Meet the Team: Teagan

Meet Teagan!

Name: Teagan

Major: Social Work

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is all of the opportunities I have on campus. There are so many different clubs and organizations to join, there truly is something for everyone! I also love the small campus size, so I can meet and interact with other students and staff often.

What are your goals for the semester?My goals for this semester are pretty simple. I really just want to be able to learn more about my major, as well as keep up my good grades.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If I were to have a reality show it would be called something like, “Keeping up with Teagan.” Although this is a basic answer, it would end up being very true. My days this semester are going to be really hectic and full of school, work, and activities. If I had a reality show, it would have to keep up with my busy schedule.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am involved with a couple activities on campus. I am apart of the club volleyball team here, as well as being the secretary of my residence hall community council. Other than that, a lot of my time is spent at work or doing homework for my honors courses.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have definitely learned more time management skills. Not only when I’m working, but also outside of work due to the fact I always have to plan what I am doing before I actually do it to make sure I can achieve everything I want to achieve.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to become a probation officer after graduation. I am studying social work because the main thing I want to do in life is reach out and help people that are having a tough time. Being that this is my main goal, I decided to study social work rather than criminal justice, although my job is still within the criminal justice field. Thankfully, I can still pursue probation with the degree I want to receive.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: I love all of the board games we have available in our library of things! I have played board games constantly with my family since I could understand how to play, so seeing a collection here is like having a piece of home with me.

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!

Trail Mix Bar!

The end of the Fall 2018 Semester is upon us and you may need a quick break to fuel up for the final push! Out team of Librarians are offering a free Trail Mix Bar on Wednesday, December 5th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on the Main Level of Brookens Library. 

Have a research question? Librarians are on hand to help you every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 – 6:00 PM for drop-in Research Help

Drop-In Research Help!

Drop in and get help with your research! No appointment needed.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.  Brookens Library Main Level

Brookens Library is now offering drop in research help every week. Academic research is a multi-step process that isn’t necessarily linear. While there’s no “right” way to do academic research, we realize that researching can be overwhelming and want you to know that we are here to assist you. Stop by the main level and get help with your research needs from one of our talented Librarians. 

We can assist with every step of the research process – from developing your research topic to helping you track down those hard to find citations.  Undergraduate, Graduate or UIS staff, we’ve got you covered. Put out skills to your use.

We’ll be offering this service through the remainder of the fall semester and then again in the spring once school resumes. 

We look forward to helping you succeed!

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

Extended Hours (12/3 – 12/7)

The week before finals calls for extended library hours and COFFEE! 

Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7, the Library will be open an extra 3 hours each night so you have a safe place to study into the wee hours. We will be serving coffee, tea, and snacks in the late evening.

We also have de-stress tables in the back of the Main Level where you can take a break from your work to play with LEGOs or Kinetic Sand! 

Week Before Finals Hours:

Monday – Thursday (December 3-6): 8:30 am – 3:00 am

Friday (December 7): 8:30 am – 9:00 pm

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.

How To Tuesday – Study Spots!

As midterms creep up on us all (can you believe it’s October??), we at Brookens Library welcome all patrons to our unique study spaces.

The first floor is not a quiet floor and is perfect for collaborative work. Look at Megan and Taylor having brain blasts!

The library stairwell lounges located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors are also great for collaborative work. We have whiteboards and markers available for you to jot down all your brilliant notes and ideas. These collaborative spaces are also great for working alone if you don’t mind a little background noise.

Quiet study locations are found on the 3rd and 4th floors. When it is time to hunker down and focus on that reading or essay, get comfortable in our quiet and peaceful cubbies and tables.

On our quiet floors there are a few locations like lounges (pictured above) and large tables to also study quietly with friends. Or get into passionate—yet hushed— debates!

Finally, if you are someone who finds that their best work occurs when surrounded by nature, Brookens Library has plenty of tables to sit at outside.

Come seek out your perfect study spot at Brookens Library! Happy learning!

 

Movements of the ’60s, Diane Nash Inspired Library Resources

The Movements of the ‘60s: A Legacy for Today, Diane Nash  

Brookens Library is proud to have co-sponsored the ECCE Speaker Series event The Movements of the ‘60s: A Legacy for Today, Diane Nash on Thursday, September 13. To bridge the event with our Collections, Faculty Librarian Nancy Weichert brought a mobile checkout station and a small collection of materials related to Nash’s area of work.  Sarah Sagmoen, Director of User Services & faculty liaison to Necessary Steps, and University Librarian Dean Piotrowski also participated in the event.

Diane Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 when she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960, she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville – the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters – as well as one of the founding students of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. She coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi in 1961. Her arrests for civil rights activities culminated in Nash being imprisoned for 30 days in 1961, while she was pregnant with her first child. Undeterred, she went on to join a national committee—to which she was appointed by President John F. Kennedy—that promoted passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Nash later became active in the peace movement that worked to end the Vietnam War, and became an instructor in the philosophy and strategy of non-violence as developed by Mohandas Gandhi.
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A Selection of Online Library Resources Available Through Brookens

The African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience

Discusses the history of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the present. Includes memoirs, letters, family histories, newspapers, oral histories, and city directories, providing historical evidence to help understand and interpret past events.

Black Thought and Culture 

1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material.

Black Studies in Video

Featuring award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. Includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations

America History & Life

Published since 1964, this is the definitive bibliographic reference covering the history, culture, area studies, and current affairs literature of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 

Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. women’s history
The collection currently includes 125 document projects and archives with more than 5,100 documents and 175,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,800 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960 – 1974

Brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary. With 125,000 pages of text and 50 hours of video at completion, this searchable collection is the definitive electronic resource for students and scholars researching this important period in American history, culture, and politics.

 

A selection of Print Library Resources Available Through Brookens

Freedom riders: 1961 and the struggle for racial justice by Raymond Arsenault
Black revolt; strategies of protest by Doris Yvonne Wilkinson
Strategies for freedom: the changing patterns of black protest by Bayard Rustin
Black protest in the sixties by August Meier
The lost dream of equality: critical essays on education and social class by Alan Scott
Women and the civil rights movement, 1954-1965 by Davis Houck
Living through the civil rights movement by Charles George
Voices of freedom: an oral history of the civil rights movement from the 1950s through the 1980s by Henry Hampton
The origins of nonviolence: Tolstoy and Gandhi in their historical settings by Martin Burgress Green
Many minds, one heart: SNCC’s dream for a new America by Wesley Hogan
Teaching peace: nonviolence and the liberal arts by Denny Wever

 

A selection of Films Available Through Brookens

Reflections unheard: black women in civil rights by Yello Kat Productions
Freedom riders by American Experience
SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference by Natalie Bullock Brown
Ghandi by Hartwick Classic Film
Freedom bound by Harvey Richards
We’ll never turn back by Harvey Richards

Meet the Team: James

Name: James

Major: Business Administratrion

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  I can use any materials in UIS. Professors are very kind and friendly. I can make a lot of friends.

What are your goals for the semester? I want to get an A in my Capstone class. Once I have completed my degree I want to get Graduate Public Service Internship or Graduate Assistant position and apply for a Master of Science in Management Information Systems. 

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  Peaceful life. Because I want to get a lot of money. Then, I will find a peaceful island to live for the rest of my life.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I like basketball and working out. I usually go to TRAC when I feel tired.

What have you learned since working at the library?  I have learned about time management and team work. 

What are your post-graduation plans?  I plan earn my Master of Science in Management Information Systems and to get a job when I graduate, and to make more friends.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection? Japanese Manga Collection