Among Us Game Night with the SPARK Team

The end of the semester is only a few weeks away, and that means finals week is also rapidly approaching. That also means the crunch time for papers and studying for finals is coming too. If all this stress is starting to get to you, why not relax a little and play some Among Us!

Event Details:
Monday, April 26, 6pm-7:30pm
Register at https://uis.libcal.com/calendar/library/AmongUs to receive the Zoom link.
Note: You must have game downloaded ahead of time.

This event is hosted by the Brookens Library SPARK Team, a team of students who can assist you with library research. Feel free to bring some friends to play with too but make sure they sign up for the even too because we only have a limited amount of spots. This will be real fun game night to meet new people and enjoy a low stress game of Among Us. We can play the regular game, and we can even play a game of Among Us Hide n Seek.

There is no pressure to stay for the whole session; feel free to just play a game or two, or play the whole time. It is also on a day without any classes so that way people with evening classes can join as well.

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3rd Annual UIS Author Festival

You are invited to join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Friends of Brookens Library for the 3rd Annual UIS Author Festival on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00PM via Zoom. 

Find the Zoom information on this guide.

We will be joined by UIS Authors:

Dr. Brandon Barclay Derman
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
Struggles for Climate Justice: Uneven Geographies and the Politics of Connection (2020)

Dr. Kenneth A. Kriz
University Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Director, Institute for Illinois Public Finance
Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development: Uses, Structures, and Impact, 2nd ed. (2019)

Dr. Jennifer L. Martin
Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Educational Psychology: History, Practice, Research, and the Future (2019)

Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky
Professor, Political Theory and Philosophy, Department of Political Science
The Communism of Love: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Exchange Value (2020)

The Zoom link will be shared 24 hours before the event. Please RSVP to LibAdmin@uis.edu

Finals Week Cereal Bar 12/10

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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

Flannel Friday 11/22

It’s time for Flannel Friday!

The seasons are changing and the weather is getting cooler! What better way to celebrate the fall season than to wear your favorite flannel? Come over to Brookens Library on Friday, November 22nd for Flannel Friday!

From 1pm – 2:30pm, we’ll be handing out free popcorn and lemonade, and we’ll be celebrating all things fall with treats and plenty of fun! What better way to get into the season by wearing flannel clothing? Hope to see you there!

Read Around the World: Pairing Global Lit and Hot Sips!

Monday, November 18th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Brookens Library – Main Floor

Choose your favorite beverage and see its international book match. Whether you’re in the mood for fiction or nonfiction, hot chocolate or apple cider, there’s a beverage and book pairing here to help you celebrate International Education Week! Take a break from your studies, peruse our book collection spotlighting different countries and global authors, and pour yourself a hot (or cold) one.

Join us for Hot Sips and Global Lit!

New Philadelphia Exhibit & ECCE Talk

Please join Brookens Library in welcoming Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter on November 5th at 6pm in the Student Union Ballroom for their ECCE Speaker Series presentation, “Free Frank’s New Philadelphia, Illinois: First U.S. Town Founded by a Black Man.”   

We will learn of the personal history and living legacy of Free Frank McWorter, who founded New Philadelphia, an abolitionist town just 20 miles from slavery, and purchased 16 family members from slavery, starting with his pregnant wife and then himself. Gerald McWorter & Kate Williams-McWorter will discuss their recent publication, “New Philadelphia” (2018). Gerald McWorter is the great-great-grandson of “Free” Frank. New Philadelphia was inhabited for more than 100 years. Its location is now on the National Register of Historic Places and under consideration to become a designated National Park.  As Barack Obama said, “New Philadelphia is a site of national importance as the first town known to be founded and platted by an African American. Platted in 1836 by Frank McWorter, a former slave, New Philadelphia thrived as a biracial community during a period of extreme racial tension.” Against all odds, this is an important story of community creation and family unification.

In conjunction with this talk, Brookens Library will have a traveling exhibit on display provided by the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum from October 21st through November 18th

We hope to see you in the library and at the talk on November 5th at 6pm. 

Welcome To UIS

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Welcome to the start of the Fall semester.

This Fall, Brookens Library has some awesome events planned, including One Book, One UIS activities, library tours and orientations, and one of the campuses new favorite traditions – the Haunted Library. We also offer an array of resources for both your academic research and your personal enjoyment.

One Book, One UIS:  We are eagerly looking forward to the One Book, One UIS events this year. MARCH, a graphic memoir about the life of civil rights icon John Lewis, has been chosen as the campus community read for the 2015/2016 academic year.   Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell have agreed to speak at the University of Illinois Springfield in conjunction with the program. Their presentation will be on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 in Sangamon Auditorium. For a list of all the events related to One Book, One UIS please visit: http://onebookoneuis.com/events/.

One Book, One UIS Book Club:  Join the MARCH Book Club! We have four different dates available where you can meet with other UIS students, faculty and staff to discuss issues and themes from MARCH Book One.  Book Club participants will receive a free copy of MARCH – registration is required. Sign up for your preferred session here.

