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!

Meet the Team: Joshua

Name: Joshua

Major: Computer Science

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  My favorite thing about UIS is having my own apartment on campus with a nice big room, at least when compared to my old room. No longer do I have to commit hours of my life cleaning up after all my brothers and sisters, nor do I get dragged around on errands for my parents. Finally, I love the fact that the on-campus food is actually pretty good. I remember back in high school I was nervous about college but I was hyped for actually being able to have a good meal. 

What are your goals for the semester? Well getting good grades is always goal number one. My second goal would be more active in a club. My final goal is to get some scholarships, college is expensive and anything extra will really help.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  The Avid Gamers Quest for Bacon and Asian food. Well, I do consider myself a gamer and love to search for all sorts of new and exciting games. I also love to try all sorts of new foods but I most commonly seek out Asian cuisine. As for bacon, well I don’t think that needs an explanation.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? As mentioned before I’m an avid gamer. I mostly play video games, but I do get the occasional board or card game in every now and then. I’m a member of the computer science club and I have also joined the robotics club.

What have you learned since working at the library? The library has taught me a few things, the first of which is that they actually lend out things besides books. A few examples are blenders, chargers, DVDs, board games, etc. I also learned that they have an area of the library dedicated to super old books, posters, tape recordings, etc. Finally and maybe the most important thing I’ve learned is that the library will shock you. Seriously watch out and don’t touch anything metal!

What are your post-graduation plans?  On graduation, I hope to do one of two things; either continue my education and get a masters degree, this is only an option if I get some serious scholarships, or to land a decent paying job in my field and quickly pay off any debt I might have. The school has good connections with companies such as State Farm and I would be more than happy to be hired by them. Also a dog, honestly that’s probably number one, I need me a dog.

How-To-Tuesday: Double Feature!

The beginning of the 2018-2019 Academic Year can only mean one thing: The return of How-To-Tuesdays or HTT!

This week you are in for a treat, a HTT double feature! We will help you learn how to find the library during the Main Floor Renovation project & how to create your Library Account online!

First up is How to Find the Library:

Now that you know how to find us in person, let’s optimize your online experience by learning how to Create Your MyLibrary Account:


Make Your Own Bookend Event: 8/30

It’s Welcome Week at UIS! 

To help celebrate the arrival of students to campus we will be hosting a makers event in the Student Union. 

Do you have a bookshelf and a stack of books? Do you need a bookend to help keep that stack tidy? Well you are in luck! Librarians Sarah Sagmoen and Nancy Weichert will be crafting DIY bookends with students in The Student Union on Thursday, August 30, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Stop by anytime, we’ll have all the supplies so just bring yourself and friends.

Welcome to the Library!

The staff at Brookens Library would like to welcome you to the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year at the University of Illinois Springfield!

Whether you are returning to campus or here for the first time, we hope you have a successful year at UIS. You may have noticed the Main Floor of the Library is under construction. Access to the Library, ITS (Media Lab), and Archives/IRAD is through the Lower Level Entrance.

Access to the BRK Classrooms and Offices is only available on the classroom side of building and will not be accessible through the Library. Please follow the signs.

Stay connected with the Library online! Our website is where you can search our wide variety of databases, check our daily operating hours, see what’s new in the Library, Archives & IRAD, and check our what special events we have coming up. Follow us on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Should you have any questions about where resources or services or located, our staff at the Main Desk on the Lower Level will be happy to assist you. If you need research help, our faculty librarians are ready to help. Simply select your subject area here and you will be able to book an appointment with the Librarian that best suits your needs!

Select you Subject Area & click the “Make and Appointment with” button on the left hand side of the page under the librarians photo. We hope to see you in the Library!


Update to My Library Account

Update to My Library Account

We are excited to announce an update to the My Library Account system that now allows you to log-in to your account with your netID and password. Now instead of logging in with a separate account or having to create a separate account, you’ll just click the link that says Login with your NetID.

The first time you do this, you’ll have to connect your NetID to your library account. First login to the system with your NetID and password

Then, click on Checked Out Items on the right hand side of the screen and you will be taken to this page.  Put in your Library Barcode (the 14 digit number on your iCard that starts with 2141 and your last name, and click “Login”.  Your account is now ready to use.  You will only have to enter your barcode the first time using the new system.  


Please call the Library Main Desk at 206-6605 if you have any questions or issues getting logged in.