Every Wednesday beginning February 4th, The Learning Hub will be providing writing help from a Learning Hub writing tutor in the Library from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. No appointment is ever necessary. Just stop-in during the scheduled times and get expert help.
Brookens Library Student Research Award Now Accepting Applications
Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Student Research Award was created to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250.
- Open to undergraduate students enrolled at University of Illinois Springfield in any academic level for the current academic year. All disciplines are eligible.
- The paper, project or poster must be tied to a specific UIS course or other appropriate undergraduate research projects (i.e.: StARS Symposium).
- Submissions must be from the current or previous academic year.
- Individual or team submissions are allowed (in the event a team submission wins the award, the prize will be split among the team members).
- The paper, project or poster must be completed at the time of submission.
- All submissions must contain an element of library research that demonstrates the use of primary and/or secondary sources. This could be a literature review, an annotated bibliography or other means of documentation appropriate to the project submitted.
- The submitted paper or project must have a reference list (works cited).
- All applicants must agree to give the library permission to upload winning papers/projects to the campus institutional repository (IDEALS).
Your complete application must include:
- A completed application form.
- A 700-1000 word abstract introducing the research question being answered by the submission. Include a discussion of hypotheses, methodology and/or results when appropriate.
- A final version of the research paper, project or poster presentation.
- A bibliography or other appropriate list of sources consulted/works cited.
- A statement of support from the UIS faculty member who taught the course or administered the research project for which the paper/project/poster was originally submitted.
A committee comprised of librarians and faculty members from different disciplines will judge all submissions.
Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated ability to select, evaluate, and synthesize appropriate library resources and successfully use them in the creation of a research project or paper.
- Evidence of significant scholastic and/or personal learning and the development of a steady research pattern or habits that can be utilized in future academic endeavors.
- Ability to describe and analyze the applicant’s research strategies, techniques, and learning process.
- Originality/uniqueness of the project/topic, mastery of content (appropriate to class level), clear writing, and overall quality of the project.
Deadlines and important dates:
- Application forms are due by March 23, 2015. The online application form is available here: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/1048711
- All remaining application materials are due by 5pm on March 23, 2015.
- The winner will be announced at the StARS conference on April 3, 2015.
Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant’s academic level and the requirements of the discipline.
MARCH Chosen “One Book, One UIS” for 2015/2016
MARCH, a graphic memoir about the life of civil rights icon John Lewis, has been chosen by the One Book, One UIS Planning Committee as the campus community read for the 2015/2016 academic year. Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell have agreed to speak at UIS. Their presentation will be on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 in Sangamon Auditorium.
John Lewis has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1986, representing the Georgia 5th District. Born the son of sharecroppers in Pike County, Alabama, Lewis became a civil rights activist while a student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, organizing sit-ins and participating in freedom rides. From 1963-1966, Lewis chaired the Student Nonviolent Organizing Committee (SNCC) of which he was a founder.
The title of the book MARCH comes from the many marches that Lewis organized or participated in, including one of the most well-remembered moments in civil rights history—the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. Lewis was one of the organizers of the march, which drew nationwide attention when the non-violent marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers. Many historians believe that the images of cruelty from the Selma march were a factor in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Over the years, Lewis has received many prestigious awards, including the Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honor) and the only John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Foundation. He has recently been named as the recipient of the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government given each year by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois. A ceremony to present the award to Congressman Lewis, hosted by Senator Dick Durbin, will be held on April 29 in Washington, DC.
MARCH is planned as a three-volume trilogy. At UIS, we will be reading volumes one and two. MARCH: Book One has received numerous awards, including a 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and an ALA Notable Children’s Book designation. It was also named a “Top Ten Graphic Novel for Teens” by the Young Adults Library Services Association (YALSA) of ALA and made the “best books of 2013” lists of USA Today, The Washington Post, Slate and others. MARCH: Book Two has just been published and has already garnered a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
Should you wish to include MARCH in a course during the 2015/2016 academic year, please contact Karen Moranski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-206-7440; or Kimberly Craig at email@example.com or 217-206-6245. For any other information about the 2015/2016 choice please contact Janelle Gurnsey in the Brookens Library: firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-206-8451. We will release information about additional programming as it is planned. For more information about the One Book, One UIS program, including selection criteria, please see: www.onebookoneuis.com.
The Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center is hosting the final workshop for the Spring 2015 semester. Make your reservation today!
Community Health & Socioeconomic Data at Your Fingertips: Paula Gramley, Community Benefits Coordinator, Memorial Health System
Thursday, April 9; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library: The workshop will provide an introduction to a free online database at www.choosememorial.org/healthycommunities. This site provides community demographics and rankings of more than 100 health and socioeconomic indicators for Sangamon, Logan, Morgan and Christian counties. Information is updated regularly so that the data is the latest available. Community data is available in seven categories: health, economy, education, environment, public safety, social environment and transportation. This data may help organizations with goal setting, need assessments, grant writing and other work. Workshop includes hands on component at computer. See the full calendar description HERE.
Pamela M. Salela, Associate Professor, Coordinator, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, will be offering the Locating Private Foundation Funding Workshop Thursday, March 12 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Brookens 141-B.
Locating Private Foundation Funding: Pamela M. Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center
Free community workshop on locating private foundation money & the use of the Center’s resources.
Thursday, March 12; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library: This workshop will include:
• Demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional.
• Introduction on what to consider when seeking private foundation monies
• Interpreting the information found about a foundation and its funding areas.
• Information regarding locating the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and webstreams
• Instruction on the use of CINRC reference materials to supplement your grant search.
• Discussion of tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations.
Due to limited seating and resources, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Friday, February 27th is International Games Day at YOUR Library and we are celebrating by having a day of free gaming, free food and free fun so be sure to join us. Don’t forget to bring your friends! There will be prizes given away throughout the day. Check out all the details:
International Games Day at Brookens Library
Date: Friday, February 27th
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm