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. 

 

December Staff Picks

The winter holidays are just around the corner so that means we have a new month’s worth of book picks! This month student employee Rachel and Clinical Faculty Librarian Nancy Weichert have selected books we think you might enjoy!

Student Worker RachelRachel’s List

  1. Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  4. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  5. The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel
  6. Night in Bombay by Louis Bromfield
  7. The Shining by Stephen King
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
  10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  11. Gone Girl: a Novel by Gillian Flynn
  12. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  13. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  14. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  15. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  16. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  17. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  18. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  19. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  20. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
  21. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  22. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  23. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

 

NancyNancy’s List

  1. Amerikanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  3. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. Siddartha by Herman Hesse
  6. Just Mercy:  a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  7. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  8. Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
  9. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Mathew Desmond
  10. Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  11. Citizen: an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  12. Arcadia by Lauren Groff
  13. Even Cowgirls get the Blues by Tom Robbins
  14. What is the What by Dave Eggers
  15. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  16. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  17. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  18. Room: a Novel by Emma Donoghue
  19. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Meet the Team: Anuj

rotating_anuj-sept-2016Name: Anuj 

Year in school: Graduate Student

Major/Minor: Management Information Systems

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Hobbies: Soccer, Music and Traveling

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I want to become an Influencer when I grow up, I would love to be looked at as an example by people. Motivate and influence a certain amount of people in my life.

 Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

My mother is the person that influences me the most. She is the strongest person I have ever know, she has always had my back in good times and bad. She has been my motivation, which has made me the person I am today.

 What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at the library has taught me the skill of being a part of a team, how to collaborate and communicate as a team. Also multi-tasking and customer service skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

Without a doubt it has to be the Haunted Library. I have been fortunate to be part of Haunted Library for two years. It is one of the most exciting experiences ever. The library staff and the volunteers put in a lot of effort into making this event one of the best on campus.

Find Your Place at Brookens

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As  the new University Librarian at Brookens Library, I am also serving my profession as President of the Illinois Library Association. The mission of ILA includes references to leadership, learning and access to information. It clearly states that

“This access is essential for an open democratic society, an informed electorate, and the advancement of knowledge for all people. “

And that’s the crux of it. I didn’t become a librarian because I liked books, or to categorize knowledge or even to preserve information. These are all important functions in what librarians do, but it is ensuring access to all, extending opportunities to learn to all, empowering people, that drew me to being a librarian.

Librarians have a great and awesome responsibility to their communities, and so when I am confused, or without explanation, it’s a good time to explore core values and remember why I became a librarian, and why I believe deeply in the ALA Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read.

This week there are many others writing about libraries. American Library Association President Julie Todaro released a statement that includes these words: “”Libraries provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds and for difficult discussions on social issues.  Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”

She continues with the idea that libraries are tolerant, inclusive, promote understanding and work to abolish cultural invisibility.

On behalf of the staff and faculty of Brookens Library, I would like to remind our campus community that the library will continue to practice the core values of librarianship. We invite you to explore the resources we have available to expand your knowledge, understanding and cultural awareness. We invite you to experience the comfort of finding your very own place in Brookens Library, whether you seek quiet and solitude or busy and active spaces. We invite you to interact with our staff who can assist you in finding more to explore and experience, not only at Brookens Library, but curated sources found in institutional repositories or librarian-created research guides at other institutions.

Blogger Zoe Fisher speaks of her love for libraries and their place in her world. She mentions there have always been libraries even through wars and the destruction of books and libraries. She closes with this thought about the chaos of the last few days: “There will be librarians to help people make sense of senseless things. And when I think of that, I am less afraid.”

Find your informational resources at Brookens Library. Find helpful staff at Brookens Library. Find your comfortable place at Brookens Library.