COD Library Blog

Summer and Fall 2015 Meeting Dates

The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month:

Summer Semester Meetings

May 26, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 1144
June 23, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032
July 28, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032

Fall Semester Meetings

August 25, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032
September 22, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2153
October 27, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032
November 24, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032
December 15, 2015* 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032 *(meeting moved to the 3rd Tuesday due to the Christmas Holiday)

If you're a caregiver, I hope that you'll join us. We meet over the noon hour, feel free to bring your lunch.


New Book on Finances and Caregiving!

book financial care for your aging parent.pngMany of you have raised questions about finances pertaining to your parents or other adults for whom you care. I wanted to let you know that the Library has just added a new book called “Financial Care for Your Aging Parent” (click to see the full record in our Library Catalog) call number HG179 .A559763 2014. This item is available for check out.

Do you have any books, articles, videos (electronic or print) that you'd like to recommend to fellow caregivers? Please share!


SmartPrint @COD

SmartPrint logoThe Library's old printing system has been replaced by SmartPrint, a new web-based system that allows you to easily manage your print jobs in the Library and at COD.

Highlights include:

  • No more print cards
  • Pay with cash or credit/debits cards
  • Web-based account management at
  • Scan documents and send them directly your e-mail accounts
  • You can exchange your old Library print cards and credit for new SmartPrint credit (up until Fall 2016)

Quick facts:

  • The Library has four Black & White printers, two Black & White copiers, and one Color printer/copier
  • Printers are set to print double-sided by default
  • Letter size black and white single-side price is $0.05/page
  • Letter size black and white duplex price is $0.09/sheet
  • Letter size color price is $0.17/page

Getting started:

  • Visit and use your myACCESS login credentials to create an online account.
  • Once you're logged in, click on the “Add Funds” link displayed next to your account balance. The minimum amount for an online transaction is $5.
  • At the print release stations, students use their myACCESS login credentials to view and release their documents.
Community Users
  • Create a guest account by going to
  • Once there, use the “I am a guest” link in the lower left-hand corner of the login page to create the account
  • Use your personal e-mail account to complete the registration process.
  • Log into the Smart Print system using the e-mail address and password used to create your account

All users can use the cash kiosk in the Library Print Center to add money to accounts using paper money (coins not accepted). The kiosk will not provide change. The minimum amount of fund that can be added using the cash kiosk is $1.

For more information, stop by the Library Print Center or call us at (630) 942-2671.

Spring/Summer Break Hours & Closings

COD graduationThe Library will have a number of closings and reduced hours between the Spring and Summer semesters. Our schedule between May 16 and May 25 is as follows:

  • Saturday, May 16: Closed
  • Sunday, May 17: Closed
  • Monday, May 18: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 19: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 20: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 21: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, May 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 23: Closed
  • Sunday, May 24: Closed
  • Monday, May 25: Closed for Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 26: Regular summer hours begin

For more information, see the Library Hours & Closings page for more details.

Have a safe and restful break!

Evernote: A Powerful Tool for Science Students

In a post titled Using Evernote in the Lab, Hanna Peacock extols the virtues of using Evernote to store and organize experiment data, images, screenshots, and notes on sources for her lit review. As Hanna points out, Evernote's powerful search function and its ability to support multiple tags per item allow a user to easily turn up important data.

Curious about Evernote? I'm a long time fan of the free version, and would be happy to get you started. Contact me.


Honor Flight Chicago--Support our WWII Veterans!

Hi Caregivers! One of our members wanted to call your attention to Honor Flight Chicago, a non-profit, local organization that recognizes and honors the estimated 25,000 male and female WWII veterans living in the Chicagoland area. Mary Pettinato, co-founder and CEO, works with Honor Flight Chicago to help WWII Veterans fly (all expenses paid and all travel accommodations met) to Washington D.C. and see firsthand the memorial, and the other sights of our Nation’s Capital. The Web site and embedded videos emphasize how these veterans are passing away everyday, and that time is running out to honor them with this special trip. Ms. Pettinato stresses that there is no obstacle they haven’t figured out in terms of accommodating veterans with a variety of physical limitations. If you have a WWII Veteran in your life, please get them connected to this wonderful organization!


