Getting Started with our eBook Platform: Cloud Library

Cloud Library is an App that gives you access to our Ebook and eAudioBook Collections.  You can download popular reading materials to take with you on-the-go! Getting started is easy. We have included step-by-step instructions to get Cloud Library on your device:

Cloud Library Brookens Library App

Downloading and Logging In
1.        Download the Cloud Library App from your app store.
2.        Log into the app
a.        Select Illinois
b.        University of Illinois Springfield
c.        And enter your Library ID number: (NOT YOUR UIN NUMBER) – This is the barcode number on your card.

Borrowing Books
1.     You can browse books or search by title/author
2.        Once you’ve selected a book you’d like to read. Tap on the cover and then tap “Borrow”
3.        The book will now download to your device and will be available in your account for 14 days.
4.        To get to your book from the browse screen, tap the menu icon and tap “My Books”

Returning Books
1.        Tap the Menu icon  in the top left-hand side
2.        Tap “My Books”
3.        Press and hold the book you’d like to return
4.        Tap “Return”
5.        Tap “Yes”

MENU FEATURES:
Featured: Includes titles we are featuring around a theme or titles that are new to the collection.

Browse: This view allows you to browse the entire collection and filter it by genre.

My Books: This is where you will find the book you currently have checked out, on hold, have previously checked out, and/or have flagged.
Settings: Here you can adjust your contact information and adjust app settings such as whether or not items can be downloaded using cellular data.

Filters: Filters let you decide what you want to see when your search.  You can limit to ebook only or
audiobook only as well as decide if you want to search only what is currently available for checkout, what the library currently owns, or every title in the systems including those not owned by the library that are available to recommend.

Suggest eBooks to Add To Our Collection!

How to make book suggestions for the Cloud Library collection:

Did you know that you can make suggestions for books you would like for us to purchase in our Cloud Library Collection (Cloud Library is the App where you can access our eBook and eAudioBook collections)? You absolutely can! But we’ll admit, figuring out how to locate books in the app that are available to suggest for purchase can be a little tricky. So here are some step-by-step instructions to show you how.

Start by opening the app, and tapping the 3 blue lines in the top left hand corner to open the menu, and tap Filters.

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This will take you to the options for how your searches are filtered. The app defaults to only search titles already owned by the library. To see all of the titles available in the Cloud Library system, tap Suggestions for Library. Now when searching you will see titles that the library owns, as well as items that are available for us to add to collection.

 

 

 

 

 

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Now you’re ready to search. To search for a book, tap the magnifying glass icon in the top right of the screen. And type in your title where it says Enter search criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If the book you are looking for is available to suggest to the library you will see it in the results list, with a blue Suggest button next to it. This collection has both eBooks and eAudiobooks. You’ll know if the item is an audiobook if there is a headphones icon in the bottom right of the cover image for the book. Be sure that you’re suggesting the format you’d prefer when both are available. When we purchase a book that you have suggested, an automatic hold will be placed on it for you. You have 5 days to check out an item before the hold expires.

 

 

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It is important to us that this collection of popular fiction and nonfiction, has the titles that you want to read. While we can’t guarantee we’ll buy every suggestion we receive, we certainly prioritize them when buying new items for the collection.

If you’re not yet familiar with the Cloud Library collection, learn more about how to download the free app here. You’ll need an active library account with Brookens to set up your account.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask for help at the main desk.

Gobble These Reads Up!

Whether you’re driving, taking the train, traveling alone, traveling with friends, or not traveling at all, an eAudio Book from our Cloud Library collection is an excellent companion for your Thanksgiving Break.  Check out our Thanksgiving Break Recommendations, download a book to your mobile device, and you’re ready to listen on the go.  Get your free Cloud Library app here.  Need assistance with setting up your Cloud Library app?  Stop by the desk, we’re happy to help.

