Welcome Back!

Students, faculty, staff and community members, welcome to the Spring 2020 Semester from all of us at Brookens Library. We just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about some of the great services the Library can provide our patrons.

Course Reserves and Other Purchase Requests

Despite the current budget situation at UIS, the Library is still committed to supporting our patrons’ material needs. If you have materials you need to place on reserve or otherwise need for your courses, be sure to get those requests in as soon as possible. This includes articles, books, and especially streaming movies. If you intend to use film or streaming media in your class, please reach out to us as soon as you can in order to ensure you will have access to required resources for your course. Sharing your syllabus with us is also beneficial in this regard.

Instruction: Meeting Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and Student Success 

We would like to remind everyone that the Librarians are available for library/information literacy instruction in your classes or scheduled as extra-credit workshops.  Librarians can provide instruction on a wide variety of topics that will greatly assist student success.  Key information literacy learning objectives can be found through the UIS Goals and Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and are foundational to student success.  To that end, we offer instructional assistance with traditional bibliographic instruction (database use, keyword selection, topic refinement) to covering advanced research and information use concepts. If you would like to schedule instruction, please fill out the instruction request form.  
 
Consultations = Customized Support for High Impact Practices
 
Additionally, we offer research consultations for students as well so they can receive customized, one-on-one research support from a Librarian. Consultations do not have to center on an in-depth research assignment, but can be scheduled to support any student who may benefit from additional assistance.  

Curriculum Mapping and Assessment of Student Learning

Many departments have been working on curriculum mapping and the considering the student learning outcomes. Whether your department is currently working on that or just gearing up to do so, we would love to talk to you about how the Library can help.
 
We look forward to working with you all as well as meeting and engaging with your students this semester.  You can read more on our resources and other useful library information on the this blog, especially our Hidden Gems series.  There is much more about services for faculty on the Faculty Research Guide
 
As always, if you have any questions concerning any of the information in this update, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Librarians. 


Brookens Library, Library Instructional Services Program 

John Laubersheimer, Chair 

Sally LaJoie 

Stephen McMinn 

Sarah Sagmoen 

Pamela Salela 

Welcome Back!

On behalf of Brookens Library, we’d like to welcome you back and wish you a successful fall semester! Hopefully, you had a relaxing or productive summer.  Here at the Library we have been busy over the summer getting ready for Academic Year 2019-20 and have a number of informational items we would like everyone to be aware of.

Course Materials, Reserves, and Streaming Media
The Library is operating under a budget reduced by 10% this year.  We’ve taken steps to ensure that our services and our resources will not be unduly affected by this situation.  If you have materials you need to place on reserve or otherwise need for your courses, be sure to get those requests in as soon as possible.  This includes articles, books, and especially streaming movies. This past spring, we ran out of funds for our streaming movie service to the detriment of faculty who had included materials in their syllabus that we were not aware of. If you intend to use film or streaming media in your class, please reach out to your subject liaison ASAP to ensure you will have access to required resources for your course. Sharing your syllabus with your librarian liaison is also beneficial.

Use of Subscription Resources
Speaking of Library resources, the Library currently subscribes to more than 100 online databases and related resources to support scholarship and research across all disciplines at UIS.  Some of our largest database subscriptions include:

  • IEEE: Full-text access to technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.
  • Academic Search Complete: a multidisciplinary database containing full-text articles from peer reviewed journals, popular magazines and newspapers.
  • Web of Science: the world’s most trusted citation indexes for scientific and scholarly research.

The Library relies heavily on usage statistics in order to monitor the health of our collection and to be good stewards of the money entrusted to us by the University.  To that end, we ask that if you are assigning an article from any of our many resources that, whenever possible, you link to the article in question rather than use a pdf.  This is especially important for those of you who use Blackboard to organize your courses.

Instruction: Meeting Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and Student Success
We would like to remind everyone that the Librarians are available for library/information literacy instruction in your classes, or scheduled as extra-credit workshops.  Librarians can provide instruction on a wide variety of topics that will greatly assist student success.  Key information literacy learning objectives can be found through the UIS Goals and Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education and are foundational to student success.  To that end, we offer instructional assistance with traditional, bibliographic instruction (database use, key word selection, topic refinement) to covering advanced research and information use concepts. If you would like to schedule instruction, please fill out the instruction request form.

Consultations = Customized Support for High Impact Practices
Additionally, we offer research consultations for students as well so they can receive customized, one-on-one research support from a Librarian. Consultations do not have to center on an in-depth research assignment, but can be scheduled to support any student who may benefit from additional assistance.

We look forward to working with you all as well as meeting and engaging with your students this semester.  You can read more on our resources and other useful library information on this blog, especially our Hidden Gems series.  There is much more about services for faculty on the Faculty Research Guide.

As always, if you have any questions concerning any of the information in this update, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Librarians.

Brookens Library, Library Instructional Services Program
John Laubersheimer, Chair

Sally LaJoie

Stephen McMinn

Sarah Sagmoen

Pamela Salela

Welcome Back

Students, faculty, staff and community members,

Welcome to the Spring 2016 Semester from all of us at Brookens Library. The new semester brings new opportunities for you to engage with the library and the resources, services, and events we offer.  We are kicking off the new semester with a table at the Spring Involvement Expo on Wednesday, January 20 from 3-6pm in the PAC where you can stop by and chat with a librarian!

We are also hosting a “makers” event Thursday, January 21 from 1-3 pm on the lower level of Brookens as part of the campus wide Open House: Student Life’s “Campus Expedition”.  We will be having a paper airplane making contest and a make-and-take button-making table! Awards will be presented for “best design” and “best flight” and all participants receive a stamp for their Campus Expedition Book. These events are just a taste of what’s to come so stay tuned to learn about events taking place throughout the semester!

The library has made some important updates over the winter intersession and we are excited to share them with you:

1.) We have updated our website! The new and improved library.uis.edu was designed based on best practices in web design and user feedback, makes locating library information and conducting research much easier. If you have any questions about features or if you would like to leave your feedback please take a moment to fill out the online feedback form: Brookens Library Website Feedback

2.) You can now book an appointment with a librarian online: Meeting with a librarian just got easier for faculty and students. Each librarian now has a button embedded within their Research Guides that allows you to see available time-slots and book an appointment. Simply select your area by subject and there you will find your liaison and be able to make an appointment!

We are pleased to be able to continue offering UIS undergraduate students the opportunity to have their research recognized through the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award. This award was created to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250. Apply Today!

It is bittersweet that we must announce the retirement of the University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services, Jane Treadwell, who will step down at the end of April. Dean Treadwell has served the University of Illinois Springfield as the University Librarian for nearly 14 years. She has been a visionary for academic libraries, an advocate for information literacy, and a mentor to those who have served under her tutelage. We wish her a bright future as she embarks on her latest adventure: retirement.