Posted by: brookenslibrary | October 21, 2014

Haunted Library This Friday

Ghosts, Goblins, Clowns oh my! If you’re brave enough, come out to Brookens for the Haunted Library on October 24th from 8:30pm-11:30pm for a truly frightful event. You never knew a library could be so spooky. After this experience you’ll need to sleep with the lights on. It is guaranteed to get you into the Halloween spirit.  You don’t even have to leave campus to get the socks scared off you.

Haunted Library-3W

Posted by: brookenslibrary | October 20, 2014

Open Access Week At Brookens

Brookens Library is celebrating Open Access Week (October 20th  – 26th) with two events on Thursday, October 23rd  in Brookens 141A.
The first is an “Update on Open Access at UIS” presented by Stephen McMinn, Director of Scholarly Communications at 11:00 am followed by a Webinar at Noon presented by Ebsco entitled “The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics.”

The session, “Update on Open Access at UIS” will provide an introduction to open access and why it is important. It will also include an update on the universities response to the Open Access to Research Articles Act.

A brief description of the webinar, “The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics”, starting at Noon is as follows:
In recent years mandates for researchers to publish their research – both articles and data – openly are growing. Yet, mandates do not always work; researchers still do not do this. Altmetrics, and the information about how people are interacting with research, can provide the feedback loop needed to help motivate people to publish openly. In this one-hour webinar, Mike Showalter of Plum Analytics will describe and demonstrate altmetrics and open access and you will learn about the capabilities of using altmetrics as your own open access feedback loop.

Please join us for either event celebrating Open Access Week! Both events are FREE and open to the public!

Posted by: brookenslibrary | October 7, 2014

Don’t Judge a Book…

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
This Friday from 11-1 pm in Brookens Library we will be hosting a Spirit Week Event:
Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover, where we will be taking unused book covers and up-cycyling them into new creations. Bring only your imagination to this fun event.
Spirit Week Book Cover Event
Posted by: brookenslibrary | October 6, 2014

Book Sale Friday 10/10

One of Brookens Library’s traditions is to host the annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale the Friday of Homecoming week. This year the book sale will take place on Friday, October 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on the first floor of Brookens Library (lower level). This is a great way to stock up and save on books and DVDs.

We will also be hosting “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover, Make Art with It!”: a crafting event where we will up-cycle unused book covers from 11am – 1pm in Brookens Library. This event is a Spirit Week event so be sure to attend!
Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale_October 10Donations: Did you know you can donate your books and DVDs to the library. The generous donations from the public help keep the book sale full of good reads so feel free to drop off anything you are ready to part with at the front desk.

Posted by: brookenslibrary | October 2, 2014

2014 University Scholar Named

Congratulations to Associate Professor of History, David Bertaina, who was named the 2014 University Scholar at the University of Illinois Springfield.

David Bertaina obtained his doctorate in Semitic Languages and Literatures from The Catholic University of America. He taught at California State University, Chico before coming to the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2007.  His areas of interest include the intellectual, social and religious history of the late antique and medieval Middle East. Bertaina is specifically interested in medieval encounters between Muslims and Christians, especially in Arabic and Syriac dialogue literature and the how these texts framed the construction of identity during the Umayyad and Abbasid Empires.   In 2011 he published a book project entitled: Christian and Muslim Dialogues: The Religious Uses of a Literary Form in the Early Islamic Middle East . You can find his book information here . Bertaina has taught courses on Christian-Muslim Encounters, Islamic History, Islamic Historiography, Eastern Christianity, Late Antiquity, Early Christian Historiography, Judaism-Christianity-Islam, World Religions, Introduction to Islam, and Historical Methods.

University Scholar 2014_David David Bertaina

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 29, 2014

A Better BRK Web!

Better Brookens Library Website

Help Us Make Our Website Better

Brookens is in the process of improving our website and we need your help! To ensure the new website meets your needs, we are asking for your feedback. This will help better inform the decisions being made throughout the process. Each week, we will have a short survey that takes 5 minutes or less. We will be around campus asking for input each week in various locations and at different times so if you see us please stop by. You can also participate online anytime. Simply visit and click the “Help Us Make Our Website Better” image.

Please take a moment our of your time to help us make a better Brookens Library website. To stay up to date with what we are doing follow the hashtag #betterbrkweb!



Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 25, 2014

ILLIAD Unavailable 9/30/14/: UPDATE

UPDATE (9/29): The outage is no longer scheduled and all services will be available during this time.

My ILL Account & Service will be unavailable on Tuesday, September 30th between 7:00 am – 1:00 pm for scheduled maintenance.

How this may impact you:

- You will not be able to request books or articles through InterLibrary Loan during that period. Please note that IShare will not be affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 25, 2014

Banned Books Week Gets Graphic

Brookens Library Banned Books Week 2014

Read Banned Books!

Read (anything you want)! It’s your Right!

Since 1982, libraries have celebrated Banned Books Week by showcasing banned and challenged books to bring awareness to the freedom to read and dangers of censorship.  But don’t be fooled, this week is about so much more than books.  It’s a celebration of Intellectual Freedom.  It’s about your right to unrestricted access to information.  As technologies change the way we find, read and analyze information, libraries will continue to protect this right and provide access to information by buying books (print and electronic), subscribing to newspapers, magazines and academic journals and providing free internet access on public computers.  So grab a book, magazine or newspaper; or visit your favorite news website or social network.  Read!  Read anything you want!  Because it’s your right!

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Brookens Library

This year we have put together a small collection of graphic novels at the front of the Library on the main level (level 2). Stop by and check out one out!

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 18, 2014

Writing Help at Brookens

Looking for writing help from an experienced writing tutor but don’t want to schedule an appointment? We’ve got you covered! Every Thursday from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm a writing tutor from The Learning Hub will be in Brookens Library providing assistance. No appointment is ever needed, just stop by.

No Appointment Needed!

No Appointment Needed!

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 17, 2014

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover: Free Event 10/10

We are hosting a fun new event during Homecoming Week this  year: “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover”.  At this Spirit Week event you have the chance to up-cycle old book-covers into modern art pieces and re-imagined crafts. The event will take place on: Friday, October 10th from 11-1 pm in the lower level of Brookens Library. We will provide all the supplies – just bring your imagination!

We will also be having our annual book sale that day from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, so be sure to stop in and stock-up. Prices start at only $0.50 – you can’t afford it miss it!


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