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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Posted by: brookenslibrary | July 1, 2014

Scheduled Maintenance July 3rd

ILLiad and EZproxy servers will be down Thursday July 3rd from 7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. for routine maintenance. During this time, Interlibrary Loan (My ILL) will be unavailable and off campus patrons will be unable to access our databases and other electronic resources. Thanks for your patience!

Posted by: brookenslibrary | June 3, 2014

Film Screening of The Living Green Wed. 6/4

On Wednesday June 4, a screening of the film “Jens Jensen: The Living Green” will take place at UIS in Brookens Auditorium at 7 p.m. The film screening is free and open to the public. The film’s director and co-producer, Carey Lundin, will attend and speak at Wednesday night screening. The event is co-sponsored by Lincoln Memorial Garden and the Friends of Brookens Library.

Jens_Jensen_(1943)Jens Jensen was a Danish-American landscape architect who’s design work in Chicago, Illinois can be city can be seen at Lincoln Park, Douglas Park, and Columbus Park. In his maturity, Jensen designed Lincoln Memorial Gardens in Springfield, Illinois. This plan was completed in 1935 and planted in 1936-1939.

WUIS’s Sean Crawford interviewed the film’s director, Carey Lundin. Learn more about Jens Jensen and hear the full interview here.


*information gathered from WUIS & Wikipedia

Posted by: brookenslibrary | May 30, 2014

Leadership Lived at the Library

We have a lot of student employees at the library, all of whom are very important to our daily functions.  Because of them, we have people to staff our desks, help shelve and process books and most importantly keep us all young at heart.  Because they are so important to us, we are particularly proud of one of our student assistants, Emma Norris, who is being featured in a Leadership Lived profile.  Emma has worked for Brookens Library since the Fall of 2012 and from day one she has been a rock star. Learn more about how Emma is Leadership Lived.

Emma Norris ’15

Hometown: Coal City, IL
Major: Biology
Future Plans: Become a librarian

Emma Norris

Posted by: brookenslibrary | May 27, 2014

Extra Mile Award Winners

Each year two library staff members who have been nominated by their peers receive the Extra Mile Award for, as the name would apply, taking on extra projects or responsibilities or otherwise putting in extraordinary effort to further the library’s mission.  This year’s award recipients are Dorothy Hemmo, Instructional Services Librarian and Chair of Library Instructional Services; and Angela Maranville, Interim Manager of Technical Services and Systems.


Dorothy HemmoDOROTHY HEMMO—her nominators said that : Dorothy is extremely competent and a consummate professional who has taken on added responsibility over the past year, including: chairing LISP, pushed for the implementation of Guide on the Side, and facilitated the creation of new Captivate tutorials. Also one of her nominators noted: Dorothy is patient and kind, never failing to have a smile and a kind word for students and staff alike. She is an inspiration for anyone who might aspire to become a librarian.



Maranville, Angie_2013 copyANGIE MARANVILLE: her nominators noted all of the responsibilities that she has taken on over the past year, and the successful projects that she has facilitated, including the redesign of the Archives web site and the technical side of the 3M ebooks project. She also has thrown her heart and soul into trying to be a really good supervisor for the people in Tech Services and Systems and we all can breathe easy knowing that Angie is in charge of EZ Proxy.

Posted by: brookenslibrary | May 7, 2014

Choose Privacy Week: Day 7

May 7:

Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7, 2014, is a time to advocate for privacy rights and to examine how we can protect ourselves against threats to these rights.

This past week, we have discussed the importance of safeguarding our private information. To learn more on how you can gain insight into the issues of privacy, please visit us at the Brookens Library and check out these resources we have available.

Additional Resources:

Duke, L. “The picture of conformity: In a watched society, more security comes with tempered actions,” The Washington Post, p. C01, (2007, November 16).

Duke explains how monitoring, eavesdropping, and lack of public anonymity in surveillance cultures create pressure for conformity in which people modify their behaviors so they don’t stand out. In such societies, freedom of action, creativity, and uniqueness are easily lost.



Rosen, J. “Why privacy matters,” Wilson Quarterly, 24(4) (Autumn 2000), 32–38.

