The U.S. Constitution and John Tinker

The U.S. Constitution:  In celebration of this preeminent document, there will be an ECCE event on September 12th that will include John Tinker, who was one of two plaintiffs in the groundbreaking 1969 U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker vs. Des Moines School District. Tinker was suspended from his high school for wearing an armband intended to make a political statement about the Vietnam War. He sued, and the resulting Supreme Court decision established the landmark principle that students (even minors) have the right to free speech within school walls.  Mr. Tinker will be speaking on September 12th at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. Free pocket Constitutions will be available outside Brookens Auditorium prior to the event.  On September 17th, Constitution Day, Brookens Library will provide pocket Constitutions to all who enter the library and while supplies last. 

For more on free speech and 1st amendment, see Intellectual Freedom News, which is published weekly by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.  There you will find a weekly digest of recently published articles on these topics as well as others.   

How much do you know about the U.S. Constitution?  See if you can answer any of the following questions: 

  • Who was called the “Sage of the Constitutional Convention”? 
  • Who was called the “Father of the Constitution”? 
  • Was Thomas Jefferson a member of the Constitutional Convention? 
  • How did Thomas Jefferson impact the framing of the Constitution? 
  • How long did it take to frame the Constitution? 
  • What cities have been the capitals of the United States Government?  
  • What is the source of the philosophy found in the Constitution? 

Stumped? See the answers to these and other questions on the National Archives website

Brookens Library is proud to be a member of the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program.  As such, we are able to provide easy access to an abundance of government information.  You can find information from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Register, the U.S. Code, Congressional Record, United States Courts Opinions, Department of Education and so much more. See the library’s research guide on government information at:  The library has numerous resources related to the law including specialized databases like HeinOnline, WestlawNext & News, and Nexis Uni  as well as organized access to a variety of finding legal aids:

Contact the library for more information.  

Welcome Back!

On behalf of Brookens Library, we’d like to welcome you back and wish you a successful fall semester! Hopefully, you had a relaxing or productive summer.  Here at the Library we have been busy over the summer getting ready for Academic Year 2019-20 and have a number of informational items we would like everyone to be aware of.

Course Materials, Reserves, and Streaming Media
The Library is operating under a budget reduced by 10% this year.  We’ve taken steps to ensure that our services and our resources will not be unduly affected by this situation.  If you have materials you need to place on reserve or otherwise need for your courses, be sure to get those requests in as soon as possible.  This includes articles, books, and especially streaming movies. This past spring, we ran out of funds for our streaming movie service to the detriment of faculty who had included materials in their syllabus that we were not aware of. If you intend to use film or streaming media in your class, please reach out to your subject liaison ASAP to ensure you will have access to required resources for your course. Sharing your syllabus with your librarian liaison is also beneficial.

Use of Subscription Resources
Speaking of Library resources, the Library currently subscribes to more than 100 online databases and related resources to support scholarship and research across all disciplines at UIS.  Some of our largest database subscriptions include:

  • IEEE: Full-text access to technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.
  • Academic Search Complete: a multidisciplinary database containing full-text articles from peer reviewed journals, popular magazines and newspapers.
  • Web of Science: the world’s most trusted citation indexes for scientific and scholarly research.

The Library relies heavily on usage statistics in order to monitor the health of our collection and to be good stewards of the money entrusted to us by the University.  To that end, we ask that if you are assigning an article from any of our many resources that, whenever possible, you link to the article in question rather than use a pdf.  This is especially important for those of you who use Blackboard to organize your courses.

Instruction: Meeting Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and Student Success
We would like to remind everyone that the Librarians are available for library/information literacy instruction in your classes, or scheduled as extra-credit workshops.  Librarians can provide instruction on a wide variety of topics that will greatly assist student success.  Key information literacy learning objectives can be found through the UIS Goals and Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and are foundational to student success.  To that end, we offer instructional assistance with traditional, bibliographic instruction (database use, key word selection, topic refinement) to covering advanced research and information use concepts. If you would like to schedule instruction, please fill out the instruction request form.

Consultations = Customized Support for High Impact Practices
Additionally, we offer research consultations for students as well so they can receive customized, one-on-one research support from a Librarian. Consultations do not have to center on an in-depth research assignment, but can be scheduled to support any student who may benefit from additional assistance.

We look forward to working with you all as well as meeting and engaging with your students this semester.  You can read more on our resources and other useful library information on this blog, especially our Hidden Gems series.  There is much more about services for faculty on the Faculty Research Guide.

As always, if you have any questions concerning any of the information in this update, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Librarians.

Brookens Library, Library Instructional Services Program
John Laubersheimer, Chair

Sally LaJoie

Stephen McMinn

Sarah Sagmoen

Pamela Salela

Meet the Team: Adhik

Student Employee Adhik

Name: Adhik

Major: Finance

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   My favorite thing about UIS is the small campus size and the people that go to UIS. When compared to bigger schools, classes at UIS are much smaller and gives us the opportunity to interact with both students and professors more openly. My favorite place at UIS is the TRAC/Gym because I love playing basketball and working out when I’ve got some free time.

What are your goals for the semester? My goals for this semester are just the same as every other student and that is to get good grades and be more involved during lectures in class. Apart from academics, I want to ensure that I push myself to go to the gym and also win this year’s Springfest!

