National Library Week: We Provide Access!

It’s National Library Week! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. This year we want to highlight some of the ways Brookens Library shines for our students, faculty, staff and the Springfield community.

When people think of the library they think of books, but we are so much more…

We Provide Access:

Libraries level the playing field. As great democratic institutions, serving people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability, and providing the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, govern, and work. At libraries, patrons are free to exercise their right to know without fear of censorship or reprisal.

At Brookens, we fulfill this by…

Providing access to books, databases and other materials.

Providing access to computers and wireless internet

Offering our resources and services to the public

Not censoring (i.e. banning books or putting filters on our computers)

If you stop in the library you will see our over 30 foot chalkboard decked out for National Library Week – tell us how Brookens shines for you!

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Open Access Week At Brookens

Brookens Library is celebrating Open Access Week (October 20th  – 26th) with two events on Thursday, October 23rd  in Brookens 141A.
The first is an “Update on Open Access at UIS” presented by Stephen McMinn, Director of Scholarly Communications at 11:00 am followed by a Webinar at Noon presented by Ebsco entitled “The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics.”

The session, “Update on Open Access at UIS” will provide an introduction to open access and why it is important. It will also include an update on the universities response to the Open Access to Research Articles Act.

A brief description of the webinar, “The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics”, starting at Noon is as follows:
In recent years mandates for researchers to publish their research – both articles and data – openly are growing. Yet, mandates do not always work; researchers still do not do this. Altmetrics, and the information about how people are interacting with research, can provide the feedback loop needed to help motivate people to publish openly. In this one-hour webinar, Mike Showalter of Plum Analytics will describe and demonstrate altmetrics and open access and you will learn about the capabilities of using altmetrics as your own open access feedback loop.

Please join us for either event celebrating Open Access Week! Both events are FREE and open to the public!

ILLIAD Unavailable 9/30/14/: UPDATE

UPDATE (9/29): The outage is no longer scheduled and all services will be available during this time.

My ILL Account & Service will be unavailable on Tuesday, September 30th between 7:00 am – 1:00 pm for scheduled maintenance.

How this may impact you:

– You will not be able to request books or articles through InterLibrary Loan during that period. Please note that IShare will not be affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Banned Books Week Gets Graphic

Brookens Library Banned Books Week 2014
Read Banned Books!

Read (anything you want)! It’s your Right!

Since 1982, libraries have celebrated Banned Books Week by showcasing banned and challenged books to bring awareness to the freedom to read and dangers of censorship.  But don’t be fooled, this week is about so much more than books.  It’s a celebration of Intellectual Freedom.  It’s about your right to unrestricted access to information.  As technologies change the way we find, read and analyze information, libraries will continue to protect this right and provide access to information by buying books (print and electronic), subscribing to newspapers, magazines and academic journals and providing free internet access on public computers.  So grab a book, magazine or newspaper; or visit your favorite news website or social network.  Read!  Read anything you want!  Because it’s your right!

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Brookens Library

This year we have put together a small collection of graphic novels at the front of the Library on the main level (level 2). Stop by and check out one out!

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover: Free Event 10/10

We are hosting a fun new event during Homecoming Week this  year: “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover”.  At this Spirit Week event you have the chance to up-cycle old book-covers into modern art pieces and re-imagined crafts. The event will take place on: Friday, October 10th from 11-1 pm in the lower level of Brookens Library. We will provide all the supplies – just bring your imagination!

We will also be having our annual book sale that day from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, so be sure to stop in and stock-up. Prices start at only $0.50 – you can’t afford it miss it!


iPad Tours

On-Campus iPad Tours – Fall 2014
Are you new to UIS? Come tour the library to learn about our resources and services.

Monday, September 15, 2014 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5pm – 6pm

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:30am – 12:30pm & 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:30pm – 2:30pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Monday, September 22, 2014 1:30pm – 2:30pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6pm – 7pm

On-campus tours meet in the library classroom – BRK 232

Brookens Library iPad tours  Fall 2014

Book Sale!!! Save the Date 10/10

One of Brookens Library’s traditions is to host the annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale the Friday of Homecoming week. This year the book sale will take place on Friday, October 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on the first floor of Brookens Library. This is a great way to stock up and save on books and DVDs.

We will also be hosting “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover, Make Art with It!”: a crafting event where we will up-cycle unused book covers from 11am – 1pm in Brookens Library.
Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale_October 10Donations: Did you know you can donate your books and DVDs to the library. The generous donations from the public help keep the book sale full of good reads so feel free to drop off anything you are ready to part with at the front desk.

What We’re Reading: Laura Berndt

Welcome back! We are excited to start another semester and to continue our “What We’re Reading” Blog Series.

“What We’re Reading”gives the Brookens Library staff the opportunity to highlight a variety of books, audio books, or e-books you might find enjoyable. This series will post every week on the “What’s New at Brookens” Blog. The first installment for the new year features Laura Berndt a student worker at Brookens.  Learn more about what Laura has been reading:

1.) What are you reading?

I am almost done reading “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

2.) How did you make your selection?

My roommate recommended it to me

3.) Describe the book in 20 words or less using your own words.
A book about a girl in a world where her newfound power can either save or destroy the kingdom.

4.) What did you like? What didn’t you like?

I like the overall story and that it is set in a fictional world, but I also just like the idea of a plain girl who finds out she is much more important than she ever gave herself credit for. There’s lots of action and mystery so that’s always exciting too.  One thing that I’m not crazy about in this book are all the weird names given to things in this world, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of.
5.) Who would you recommend should read this?

Young adults, or just anyone! it’s good and there are two more books in the series.