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Welcome to the Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield Faculty Focus Blog. Here you will find important information specifically for faculty members on the campus of UIS. You can expect information about resources and services, updates to our website, copyright compliance and much more. Subscribe today and stay connected!

MARCH: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Social Justice

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 12.03.48 PMAs 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!

New Look for Research Guides

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.

Lib Guides 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.

Blackboard link to Library Research Guides

Welcome Back

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.


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

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 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.


  • 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

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 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

Pamela M. Salela
Phone 217-206-6783

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