Haunted Library Friday, October 20

Your worst Nightmares are coming!!!!!

Haunted Library – Friday, October 20

8:00 – 11:00 pm

If you’re brave enough, come out to Brookens for the Haunted Library on Friday, October 20th between 8:00 pm & 11:00 pm for a truly frightful event. You never knew a library could be so spooky. After this experience you’ll need to sleep with the lights on.  

This Week at Brookens! 9/25 – 9/30

What’s Happening at Brookens This Week!

BANNED BOOKS WEEK:

This week is a busy week at Brookens. First, it is Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Celebrated September 24- September 30, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Here are Brookens, we have put together a display, located near the front of the library, featuring some of the banned books from our own collection. Our hope is to support the freedom to read during this week, and throughout the year. Stop by and see what we have on display.

We have also created a Banned Books Week featured list in our free eBook and eAudiobook app Cloud Library. Here you can browse over 19,000 free titles. If you haven’t already downloaded this free app to your device or computer, now would be a great time to get started!

Check out social media channels each day for the Banned Book of the Day. We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

HOMECOMING WEEK:

This week is also Homecoming Week at UIS. We are having several events in conjunction with the spirit filled week.

CINRC 40th Anniversary Celebration:

First, we are celebrating the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center’s 40th Anniversary of serving non-profits on Thursday, September 28, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. We will be set up on the main level of Brookens Library near the entrance/exit.

The CINRC has been one of the best-kept secrets in Central Illinois for far too long, and we’re hoping to change that.   Come check out our fresh new look and the many resources we have to offer for nonprofits and researchers alike.

In addition to the CINRC’s outreach to the central Illinois nonprofit community, Director Pamela M. Salela has also provided classroom instruction for Public Administration, Human Services, History, Environmental Studies, and Education – both in person as well as online for our distance students. Indeed, any class that can benefit from knowing more about grant researching could find her instructional services of value.

Come help us celebrate this milestone! Light refreshments will be served.

BOOK SALE THURSDAY:

It has become a UIS tradition to host our annual Book Sale the week of Homecoming. This year, we have moved our sale from Friday to Thursday, September 28, with the goal of reaching more students, faculty and staff! We are also extending our hours for the first time this year. We will be open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm outside Brookens Library under the overhang. We hope this will allow you more time to stop by, shop, and stock up on some great reads. Prices range from $1 – $3 so you won’t want to miss it. Please plan to pay with cash or check. We are unable to accept credit or iCash.

 MAKERS TAKERS SPIRIT EVENT: During the Book Sale, the Library will be hosting a spirit-week event: “Makers Takers, Make Your Own Spirit Decorations.” At this fun-filled event, you will be able to upcycle library materials into new creations. From bookends to buttons, bunting to bookmarks, we will have something for everyone. Stop by Thursday, September 28 and craft with us from 11:00 – 1:00 pm. We will have tables set up next to the Book Sale underneath the overhang of Brookens Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Series for International Students

If you’re an international student at UIS, you’ve probably noticed that the excitement of being away from home is not without its drawbacks.  There’s a lot to experience and a lot of cultural differences to contend with.  Whether you knew it or not, that sentiment extends to the library as well.  There’s a lot to experience at Brookens Library and things may be different from what you are used to.

At the library, we want to make sure you have access to information, resources, and services that will help you succeed during your time at UIS.  We have created a workshop series for all international students that will cover topics specifically chosen to help you navigate the services and resources the library provides to all students on campus.  

Introduction to the Library – Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Introduction to Library Databases – Monday, October 9, 10:30 am – 11:30 am 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Introduction to Library Databases – Monday, October 16, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Citation Styles and Plagiarism – Thursday, November 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Citation Styles and Plagiarism – Friday, November 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Each session will cover a variety of topics we hope you find helpful! For more information about the content covered in each session, contact John Laubersheimer at: laubersh@uis.edu

Nachos for Norris Nation! Learn More

NACHO BAR: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

The library is launching a new student organization called Norris Nation. This group will give you a chance to engage with the library at special Norris Nation events. Here you can provide feedback on what you think the library does well, where you think we can improve, and what you would like to see the library do more of, or add to its services and/or resources.  Every time a member of Norris Nation participates at an event, they move along the Norris Nation pathway in the UIS Connection system, with various points along the pathway earning you special Norris Nation swag!

NACHO BAR! Our first event is this Friday (Sept. 8)!  It’s an after-hours event at the library, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and involves a free nacho bar. Who doesn’t love nachos!?!? The event is listed on UIS Connection. Feel free to RSVP in advance (not required.)

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR NORRIS NATION MEMBERS & GUESTS:

Oct. 20 – Haunted Library – Norris Nation Members will get a special goodie bag

Nov. 16 – Movie Night at the Library @ 9pm 

Dec. 12 – Cookie Decorating at the Library 2-5pm

Board Game Day: Thursday Sept 7th

On Thursday, September 7th, Brookens Library will be hosting Board Game Day in the Stars Café (Brookens Library Lower Level) from 5:00 -7:00 pm.

Stop by anytime between 5:00-7:00 pm to try out a game from our new board game collection and enjoy some snacks. Have a game you want to share with new friends? Bring it! Don’t know anything about board games? No problem!  We’ll have people around to show you the ropes. Plus, our games are available for check out – so if you want to continue the fun, you can take one home after the event.

Brookens Library is as much a social, collaborative space as it is an educational one. Board games have educational, recreational, and social value and can serve as the catalysts for the connection of communities.

We hope to see you on September 7th!

 

Stay Connected This Summer!

Summertime in the library is, in many ways, business as usual. Whether or not you are on campus, Brookens Library faculty, staff, and student employees are still here working to support your experience at UIS.

  • What’s New at Brookens: Want to stay informed about Brookens Library news, events, and more? Follow this blog!
    Here we highlight library collections, important library resource updates, information about fun library events, including The Haunted Library, and more. We know that library use improves student GPA and retention rates so we encourage all our students to utilized library resources and attend library events. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

  • Cloud Library: Brookens Library recently added 19,000 eAudiobook titles to Cloud Library, our eBook and eAudiobook collection. You and your student can browse our collection here – http://go.uis.edu/BrowseCloudLibrary

The collection includes leisure reads, cookbooks, memoires, and more.
Current students can download the Cloud Library App to their device or check out a Cloud Library compatible device from Brookens Library. For more information about how to get started using Cloud Library visit: http://go.uis.edu/CloudLibraryBasics

 

  • Mango Languages: You’re probably wondering why the library’s talking about fruit, turns out were not. Mango Languages is our online language-learning system. Your student can create a free account through the Mango Languages platform using their NetID and Password. Once they’ve created their account, your student will have access to over 70 languages.
    Learn more about all that Mango Languages has to offer here- http://go.uis.edu/MangoBasics

Stay connected with Brookens all summer long and see you in the Fall!

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.