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Welcome to the start of the Fall semester. This Fall, Brookens Library has some awesome events planned, including One Book, One UIS activities, library tours and orientations, and a myriad of instructional sessions. Talk to your librarian liaison to schedule library instruction for your classes (we do face-to-face and online instruction). We can also provide one-on-one research consultations to you and your students.

Drop-in library tours are offered each semester and we’ve scheduled both on-campus Tours and online Virtual Tours for Fall. The Tours cover where to find books and articles, how to access resources from off-campus, where to get research help, and more! See the Brookens Library calendar for dates and times.

If you would like a tour or other library instruction during class time, contact your library liaison to schedule.

Remember that we can also order materials for the library collection; however, due to the lack of a budget for FY2015/16 the library is not currently ordering materials unless an item is urgently needed. If you need to request such an item, please contact your liaison.

We are eagerly looking forward to the One Book, One UIS events this year. MARCH, a graphic memoir about the life of civil rights icon John Lewis, has been chosen as the campus community read for the 2015/2016 academic year.   Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell have agreed to speak at the University of Illinois Springfield in conjunction with the program. Their presentation will be on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 in Sangamon Auditorium. Check the UIS calendar for other events related to One Book, One UIS.

Brookens Library and the Library Instructional Services Program look forward to working with you and your students this semester. See you in the library!

CINRC Workshop: Community Health & Socioeconomic Data at Your Fingertips 4/9

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The Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center is hosting the final workshop for the Spring 2015 semester Thursday, April 9th. Make your reservation today.

Community Health & Socioeconomic Data at Your Fingertips: Paula Gramley, Community Benefits Coordinator, Memorial Health System

Thursday, April 9; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library:  The workshop will provide an introduction to a free online database at www.choosememorial.org/healthycommunities. This site provides community demographics and rankings of more than 100 health and socioeconomic indicators for Sangamon, Logan, Morgan and Christian counties.  Information is updated regularly so that the data is the latest available. Community data is available in seven categories: health, economy, education, environment, public safety, social environment and transportation. This data may help organizations with goal setting, need assessments, grant writing and other work. Workshop includes hands on component at computer. See the full calendar description HERE.

Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/4755484

Picking Your Topic IS Research

There is an important step in the research process that is often overlooked: selecting a topic. Too often students let their passion for a topic run away with them and forget to consider if it is appropriate for the assignment. And in some cases even when they start to struggle with their topic, they are hesitant to change it after getting started. We’re sure you see this in class, we certainly see it in the library. Today, we’re highlighting an excellent resource that you can use to introduce the idea that selecting a topic is part of the research process, not something you do before you begin to research. It’s a go-to resource for us, and hope it will be for you too. This short, and fun, video from North Carolina State University Libraries is a great way to start a dialogue about how best to go about selecting a topic.

http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/picking_topic/

Of course, this can lead to discussions about how to dissect assignments and begin researching once a topic has been selected. Our librarians are equipped with activities and more than happy to provide instruction to your students on any of these topics. Be sure to contact your library liaison with any questions or to set up an instruction session.

Faculty Library Associate Program – Elizabeth Jones

During this past summer, we piloted our first Faculty Library Associate program.  This program provided an opportunity for faculty members to work with a librarian in order to embed information literacy concepts and skills into new or existing course work.  Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting each of these three faculty/librarian collaborations. This is the second of our Faculty Associate Spotlights.

Librarian Dorothy Ryan’s Collaboration with English and Modern Languages Instructor Elizabeth Jones:

Elizabeth Jones worked with Dorothy Ryan, her department liaison, to integrate information literacy skills into three sections of English 101. In her application to the Faculty Associates program, Elizabeth expressed her desire to better prepare students to be more effective researchers by creating assignments to help them develop those skills. Elizabeth incorporated the annotated bibliography into two assignments which required students to consider the types and quality of their sources. Students were also asked to reflect on (and write about) their research process in an effort to encourage critical thinking about searching for and gathering information. The collaboration also resulted in two librarian visits to the class which covered topics such as using the library’s databases to find resources, and evaluating information. In a student satisfaction survey of all Faculty Associate classes, 66% of students found that the resulting instruction helped them improve their research skills.