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Thanksgiving Break Recommendations List

  1. Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli
  2. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  3. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
  4. Furiously Happy by Jenni Lawson
  5. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  6. Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, and Jeffery Seller
  7. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  8. It’s Okay to Laugh by Norma McInerny Purmort
  9. My Brief History by Stephen Hawking
  10. Naked by David Sedaris
  11. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
  12. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  13. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  14. Shrill by Lindy West
  15. Unforgettable: a Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon
  16. West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan
  17. Whipping Boy by Allen Kurzweil
  18. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

 

Slices for Sources! 10/20

Join Brookens Librarians John Laubersheimer and Nancy Weichert in the LRH Great Room Thursday, October 20 for “Slices for Sources”.

Here you will have the opportunity to learn invaluable research skills and you’ll get FREE pizza!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

LRH Great Room – 4:00 – 5:30 pm

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Scheduled Online Maintenance Tuesday, August 9

The University will be performing scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, August 9 to make upgrades to the primary data center. For OFF-CAMPUS library users: ILLiad and EZproxy (used for off campus access to our resources) will experience periods of downtime. Beginning at midnight, you may not be able to access all of our resources during the periods of downtown. Services are expected to be fully up and running by 5pm.

 

See the full message from ITS:

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide a stable and robust infrastructure for the campus, ITS in cooperation with Facilities and Services is implementing major upgrades in our primary data center in HSB. This upgrade requires maintenance scheduled for Tuesday, August 9 that will provide the campus with a more resilient data center.

On this day, many of our services will be unavailable. Most services will see periods of downtime. However, email, UIS Wifi, cloud services, and printing will be up and running.

Blackboard is also undergoing maintenance on August 9th and will be unavailable from midnight through 5pm.

Please continue to look for notices reminding you of this date so that you can be prepared for service outages. We will keep the campus notified of all changes.

Please contact ITS Client Services at techsupport@uis.edu or 217/206-6000 with any questions or concerns.

Welcome Back

Students, faculty, staff and community members,

Welcome to the Spring 2016 Semester from all of us at Brookens Library. The new semester brings new opportunities for you to engage with the library and the resources, services, and events we offer.  We are kicking off the new semester with a table at the Spring Involvement Expo on Wednesday, January 20 from 3-6pm in the PAC where you can stop by and chat with a librarian!

We are also hosting a “makers” event Thursday, January 21 from 1-3 pm on the lower level of Brookens as part of the campus wide Open House: Student Life’s “Campus Expedition”.  We will be having a paper airplane making contest and a make-and-take button-making table! Awards will be presented for “best design” and “best flight” and all participants receive a stamp for their Campus Expedition Book. These events are just a taste of what’s to come so stay tuned to learn about events taking place throughout the semester!

The library has made some important updates over the winter intersession and we are excited to share them with you:

1.) We have updated our website! The new and improved library.uis.edu was designed based on best practices in web design and user feedback, makes locating library information and conducting research much easier. If you have any questions about features or if you would like to leave your feedback please take a moment to fill out the online feedback form: Brookens Library Website Feedback

2.) You can now book an appointment with a librarian online: Meeting with a librarian just got easier for faculty and students. Each librarian now has a button embedded within their Research Guides that allows you to see available time-slots and book an appointment. Simply select your area by subject and there you will find your liaison and be able to make an appointment!

We are pleased to be able to continue offering UIS undergraduate students the opportunity to have their research recognized through the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award. This award was created to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250. Apply Today!

It is bittersweet that we must announce the retirement of the University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services, Jane Treadwell, who will step down at the end of April. Dean Treadwell has served the University of Illinois Springfield as the University Librarian for nearly 14 years. She has been a visionary for academic libraries, an advocate for information literacy, and a mentor to those who have served under her tutelage. We wish her a bright future as she embarks on her latest adventure: retirement.

 

 

Start Learning A New Language Today! (It’s FREE)

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 2.53.52 PMLanguage Learning Tool – Mango Languages: Have you ever wanted to learn another language? Now’s your chance! Brookens subscribes to Mango Languages, a language learning resource that makes learning a new language easier than ever. Simply create an account and start learning for FREE.

With this resource there is no expensive software to purchase – just sign up and start learning at your own pace and at your own convenience.