The Vollintine Estate

Please Join Us

Tuesday, February 20 at 2:00 pm in the UIS Student Union – 226B

Brookens Library is hosting a special program that will feature University Archivist Tom Wood, who will highlight a recent collection received by the Archives that contains photos from the Vollintine Mansion in Taylorville. Known as “Grayton”, the 20-acre estate was built in 1911 by the heirs of Horatio Vandeveer, and was famous for its architecture and luxurious appointments.

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One Book, One UIS

“One Book, One UIS” Title for 2018 Chosen

The One Book, One UIS Steering Committee is happy to announce that they’ve chosen the book Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy, by Cathy O’Neil, for its campus/community read for 2018. The cornerstone event for One Book, One UIS is the Keynote Lecture which will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the UIS Student Union Ballroom. Author Cathy O’Neil will lecture on data analytics and the associated topics tackled in her book, including getting a job, credit ratings, college rankings, home loans, the justice system, and even the effects of social media on our elections. The March 27th lecture is part of the ECCE Speaker Series and is free and open to the public, with a book signing immediately following.  For more information, please visit: www.onebookoneuis.com Two local public libraries, Lincoln and Chatham, will also be hosting book discussions to engage community interest as well.

 The book was adopted by a class during the fall semester for use in their coursework and is being used by 5 classes this semester. There are still opportunities this semester for faculty and students to benefit from the One Book initiative. A relatively easy read, the book’s chapters can be used alone or in total for discussion or assigned as extra credit. Interested in taking a look? This title can be checked out from our Popular Books collection.

 Faculty and students can get a *FREE* copy of the book if they:

  • Adopt the book for a class discussion, or
  • Incorporate a single theme from the book into your classroom discussion
  • Sign up and attend 1 of the 2 Brookens Library led book discussions in March
  • Contact Librarian Sally LaJoie for more information about the book discussions

 Additional opportunities to interact with the One Book program exist as well:

  • Classes adopting the book can sign-up to receive priority seating for the March 27 author lecture
  • If you’re unable to adopt the book, additional copies have been placed on reserve for easy access
  • An online book discussion will also be available for students not attending classes on campus
  • Copies are available as Ebooks or as an electronic audiobook

About the One Book, One UIS Initiative

The One Book, One UIS program grew out of an appearance in 2011 by bestselling author Rebecca Skloot. Based on the interest both on campus and in the Springfield community for Skloot’s book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and for its author (Skloot’s appearance filled a 2,000 seat auditorium and the book signing lasted for over an hour), the Chancellor asked the Dean of the Brookens Library to formalize a community reading program for the campus. The result was One Book, One UIS.

 About Author Cathy O’Neil

Cathy O’Neil (UC Berkeley, Harvard Ph.D. ’99) held positions in the mathematics departments at MIT and Barnard College. After leaving academia in 2007 she worked for a hedge fund, but became involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement and its Alternative Banking Group. Author or co-author of a number of books on data science, her book Weapons of Math Destruction was published in 2016 and was nominated for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. According to the New York Times, “Her knowledge of the power and risks of mathematical models, coupled with a gift for analogy, makes her one of the most valuable observers of the continuing weaponization of big data… does a masterly job explaining the pervasiveness and risks of the algorithms that regulate our lives.” O’Neil blogs at mathbabe.org and can be followed at @mathbabedotorg

Cathy’s TED talk: The Era of Blind Faith in Big Data Must End https://www.ted.com/talks/cathy_o_neil_the_era_of_blind_faith_in_big_data_must_end (13:18)

 We thank our One Book, One UIS sponsors: the UIS Chancellor’s Office, ECCE Speaker’s Series, and the Friends of Brookens Library. If you have any questions about One Book, you can contact any of the library faculty for more information.

 Pattie Piotrowski

Brookens Library, University of Illinois Springfield

University Librarian

Dean of Library Instructional Services

Accepting Applications for Faculty Library Associate Program

Application Deadline: February 26th, 2018 

Brookens Library is now accepting applications for the Summer Faculty Library Associate program.  Designed to create intensive collaboration between faculty and the library, this program asks faculty to further integrate information literacy into new or existing courses.  Embedding information literacy learning objectives into your curriculum through instruction, activities, and teaching materials improves student-learning outcomes and provides students with life-long skills that help them conduct better research and be better consumers of information.

