How To Find Us During Our Renovation!

We are renovating the Main Floor of Brookens Library, which means the Main Floor Entrances are closed! This video will show you how to enter the library, where you can find elevator access, where various resources will be housed, and how to find the circulation desk over the summer and throughout the duration of the renovation.

For a more complete overview of the project, read this post!

Library Summer Hours:

Spring Intersession (5/12 – 6/3)

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat-Sun: Closed

Memorial Day (5/28): CLOSED
Summer Hours (6/4 – 7/27)

Mon-Thur: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun: 2:00 pm  – 9:00 pm

Independence Day (6/4): CLOSED
Summer Intersession: (7/28 – 8/25)

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat-Sun: Closed

 

Library Student Managers: A Fond Farewell!

 As we complete another academic year, we are also marking the end of an era for our Student Management team: Andrew, Diamond, and Taylor.  What makes this year unique is that all three of our Student Managers are graduating. We want to take this moment to say an extra special congratulations and an extra special thank you to each of them.  

The library’s Student Managers are members of our User Services team, which means they are fully trained circulation supervisors.  They open and close the library, train new student employees, provide excellent service to our patrons, plan and run student employee staff meetings and our biannual semester retreats, and so much more.  Each of them comes to work every day ready to work hard, to make a positive impact, and they’re always ready for the weirdly unexpected and unpredictable issues that can arise with each day.  They are thoughtful and responsible, and provide a much needed student voice to every decision we make in the User Services department.  

As a team, they are both colleagues and friends who support each other inside and outside the library.  It has been an honor and a privilege to watch them grow as leaders, and a true joy to work alongside them.  We are better because of them, the library is better because of them, and for that, we will be forever grateful.  

Andrew, Diamond, and Taylor – Thank you for letting us be a part of your time at UIS, it has been unforgettable. We can’t wait to see what you do next!  

Diamond: Student Manager
Taylor: Student Manager

 

Andrew: Student Manager

Special Thanks and Congratulations from User Services, 

Erich, Student Assistant Program Coordinator  and Sarah, Director of Learning Commons and User Services

How-To-Tuesday: MY-ILL

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In this week’s installment, Megan is in search of the book Mr. Show What Happened?!? The Complete Story and Episode Guide. Brookens doesn’t have it! I-Share doesn’t have it! Should she give up? No way. Not when there’s INTERLIBRARY LOAN (MY-ILL)!!!!!

 

NLW: Library of THINGS!!

It’s National Library Week! Each day this week we are highlighting some of what Brookens offers to the UIS campus and community. So far we have covered our Popular Collections, Awesome Online Resources like Mango and cloudLibrary and we touched on the Library of Things, but it’s such an awesome part of the library, it deserved it’s own post!

The Library of Things is a newer collection to Brookens that includes items ranging from board games to cake pans to chargers and more! Items are available for check-out at the main desk of the library. You may only borrow up to 3 items at one time with a borrowing periods ranging from 1 to 7 days with no renewals.

Megan & Taylor share some important insight on the Library of Things here:

You can also check out a sampling of what is available to you! (Click to enlarge & scroll through!) You can also SUGGEST A THING! In other words, if you don’t have something in our Library of Things Collection that you think we should purchase, let us know. We try our best to serve our students, faculty and staff by keeping collections like this relevant and useful!

 

 

National Library Week!

It’s National Library Week!

Each day this week we will be highlighting our contributions to the UIS campus, and featuring our newest collections, unique services, and upcoming projects. We also will be asking for your feedback this week on how we can enhance our collections, improve our services and reimagine our spaces.

Today we will be highlighting our popular collections! What are our popular collections? Think of it as things you want to read, watch, or listen to for fun! We also have a new collection of “Things” you can check out: home and kitchen items, technology, and a wide variety of games.

1.) Browsing: We have designed this collection to feel like you are at your favorite book store, where you can browse the aisles for something new to read. While much of our collection is academic in nature, the browsing collection is where you will find both fiction and nonfiction tiles, award-winning reads, cookbooks, graphic novels, YA favorites, and more. Stop by, take a look around and find something that speaks to you. This collection is located on the main floor of the Library.

Don’t see what your looking for? You can also SUGGEST A TITLE for purchase

2.) Popular Films:

We have greatly expanded our Popular Film Collection! Here you will find wide and diverse, browsable selection of both DVD & Blue-ray titles. We work hard to ensure our collection is up-to-date, purchasing new releases, box-office hits, and of course classic favorites, and cult classics. For many of the new releases we are able to get the film to the shelve BEFORE RED BOX!!!

If you don’t see your favorite film in our collection you can SUGGEST A TITLE for purchase.  This collection is located on the main floor of Brookens Library.

3.) Library of Things: 

This non-traditional collection is all about enhancing campus life through our library resources.  Currently, the collection has 3 major groupings – Home and Kitchen, Technology, and Games.  Here is a list of some of the individual items you can find in each area:

  • Home and Kitchen: cake pans, a blender, hand mixers, pasta maker, sewing machine, umbrellas, and more.
  • Technology: Raspberry Pi, Shero Ollie, device charging cords, portable chargers, and more.
  • Games: Chess, Dominion, Ticket to Ride, Dixit, Sushi Go Party!, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, and more.

Check out our Library of Things page for all of our offerings in each area.  

Items are available for check-out at the main desk of the library.  You may borrow up to 3 items at one time with borrowing periods ranging from 6 hours to 7 days.

Don’t see what you need? You can SUGGEST AN ITEM for purchase!

How-To Tuesday: Charging Stations

What happens if you are engrossed in a deep study session at the library and you notice your phone is on the brink of losing all power? You’re expecting an important call from your uncle in an hour, and you can’t go all the way home to charge your phone. What happens if you have a paper to write but your laptop battery is at 1%? No need to fear, in this installment of How-to Tuesdays, Megan and Taylor show you all about the Charging Stations we have at the library. Check it out and never be left with a dead device again.

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Meet the Team: Sarat

Name: Sarat
Major: Communication
Status: Sophomore
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  Everything is close together so there is not much walking to do. I also enjoy the small classes and professors. The campus is beautiful and there are tons of spots to relax and think.
What are your goals for the semester? I hope to raise my GPA and grades. I also would like to further my language studies.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? “It could always be worse but yeah…..this is pretty bad.” I think it perfectly sums up many of the situations I get myself into. It could also be seen as hopeful because there is a lesson to be learned at the end of each episode. I would like it to be a children’s show.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  African Student Association, Afro Beat Dance Crew. My interests include singing, dancing, reading, writing, eating, sleeping, and Kpop(iKONIC4life). I have also recently found myself getting more and more interested in starting video editing.
What have you learned since working at the library? I have gotten a lot better at talking to people. I am also very familiar with the building so my research tends to go very smoothly.
What are your post-graduation plans?  Peace Corp. Work in NPR. work in the EPIK program.