Census 2020

As the United States revs up for the 2020 Decennial Census, the UIS campus is prepared to do its part to make sure everyone is counted.  The accuracy of the census count is critical to many things, including a fair share of funding for all sorts of services targeted at Illinois populations. Census data are used to determine representation in our government system, for business development, for educational services, for healthcare programs and so much more.  But Census data is about so much more than obtaining fair share of government funding for lots of critical services.  The data is anonymous and cannot be tracked to specific individuals, so it makes sense for everyone to participate because it benefits everyone when the count is accurate. 

Census data is also vital to all sorts of research:  economic, educational, population demographics, racial and ethnic statistics, how many homeowners, same sex marriages, cohabitation patterns, number of households in the U.S. and lots more. You may be utilizing Census data in in more than one of your social science courses. You can explore historic Census data that goes all the way back to 1790 – YES, 1790!  That was the year following the first Continental Congress in 1789. You can see every census from 1790 up through the last decennial Census in 2010. Explore how the questions on the Census have evolved over time – how many slaves to a household back in the good old days (eek!) or see how many same-sex married couples were in the U.S. in 2010. What percentage of the current U.S. population is: Hispanic, American Indian, African American, etc.

April 1, 2020 is Census Day and that is when the Census countdown kicks off. In addition to making sure you are counted, you might even find a part-time temporary job working for the Census. The pay is good – $19 to $21/hour in Sangamon County. Check out the 2020 Census jobs.  Make sure you are counted so that UIS counts in the final numbers!

For more information, visit the Census Research Guide at: libguides.uis.edu/census2020

Browsing Brookens: Understanding Call Numbers

Have you ever wondered how our library books are organized on the shelves? Books in our library are organized by Library of Congress call numbers – the numbers on the spine of the book – which is why you always need the call number when looking for a book in our General Collection up on the 4th floor of Brookens. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subject so knowing how our books are organized will help you find your books a bit more easier.

Here’s a quick video to introduce you to understanding how our books are organized and using library call numbers to find a book you are looking for.

Welcome Back!

Students, faculty, staff and community members, welcome to the Spring 2020 Semester from all of us at Brookens Library. We just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about some of the great services the Library can provide our patrons.

Course Reserves and Other Purchase Requests

Despite the current budget situation at UIS, the Library is still committed to supporting our patrons’ material needs. If you have materials you need to place on reserve or otherwise need for your courses, be sure to get those requests in as soon as possible. This includes articles, books, and especially streaming movies. If you intend to use film or streaming media in your class, please reach out to us as soon as you can in order to ensure you will have access to required resources for your course. Sharing your syllabus with us is also beneficial in this regard.

Instruction: Meeting Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and Student Success 

We would like to remind everyone that the Librarians are available for library/information literacy instruction in your classes or scheduled as extra-credit workshops.  Librarians can provide instruction on a wide variety of topics that will greatly assist student success.  Key information literacy learning objectives can be found through the UIS Goals and Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and are foundational to student success.  To that end, we offer instructional assistance with traditional bibliographic instruction (database use, keyword selection, topic refinement) to covering advanced research and information use concepts. If you would like to schedule instruction, please fill out the instruction request form.  
Consultations = Customized Support for High Impact Practices
Additionally, we offer research consultations for students as well so they can receive customized, one-on-one research support from a Librarian. Consultations do not have to center on an in-depth research assignment, but can be scheduled to support any student who may benefit from additional assistance.  

Curriculum Mapping and Assessment of Student Learning

Many departments have been working on curriculum mapping and the considering the student learning outcomes. Whether your department is currently working on that or just gearing up to do so, we would love to talk to you about how the Library can help.
We look forward to working with you all as well as meeting and engaging with your students this semester.  You can read more on our resources and other useful library information on the this blog, especially our Hidden Gems series.  There is much more about services for faculty on the Faculty Research Guide
As always, if you have any questions concerning any of the information in this update, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Librarians. 

Brookens Library, Library Instructional Services Program 

John Laubersheimer, Chair 

Sally LaJoie 

Stephen McMinn 

Sarah Sagmoen 

Pamela Salela 

How to Check Your Library Account

Welcome back! We hope that your winter break was wonderful and you were able to enjoy the break from your studies. This week, the SPARK Team is bringing you some information on how to check your library account during the semester.

  1. Go to the Brookens Library homepage.

2. Next, locate the purple circle below the main search box that says “My Accounts,” and click on it. Select the “My Library Account” option from the drop down box.

Shows when to find My Library Account on Brookens Library webpage

3. Clicking on this link will take you to a new page that will prompt you to log in with either your NetID, or library card barcode if you do not have a NetID.

Shows when to Login with your NetID

4. Once you log in, the webpage will have several options on the right side.

Image of main webpage of Your Account
  • Saved Items. The first one that you will see is “Saved Items.” This tab is where you can save items when searching on the main page to come back to later.
  • Checked Out Items. By clicking on this link, it will show the current materials you have checked out under your account. This is where you can renew the due dates of your materials without having to come into Brookens.
  • Requested Items. If you have requested any library materials from Brookens Library or I-Share, you can see the status of those requests or have the option to cancel the requests.
  • Fines. This will show any fines that are currently on your account.
  • Profile. This tab simply shows your personal account such as your address, contact information, name, and which library you prefer to pick your books up at when you request books.

If you ever have difficulty with something on your account, or are unsure about what something means, you can always contact the Circulation Desk located on the main floor of Brookens, and they will be happy to help you! We hope that you have a great semester and are looking forward to bringing you some helpful tips and tricks each Tuesday this semester!

