Meet the Team: Nathaniel

Nathaniel, a student workerName: Nathaniel

Year in school: Junior

Major/Minor: MIS

Hometown: Springfield, Illinois

Hobbies: I enjoy music, and play the guitar and trombone. I really like food; that’s probably my favorite. I like to stay active and will play just about any sport. I also really love dogs.

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I plan on working somewhere either in the MIS or Computer Science field because these areas come somewhat naturally to me. Entry-level jobs in both of these fields often require frequent traveling, which is something I still want to do in my 20’s.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I have been extremely blessed to have my parents and grandparents as such positive role models in my life. They taught me to be loving, tough, hardworking, and to carry myself with a positive attitude in everything I do.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Brookens has given me the opportunity to meet, help, and share ideas with a variety of people – which gives me some new perspectives I would not have gained otherwise.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My favorite library moment would have to be when Anuj played Mario Cart with the book truck.

Meet the Team: Alejandro

Alejandro, a student workerName: Alejandro   

Year in school: Junior

Major/Minor: Business Management

Hobbies: Soccer

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?:

I want to come back to Chile, and work for a Chilean Company. Then I am going to apply to a Graduate School (MBA).

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most?

The person that influenced me the most is my father. He has given me a good example about how to be a good husband and leader. He inspires me to be better every day.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens Library has helped me to develop my team work and organizational behavior. I am also learning about my supervisors and their example and passion for the work.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

Helping other students to achieve their academic goals by giving them advice regarding the library/UIS sources, and hanging out with my co-workers. Working at Brookens is fun!

Meet the Team: Garrett

Garrett, a student workerName: Garrett

Year in school: Freshman

Major/Minor: Economics/Political Science

Hometown: Anna-Jonesboro, Illinois

Hobbies: Running and Reading

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I want to attend law school and be involved in public policy in order to give back to my community and country.

 Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

My mother is an Army Veteran and her service and sacrifice has always inspired me to work hard and strive to be the best version of myself possible.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

In the short time I have been working at Brookens I have already improved my organizational, and people skills.

 What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

I’m a relatively new employee but I look forward to many memorable and fun experiences.

February Student and Staff Picks

Love is in the air this month and so comes our student and staff list of books they love! This month holds a diverse selection from several categories of books. You’re sure to find a book you enjoy with our picks.

Student Worker ConnieConnie’s Picks

  1. MARCH Book One by John Lewis
  2. A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. Ruined by Lynn Nottage
  7. Fences by August Wilson
  8. The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute
  9. August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  10. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  11. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  12. Paper Towns by John Green
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  16. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  17. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  18. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  19. Othello by William Shakespeare
  20. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne


Staff Worker BethanyBethany’s Picks

  1. Scandalous Women: the Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
  2. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
  3. Nickel and Dimed on (not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  4. Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  5. Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  6. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  7. feminism is for everybody: passionate politics by bell hooks
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
  10. I Feel Bad About my Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
  11. The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  13. The Mercury 13: the Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  16. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  17. Dietland by Sarai Walker
  18. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  19. How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
  20. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein


Now Accepting Submissions for Undergraduate Research Award

Brookens Library is very pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our third annual Undergraduate Research Award.

Brookens Library firmly supports the idea that undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are foundational components a complete education at UIS. 3 years ago, we created this award as a way for the Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students who had produced exemplary work in pursuit of their interests and degree.

Brookens Library Undergraduate Research AwardThe judging for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is one of our favorite parts of the academic year. Usually, we librarians are involved at the beginning stages of a research project – helping our patrons find the information that they need to get started on a project. We get to sit down with students from a variety of disciplines with some truly fascinating information needs. Unfortunately, it’s a rare day when one of us actually gets to see some of the finished products. This research award is a unique and treasured window onto the excellent work that the UIS students have created.

About the only downside of the endeavor is that the Library only gets to recognize one student’s excellent. We’ve always had a competitive grouping of papers, with one just edging out a victory in our rubrics. But this year, we are very excited to say that we are awarding a second and a third place! Now, even more great work will be acknowledged and preserved. Apply today with a paper of project you have completed in the past year!

First Place: $250

Second Place: $100

Third Place: $50

You can see the winning papers from the previous years here:

Details of the award, the submission process, the timeline and the judging rubric can be found here:


Meet the Team: Carolyn

Student employee, CarolynName: Carolyn

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor: Chemistry w/ biochemistry concentration, minor in psychology

Hometown: Oak Forest, IL

Hobbies: Star-gazing, reading, Netflix, learning languages

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I’m currently filling out my applications for grad school. I plan on getting my master’s degree in forensic science so that I can eventually work to solve crimes through chemistry.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I don’t know if it’s cheating to pick a fictional character, but growing up, my biggest influence was Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. I always wanted to be just like her: smart, brave, and shamelessly self-confident. Looking up to this character has gotten me to where I am in life now!

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

I’ve learned so much working here at Brookens, but most importantly I learned how to be more adaptive. You never know what kind of question you’re going to encounter until it is already happening, so quick-thinking is a must-have.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

The everyday experiences of working at the library are my personal favorites. I love interacting with my fellow student workers, my supervisors, and even the patrons. All of the different people are what make this job so great!

Upcoming Workshop: Fundraising Letters: 2/3/17, 3:00 pm


Learn the tried-and-true techniques of preparing fundraising appeal letters that supporters can’t resist. Move reply rates from 2% to 20% and see donations – and donation amounts – rise.

Join the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center and Laura Huth of do good Consulting on Friday, February 3rd for the workshop Great Fundraising Letters, Inside and Out. The workshop will be hosted in Brookens Library from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. If you are interested in attending, please register: letters.