Welcome to Brookens Library and UIS for the 2017-18 academic year! I am Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services, and whether you are a returning, familiar face, or are new to campus, I want to extend a warm welcome and open invitation to students, faculty, and staff to visit Brookens Library. Brookens Library provides comfortable spaces for group or individual study, services ranging from research consultations to interlibrary loan, and collections that are located within the library, and online for easy access from off-campus.
I encourage you to explore our web page and find just what we have for you, or contact us by stopping by or by online, and we can work with you to write a great research paper, help track down that hard-to-find piece of research, or provide access to research you need. You’ll find new resources, new collections and research assistance featured on Research Guides.
In the library, we’ve added a few new items: faster computers and colorful task chairs on all levels, collaborative work stations with monitors for easy group work, and new lockers where you can securely charge your laptop, tablet, or phone. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the events and activities we hold, including fall campus traditions such as The Friends Book Sale in September and the Haunted Library in October. There’s also newer traditions to watch for, such as a Cereal Bar during Finals Week
I hope to see you at Brookens Library or on campus, but feel free to reach out any time and let me know how we’re doing or what else Brookens Library can do to assist in your success. Best to you all.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: My favorite thing about being a UIS student is getting to experience the culture of the school. All the great things that goes on through out the school year and bringing people together. I also like the environment which makes you feel at home and everybody you meet is willing to talk and help.
What are your goals for the semester?: My goals for this semester is to as always pass my classes with good grades. I also want to join more clubs and be more involved in activities on campus. I want to have more fun than last year and be positive.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: If there was a reality TV show of my life, it would be called ” Life of Broken Athlete”. I was a soccer player who’s career was ruined by injuries. I have have almost every part of my bones either broken or twisted. this ended my long goals of being a soccer player.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am involved in the UIS FC soccer club and my hobbies are playing soccer and going out to explore. I like to take walks or drive around the city and take pictures and just observe. I also like to play video games like fifa, 2k and others.
What have you learned since working at the library?: Since I started working in the library, I have learn to know how to help others. Working in the library makes you know how to interact with people and also have experience on how to deal with people. Also the library gives you the knowledge on how to do research and gain peoples trust on asking questions about their projects or assignments.
What are your post-graduation plans?: My post-graduation plans are having the knowledge and understanding of how the world works. Having the experience I need in my work field and being able to contribute to the world. Finally being able to go out there and have fun.
Join us for a Free Fall Movie Night in Brookens Library on Thursday, November 16th, beginning at 9:00 pm. We will be showing “The Goonies” and serving hot cocoa, campfire cupcakes, and other fun snacks. We will also have cozy blankets on hand to keep you warm! You don’t want to miss this first-even event sponsored by Norris Nation.
UIS Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies, Jackie Jackson, was featured in a cover story in the November 2, 2017 issue of Illinois Times. To celebrate this honor, UIS Archives/Special Collections has created an exhibit about Jackson on Level 2 of Brookens Library.
Jacqueline Dougan Jackson was born near Beloit, Wisconsin and was raised on her family’s dairy farm. She graduated from the University of Beloit in 1950, and received an M.A. in Latin from the University of Michigan in 1951. After teaching writing at Kent State University, in 1970 she was hired as a charter faculty member at a new university in Springfield, Illinois, named Sangamon State University (now UIS). She taught at UIS until her retirement in 2000, but, at age 89, she still teaches writing in her home.
The exhibit includes copies of Jackson’s published books dating back to 1953. Jackie published several children’s book, but also the Stories from the Round Barn series, which includes her delightful and thoughtful reminiscences of her early years growing up on a dairy farm, and her remarkable family. The final volume of the Stories from the Round Barn series has just been published, and is the occasion for the Illinois Times feature article.
The exhibit also contains material from the Reading and Writing and Radio Jamboree, organized and directed by Jackie Jackson. Every spring from 1975 to 1993, hundreds of central Illinois schoolchildren converged on the SSU campus for the Jamboree, a festive occasion for students, second grade to high school, to come together and share and present essays on a variety of subjects, both serious and lighthearted. Selected essays would be read and broadcast on the campus radio station.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?:The small size of the university makes it feel like home, along with those on campus. i enjoy having a university that is small, because the relationships you are able to establish with your professors and administrators is something that would be impossible if I were at another university. The opportunities presented at this campus also makes the list as one of my favorite things about UIS.
What are your goals for the semester?: A few of my goals are to continue to develop as an individual in terms of leadership skills, to finish off all of my graduate school applications before the initial deadlines, and to laugh more and worry less. During my undergrad I did quite a bit of stressing, and that has hindered my enjoyment many of the things that UIS offers. Because it is my last year, I want to enjoy it while also learning so that my experience here is memorable.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: It’s Lit Like a Candle- I’d probably choose this because there is never a point in my life that SOMETHING isn’t happening. I’ve always been busy and involved on campus, but I thoroughly enjoy it. I’ve also been privileged to meet people at UIS that have made my time here so much more entertaining.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am involved in theatre on campus. I have been actively involved in theatre here since I was a freshman. Some of my other hobbies include enjoying time outside or reading. I also love to swim.
What have you learned since working at the library?:Working at the library has taught me the importance of a positive attitude as well as what it means to truly assist those around you to the best of your ability. I have learned a ton of research skills as a student assistant. I also hope to continue to learn how to service others to the best of my abilities.
What are your post-graduation plans?: I plan to enroll in a masters program studying psychology or something related to that field. Once I obtain a masters degree, I’d like to work towards earning my Ph.D. I am super excited about my life after graduation!
On Wednesday, November 1, Brookens Library will be hosting Board Game Day in the Stars Café (Brookens Library Lower Level) from 5:00 -7:00 pm.
Stop by anytime between 5:00-7:00 pm to try out a game from our new board game collection and enjoy some snacks. Have a game you want to share with new friends? Bring it! Don’t know anything about board games? No problem! We’ll have people around to show you the ropes. Plus, our games are available for check out – so if you want to continue the fun, you can take one home after the event.
FOOD SPECIAL: Stars lounge is offering a meal deal in conjunction with Board Game Day: $1.50 for pepsi/diet pepsi with a hotdog or White Castle!
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is that the campus size is not too large, which means you can get to know your professors and your classmates better. I keep seeing familiar faces in my classes and I actually got to know some awesome individuals! And since the class size ranges from small to medium, every student has equal opportunities to get directly involved in class activities as well!
What are your goals for the semester?: Since this will be my last semester at UIS, I will keep staying focused on my studies as I have always been in order to gain the best results. After all, I always aim to maintain a solid performance with whatever I am working on.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: I would probably name it “Let it proof” to show how patience and enduring effort can gradually put you in a better place day after day. I hope that could be something motivational to keep others going.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am not actively involved in any clubs or activities on campus. During my free time I often spend time cooking/baking or drawing. These are the two activities that I can spend hours and hours tirelessly.
What have you learned since working at the library?: I have learned to slow down and always double check my work because our priority is accuracy and precision after all. I also realized that other than processing actual books we got lots of online projects to work on. My communication skills has improved as communication is the key to keep everyone on the same page and to clear any confusions between me, my bosses, and other fellow student workers.
What are your post-graduation plans?: Upon graduation I will certainly start on my job search! I am planning on applying for an advertising agency because I love to work under a creative environment!