WORKSHOP – Locating Private Foundation Money – April 28

Under the Influence – Expression Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners and finalists in the Under the Influence: Music that Inspires Expression Contest!  Contest entries will remain posted on this website.

First Place – Felicia Olin
Second Place – Rebecca Young
Third Place – Katie Molck

Finalists: Bethany Burbridge, Lola Lucas, Mandy Magill, Christopher Martin, John McCarthy, William Morris, Ken Pease, Elizabeth Quick, Thomas Sidener

Please join the Springfield community and surrounding areas in a discussion of the book that inspired this contest, Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.   Click here for more information about The Big Read in Central Illinois and a full list of scheduled Big Read events throughout the months of February and March 2011. Participating communities include Springfield, Chatham, Rochester, Williamsville, Jacksonville, Ashland, Pleasant Plains, and Sherman.  All events are FREE and open to the public!

“But all the time – no matter what she was doing – there was music.” – Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Try Netflix-like Interlibrary loan

Brookens Library is pleased to announce our participation in a pilot project to test a new book borrowing service that delivers books directly to your home.  This OCLS service, called WorldCat Direct, will be offered through the end of the calendar year (and possibly beyond).

The program works somewhat like Netflix, the popular DVD home-delivery service.  If a book is held by the supplier Better World Books, then we can request it from them, and the send it directly to the patron’s home address.  A postage-paid envelope is provided if the patron wants to return the book to Better World Books, or the patron has the option to purchase the book.  Purchasing information comes with the item.

We are engaged in this pilot test to determine if WorldCat Direct is a service that we want to continue in the future.  Once the test period concludes, we will analyze the effectiveness of the service together with the costs.  Therefore, feel free to place as many book requests as you like!

You can do so by requesting the book through WorldCat.  Once you find an item you want to request, click the “request item” link in the item record.  You’ll be asked to fill out personal information including the address where the book will be sent (your home address!).

You can also place a request using the ILL webforms.  Just choose “Request a Book form” and fill in the blanks.

Please note that if the particular book you request is not held by Better World Books, we will request the item in the conventional manner.  The book will be delivered to Brookens Library Circulation desk for your pick up.

If you have any questions or comments about this service, please contact Carol Reese, Interlibrary Loans Specialst, at 217-206-6601 or email

Race Riot resources

In the 1970s, the Sangamon State University Oral History Office interviewed about 30 individuals who were eyewitnesses to the Springfield Race Riot of 1908, one of the most seminal moments in Central Illinois history.  These oral histories are preserved in Brookens Library’s Archives/Special Collections department. A guide to the race riot memoirs is available on the UIS Archives website. The guide includes links to the full text of the memoirs and to a selection of the original audio interviews contained in the “Revealing Voices” podcast series at UIS’s iTunes U.

During the week of 6-8 August, WUIS aired a series of four programs on the 1908 Springfield Race Riot. These include excerpts from oral histoies in the Archives/Special Collections and feature an interview with Cullom Davis, UIS Professor Emeritus of History and the director of the oral history project in the 1970s.

There is also a set of historic photographs of the aftermath of the race riot from the Booth-Gruenendike Family Collection available online. For more information about any of these features, please email Tom Wood, UIS archivist, or phone him at 217-206-6520.

Archives receives LSTA Grant

Archives/Special Collections has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant for Digital Imaging from the Illinois State Library. The purpose of the $20,300 grant is to digitize taped audio interviews from the UIS Oral History Collection in order to make them more easily accessible to historical researchers and the general public. The project will also aid in the preservation of the audio interviews by making surrogate use copies available at the Illinois Digital Archives and also in digital storage at the UIS Archives.

The digitized files made from the tapes will be uploaded to IDA and associated with the oral history abstracts and digitized transcripts already available there. The transcripts were digitized using funds from an earlier LSTA grant in 2004, and are also available at the UIS Archives website.