Student Employees Rock!

Brookens Library would not be able to function without our student employees. They process books, DVDs, and other materials, they help keep collections organized, they offer services at the library main desk and throughout the building, update our website, take part in decision making, and strategic planning. They add a student voice that helps us fine-tune our services so we can better serve the campus community, and simply put they help us keep the library’s doors open. It’s so fitting for us that National Student Employee Appreciation Week also falls on National Library Week. 

We’d like to take this moment to express some gratitude toward each one of our student employees. If you’re in the library this week and see one of these extraordinary students , please take a moment to thank them for their hard work and for everything that they do for us, for you, and for UIS.

Hidden Gem: The Pentagon Papers

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The HeinOnline legal resources database includes several hidden gems including a collection containing the complete “Pentagon Papers.”  To access, simply select this collection under the “Browse Databases by Name” menu.  

Screen shot of the list of collections under the browse database by name category.

Officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, these “Pentagon Papers” are a United States Department of Defense history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.  These papers were made famous when released to the New York Times in 1971.  They showed that the U.S. government had systematically lied to the public in regard to the scope, aims, and extent of the government’s involvement not only in Vietnam, but the whole of South East Asia during this period.  The 47 volumes with more than 8,000 pages comprising this collection are fully searchable through HeinOnline.  If you are interested in any aspect of the conflict in South East Asia and the actions throughout the presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, this is a major source of historical significance.   

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Meet the Team: Samone

Photo of student employee Samone
Meet Samone!

Name: Samone

Major: English

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   I like the small campus. I like that everything is generally in one spot. It makes everything feel more together, plus I don’t have to walk that far.

What are your goals for the semester? My goal is to definitely finish the semester. But it’s also to get a C or above in all of my classes. Another goal is to work on my time management skills, that will help me the future.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? “Adulthood and Afraid”. That seems to capture what my life is right now. I don’t know what I’m doing as I transfer into an adult but I’m trying.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I’m not in any clubs at the moment, but I do like to read. I guess another one of my hobbies is painting, that’s pretty fun. And I also like to cook.

What have you learned since working at the library? I learned how to work in a team better. I also learned working at lower level is a good chance to do homework. And I learned that the library has books that can help you with just about anything.

What are your post-graduation plans? I’m not really sure what I want to do. I know I want to get a job and support my self but I still don’t know how. It’s a mystery.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite things to check out from the library of things collection is the cupcake pan.

Increase your Money IQ

Logo for Money Smart Week.

This week is Money Smart Week, and Brookens Library is highlighting some of our resources on budgeting, investing and personal finances. 

Did you know that one in four Americans spends $11 or more on coffee every week? That adds up to $572 a year. Or that the average person spends more than 40 percent of their food budget on food away from home? Money Smart Week encourages us to look at our spending habits and reflect on the hidden costs of college, food and finances. 

There are a lot of resources out there so if you are interested in honing your skills so you can pay your bills, here are a few to get you started: 

  • Ask CFBP: Find clear, unbiased answers to hundreds of financial questions. 
  • Paying for College: Find guides that can help you make informed financial decisions about how to pay for college and repay student debt. 

Here are some books you can check out at Brookens Library: 

Hidden Gems: Company Profiles and SWOT

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

Our 2nd Hidden Gem post highlights the company profiles and SWOT analysis within the Business Source Complete database.   

Company Profiles: Company profiles provide detailed information for more than one million of the largest U.S. and international companies with parent and subsidiary records.  The primary difference between the MarketLine company profiles and MedTrack reports is that Medtrack is focused on biopharmaceutical and medical business. MarketLine is focused on seven industry sectors: Automotive, Consumer Markets, Energy, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare, Technology, Transport, and Logistics.  The data that these company reporting services provide is information such as description of company business, financial details including revenue, gross profit and net profit (when available), products (when available), top executives and administrative titles, subsidiaries, and similar information.  

To find company profiles (MarketLine Report or Medtrack Report) within Business Source Complete, select “Company Profiles” under the “More” pull down menu at the top of the page.  Then you can browse or search for the company of interest.   

Screenshot of the Business source complete database indicating the Company Profiles listing under the more tab.

SWOT Analysis: A SWOT Analysis provides detailed information about a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and provides a more in-depth analysis of a company or companies within an industry. 

If you are interested in SWOT analysis, the best course of action is to simply search by company name and then use the “Source Type” limiter to limit to “SWOT Analyses”. Under the the Source Type limiter first click, “Show More”.

Screen Shot of list of source type options under the limiters fields to indicate where to click for show more.

The look for SWOT Analyses in the list of source types.

image of list of source types that are provided after hitting the show more link in the previous image.

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Meet the Team: Kyler

photo of student employee Kyler.
Meet Kyler!

Name: Kyler

Major: Computer Science

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is being on a small campus. Since I first transferred here, I have gotten to know a lot of people here on campus. A smaller campus size allows you to get to know people and make friends more easily.

What are your goals for the semester? For the semester, my goals are to land a summer job or internship and get better grades than last semester. First of all, I want to keep myself occupied during the summer and gain actual on-the-job experience. Secondly, I feel I did not perform my best last semester academically, and want this one to be an improvement.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? The show would be called Imperfectly Perfect, because my friends and I like to laugh about the imperfections in our lives. It would document my day-to-day experiences at UIS and give a sneak peek at my interactions with everybody here on campus. It would also give a look at the imperfect situations I get myself into.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Aside from that, my hobbies are watching TV and movies, listening to music, and riding my bike when the weather is nice.

What have you learned since working at the library? Since I started working at Brookens Library, I have not only learned to be punctual but also ask for help whenever I need it. I have progressively gotten into the habit of arriving at least five minutes before my shift starts. Additionally, in some past situations, I have been too shy to ask for help. This job has improved my self-advocacy skills.

What are your post-graduation plans? After I graduate, I plan to return to the Chicago area and get a job in software engineering or something similar. When I find myself able to move out of the house, I will get a job in the Western U.S. and possibly work my way up to a higher position.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite things to check out from the library are DVDs.

Hidden Gems: JFK Collection

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. Knowing that, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series. These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.

The John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection is the first in our Hidden Gems series and is available within the HeinOnline legal resources database. Simply, choose the collection under “Browse Databases by Name”.

Screen shot of collections by name in HeinOnline.

This database contains the National Archives and Records Administration’s complete collection of records on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It includes over 500,000 pages in almost 55,000 volumes and is fully searchable. Also included are books, hearings, other related works, and scholarly articles on this topic. If you are interested in primary source materials that were at one time classified “Top Secret”, government reports on the assassination, or scholarly articles related to the JFK assassination, take a look at this hidden gem. If you ever need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact your subject librarian.