Today is the first day of the Summer Semester at UIS! We are currently renovating our Main Floor space. The Library remains open, but how you enter changes. You must enter the Library, Media Lab and Archives through the Lower Level Entrance. Please note, our operating hours change during the Summer Semester:
We are renovating the Main Floor of Brookens Library, which means the Main Floor Entrances are closed! This video will show you how to enter the library, where you can find elevator access, where various resources will be housed, and how to find the circulation desk over the summer and throughout the duration of the renovation.
We are pleased to announce the 2018 Friends of Brookens Library Annual Dinner speaker: Pamela Bannos, author of Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife.
The Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in the UIS Student Union Ballroom. A cash bar & book exchange kicks off the evening, from 5:30 – 6:00, with the meeting and dinner beginning at 6:00. Guest speaker Pamela Bannos will begin her discussion of her book Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife, immediately following, at 7:00 pm. Tickets to the dinner are $30 for Friends members and $35 for non-members. All guests are welcome! Proceeds from the evening will be used to advance the initiatives of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield.
While the dinner is a ticketed event, the discussion led by guest speaker Pamela Bannos, is free and open to the public! To reserve your ticket to the dinner, please contact Bethany Burbridge Stremmel at email@example.com. To attend the discussion, please arrive a few minutes before 7:00 pm.
Pamela Bannos is an artist and researcher who utilizes methods that highlight the forgotten and overlooked, exploring the links between visual representation, urban space, history, and collective memory. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including in solo exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, England, and the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York. Her research projects include an investigation of Chicago’s Lincoln Park and the grounds of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Bannos has taught photography in Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice – http://vivianmaierproject.com/
We are pleased to announce that the Library will be undergoing a Main Floor Renovation beginning May 14th. The Library will remain operational throughout the renovation with services being provided on the Lower Level. The Library will be CLOSED on Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13 (regular Intersession Closure) and will re-open Monday, May 14th with services on the Lower Level. Entry to the library will be from the Lower Level Entrance near Brookens Auditorium
Scope of the Project:
We will be adding a classroom space to the Main Floor of Library, near the back, that seats 48 and will be equipped for library instruction and workshops. The entire public space of the Main Floor will be re-carpeted with a more modern and durable flooring. Collections like the Popular Books Collection, Feature Films Collection and New Books will remain on the Main Floor, while other Collections: Newspapers, Government Documents, and Legal Reference will be relocated. The Main Desk, currently near the front of the Library, will be reconfigured to better serve patrons. The new layout will be more open with new computer stations and a new print/scan area to enhance how the space is used. The Main Level will continue to be a space that encourages group study, with mobile furniture, booth seating, and collaboration tables. Floors 3 and 4 will remain quiet study floors.
The target date for the completion of the project is September, 2018. We plan to re-open the Main Floor of the Library October, 2018.
As we complete another academic year, we are also marking the end of an era for our Student Management team: Andrew, Diamond, and Taylor. What makes this year unique is that all three of our Student Managers are graduating. We want to take this moment to say an extra special congratulations and an extra special thank you to each of them.
The library’s Student Managers are members of our User Services team, which means they are fully trained circulation supervisors. They open and close the library, train new student employees, provide excellent service to our patrons, plan and run student employee staff meetings and our biannual semester retreats, and so much more. Each of them comes to work every day ready to work hard, to make a positive impact, and they’re always ready for the weirdly unexpected and unpredictable issues that can arise with each day. They are thoughtful and responsible, and provide a much needed student voice to every decision we make in the User Services department.
As a team, they are both colleagues and friends who support each other inside and outside the library. It has been an honor and a privilege to watch them grow as leaders, and a true joy to work alongside them. We are better because of them, the library is better because of them, and for that, we will be forever grateful.
Andrew, Diamond, and Taylor – Thank you for letting us be a part of your time at UIS, it has been unforgettable. We can’t wait to see what you do next!
Special Thanks and Congratulations from User Services,
Erich, Student Assistant Program Coordinator and Sarah, Director of Learning Commons and User Services
The end of the year can be a stressful time. The Friends of Brookens Library would like to treat you to a free bowl (or two) of cereal during finals week! Take a break from your studies & regroup at the Brookens Library Cereal Bar. We will have a variety of offerings to keep you going!