Working one-on-one with a librarian, our program allows you to dive deep into your course curriculum.  To do so, the selected associate will devote the equivalent of 5 hours a week during the 8 week summer session, and for this work will be awarded a $1500 stipend.

Past associates have revamped research assignments, created online tutorials, created new assignments, embedded information literacy instruction, and assessed student learning.  There are many ways to approach this  opportunity, and your library liaison is available to talk with you about your courses and ideas as you consider your application.  Additionally, you may find the Framework For Information Literacy for Higher Education as good inspiration.  This document serves as the foundation from which we create learning objectives when designing information literacy instruction and teaching materials.

CFor a full list of expectation and application requirements visit our Faculty Resources guide.  Applications are due February 26th using our online form.

 

Jackie Jackson Exhibit at Brookens

Jackie Jackson with some of her life’s work boxed to go to the UIS archive. Photo credit: Illinois Times

UIS Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies, Jackie Jackson, was featured in a cover story in the November 2, 2017 issue of Illinois Times. To celebrate this honor, UIS Archives/Special Collections has created an exhibit about Jackson on Level 2 of Brookens Library.

Jacqueline Dougan Jackson was born near Beloit, Wisconsin and was raised on her family’s dairy farm.  She graduated from the University of Beloit in 1950, and received an M.A. in Latin from the University of Michigan in 1951. After teaching writing at Kent State University, in 1970 she was hired as a charter faculty member at a new university in Springfield, Illinois, named Sangamon State University (now UIS). She taught at UIS until her retirement in 2000, but, at age 89,  she still teaches writing in her home.

The exhibit includes copies of Jackson’s published books dating back to 1953.  Jackie published several children’s book, but also the Stories from the Round Barn series,  which includes her delightful and thoughtful reminiscences of her early years growing up on a dairy farm, and her remarkable family. The final volume of the Stories from the Round Barn series has just been published, and is the occasion for the Illinois Times feature article.

The exhibit also contains material from the Reading and Writing and Radio Jamboree, organized and directed by Jackie Jackson. Every spring from 1975 to 1993, hundreds of central Illinois schoolchildren converged on the SSU campus for the Jamboree, a festive occasion for students, second grade to high school, to come together and share and present essays on a variety of subjects, both serious and lighthearted. Selected essays would be read and broadcast on the campus radio station.

New Resources for Students and Researchers

The library recently added a number of new resources that are available for students and researchers alike. There is something new for everyone; books, newspapers, primary source materials, and statistical sources. Besides the new popular collections on the main floor of the library, the library added thousands of new academic resources and tools.

In terms of size the largest number of new items are ebooks through the Springer E-book purchase. The library added the entire 2016 and 2017 collection of Springer electronic books containing over 12,000 books mostly in STM fields but with almost 4,000 books in the Behavioral Science and Psychology, Business and Management, Economics and Finance, and Education subject areas.

Newspapers.com provides access to 200+ million pages of historical newspapers from 5,200+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond. This is a great source for history and other disciplines using primary source materials. The drawback is not getting sidetracked by your favorite historical topic (Titanic, Dillinger, or Pearl Harbor) or just looking at the advertisements and other glimpses at the news of the day from the 1800’s onward.

Need data or statistics? The library now has access to both Statistical Insights and Statistical Abstracts of the United States electronically. Statistical Abstract of the United States includes comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States with 1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets).

The reference collection was enhanced with the acquisitions of the Oxford Handbook Series for 2016 and 2017 in most of the social science disciplines. This resources added 74 books or book series containing almost 3,000 articles on almost every social science subject areas from archology to religion.

The library also renewed its access to the computer science books published by MIT Press and accessible on the IEEE Xplore platform. This brings the current total of basic computer science books on the platform to almost 700 books with the addition of 42 books in 2016 and another 28 so far this year.

Also on the IEEE platform the library added two self-paced courses related to security, the IEEE Cyber Security Program and the IEEE Ethical Hacking Program. Each of these contain over ten modules on various aspects of hacking and computer security. The courses have modules on cloud security, data security, mobile device security, cryptography, cyber security countermeasures, and cyber forensics.

