Meet the Team: Ankit

Name: Ankit

Major: MIS

Status: Graduate

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  UIS has a lot to offer to it’s students so it is difficult to pick a favorite. Having said that, I like to play games at the student union, I like to attend the expo’s and events that go on around campus. I also love playing Badminton and ping pong at TRAC. The library is my favorite place to watch a movie or to concentrate when I am studying.

What are your goals for the semester? This semester is going to be a tough one. I have taken 3 courses and all of these require investing a lot of time on them. So, i just want to concentrate & study as much as possible this semester and try to make sure that I maintain a good GPA. I am looking forward to learn a new programming language and a lot of other things. I would also love to visit Colorado during Thanksgiving break.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If I had a reality TV show of my life, I would call it ‘ Chill Alone’ because I appreciate time spent alone. 

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My course doesn’t give me a lot of free time to engage with clubs/activities/sports on campus, however I love listening to music & watching new movies and TV shows. I play sports occasionally. I also like to go out with my friend’s on weekends and meet new people and explore places around Springfield.

What have you learned since working at the library? I began working with the library since January 2018 & I have learned a lot. I have improved my communication skills and I get to meet and see new people everyday.

What are your post-graduation plans? I will be graduating in Fall of 2019. Once I graduate, I plan to move to Pittsburgh or New York and start looking for jobs and would love to explore my OPT period while working.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: I love Italian cuisine, so someday I would love to take the pasta maker, make some fresh pasta and enjoy feasting on it.

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!


Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017

It’s Banned Books Week! In 2017, 416 books were challenged or banned. The list includes classic titles such as, To Kill a Mockingbird, popular series such as Harry Potter, as well as some new titles released this past year. Whatever the book, the issue is the same, banning books silences stories, voices, and ideas. To celebrate your right to read, we’re putting the spotlight on some of these stories throughout this week. To start, let’s learn about the Top 10 Challenged books of 2017.

You can check out any of these books at Brookens. Be sure to check our social media channels throughout this week as we Stand for the Banned and continue to highlight

It’s Banned Books Week!

It’s Banned Books Week! A week each year when libraries around the world celebrate the freedom to read – a freedom that can be taken for granted and continues to be challenged. Each year, book are challenged or banned because they present topics, content, ideas, or voices that someone has deemed dangerous or inappropriate. Each of these challenges represents an attempt to censor an author and silence ideas and voices and are a direct threat to our intellectual freedom.

In the State of America’s Libraries 2018 report, intellectual freedom was among the Issues and Trends highlighted because of the increased number of challenges reported. According to the report, Public challenges and bans rose from 45 in 2016 to 91 in 2017. This infographic from the American Library Association provides some additional numbers and information about the state of bans and challenges from 2017.

At Brookens, we care about your freedom to read and work to protect your intellectual freedom. Specifically, this week we’re answering the call put forward with this year’s Banned Books Week theme – Banned Books Silences Stories. Speak Out! – by doing just that, speaking out. We will be highlight books that have been challenged or banned throughout the week across our social media platforms. Additionally, we’ll be providing you with lists of the most challenged books and linking you to those items in our collection. As we share our favorite books and stories about why they matter, we hope you’ll share yours too!

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.

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

Talk Like a Pirate Day: Yargh, yer piratin’ content wrong!

Yargh, yer piratin’ content wrong!

Did you know you can access software, music, video games, and more without having to pirate? For example, UIS provides students that live on campus with an HBO Go pass. To access it simply go to, select U of I Springfield as your provider and enter your UIS name and password. UIS also provides a variety of free software for all students like Office 365, antivirus, and more are available at no cost via Brookens Library is also a great source for free materials like movies, music, and everyday items. For instance the Library of Things allows you to rent cameras, cooking supplies, games, and more. ITS also loans out laptops for students to use as they please. Anyone with a UIS library card also has access to a library card for Lincoln library. The Lincoln library has an even larger collection of movies and other worthwhile materials.


Free booty for students to plunder

As a student you also have access to a large variety of discounts on also sorts of products at different retailers. Laptops for instance are often sold at a lower prices for students. Other discounts like lower prices for movies, tools, school supplies, etc. can often be found. Services like Spotify premium, Hulu plus, and  Amazon Prime are also available to students at a discount. Icardperks has a list of multiple merchant discounts available to anyone with a valid icard. You can find a variety of 10% off discounts available at gift shops and food establishments. If that’s not your style then perhaps a $50 discount on karate lessons will be a better fit. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to look for these discounts before making a purchase.


Support ye captain  

If, however, you intend to pirate software despite these alternatives then consider the following. Piracy hurts the industry and raises prices for everyone. Statistics show that in 2010 the losses due to digital piracy was 58.8 billion. By 2011 this number climbed to $63.4 billion in digital losses. It’s likely that you already pay a premium on many goods due to the piracy of others. The more people pirate the larger effect on everyone. To top that off you’re making it harder for the creators of pirated goods to stay afloat. It’s important to buy the products you like in order to support and show interest for future products of the same quality. Companies can and have steered away from making similar products in the past due to lack of sales. Depending on the circumstances it’s also possible that the creators of the product may go out of business entirely. This results in a lose-lose situation for both parties.


Risk walking the plank

Another thing to take into account before pirating products is the risks involved. Some of them are obvious like the legal fines and prison time. A criminal charge can result in up to 5 year of prison and a fine of $250,000. Civil penalties can monitarilly be even worse as the max fine per infringement is $150,000 which can quickly add up. However, if knowing this doesn’t deter you from piracy then perhaps the following will. Pirated goods often contain viruses, trojans, and other security risks. By downloading pirated software you risk giving away your bank credentials and other precious personal data to malicious hackers.


Nah worth yer time

The amount of time it takes to pirate content and the lack of quality assurance can become a major hassle that makes pirating far less appealing. Some content is just really hard to find online in its native quality. For instance Is it really worth it to spend a few hours trying to find a good quality torrents and wasting gigabytes of data just to find out the torrents you downloaded were of low quality or in some way didn’t work. Not to mention cracked software doesn’t get updates and if you run into problems you can’t call customer service for help. These points should all be taken into account and hopefully deter you from pirating in the future.


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

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!