Chicago Blackhawks Close In On The Stanley Cup

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ChicagoBlackhawksLogo.svgThe Chicago Blackhawks could make history tonight at Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Stanley Cup will be on stand-by tonight, at the United Center in Chicago, and with a 3-2 game lead in the series, the Hawks have the chance to win their third title in six years.  It would be the Blackhawks’ first time to win the cup at home in more than 75 years (since 1938).  The last Chicago team to win a title at home was the 1997 Bulls.

Feel like déjà vu?  The Hawks were in the same position in 2010 and 2013 and took home Lord Stanley both times.  If you’re interested to learn more about Chicago’s stellar sports teams, check out our titles below.  If the Stanley Cup does make an appearance tonight, here are 22 Things You Might Not Know About the Stanley Cup to sound like the smartest person at the party.

For Game 6, the puck drops at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday June 15th.

Celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th

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Friday June 5th, 2015 is recognized as World Environment Day by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The goal of World Environment Day is to create global awareness of “unsustainable” consumption levels and how to better conserve our resources for future generations. According to UNEP, “Today the human race consumes resources the equivalent of 1.5 planets. This means it now takes one year and six months for the Earth to regenerate what we use in a year.” UNEP also offers steps you can take to change your daily consumption levels.

Several parks and outdoor areas are planning events to commemorate this day, providing resources and fun to learn more about conservation, including the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Sand Ridge Nature Center. Check into your local park districts to see if there are any events going on in your area. If you would rather learn more about conservation in the comfort of your own home,  check out some of the PSC resources below.

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Check this book out! The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do

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In this new book from science writer Michael Bond, you’ll find a compelling read that investigates recent breakthroughs in social psychology that reveals how our behavior is influenced far more by others that we think. Bond uses examples of “groupthink” from teenage cliques, army units, football players and even terrorist cells… and teaches us how to guard against it. He argues how on the surface each of these groups might seem exceptional, but the forces that bind and drive them can affect us all.

This is an interesting read because Bond explains how in recent decades, psychologists have uncovered how and why our innate social urges hold control over how we think and act, either for good or for bad.  He argues that it’s like we are indebted to our peers, even when we think we are in control.

Also, if you enjoyed reading Malcolm Gladwell, then this book won’t disappoint!

       

Staff Favorite: Jon Ronson

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So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
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Are you looking for a good Non-fiction book to get you through the Summer? If so, you should try out Jon Ronson’s new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. If you are unfamiliar with Ronson, he is a gonzo journalist (a term coined by Hunter S. Thompson) who has worked at The Guardian as well as NPR for many years, but also is involved with radio, television and the movies. For more information or to see some of his work check out his website.

His  newest book looks at the “collective outrage” that has come about in the age of Social Media and what the effect of “shaming” is on the sham-er, the sham-ee and the culture that it is apart of. Throughout the course of the book, Ronson interviews recipients of high-profile public shamings.

The shamed are people like us, people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly or made a mistake at work. Once the transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know, they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice, but what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people’s faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.

If this looks interesting to you then you may want to also try some other Jon Ronson books we have in our collection. I’m a personal fan of The Men Who Stare At Goats.

Marvel Universe at the Library

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With Avengers: Age of Ultron releasing this weekend it is as good a time as any to stop by the Library and browse the Marvel Books that we have available for checkout.

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
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For those of you who are interested in Marvel Comics, check out Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe.

 

An unvarnished, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws.

For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes, including Martin Goodman, the self-made publisher who forayed into comics after a get-rich-quick tip in 1939; Stan Lee, the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades; and Jack Kirby, the World War II veteran who’d co-created Captain America in 1940 and, twenty years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the company’s marquee characters in a three-year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debates.


 

You can also find out more about any Marvel character by checking out Marvel’s Online Encyclopedia.

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Library Resources to Expand Your Digital Skill Set

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that YouTube and all its video glory has only existed for the past ten years. Though YouTube first appeared on February 14th, 2005, the first video was posted ten years ago today on April 23rd, 2005.Untitled

While YouTube is full of videos on seemingly every subject, no matter how random, there are also a ton of education friendly channels that can help you with your assignments or just to learn something new. Check out CrashCourse for lessons about history, disease, and psychology to name a few. SciShow and MinuteEarth are more science and space focused, but are full of interesting facts and ideas to explore.

