Books, Journals & More: The Library’s FY20 Material Budget

Recently there have been some concerns expressed about budget cuts and the collections at Brookens Library.  Although the overall library budget is taking a 10% cut along with the rest of the university, there have been no specific cuts made to the materials’ portion of the budget.  In order to balance budget cuts and not have a negative effect on overall services, the library routinely reviews all of its database and journal subscriptions to ensure that they align with the curricular needs of the university.  Due to budget cuts this year, the library will cut back on arbitrary spending on books, so that monies remain available to purchase items that faculty and students have identified as necessary to fulfill the university’s educational and research mission.  There are not unlimited funds available, and it is not reasonable to expect every suggested purchase recommendation will be satisfied.  However, the library prides itself on being a good steward of the funds provided for materials, and librarians will work with faculty to make every effort to ensure that resources are available whenever possible. 

The simplest and easiest way to guarantee that necessary materials are available for faculty and students is to request that they be purchased.  The library strives to make this as simple as possible with a reserve request form so faculty can have new or existing items set aside for specific courses, a streaming media request form for streaming videos for online or blended courses, an online recommendation form for books, DVDs or Library of Things, and a librarian devoted to meeting the instructional and material needs of the departments, faculty, and students they serve.

If you have specific materials that you would like the library to purchase for your classroom, your research, or professional development, please contact a librarian (Librarians by Department) or use the appropriate form.

If you have any questions about the collection or the Library budget, contact Stephen McMinn, Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, or Dean Pattie Piotrowski for more information.

Material Request Forms:

Course Reserve Form

Streaming Media Form

Book Request Form

Popular Collections (Books, DVD’s, Library of Things) Request Form

Lots of Ways to Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

In case you missed our post earlier this month, check out all the ways you can celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month. From free access to online resources to special events hosted both on campus and in the Springfield community, there is something for everyone!

Brookens Library is proud to offer a robust online collection of arts resources:

Streaming Media

BBC Shakespeare Plays

This collection provides access to the 37 Shakespeare plays produced by the BBC between 1978 and 1985.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online brings together over 2,000 hours of previously unpublished historic field recordings from around the world, alongside their supporting field notes and ethnographers’ metadata, opening new paths for the study of music in its cultural context.

Ethnographic Video Online

Ethnographic Video Online is a comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collections contain over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Sound files of traditional music from around the world, plus notes, images, video, and lesson plans. Search by culture, genre, instrument, year, etc.

Theatre in Video

Contains streaming video performances of major plays along with film documentaries. Includes important actors, directors and playwrights.


The Bibliography of the History of Art

Saskia Art Images


Project Muse

Oxford Music Online

Brookens Library also has a large collection of print art resources located in the N section of the library on the 4th floor.

For National Arts and Humanities Month, we’d like to encourage you to support the arts at UIS and in the greater Springfield area. Here is a list of art shows and venues in the area:

UIS Visual Arts Gallery

Let the fancy

Curated by Jeff Robinson and Allison Lacher

September 27 – October 18

Love You Bro

Artist Stephanie Graham

October 25 – November 15

Reception November 1, 6:30-8pm


ECCE Lecture:

Tempestt Hazel & Stephanie Graham – Spielberg, Diddy, and Me

Nov 1, 5:30pm, Brookens Auditorium


UIS Theatre

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Performances: October 19 – 27

UIS Sangamon Auditorium:


Whose Live Anyway?

October 6, 8pm


Bicentennial Celebration – Illinois Symphony Orchestra

October 20, 7:30pm


Straight No Chaser – One Shot Tour

October 28, 7pm


Hoogland Center for the Arts:

Bonnie and Clyde

October 12 – 21


Rocky Horror Show – Live!

October 25 – 27


Halloween Spooktacular Symphony Concert

October 30


The Pharmacy

The Mother Road

September 22 – October 22

Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 12 – 6pm


Open Studio – Draw, Sketch, Paint

Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30pm


Springfield Art Association

Sangamon Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

October 3-27

Reception Friday, October 12, 5:30 – 7:30pm

6X6 Art Raffle

October 18, 6-8pm




New Resources in the Library

We have made several new acquisitions to support faculty and students for the new school year:

SPORTDiscus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of sports and sports medicine literature. The database provides access to full text for 550 journals in the areas of sports and sports medicine journals. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the database with no embargo and full-text coverage dating back to 1985. The library also upgraded its subscription to CINAHL Complete providing full text from almost 700 additional journals. CINAHL Complete includes indexing from an additional two thousand journals providing two million more records. The subscription includes continuing education modules, evidence-based care sheets, quick lessons providing overviews of disease and conditions, and information on research instruments.

