Books, Journals & More: The Library’s FY20 Material Budget

Recently there have been some concerns expressed about budget cuts and the collections at Brookens Library.  Although the overall library budget is taking a 10% cut along with the rest of the university, there have been no specific cuts made to the materials’ portion of the budget.  In order to balance budget cuts and not have a negative effect on overall services, the library routinely reviews all of its database and journal subscriptions to ensure that they align with the curricular needs of the university.  Due to budget cuts this year, the library will cut back on arbitrary spending on books, so that monies remain available to purchase items that faculty and students have identified as necessary to fulfill the university’s educational and research mission.  There are not unlimited funds available, and it is not reasonable to expect every suggested purchase recommendation will be satisfied.  However, the library prides itself on being a good steward of the funds provided for materials, and librarians will work with faculty to make every effort to ensure that resources are available whenever possible. 

The simplest and easiest way to guarantee that necessary materials are available for faculty and students is to request that they be purchased.  The library strives to make this as simple as possible with a reserve request form so faculty can have new or existing items set aside for specific courses, a streaming media request form for streaming videos for online or blended courses, an online recommendation form for books, DVDs or Library of Things, and a librarian devoted to meeting the instructional and material needs of the departments, faculty, and students they serve.

If you have specific materials that you would like the library to purchase for your classroom, your research, or professional development, please contact a librarian (Librarians by Department) or use the appropriate form.

If you have any questions about the collection or the Library budget, contact Stephen McMinn, Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, or Dean Pattie Piotrowski for more information.

Material Request Forms:

Course Reserve Form

Streaming Media Form

Book Request Form

Popular Collections (Books, DVD’s, Library of Things) Request Form

Welcome To UIS!

Welcome to the 2019 Spring Semester at the University of Illinois Springfield. At the Library, we offer both resources and services to help you make the most of your time at UIS. On our website you will find access to our wide variety of databases. Not sure how to get started? Here you will find research help by subject or you can book a Research Consultation with one of our friendly Librarians.

Did you know we have a free app where you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks? It’s true! Simply download the cloudLibrary app and enjoy easy access to thousands of free eBooks/eAudiobooks!

We also have a growing Collection of “Things” called the Library of Things!  We have home and kitchen items, board games, and lots of technology for you to check out for FREE! Interested in learning to use a DSLR camera? No problem, we have that. Have a sewing project but no machine? We’ve got you covered! Need a graphing calculator for class? We have several available for FREE checkout! See what all we have available here!

Last semester we refreshed the Main Level by renovating the space and adding comfortable furniture, collaborative workstations, and computer desks to give you plenty of options to suit your needs. We designed this floor to be flexible, so you’ll notice almost all the furniture is on wheels so you can move it when and where you need it.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

Meet the Team: Michael

Name: Michael

Major: Communications

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?

 I like being part of a small community where I can know a lot of the people around me more closely. This campus has always felt welcoming and like home to me. I always appreciate good company!

What are your goals for the semester?  

My goals for the semester are just to continue doing as well as I can in classes while enjoying my time here at UIS. I would also just like to spend more time binging TV shows and films when I have free time. I like to always make some time for good content.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?

The reality TV show of my life would be called Keeping Up With Michael Bates. People would get to see the wild things I do all day like roll out of bed at noon and turn on Netflix. Suffice to say it would be quality.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?

I am not really involved in much besides class and work. However, I have played guitar for several years. I also always make time to listen to at least one new album a day and I’m trying to get more into getting films fit in as often as possible to.

What have you learned since working at the library?

The library has taught me many things. I’ve learned many useful customer service skills working here. I’ve also just learned to have fun and not take anything too seriously as long as we’re getting done the work that we need to be.

What are your post-graduation plans?

 After graduation I’m planning on pursuing a career in journalism in one way or another. Preferably I’ll move to a bigger city and just enjoy the life there. We’ll see what happens!

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?:

I like a lot of the board games we have, particularly Catan and Machi Koro.

Extended Hours (12/3 – 12/7)

The week before finals calls for extended library hours and COFFEE! 

Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7, the Library will be open an extra 3 hours each night so you have a safe place to study into the wee hours. We will be serving coffee, tea, and snacks in the late evening.

We also have de-stress tables in the back of the Main Level where you can take a break from your work to play with LEGOs or Kinetic Sand! 

Week Before Finals Hours:

Monday – Thursday (December 3-6): 8:30 am – 3:00 am

Friday (December 7): 8:30 am – 9:00 pm

Native American Heritage Month

In honor of November being Native American Heritage Month, Brookens Library is highlighting some of its resources that focus on the rich history, the variety of cultures and the many contributions of Native Americans to our world.