If you would rather produce your own content online, the Library has resources to help you expand your digital skill set, with titles on editing and production, as well as careers in multimedia, it’s all there for you to check out!

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How Did That Start: Earth Day

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[Earth Day was created] to inspire a public demonstration so big it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy and force the environmental issue onto the national political agenda
-Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) 1970


For many people Earth Day is a chance to think about what being mindful of the how the things that they do impacts the Earth as well as giving them a chance to try and lessen their impact on the environment. During this time several organizations and government agencies promote events around Earth Day, including right here Prairie State College, where during the month of April, you can always find a Sustainability Event to attend. But this begs the question … How Did Earth Day Start?

Although Earth Day has an actual origin date (April 22, 1970), several contributing factors led to its actual start. In the 1960s, technology in the United States had increased the amount of media coverage which the average citizen had access to. Because of this, events such as the Santa Barbara Oil Spill and the Cuyahoga River Blaze now became visible and the  human impact on the environment could be easily seen by any person. Also by the 1970s, activists such as Rachel Carson had published her landmark book Silent Spring and Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall had published The Quiet Crisis. Additionally, by this time Congress had enacted the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission and President Kennedy had taken his Natural Resources Tour. So, rather than a starting point of an the environmental movement in the United States, the beginnings of Earth Day represented the moment in time when environmentalism entered the mainstream.

Having spoken on environmental issues … during the twelve years before Earth Day, I knew the public was far ahead of the political establishment in its concern for what was happening to the environment. The signs of degradation were everywhere – polluted rivers, lakes, beaches, oceans, and air.”
-Senator Nelson

The actual celebration of Earth Day began with Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wi) who, inspired by the anti-Vietnam demonstrations and “teach-ins” decided that it would beneficial to the public to set a large-scale teach-in to educate the general public about the importance of environmental issues. He chose the date, April 22nd, to coincide with Arbor Day, and so that it would not interfere with Finals Week at college campuses. Although the day was set up by Nelson along with Republican Representative Paul McCloskey, it was really the efforts of Denis Hayes, an environmentalist student who together with the group Environmental Action worked, to coordinate the day.

Earth Day 1970 made it clear that we could summon the public support, the energy, and commitment to save our environment. And while the struggle is far from over, we have made substantial progress.”
-Senator Nelson

During the first Earth Day, nearly two thousand colleges and universities, ten thousand high schools, and grade school and several thousand communities participated. The estimated total number of Americans that were actively engaged in the day ranged in the 20 millions. Throughout cities such as New York, San Fransisco and Chicago, large crowds gathered to hear speeches from politicians, poets and ecologists. Students in Washington D.C. attended a concert held in front of the Washington Monument. Colleges and Universities held programs such as “wreck-ins” or tree planting. The University of Wisconsin, alone, held fifty-eight separate programs for the event and Senator Thomas McIntrye (D-NH) set the record for most speeches given in a day with 14.

Since the 1970s, the celebration of Earth Day has embedded and flowed, depending on the administration in power. But as you sit back on the 45th anniversary of its beginning, think about what the importance of the day means to yourself, and how you can better help the only planet we have. With that in mind, stop down at the library this month and check out some of these great titles we have on display.

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Further Resources

Check this book out! Stuff matters : exploring the marvelous materials that shape our man-made world

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indexHave you ever wondered why exactly you can see through glass? Or which crystal structures in chocolate lead to the best taste? In this book, Mark Miodownik provides witty answers to these questions and more about materials and the science behind them.

From concrete and steel, to paper, and even chocolate, Miodownik breaks down the everyday materials that surround our lives into easily digestible stories. You need not be a scientist to appreciate Miodownik’s words, but they will help you to look at the world around you in a new light, while simultaneously providing you with facts and tidbits to impress any of your friends.

 

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Books in Bloom: Fresh Titles To Get You Excited For Spring

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With winter finally over you might find yourself feeling happier knowing that warm weather and spring are arriving soon.  So why not pop into the library and browse our collection to inspire your next read of the season?  You’ll find great fiction and non-fiction books featuring spring-time stories and beautiful landscapes, flowers, and gardens to get you excited about warm weather and sun!  We have books to help you start that container garden or flower arrangement you’ve been thinking of, or if you’re just looking for a novel with breezy spring themes, we have those too!

