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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!

Getting Better Research from Your Students

Fall 2014 FDO Workshop

“Getting Better Research from Your Students”

 Are you tired of your students turning in papers and projects having cited sub-par resources?  Have no fear, the librarians are here!  This session will begin with discussion about the expectations and realities of student research skills in higher education.  We will then give you ideas to create or revise assignments that teach both search and source evaluation skills, improving the quality of student research.

Cookies and beverages will be provided!  Feel free to bring your lunch.

Presenters:    Sarah Sagmoen, Director of Learning Commons and User Services; Nancy Weichert, Clinical Assistant Professor/Instructional Services Librarian; Dorothy Ryan, Clinical Assistant Professor/Instructional Services Librarian

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11 – 12:00 p.m., PAC Conference Rm G

Annual Book Sale This Friday 10/10

It’s Homecoming Week, and that means this Friday is the Annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale. Swing by the lower level from 9 am – 3 pm to stock up on books & movies. Prices start at only $0.50 so be sure to get there early.

Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale_October 10Donations: If you have books, DVDs, or audio books that you were thinking of weeding from your collection before the end of the year, please consider donating them to Friends of Brookens Library. Your generous donations support the Library collection and the Friends of Brookens Library book sale. Books that are duplicates of items in our collection or that do not sell within two years are donated to Better World Books, a non-profit organization that supports literacy in underdeveloped countries.

Donations may be dropped off at the Library Administration Office 9-5 Monday-Friday, or at the front desk during other operating hours. Please let us know if you would like a gift transmittal form.

Thank you for supporting the Friends of Brookens Library and Brookens Library!
For more information about the book sale, contact
Bethany Burbridge by calling 217-206-6597 or by email at bburb2@uis.edu.

Faculty Open House, Thursday 9/4

Join COLRS, ITS, The Learning Hub, and your Librarians for wine, cheese and chocolate.

Thursday, September 4th from 4pm – 6pm

In the Brookens Library, Café, 1st Floor

Please join the Brookens Library faculty and staff for an Open House on Thursday, September 4th from 4pm – 6pm in the first floor café. This is a great opportunity to meet your library liaison and talk about library materials and services we provide. In addition to the Brookens librarians, you can meet informally with several other departments including COLRS, ITS, and the Learning Hub.

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Importance of Info. Literacy Skills

If you haven’t seen it yet, there is an excellent article in the Chronicle about the importance of Information Literacy skills and the current state of these skills held by recent college graduates entering the workforce.  You can read the article HERE.  Unfortunately, it seems that there is a gap in the skills desired by employers.  Of course, Information Literacy is very near and dear to our heart here at Brookens.  Simply put, it’s what we do.  We’re lucky to work at an institution that values Information Literacy enough to include it in the baccalaureate goals, but the work doesn’t stop there.

1. Discovery of Knowledge

UIS graduates should be information and communication technology literate, exhibiting a strong proficiency in locating, reflectively comprehending, and synthesizing appropriate college level readings, toward the goal of knowledge creation.

If you’d like to further help your students learn and apply Information Literacy skills please don’t hesitate to contact your librarian.  As always, we love working with you!

Free CINRC Workshop: Tuesday 4/1

Free community workshop on locating private foundation money & the use of the Central Illinois Nonprofit Research Center’s (CINRC) resources.

Tuesday, April 1st from 2-4 pm in Brookens Library (Classroom)

This workshop will include:

•Demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional.
• Introduction on what to consider when seeking private foundation monies
• Interpreting the information found about a foundation and its funding areas.
• Information regarding locating the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and webstreams
• Instruction on the use of CINRC reference materials to supplement your grant search.
• Discussion of tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations.

You’re Invited! Tea with Author Katherine Boo

SPECIAL INVITE: Tea with Author Katherine Boo (4/1/14, 4:30 pm)

We are pleased to send you an exclusive invitation to a tea reception with author Katherine Boo scheduled to take place at 4:30 pm in the PAC Restaurant prior to her lecture and discussion on April 1, 2014. You will have a unique opportunity to meet the award-winning author of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” in an intimate environment. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the cost of $25.

Reservations can be made with Bethany Burbridge by emailing: bburb2@uis.edu or by calling 217-206-6597. Please R.S.V.P by Friday, March 28th.

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CTL Writing Tutor Available for Students

CTL Writing Help in the Library

CTL Tutoring in BrookensFor the past few semesters, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Brookens have partnered in the effort to bring greater access to writing and research help to students in the library. We are proud to offer writing assistance on two days each week during the 2014 Spring Semester. A writing tutor from the CTL will be available in our consultation rooms on the main floor of Brookens on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm and on Sundays from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

No appointment is ever needed. Students can simply drop-in and meet with a tutor at their convenience during the aforementioned times.

Black History Month At Brookens

This year’s Black History Month theme is Civil Rights in America  to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. To help celebrate, we will be highlighting library and online resources every day throughout the month of February. We’ll be posting and tweeting these resources, so be sure to follow our Facebook Page and Twitter account. For more information about this year’s theme, here is the Executive Summary from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History

We have also put together several book lists to highlight the variety of resources we have available within our collection. We have categorized them by sub-themes for your convenience.

Civil Rights in America
African-American Migrations
Blacks in Popular Culture

Martin Luther King Jr.
Nikki Giovanni
Alice Walker
Rosa Parks
Hip-Hop
Slavery in the United States
African-American Visual Artists

Katherine Boo Rescheduled: April 1, 7pm

Katherine Boo Rescheduled: April 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm in Brookens Auditorium

As you know UIS, is sponsoring its first “One Book, One UIS” initiative with Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo as the book that the campus community read during fall semester.  Eight faculty members adopted the book for their courses, three book groups were formed to discuss the book, and a panel of faculty member offered their insights into the issues raised by the book from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

The initiative, coordinated by Brookens Library and supported by funds from Friends of Brookens Library, the Chancellor’s Office, the Diversity Center, and ECCE, was to culminate with a lecture by author Katherine Boo. Unfortunately the lecture had to be postponed due to the author’s serious health issues.

We are happy to announce that we have rescheduled her appearance for the Spring 2014 semester. The lecture and discussion will take place Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:00 in the Brookens Auditorium. The event will be free and open to the public and no tickets will be required. We hope you are able to support the One Book, One UIS initiative by attending this event