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!