Congratulations Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services

TTreadwell_Poday is a bittersweet day at Brookens Library. Today is Jane Treadwell’s last day as the University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dean Treadwell has served the University in this role for the past thirteen and half years. We are so thankful for her dutiful service to Brookens Library and to the Friends of Brookens Library. We want her to wish her the very best as she embarks on a new chapter of her life. Thank you for making the library such a special place to UIS and congratulations! You will be missed. Check out the video tribute from the student employees at Brookens Library.

University Librarian Retirement Reception 4/26

Treadwell_PPlease join us as we celebrate the retirement of Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services.

Dean Treadwell has served the University of Illinois Springfield for nearly 14 years in her role. Help us show her how much we appreciate all she has done for Brookens Library and the Friends of Brookens Library on:

Tuesday, April 26  –  3:00 – 5:00 pm  –  PAC Restaurant – University of Illinois Springfield

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 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.



What We’re Reading – Dean Treadwell

  1.  What are you reading?  Over Thanksgiving, read “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick.  It won the Caldecott Medal in 2009
  2. How did you make your selection?  Browsing through Barnes & Noble’s children’s section looking for a book for our granddaughter, came across this book.  Had seen it the year it was published but didn’t read it then; was charmed by it once more.
  3. Describe the word in 20 words or less: Beautifully illustrated graphic novel in black and white about a boy who lives in the Paris train station ca. 1935
  4. What did you like?  The illustrations, of course, but also the story about a boy pursuing his dreams and an old man returning to his—with plenty of adventure along the way   What didn’t you like?  At points, the quality of the writing doesn’t match the quality of the illustrations, but this is a minor complaint
  5. Who would you recommend should read this book?   Any creative and precocious nine or ten year old that you know ; anyone interested in the history of cinema; anyone interested in children’s book illustration; anyone interested in a finely crafted book; anyone who wants to be charmed and transported on a cold winter’s night.


What We’re Reading – Dean Treadwell

Brookens Library has started a new blog series “What We’re Reading”, a behind-the-scenes look into what our staff is actually reading on their own. We were inspired by the success of our “What We’re Wearing” Facebook series which documents the instances when staff members at the library dress alike without planning it. While “What We’re Wearing” is designed for entertainment purposes, “What We’re Reading” can serve a way for our staff to highlight a variety of books, audio books, or e-books you might find enjoyable. This series will post every Tuesday on the “What’s New at Brookens” Blog. The Dean of Brookens Library, Jane Treadwell, introduces the series with her pick for “What We’re Reading”. Enjoy!

1.)  What are you reading?  I’ve just finished re-reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.  I led a discussion of the book for my book group a couple of weeks ago and on October 3 I’ll be leading a discussion of  the book here at UIS as the last of three book discussions in connection with One Book One UIS.

2.) How did you make your selection?  Behind the Beautiful Forevers was selected by the committee that planned ONE BOOK, ONE UIS.  We wanted a book that UIS students, faculty andm staff would find accessible and relevant—one that faculty would want their students to read, one that fit the criteria for an ECCE lecture, and one that featured excellent writing, whether fiction or non-fiction.  Behind the Beautiful Forevers, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2012 and has since garnered many more prizes, fit our criteria on many levels.

3.) Describe the book in 20 words or less using your own words.  Engaging, eye-opening, empathetic yet unsentimental narrative of the real lives of some residents of a Mumbai slum; globalization at the personal level

4.) What did you like? I loved the writing—the book reads like a novel.  It caused me to reconsider some of my assumptions and gave me insight into how the effects of globalization reach each level of a society.  It also led me to consider the complexities of Indian society that work against change.

What didn’t you like? It is hard to read the book and not be upset about the injustice that the featured people in the book either encounter or are complicit in.

5.) Who would you recommend should read this?  I think anyone who wants to understand 21st century India should read this, but beyond that, anyone who cares about the plight of disadvantaged people anywhere in the world, including here in the United States.  And, for literary types—anyone who is interested in narrative non-fiction.  It is the best book I’ve ever read in that category.