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.

Congratulations Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services

TTreadwell_Poday is a bittersweet day at Brookens Library. Today is Jane Treadwell’s last day as the University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dean Treadwell has served the University in this role for the past thirteen and half years. We are so thankful for her dutiful service to Brookens Library and to the Friends of Brookens Library. We want her to wish her the very best as she embarks on a new chapter of her life. Thank you for making the library such a special place to UIS and congratulations! You will be missed. Check out the video tribute from the student employees at Brookens Library.

Dean Treadwell’s Retirement Reception 4/26

Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services.

Dean Treadwell has served the University of Illinois Springfield for nearly 14 years in her role. Help us show her how much we appreciate all she has done for Brookens Library and the Friends of Brookens Library on:

Tuesday, April 26  –  3:00 – 5:00 pm  –  PAC Restaurant – University of Illinois Springfield

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Sarah Sagmoen Employee of the Month

Director of Learning Commons & User Experience
Director of Learning Commons & User Experience

Congratulations to Sarah Sagmoen, Brookens Library Director of Learning Commons and User Services on being selected as the University of Illinois Springfield’s February Employee of the Month (2013).  Co-workers describe Sarah as hardworking, dedicated, fun, exuberant, a team player, and an advocate for lifelong learning. At Brookens we are proud to have Sarah as an employee. She routinely goes above and beyond the expectations, providing exceptional service to her co-workers, to patrons, and to faculty, staff and students on campus! Way to go Sarah!

The University of Illinois Springfield provided an excellent write-up we thought we would share:

Sarah Sagmoen thought she was going to a meeting with her colleagues when they left Brookens Library and walked to the Public Affairs Center. It seemed odd to her when one of them suggested they stop and see what was happening inside the PAC restaurant. When Sagmoen walked in, she found a surprise party in her honor, and learned she had been selected as the UIS Employee of the Month for February 2013.

Sagmoen is the director of Learning Commons and User Services in Brookens Library. Her nominator described her as a “perfect example of a 21st century librarian” in the way that she combines her “knowledge with passion, uses technology wisely, is enthusiastic about what the library can do for people, and teaches in a way that makes learning fun.” Sagmoen, who has been with UIS since 2009, reaches out to students in a variety of ways; she sponsors student book clubs, and works with the Student Government Association to organize and put on the annual Haunted Library. “She combines seriousness of purpose with an attitude of fun,” her nominator says. “Sarah just exudes positive energy.”

As Employee of the Month, Sagmoen will receive a special parking spot for the month along with some extra spending cash on her i-card.