Check out some of these recommended reads to get you inspired for spring:

       
       
       

Resume and Job Hunting Help @ PSC

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Prairie State College’s Student Career Development Center provides current students and PSC graduates with a wide-range of services to help make successful career choices. You can visit Office 152 in the Adult Training and Outreach Center to get started.

There is also the Chicago Heights Workforce Center at PSC, who’s mission is to “assist Cook County residents with grant-funded training and career opportunities that result in career paths and self-sufficiency”.  They can help with career counselling, training and education, job development/placement and workshops.

You can also search for current job listings on the College Central Network (CCN), a free online job listing source for employment opportunities in northern Illinois.  Job hunting while on campus?  Check out the upcoming Job Fairs and Employer Recruitment Visits happening at PSC.

Spring Job Fair 2015

Tuesday, April 14
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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There are also one-on-one consultations and Day and Evening Workshops happening several times a year at the Student Career Development Center.  These free professional development workshops are offered on a variety of topics like:

  • Career Changers
  • Résumé Basics
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Job Search and Techniques
  • How to Attend a Job Fair

Need help getting started on your resume or cover letter? Come into the library to find some of these books that will help you land that job:

       
       
       

Check This Book Out! The Buying of the Presidency? FDR, the New Deal, an the election of 1936

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Lately there has been quite a few TV shows focusing on American politics and politicians.  It seems every other commercial is enticing you to tune in to see what happens next in the White House.  If you’re a fan of Scandal and House of Cards, this new title by Political Science Professor Si Sheppard might just catch your eye.  In his new book, Sheppard uncovers the hidden roles that money, patronage, and power played in the campaign of 1936, through the use of previously unpublished private correspondence and internal memos from Roosevelt and the files of his political “fixer,” Democratic Party Chairman James A. Farley.  He discloses the secret history of Roosevelt’s New Deal, that has been largely unstudied despite being called Roosevelt’s greatest political triumph and the making of modern America.  I’m sure Frank Underwood and Olivia Pope would be impressed.

Using Research Starters

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If you want to find out an overview of a topic, where do you go? Many people try Wikipedia first. It has a lot of information. Now what if you need an overview of a topic but would like one you could cite for a paper? That’s where our research starters come in. They are shorter than Wikipedia entries but can still get you started. The sources are usually from encyclopedias, as well.

For example, let’s say I go to library.prairiestate.edu and type adhd in the search box. I get 205,000+ results, but the top one before the numbered ones says Research Starter.

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Now I can click where it says “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)” and read approximately five pages about ADHD. It comes from Magill’s Medical Guide, a quality source. At the bottom of the research starter it lists a bibliography that you can also use including sources from the DSM-5 and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

There are more than 62,000 research starters (1), so your topic has a great chance of having its own research starter. I’ve found them for microeconomics, wicca, the sinking of the Lusitania, zebras, the solar system, cloning, and more.

(1) Enis, Matt. “Industry: EDS Research Starters Debuts.” Library Journal 139.5 (2014): 22. Professional Development Collection. Web. 27 Feb. 2015.

The Most Popular Ebooks at PSC

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Many of you know that we have a very large eBook collection here at PSC (we have over 4 times as many ebooks as print books), and by the looks of it, you’ve been busy reading them! Here are 12 of the most accessed ebook titles in our collection for 2014. Feel free to take a look at them by click on the cover images, or explore the ebook collection on our own either in OneSearch or directly in the ebook collection.

Dinner Roles: American Women and Culinary Culture

Dinner Roles: American Women and Culinary Culture

Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice

Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice

The Poorhouse: Subsidized Housing in Chicago

The Poorhouse: Subsidized Housing in Chicago

Pro Tools 101: An introduction to Pro Tools 10

Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools 10

Muse in Bronzeville: African American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950

Muse in Bronzeville: African American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950

Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro's Gulag

Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag

Nurse's Grant Writing Advantage : How Grantwriting Can Advance Your Nursing Career

Nurse’s Grant Writing Advantage: How Grantwriting Can Advance Your Nursing Career

Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court

Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court

Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide

Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide

Scientific Research as a Career

Scientific Research as a Career

Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful

Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful

Obesity: Cultural and Biocultural Perspectives

Obesity: Cultural and Biocultural Perspectives

Check Out Test Prep Guides

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Have you ever wanted to check out a study guide for the GRE, ASVAB, or NCLEX? Prairie State Library has many test prep guides. Let me show you a step-by-step way to search for the guides through our OneSearch. Click on any of the screenshots (pictures) to see them more clearly.