A serious but accessible discussion of the importance of privacy even within America’s culture of exhibitionism. Rosen suggests that people want not the right to be left alone, but “the right to control the conditions of their own exposure,” and he says, “privacy protects us from being judged out of context in a world of short attention spans.” He argues that privacy supports the development of autonomy, individuality, and creativity; the building of friendships and intimate human relationships; the playing of appropriate roles in varied social settings; democratic political debate; and workplace productivity.



Solove, D. J. “‘I’ve got nothing to hide’ and other misunderstandings of privacy,” San Diego Law Review, 44, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 289.

A lengthy, scholarly, and compelling response to the question, “I’ve got nothing to hide, so why should I care about privacy?” Solove discusses the ways the question typically appears and is answered, explains why existing ways of understanding privacy have led to confusion, and argues that the “nothing to hide” argument stems from faulty assumptions about the value of privacy. The article ends with concrete examples of the ways in which privacy is important to other issues we may care about, such as ensuring that a range of viewpoints are expressed in society, maintaining an appropriate power balance between individuals and institutions, and deciding what kind of government we want to have.



Solove, D. J. “The future of privacy,” American Libraries, 39(8) (September 2008), 56–59.

Solove addresses the question: With so much information being gathered, with so much surveillance, and with so much disclosure, how can people expect privacy anymore? He argues that privacy law should not be about preserving the current state of affairs, but rather about shaping the future we desire. The article outlines the ways in which the concept of privacy is often understood too narrowly, leading us to neglect important privacy concerns.




Best, S. J., Krueger, B. S., & Ladewig, J. “The polls—trends: Privacy in the information age,” Public Opinion Quarterly, 70(3) (Fall 2006), 375–401.

This review article presents a summary of the results of longitudinal polls on privacy invasions and surveillance techniques over the last 15 years, showing that, generally speaking, “concern about threats to personal privacy has been growing in recent years.” An appendix to the nine-page article provides actual language of the poll questions.



Johns, S., & Lawson, K. “University undergraduate students and library-related privacy issues,” Library & Information Science Research, 27 (November 2005), 485–95.

Johns and Lawson surveyed 444 undergraduate students and found that most students (85%) said online privacy was important or very important to them. Large majorities of students agreed that a university or library should obtain private information only with students’ consent, should collect student information only for clearly defined purposes, and should never disseminate students’ personal information to outside agencies. A large majority of students also felt it was not justifiable to develop student profiles for the purpose of improving library collections and services.



Bowers, S. L. “Privacy and library records,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 32(4) (July 2006), 377–383.

Written by an attorney and MLIS student, this article traces the history of privacy as it relates to library records. Bowers provides a readable summary of the development of the concept of privacy in the U.S. Constitution, case law, and federal and state statutes, followed by a discussion of intrusions on the privacy of library records – and the responses of librarians – from the 1940s to late 2005.



Adams, H. R. “Privacy & confidentiality: Now more than ever, youngsters need to keep their library use under wraps,” American Libraries, 33(10) (November 2002), 44–48.

Drawing on interviews with school and youth services librarians across the country, Adams presents a variety of privacy issues that affect young patrons and describes the ways in which librarians work to protect privacy.



Hildebrand, J. “Is privacy reserved for adults? Children’s rights at the public library,” School Library Journal, 37(1) (January 1991), 21–25.

Explores the difficult questions that often arise regarding the confidentiality of children’s library records, such as: to whom is the library responsible – the child possessing the library card, or the parent who is held financially responsible? Does a parent have the right to know what a child has borrowed? Does protecting children’s privacy prevent parents from being involved in their child’s reading and borrowing?





Posted by: brookenslibrary | May 6, 2014 Making Changes June 15th, the popular online geneology tool, is part of our resource offerings at Brookens Library. Please note the following changes in support provided by

Effective June 15th, will no longer be supporting Internet Explorer 8. If you are still using Windows XP, this means that your operating system will no longer be supported by It is recommended that you update your operating system to Windows 7 or higher, as has said it plans in the coming months to phase out support for all versions of Internet Explorer other than Internet Explorer 11. An alternative to updating your browser or operating system is to use one of the several other supported browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

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