Our last spotlight will be coming soon.  For more information about this summer’s Faculty Associate position, see the Faculty Resources Guide or contact your librarian.

Faculty Library Associate Program Accepting Applications

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Brookens Library announces the Summer Faculty Library Associate program for faculty members interested in integrating information literacy and library services into a new or existing course. The purpose of the program is to create intensive collaboration between faculty and the library, to illustrate the effectiveness of information literacy instruction in improving student outcomes (specifically the UIS Goals and Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education), to develop instructional materials and activities to share with other librarians and faculty, and to advance the use of library services on campus. We are seeking one Associate for the 2015 summer semester.

Please see the Instructional Services page on the Faculty Resource guide for additional information and examples of course-integrated information literacy assignments.

Duration: Takes place during the UIS Summer Session

Stipend: The Library Associate is awarded a $1500 stipend. He or she will devote the equivalent of 5 hours/week on the project during the 8 week summer session.

Expectations

  • Engage in the creation or revision of curriculum for at least one course that will be taught in the upcoming Academic Year
  • Engage in assessment when offering revised course to evaluate the effectiveness of information literacy instruction in improving student learning outcomes
  • Present with Faculty Librarian at an FDO workshop
  • Report on results at departmental meetings & Committee on the Library in the semester after revised course is taught

Eligibility: All full-time faculty members with one year of teaching experience at UIS are eligible. Courses at any level which include a research component will be considered.

Proposal Form

Your proposal must include the following information:

  • Why you are interested in becoming a Library Faculty Associate
  • Your previous experience, if any, with information literacy and the use of library resources and services
  • What you hope to learn from the collaborative experience
  • A description of the course you wish to revise in collaboration with a librarian. Please include a syllabus, assignments, lesson plans and any other relevant materials

Send your proposal by April 10, 2015 (extended) to Dorothy Ryan at dorothy.ryan@uis.edu

“March” Selected As 2015/2016 One Book

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MARCH, a graphic memoir about the life of civil rights icon John Lewis, has been chosen by the One Book, One UIS Planning Committee as the campus community read for the 2015/2016 academic year.   Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell have agreed to speak at UIS. Their presentation will be on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 in Sangamon Auditorium.

Contact: Should you wish to include MARCH in a course during the 2015/2016 academic year, please contact Karen Moranski at kmora1@uis.edu or 217-206-7440; or Kimberly Craig at kcrai01s@uis.edu or 217-206-6245.  For any other information about the 2015/2016 choice please contact Janelle Gurnsey in the Brookens Library: gurnsey.janelle@uis.edu or 217-206-8451.  We will release information about additional programming as it is planned.  For more information about the One Book, One UIS program, including selection criteria, please see: www.onebookoneuis.com.

Congressman John Lewis
John Lewis has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1986, representing the Georgia 5th District.  Born the son of sharecroppers in Pike County, Alabama, Lewis became a civil rights activist while a student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, organizing sit-ins and participating in freedom rides.  From 1963-1966, Lewis chaired the Student Nonviolent Organizing Committee (SNCC) of which he was a founder.
The title of the book MARCH comes from the many marches that Lewis organized or participated in, including one of the most well-remembered moments in civil rights history—the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965.  Lewis was one of the organizers of the march, which drew nationwide attention when the non-violent marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers.  Many historians believe that the images of cruelty from the Selma march were a factor in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Over the years, Lewis has received many prestigious awards, including the Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honor) and the only John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Foundation.  He has recently been named as the recipient of the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government given each year by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois.  A ceremony to present the award to Congressman Lewis, hosted by Senator Dick Durbin, will be held on April 29 in Washington, DC.