The DSM Library provides electronic full text to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition) as well as several other supporting works including: DSM-5® Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, DSM-5® Clinical Cases, and the Spanish Edition of the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5®. This critical reference work is now available online full text and available 24×7 for use by both on ground and online students.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS): The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection, Series 1 – 5 – American Antiquarian Society is seen as the premier library documenting the life of America’s people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. This database series provides digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912. You can search all years or limit to a particular series broken up by date. This important database of primary source materials will benefit history, political science, women studies, marketing or any discipline looking for information on the United stated from 1691 through 1877.

American Chemical Society: The collection of 100 e-books from the American Chemical Society primarily focused on new teaching methodologies and environmental science with titles such as Teaching and the Internet, Climate Change Literacy and Education, Liberal Arts Strategies for the Chemistry Classroom, and Environmental Chemistry: Undergraduate and Graduate Classroom, Laboratory, and Local Community Learning Experiences, as well as many others. The 100+ educational media titles have been added with concentration in the areas of psychology, counseling, and social work areas. Titles available from this source include: Stages of Change for Addictions, Child Therapy Case Consultation, Emotionally Focused Therapy with Same-Sex Couples, and Legal & Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals, plus many more.

New Release of Malick’s The Thin Red Line Includes Material from UIS Archives

The Thin Red Line - Criterion Collection
The Thin Red Line - Criterion Collection

“The Criterion Collection has recently issued a new deluxe DVD release of the 1998 film The Thin Red Line, directed by the renowned director Terrence Malick and starring Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, and Woody Harrelson, among others. The film was based on the 1962 novel by Illinois-born author James Jones, some of whose papers are preserved in Brookens Library’s Archives/Special Collections unit. The extra features of the new Criterion release include photographs and other material drawn from the Archives’ collection of James Jones material. The Criterion Collection DVD will be added to Brookens Library’s circulating DVD collection soon.”

Illinois Harvest: a Book-Digitizing Project

From the IACRL*  Fall 2009 Newsletter:
The Digitized Books from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Collection is a major part of the Illinois Harvest,, a large scale digitization initiative of books and other works “about Illinois history, culture, and natural resources” held by Illinois and other U.S libraries. Illinois Harvest digitization began in 2007 with over 6000 books held at the University Library which are in the public domain and those for which the UIUC has copyright permissions to digitize. The Digitized Books Collection has been created in collaboration with the Open Content Alliance (OCA),, an international initiative to build a permanent digital collection of multilingual and multimedia resources.
The Illinois Harvest portal provides access to 89 digital collections such as, Abraham Lincoln-Full-text Books and Documents from the Illinois State Library, Collins Collection of Irish Political Cartoons or Historical Maps Online. The Digitized Books Collection website provides a thematic directory with the number of digitized books in each theme; for example, 19th Century British Novels, Community Cookbooks, Chicago, Libraries and Librarianship. New additions and other highlights are disseminated through the Digitized Book of the Week blog,, with searchable categories and archives. Among blog categories of digitized books are: Biodiversity, Chicago, Classics, Famous Illinoisans, Illinois, Lincoln and the Civil War, Railroad history and engineering, Rare Books, Rediscovered!, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Works in Translation.
Each entry provides a short annotation about the book, its literary and historical importance, and links to more information and quoted sources. The content can be viewed as a PDF file or in the Flip Book format. Both display formats offer searchable content of the book. It is a great resource for history students and aficionados. Currently, the Digitized Books from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Collection has 12,588 books available for viewing.
* IACRL is the Illinois Chapter of the Association for College and Research Libraries. Brookens Library Dean Jane Treadwell is the current president of IACRL.

Career opportunity

Brookens Library is seeking a creative, energetic, and service-oriented individual to fill the position of Associate Professor/Director of Collections Services. Reporting to the University Librarian and working collaboratively with colleagues, the individual in this position will be responsible for managing collection development, collection management, and acquisitions functions including: policies and procedures development, negotiation of license agreements, budget management, collections assessment, and serving as a primary contact for consortial collections activities. This positions will supervise Acquisitions staff, provide liaison services to faculty, and work with the campus community on issues relating to scholarly communication.

UIS is an EO/AA employer. Persons with disabilities, women, veterans, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

For a details and application information, please click here.