monday, November 17th, 2014

We are excited to announce our Spring 2015 schedule of events. Please note that these events will NOT be held in the library due to our remodeling project. These events will be held in Building F or Building M.

The Arab Spring: Successes and Failures featuring University of Michigan’s Atef Said
Thursday, February 12th, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Oremus Theater, Building F
We welcome University of Michigan sociologist Atef Said for this special lecture. Atef Said has worked as a human rights attorney and has authored books on torture in Egypt. He is currently studying the Egyptian revolution of 2011. This event is organized by Moraine Valley’s Global and Diversity Education.

Writing for a Change: James Baldwin and the 1960s featuring speical guest John D’Emilio
February 17, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm, Oremus Theater, Building F
The 1960s are remembered as an era of popular activism, of people demonstrating and organizing for justice, equality, and peace. Writing was also a key way of making change, and James Baldwin, through his novels and his essays, was on the cutting edge in the 1960s, challenging injustice and inequality based on race and sexuality. This talk featuring the University of Illinois at Chicago scholar John D’Emilio will explore Baldwin’s life and work in this important era. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.

Moraine Valley Library Science Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1-4 p.m., Library
All the details for each of the entry tracks can be found on the new MVCC STEM site! Just click on the Library Science Fair tab.

En avant les calories! (“Bring on the calories!)
La gastronomie française: un patrimoine mondial, un goût du paradis.
(French fine cooking: a global heritage, a taste of paradise)
February 26th, 11 am to 12:15 pm, Moraine Room 3, Building M
Interested in French culinary and dining customs? Want to learn some useful vocabulary and phrases for ordering various dishes in French restaurants here and abroad? Would you like to sample some fine French food? Then you do not want to miss this culinary and cultural event featuring Michael O’Shea of MVCC’s Culinary Arts program and Kevin O’Connell from the Foreign Language Department. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.

GASP! A Discussion by Gender and Sexual Minority Students
Thursday, April 2nd, 12:30pm – 1:45pm, Oremus Theater, Building F
Members of Moraine Valley’s GASP (Gender and Sexual Progress club) discuss their experiences. They will discuss challenges faced in the world in general, in their lives before they arrived at MVCC, and as MVCC students. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.

Domestic Violence and LGBT Community featuring Jennifer Nye, Community Educator from Pillars
April 16th, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm, Location TBA
Domestic violence has no boundaries. Domestic violence effects women, men, children of all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status, education background, and sexual orientation. Members of the LGBT community face additional barriers in finding resources and support when confronting domestic violence within their relationships. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “ 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Jennifer Nye, Community Educator from Pillars, will explore these issues and help us raise awareness. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.

Numbers Push Food and Drink Choices (online video)

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Presenter Jeff Garza, principal at Garza Consulting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, specializes in sensometrics, connecting sensory perception, mathematics and statistical methods for both product development and quality control. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Nebraska, and a master’s degree in mathematical statistics from Texas Tech University. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.

Numbers Push Food and Drink Choice

The audio of this event is available below: