Intersession Hours

During the Intersession period of summer (7/28-8/25), the Library will be open:

Summer Intersession (7/28- 8/25)

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

Fall Semester Hours (8/26 – 12/15)

Mon-Thurs: 8:30 am – Midnight
Friday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Library Student Managers: A Fond Farewell!

 As we complete another academic year, we are also marking the end of an era for our Student Management team: Andrew, Diamond, and Taylor.  What makes this year unique is that all three of our Student Managers are graduating. We want to take this moment to say an extra special congratulations and an extra special thank you to each of them.  

The library’s Student Managers are members of our User Services team, which means they are fully trained circulation supervisors.  They open and close the library, train new student employees, provide excellent service to our patrons, plan and run student employee staff meetings and our biannual semester retreats, and so much more.  Each of them comes to work every day ready to work hard, to make a positive impact, and they’re always ready for the weirdly unexpected and unpredictable issues that can arise with each day.  They are thoughtful and responsible, and provide a much needed student voice to every decision we make in the User Services department.  

As a team, they are both colleagues and friends who support each other inside and outside the library.  It has been an honor and a privilege to watch them grow as leaders, and a true joy to work alongside them.  We are better because of them, the library is better because of them, and for that, we will be forever grateful.  

Andrew, Diamond, and Taylor – Thank you for letting us be a part of your time at UIS, it has been unforgettable. We can’t wait to see what you do next!  

Diamond: Student Manager
Taylor: Student Manager

 

Andrew: Student Manager

Special Thanks and Congratulations from User Services, 

Erich, Student Assistant Program Coordinator  and Sarah, Director of Learning Commons and User Services

Cereal Bar Monday, May 7

Monday, May 7 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Brookens Library Lower Level

The end of the year can be a stressful time. The Friends of Brookens Library would like to treat you to a free bowl (or two) of cereal during finals week! Take a break from your studies & regroup at the Brookens Library Cereal Bar. We will have a variety of offerings to keep you going!

 

Privacy Week: Using Better Systems

Big data is watching you. Choose privacy week May 1-7 #chooseprivacy

There are many applications that we use on a day to day basis, whether these are on our personal computers or mobile devices. Some of these applications gain permissions to access sensitive data such as your contact lists, photos, or even text messages when you install them. One way for you to manage the access these applications have is to adjust the permissions on your devices. Both Android and iOS offer fairly extensive application permission management, so you can turn on or off whether an app can access your photos or calendar if it is a music player for example.

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Another way to ensure your data is safe is with encryption. Encryption scrambles data based on an algorithm and cannot be unscrambled unless the correct key is provided. This type of encryption can be enabled locally on your device and there are applications that enabled encrypted communication, so anyone who were to intercept encrypted data would not be able to read it without that key. Two of the best encrypted messaging applications are Signal and WhatsApp which are available on both Android and iOS. iOS users also have access to iMessage, which is encrypted but only with others on the iOS platform.

Records leaked: January 7 million, Feburary 2.2 million, March 20.8 million. Everyday we give out select private information, deal with more of our data being ocllected without disclosure, have our private information sold without our consent, see corporations fail to keep our private information safe. Only you can take control of your date and keep it safe.

Here at Brookens Library, we try to ensure the privacy of each of our patrons. When you use a public computer, whether with a NetID account or public account, all information from that session is automatically removed and the account settings are wiped when the computer is restarted. When you return a book or other item to the library, our system removes the record so that nobody has access to who checked out what item and when. Anything that gets printed at our circulation desk that contains personal information, or anything that could possibly identify a patron, is securely shredded.

 

Learn more about your digital privacy:

ALA Choose Privacy Week

Privacy Paradox

Protect Your Privacy

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Board Game Day with International Student Association

Board Game Day in Brookens

The end of the year can be a stressful time. Take a break from your studies at the library for Board Game Day! We are excited to be partnering with the International Student Association for our final Game Day of the Spring Semester! This fun event will take place:

Thursday, April 19

4:00 – 6:00 pm – Library Lower Level! 

Join us for free food and fun! All students are welcome to attend.

 

Meet the Team: Sarat

Name: Sarat
Major: Communication
Status: Sophomore
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  Everything is close together so there is not much walking to do. I also enjoy the small classes and professors. The campus is beautiful and there are tons of spots to relax and think.
What are your goals for the semester? I hope to raise my GPA and grades. I also would like to further my language studies.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? “It could always be worse but yeah…..this is pretty bad.” I think it perfectly sums up many of the situations I get myself into. It could also be seen as hopeful because there is a lesson to be learned at the end of each episode. I would like it to be a children’s show.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  African Student Association, Afro Beat Dance Crew. My interests include singing, dancing, reading, writing, eating, sleeping, and Kpop(iKONIC4life). I have also recently found myself getting more and more interested in starting video editing.
What have you learned since working at the library? I have gotten a lot better at talking to people. I am also very familiar with the building so my research tends to go very smoothly.
What are your post-graduation plans?  Peace Corp. Work in NPR. work in the EPIK program.

Meet the Team: Karen

Name: Karen

Major: Undecided– Considering Psychology and Communications

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? The thing I enjoy most about being at UIS is the independence it allows for me. Back home I was relatively independent but I never really let myself grow into my own person. Here however, I feel that daily I am challenged which allows me to get to know myself better and in ways which I have never seen myself before. Thanks to college, I feel I am better adapting and blossoming into my own person, but I know I have long ways to go still.

What are your goals for the semester? My goals this semester essentially all cater to becoming the best possible version of myself. That sounds a bit cheesy, however, I want to adapt a mindset, work ethic, routine, etc that works for me and that will keep me on a track to whatever path I want to take– whether it’s with school, people, work or anything else. Academically and socially, of course like anyone I want to do good– but my main goal this semester is to listen to at least one full album before going to bed each night as a way to keep a peaceful mind. So far its looking, or rather sounding good 🙂

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If there were a reality TV show of my [current] life, it’d be called “Alarms for Everything” — it’s kinda a dumb name but it’s because one time last semester I closed my eyes thinking it would be brief but instead ended up waking up 4ish hours later having missed my class. So now I set alarms up for anything and everything, including 10-15 minute naps.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? Unfortunately, I have not made much effort to get involved on campus, however I’d like to do something with Chess or Frisbee if and when I do. Since I have been trying to work on myself, I do a lot of activities on my own. I really enjoy star gazing, I can name and pin point out most northern constellations and it’s just always cool to look up and marvel at infinite mysteries. But I also LOVE listening to albums and podcasts alongside painting and watching movies since I am a huge movie junkie. However, I simply enjoy time on my own and I find peace in it.

What have you learned since working at the library?  I work with a lot of detail-oriented tasks and since I tend to make mistakes often, I feel I have learned to better understand and come to peace with knowing messing up comes with everything one does, and that it’s just a matter of picking yourself back up and continuing to try again and push through. That also helped with learning about the value of asking questions when I am unsure of what to do, or if I need a refresher on something. I am also always tested on ways that could help improve efficiency which I’m grateful for.

What are your post-graduation plans?  This question really relies on what my major will end up being, which I am not 100% sure on–so I’d have to say I have the slightest idea. Peace Corps has always seemed like an enticing option though, so I’d consider that. Grad school may be an option as well however it won’t be straight out of undergrad–not unless necessary at least. I’m not sure though–lately I have just been taking things day by day, trying to get what’s most pressing done first, and continue to figure it out from there.