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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
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

Library Tours Begin Today (2/4/14)

Do your students need a refresher on what Brookens Library offers? If so, send them on a Library Tour!

We’ve scheduled both on-campus Tours and online Virtual Tours for Spring semester. The Tour covers where to find books and articles, how to access resources from off-campus, where to get research help, and more!

See the links below for dates, times, and registration. Registration is encouraged but not required for individual students; they can just drop-in! No need to worry about verifying attendance: we will send you an email with the names of your students who attended.

If you would like a tour or other library instruction during class time, contact your Library Liaison to schedule. (We do online instruction, too.)

  1. 1.     Tuesday, February 4, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Virtual Library Tour

  1. 2.     Thursday, February 6, 2014

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Virtual Library Tour

  1. 3.     Tuesday, February 11, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm On-Campus Library Tour

  1. 4.     Thursday, February 13, 2014

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm On-Campus Library Tour


Questions? Please contact:

Dorothy Ryan Hemmo

Clinical Assistant Professor/Instructional Services Librarian

LIB 235


(217) 206-8458

Embedded Librarianship

Nancy Weichert Brookens LibrarianBrookens Library is partnering with the Capital Scholars Honors Program on various levels. This semester one of our librarians, Nancy Weichert, has been working closely with the 120 students that comprise the freshman class. She met with each section of CAP 111: Honors Composition to discuss evaluating resources, the information cycle, and how to create successful searches. Beyond the classroom, Nancy is attending evening writing studios held in Lincoln Residence Hall. Here she is able to work one-on-one with students in their space which has proven to lessen student anxiety when it comes to library research.  She has also been invited to evaluate at the CAP Senior Symposium and to attend Capital Scholars Honors Program Steering Committee meetings in order to share ideas and provide feedback. We hope to extend similar services to additional groups of students next semester, given the success of the partnership.

Jessica Kingsley Psychology Collection Acquired

Jessica Kingsley Psychology Collection

The Jessica Kingsley Psychology Collection on Credo Reference features content from a leading independent publisher specializing in topics in psychology. These titles are focused on the areas of Cognitive Psychology, Counseling, and Testing and Assessment.   One of the advantages for faculty is the ability to link directly to an entry, so if you need to provide background information on dyscalculia, you can link directly to his entry in Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diversity Handbook.  For students, the Credo platform allows for users to e-mail, print or save the entries as well as obtain information on how to cite the entries in APA, Chicago, Harvard, or MLA formats or to export the reference to EasyBib or other reference management tools.  Titles include: Dictionary of Cognitive Psychology; Dictionary of Psychological Testing, Assessment and Treatment; The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diversity Handbook: Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Related Conditions.

CQ Press Collection Now Available on Credo Reference

CQ Press Collection

The CQ Press Collection now available on Credo Reference offers 16 reference works focused on U.S. and international politics and law.  Geared for students at the undergraduate level, this collection of reference works provide access to in-depth research covering key topics in U.S. History and Political Science.   One of the advantages for faculty is the ability to link directly to an entry, so if you need to provide background information on Supreme Court justice, Harry Andrew Blackmun as well as a photograph you can link directly to his entry in the Biographical Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court.  For students, the system allows for users to e-mail, print or save the entries as well as obtains information on how to cite the entries in APA, Chicago, Harvard, or MLA formats or to export the reference to EasyBib or other reference management tools.  Credo also allows you to search for images.

Titles include: American Congressional Dictionary; Biographical Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court: The Lives and Legal Philosophies of the Justices; American Government A to Z: Congress A to Z; Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion; Encyclopedia of the First Amendment; Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment; Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law; Guide to Political Campaigns in America; Guide to the Presidency and the Executive Branch; Guide to U.S. Elections; Political History of America’s Wars; The Contemporary Middle East: A Documentary History; American Government A to Z: The Presidency A to Z; The Presidents, First Ladies, and Vice Presidents: White House Biographies, 1789-2009; The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies 1789-2012; and American Government A to Z: The U.S. Constitution A to Z.

Creating Assignments Quick Tips

Quick Tips from the Library Instructional Services Program

Creating assignments is a time consuming but important task. Here are some quick tips for creating assignments that can be effectively supported by the Library.

  • Use Research Guides and other library resources to improve your students’ research experience. Our subject-specific Research Guides provide resources, research tools, tutorials and more!
  • Be specific about where to go in the library or online for a particular resource or service.
  • Invite a librarian to speak to your class about library resources and other information literacy topics. Contact your library liaison to schedule a class visit.
  • Do not make assumptions about the research knowledge or skill level of your students.   
  • Clarify and state your objectives, to yourself and your students. What do you expect students to learn as a result of this assignment? If students are not meeting stated learning objectives, how can you adjust the assignment?
  • Consider a scaffolded approach to creating research assignments. It might be beneficial for students to write an annotated bibliography prior to writing a paper, for example.
  • Make sure that the library can support the assignment requirements. Do we have the necessary resources on hand? Do students have time to request material through I-Share or Interlibrary Loan? Is there time for the library to acquire what you need?
  • Browsing is not the best approach to most undergraduate research; do not refer students to specific journals or magazines for browsing unless it will serve a specific purpose.
  • Do not give students a partial or faulty reference to an item and expect them to figure it out. If correcting a faulty citation is part of an assignment, make sure students understand this and know what is expected.
  • Check your assignment before re-using it to make sure any required resources are still available. The collection can change from year to year and we might have new resources that are more relevant to your assignment or more current.