Nachos for Norris Nation! Learn More

NACHO BAR: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

The library is launching a new student organization called Norris Nation. This group will give you a chance to engage with the library at special Norris Nation events. Here you can provide feedback on what you think the library does well, where you think we can improve, and what you would like to see the library do more of, or add to its services and/or resources.  Every time a member of Norris Nation participates at an event, they move along the Norris Nation pathway in the UIS Connection system, with various points along the pathway earning you special Norris Nation swag!

NACHO BAR! Our first event is this Friday (Sept. 8)!  It’s an after-hours event at the library, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and involves a free nacho bar. Who doesn’t love nachos!?!? The event is listed on UIS Connection. Feel free to RSVP in advance (not required.)

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR NORRIS NATION MEMBERS & GUESTS:

Oct. 20 – Haunted Library – Norris Nation Members will get a special goodie bag

Nov. 16 – Movie Night at the Library @ 9pm 

Dec. 12 – Cookie Decorating at the Library 2-5pm

Brookens Welcome Week

We are so happy to have students back on campus for the start of another great semester. The Library will be at several events this week! Be sure to see us at the following:

Chancellor’s Picnic:  Tuesday, August 29 from 4:00  – 6:00 pm. Librarian Sarah Sagmoen will be serving you!

Involvement Expo: Wednesday, August 30 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on the quad. We will have tables for the Library and the Haunted Library (where you can volunteer to be a part of the big production!)

MYO (Make Your Own) Bookends: Decorate your own bookends for your dorm or apartment on Thursday, August 31 from 11:00 am  – 1:00 pm in Lincoln Res. Hall. Librarian Nancy Weichert will be there to help you with all your crafting needs!

Labor Day Movie Special & Binge Kits: Check out any 3 DVDs from our Feature Film Collection September 1-3 and get free candy and popcorn at the front desk. We also have Binge Kits available near the front of the library. All Binge Kits come with 3 curated films that follow a theme and each kit comes with popcorn and candy!

 

Meet the Team: Michelle

Name: Michelle

Major: Public History

Status: Graduate

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  

It is nice being on a small campus. This gives students the opportunity to work closer with their professors and ask more questions if need be. This also allows for the students to more easily interact with one another.

What are your goals for the semester?

To cut my caffeine intake down to one cup of coffee or tea a day and keep it there. To also make more time this semester to go to the gym and work out more.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?

It would probably be called something along the lines of Busy Bee. This would be due to the fact that I am always buys and constantly moving. For if I am not at work or school then often times I am off trying to see family or friends.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?

Outside of school I like to go biking, camp, read, and cook. Being a history major I do a lot of reading but when I’m not reading for class I have my own books that I like to read. I tend do do a lot of cooking and baking at home even if my baking does not always look as awesome as the pictures.

What have you learned since working at the library?

I have learned better research skills and also how to teach those skills to other students that need them. This helped me be able to help other students that are stuck on where to start in there papers.

What are your post-graduation plans?

To find a good paying job in my field. Jobs that I am interested in are either working in an archive, a library or a museum. I am also hoping to get another Master’s degree in library science once I am finished with my Master’s in Public History. 

Award Recognition: Employees with 30 Years of Service

This morning the University recognized employees who have worked for UIS for 10 or more years for their service. The Library is proud to have two employees celebrated this year: Joanne, Senior Library Specialist (Serials), and Tom, University Archivist, have both worked at Brookens Library for 30 years. Today we honor and thank them for their commitment to the UIS (or SSU) ideals and in their service to our campus community. Here are brief tributes read at the ceremony this morning:

Joanne

On Joanne’s first day, December 1st, 1986, she recalls that campus consisted of the Brookens Building, the PAC, as well as a few temporary buildings that made up Sangamon State University.  She began at the Brookens Library in the Technical Services Department and with a few job shifts along the way, it is still where she currently works. When she started, there was a card catalog for searching and the Brookens library collection consisted of mostly print journals and books with a small collection of a few other media types.

Today, she now works at the University of Illinois Springfield, and there has been a few more buildings added to the campus. The card catalog in the Brookens library is just a memory. The print journals have drastically been replaced with their online versions, as well as electronic books and streaming video have become more prevalent as well. Joanne has been a vital part of the Technical Services team throughout the years. She has seen a lot of changes here at the Brookens library and when asked about her time here she will say, “I love libraries, and I’ve met some really terrific people along the way.” Thank you Joanne, for your many years of dedicated service.

Tom

“There’s a really great variety of material to work with here, from 200 year old records to new digital records, and everything in between.” Thomas J. Woods, 2017

Tom was born and spent his formative years in Mount Carmel, Illinois, about 3 ½ hours SE of Springfield. He earned two Masters degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; one in History, the other in Library and Information Science. In his thirty years here on campus, he has been at the forefront of collecting the history of the institution as it has progressed. When Tom started work in 1986 at what was then Sangamon State University, founding president Dr. Robert Spencer was still teaching here, as were many of the charter faculty who had been hired in the early 1970s. He has also documented the physical changes on campus; he remembers when the corn fields started just south of where the colonnade is now.  The UIS Archives holds administration files that have long term value, but it also preserves photographs, student newspapers, audio files, and video of commencements, special events, and visiting speakers. The Archives has a collection of over 5000 student Master projects and theses. Tom handles historical documents such as records of birth, death, and marriage certificates, and Lincoln-era court cases. He has overseen major digitization projects, including a multi-year project preserving and digitizing more than 20 years of oral history interviews with people from all walks of life, such as former prisoners of war, farmers, coal miners, Illinois politicians, and others.  

