The Library Bill of Rights

Over the past 6 weeks, the Faculty at Brookens Library developed a blog series expounding on each article of the Library Bill of Rights. Each of the 6 principles in the Library Bill of Rights broadly outlines an ideal that librarians support and upon which they model behavior, practice, and services. As with most ideals, pursuit of the tenets of the Library Bill of Rights is not an effortless task. 

The Library Bill of Rights:

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

Below you will find each blog post published as a part of this series.

I: Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II: Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV: Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V: A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI: Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

The Library Bill of Rights exists as an ethical statement – libraries are for the people, all of the people. Inclusion is at the heart of every library and librarians share a common set of principles about their work. During difficult times, it can be easy to forget what we stand for and The Library Bill of Rights acts as a steadfast reminder. In the simplest terms, libraries are inclusive spaces that foster access, preservation, freedom of expression, and community engagement.

Interpretations are often nuanced and incomplete. Over the last 6 weeks we’ve shared our interpretations of The Library Bill of Rights with you and now it’s your turn to join in the conversation. Do you believe that these tenets have stood the test of time? Do you see areas in which the core beliefs of academia and the core beliefs of libraries intersect?

Contact us if you’d like to share your interpretations of The Library Bill of Rights with our readers.

Written By: Nancy Weichert, Clinical Assistant Professor/ Instructional Services Librarian



Welcome from Dean Piotrowski

Pattie Piotrowski 1webI 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.

Welcome Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services

Pattie-Piotrowski__BSrevBrookens Library is pleased to welcome Ms. Pattie Piotrowski as she joins us as the new University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services at the University of Illinois Springfield.

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.

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!

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

Event: Using EndNote Web 11/19 at Noon

Using EndNote Web to Create Bibliographies and Organize Your Research

November 19th at noon in room 141B – Brookens Library

EndNote Web the web version of the popular but expensive bibliographic management application, EndNote, is freely available to all UIS faculty and students due to the library’s subscription to Thomson databases.  This session will provide an overview of the features of this application as well as how to use it to organize your literature and create bibliographies.

You’re Invited! Tea with Author Katherine Boo

SPECIAL INVITE: Tea with Author Katherine Boo (4/1/14, 4:30 pm)

We are pleased to send you an exclusive invitation to a tea reception with author Katherine Boo scheduled to take place at 4:30 pm in the PAC Restaurant prior to her lecture and discussion on April 1, 2014. You will have a unique opportunity to meet the award-winning author of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” in an intimate environment. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the cost of $25.

Reservations can be made with Bethany Burbridge by emailing: or by calling 217-206-6597. Please R.S.V.P by Friday, March 28th.

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Embedded Librarianship

Nancy Weichert Brookens LibrarianBrookens Library is partnering with the Capital Scholars Honors Program on various levels. This semester one of our librarians, Nancy Weichert, has been working closely with the 120 students that comprise the freshman class. She met with each section of CAP 111: Honors Composition to discuss evaluating resources, the information cycle, and how to create successful searches. Beyond the classroom, Nancy is attending evening writing studios held in Lincoln Residence Hall. Here she is able to work one-on-one with students in their space which has proven to lessen student anxiety when it comes to library research.  She has also been invited to evaluate at the CAP Senior Symposium and to attend Capital Scholars Honors Program Steering Committee meetings in order to share ideas and provide feedback. We hope to extend similar services to additional groups of students next semester, given the success of the partnership.

Jessica Kingsley Psychology Collection Acquired

Jessica Kingsley Psychology Collection

The Jessica Kingsley Psychology Collection on Credo Reference features content from a leading independent publisher specializing in topics in psychology. These titles are focused on the areas of Cognitive Psychology, Counseling, and Testing and Assessment.   One of the advantages for faculty is the ability to link directly to an entry, so if you need to provide background information on dyscalculia, you can link directly to his entry in Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diversity Handbook.  For students, the Credo platform allows for users to e-mail, print or save the entries as well as obtain information on how to cite the entries in APA, Chicago, Harvard, or MLA formats or to export the reference to EasyBib or other reference management tools.  Titles include: Dictionary of Cognitive Psychology; Dictionary of Psychological Testing, Assessment and Treatment; The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diversity Handbook: Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Related Conditions.