MARCH Chosen “One Book, One UIS” for 2015/2016

MARCH Chosen “One Book, One UIS” for 2015/2016

March Book One  - One Book, One UIS 2015 March Book One - One Book One UIS 2015MARCH, 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 or 217-206-7440; or Kimberly Craig at or 217-206-6245.  For any other information about the 2015/2016 choice please contact Janelle Gurnsey in the Brookens Library: 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:

UIS Tobacco Free Policy Effective July 1, 2015

In preparation for a new state law banning smoking on all college and university campuses in Illinois, the University of Illinois Springfield begins a two-phase Tobacco-Free Policy beginning July 1, 2015

Message from Chancellor Koch:

A campus task force developed a two-year phased approach for implementation of a tobacco-free campus policy at UIS. Starting July 1, 2015, the use of all tobacco products on university property (except in privately owned vehicles traveling or parked on campus) will be prohibited. The policy begins on the same day the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act goes into effect statewide. The law bans smoking on all college and university campuses, except in private vehicles.

View the UIS Tobacco-Free Policy starting July 1, 2015

A year from now, starting on July 1, 2016, UIS will become a completely tobacco-free campus. The use of tobacco products will be prohibited on all university property, including in private and university vehicles traveling or parked on university property.

View the UIS Tobacco-Free Policy starting July 1, 2016

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I-Share & Books & Media Down June 12-15 for Upgrade

Brookens Library will be upgrading our catalog system (I-Share Voyager) beginning at 5 pm on Friday, June 12. During the upgrade process Books & Media, My Library Account, I-Share, and item availability in Quick Search will be unavailable. We anticipate the upgrade will be completed by 8 am Monday, June 15. The library will be open regular operating hours during this upgrade and all other services will be available.


Nina Burleigh Speaking At UIS 6/23

We are please to announce SSU/UIS Alumni Nina Burleigh will be the special guest for the Friends of Brookens Library Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 23. The free community lecture will take place in the University of Illinois Springfield Studio Theatre at 7:00 pm following the meeting. This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in supporting Brookens Library by becoming a Friend please contact Bethany Burbridge at or by calling (217) 206-6597.

About Nina Burleigh:

Nina Burleigh is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of five books. Her last book, The Fatal Gift of Beauty, was a New York Times bestseller. In the last several years, she has covered a wide array of subjects, from American
politics to the Arab Spring. She is National Politics Correspondent at Newsweek and has written for numerous publications including Rolling Stone, Businessweek, The New Yorker, Time, New York and The New York Times. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, The Today Show, 48 Hours, MSNBC, CNN and C-Span, on NPR and numerous radio programs.

Nina was born and educated in the Midwest, has traveled extensively in the Middle East and lived in Italy and France. She is a graduate of the UIS Public Affairs
Reporting (PAR) Program and was inducted into the PAR Hall of Fame in 2013.

She is a an adjunct professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has lectured around the United States, in Italy, and in Mexico. Her book, Mirage,
published in 2008 by Harper Collins, was selected by The New York Times as an
editors’ choice and won the Society of Women Educators’ Award in 2008.

Nina Burliegh Speaks at 2015 Friends of Brookens Library Annual Meeting

Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award Winner

The 2014/2015 academic year was the first offering of the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award. The excellent projects submitted made the judging a challenge, but the selection committee comprised of Ben Walsh, Angie Maranville and John Laubersheimer, were able to decide upon a clear winner. Congratulations goes to Michael Lotspeich for his undergraduate honors theses Adherence to Themes in Rural Local Education Agency Reorganization Research: a Meta-analysis Review. Lotspeich received a cash prize of $250 as part of the award and his paper will be archived on the University’s institutional repository, IDEALS.

Mr. Lotspeich’s submission was an impressive piece of research that best exemplified proficiency in information literacy and excellence in undergraduate scholarship. His paper incorporates a wide range of resources from Brookens as well as materials obtained through ILL and iShare. Mr. Lotspeich completed his research paper as a part of his double major in Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science.

The judging committee was impressed with Mr. Lotspeich’s ability to analyze a complex topic and present it in a style that engages the reader. Mr. Lotspeich demonstrated a high level of skill in synthesizing literature and provided a very thorough bibliography. Overall, the first award winner presented the committee a comprehensive project with exemplary documentation.

Donate Your Used Books & Media

As the weather warms up and the semester comes to an end it’s the perfect time for spring cleaning. Brookens is a great place to donate your used books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, and Blu-Ray.  Every donation is important in helping us provide better resources to our users so please consider giving to Brookens Library. We will have a special book donation drop spot near the entrance should you wish to remain anonymous or if you do not wish to receive recognition for your donation.

Large donations can also be dropped off at the front desk at any time or to the library administration office between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

If you would like to receive recognition for your donation please ask the front desk for a donation form.


Holtz Memorial Lecture: Mourning Father Abraham 4/30

Lincoln-Symposium_Email-adThe University of Illinois Springfield will host a scholarly symposium on April 30, 2015, in collaboration with the Lincoln Funeral Coalition and support from The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and cosponsored by Brookens Library as this year’s Holtz Memorial Lecture.  “Mourning Father Abraham:  Lincoln’s Assassination and the Public’s Response” will feature three Lincoln scholars who will describe the way the public viewed Abraham Lincoln in life and death, including the variation in personal responses to his assassination. Lincoln’s call for black suffrage and the challenges of reunion will also be discussed.

Speakers will include Dr. Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, UIS, Dr. Martha Hodes, Professor of History, New York University, and Dr. Louis Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University.  The event, at 7:00 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, is free and open to the public.  No reservation is required.  Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is first come, first seated, with overflow seating provided.  A reception and book signing will follow.  The live webcast can be viewed at

The symposium is being organized by the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership.  For more information: or (217) 206-7094.

Extended Hours: May 4th – 8th

Finals are approaching and we know you need a safe place to study into the wee hours so for one week only we are extending our regular semester hours. From Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8th we will be open and additional 3 hours each evening. We will also have light refreshments to help keep you nourished as the clock ticks on.

Monday, May 4-7: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Friday, May 8: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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