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.

Meet the Team: Anh

Name: Anh Do

Major: Business Administration

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is that the campus size is not too large, which means you can get to know your professors and your classmates better. I keep seeing familiar faces in my classes and I actually got to know some awesome individuals! And since the class size ranges from small to medium, every student has equal opportunities to get directly involved in class activities as well!

What are your goals for the semester?: Since this will be my last semester at UIS, I will keep staying focused on my studies as I have always been in order to gain the best results. After all, I always aim to maintain a solid performance with whatever I am working on.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: I would probably name it “Let it proof” to show how patience and enduring effort can gradually put you in a better place day after day. I hope that could be something motivational to keep others going.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am not actively involved in any clubs or activities on campus. During my free time I often spend time cooking/baking or drawing. These are the two activities that I can spend hours and hours tirelessly.

What have you learned since working at the library?: I have learned to slow down and always double check my work because our priority is accuracy and precision after all. I also realized that other than processing actual books we got lots of online projects to work on. My communication skills has improved as communication is the key to keep everyone on the same page and to clear any confusions between me, my bosses, and other fellow student workers.

What are your post-graduation plans?: Upon graduation I will certainly start on my job search! I am planning on applying for an advertising agency because I love to work under a creative environment!

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”

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.

Winter Break Special Hours & Closures

Finals Week marks the end of another semester at UIS.  We will reduce our hours and have special holiday closures over the winter break from Saturday, December 10, 2016 through Monday, January 16, 2017. A complete list of our hours is always available on our website for your convenience.

Reduced Hours of Operation (Saturday, December 10 – Thursday, December 22):

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Monday – Friday: OPEN 9AM – 5 PM

Holiday CLOSURE:

Friday, December 23 – Monday,  January 2

We re-open with reduced hours on Tuesday, January 3

Spring Semester Reduced Hours: (Tuesday, January 3 – Sunday, January 15)

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Monday – Friday: OPEN 9AM – 5PM

Special Closure: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 16): CLOSED

We re-open with regular Spring Semester hours Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Calendar view of hours December 2016

Calendar View of Library Hours January 2017

Brookens Holiday Hours and Closures

We know you’re busy studying for finals so we wanted to remind you that our hours change during Winter Break.

Holiday / Winter Break Recess (12/10- 1/2)

Sat-Sun (12/10 – 12/18): Closed
Mon-Friday (12/12 – 12/22): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri-Tue (12/23 – 12/27): Holiday Closure
Wed-Fri (12/28 – 12/30): BUILDING CLOSED/E-mail services available 10 AM – 2 PM
Sat-Mon (12/31 – 1/2): Holiday Closure

Brookens Library will re-open with regular hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

December Staff Picks

The winter holidays are just around the corner so that means we have a new month’s worth of book picks! This month student employee Rachel and Clinical Faculty Librarian Nancy Weichert have selected books we think you might enjoy!

Student Worker RachelRachel’s List

  1. Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  4. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  5. The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel
  6. Night in Bombay by Louis Bromfield
  7. The Shining by Stephen King
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
  10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  11. Gone Girl: a Novel by Gillian Flynn
  12. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  13. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  14. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  15. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  16. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  17. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  18. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  19. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  20. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
  21. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  22. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  23. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown


NancyNancy’s List

  1. Amerikanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  3. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. Siddartha by Herman Hesse
  6. Just Mercy:  a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  7. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  8. Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
  9. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Mathew Desmond
  10. Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  11. Citizen: an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  12. Arcadia by Lauren Groff
  13. Even Cowgirls get the Blues by Tom Robbins
  14. What is the What by Dave Eggers
  15. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  16. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  17. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  18. Room: a Novel by Emma Donoghue
  19. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison