Welcome Back!

On behalf of Brookens Library, we’d like to welcome you back and wish you a successful fall semester! Hopefully, you had a relaxing or productive summer.  Here at the Library we have been busy over the summer getting ready for Academic Year 2019-20 and have a number of informational items we would like everyone to be aware of.

Course Materials, Reserves, and Streaming Media
The Library is operating under a budget reduced by 10% this year.  We’ve taken steps to ensure that our services and our resources will not be unduly affected by this situation.  If you have materials you need to place on reserve or otherwise need for your courses, be sure to get those requests in as soon as possible.  This includes articles, books, and especially streaming movies. This past spring, we ran out of funds for our streaming movie service to the detriment of faculty who had included materials in their syllabus that we were not aware of. If you intend to use film or streaming media in your class, please reach out to your subject liaison ASAP to ensure you will have access to required resources for your course. Sharing your syllabus with your librarian liaison is also beneficial.

Use of Subscription Resources
Speaking of Library resources, the Library currently subscribes to more than 100 online databases and related resources to support scholarship and research across all disciplines at UIS.  Some of our largest database subscriptions include:

  • IEEE: Full-text access to technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.
  • Academic Search Complete: a multidisciplinary database containing full-text articles from peer reviewed journals, popular magazines and newspapers.
  • Web of Science: the world’s most trusted citation indexes for scientific and scholarly research.

The Library relies heavily on usage statistics in order to monitor the health of our collection and to be good stewards of the money entrusted to us by the University.  To that end, we ask that if you are assigning an article from any of our many resources that, whenever possible, you link to the article in question rather than use a pdf.  This is especially important for those of you who use Blackboard to organize your courses.

Instruction: Meeting Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and Student Success
We would like to remind everyone that the Librarians are available for library/information literacy instruction in your classes, or scheduled as extra-credit workshops.  Librarians can provide instruction on a wide variety of topics that will greatly assist student success.  Key information literacy learning objectives can be found through the UIS Goals and Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and are foundational to student success.  To that end, we offer instructional assistance with traditional, bibliographic instruction (database use, key word selection, topic refinement) to covering advanced research and information use concepts. If you would like to schedule instruction, please fill out the instruction request form.

Consultations = Customized Support for High Impact Practices
Additionally, we offer research consultations for students as well so they can receive customized, one-on-one research support from a Librarian. Consultations do not have to center on an in-depth research assignment, but can be scheduled to support any student who may benefit from additional assistance.

We look forward to working with you all as well as meeting and engaging with your students this semester.  You can read more on our resources and other useful library information on this blog, especially our Hidden Gems series.  There is much more about services for faculty on the Faculty Research Guide.

As always, if you have any questions concerning any of the information in this update, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Librarians.

Brookens Library, Library Instructional Services Program
John Laubersheimer, Chair

Sally LaJoie

Stephen McMinn

Sarah Sagmoen

Pamela Salela

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