Serious and Fun Career Information

capture-cjAre you sure or not-so-sure about your future career? The Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook site has data and facts about occupations in the United States. If you want to be an accountant, you can find out about the future need for accountants and possible salary. Or, if you are thinking about being a nurse or a retail manager, you can find information about those careers.

If yocapture-hcu’re not sure about a career, you can do some browsing.

The BLS site has “You’re a What?” and “Interview with a …” features that highlight real people in real jobs. Here are some examples of jobs that may be new to you–

or may be very interesting to you–

capture-ccCloser to home, the MVCC library has books on general career information and books on specific career topics such as criminal justice, health care, and culinary arts.

Did you know we have awesome catalogers?

Check out this article about the history of cataloging information,
Click here for more information: The Evolving Catalog Cataloging tech from scrolls to computers

You may not know it but our library has a great team of catalogers! Items in our collection come and these folks describe them in our catalog so that they can be searched. If our library buys a dvd, book, or online source and our students can’t find it, then we’ve wasted our resources. Our catalogers make sure you can find it!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Gobble! Gobble!

Our library will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen at 7:30am on Monday, November 30.

We hope that our students, faculty, staff, and administrators have a great break. Those of us in the library are thankful for the successful semester!!

Drop a Fine, Help a Family: Food for Fines

Starting Monday Nov 16 – Nov. 24 the library will be collecting food in exchange for student library fines for Elsie’s Food Pantry.

One food item= one fine.

In an effort to help out the food pantry at a particularly difficult time, we also encourage campus staff and faculty to contribute non-perishable food items or make a monetary donation to help in the effort. All food and monetary donations are accepted at the library circulation desk. We’d like to raise at least $300.00 this year for the pantry along with the food donations, even $1 will help them in their effort to supply food for hungry families.

We look forward to seeing all of you in the library and hope that you will help us help families in need.

Diversity & Inclusion @ Moraine Valley

I am a newly hired adjunct Public Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. In another role outside of MVCC, I am a consultant and thought leader in the area of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). As an outside observer and now as a current employee, I have been- and continue to be impressed and inspired by the range of diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural appreciation present within the MVCC community.

In this blog post I want to achieve two goals; 1) present information from the vantage point of both librarian as well as diversity and inclusion professional, and; 2) support Moraine Valley’s upcoming sixth annual community dialogue on promoting diversity and leadership on Friday, October 9th. This year’s topic is “Managing Opportunities for All: My Role, Your Role, Our Role.”


To achieve the first goal I offer a reading list of materials available in the MVCC library connected to D&I.

Using the keyword search diversity and inclusion as a single term I located the following:

Bridging the diversity divide: globalization and reciprocal empowerment in higher educationby Edna Chun and Alvin Evans (2009).

Diversity and motivation: culturally responsive teaching in college – by Margery B. Ginsberg and Raymond J. Wlodkowski (2009).

Inclusion and diversity: meeting the needs of all students – by Sue Grace and Phil Gravestock (2009).

Multicultural education: issues and perspectives – edited by James A. Banks, Cherry A. McGee Banks (2010).

Ouch! That stereotype hurts: communicating respectfully in a diverse world – by Leslie C. Aguilar (2006).


Using the keyword search cultural identity as a single term I located the following:

Arab cinema: history and cultural identity – by Viola Shafik (2007).

Framing Muslims: stereotyping and representation after 9/11 – by Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin (2011).

Intercultural communication: an introduction – by Fred E. Jandt (2001).

Jewishness: expression, identity, and representation – edited by Simon J. Bronner

Who we be: the colorization of America – by Jeff Chang (2014)

Other keyword terms to locate a broader range of MVCC library materials that may be intriguing on the subject: same sex, gender identity, religious diversity, cultural inclusion, generational, stereotypes, biasas well as power and privilege to name a limited handful.


Diversity Best Practices is a membership and information resource organization. In 2013, Diversity Best Practices (DBP) posted 5 books every diversity professional should read. According to DBP, “these books will challenge your conventional way of thinking and help you grow in your diversity and inclusion work.” I suggest these books also align in the area of thought leadership connected to diversity and inclusion, which can generate and/or promote creative inclusion possibilities along with cross cultural connectedness. Thus, embarking on this reading list will contribute to the personal growth of any one of us currently living in an increasingly more diverse planet. Now the connection to the MVCC library. You can find three of the five DBP must reads within the MVCC collection.

Thinking, fast and slowby Daniel Kahneman (2011)

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talkingby Susan Cain (2012)

Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everythingby Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2006 –book & cd)

The final addition to this reading list is the Moraine Valley Community College, “One Book One College” monograph, Illegal: reflections of an undocumented immigrant – by José Ángel N (2014)

Before concluding let me again mention  Moraine Valley’s annual Diversity Dialogue event on Friday October 9th from 7:30 and – noon being held in Building M. Attend and share best practices, learn from your colleagues, develop a shared strategy, commit to furthering MVCC efforts, and continue the diversity and inclusion dialogue.

