How To Suggest an eBook or eAudiobook in cloudLibrary!

Did you know we have THOUSANDS of eBooks & eAudiobooks in cloudLibrary? It’s true! However, there may be an eBook or eAudiobook that we don’t have that you would like to checkout for FREE! You can suggest a title directly in our app and our staff will do their best to add it to our collection!

Check out how to suggest an eBook or eAudiobook directly from our mobile app.

If you don’t already have the cloudLibrary app you can download it for free from your preferred app store! Once it’s downloaded on your device you are ready to let us know what title(s) you’d like us to add to our cloudLibrary collection! 

1) Open your cloudLibrary app (make sure you are logged in) and click on the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.  Type the title of the book you wish to find in the search bar:

 

2) If we do not have the title, click on “Advanced Search”:

3) This screen will open. Click on “All Library Titles”:

4) Click “Suggestions for Library” and then “Search”:

5) Any available titles will then appear. Locate the title that you would like to suggest, and click “Suggest”:

 

6) That’s it! Your suggestion will be received and considered for purchase by library staff. So go forth and suggest away!

 

Make Your Own Eyepatch For Pirate Day!!!

Celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day with Brookens Library! 

To help celebrate we will be hosting a Make Your Own Pirate Eyepatch event:

Wednesday, September 19

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Student Leadership Center: UIS Student Union

We will have all the supplies you need to take your eyepatch over-the-top! We will also have fun giveaways and a few tasty treats. Don’t miss it!

How To Talk Like A Pirate Using Mango Languages

Ahoy, me hearties! Belay yer carousin’ and haul wind smartly. International Talk Like a Pirate Day be on WednesdaySeptember 19th and we will be celebrating all day long with pop-up events and a Make Your Own Eyepatch event at the UIS Student Union from 11:00  – 2:00!

First celebrated in 2002, this holiday has grown from a mere Talk Like a Pirate Day to an INTERNATIONAL Talk Like a Pirate day. All from the simple kernel of an idea generated by some pals that were goofing around in the 90’s. You can read more about how it came to be here.

As interesting as all that is, that’s not really what we’re here to talk about. Talk Like A Pirate Day isn’t about boring old history, it’s about talking like a pirate. But properly talking like a pirate is more than just sprinkling in an ‘ahoy’ here and an ‘avast’ here, it’s about a rich tapestry of pirate-y words and colorful turns of phrase the likes of which would make Robert Newton proud! But how do you get started in this grand, made up tradition? If only the there was some kind of resource…

The library has got you covered with Mango Languages and their Pirate conversational language module.

You’ll take your language skills across the seven seas, gathering treasure and having parrrrties on your ship. While pirates have a historically troubled and dangerous history around the globe, we want you to embrace the inventive language of Pirates and use their creative speech for good, not evil. Are ye up for the challenge of becoming a swashbuckler (pirate)? Shed your landlubber (land-lover) skin and haul wind with Mango!

 

Meet the Team: Justin

Name: Justin

Major: Information Systems Security

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about UIS is the personal connection you make with your professors. They know you by name, where at other schools you usually are just a number. This is also noticeable with online classes as well. The professor is able to give much more attention to their students despite not having a physical presence

What are your goals for the semester? One of my goals for this semester is to not procrastinate on my homework. Waiting until the last minute on homework just causes stress and I’d like to avoid that. I’d also like to learn the programming language known as Python. I’ve heard that it can be very beneficial to learn it when looking for careers.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If a TV show was made about my life it would be called “How Much Star Wars is Too Much?” I love Star Wars, so I spend a lot of my time reading books, watching movies/TV shows, and playing games about Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back is the Best!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  I’m part of the Computer Science Club here on campus where I have participated in several cybersecurity competitions known as the NCL with our team. We’ve even placed 6th nationally. I am also involved in an organization on campus called Young Americans for Liberty, a political activism organization that fights for free speech and constitutionalism.

What have you learned since working at the library? One thing that I have learned while working at the library is to never be afraid to ask for help. If you ask for help, most often you can accomplish whatever it is much quicker. Finding a book in the library can be confusing and could potentially take a very long time, so just asking for our help is much quicker.

What are your post-graduation plans? After graduation I plan to go strait into the workforce. Ideally I’d like to work at a local business in their tech department for a while but then I’d like to work for the FBI. Also, I plan to try and get several certifications in my field.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing in the Library of Things Collection is the board games. Can’t go wrong with fun and games with friends!

How-To-Tuesday: How to Request Items

It’s How-To-Tuesday with the dynamic duo: Meghan and Taylor!!!

This week Taylor can’t find the obscure book she wants at Brookens.
How will she survive? With IShare, of course! See a book that you would like to request for pickup at Brookens Library? This brief tutorial will show viewers how to request items from IShare libraries and have them sent to you.

International Literacy Day

Here at Brookens Library, Every Day is Literacy Day!

Brookens Library invites the UIS community to recognize and celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8. Founded by UNESCO, this annual event aims to highlight the importance of literacy for both young and old. This year’s focus is “literacy and skills development” with emphasis on the skills and competencies needed for employment, careers and livelihoods.

Workforce, educational and community involvement all depend on literacy skills to navigate today’s increasingly digital world. The concept of literacy is no longer only defined as reading, writing and counting skills, but has grown to include the ability to identify, create and communicate information in different aspects of our work, school and social lives. Unfortunately, illiteracy is still a major problem in many communities around the world, and there are still 750 million adults who cannot read and write. Learn more at UNESCO’s site.

Here at Brookens Library, every day is Literacy Day! Our librarians promote information literacy in and out of the classroom, helping students discover, evaluate and utilize the information they need for their research assignments and personal lives, as well as for their future careers. With so much information out in the world, it is more important than ever to build the skills necessary to become information literate citizens.

However you decide to celebrate International Literacy Day, take a moment to reflect on what it means to be able to read. As children’s author Tomie dePaola once said, “Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.”

Meet the Team: Samantha

Name: Samantha

Major: Sociology/Anthropology

Status: Senior

 

 

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? As a student, I love that UIS have mostly small classes. The student to instructor ratio isn’t overwhelming which allows for more of a connection with the instructor and a better learning experience in my opinion. Being a transfer student, I definitely like the vibe of UIS much better overall.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goal for this semester is to keep my head in the game. It’s the last year of school for me and I know how easy it is to fall into the senioritis trap! But I just need to remember that if I want to play hard, I have to work hard too.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My reality TV show of my life would be called “Fast & Furious”. Odd I know but it’s because life passes by fast and that makes me furious!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I dedicate most my free time to the music program here at UIS. I play violin in the UIS Orchestra and sometimes perform around campus for official events as well. I recently started to become more involved in the International Student Services because that is a huge passion of mine. I want to make sure that we as a University welcome others with open arms!

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned that a little goes a long way. I am only a small part of the big complex system that is the Library. In order for everything to run smoothly, it’s important to pay attention to even the smallest tasks.

What are your post-graduation plans? (at least 3 sentences): Oof this question is a hard one! As of right now, I’m postponing graduate school since I would like to gain some experience in the work industry first. I’m interested in becoming an academic advisor or program coordinator for higher education.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from the library of things collection has to be the board games! I would love to have that big of a collection of board games when I have a home of my own. Life isn’t a game but maybe just for a few hours I don’t have to worry about bills but think about how I’m going to kick butt in chutes & ladders!