Stay Connected This Summer!

Summertime in the library is, in many ways, business as usual. Whether or not you are on campus, Brookens Library faculty, staff, and student employees are still here working to support your experience at UIS.

  • What’s New at Brookens: Want to stay informed about Brookens Library news, events, and more? Follow this blog!
    Here we highlight library collections, important library resource updates, information about fun library events, including The Haunted Library, and more. We know that library use improves student GPA and retention rates so we encourage all our students to utilized library resources and attend library events. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

  • Cloud Library: Brookens Library recently added 19,000 eAudiobook titles to Cloud Library, our eBook and eAudiobook collection. You and your student can browse our collection here – http://go.uis.edu/BrowseCloudLibrary

The collection includes leisure reads, cookbooks, memoires, and more.
Current students can download the Cloud Library App to their device or check out a Cloud Library compatible device from Brookens Library. For more information about how to get started using Cloud Library visit: http://go.uis.edu/CloudLibraryBasics

 

  • Mango Languages: You’re probably wondering why the library’s talking about fruit, turns out were not. Mango Languages is our online language-learning system. Your student can create a free account through the Mango Languages platform using their NetID and Password. Once they’ve created their account, your student will have access to over 70 languages.
    Learn more about all that Mango Languages has to offer here- http://go.uis.edu/MangoBasics

Stay connected with Brookens all summer long and see you in the Fall!

Pop-Up Book Sale at “Late Nite” Breakfast

The end of the semester is near, which means it’s time for the annual SAC “Late Night Breakfast”. This year we will be having a pop-up book sale at the Late Nite Breakfast event.

The event takes place from 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm in the PAC Lower Level (Food Emporium).

Paperbacks are $1 and hardbacks are $2, so be sure to come with a couple of bucks in your pocket and pick up some summer reads!

See you at the Late Nite Breakfast 

Congratulations Graduates

We would like to congratulate all of this year’s graduates.  We hope your time here has helped prepare you for your next steps!

At the library, we have 9 student employees graduating this semester.  We are so proud of their accomplishments and will greatly miss their daily presence at the library. 

 

Congratulations

(Top left to right) Alejandro, Carolyn, Tabbitha, Gaby, Janki

(Bottom left to right) Mac, Scott, Stephen and Kinsey

Meet the Team: Kinsey

FIRST Name: Kinsey

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor: Major – Criminal Justice, Minor- Psychology

Hometown: Woodstock, IL

Hobbies:  Reading, writing, working out, and watching Netflix

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

My current plans are to stay in Springfield and work with some of the many agencies here to build up my resume while I figure out my next steps. Within the next year or so I will likely enroll in a Master’s program for Social Work or Counseling with the eventual goal of being a school counselor or working with at-risk youth and crime victims.

 Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I can’t think of any one specific person, but I would say that I am inspired every day by people who aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and achieve their goals. I think the most valuable trait a person can have is knowing who they are and being true to themselves. I aspire to be more like this and encourage everyone I know to do so.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens has taught me the value of hard work and commitment. During my time at Brookens have put my all into every project assigned to me and, as a result, have gained valuable skills and experiences that will be useful to me in years to come. I have also had the pleasure of getting to know many great people who work hard every day so that the library can function at its best.  

 

Finals Week Freebie: “Cereal Bar”

The Friends of Brookens Library know you have been working hard all semester long. To help you make it through your final week of classes they will be hosting a FREE “Cereal Bar” on the lower-level of Brookens Library on:

Monday, May 8

4-7 PM

Bowls, spoons, milk and some of your favorite cereals will be provided! Can’t stay to eat it in the Library? No problem! We will also have grab-and-go dry packs available.

Don’t miss out on this tasty Finals Week treat.

