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

Check Out Our November Staff Picks

Don’t know what to read next? We have book-loving staff ready to help. This month Carolyn, a student worker of Brookens, and Sarah Sagmoen, Director of User Services have each put together a list of book & eBook recommendations. Check one out today!

Student employee, CarolynCarolyn’s List

  1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Annalee Newitz
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  7. Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  8. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  9. Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond
  10. The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing by Alfie Kohn
  11. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
  12. Different Seasons by Stephen King
  13. Spring Awakening: a Children’s Tragedy by Frank Wedekind
  14. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  15. The Magnetic Universe: the Elusive Traces of an Invisible Force by Jack B. Zirker
  16. Beyond UFOs: the Search for Extraterrestrial Life and its Astonishing Implications for our Future by Jeffery O. Bennet
  17. Otters: Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation by H. Kruuk
  18. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  19. Sears Spring and Summer Catalogue 1959 by Sears

 

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Sarah’s List

  1. Me Talk Pretty one Day by David Sedaris
  2. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
  3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  4. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  5. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  6. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  7. Notorious RGB by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  8. The World According to Star Wars by Cass Sunstein
  9. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
  10. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  11. Deck the Halls by Carol Higgins Clark and Mary Higgins Clark
  12. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  13. Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball
  14. The Women who Made Television Funny by David C. Tucker
  15. 80 Years of the Oscar by Robert Osborne
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  17. The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard by Gregory Rogers

Slices for Sources! 10/20

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

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Academic Librarian of the Year, Pattie Piotrowski

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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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Welcome Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian

Pattie-Piotrowski__BSrevBrookens 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.

We Want Your Feedback!

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!

Welcome Back

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.