Posted by: brookenslibrary | March 1, 2015

Open Regular Hours 3/1: 2-Midnight

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Need a warm place to hunker down after the overnight snow? Brookens Library will be open with regular hours today Sunday, March 1st: 2:00 p.m. – midnight.


Posted by: brookenslibrary | February 21, 2015

Opening at 1pm Today (Saturday 2/21)

We will be opening at 1pm today in order to allow time streets to be cleaned so that our staff has safe driving conditions.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.  Please stay safe and warm this weekend!

Posted by: brookenslibrary | February 3, 2015

Games Day at YOUR Library – Feb 27

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

Location: Lower Level of Brookens LibraryInternation Gaming Day 15_Web


Posted by: brookenslibrary | February 2, 2015

The Learning Hub in Brookens

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.

Learning Hub_Writing Help 2015

Posted by: brookenslibrary | January 29, 2015

Brookens Library Undergraduate Student Research Award: Apply Today!

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.


Evaluation Committee

A committee comprised of librarians and faculty members from different disciplines will judge all submissions.

Evaluation criteria:

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:
  • 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.
Posted by: brookenslibrary | January 16, 2015

Spring Semester iPad Tours

Need a refresher on what Brookens Library offers?

We’ve scheduled both on-campus Tours and online Virtual Tours for Spring semester. The Tour covers where to find books and articles, how to access resources from off-campus, where to get research help, and more!

See the links below for dates, times, and registration. Registration is encouraged but not required for individual students;  just drop-in!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

10:00 am – 11:00 am On-Campus Library Tour
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm On-Campus Library Tour

Thursday, February 12, 2015

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm On-Campus Library Tour
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm On-Campus Library Tour

Thursday, February 19, 2015

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Virtual Library Tour
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Virtual Library Tour

Questions? Please contact:

Dorothy Ryan Hemmo

Clinical Assistant Professor/Instructional Services Librarian

LIB 236

(217) 206-8458

Posted by: brookenslibrary | January 2, 2015

Quick Search and My ILL Unavailable Jan. 3

On Saturday January 3, Quick Search and My ILL will be down from 12:01 am to 3:00 pm Eastern for scheduled upgrades. Please use Books & Media to search for books and Databases A-Z for article searching. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted by: brookenslibrary | December 17, 2014

Holiday Hours & Closures

We will have reduced hours and closures throughout the winter break. Below you will find a complete list of our winter hours. Tuesday, January 20th marks the beginning of the regular Spring 2015 operating hours. Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

Winter Break (12/20 – 1/2)

Dec 20-21 (Sat-Sun): CLOSED
Dec. 22-23 (Mon-Tue): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dec 24-28 (Wed – Sun): CLOSED
Dec 29-31 (Mon-Wed): BUILDING CLOSED, Telephone or email services available 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jan 1 (Thu): CLOSED
Jan 2 (Fri): BUILDING CLOSED, Telephone or email services available 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Winter Intercession (1/3 – 1/18)

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/19)


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Posted by: brookenslibrary | December 9, 2014

Extended Hours – Dec 8-12.

It’s that time of the semester again – the week before finals! We know you have more to do than time to do it so we are keeping our doors open even longer to help better serve your needs! We will be open late all week long:

Monday – Thursday  (Dec 8-11th) 8:30 am – 3:00 am!

Friday (December 12th): 8:30 am – 9:00 pm!

We will provide snacks and beverages to keep you going strong into the wee hours of the night the next morning. Good luck studying!

CarpeNoctem_Fall 14

Posted by: brookenslibrary | December 2, 2014

World Cat Local & WordCat Discovery System Restored


OCLC is currently experiencing a system outage that affects WorldCat Local and WorldCat Discovery services.

You will not be able to utilize the search functionality of our online resources.

The image below is from the library’s website & shows where you will be unable to search during the outage.

Quick SearchBrookens Library Homepage

OCLC is working to resolve this outage as quickly as possible. We will share when the problem has been corrected as soon as we are notified. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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