Congratulations Graduates

We would like to congratulate all of this year’s graduates.  We hope your time here has helped prepare you for your next steps!

At the library, we have 9 student employees graduating this semester.  We are so proud of their accomplishments and will greatly miss their daily presence at the library. 

 

Congratulations

(Top left to right) Alejandro, Carolyn, Tabbitha, Gaby, Janki

(Bottom left to right) Mac, Scott, Stephen and Kinsey

Meet the Team: Sagar

Sagar, a student workerName: Sagar

Year in school: Graduate

Major/Minor:  Computer Science

Hometown: Mysore, India

Hobbies: Photography, videogames

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

Being a Computer Science graduate with interest of becoming Cyber Security Specialist. I would love to see myself in the cyber security field and explore other options.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

Inspiration is something which I have been receiving in every stage of my life. I am inspired from my parents and my friends who taught me how to cope with negative situations, face hurdles of life and lead to a right path.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

I recently joined the team at Brookens. It has taught me how to work with different people and also helped me in sharpening my communication and interpersonal skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

Since I’m new to the team, I haven’t had a chance to have an experience that becomes an outstanding memory but I hope to create some during this journey.

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.

 

Meet the Team: Marisha

Marisha, a student workerName: Marisha

Year in school: Graduate

Major/Minor:  Computer Science

Hometown/Country: India

Hobbies: Reading crime fiction and thrillers

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I am a Computer Science graduate student with an interest in towards data analytics so I plan to get a job related to my area of interest.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why

I believe people with liberal thoughts and a strong approach to life are really thought provoking and influential people.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

I am fairly new to the team but within this short term I have learned to work within this diverse team, with people from different parts of the world. It has also helped me in honing my communication skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

For being a relatively new employee, I didn’t get the chance to have an experience that becomes an outstanding memory but since my first day at Brookens I have loved working here with other students and my supervisors. I am looking forward to make some memorable ones during this journey.

Meet the Team: Sarat

Sarat, a student workerName: Sarat

Year in school: Freshman

Major/Minor:  Communication major/ Visual Arts minor

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Hobbies: Reading, drawing, shopping, sleeping, eating

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I would like to go into advertising/marketing for international business.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

My mother. She is a strong, intelligent woman who has been through a lot and still smiles and makes those around her laugh.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

After helping so many people out with research questions, I feel like I have a better grasp on the issues presented.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

I went to Louisiana with some members of Leadership for Life. We got to hear the stories of flood victims and were able to help them start to get back what they lost.

Meet the Team: Laura

Laura, a student workerName: Laura

Year in School: Graduate

Major/Minor:  Business Administration

Hometown: Ketchikan, Alaska

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, traveling

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

After completing my MBA I plan to return to my hometown in Alaska and work in the tourism industry. I have grown up working for many different tour companies that work with cruise ships that come in the summer and I love the industry.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

My parents are the two people in my life that have influenced me the most. They have always taught me to dream big and showed me that anything is possible when you’re willing to put in the work. They are the reason I am today and I appreciate everything they have done for me.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens Library has taught me how important good communication skills and attention to detail are. Working with so many different people you have to be able to explain things in a different way to different people and working at Brookens Library has helped me with that. Also paying attention to small details can make a bigger task much easier and certain tasks at Brookens has helped me with this too.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My most memorable experience at the library has been working with all the different people that come to the library. Everyone is always very appreciative when we help them, even with the simplest of tasks. It is nice when you feel that you have made someone’s day a little better.

Meet the Team: Scott

Scott, a Student WorkerName: Scott

Year in School: Senior

Major/Minor: Business Administration Marketing Major, Accountancy Minor

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading, watching television, walking, and gardening

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I’d like to get a job with my bachelor’s degree, then go on to graduate school and work toward obtaining a master’s degree. I’m not quite sure exactly what I want to pursue in graduate school, but have narrowed my fields of study down to obtaining either a Master’s of Science in Business Analytics or a Master’s of Science in Marketing. I have always been interested in working for an organization with an admirable agenda and a difference-making, world-changing outlook. I enjoy working with data, so a profession dealing with working with data would be great.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I’ve got to give it up to two people for being the biggest inspirations in my life; these people are my mom and dad. My parents are some of the hardest working people I know and have instilled in me the importance of working hard for what I want in life. They also encourage me to continuously learn, acquire new knowledge, and grow as a person. My parents are also immensely considerate and selfless, always willing to lend a helping hand to others. I will forever be grateful for having them in my life to look up to and have by my side.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens has been such a great learning experience for me. I am so appreciative to have worked here during some of my college career. Working at Brookens has furthered taught me the importance of promptness, being tactful, courtesy, and good communication skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My most memorable experience at Brookens Library would have to be the small, daily exchanges with the patrons and my coworkers while I worked my shifts. Though small, they were significant nonetheless; it truly is the little things. I have enjoyed my time at Brookens helping people.