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with other museums and archives, created the Native American Heritage Month web portal, which features a collection of exhibits, images, audio and video that highlights the important contributions made by the indigenous people of America.

Interested in learning Cherokee? Our Mango Languages database provides language lessons on Cherokee grammar, vocabulary and culture. Just go to their page to set up your free account and get started in minutes.

To find more facts on Native American tribes, try the eHRAF database, a great library resource for finding information about different cultures around the world.

If looking for more books to add to your TBR list, check out the works of these Native American authors – Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Scott Momaday, Linda Hogan, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

We encourage you to learn more about Native American peoples and their heritage, no matter what month it is. For more information on Native American Heritage Month, click here.

Lots of Ways to Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

In case you missed our post earlier this month, check out all the ways you can celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month. From free access to online resources to special events hosted both on campus and in the Springfield community, there is something for everyone!

Brookens Library is proud to offer a robust online collection of arts resources:

Streaming Media

BBC Shakespeare Plays

This collection provides access to the 37 Shakespeare plays produced by the BBC between 1978 and 1985.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online brings together over 2,000 hours of previously unpublished historic field recordings from around the world, alongside their supporting field notes and ethnographers’ metadata, opening new paths for the study of music in its cultural context.

Ethnographic Video Online

Ethnographic Video Online is a comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collections contain over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Sound files of traditional music from around the world, plus notes, images, video, and lesson plans. Search by culture, genre, instrument, year, etc.

Theatre in Video

Contains streaming video performances of major plays along with film documentaries. Includes important actors, directors and playwrights.

Databases

The Bibliography of the History of Art

Saskia Art Images

JSTOR

Project Muse

Oxford Music Online

Brookens Library also has a large collection of print art resources located in the N section of the library on the 4th floor.

For National Arts and Humanities Month, we’d like to encourage you to support the arts at UIS and in the greater Springfield area. Here is a list of art shows and venues in the area:

UIS Visual Arts Gallery

Let the fancy

Curated by Jeff Robinson and Allison Lacher

September 27 – October 18

Love You Bro

Artist Stephanie Graham

October 25 – November 15

Reception November 1, 6:30-8pm

 

ECCE Lecture:

Tempestt Hazel & Stephanie Graham – Spielberg, Diddy, and Me

Nov 1, 5:30pm, Brookens Auditorium

 

UIS Theatre

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Performances: October 19 – 27

UIS Sangamon Auditorium:

 

Whose Live Anyway?

October 6, 8pm

 

Bicentennial Celebration – Illinois Symphony Orchestra

October 20, 7:30pm

 

Straight No Chaser – One Shot Tour

October 28, 7pm

 

Hoogland Center for the Arts:

Bonnie and Clyde

October 12 – 21

 

Rocky Horror Show – Live!

October 25 – 27

 

Halloween Spooktacular Symphony Concert

October 30

 

The Pharmacy

The Mother Road

September 22 – October 22

Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 12 – 6pm

 

Open Studio – Draw, Sketch, Paint

Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30pm

 

Springfield Art Association

Sangamon Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

October 3-27

Reception Friday, October 12, 5:30 – 7:30pm

6X6 Art Raffle

October 18, 6-8pm

 

 

 

How To Tuesday – Study Spots!

As midterms creep up on us all (can you believe it’s October??), we at Brookens Library welcome all patrons to our unique study spaces.

The first floor is not a quiet floor and is perfect for collaborative work. Look at Megan and Taylor having brain blasts!

The library stairwell lounges located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors are also great for collaborative work. We have whiteboards and markers available for you to jot down all your brilliant notes and ideas. These collaborative spaces are also great for working alone if you don’t mind a little background noise.

Quiet study locations are found on the 3rd and 4th floors. When it is time to hunker down and focus on that reading or essay, get comfortable in our quiet and peaceful cubbies and tables.

On our quiet floors there are a few locations like lounges (pictured above) and large tables to also study quietly with friends. Or get into passionate—yet hushed— debates!

Finally, if you are someone who finds that their best work occurs when surrounded by nature, Brookens Library has plenty of tables to sit at outside.

Come seek out your perfect study spot at Brookens Library! Happy learning!

