Main Floor Closure

We are having new carpet installed on the main level of the library starting Monday, May 13th. The main level will be closed while carpet is being removed due to dust and noise. We will reopen the main level as soon as we are able to do so. While the main level is closed, you can access the library through the Lower Level entrance.

Hidden Gem: Women and the Law

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist. 

This installment of the hidden gems series also comes from the HeinOnline legal database, and would be of interest to researchers of women and gender studies, history, sociology, anthropology, public policy, etc.  To access these works, go to the HeinOnline database, and choose “Women and the Law (Peggy)” under the Browse Database by Name menu.   

Screenshot of HeinOnline database indicating the list of collections under the Browse Database by Name category.

This collection brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. This unique collection of materials provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on women. This valuable resource for women and gender studies, history, anthropology, and sociology contains over 2,000 titles with almost a million pages of information on these topics.  Some of the subtopics or subjects include abortion; the feminism and legal theory project; legal rights & suffrage; women & education; women & employment; and women & society among others.  

How-to Tuesday: Mango Languages

Mango wearing a black hat and holding a guitar

We hope that these last few days of the semester are going well. We realize that once your last final is complete, you may be packing a bag and heading off to places near or far. Your adventures may include locales where languages other than you own are spoken. If that’s the case, or if you are just interested in sitting on your couch and learning a new language, we’ve got you covered.  

You may be wondering, “But how, Brookens Library Blog? How can you possibly help me with this?!” to which we reply, “You have access to a tool called Mango Languages.” Mango Languages is an online culture and language-learning resource that’s available to you 24/7 online or through their mobile app. So go now, visit the Mango Language site , create your free account, and start tracking your language-learning progress today.  

Mango wearing a black hat and holding a guitar

Hidden Gem: Black Panther Newspaper

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.

The Black Thought and Culture database – a hidden gem on its own FULL of hidden gems – is an invaluable tool for African American studies and History alike.  Within it is a run of the Black Panther Newspaper (also known as The Black Panther Intercommunal News Service) from 1967 to 1980.  To get to this resource, mouse-over ‘Browse’ from the top menu and select ‘Black Panther Newspaper’ from the drop-down menu.

The Black Panther was the official newspaper of the Black Panther Party for over a decade. It started out as a four-page newsletter in Oakland, California in 1967 and was founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. It’s a tremendously valuable resource for understanding the issues of the day from the perspective of the Black Panther Party. The newspaper distributed information about the party’s activities and expressed the ideology of the Black Panther Party.  The paper focused on international revolutions as inspiration and contemporary racial struggles of African Americans across the United States.

Crucially, each issue present is a high-quality scan of the original document – not just a simple text transcription (though some of those are included as well).  This preserves much of the context the articles existed in and provides an amazing look at the time period these papers were originally published in.

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact alibrarian.

Summer Reading On the Go

Returning home for the summer? Sad you’ll no longer have the Brookens Library collection to peruse? Have no fear, cloudLibrary is here! Even if you are not on campus, you still have access to thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Get all of your fun reading done this summer using the cloudLibrary app, available for download on all of your devices. It has tons of popular books like Game of Thrones, some new publications, and lots of hidden gems. Don’t miss out on some wild literary adventures this summer! 

To login to the app, all you need to have is a library barcode number. This number is located on your library card and begins with 214.  

screenshot of login page of Cloudlibrary demonstrating that you use the 2141 number on your i-card to log into the app

For any assistance with the app, please stop by the main desk or call us at 217-206-6605.  

Have a relaxing summer and happy reading! 

Hidden Gem: Slavery in America Collection

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

This week we are featuring another hidden gem within the HeinOnline legal database, the “Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law” collection.  This collection would be of interest to researchers in the areas of history, African American studies, anthropology, sociology, etc.  To access these works, go to the HeinOnline database, and choose “Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law” under the Browse Database by Name menu.   

Screenshot of HeinOnline database indicating the Slavery in America and the World collection under the Browse Database by Name category.

This collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials totaling over 2,000 primary and secondary source titles on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.  

Beyond statutes and cases, the collection also includes novels, newspapers, poems, songs, speeches, sermons, and slave narratives.  One of the unique items included is the the original copy of the book – “Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana” that was the foundation of the recent motion picture.   

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian