Student Employees Rock!

Brookens Library would not be able to function without our student employees. They process books, DVDs, and other materials, they help keep collections organized, they offer services at the library main desk and throughout the building, update our website, take part in decision making, and strategic planning. They add a student voice that helps us fine-tune our services so we can better serve the campus community, and simply put they help us keep the library’s doors open. It’s so fitting for us that National Student Employee Appreciation Week also falls on National Library Week. 

We’d like to take this moment to express some gratitude toward each one of our student employees. If you’re in the library this week and see one of these extraordinary students , please take a moment to thank them for their hard work and for everything that they do for us, for you, and for UIS.

National Library Week

This week is National Library Week. It is important to us that we not only provide materials that help our campus succeed academically, but also that we contribute to campus life. So to celebrate we’ll be highlighting the top circulated items from our Feature Films collection, Popular Books collection, and our newest collection, the Library of Things. Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms to see what was most checked-out from Brookens Library in 2018.

Hidden Gems: Company Profiles and SWOT

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

Our 2nd Hidden Gem post highlights the company profiles and SWOT analysis within the Business Source Complete database.   

Company Profiles: Company profiles provide detailed information for more than one million of the largest U.S. and international companies with parent and subsidiary records.  The primary difference between the MarketLine company profiles and MedTrack reports is that Medtrack is focused on biopharmaceutical and medical business. MarketLine is focused on seven industry sectors: Automotive, Consumer Markets, Energy, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare, Technology, Transport, and Logistics.  The data that these company reporting services provide is information such as description of company business, financial details including revenue, gross profit and net profit (when available), products (when available), top executives and administrative titles, subsidiaries, and similar information.  

To find company profiles (MarketLine Report or Medtrack Report) within Business Source Complete, select “Company Profiles” under the “More” pull down menu at the top of the page.  Then you can browse or search for the company of interest.   

Screenshot of the Business source complete database indicating the Company Profiles listing under the more tab.

SWOT Analysis: A SWOT Analysis provides detailed information about a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and provides a more in-depth analysis of a company or companies within an industry. 

If you are interested in SWOT analysis, the best course of action is to simply search by company name and then use the “Source Type” limiter to limit to “SWOT Analyses”. Under the the Source Type limiter first click, “Show More”.

Screen Shot of list of source type options under the limiters fields to indicate where to click for show more.

The look for SWOT Analyses in the list of source types.

image of list of source types that are provided after hitting the show more link in the previous image.

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

How to Tuesday: Whiteboards

We love getting feedback from our patrons! Every few weeks we write a question on one of our whiteboards asking for your suggestion for the library. 

Image of movie night advertisement indicating that Movie Night at the Library is on Wednesday march 27th at 9pm on the main level of the library.

Thanks to the responses on our whiteboard asking what types of events you would like to see, the library has a movie night planned for tomorrow – Wednesday March 27th at 9pm.

Come watch Jurassic Park with us and snack on some delicious popcorn!

One of our most popular collections is our Library of Things Collection. So this week, we’re asking you what items we should consider adding to the Library of Things. Some of the suggestions we’ve received so far are shown in the image below. If you’ve got a great idea, stop by and add to the list. There are many more questions to come, so be sure to check back in a few weeks to see how else you can help make Brookens Library even better. 

Photo of white board in the library asking patrons what they would like to see added to the library of things collection.

Hidden Gems: JFK Collection

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. Knowing that, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series. These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.

The John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection is the first in our Hidden Gems series and is available within the HeinOnline legal resources database. Simply, choose the collection under “Browse Databases by Name”.

Screen shot of collections by name in HeinOnline.

This database contains the National Archives and Records Administration’s complete collection of records on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It includes over 500,000 pages in almost 55,000 volumes and is fully searchable. Also included are books, hearings, other related works, and scholarly articles on this topic. If you are interested in primary source materials that were at one time classified “Top Secret”, government reports on the assassination, or scholarly articles related to the JFK assassination, take a look at this hidden gem. If you ever need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact your subject librarian.

Meet the Team: Jake

Photos of student employee Jake.
Meet Jake!

Name: Jake

Major: Finance

Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is the class size. It is very nice to get to know your professors on a personal level. I find it very helpful being able to receive one-on-one help with projects if needed.

What are your goals for the semester? This semester my goals are to perform to the best of my ability on the track. Also, I am planning on receiving my highest GPA yet. My last goal is to actively become the person I want to be and not just think about it.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If there was a reality show of my life, it would be filled with lots of hours on the roads or at TRAC! The show would feature loads of silly conversations being had with my teammates. However, it would also showcase hanging out with my friends and a fair amount of making sure books are in the correct order at the library.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? Yes! My biggest commitment on campus is cross country and track. Running helps me excel in class as well as make many new friends. Another hobby that I love to do is collect coins.

What have you learned since working at the library? Since starting at the library, I have learned how to work better with others. The library has taught me to appreciate the amount of knowledge that resides at UIS. Working at the library has also taught me how to read call numbers!

What are your post-graduation plans? As of now, I am thinking about staying a 5th year and starting grad school. This would also allow me to use my redshirt year for track. However, things can change in a short amount of time so nothing is set in stone.

What is your favorite item from the library of things collection? My favorite thing from the library of things are the cameras.

Kanopy Videos Temporarily Suspended

The Kanopy Purchase on Demand (PDA) program was suspended in early February when the funds allocated to this program for this fiscal year were expended.  The program was established or envisioned as a way for faculty to preview documentaries and other media prior to Brookens Library purchasing them for instructional use.  In previous years, the library had received feedback from faculty that they were hesitant to recommend purchasing media, both DVD and streaming, due to their high cost when they hadn’t had the chance to preview them to ensure that it would meet their instructional objectives.  Kanopy’s PDA program was seen as a way to allow faculty to ensure that the media would meet their needs prior to purchasing. 

For those unfamiliar with purchase on demand models, the basic premise is that faculty and students can view or use material to a certain extent before purchasing.  Oftentimes, this is set-up automatically in that once the base level of “free” or “preview” use is exceeded, an automatic purchase results.  These programs vary widely depending on type of material and vendor.  In the case of Kanopy, the program is set-up so users can preview in part or whole a video up to three times before a purchase is triggered.  Once the fourth viewing takes place the library is invoiced $135/film/year and access to triggered or purchased titles is available for a year from the purchase date.

Although the library hoped that this program would make it easier for faculty to locate and integrate documentaries and high quality instructional media into their courses along with meeting the needs of online students, it was unable to anticipate the demand and how quickly the funds allocated to this program would be expended.  Given the success of the program, the library plans to continue the program in the next fiscal year with a more realistic allocation given its popularity and demand.

In the interim, if Kanopy videos are needed for your course this semester that haven’t already been purchased (a list of purchased titles can be found here), contact your department Subject Librarian.

Also, a reminder that the library subscribes to a number of streaming media databases, including BBC Shakespeare Plays; Black Studies in Video; Counseling and Therapy in Video, Vol. 1 & 2; Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video; Current Affairs in Video; Psychotherapy.net Video Library; and World History in Video. In addition, the library has numerous DVDs of both popular media and documentaries that can be used for in class use, and in some cases the streaming rights have been obtained for use in online courses or flipped classrooms.  If you have any questions, please contact your librarian