MARCH
MARCH is planned as a three-volume trilogy.  At UIS, we will be reading volumes one and two.  MARCH: Book One has received numerous awards, including a 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and an ALA Notable Children’s Book designation.  It was also named a “Top Ten Graphic Novel for Teens” by the Young Adults Library Services Association (YALSA) of ALA and made the “best books of 2013” lists of USA Today, The Washington Post, Slate and others.  MARCH: Book Two has just been published and has already garnered a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

 

Locating Private Foundation Funding Workshop: 3/12

Pamela M. Salela, Associate Professor, Coordinator, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, will be offering the Locating Private Foundation Funding Workshop Thursday, March 12 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Brookens 141-B.

Locating Private Foundation Funding: Pamela M. Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center

Free community workshop on locating private foundation money & the use of the Center’s resources.

Thursday, March 12; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library: 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.

Due to limited seating and resources, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/7937717

Contact:
Pamela M. Salela
Phone 217-206-6783
Registration REGISTRATION

Sagmoen Selected to Synergy

Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative Announces Participants

Thirty Illinois librarians have been selected to participate in the tenth year of “Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative,” a unique yearlong program designed to develop future leaders in the library profession and in the Illinois community. One of the participants selected is Brookens Librarian, Sarah Sagmoen. Sagmoen is the Director of Learning Commons and User Services.
The group of 30 librarians will attend three sessions over a six-month period and will work in a leadership environment with other emerging leaders, experienced Illinois library leaders and nationally recognized speakers. The goal of the program is for each individual to develop leadership skills that can be applied in local, state and global arenas.

The 30 librarians selected to participate are:

Deborah Althoff Will, Zion-Benton Township High School
Barbara Alvarez, Barrington Area Library
Becca Boland, Hinsdale Public Library
Sarah McHone-Chase, Northern Illinois University Libraries
Heather Colby, Homer Township Public Library
Joe Collier, Mount Prospect Public Library
David Ehrenhart, Illinois Fire Service Institute Library
Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago Library
Yi Han, Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology
Keisha Hester, Calumet City Public Library
Amy Ihnen, Chatham Area Public Library
Sonya Johnson, Decatur Public Schools District 61
Emily Klonicki, Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library
Amy Koester, Skokie Public Library
Emily Kofoid, St. Charles Public Library
Taran Ley, Illinois State Library
Joanna Marek, Spring Avenue Elementary School
Vanessa Morrison, Franklin Park Public Library District
Ariel Orlov, Dominican University, Rebecca Crown Library
Sia Paganis, Spring Wood Middle School
Young Park, Chicago Public Library – Albany Park Branch
Bobbi M. Perryman, Vespasian Warner Public Library
Lauren Rosenthal, Fox River Valley Public Library District
Dana Russell, New Lenox Public Library
Sarah Sagmoen, Brookens Library, University of Illinois Springfield
Leander Spearman, Belleville Public Library
Soon Har Tan, Itasca Community Library
Anne Thompson, Evergreen Park School District #124
Leah L. White, Ela Area Public Library
Carrie A. Zamorano, Woodstock Public Library

Faculty Library Associate Program – Amy Spies

During this past summer, we piloted our first Faculty Associate program.  This program provided an opportunity for faculty members to work with a librarian in order to embed information literacy concepts and skills into new or existing course work.  Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting each of these three faculty/librarian collaborations.

Librarian Nancy Weichert discusses her work with CAP Coordinator of Composition Amy Spies:

This summer, through the Faculty Library Associate Program, I was able to work closely with Amy Spies the CAP Coordinator of Composition & Academic Student Support. Our goal was to rework the information literacy components of CAP 111 – Honors Composition and CAP 115 – Interdisciplinary Writing. Amy and I updated the information literacy components of the courses with an eye on the proposed Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education http://go.uis.edu/ACRLFramework. In 2013 ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force determined that in our ever evolving information ecosystem a move from the traditional standards model to a threshold concepts based framework is needed. The assignments Amy and I reworked integrated the use of tools such as Google, Yelp and UrbanSpoon in tandem with more traditional library research resources. Amy and I continue to meet regularly and view this as an ongoing partnership.

Be on the lookout for our next two spotlights coming soon.  For more information about this summer’s Faculty Associate position, see the Faculty Resources Guide or contact your librarian.

