March Movie Madness is BACK!

March Movie Madness is back at Brookens Library!! We have put together a March Madness inspired bracket featuring 90’s era films to tie in with the Springfest theme. We have some epic matchup’s this week: Titanic vs. Office Space, Clueless vs. Ghost, Space Jam vs. A League of Their Own! We can’t wait to see who survives Week 1.

Week One March Movie Madness Matchups

Simply visit: and vote for your favorite 90’s film. It’s that easy! The final week of voting we will have a drawing for a Brookens Library prize pack.

Vote today!

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:


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.

Upcoming Workshop: Nonprofit Fundraising: 2/3/17, 12:30 pm


With nearly 80% of charitable dollars coming from individuals, it’s critically important for nonprofits to develop a strong, sustainable, and thriving grassroots giving program. From $20 donors to annual givers to major gifts, learn the not-so-secret secrets of how and why people give, how and when to ask them, and other useful tips.

The Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center is hosting a workshop called Fundraising that Works: Getting Grassroots Gifts in Brookens Library on Friday, February 3rd from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. The workshop will be taught by Laura Huth, the president and CEO of do good Consulting. Make sure to register for the workshop:

Upcoming Workshop: Nonprofit Marketing 2/3/17, 9:30 am


From the elevator to the evening news, marketing and public relations play a critical role in helping advance your organization’s mission. Identify ideal target audiences, great storytelling techniques, how people actually listen and learn, effective low-cost techniques to reach new and existing audiences, and how each person in your organization can make a difference.

On Friday, February 3rd from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center is hosting a workshop called Low-Cost, High Impact Marketing for Nonprofits. The workshop will be taught by Laura Huth, the president and CEO of do good Consulting, in Brookens Library. Register for the workshop at:



Tree Dedication Thursday, November 10

Please join us in recognizing the leadership of Jane Treadwell, Dean Emeritus.  The Friends of Brookens Library, along with the library staff, are dedicating a Magnolia tree in appreciation of Treadwell’s nearly 14 years of service to Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Thursday, November 10

4:00 pm – North East Entrance of Brookens Library


Holtz Memorial Lecture: Lincoln Legacy Lecture 10/20

The University of Illinois Springfield will host the 14th Annual Lincoln Legacy Lecture on October 20, 2016, presented by the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership, in cooperation with the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies.

Brookens Library has selected the program as the 2016/2017 Holtz Memorial Lecture. “Lincoln and Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Equality” will feature three Lincoln scholars: Dr. Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, UIS, Dr. Allen Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil war Era Gettysburg College, and Dr Brooks Simpson, Foundation Professor of History, Arizon State University.

The event, at 7:00 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there.

Lincoln Legacy Lecture