Librarians and journalists share many values. Namely, the belief that free and open information is vital to democracy and an open society. This week a few, year-end announcements from our colleagues in the world of journalism were made that should be highlighted.
As of January 2nd, 2019, the eRead E-book and E-Audio collection will change its loan period from 21 days to 14 days and holds will change from 3 days to 2 days. The goal of these changes is to maximize the availability of popular materials in the collection.
Any materials checked out prior to January 2nd, 2019 will still have the remainder of the 21 day checkout period. For any questions, please ask a librarian.
You can learn more about the background to this story on the podcast “The Daily” here:
The Business of Selling Your Location Smartphone apps track a staggering amount of data about our whereabouts every day. That data has become a hot commodity.
“A New York Times investigation has found that the information being collected about us through apps on our smartphones is far more extensive than most of us imagine — or are aware we have consented to.”
The preamble of the Illinois state constitution talks about the maintenance of the health, safety and welfare of its citizens through a representative and orderly government. It aims to eliminate poverty and inequality, provide social and economic justice, and the fullest development of the individual. What grade does the state of Illinois deserve for their performance in this 200th year, particularly with regard to its “orderly” government? Professor of History, Political Science and Sociology Merri Fefles and Political Science Professor Kevin Navratil will lead a discussion examining these and other topics. The event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.
Many MVCC students and staff enjoy reading graphic novels. Take that reading experience one step further and make it a visual experience. View a different type of movie genre this winter vacation – a classic movie serial.
According to Wikipedia, serials, more specifically known as movie serials, film serials or chapter plays, are short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film. They were related to pulp magazine serialized fiction.
Also known as chapter plays, they were extended motion pictures broken into a number of segments called “chapters” or “episodes”. Each chapter was screened at the same theater for one week and ended with a cliffhanger in which the hero and heroine found themselves in a perilous situation with little chance of escape. Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story.
Pulp Cereal is the website that will give you a glimpse into the first 50 years of this forgotten movie genre. Watch the Flash Gordon serial, Radar Men from the Moon and many other serials that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Will earth be saved from outer space invaders? Will The SOS Coastguard save the sinking ship? Binge viewing is encouraged.
You may also want to check out Links and read some interesting pulp fiction from 1896-1946.
On December 3rd 1818, Illinois achieved full statehood and became the 21st state. To celebrate its birthday, the Moraine Valley Library created a display at the front entrance, and is serving cake at noon. Also, on the State of Illinois website, Illinoisans voted on what are some of its greatest people, places, and moments in a variety of categories: Movies, Businesses, Inventions and Innovations, Buildings, Historic Sites, Scenic spots, Museums, Books, Writers, Heartbreaking Moments, Musicians, Artists and architects, Actors, Entertainers, Scientists, Athletes, Groundbreaking women, Minority trailblazers, Leaders, and Unforgettable moments.
The holidays can be a tempting time to eat with cookie exchanges and decadent family dinners. Don’t lose sight of your health with the help of books on diet and dietary cookbooks for managing diabetes. Some of the titles in our collection include:
Voices from the Valley got a chance to interview not only the resident artists but the Director of Moraine’s Fine Arts and Performance Center, Tommy Hensel as well. Listen to all four episodes in Chapter Three.
NASA’s InSight Mars lander touched down on Mars on November 26, 2018. The Elysium Planitia, located on the western side of Mars, was the landing site. NASA scientists chose this site because of its flat surface.
The InSight will monitor numerous aspects of the red planet and send daily reports back to planet Earth. The Mars lander is similar to “an unmanned research station” that will help scientists analyze how earth and other rocky planets formed.