 

 

CINRC Workshops Spring 2015

This spring semester the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center at Brookens Library is hosting 11 workshops. Please feel free to share with those you think may benefit. All of the workshops are free of charge and are open to the public.

Locating Private Foundation Funding: Pamela M. Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center

Thursday, February 5; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library:  This workshop will include a demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional along with an introduction on what to consider when seeking private foundation monies. You’ll know where to locate the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and Web streams. We’ll also include discussion of tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations. Due to limited seating and resources, registration is required. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/3008254

 

Loud & Clear: Low-cost, high-impact marketing for small and mid-sized nonprofits: Laura Huth, do good Consulting

Tuesday, February 10; 1-2:30PM; UIS Brookens Library:  As non-profits compete for public support, financial resources, and even volunteers, any chance to tell your organization’s story and boost your visibility is an opportunity to engage the community with your cause, build buy-in, attract supporters, and draw in clients and customers. From the elevator to the evening news, marketing and public relations play a critical role in helping advance your organization’s mission. This session is geared toward staff, volunteers, and board members who want to learn great low-cost, high-impact marketing and public relations ideas and find out what works and what doesn’t in telling your story. Learn to identify ideal target audiences, great storytelling techniques to grab attention, how people actually listen and learn, effective low-cost techniques to reach new and existing audiences, and how each person in your organization can make a difference. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/5609483

 

Getting Grassroots Gifts: The lifeblood of a healthy nonprofit: Laura Huth, do good Consulting

Tuesday, February 10; 3:30-5PM; UIS Brookens Library:  In this session, attendees will learn how to effectively raise money from people. With nearly 80% of charitable dollars coming from individuals (compared to 15% from grants), it is critically important for nonprofits of all sizes to develop a strong, sustainable, and thriving grassroots giving program. From $20 donors to annual givers to major gifts, learn the not-so-secret secrets of how and why people give, how and when to ask them, and other useful tips. This session is most helpful when taken hand-in-hand with “Loud & Clear: Low-cost, high-impact marketing for small and mid-sized nonprofits” on just prior to this session on from 1-2:30PM. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/6032270.  Great follow ups to this session also include “Creating Amazing Special Events” (February 18; 10-11:30AM) and “Show-Stopping Fundraising Appeal Letters”(February 18; 10-11:30AM).

 

Creating Amazing Special Events of All Types: Laura Huth, do good Consulting

Wednesday, February 18; 10-11:30AM; Lincoln Public Library:  If you think about all the events you’ve attended over the years, there are those you remember and look forward to attending, and those you would prefer to forget (and perhaps even left early from). Creating those memorable events packed with amazing results is hard work, especially if event planning isn’t your forte. At this workshop, discover the inside tips, techniques, and tricks of pulling off flawless events, developing the confidence you need to pull everything off like a pro. From staff retreats to annual dinners to volunteer gatherings to major conferences, you’ll learn to anticipate needs and details, plan for the worst, and see the nuts and bolts needed behind-the-scenes and front stage to create well-run professional gatherings. A helpful session to take in conjunction with this workshop is “Getting Grassroots Gifts: The lifeblood of a healthy nonprofit” on Tuesday, February 10 from 3:30-5PM. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/5763225

 

Show-stopping Fundraising Appeal Letters: Laura Huth, do good Consulting

Wednesday, February 18; 1-2:30PM; Lincoln Public Library:  With mailboxes filled with advertising slicks, junk mail, and endless appeals for money, it might seem an impossible task to get your fundraising letter to be the first things your supporters open. But it’s easier than you think. In this session, learn the tried-and-true techniques of preparing fundraising appeal letters that your supporters will not be able to resist. Start moving your reply rates from 1-2% up to 10-20% and see donations – and donation amount – rise. All with a few easy techniques, a bit of elbow grease, and a long-term vision. A helpful session to take in conjunction with this workshop is “Getting Grassroots Gifts: The lifeblood of a healthy nonprofit” on February 10 from 3:30-5PM. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/6020918

 

Planning to Succeed: The Nuts & Bolts of Strategic and Organizational Plans: Laura Huth, do good Consulting

