Meet the Team: Connie

Student Worker ConnieName: Connie

Year in school: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Psychology/Theatre

Hometown: Chicago/Peoria, IL

Hobbies: Writing, crafting, hanging out with friends and family, and shopping

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

I would like to go to grad school to earn my psychology doctorate and become a child and adolescent psychologist. I also hope to one day start a non-profit organization to advocate for mental health of minorities. I also hope to one day create a few scholarships.

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

I would have to say my mom. She has always been my greatest support system and always pushed me to do my best. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without her.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Being part of the team really helped me not only in my academics, but also in preparation for future employment opportunities. I’ve learned to balance work with my academics as well as enrich my research skills.

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

My favorite library experience would be helping set up for Haunted Library.

Meet the Team: Mac

Mac, a Student WorkerName: Mac

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor: Psychology/English

Hometown: Danville, IL

Hobbies: Reading, movies, and soccer

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

I want to be a lawyer because it puts me in a good position to help the disadvantaged. It also has been a calling for me and it’s something I have always wanted to do.

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

My mother inspires me the most because of how kind-hearted she is. She is willing to help anyone in any situation if they are trying to help themselves.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens Library has taught me to work within a team. It is a really great, diverse team!

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

One of the most memorable experiences I have had while working is constantly scaring Nichole while she did shelf-reading.

March Student and Staff Book Picks

March is here and so is our student and staff book picks! This month the CINRC team, comprised of Colleen, Leadership Lived Experience (LLE) student employee and Pamela Salela, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, chose a mixture of classics and new books inspired by Women’s History Month.  We hope you discover something on this list to enjoy!

Colleen, a student workerColleen’s Picks

  1. Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez
  2. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  3. Latino USA: A Cartoon History by Ilan Stavans
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  6. Trampling of the Weeds by Lajuanda Lilease
  7. Rhythm and Booze: Poems by Julie Kane
  8. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  9. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel by David Rakoff
  10. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  11. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  12. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  13. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  14. The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
  15. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  16. Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
  17. It’s Okay to Laugh by Nora McInerny Purmort
  18. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
  19. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  20. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Pamela Salela, a librarianPamela Salela’s Picks

  1. Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder by Gitta Sereny
  2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  3. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
  4. Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
  5. The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
  6. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts
  7. Wake up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade by Rickie Solinger
  8. Night by Elie Wiesel
  9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  10. The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King
  11. Phenomenal Women: Four Poems Celebrating Women by Maya Angelou
  12. Crazy Brave: a Memoir by Joy Harjo
  13. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
  14. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  15. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  16. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  17. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  18. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  20. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  21. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  22. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Meet the Team: Malcolm

Malcolm, a student workerName: Malcolm

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor:  English/ African American Studies & Criminal Justice

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Community Service, And Quality time with my friends and family.

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

After college I plan to go to the Navy to get a break from school and academia. I want to see the world and gain some valuable experiences. After that I intend to go to the University of Washington @ Seattle and to get my Master in Library and Research Science.

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

I think the people who influence me the most are my parents and my grandparents. I’m the oldest child and the oldest grand-child so I’ve always had a lot of responsibility, but they put so much time and effort in to me, so at the end of it all I just want them to be proud.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens has taught me to be critical, and to be open minded/ flexible. Often we have to do things we wouldn’t do or complete tasks that weren’t assigned to us so in that sense I’ve learned to be open minded and adaptable. We also go through daily troubleshooting in completing tasks and helping our co-workers to complete theirs, this is what I mean by being critical.

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

The most memorable experience I’ve had at the library would have to be the 2015 fall staff training! It was super fun and it was the last time I saw a lot of the older library student staff (who have since graduated).

Meet the Team: Nathaniel

Nathaniel, a student workerName: Nathaniel

Year in school: Junior

Major/Minor: MIS

Hometown: Springfield, Illinois

Hobbies: I enjoy music, and play the guitar and trombone. I really like food; that’s probably my favorite. I like to stay active and will play just about any sport. I also really love dogs.

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

I plan on working somewhere either in the MIS or Computer Science field because these areas come somewhat naturally to me. Entry-level jobs in both of these fields often require frequent traveling, which is something I still want to do in my 20’s.

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

I have been extremely blessed to have my parents and grandparents as such positive role models in my life. They taught me to be loving, tough, hardworking, and to carry myself with a positive attitude in everything I do.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Brookens has given me the opportunity to meet, help, and share ideas with a variety of people – which gives me some new perspectives I would not have gained otherwise.

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

My favorite library moment would have to be when Anuj played Mario Cart with the book truck.

Meet the Team: Alejandro

Alejandro, a student workerName: Alejandro   

Year in school: Junior

Major/Minor: Business Management

Hobbies: Soccer

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

I want to come back to Chile, and work for a Chilean Company. Then I am going to apply to a Graduate School (MBA).

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

The person that influenced me the most is my father. He has given me a good example about how to be a good husband and leader. He inspires me to be better every day.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens Library has helped me to develop my team work and organizational behavior. I am also learning about my supervisors and their example and passion for the work.

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

Helping other students to achieve their academic goals by giving them advice regarding the library/UIS sources, and hanging out with my co-workers. Working at Brookens is fun!

Meet the Team: Garrett

Garrett, a student workerName: Garrett

Year in school: Freshman

Major/Minor: Economics/Political Science

Hometown: Anna-Jonesboro, Illinois

Hobbies: Running and Reading

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

I want to attend law school and be involved in public policy in order to give back to my community and country.

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

My mother is an Army Veteran and her service and sacrifice has always inspired me to work hard and strive to be the best version of myself possible.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

In the short time I have been working at Brookens I have already improved my organizational, and people skills.

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

I’m a relatively new employee but I look forward to many memorable and fun experiences.