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.

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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.

Faculty Open House: Sept 5

Faculty Open House

Thursday, September 5th from 4pm – 6pm

In the Brookens Library, Café, 1st Floor

Join COLRS, ITS, CTL, and your Librarians for wine, cheese and chocolate.

Find out about: One Book, One UIS; new library resources; meet your subject liaison

Please join the Brookens Library faculty and staff for an Open House on Thursday, September 5th from 4pm – 6pm in the first floor café. This is a great opportunity to meet your subject librarian and talk about library materials and services we provide. In addition to the Brookens librarians, you can meet informally with several other departments including COLRS, ITS, and the CTL.