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 It’s 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!


Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 16, 2014

iPad Tours

On-Campus iPad Tours – Fall 2014
Are you new to UIS? Come tour the library to learn about our resources and services.

Monday, September 15, 2014 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5pm – 6pm

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:30am – 12:30pm & 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:30pm – 2:30pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Monday, September 22, 2014 1:30pm – 2:30pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6pm – 7pm

On-campus tours meet in the library classroom – BRK 232

Brookens Library iPad tours  Fall 2014

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 10, 2014

Let’s Take a #UISLib Selfie!

Have you seen our massive chalkboard wall? Our latest design features a frame where you can take your photo. Stop on in and take a selfie in the library and make sure to use the hashtag #UISLib when you share online!


Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 9, 2014

Book Sale!!! Save the Date 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. 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.
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 | September 8, 2014

Research Help at Founders

John Laubersheimer

John will be in Founders Hall every Tuesday from 7-9 pm

Every Tuesday night from 7:00 – 9:00 pm a Brookens Librarian will provide expert research help in Founders Hall. We’re making getting help with the Library even easier by coming to you! No appointment is ever needed – so TTYL: Talk To Your Librarian.

Can’t get help on Tuesdays? Schedule an appointment with YOUR librarian in 3 easy steps:

1.) First find out who YOUR librarian is by visiting: Librarians by Department

2.) Select your subject area from the top navigation tabs

3.) Contact the librarian assigned to your subject area!

It really is as easy as 1-2-3.


Every Tuesday from 7-9 pm

Every Tuesday from 7-9 pm

Posted by: brookenslibrary | August 8, 2014

Quick Search Beta

You might have noticed a change to our main Quick Search search box on the homepage.  A new version of Quick Search is currently in Beta testing and we’re giving you the opportunity to test it out.  You can do so by simply clicking on the beta search option in the search box on the homepage as shown in the image below.



Because it’s in beta mode, it will certainly have a few quirks, but we’re hoping you’ll take it for a test drive so that you can help make it an awesome search tool.  Since it’s not quite finished, there is time for you to provide feedback to the developers of this tool.  You can do so by clicking on the button that says “Tell Us What You Think!” on the bottom right hand corner of the results page.  The green arrow in the image below points out the feedback button.



We hope you’ll help us in sending back feedback to make the new Quick Search a great resource.  Thanks and Happy Searching!

Posted by: brookenslibrary | August 6, 2014

Off-campus Database Access Unavailable 8/7

Due to scheduled maintenance, off-campus database access will be unavailable on Thursday August 7 at 3pm.  Access should be restored within 30 minutes or less.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding.

Posted by: brookenslibrary | July 11, 2014

I-Share Outage 7/12

I-Share will be undergoing maintenance on Saturday the 12th from 4am-noon.  During this time, all I-Share services (including My Library Account) may be unavailable.

Posted by: brookenslibrary | July 9, 2014

Brookens Librarians go to Vegas

Each July, the American Library Association holds its Annual Conference where librarians from all over the world come to learn and discuss new trends in libraries. This year Brookens Librarians Sarah Sagmoen, Dorothy Ryan, Nancy Weichert and John Laubersheimer attended the conference in Las Vegas. Sarah was recognized for being named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and Dorothy and John presented on their recent work with badgification in information literacy instruction.

Additionally, on the afternoon of Friday, June 27, University Librarian Jane Treadwell, chair of the Americas Regional Council (ARC) of OCLC Global Council, presided over a brief ARC meeting followed by the 15th annual OCLC Symposium on the topic “The Internet of Things.”  Daniel Obodovski, co-author of The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things gave a keynote address on the topic of his book—how machine-to-machine communication already has taken over some tasks formerly performed by human beings, and how the internet of things (IoT) may change our lives in the future.  Examples of existing IoT items include personal fitness devices such as FitBits, driverless cars, and the Nest thermostat.  Attendees then discussed how IoT may affect library policies and operations.  At the conference, Treadwell also engaged in discussions with OCLC Member Relations staff about improving communication with OCLC member libraries.

As always, our librarians learned a lot and are excited to implement these new ideas at Brookens!


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