For more information: MVCC DIVERSITY DIALOGUE


Spring Is Coming, So Are Our Newest Streaming Videos

MV Library has a new series of streaming videos this March:

Engineering an Empire


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Engineering an Empire is a documentary program on History Channel that explores the accomplishments of engineering and architecture in the history of the world. This program includes the following episodes:
Rome; Egypt; Greece; The Aztecs; Carthage; The Maya: Death Empire; Russia; Britain: Blood and steel; The Persians; Da Vinci’s World

The Men Who Made Us Fat


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Around the world, obesity levels are rising. This three- episode documentary series entitled The Men Who Made Us Fat explores the political, economic and social events that led to our increasingly overweight world.
The Men Who Made Us Fat: Part 1
The Men Who Made Us Fat: Part 2
The Men Who Made Us Fat: Part 3

Children in No Man’s Land


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Children in No Man’s Land is an award-winning documentary that uncovers the current plight of the 100,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States every year. Click here to view.

New books, DVDs, music CDs, e-resources, activities, programs and SO MUCH MORE in MV Library!



New Video Databases @ MVCC Library

Need to access a quick video clip, newsreel or a documentary for your class? Check out the new video/music databases @ MVCC library.

American History in Video
Historic news reals and video footage. This release includes 6,714 videos equaling 1659 hours.
Art and Architecture in Video
Welcome to Art and Architecture in Video, a collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture. This release includes 427 videos, equaling 261 hours.
Counseling and Therapy in Video
Provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of counseling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. This current release includes 460 videos equaling 446 hours.
Criminal Justice & Public Safety Video Collection
Collection of documentaries, training videos, and interviews illustrating the strategies, techniques, and experiences of professionals serving on the front lines of justice and public safety. This release provides 559 titles, equaling approximately 379 hours.
Education in Video
Education in Video is the first online collection of streaming video developed specifically for training and developing teachers. This release now provides 4,306 titles, equaling approximately 1301 hours.
Ethnography in Video
Brings together a wide range of streaming video, written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. This release includes 1,111 videos equaling roughly 759 hours.
Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 101,300 CDs with more than 1,469,500 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.
Nursing Education in Video
Collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. This release includes 379 videos equaling 122 hours.
World History in Video
Collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. This release includes 1239 videos equaling 828 hours.

“Blowing Off Class? We Know” (From NY Times)

Hey students, ever wonder what we know about you? Well, in some ways, we do not know as much as you might think but in other ways we are interacting online more than ever. This article from the New York Times, Blowing Off Class? We Know by Goldie Blumenstyk, highlights some of the issues around college data collection. It is good food for thought for college students.

You probably know that librarians have been at the forefront of privacy protections for decades. Our library does not hold data on student checkouts, use of our research tools, or use of our facility. We support the library community’s principle that researchers and readers should be able to explore topics freely without scrutiny or judgment of others.

Here is a quote from the American Library Association’s statement on privacy:

Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. The courts have established a First Amendment right to receive information in a publicly funded library.1 Further, the courts have upheld the right to privacy based on the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.2 Many states provide guarantees of privacy in their constitutions and statute Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. The courts have established a First Amendment right to receive information in a publicly funded library.1 Further, the courts have upheld the right to privacy based on the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.2 Many states provide guarantees of privacy in their constitutions and statute law.3 Numerous decisions in case law have defined and extended rights to privacy.4

In a library (physical or virtual), the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others. Confidentiality exists when a library is in possession of personally identifiable information about users and keeps that information private on their behalf.5

Protecting user privacy and confidentiality has long been an integral part of the mission of libraries. The ALA has affirmed a right to privacy since 1939.6 Existing ALA policies affirm that confidentiality is crucial to freedom of inquiry.7 Rights to privacy and confidentiality also are implicit in the Library Bill of Rights’8 guarantee of free access to library resources for all Numerous decisions in case law have defined and extended rights to privacy.4

Pumpkin, more than just for pies…

Thanksgiving is never complete without that pumpkin pie baked with care by a relative anticipating all their loved ones eating it with joy. Or for some of us,  that pumpkin pie picked up at Jewel-Osco on the way to grandma’s house because your cousin forgot they had volunteered to bake that year.  Either way that pie somehow makes it to the table. Thanksgiving though is still a week away, and pumpkins can be used for more than just pies and lattes!

Here at Moraine Valley we have an extensive collection of cook books, baking guides, magazines and even a documentary about sandwiches.  These resources were chosen to support the study of our students in the Restaurant/Hotel Management and Culinary Arts program but are also here for YOU the avid baker! YOU the creative cook! or even YOU the novice baker wanting to learn to bake to impress your friends at that housewarming party later this month! So be sure to drop by the TX section of the stacks to browse to your culinary heart’s delight.

Here are some delightful pumpkin recipes linked to the cookbook in our collection they came from.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes, Pumpkin Empanadas, Pumpkin Pecan Loaf, Pumpkin Seed Nib Brittle, Brandied Pumpkin Gingerbread, Pumpkin Raisin Muffins and Pumpkin, Leek, Walnut, Cheese Tart.