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:

Giving Tuesday

Giving-tuesday-badge-redToday is Giving Tuesday! I know that there are so many worthy causes to which you could donate today, but I hope that you will consider making Friends of Brookens Library one of them. The Friends make possible the wonderful events offered by the library, including One Book, One UIS. The organization also supports the purchase of materials for the collection (essential for us right now) and enhancements of the learning spaces in Brookens. The faculty and staff of Brookens Library are grateful for your support—thank you! – Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean, Library Instructional Services

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

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In recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday, Brookens Library will have reduced hours Monday-Wednesday, November 11/23-11/25 and will be CLOSED Thanksgiving Day 11/26/15 – Saturday 11/28.

Sat-Sun (11/21 -11/22): Closed
Mon-Wed (11/23 -11/25): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday (Thanksgiving 11/26): Closed
Fri-Sat (11/27 – 11/28): Closed

We are thankful for all who take advantage of our resources and services. Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

Apply for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award

Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities, are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. With this in mind, Brookens Library created the Brookens Library  Undergraduate Research Award.

This 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.

  • Application forms are due by February 12, 2016. The online application form is available here: Application Form
  • All application materials are due by 5pm on March 18, 2016.
  • The winner will be announced on April 15, 2016.

For complete information about the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award and detailed instructions on how to apply please visit:


Quick Search Maintenance

Update: Maintenance has been completed. Quick Search availability has been restored.

Notification from 11/6

Due to scheduled maintenance, Quick Search will be unavailable for searching for online articles and journals from 8-9 PM on Sunday, November 8. The maintenance should last no longer than an hour. We apologize for any inconvenience. The Books and Media search will not be affected and you will still be able to utilize the databases.

MARCH: One Book One UIS Lecture Monday, October 19

One Book, One UIS Presents, “MARCH: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Social Justice”

TODAY: Monday, October 19 – 7:00 PM – Sangamon Auditorium
Tickets are FREE through the Sangamon Auditorium – limited quantity remaining.
One Book, One UIS is proud to present  “MARCH: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Social Justice”. Congressman John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell are coming to UIS to speak about their graphic memoir, MARCH, as a part of our One Book, One UIS community read initiative. The lecture will take place at the University of Illinois Springfield Sangamon Auditorium on October 19th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are free and available to the public by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160. A book signing will immediately follow the program in the PAC.

Please pick up your tickets by or before 7:00 pm as we are expecting a large crowd. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the lecture.

One Book One UIS 2015

JSTOR Service Alert

JSTOR has restored stable access.

Previous Notification from 10/14

The database, JSTOR, has been experiencing intermittent, site-wide access issues. JSTOR is working hard to restore stable access as quickly as possible. For more details, please check the Platform Updates page ( We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale

Please join us for the Annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale this Friday, October 16th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We have large numbers of books in the following categories:

Fiction—lots of paperbacks, but some like new hardbacks; mysteries and thrillers from some of your favorite authors: John LeCarre, Lee Child, James Patterson and more
History—large stock of both American and World history
Biography and Autobiography
Cookbooks, some in pristine condition
The collection is a bit more eclectic than in the past so there should be something for every reading taste.

The sale will be held once again on the Brookens lower level. Follow the signs and “steps” to the sale room or ask for directions at either the main information desk or the small desk on level one.

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