March Student and Staff Book Picks

March is here and so is our student and staff book picks! This month the CINRC team, comprised of Colleen, Leadership Lived Experience (LLE) student employee and Pamela Salela, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, chose a mixture of classics and new books inspired by Women’s History Month.  We hope you discover something on this list to enjoy!

Colleen, a student workerColleen’s Picks

  1. Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez
  2. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  3. Latino USA: A Cartoon History by Ilan Stavans
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  6. Trampling of the Weeds by Lajuanda Lilease
  7. Rhythm and Booze: Poems by Julie Kane
  8. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  9. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel by David Rakoff
  10. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  11. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  12. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  13. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  14. The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
  15. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  16. Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
  17. It’s Okay to Laugh by Nora McInerny Purmort
  18. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
  19. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  20. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Pamela Salela, a librarianPamela Salela’s Picks

  1. Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder by Gitta Sereny
  2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  3. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
  4. Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
  5. The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
  6. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts
  7. Wake up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade by Rickie Solinger
  8. Night by Elie Wiesel
  9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  10. The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King
  11. Phenomenal Women: Four Poems Celebrating Women by Maya Angelou
  12. Crazy Brave: a Memoir by Joy Harjo
  13. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
  14. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  15. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  16. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  17. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  18. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  20. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  21. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  22. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Suggest eBooks to Add To Our Collection!

How to make book suggestions for the Cloud Library collection:

Did you know that you can make suggestions for books you would like for us to purchase in our Cloud Library Collection (Cloud Library is the App where you can access our eBook and eAudioBook collections)? You absolutely can! But we’ll admit, figuring out how to locate books in the app that are available to suggest for purchase can be a little tricky. So here are some step-by-step instructions to show you how.

Start by opening the app, and tapping the 3 blue lines in the top left hand corner to open the menu, and tap Filters.

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This will take you to the options for how your searches are filtered. The app defaults to only search titles already owned by the library. To see all of the titles available in the Cloud Library system, tap Suggestions for Library. Now when searching you will see titles that the library owns, as well as items that are available for us to add to collection.

 

 

 

 

 

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Now you’re ready to search. To search for a book, tap the magnifying glass icon in the top right of the screen. And type in your title where it says Enter search criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If the book you are looking for is available to suggest to the library you will see it in the results list, with a blue Suggest button next to it. This collection has both eBooks and eAudiobooks. You’ll know if the item is an audiobook if there is a headphones icon in the bottom right of the cover image for the book. Be sure that you’re suggesting the format you’d prefer when both are available. When we purchase a book that you have suggested, an automatic hold will be placed on it for you. You have 5 days to check out an item before the hold expires.

 

 

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It is important to us that this collection of popular fiction and nonfiction, has the titles that you want to read. While we can’t guarantee we’ll buy every suggestion we receive, we certainly prioritize them when buying new items for the collection.

If you’re not yet familiar with the Cloud Library collection, learn more about how to download the free app here. You’ll need an active library account with Brookens to set up your account.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask for help at the main desk.

March Movie Madness is BACK!

March Movie Madness is back at Brookens Library!! We have put together a March Madness inspired bracket featuring 90’s era films to tie in with the Springfest theme. We have some epic matchup’s this week: Titanic vs. Office Space, Clueless vs. Ghost, Space Jam vs. A League of Their Own! We can’t wait to see who survives Week 1.

Week One March Movie Madness Matchups

Simply visit: http://libguides.uis.edu/marchmadness17 and vote for your favorite 90’s film. It’s that easy! The final week of voting we will have a drawing for a Brookens Library prize pack.

Vote today!

February Student and Staff Picks

Love is in the air this month and so comes our student and staff list of books they love! This month holds a diverse selection from several categories of books. You’re sure to find a book you enjoy with our picks.

