How-to Tuesday: Mango Languages

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We hope that these last few days of the semester are going well. We realize that once your last final is complete, you may be packing a bag and heading off to places near or far. Your adventures may include locales where languages other than you own are spoken. If that’s the case, or if you are just interested in sitting on your couch and learning a new language, we’ve got you covered.  

You may be wondering, “But how, Brookens Library Blog? How can you possibly help me with this?!” to which we reply, “You have access to a tool called Mango Languages.” Mango Languages is an online culture and language-learning resource that’s available to you 24/7 online or through their mobile app. So go now, visit the Mango Language site , create your free account, and start tracking your language-learning progress today.  

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Learn a Language Using Mango!

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Now’s your chance!

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn a variety of languages. Please create a free account to track your lessons. Also available as an app for iPhone®, iPod touch® and Android™. To get started visit:

http://go.uis.edu/LearnALanguage

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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.