Five Library New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

Start the new semester off on the right foot with these five easy library New Year’s resolutions that can help save you time on your research projects and give you more opportunities for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

  1. Find out who your librarian is. Whether you are finding sources for a paper you are writing or need an overview of what is available to you at the library, a librarian is available to help you by providing personalized research help through either an in-person appointment or via email or phone.
  1. Follow Brookens Library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  1. Set up an InterLibrary Loan account. Ever run across an article that we don’t have or need a book that isn’t in our collection? Having an InterLibrary Loan account means you can quickly make requests for materials we don’t have with the click of a button.
  1. Bookmark the research guides that relate to your classes. These guides have quick links to library databases and resources that are useful for different disciplines like Biology, Business, and Social Work, just to name a few.
  1. Download the CloudLibrary app and gain access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks on the device of your choice.  
Whiteboard drawing featuring a calendar and fireworks.

HTT: Resources for Coping with Finals Week Stress

Thank you for tuning in to the last How To Tuesday of the semester.  At Brookens Library, we know how stressful finals week can be, and we want to offer up some helpful information for coping with stress and anxiety.

With final papers and projects due soon, we know that having adequate sources and citations are imperative to having a successful finals week. Located in front of the librarian suites on the main floor we have a stand with pamphlets and flyers regarding different citation styles including MLA, APA and Chicago. 

Flyer stand in the library with flyers on citation styles, library resources, and coping with stress.

If you look below the citation flyers we have pamphlets from the American College Health Association and the UIS Counseling Center regarding stress, anxiety, and some tips for managing them.  Not only is there information for managing stress, but there is also information about recognizing the symptoms of stress and anxiety in yourself.  Stop by and pick one up to get you through these trying times.

Vending machines in the tunnel between Brookens Library and PAC.

Finally, if you are up late studying in the library and need a snack or energy boost, don’t forget about the vending machines located in the tunnel between Brookens and PAC.  You can access this tunnel from the first floor of the library or the stairway just inside the main library entrance to the right.     

Thank you for tuning in and we’ll see you next semester! 

How to Destress at the Library

As you know, we are quickly approaching the end of the semester and to call these last couple of weeks hectic would be a gross understatement. Fortunately, Brookens Library and the SPARK Team will have your back every step of the way with extended service hours, destressing activities, and light snacks and beverages. 

From Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 6, we will have destressing tables available on the main floor of Brookens. In addition to the Lego tables and kinetic sand, materials for origami, sticker posters, coloring, crossword puzzles will also be available if you are looking for a quick study break.

Color your stress away!

Coloring pages

Take five with a quick and easy puzzle!

Puzzle pieces from a puzzle

Craft an origami frog or cat!

Origami with instruction pages

Brookens Library will open for extended hours throughout this week. From Monday, December 2 through Thursday, December 5, Brookens will be open until 3am with snacks and hot beverages available at 10pm each night.  On Friday, December 6, the library will be open until 9pm. 

Finals Week Cereal Bar 12/10

Promotional image for Cereal Bar

The end of the year can be a stressful time. The Friends of Brookens Library would like to treat you to a free bowl (or two) of cereal during finals week! Take a break from your studies & regroup at the Brookens Library Cereal Bar. We will have a variety of offerings to keep you going!

Event Details:
Cereal Bar
Tuesday, December 10, 4-6pm
Brookens Library

How To Tuesday: Holiday Special Edition

Welcome back to How To Tuesday! This week we are bringing you our holiday special. Being a student during the holiday season can be tough.  Many of our families live far away and often we don’t get to see them as much as we would like. This week, we are showing you a few things available for checkout that might make your student holiday a bit more enjoyable. Whether it’s hosting a Friendsgiving or capturing the perfect memory on camera, Brookens Library has got you covered.

Located in the Library of Things we have a variety of cookware that can be used to make some of your favorite holiday dishes. Cupcake/muffin pans, cake pans, a springform pan, a rolling pin, a food scale, and a hand mixer are all available for checkout at the front desk on the main floor. Additionally, we have multiple cameras available for checkout ensuring lots of holiday picture taking.   

Our “Awkward Family Gatherings” Feature Film DVD binge kits provides the perfect opportunity for comedic relief when distant relatives inquire about your relationship/job status. We even have Blu-ray DVD players available for checkout for both laptop use and TV setups.

Thank you for tuning in, and we look forward next week’s How To Tuesday.

Have a good week!

How To Tuesday: ESL and Curriculum Books

Welcome back to How To Tuesday where the SPARK team brings you the ultimate weekly guide to navigating Brookens Library.  This week is an exciting week for us and many institutions as it is International Education Week! So this How To Tuesday we are showing you where our Curriculum Collection is as well as highlighting some of the resources that can be found in it. Furthermore, we explore the English as a Second Language (ESL) collection.  We hope you enjoy!

The Curriculum Collection is currently housed on the fourth floor and contains many of the books you probably read with your teacher in kindergarten through high school. Titles like the Divergent series and The Hunger Games can be found here. Additionally, there are many “Teacher Edition” books available for checkout. These often include notes, answers, and lesson plan advice. Books in the Curriculum Collection can be checked out for 2 weeks at a time with 1 renewal available. There is also seating and coffee tables located in the Curriculum Collection for optimal browsing. 

Photo of the English as Second Language collection

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) Collection is located on the main floor, directly to the left of the librarian suite. Books located in this collection are aimed at increasing one’s proficiency and comfort with the English language. These books can be checked out for up to 4 weeks and are allowed 1 renewal.  

As always if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to approach the circulation desk.  Thank you for tuning in this week and we look forward to next week’s How To Tuesday.