Finally, my favorite new tool is the New Oxford Shakespeare which provides both the original text of all of Shakespeare works with helpful note, definition, or whatever you want to call their unique tool of getting from the old English to something even I can understand. Or there is a version of all of these works pre-translated to modern English but still with the helpful notes or translations. This is great for English as well as Theater or anyone who needs help with their Shakespeare.

 

Librarians to Attend ILA Conference

Many of the Brookens librarians will be heading to the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conference – Rise Up (https://www.ila.org/events/annual-conference) this week, October 10-12. Here’s a glimpse of what they’ll be doing.

Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian & Dean of Library Instructional Services, serves on the ILA Executive Board in the position of Immediate Past President and serves as the Chair of the ILA Nominating Committee. As Past President, she’ll be part of the trio of emcees at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, will be catching up with friends and colleagues at the Academic Librarians Unconference and the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) luncheon on Wednesday, and will be meeting with members of ILA’s Nominating Committee planning the slate for next year’s elections. She’s also looking forward to attending sessions, visiting the exhibits, and going to social events such as the Pub Stroll.

John Laubersheimer, Instructional Services Librarian, is looking forward to attending an array of sessions. He’s most interested in learning about ideas on improving library assessment practices and will be attending “Interrupting the Research Process: Using Standard Content and Rubrics for Student Success”. Beyond that, he wants to focus on sharing ideas internally with library colleagues and will be attending “Bring the Conference Home: Using the Conference Format for Staff Training and Professional Development” He also serves on the ILA Awards Committee and will be participating in the awards luncheon.

 

Sarah Sagmoen, Instructional Services Librarian & Director of Learning Commons and User Services, is the Co-Chair of the Conference Program Committee. She’s most looking forward to hearing Verna Myers keynote on empowering people of all backgrounds to contribute at their highest levels. Sarah will also be participating on a panel, along with 3 other state university librarians, discussing the impacts of two years of a lack of a state budget. The session is entitled Hard Times: Operating User Services on Short Staff, Short Funds, and Short Hope. The panelists will discuss how labor was redistributed from within departments and elsewhere, along with the effects on service, staff, and morale.

Janelle Gurnsey, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, and Nancy Weichert, Instructional Services Librarian, will be co-presenting on their efforts to engage and connect with students. Their session, Re-Sourcing Your Resources: Working with What You Have to Inspire Creative Engagement, will highlight how they’ve repurposed traditionally discarded materials such as card catalog cards, bookends, and book covers to connect with, inspire, and engage their users in new and exciting ways.

In her role as an ILA Diversity Committee member Nancy will also co-facilitate the ILA Diversity Committee program DiversiTEA where participants will be encouraged to share diversity and inclusion initiatives at their libraries. She will also contribute to the Diversity Report Poster Session, which highlights library programs and services targeting diverse and underserved audiences.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Mango’s Language Courses

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Mango’s language courses

 Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the contributions that have been made by Americans with ancestry in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn about the rich cultural and linguistic diversity present in the United States with Mango, an online language learning resource that faculty, students and staff can access through Brookens Library.

Mango’s language lessons focus on words and phrases that will be valuable in common, real life situations for over 70 different languages. It’s the perfect fit for students with busy schedules or faculty looking for a tool to help supplement a course or topic that is being taught on campus.

Here are a few ways to discover Hispanic cultures this month:

Learn a new language.

 Do you need to brush up on your Spanish or Portuguese? Mango offers Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), and Portuguese courses that break down lessons into small, bite-sized chunks and gives language learners access to features like voice comparison technology, interactive grammar lessons, and cultural insight tips.

To help you practice Spanish and Portuguese on the go, iPhone and Android apps are available for free download that will link to your Mango account.

Discover Spanish culture.

Mango highlights a variety of cultural traditions through language and grammar lessons. Explore the tradition of flamenco dancing with a Spanish course that talks about the culture of this dance style or learn soccer-specific Castilian Spanish with lessons that teach you how to discuss soccer matches and express your love of the game with your friends.

Enhance real world professional skills.

With foreign language skills being an important asset in the workplace, Mango offers specialty courses that focus on language skills students need for conference calls, texting, and business-related terminology.

Gain the upper hand this month with a new vocabulary of Spanish legal terms and medical terminology.

