Meet the Team: Ankit

Name: Ankit

Major: MIS

Status: Graduate

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  UIS has a lot to offer to it’s students so it is difficult to pick a favorite. Having said that, I like to play games at the student union, I like to attend the expo’s and events that go on around campus. I also love playing Badminton and ping pong at TRAC. The library is my favorite place to watch a movie or to concentrate when I am studying.

What are your goals for the semester? This semester is going to be a tough one. I have taken 3 courses and all of these require investing a lot of time on them. So, i just want to concentrate & study as much as possible this semester and try to make sure that I maintain a good GPA. I am looking forward to learn a new programming language and a lot of other things. I would also love to visit Colorado during Thanksgiving break.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If I had a reality TV show of my life, I would call it ‘ Chill Alone’ because I appreciate time spent alone. 

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My course doesn’t give me a lot of free time to engage with clubs/activities/sports on campus, however I love listening to music & watching new movies and TV shows. I play sports occasionally. I also like to go out with my friend’s on weekends and meet new people and explore places around Springfield.

What have you learned since working at the library? I began working with the library since January 2018 & I have learned a lot. I have improved my communication skills and I get to meet and see new people everyday.

What are your post-graduation plans? I will be graduating in Fall of 2019. Once I graduate, I plan to move to Pittsburgh or New York and start looking for jobs and would love to explore my OPT period while working.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: I love Italian cuisine, so someday I would love to take the pasta maker, make some fresh pasta and enjoy feasting on it.

Meet the Team: Conor

Name: Conor

Major: Political Science

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? Being at a small school like UIS has given me a lot of opportunities to work closely with professors while I have been here. It has helped me develop a lot as a student and has opened up some unique opportunities for research and leadership. Small schools have benefits and drawbacks, but the contact with professors I have had has been quite helpful.

What are your goals for the semester? As a senior, I want to make sure I balance school and social life well. On one hand I want to complete this semester with the grades I should get, but I also want to make sure I am enjoying my final months here with my friends. That kind of balance can be tough, but it is important.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? Something like “Conor’s Content.” Have to like alliterative titles. Also I think about it as a musician, trying to always put out content but also trying to stay content.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am the Head Delegate of Model Illinois Government, an organization where we debate political issues and prepare for a simulation at the capital building with all the other MIG delegations from around the state. I am also the Vice President of the Rotaract Club, a community service student organization. Outside of school I am a musician and am the drummer for a band.

What have you learned since working at the library?  Perhaps the single biggest thing I have learned since working at the library is how many services the library provides. People often think of it as just a place to check out books and do research, but it does a lot more. Learning about all the services we provide has been interesting.

What are your post-graduation plans?  After graduation I am likely going to move to Chicago and try to work a political job of some kind. Maybe with an interest group, the city, or a state representative. After a year or so I hope to go to graduate’s school, although I am not yet sure for what kind of degree.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: Settlers of Catan would be my favorite thing, even though I have never actually checked it out before. That is a good, but rather expensive game. I am glad we have it for people to play for free.

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!


Meet the Team: James

Name: James

Major: Business Administratrion

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  I can use any materials in UIS. Professors are very kind and friendly. I can make a lot of friends.

What are your goals for the semester? I want to get an A in my Capstone class. Once I have completed my degree I want to get Graduate Public Service Internship or Graduate Assistant position and apply for a Master of Science in Management Information Systems. 

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  Peaceful life. Because I want to get a lot of money. Then, I will find a peaceful island to live for the rest of my life.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I like basketball and working out. I usually go to TRAC when I feel tired.

What have you learned since working at the library?  I have learned about time management and team work. 

What are your post-graduation plans?  I plan earn my Master of Science in Management Information Systems and to get a job when I graduate, and to make more friends.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection? Japanese Manga Collection

How To Suggest an eBook or eAudiobook in cloudLibrary!

Did you know we have THOUSANDS of eBooks & eAudiobooks in cloudLibrary? It’s true! However, there may be an eBook or eAudiobook that we don’t have that you would like to checkout for FREE! You can suggest a title directly in our app and our staff will do their best to add it to our collection!

Check out how to suggest an eBook or eAudiobook directly from our mobile app.

If you don’t already have the cloudLibrary app you can download it for free from your preferred app store! Once it’s downloaded on your device you are ready to let us know what title(s) you’d like us to add to our cloudLibrary collection! 

1) Open your cloudLibrary app (make sure you are logged in) and click on the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.  Type the title of the book you wish to find in the search bar:


2) If we do not have the title, click on “Advanced Search”:

3) This screen will open. Click on “All Library Titles”:

4) Click “Suggestions for Library” and then “Search”:

5) Any available titles will then appear. Locate the title that you would like to suggest, and click “Suggest”:


6) That’s it! Your suggestion will be received and considered for purchase by library staff. So go forth and suggest away!


Make Your Own Eyepatch For Pirate Day!!!

Celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day with Brookens Library! 

To help celebrate we will be hosting a Make Your Own Pirate Eyepatch event:

Wednesday, September 19

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Student Leadership Center: UIS Student Union

We will have all the supplies you need to take your eyepatch over-the-top! We will also have fun giveaways and a few tasty treats. Don’t miss it!

How To Talk Like A Pirate Using Mango Languages

Ahoy, me hearties! Belay yer carousin’ and haul wind smartly. International Talk Like a Pirate Day be on WednesdaySeptember 19th and we will be celebrating all day long with pop-up events and a Make Your Own Eyepatch event at the UIS Student Union from 11:00  – 2:00!

First celebrated in 2002, this holiday has grown from a mere Talk Like a Pirate Day to an INTERNATIONAL Talk Like a Pirate day. All from the simple kernel of an idea generated by some pals that were goofing around in the 90’s. You can read more about how it came to be here.

As interesting as all that is, that’s not really what we’re here to talk about. Talk Like A Pirate Day isn’t about boring old history, it’s about talking like a pirate. But properly talking like a pirate is more than just sprinkling in an ‘ahoy’ here and an ‘avast’ here, it’s about a rich tapestry of pirate-y words and colorful turns of phrase the likes of which would make Robert Newton proud! But how do you get started in this grand, made up tradition? If only the there was some kind of resource…

The library has got you covered with Mango Languages and their Pirate conversational language module.

You’ll take your language skills across the seven seas, gathering treasure and having parrrrties on your ship. While pirates have a historically troubled and dangerous history around the globe, we want you to embrace the inventive language of Pirates and use their creative speech for good, not evil. Are ye up for the challenge of becoming a swashbuckler (pirate)? Shed your landlubber (land-lover) skin and haul wind with Mango!