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I am Pattie Piotrowski and as new University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services I want to warmly welcome UIS faculty to the Faculty Focus blog, where you can find information intended specifically for YOU! Here you will find information and items of interest that can assist you in your research and class preparation, but which can also assist your students on their way to academic and personal success. Brookens Library provides research materials and support, but we also host activities and events for the campus and community. One upcoming event is intended exclusively for you. On Thursday, September 15 from 2:00-4:00 pm Brookens Library is holding a Faculty Open House, so you can drop by, enjoy some refreshments, and meet with me, and library faculty and staff as well.
In addition to the Faculty Open House, I would also like to share that we have two new faculty joining us at Brookens: Librarians Sally LaJoie and Steven Ward. Sally and Steven will both have departmental liaison duties and can offer research consultations to UIS students.
Good luck with the upcoming academic year and let me know how Brookens Library can best help you.
Ms. Piotrowski holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Dominican University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She will be coming to us from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she has served as Assistant Dean for Public Services of the Paul V. Galvin Library since 2006. Ms. Piotrowski is a member of the American Library Association and Illinois Library Association, and has held a number of associated leadership positions. She is currently President-Elect of the Illinois Library Association, and she brings a strong background in user-centered services and a collaborative orientation to her leadership responsibilities. She has also been successful in grant-seeking efforts, garnering support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the American Library Association for educational programming. Her most recent journal article, “Identifying and Articulating Library Connections to Student Success”, co-authored with Lisa Massengale and Devin Savage, was published in College & Research Libraries in March.
Ms. Piotrowski’s appointment will begin on August 1, 2016. “I am excited to be joining UIS with its rich history and student diversity,” said Piotrowski. “I look forward to building on the success of Brookens Library, and contributing to the achievements of the university system, its faculty, students, and staff.” Brookens Library looks forward to welcoming her to UIS.
Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services.
Dean Treadwell has served the University of Illinois Springfield for nearly 14 years in her role. Help us show her how much we appreciate all she has done for Brookens Library, the University and the Friends of Brookens Library on:
Tuesday, April 26 – 3:00 – 5:00 pm – PAC Restaurant – University of Illinois Springfield
Faculty Library Associate
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 2016 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.
- 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.
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 8, 2016 to Sarah Sagmoen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Brookens Library Faculty Open House
Please join us for coffee, desserts, and discussion. Your library liaison will be available to answer any questions you might have about instruction, our new website, materials requests, PlumX, Get it Now, IDEALS, or other library resources and services. Hope to see you there.
As you may have seen on campus, in the State Journal Register, in the Illinois Times, or on WUIS, One Book, One UIS is bringing Congressman John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell to UIS to speak about their graphic memoir, MARCH, as the keynote lecture for the community read initiative. The lecture and discussion will take place at the University of Illinois Springfield Sangamon Auditorium today Monday, October 19th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are free and available to the public by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160.
We hope you can join us for this exciting event!
Our Research Guides have a new look this semester. We’ve made some changes based on a DePaul University user study[PDF] and best practices that say, among other things, that online research guides should be more subject focused (fewer “general purpose” resources), and should not overwhelm users with too many choices.
The subject-specific content on the new Guides is (nearly) identical to the old Research Guides. We hope that it is presented in a way is clear and concise for you and your students. Please feel free to offer feedback on your guide(s). Your library liaison can create a course-specific guide if the subject guide does not meet your needs.
Did you know that your Blackboard course site has a link to your subject focused research guide? Clicking on “Library Research Help” will bring your students to a page with links to your subject’s Research Guide and your library liaison’s contact information.
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!
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.
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.
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.