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New Titles for College Success, English Language Learning and Teaching

Keys to Success

Keys to Success for Adult Learners by Carol Carter and Sarah Lyman Kravits
LB2342.32 .C375 2014

Keys to Success for English Language Learners by Carol Carter and Sarah Lyman Kravits
LB2343.32 .C3745 2014

Keys to Success for Digital Learners by Carol Carter and Sarah Lyman Kravits
LB2343.32 .C374 2014


Ownership: Study Strategies by Megan Stone
LB2395 .S763 2014

Ownership: Critical Thinking by Megan Stone
LB2395.35 .S76 2014

Ownership: Effective Planning by Megan Stone
LB2395.4 .S76 2014

Ownership: Accountability by Megan Stone
LB2395 .S758 2014

Tips for Teaching

Tips for Teaching Pronunciation: A Practical Approach by Linda Lane and H. Douglas Brown
PE1128.A2 L2923 2010

Tips for Teaching Listening: A Practical Approach by Jack C. Richards and Ann Burns
PE1128.A2 R4923 2012

Tips for Teaching Culture: Practical Approaches to Intercultural Communication by Ann C. Wintergerst and Joe McVeigh
PE1128.A2 W568 2011

Longman Academic Writing Series

Longman Academic Writing Series. 1, Sentences to Paragraphs by Linda Butler
PE1408 .L66 2014

The Longman Academic Writing, Level 2 : Paragraphs by Ann Hogue and Jennifer Bixby
PE1408 .L662 2014

Longman Academic Writing Series. 3 : Paragraphs to Essays by Alice Oshima
PE1408 .L663 2014

Longman Academic Writing Series, Level 4 : Essays by Alice Oshima, Ann Hogue and Lara Ravitch
PE1408 .L664 2014

Longman Academic Writing Series. Level 5, Essays to Research Papers by Alan Meyers
PE1408 .L665 2014

More Notable New Titles

Longman Business English Dictionary
PE1127.B86 L66 2007

Longman student grammar of spoken and written English by Douglas Biber, Geoffrey N. Leech, Susan Conrad
PE1112 .L662 2002

Teaching by principles : an interactive approach to language pedagogy by H. Douglas Brown and Heeykyeong Lee
P51 .B7754 2015

English Vocabulary Games
PE1449 .G865 2014

Clear Speech from the Start: Basic Pronunciation and Listening Comprehension in North American English by Judy B. Gilbert
PE1128 .G518 2012

From the Archives: Remembering Kent State

On May 4, 1970, a scheduled antiwar rally at Kent State University in Ohio turned tragic when a troop of National Guardsmen opened fire on the protestors, wounding nine and killing four students. Directly after, during the month of May, more than 1200 colleges and universities demonstrated against the war and the shootings. At College of DuPage, approximately 250 students and faculty gathered on West Campus on May 7, 1970, to protest the U. S. involvement in Cambodia. The following day, a service was held and four trees were planted as a memorial to the slain students.

Images: COD Library Archives

Courier newspaper article

COD students gather

Courier newspaper article

Memorial trees planting ceremony

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

With Spring Session drawing to a close, most of us are feeling the call of the outdoors--blue skies, warm weather, green grass, flowers, and longer days. The warmer weather is also encouraging other "critters" to be more active including disease-bearing ticks.

May is designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month. As you head out this year, please be safe and follow these guidelines to protect yourself from tick-bite acquired illness:

  • Wear repellent
  • Check for ticks daily
  • Shower soon after being outdoors
  • Call your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or rash

The CDC provides comprehensive information on Lyme Disease (prevention, tick removal, transmission, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and more) at:

Teaching Science So That it Sticks


If you're anything like me, now is the point in the semester when you're already furiously thinking of how you'll make changes the next time you teach...(anything). In that case, bookmark an interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Teaching Science So That it Sticks, which talks about providing undergraduates with a strong grounding in scientific literacy.

Want a chance to talk about designing science assignments to help students feel comfortable with evaluating sources of science in the news, or investigating their own research question? Contact me.

Image Credit: "U.S. Army research unit marks four decades in Kenya, Africa,", USAMRU-K.