Meet the Team: Sagar

Sagar, a student workerName: Sagar

Year in school: Graduate

Major/Minor:  Computer Science

Hometown: Mysore, India

Hobbies: Photography, videogames

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

Being a Computer Science graduate with interest of becoming Cyber Security Specialist. I would love to see myself in the cyber security field and explore other options.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

Inspiration is something which I have been receiving in every stage of my life. I am inspired from my parents and my friends who taught me how to cope with negative situations, face hurdles of life and lead to a right path.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

I recently joined the team at Brookens. It has taught me how to work with different people and also helped me in sharpening my communication and interpersonal skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

Since I’m new to the team, I haven’t had a chance to have an experience that becomes an outstanding memory but I hope to create some during this journey.

Award Recognition: Employees with 30 Years of Service

This morning the University recognized employees who have worked for UIS for 10 or more years for their service. The Library is proud to have two employees celebrated this year: Joanne, Senior Library Specialist (Serials), and Tom, University Archivist, have both worked at Brookens Library for 30 years. Today we honor and thank them for their commitment to the UIS (or SSU) ideals and in their service to our campus community. Here are brief tributes read at the ceremony this morning:

Joanne

On Joanne’s first day, December 1st, 1986, she recalls that campus consisted of the Brookens Building, the PAC, as well as a few temporary buildings that made up Sangamon State University.  She began at the Brookens Library in the Technical Services Department and with a few job shifts along the way, it is still where she currently works. When she started, there was a card catalog for searching and the Brookens library collection consisted of mostly print journals and books with a small collection of a few other media types.

Today, she now works at the University of Illinois Springfield, and there has been a few more buildings added to the campus. The card catalog in the Brookens library is just a memory. The print journals have drastically been replaced with their online versions, as well as electronic books and streaming video have become more prevalent as well. Joanne has been a vital part of the Technical Services team throughout the years. She has seen a lot of changes here at the Brookens library and when asked about her time here she will say, “I love libraries, and I’ve met some really terrific people along the way.” Thank you Joanne, for your many years of dedicated service.

Tom

“There’s a really great variety of material to work with here, from 200 year old records to new digital records, and everything in between.” Thomas J. Woods, 2017

Tom was born and spent his formative years in Mount Carmel, Illinois, about 3 ½ hours SE of Springfield. He earned two Masters degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; one in History, the other in Library and Information Science. In his thirty years here on campus, he has been at the forefront of collecting the history of the institution as it has progressed. When Tom started work in 1986 at what was then Sangamon State University, founding president Dr. Robert Spencer was still teaching here, as were many of the charter faculty who had been hired in the early 1970s. He has also documented the physical changes on campus; he remembers when the corn fields started just south of where the colonnade is now.  The UIS Archives holds administration files that have long term value, but it also preserves photographs, student newspapers, audio files, and video of commencements, special events, and visiting speakers. The Archives has a collection of over 5000 student Master projects and theses. Tom handles historical documents such as records of birth, death, and marriage certificates, and Lincoln-era court cases. He has overseen major digitization projects, including a multi-year project preserving and digitizing more than 20 years of oral history interviews with people from all walks of life, such as former prisoners of war, farmers, coal miners, Illinois politicians, and others.  

He has adapted to changing collection and archival standards, as well as innovations in information technology. Focusing not just on collecting and preserving, Tom also works with researchers, students, families seeking genealogy assistance, and more. In the Archives alongside Tom, you’ll also find an archival library assistant, a graduate assistant, and two Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) interns. Working with, and training students and interns has been very rewarding and over 30 years, Tom has seen a rotating cast of talented people. While he is sad to see them go, he does enjoy seeing them succeed in professional jobs in archives, libraries, museums, and teaching positions.

When not working in the archives, it’s no surprise that Tom would enjoy the opposite – the great outdoors – and exploring natural and historical sites around central Illinois and beyond. He also enjoys reading and listening to music, and playing in trivia tournaments. If you want to know more about any of the previously mentioned items, stop by the Archives, located on the lower level of Brookens Library, and chat with Tom, or visit the archives website. Congratulations to Tom on his 30 years on our campus and for his dedication to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of our university.