Welcome Back!

Students, faculty, staff and community members, welcome to the Spring 2020 Semester from all of us at Brookens Library. We just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about some of the great services the Library can provide our patrons.

Course Reserves and Other Purchase Requests

Despite the current budget situation at UIS, the Library is still committed to supporting our patrons’ material needs. 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. If you intend to use film or streaming media in your class, please reach out to us as soon as you can in order to ensure you will have access to required resources for your course. Sharing your syllabus with us is also beneficial in this regard.

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, keyword 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.  

Curriculum Mapping and Assessment of Student Learning

Many departments have been working on curriculum mapping and the considering the student learning outcomes. Whether your department is currently working on that or just gearing up to do so, we would love to talk to you about how the Library can help.
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 the 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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