Welcome To UIS!

Welcome to the 2019 Spring Semester at the University of Illinois Springfield. At the Library, we offer both resources and services to help you make the most of your time at UIS. On our website you will find access to our wide variety of databases. Not sure how to get started? Here you will find research help by subject or you can book a Research Consultation with one of our friendly Librarians.

Did you know we have a free app where you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks? It’s true! Simply download the cloudLibrary app and enjoy easy access to thousands of free eBooks/eAudiobooks!

We also have a growing Collection of “Things” called the Library of Things!  We have home and kitchen items, board games, and lots of technology for you to check out for FREE! Interested in learning to use a DSLR camera? No problem, we have that. Have a sewing project but no machine? We’ve got you covered! Need a graphing calculator for class? We have several available for FREE checkout! See what all we have available here!

Last semester we refreshed the Main Level by renovating the space and adding comfortable furniture, collaborative workstations, and computer desks to give you plenty of options to suit your needs. We designed this floor to be flexible, so you’ll notice almost all the furniture is on wheels so you can move it when and where you need it.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

HTT: Beat Finals Week Stress with Cookies and Crafts!

This week’s installment of How-To Tuesdays focuses on how the stress of Finals Week can cause even the closest of friends to argue. Megan and Taylor have never gotten into an argument, but there is a first time for everything. Read on to see what happens!!

Phew! Thankfully Megan and Taylor will remain friends. We encourage all of you to take care of yourselves this week. Take breaks. Take breaths. Stop by the Library’s Lower Level to make crafts and decorate cookies. We hope to see you all there!

Cookies Decorating & Crafts!

The end of the year can be stressful! Take a quick break from your studies to decorate cookies & make some easy crafts! 

Tuesday, December 11

2:00  – 4:00 pm

Library Lower Level

Cereal Bar December 10th

Monday, December 10 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Brookens Library Lower Level

The Friends of Brookens Library invite you to come enjoy a free bowl of cereal the Monday of Finals Week (December 10) from 4:00 -7:00 pm. Here we will have a variety of cereals and milks available for you to build your own bowl. We hope to make your finals week a little bit sweeter!

Happy Birthday Library of Things Collection!

This month our Library of Things collection turns one, and we’re so excited to celebrate.  Conceived of as a collection to provide patrons with access to equipment and tech that is either too specialized or expensive for personal ownership – like a GoPro camera kit, or items such as phone chargers for the days when you forget yours at home.  Our little collection of things has become one of our most popular services and has grown quite a bit during its first year. 

If you’re not yet familiar with the Library of Things collection, now is the perfect time to get acquainted.  The collection has three major categories, Home and Kitchen, Technology, and Board Games.  Whether you’re looking to spend time with friends over a game of Battle for Hogwarts, try out a new soup recipe with the immersion blender, or want to try your hand at podcasting with our Yeti Microphone, the Library of Things collection has you covered. 

Want to help us celebrate this important milestone?  Start by helping the collection continue to develop into the best collection it can be by suggesting a thing. You can also join us for the Library of Things Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, November 27th from 4-7pm.  Stop by and explore the collection and have some fun with robot races, board games, and more!  

Native American Heritage Month

In honor of November being Native American Heritage Month, Brookens Library is highlighting some of its resources that focus on the rich history, the variety of cultures and the many contributions of Native Americans to our world.

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with other museums and archives, created the Native American Heritage Month web portal, which features a collection of exhibits, images, audio and video that highlights the important contributions made by the indigenous people of America.

Interested in learning Cherokee? Our Mango Languages database provides language lessons on Cherokee grammar, vocabulary and culture. Just go to their page to set up your free account and get started in minutes.

To find more facts on Native American tribes, try the eHRAF database, a great library resource for finding information about different cultures around the world.

If looking for more books to add to your TBR list, check out the works of these Native American authors – Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Scott Momaday, Linda Hogan, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

We encourage you to learn more about Native American peoples and their heritage, no matter what month it is. For more information on Native American Heritage Month, click here.

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.

Databases

The Bibliography of the History of Art

Saskia Art Images

JSTOR

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