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
Illinois Library Association
Pattie Piotrowski is the 2016 recipient of the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries Forum, recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).
Currently the President of ILA, Piotrowski has been an active ILA member since 2003 and has distinguished herself through her service to IACRL, ILA and the Illinois library community in general. As an active member of IACRL, Piotrowski participated in conference planning duties for three IACRL conferences, including serving as chair of the 2014 conference planning committee. She also served on the IACRL executive board from 2012-2015, as Vice President/President-Elect (2012-2013), President (2013-2014) and Past President (2014-2015).
During her tenure with IACRL, Piotrowski worked to create a more engaged and tangible environment for its members, including bringing the ILA lobbyist to speak at the IACRL Luncheon at the annual ILA conference, coordinating the IACRL booth at ILA conferences, and coordinating new-member recruitment efforts.
In August 2016, Pattie assumes the position of University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services at University of Illinois at Springfield. She was formerly the Assistant Dean for Public Services at The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Paul Galvin Library.
In both her professional service and her work, Piotrowski strives to create environments in which everyone—from students to administrators—not only feels welcome but also understands that they are part of a community that is dedicated to the enrichment of students’ lives. Piotrowski emphasizes that at higher education institutions, faculty, staff and administrators should be constant in their connection to their communities by remembering the significance of their roles. As she stated in a recent article on the IIT website, “I pose the question, ‘Is it really just a job? Do you believe in the mission of this university?’”
The Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 18th, during the 2016 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Rosemont.
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Brookens Library is pleased to welcome Ms. Pattie Piotrowski as she joins us as University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Ms. Piotrowski holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Dominican University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She will be coming to us from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she has served as Assistant Dean for Public Services of the Paul V. Galvin Library since 2006. Ms. Piotrowski is a member of the American Library Association and Illinois Library Association, and has held a number of associated leadership positions. She is currently President-Elect of the Illinois Library Association, and she brings a strong background in user-centered services and a collaborative orientation to her leadership responsibilities. She has also been successful in grant-seeking efforts, garnering support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the American Library Association for educational programming. Her most recent journal article, “Identifying and Articulating Library Connections to Student Success”, co-authored with Lisa Massengale and Devin Savage, was published in College & Research Libraries in March.
Ms. Piotrowski’s appointment will begin on August 1, 2016. “I am excited to be joining UIS with its rich history and student diversity,” said Piotrowski. “I look forward to building on the success of Brookens Library, and contributing to the achievements of the university system, its faculty, students, and staff.” Brookens Library looks forward to welcoming her to UIS.
Brookens is YOUR library – help us make it better for you! From time to time we need to check in with you to make sure we are meeting your needs and fulfilling our mission. By completing our survey you will have the opportunity to tell us what you like, what you don’t like, and what we can do better. All UIS students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to complete one of two surveys: either a short version (no more than 7 minutes) or a longer version (no more than 15 minutes) if you’d like to go into more detail in your responses. The survey is completely anonymous. After you finish the survey, we hope that you will enter a drawing to win one of five Brookens goodie bags (a large cloth grocery bag filled with a flash drive and some other cool stuff). The form for the drawing is separate from the survey itself.
CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY
We know how busy you are and really appreciate your taking the time to give us feedback. Thank you for helping us to make Brookens better for you!
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.