Drop-in library tours are offered each semester and we’ve scheduled both on-campus Tours and online Virtual Tours for Fall. The Tours cover where to find books and articles, how to access resources from off-campus, where to get research help, and more! See the Brookens Library calendar for dates and times.

Haunted Library: The Haunted Library has become a favorite fall event at UIS. Last year over 500 people were brave enough to enter Brookens for an evening of thrills. Planning is well underway for this years spooking so be sure to save the date: Friday, October 23. Doors or open from 8-10:30 pm.

Services:

We also offer a wide array of resources and services for you to access in person or in many cases online. Some of our most visited collections include:

Feature Film Collection: You asked and we delivered! We received feedback from students asking for more popular films to be added to the collection. We have made this request a priority and currently buy new releases each and every week to ensure the collection remains current. We have also expanded our display so you can browse more like you would in a film rental store. We have both DVDs and Blue-ray format. Be sure to check it out.

eBooks & eAudio-Books: Now you can get books and audio-books right on your device! Brookens offers our patrons the 3M Cloud Library – an app you can download onto your computer or mobile device to download eBooks and eAudio-Books. All you need is an iCard and a device. Get the app here – be sure to select the University of Illinois Springfield as your YOUR library when downloading.

Kindle Fire Checkout: Want to have access to the 3M cloud library but don’t have a device? No problem! We also have free Kindle Fire checkout. Simply go to the front desk during operating library hours and check one out today.

Language Learning Tool – Mango Languages: Have you ever wanted to learn another language? Now’s your chance! Brookens subscribes to Mango Languages, a language learning resource that makes learning a new language easier than ever. Simply create an account and start learning for FREE. With this resource there is no expensive software to purchase – just sign up and start learning at your own pace and at your own convenience.

I-Share – Get Books/DVDs/Audio Books from other libraries: Sometimes we don’t have the resource you are looking for in our physical library but that doesn’t mean you don’t have access to it. Now you can get books from other Illinois libraries delivered to Brookens for you to pick-up at your convenience, for free! Just create a My Library Account from the Brookens website, and you’re all set. Don’t forget, you can use this free service for your leisure reading as well!

Employment: Looking for a job on campus? Consider applying at Brookens Library. We will be hiring 4-5 Student Assistants and one Marketing and Communications Assistant to join our team. If interested, apply online at Career Connect, or visit us at the Job Fair: Thursday, August 27th from 11am-1pm in the PAC Food Emporium. Preference will be given to those who attend the Job Fair. If you are interested in the Marketing and Communications position, please bring your portfolio or a sample of your work to the job fair.

YOUR Librarian: Did you know you have access to your very own librarian? It’s true! Whether you are brand new to research or a seasoned pro, our staff is ready and willing to help. Find out who YOUR Librarian is today – librarians are assigned based on the department you are in.

Open Access Week At Brookens

Brookens Library is celebrating Open Access Week (October 20th  – 26th) with two events on Thursday, October 23rd  in Brookens 141A.
The first is an “Update on Open Access at UIS” presented by Stephen McMinn, Director of Scholarly Communications at 11:00 am followed by a Webinar at Noon presented by Ebsco entitled “The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics.”

The session, “Update on Open Access at UIS” will provide an introduction to open access and why it is important. It will also include an update on the universities response to the Open Access to Research Articles Act.

A brief description of the webinar, “The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics”, starting at Noon is as follows:
In recent years mandates for researchers to publish their research – both articles and data – openly are growing. Yet, mandates do not always work; researchers still do not do this. Altmetrics, and the information about how people are interacting with research, can provide the feedback loop needed to help motivate people to publish openly. In this one-hour webinar, Mike Showalter of Plum Analytics will describe and demonstrate altmetrics and open access and you will learn about the capabilities of using altmetrics as your own open access feedback loop.

Please join us for either event celebrating Open Access Week! Both events are FREE and open to the public!

Haunted Library THIS FRIDAY 10/26

Last Year over 350 brave souls came out for the thrills and chills of the Haunted Library….so it’s sure to be a night you won’t forget.

This year meet the Wizard of Carnage – where the stories that haunted your nightmares become a reality…

Let your quest for all things terrifying bring good to others – bring a canned good to enter the Haunted Library  – all donations will go to the Central Illinois Food Bank.

 

THIS FRIDAY – October 26

9pm – 11pm Brookens Library

There will be both Tricks and Treats! See you there!

A scary movie will be shown in Brookens Auditorium following the Haunted Library at 11pm

 

OPEN HOUSE – Friday 8/26 (1-3pm)

Brookens is hosting an open house Friday 8/26 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. There will be free light refreshments and lots of goodies and giveaways. Several departments throughout the building will be participating so come and learn a little about each! See you there.

Come Join Us at our Open House Friday 8/26!