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If there were to be a reality TV show of my life it would be called “Life’s all about sports” because I’ve played many sports in my life and whenever I’ve been nervous or faced a difficult situation I put myself in a game like situation and adapt based on it.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? Due to my hectic schedule on campus, I try my best to be involved in a few activities. I’m part of United Bible Fellowship where I try my best to attend bible study every Wednesday and Worship on Sunday. Also, I participate in most of the intramural sports when the opportunity arises. Other than that, I enjoy playing FIFA and 2K on my PS4 with friends!

What have you learned since working at the library? The main thing I’ve learned is managing my time more efficiently since I’ve started working here. Working in such a diverse environment has helped me communicate more methodically as well as coordinate better with my co-workers in completing tasks adequately.

What are your post-graduation plans? After I graduate, my goal is to get a job in a big city! Preferably Atlanta, Austin TX, or a state that’s much warmer than Illinois. I plan to move to the city because I prefer living in a more fast-paced surrounding and enjoy the lifestyle that a big city has to offer.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite thing from the library of things are the board games and the technology supplies they provide. There have been times where I forget my headphones or charger while I study at the library but thankfully the library of things always comes in clutch in providing such amenities.

Meet the Team: Ahmed

Photo of student employee Ahmed.
Meet Ahmed!

Name: Ahmed

Major: Economics with a Theater minor

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   Resources, a big one is the library and all the cool things it offers. Career Development Center and their events that give you insights of different careers and also help with building your brand (resumes/ cover letters). Lastly the faculty, financial aid, counselors, and TRAC staff they are all helpful.

What are your goals for the semester? Get an Internship for summer 2019. I want to get an internship in a field that combines both of my studies here at UIS, Economics and Theater. The internship I hope to get is an Advertising Marketing position. However, within the field I want to get more creative job.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? Chance. It would be a show about me and the different people within my life who strive to get a chance/opportunity in an occupation they want. Examples: soccer, acting, photography, getting into a specific desired school, etc. It would display my journey and the people that played a part in it and more.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I played soccer here at UIS for two season. Unfortunately I have no more eligibility here but I do still participate in team workouts and pick up games here at UIS. It is what brought me here to Springfield

What have you learned since working at the library? I’ve learned about myself better through our meetings and the structure here at UIS library. An example would be our recent staff meeting where we created a collage that defines my future view (vision board). That was a perfect exercise that made me think about who am I, and what it is that I want to have in my future.

What are your post-graduation plans? Travel. Now that I don’t have nothing holding me back, I would love to travel and see the world. I’ve previously been to Kenya, the U.K., and Canada. It’s only the beginning and I hope to go to many more places.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite things from the library of things collection is the the cooking utensils.

Hidden Gem: Evidence-Based Care Sheets

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The CINAHL Complete nursing and allied health database contains two hidden gems of particular interest to nursing, but also to anyone wanting more information on health topics such as breast cancer, deep vein thrombosis, or anorexia nervosa.   

Evidence – Based Care Sheets: Go to the CINAHL Complete database. The Evidence-Based Care Sheets are available via a link at the top of the page. 

Screenshot of CINAHL complete database with the link to the Evidence-based care sheets circled.

Evidence-Based Care Sheets are summaries on specific key topics, which are focused on nursing practice. Each evidence-based care sheet incorporates the latest evidence, statistics, research and references on a given topic.   

Quick Lessons: The Quick Lessons, part of the CINAHL Nursing Guide, are clinically organized nursing overviews, with information mapped to the nursing workflow (i.e. description/etiology, signs and symptoms, assessment, treatment goals, red flags, what to tell the patient/patient’s family).  Quick Lessons are available under the “More” pull down menu at the top of the screen. Of specific interest to laypersons will be the “what to tell the patient/patient’s family” section of these resources 

Screenshot of CINAHL database with the link to the Quick Lessons collection listed under more in the top header.

These two sources provide quick authoritative information on diseases and illnesses along with care guidelines. 

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Hidden Gem: The Pentagon Papers

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The HeinOnline legal resources database includes several hidden gems including a collection containing the complete “Pentagon Papers.”  To access, simply select this collection under the “Browse Databases by Name” menu.  

Screen shot of the list of collections under the browse database by name category.

Officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, these “Pentagon Papers” are a United States Department of Defense history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.  These papers were made famous when released to the New York Times in 1971.  They showed that the U.S. government had systematically lied to the public in regard to the scope, aims, and extent of the government’s involvement not only in Vietnam, but the whole of South East Asia during this period.  The 47 volumes with more than 8,000 pages comprising this collection are fully searchable through HeinOnline.  If you are interested in any aspect of the conflict in South East Asia and the actions throughout the presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, this is a major source of historical significance.   

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Meet the Team: Samone

Photo of student employee Samone
Meet Samone!

Name: Samone

Major: English

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   I like the small campus. I like that everything is generally in one spot. It makes everything feel more together, plus I don’t have to walk that far.

What are your goals for the semester? My goal is to definitely finish the semester. But it’s also to get a C or above in all of my classes. Another goal is to work on my time management skills, that will help me the future.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? “Adulthood and Afraid”. That seems to capture what my life is right now. I don’t know what I’m doing as I transfer into an adult but I’m trying.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I’m not in any clubs at the moment, but I do like to read. I guess another one of my hobbies is painting, that’s pretty fun. And I also like to cook.

What have you learned since working at the library? I learned how to work in a team better. I also learned working at lower level is a good chance to do homework. And I learned that the library has books that can help you with just about anything.

What are your post-graduation plans? I’m not really sure what I want to do. I know I want to get a job and support my self but I still don’t know how. It’s a mystery.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite things to check out from the library of things collection is the cupcake pan.