He has adapted to changing collection and archival standards, as well as innovations in information technology. Focusing not just on collecting and preserving, Tom also works with researchers, students, families seeking genealogy assistance, and more. In the Archives alongside Tom, you’ll also find an archival library assistant, a graduate assistant, and two Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) interns. Working with, and training students and interns has been very rewarding and over 30 years, Tom has seen a rotating cast of talented people. While he is sad to see them go, he does enjoy seeing them succeed in professional jobs in archives, libraries, museums, and teaching positions.

When not working in the archives, it’s no surprise that Tom would enjoy the opposite – the great outdoors – and exploring natural and historical sites around central Illinois and beyond. He also enjoys reading and listening to music, and playing in trivia tournaments. If you want to know more about any of the previously mentioned items, stop by the Archives, located on the lower level of Brookens Library, and chat with Tom, or visit the archives website. Congratulations to Tom on his 30 years on our campus and for his dedication to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of our university.

 

Find Your Place at Brookens

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As  the new University Librarian at Brookens Library, I am also serving my profession as President of the Illinois Library Association. The mission of ILA includes references to leadership, learning and access to information. It clearly states that

“This access is essential for an open democratic society, an informed electorate, and the advancement of knowledge for all people. “

And that’s the crux of it. I didn’t become a librarian because I liked books, or to categorize knowledge or even to preserve information. These are all important functions in what librarians do, but it is ensuring access to all, extending opportunities to learn to all, empowering people, that drew me to being a librarian.

Librarians have a great and awesome responsibility to their communities, and so when I am confused, or without explanation, it’s a good time to explore core values and remember why I became a librarian, and why I believe deeply in the ALA Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read.

This week there are many others writing about libraries. American Library Association President Julie Todaro released a statement that includes these words: “”Libraries provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds and for difficult discussions on social issues.  Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”

She continues with the idea that libraries are tolerant, inclusive, promote understanding and work to abolish cultural invisibility.

On behalf of the staff and faculty of Brookens Library, I would like to remind our campus community that the library will continue to practice the core values of librarianship. We invite you to explore the resources we have available to expand your knowledge, understanding and cultural awareness. We invite you to experience the comfort of finding your very own place in Brookens Library, whether you seek quiet and solitude or busy and active spaces. We invite you to interact with our staff who can assist you in finding more to explore and experience, not only at Brookens Library, but curated sources found in institutional repositories or librarian-created research guides at other institutions.

Blogger Zoe Fisher speaks of her love for libraries and their place in her world. She mentions there have always been libraries even through wars and the destruction of books and libraries. She closes with this thought about the chaos of the last few days: “There will be librarians to help people make sense of senseless things. And when I think of that, I am less afraid.”

Find your informational resources at Brookens Library. Find helpful staff at Brookens Library. Find your comfortable place at Brookens Library.

Welcome from Dean Piotrowski

Pattie Piotrowski 1webHello, and welcome to the 2016 Fall semester at UIS! I am Pattie Piotrowski and as new University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services I want to warmly welcome students, staff and faculty to visit Brookens Library. Brookens Library has something for everyone, from research tools and materials to collections of popular DVDs and ebooks (we even have Kindle Fires you can borrow as well!) In addition to our own collections, we provide interlibrary loan services, so we can get you what you need. Beyond collections and tools, we have a great staff of librarians who can meet with you and make sure you’re on the right research track, or even help you with that final piece of the research puzzle. Schedule a consultation for you or your study group and let us help you reach academic success.

You’ll also want to keep an eye on the events and activities we hold, including what has come to be a campus tradition – the Haunted Library – held this year on October 21. Brookens Library will be at the Campus Involvement Fair on August 24th from 4:00-6:00 pm. Stop by our table and ask us anything, absolutely anything, you want to know about Brookens and start down the path to being an academic star with Brookens Library.

All the best to new and returning students and remember: it’s not good luck that gets you good grades, it’s good library assistance! If you see me on campus, let me know how Brookens Library can best help you.

Welcome Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian

Pattie-Piotrowski__BSrevBrookens Library is pleased to welcome Ms. Pattie Piotrowski as she joins us as University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Ms. Piotrowski holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Dominican University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She will be coming to us from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she has served as Assistant Dean for Public Services of the Paul V. Galvin Library since 2006. Ms. Piotrowski is a member of the American Library Association and Illinois Library Association, and has held a number of associated leadership positions. She is currently President-Elect of the Illinois Library Association, and she brings a strong background in user-centered services and a collaborative orientation to her leadership responsibilities. She has also been successful in grant-seeking efforts, garnering support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the American Library Association for educational programming. Her most recent journal article, “Identifying and Articulating Library Connections to Student Success”, co-authored with Lisa Massengale and Devin Savage, was published in College & Research Libraries in March.

Ms. Piotrowski’s appointment will begin on August 1, 2016. “I am excited to be joining UIS with its rich history and student diversity,” said Piotrowski. “I look forward to building on the success of Brookens Library, and contributing to the achievements of the university system, its faculty, students, and staff.” Brookens Library looks forward to welcoming her to UIS.