Student Worker ConnieConnie’s Picks

  1. MARCH Book One by John Lewis
  2. A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. Ruined by Lynn Nottage
  7. Fences by August Wilson
  8. The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute
  9. August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  10. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  11. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  12. Paper Towns by John Green
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  16. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  17. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  18. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  19. Othello by William Shakespeare
  20. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

 

Staff Worker BethanyBethany’s Picks

  1. Scandalous Women: the Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
  2. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
  3. Nickel and Dimed on (not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  4. Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  5. Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  6. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  7. feminism is for everybody: passionate politics by bell hooks
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
  10. I Feel Bad About my Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
  11. The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  13. The Mercury 13: the Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  16. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  17. Dietland by Sarai Walker
  18. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  19. How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
  20. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

 

Now Accepting Submissions for Undergraduate Research Award

Brookens Library is very pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our third annual Undergraduate Research Award.

Brookens Library firmly supports the idea that undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are foundational components a complete education at UIS. 3 years ago, we created this award as a way for the Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students who had produced exemplary work in pursuit of their interests and degree.

Brookens Library Undergraduate Research AwardThe judging for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is one of our favorite parts of the academic year. Usually, we librarians are involved at the beginning stages of a research project – helping our patrons find the information that they need to get started on a project. We get to sit down with students from a variety of disciplines with some truly fascinating information needs. Unfortunately, it’s a rare day when one of us actually gets to see some of the finished products. This research award is a unique and treasured window onto the excellent work that the UIS students have created.

About the only downside of the endeavor is that the Library only gets to recognize one student’s excellent. We’ve always had a competitive grouping of papers, with one just edging out a victory in our rubrics. But this year, we are very excited to say that we are awarding a second and a third place! Now, even more great work will be acknowledged and preserved. Apply today with a paper of project you have completed in the past year!

First Place: $250

Second Place: $100

Third Place: $50

You can see the winning papers from the previous years here: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/74820

Details of the award, the submission process, the timeline and the judging rubric can be found here: http://libguides.uis.edu/research_award

 

Check Out Our Winter Read Recommendations!

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We hope your semester has been successful and that you are looking forward a peaceful winter break.  To help you relax and refresh, we’ve compiled a list of winter read recommendations in our Cloud Library collection.  These downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks are accessible from wherever you are spending your break with the free app.  Unfamiliar with the downloadable eBooks or eAudiobooks in our Cloud Library collection?  Learn more here, and, as always, we’ll be happy to help you download the free app and set up your account at the library main desk. Enjoy your break!

Congrats to Brookens Graduates!

We could not provide all of our resources and services to the community without our student employees. They are an integral part of the operations of Brookens Library. 

It is bittersweet to lose such three highly valued members of Team Brookens at the end of this semester. We are excited for them and the new chapter they will begin in their lives after college. Congratulations to Aman, Anuj, and Crystal. We wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors!

Congratulations to Aman

Meet the Team Aman

Aman has worked as part of the User Services department for a year and a half. Aman likes to play and listen to music, when he’s not studying into the early hours of the morning. Aman’s a great member of our team, supporting other students, staff, and faculty by telling jokes and helping others get what they need. As an international student, he’s helped a lot of other international students navigate their way around campus and to the resources they might require. Here’s a video shot by Leadership Lived that talks more about Aman and all of the wonderful things he’s done for the campus community as well–not just the library! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a_V4HtyD1M 

 Congratulations to Anuj

 

rotating_anuj-sept-2016Anuj has also been a part of our team for about a year and a half. His major is also Management Information Systems. On Wednesdays, Anuj often serves as our student research assistant, while the librarians are in their weekly meeting. Over the summer, Anuj and Aman both helped out with a huge shifting project, working with both speed and accuracy. Anuj is always supportive and always looking for ways to help his coworkers and others in the community.

Anuj has excelled at every task and project we have thrown his way, and he always takes it on with a positive attitude.  His customer service to all of our patrons has been superb, and his presence in the library will be very much missed by many.

Congratulations to Crystal

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Crystal has been the student manager for the User Services staff since the Fall 2014 Semester. Hired in Fall 2013, Crystal has done pretty much everything a student worker would do, as well as everything a circulation supervisor would do. Active in her Sorority and always studying, Crystal doesn’t have much free time. After graduation, she plans to learn how to be a better cook and to read more novels and less textbooks. Crystal’s outgoing, friendly personality made her a pleasure to work with and she will be greatly missed.