Wednesday, February 25; 10-11:30AM; Lincoln Public Library:  Strategic and organizational planning is critically important to the success of any nonprofit – and to engaging broad organizational audiences. But it’s hard to do well, and many groups suffer from outdated, dusty, boring or confusing – or even nonexistent – plans. In this session, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of solid strategic plans – a structure that can (and should) be used to develop development plans, communications plans, and program plans. While we won’t be creating any plans in this session (these are organization-wide processes), you’ll learn what steps you need to take to create real, living documents, and what truly meaningful and engaging plans look like (and how they can transform your organization’s operations). Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/9935008

 

Metrics, KPI, and Statistics, oh my! Measuring – and sharing – what matters in nonprofits: Laura Huth, do good Consulting

Wednesday, February 25; 1-2:30PM; Lincoln Public Library:  Today the value and use of evaluation and metrics to nonprofit organizations has never been more important – or required. From mandated use of various forms for accountability to donor-driven transparency to volunteer program efficiency, understanding and keeping evaluation and benchmarking statistics and tools is now a non-negotiable part of running a top-shelf nonprofit. But while most nonprofits get high marks in delivering value, we easily get lost in numbers, floating amidst the sea of data available for us to measure and share. In this workshop, learn to stay competitive and compliant, demonstrate the value of your work, and report outcomes in ways that engage and excite donors, funders, elected officials, and other constituencies.  Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/2158539

 

I’m No Dummy: But can someone show me how Facebook really works?: Laura Huth, do good Consulting

Tuesday, March 3; 1-2:30PM; UIS Brookens Library:  People love it or hate it. In today’s age, the importance of Facebook to nonprofits cannot be overstated. Done right, Facebook can help put your group on the proverbial map. Done wrong, it can stagnate and leave your group looking backwards and behind-the-times. In this 1.5 hour hands-on, interactive workshop conducted in a computer lab, learn the latest tricks and tips for using personal and organizational Facebook pages to maximize impact. Learn to invigorate board, staff, public, and client engagement, and learn how to use ads, Facebook insights, and best settings to increase engagement while protecting your interests. A great pairing to this workshop is “WWW: What does your website really say about your organization?” held later this same day from 3:30-5PM. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/8094718

 

WWW: What does your website really say about your organization?: Laura Huth, do good Consulting

Tuesday, March 3; 3:30-5PM; UIS Brookens Library:  Does your website build relationships? Engage donors? Excite volunteers? Assist clients? Does it really? In this hands-on, interactive workshop conducted in a computer lab, we’ll take a critical look at your website against best practices, analyzing it top-to-bottom for clarity, image, and ranking. We’ll dig deep, looking at navigation, accessibility, SEO, keywords, and take a serious look at content.

In today’s digital world the content on our websites (and/or Facebook) is often the first, and possibly the only, communication we have with our visitors. It’s important that your website make the cut – or even be a cut above. In this session, we’ll be acting as our own customers – donors, volunteers, clients, media, and others – to see how they see us on the web, determining what changes to make to increase effectiveness. A helpful session to take in conjunction with this workshop is “I’m No Dummy: But can someone show me how Facebook really works?” earlier this day from 1-2:30PM.   Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/6682138

 

Locating Private Foundation Funding: Pamela M. Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center

Thursday, March 12; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library:  This workshop will include a demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional along with an introduction on what to consider when seeking private foundation monies. You’ll know where to locate the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and Web streams. We’ll also include discussion of tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/7937717

 

Community Health & Socioeconomic Data at Your Fingertips: Paula Gramley, Community Benefits Coordinator, Memorial Health System

Thursday, April 9; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library:  The workshop will provide an introduction to a free online database at www.choosememorial.org/healthycommunities. This site provides community demographics and rankings of more than 100 health and socioeconomic indicators for Sangamon, Logan, Morgan and Christian counties.  Information is updated regularly so that the data is the latest available. Community data is available in seven categories: health, economy, education, environment, public safety, social environment and transportation. This data may help organizations with goal setting, need assessments, grant writing and other work. Workshop includes hands on component at computer. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/4755484