 

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017

It’s Banned Books Week! In 2017, 416 books were challenged or banned. The list includes classic titles such as, To Kill a Mockingbird, popular series such as Harry Potter, as well as some new titles released this past year. Whatever the book, the issue is the same, banning books silences stories, voices, and ideas. To celebrate your right to read, we’re putting the spotlight on some of these stories throughout this week. To start, let’s learn about the Top 10 Challenged books of 2017.

You can check out any of these books at Brookens. Be sure to check our social media channels throughout this week as we Stand for the Banned and continue to highlight

It’s Banned Books Week!

It’s Banned Books Week! A week each year when libraries around the world celebrate the freedom to read – a freedom that can be taken for granted and continues to be challenged. Each year, book are challenged or banned because they present topics, content, ideas, or voices that someone has deemed dangerous or inappropriate. Each of these challenges represents an attempt to censor an author and silence ideas and voices and are a direct threat to our intellectual freedom.

In the State of America’s Libraries 2018 report, intellectual freedom was among the Issues and Trends highlighted because of the increased number of challenges reported. According to the report, Public challenges and bans rose from 45 in 2016 to 91 in 2017. This infographic from the American Library Association provides some additional numbers and information about the state of bans and challenges from 2017.

At Brookens, we care about your freedom to read and work to protect your intellectual freedom. Specifically, this week we’re answering the call put forward with this year’s Banned Books Week theme – Banned Books Silences Stories. Speak Out! – by doing just that, speaking out. We will be highlight books that have been challenged or banned throughout the week across our social media platforms. Additionally, we’ll be providing you with lists of the most challenged books and linking you to those items in our collection. As we share our favorite books and stories about why they matter, we hope you’ll share yours too!

Movements of the ’60s, Diane Nash Inspired Library Resources

The Movements of the ‘60s: A Legacy for Today, Diane Nash  

Brookens Library is proud to have co-sponsored the ECCE Speaker Series event The Movements of the ‘60s: A Legacy for Today, Diane Nash on Thursday, September 13. To bridge the event with our Collections, Faculty Librarian Nancy Weichert brought a mobile checkout station and a small collection of materials related to Nash’s area of work.  Sarah Sagmoen, Director of User Services & faculty liaison to Necessary Steps, and University Librarian Dean Piotrowski also participated in the event.

Diane Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 when she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960, she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville – the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters – as well as one of the founding students of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. She coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi in 1961. Her arrests for civil rights activities culminated in Nash being imprisoned for 30 days in 1961, while she was pregnant with her first child. Undeterred, she went on to join a national committee—to which she was appointed by President John F. Kennedy—that promoted passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Nash later became active in the peace movement that worked to end the Vietnam War, and became an instructor in the philosophy and strategy of non-violence as developed by Mohandas Gandhi.
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A Selection of Online Library Resources Available Through Brookens

The African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience

Discusses the history of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the present. Includes memoirs, letters, family histories, newspapers, oral histories, and city directories, providing historical evidence to help understand and interpret past events.

Black Thought and Culture 

1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material.

Black Studies in Video

Featuring award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. Includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations

America History & Life

Published since 1964, this is the definitive bibliographic reference covering the history, culture, area studies, and current affairs literature of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 

Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. women’s history
The collection currently includes 125 document projects and archives with more than 5,100 documents and 175,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,800 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960 – 1974

Brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary. With 125,000 pages of text and 50 hours of video at completion, this searchable collection is the definitive electronic resource for students and scholars researching this important period in American history, culture, and politics.

 

A selection of Print Library Resources Available Through Brookens

Freedom riders: 1961 and the struggle for racial justice by Raymond Arsenault
Black revolt; strategies of protest by Doris Yvonne Wilkinson
Strategies for freedom: the changing patterns of black protest by Bayard Rustin
Black protest in the sixties by August Meier
The lost dream of equality: critical essays on education and social class by Alan Scott
Women and the civil rights movement, 1954-1965 by Davis Houck
Living through the civil rights movement by Charles George
Voices of freedom: an oral history of the civil rights movement from the 1950s through the 1980s by Henry Hampton
The origins of nonviolence: Tolstoy and Gandhi in their historical settings by Martin Burgress Green
Many minds, one heart: SNCC’s dream for a new America by Wesley Hogan
Teaching peace: nonviolence and the liberal arts by Denny Wever

 

A selection of Films Available Through Brookens

Reflections unheard: black women in civil rights by Yello Kat Productions
Freedom riders by American Experience
SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference by Natalie Bullock Brown
Ghandi by Hartwick Classic Film
Freedom bound by Harvey Richards
We’ll never turn back by Harvey Richards