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First, type the name of the test into the search box on our homepage, library.prairiestate.edu. I used GRE as an example. Then hit enter or click on Find It.

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Next, you will come to our results page. To find books on campus, use the limiters on the left-hand side and click the box next to “In the Library.”

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Finally, check the status of the book you want to see if it says “ON SHELF.” If it does, then you can find the book with the Call Number (Call No.) or write down the Call Number and bring it to a librarian to help you locate it. If the one you want is checked out, you can put it on hold or find a different book that is available.

We have guides for the ACT, ASVAB, CDL, CLEP, GED, GMAT, GRE, GRE psychology, LSAT, NCLEX, SAT, TOEFL, and more!

That’s it! Three simple steps to finding a test prep guide! As always, come to the Reference Desk in the library if you have any questions, or call us at 708-709-7948!

Hot Topics: Library Resources on Climate Change

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The (political) results are in…climate change does exist!

At least according to the Senate’s overwhelming response to amendment this past Wednesday that “climate change is real and is not a hoax.” Obama even mentioned climate change in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, stating “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations.”  Politicians are starting to agree with what scientists have been saying for years.

While the Senate passed the amendment on the existence of climate change it did not pass a second amendment concerning whether human emissions are the cause.

So where do you stand on this issue? As the 2016 election draws close, we are sure to hear more about climate change and their political stances. Use the books below among other resources at PSC to determine fact from fiction.

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Check This Book Out: Unfamiliar Streets: the photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip Lorca DiCorica

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Unfamiliar Streets: the photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip Lorca DiCorica introduces readers to four in-depth profiles of American photographers (listed above) who captured the essence of street photos before the rise of social media.

Brussard also connects the images to their surrounding social histories, capturing more than just the photo. This is a book for both students of photography as well as those just starting out.

Find this book and other new books on the shelves outside the Quiet Reading Room in the Prairie State College library!

Where Can I Find…in the Library?

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Welcome or welcome back to the library. A new school year is underway, and the library is here to support you. We have many different resources that we want students, faculty, and staff to be aware of so you can take advantage of them! (Click on the pictures to enlarge them).

DVDsA new and exciting addition to everyone is our DVD display rack. Now you can browse our DVD selection right in the library. Look through the covers, bring the one you want up to the circulation desk with your ID, and borrow DVDs for 7 days! New covers and titles are being added often.

Location: Near the front door of the library, opposite the circulation desk.


ereaderAnother new addition as of this semester is our e-readers. Now you can check out a book from our 3M collection and then check out an e-reader to take home with you for 3 weeks. This way you don’t have to have a phone or other device that you can read it on, and you can take it with you anywhere!

Location: Check books out in catalog, check out e-reader at circulation desk.


reference booksWhat staples do we have to offer you in the library? Besides the usual fiction and nonfiction, we have reference books, graphic novels, books on display, a quiet reading room, study rooms, and more!

Among our reference books are dictionaries, encyclopedias, subject-specific overviews, almanacs. These books cannot be checked out, but you can make limited copies for yourself or use them in the library.

Location: The middle of the library on shorter shelves.


graphic novelsOur graphic novels are very popular in the library, and rightly so I think! I’m a big fan of graphic novels because you can see the characters as the author or illustrator imagined them, and you have to read the pictures just as much as you read the text. They recently moved to being shelved by the fiction but are still pulled out separately.

Location: Back left of the library under the sign that says “Fiction.”


book displayEvery month the librarians put together displays on relevant and/or interesting topics. Our current displays are books on video games and books on back to school. Other displays we have put together include themes like Halloween, Christmas, Going Green, Gardening, the World Cup, Summer Reading, and Poetry Month.

Location: Past the computers, in front of the library classroom.


study room meets quiet roomWe also have a quiet reading room past the circulation desk where there is no talking and you can read or work without distractions. If you have two or more people that want to discuss something or study or work together, there are three study rooms available to reserve for up to 2 hours at a time. This can be done with a student ID up at the circulation desk.

As always, the reference librarians are at the reference desk by the computers ready to help you with your academic needs whenever the library is open. Stop by, interrupt us, and ask away! We’re here for you!

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