Watch a foreign language film.

Mango has several feature-length Spanish movies. You can choose to watch the full movie or choose to have interactive lessons that share words and cultural notes about what you see in the film. Watch Viva Cuba for a movie with Romeo and Juliet undertones or Lake Tahoe, which follows the absurd journey of a teenager looking for someone who can help fix his car.

To get started, access Mango’s offerings on the library’s website and create a free profile to get started.

 

UIS a Senate Designated Federal Documents Depository

Did you know that UIS is a Senate designated federal documents depository? Yes, that’s right, we are a selective depository collecting primary source material produced by the U.S. Congress, Legislature and the executive branch as well as other agencies and federal bodies.   Since the advent of digital archiving, which really began to proliferate in the 21st century, most information provided through the Government Printing Office (the folks we work with in obtain government documents) is available online.

Recently, the Library of Congress, likely spurred on by the enormous popularity of the hit Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” has digitized many of the papers of Alexander Hamilton, first treasury secretary of the United States. The collection includes over 12,000 items dating from 1708 to 1917 (although not the Federalist essays). Learn more about and gain access to the collection at: https://www.loc.gov/collections/alexander-hamilton-papers/about-this-collection/

The GPO has begun a retrospective digitization of the bound volumes of the Congressional Record, most recently releasing the 1950s, 1940s & 1930s in digital format. The Congressional Record is the official organ of Congress which is a verbatim transcript of everything that occurs on the House & Senate floors (and has existed in some form since the advent of the first Congressional Congress in 1789). Needless to say, this provides for a vitally rich historical record. Here is some of what you can find at your fingertips at: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/crecb

1951-1960 (82nd thru 86th Congresses):

  • The final two years of President Harry Truman’s Administration
  • President Dwight Eisenhower’s Administration
  • The Korean War
  • The Cold War
  • The creation of NASA
  • Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956

1941-1950 (77th thru 81st Congresses):

  • World War II, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “day that will live in infamy” address to Congress requesting a declaration of war against Japan
  • VE and VJ Days
  • Demobilization
  • The Franklin Roosevelt Presidency through April 1945 and the Presidency of Harry Truman through 1950
  • The Marshall Plan
  • The beginning of the Cold War

1931-1940 (72nd thru 76th Congresses):

  • The Great Depression.
  • The last two years of the Herbert Hoover Administration and the elections of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, 1936, and 1940.
  • The 21st Amendment (ending Prohibition).
  • The New Deal (Emergency Banking Act, Civilian Conservation Corps, Tennessee Valley Authority Act, Glass-Steagall Act, National Industrial Recovery Act, Wagner Act, Social Security Act, Rural Electrification Act, etc.).
  • Senator Huey Long.
  • FDR’s court-packing plan.
  • The various Neutrality Acts, Lend Lease, and the beginning of World War II.

NOTE: to make the best use of the Congressional Record you will need the dates that discussions occurred on the floor:

If you would like to further explore government documents and information and how they might be of value to your teaching or scholarship, please contact Pamela M. Salela, the UIS liaison to Government Information. You can find her contact info on the government Information research guide at: https://libguides.uis.edu/docs

Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Brookens Library

ml0a5492_bbw-wbOn Saturday Sept. 24th, the National African American and Culture Museum opened in Washington, D.C.   It will stand as a testament to the fortitude of those who refused to be annihilated physically, emotionally and spiritually.   Not only did most African Americans’ ancestors suffer physical bondage, but they also suffered intellectual bondage – denied the right, by law, even to learn to read.   Just this past week Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the first woman and the first African American to serve as the Librarian of Congress – a symbolic of the move from African American ancestral bondage to custodianship of our nation’s intellectual heritage.

So it is fitting that the grand opening coincides with Banned Books Week, where libraries all over the U.S. honor the freedom to read; a right that applies equally to all U.S. citizens.  Please come to Brookens Library and help us celebrate this right that we all enjoy.  During the week of September 25th through October 1st., we will have books on display that have either been banned (in a bygone era) or in more contemporary times –  challenged.  Come take a selfie with your favorite challenged book or share a photo of your book shelf with your favorite challenged books using the hashtags #UISLib #IReadBannedBooks #FreedomToRead.

 

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.