Universal Human Rights Month

December is Universal Human Rights Month and December 10th is Human Rights Day.  70 years ago in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  A direct result of the aftermath of the human rights catastrophes of the 2nd World War.  But it addresses far more than catastrophic abuses.  It created a framework for human rights principles embodied in its 30 articles.  These spell out an individual’s political, social, economic, and cultural rights and encompass fundamental freedoms for all regardless of gender, race, religion or language.   

Explore this beautifully illustrated version of the UDHR which produced in partnership between the artist Yacine Alt Kac, the U.N. Regional Information Centre and the Office of the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights – Regional Office for Europe. Each page displays a separate article along with delightful drawings to reflect the spirit of their intention.

Brookens Library has a wide variety of books and documents with a focus on human rights including:  TheHuman Rights Paradox: Universality and its Discontents by Steve J. Stern& Scott Straus (2014) and TheInternational Human Rights movement: A History by Aryeh Neier (2012).  There are numerous publications with foci on specific countries as well as publications of historic prominence such as the Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, 14 November 1945-1 October 1946.

Learn More about Human Rights Day

Meet the Team: Abhishek

Name: Abhishek

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. It is diverse and there is always so many new things to learn each day. The library is my favorite place to be where I can concentrate on my studies and work at the same time.

What are your goals for the semester? This semester is quite hectic for me looking at the work schedule and the courses I have. So, I am devoting most of my time in studies, learning new programming languages and keep up with good grades.

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 “Better Call Abhishek” because no matter what I am always there for help.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My course work doesn’t give me a lot of free time to engage with clubs/activities/sports on campus. However, I love playing soccer, attend music concerts, go out with friends and explore new places around.

What have you learned since working at the library? I am working here since January,2018. It has helped me in improving my communication skills, time management. People often think of library 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?  I will be graduating in Spring 2019. After I graduate I will start looking for jobs, most likely I’ll move to Atlanta, GA because that city has a lot to offer.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from Library of Things is Dominoes. But most of the time I check out Umbrella because you never know when it will rain in Springfield :p

LoT Games & Tech Event 11/27

Join us for the Library of Things Birthday Celebration!!!

Tuesday, November 27th 

4:00 – 7:00 pm – Brookens Library 

Stop by and explore the collection and have some fun with robot races, board games, and more!  

Since it’s a birthday celebration we will be having Birthday cake, so you really don’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Read Around the World: Pairing Global Lit and Hot Sips

Tuesday, November 13th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Brookens Library – Lower Level

Choose your favorite beverage and see its international book match. Whether you’re in the mood for fiction or nonfiction, hot chocolate or apple cider, there’s a beverage and book pairing here to help you celebrate International Education Week! Take a break from your studies, peruse our book collection spotlighting different countries and global authors, and pour yourself a hot (or cold) one.

Join us for Hot Sips and Global Lit!

International Education Week Nov. 12-16

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

At UIS, the office of International Student Services is partnering with units across campus to promote their International Education week events.  Here at Brookens Library, we’re very excited about the week and have two international education events to help celebrate:

Read Around the World: Pairing Global Lit and Hot Sips – November 13, 2018, Brookens Library

Choose your favorite beverage and see its international book match. Whether you’re in the mood for fiction or nonfiction, hot chocolate or apple cider, there’s a beverage and book pairing here to help you celebrate International Education Week! Take a break from your studies, peruse our book collection spotlighting different countries and global authors, and pour yourself a hot (or cold) one.

Tuesday, November 13th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Brookens Library – Lower Level

International Student Library Survey

If you’re an International Student at UIS, we want to hear from you!  By taking this short survey, you’ll be providing invaluable information to Brookens library that we can use to refine and improve our services.  The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and is your best opportunity to tell us how we can meet your needs.

The Library of Things Catalog and Suggesting an Item

November is World Vegan Month, and here at Brookens we can support you in your delicious cooking endeavors not only with our selection of cookbooks but also with our Library of Things. We have many Home and Kitchen items, from hand mixers to pasta makers, available and ready for check out. Take a look at this video to discover how to view all our Things in the library catalog. Happy eating!

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.