Meet the Team: Colleen

colleen_fy17-webName: Colleen

Year in school: Junior

Major/Minor: Business Management, Minors in International Studies and Communication

Hometown: Flora, IL

Hobbies: Crafting, Cooking/Baking, Reading

Position in the Library:

Leadership Lived Experience (LLE) Student Employee for the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center (CINRC) at Brookens Library

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

After graduating with my undergraduate degree, I want to find a career in student services and help other students realize and achieve their dreams. When reflecting on my college experience so far, I realized how the people I engaged with outside my classes encouraged me to do bigger and better things for myself and my community – and that I wanted to do the same for other students. In addition to this, I would like to serve underrepresented populations as a resource to small business owners. This is something that I want to do as a volunteer – I have this knowledge from my business degree and it does not make sense for me to not share it with others who need it. I also plan to stay active as an alumna with my sorority, Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

The people that influence and inspire me the most are my parents and younger sister. My parents have always been supportive of me and my dreams, and just knowing that I have their support in whatever I do is a very powerful influence in my life. My younger sister will be enrolling in college within the next couple years, and I want to show her how much she can get from her college experience. There’s so many more ways that they influence and inspire me, but it’s too much to express here.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens Library has taught me how important it is to have a good team of people to work with. Having a supportive, fun group of people makes the work fun and the day goes by faster.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My most memorable experience I have had at the library was the first semester I worked at Brookens! I know it’s a pretty big time frame, but I worked with some of the best people (Laura, Janet, Shakiah, etc.) and almost always enjoyed coming in to work!

Intersession Hours: 1/3 – 1/15

We hope you all enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season. As the UIS winter break continues before Spring Semester begins, Brookens Library will be operating on Intersession Hours from Tuesday, January 3 – Sunday, January 15 and will be observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16 with a special closure. During the Intersession we will be open:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Special Closure: Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We will re-open with regular Spring Semester on Tuesday, January 17.

Check out the Calendar View of our hours

January Calendar View


Winter Break Special Hours & Closures

Finals Week marks the end of another semester at UIS.  We will reduce our hours and have special holiday closures over the winter break from Saturday, December 10, 2016 through Monday, January 16, 2017. A complete list of our hours is always available on our website for your convenience.

Reduced Hours of Operation (Saturday, December 10 – Thursday, December 22):

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Monday – Friday: OPEN 9AM – 5 PM

Holiday CLOSURE:

Friday, December 23 – Monday,  January 2

We re-open with reduced hours on Tuesday, January 3

Spring Semester Reduced Hours: (Tuesday, January 3 – Sunday, January 15)

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Monday – Friday: OPEN 9AM – 5PM

Special Closure: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 16): CLOSED

We re-open with regular Spring Semester hours Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Calendar view of hours December 2016

Calendar View of Library Hours January 2017

Check Out Our Winter Read Recommendations!

Let it Snow Brookens Library Chalkboard Art

We hope your semester has been successful and that you are looking forward a peaceful winter break.  To help you relax and refresh, we’ve compiled a list of winter read recommendations in our Cloud Library collection.  These downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks are accessible from wherever you are spending your break with the free app.  Unfamiliar with the downloadable eBooks or eAudiobooks in our Cloud Library collection?  Learn more here, and, as always, we’ll be happy to help you download the free app and set up your account at the library main desk. Enjoy your break!

De-Stress Stations

Finals Week can be a stressful time of the year. With that in mind, we set up two de-stress stations located near the back of the library on the main floor: A Lego Station and a Kinetic Sand Station. Take a quick break and use your hands to help reduce your stress! Good luck as you close out the semester.

Kinetic Sand Station

Congrats to Brookens Graduates!

We could not provide all of our resources and services to the community without our student employees. They are an integral part of the operations of Brookens Library. 

It is bittersweet to lose such three highly valued members of Team Brookens at the end of this semester. We are excited for them and the new chapter they will begin in their lives after college. Congratulations to Aman, Anuj, and Crystal. We wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors!

Congratulations to Aman

Meet the Team Aman

Aman has worked as part of the User Services department for a year and a half. Aman likes to play and listen to music, when he’s not studying into the early hours of the morning. Aman’s a great member of our team, supporting other students, staff, and faculty by telling jokes and helping others get what they need. As an international student, he’s helped a lot of other international students navigate their way around campus and to the resources they might require. Here’s a video shot by Leadership Lived that talks more about Aman and all of the wonderful things he’s done for the campus community as well–not just the library! 

 Congratulations to Anuj


rotating_anuj-sept-2016Anuj has also been a part of our team for about a year and a half. His major is also Management Information Systems. On Wednesdays, Anuj often serves as our student research assistant, while the librarians are in their weekly meeting. Over the summer, Anuj and Aman both helped out with a huge shifting project, working with both speed and accuracy. Anuj is always supportive and always looking for ways to help his coworkers and others in the community.

Anuj has excelled at every task and project we have thrown his way, and he always takes it on with a positive attitude.  His customer service to all of our patrons has been superb, and his presence in the library will be very much missed by many.

Congratulations to Crystal


Crystal has been the student manager for the User Services staff since the Fall 2014 Semester. Hired in Fall 2013, Crystal has done pretty much everything a student worker would do, as well as everything a circulation supervisor would do. Active in her Sorority and always studying, Crystal doesn’t have much free time. After graduation, she plans to learn how to be a better cook and to read more novels and less textbooks. Crystal’s outgoing, friendly personality made her a pleasure to work with and she will be greatly missed. 


Brookens Holiday Hours and Closures

We know you’re busy studying for finals so we wanted to remind you that our hours change during Winter Break.

Holiday / Winter Break Recess (12/10- 1/2)

Sat-Sun (12/10 – 12/18): Closed
Mon-Friday (12/12 – 12/22): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri-Tue (12/23 – 12/27): Holiday Closure
Wed-Fri (12/28 – 12/30): BUILDING CLOSED/E-mail services available 10 AM – 2 PM
Sat-Mon (12/31 – 1/2): Holiday Closure

Brookens Library will re-open with regular hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.