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. 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.



Reminder: Faculty Reception Today at 4:30 pm

Today is the day! Join us for the Brookens Library Faculty Reception from 4:30-6:00 pm TODAY! Your mid-term grades have been submitted, and it’s the perfect time for a mid-week break, so stop by for a glass of wine or beer, and some tasty snacks. We’ll be talking about research opportunities for faculty and students, and we’d love to meet you and hear more about your research and how Brookens Library can meet those needs. Brief remarks begin at 5:00 pm. 

We hope to see you there!

Faculty Open House

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.

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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!

Library Tours Begin Today (2/4/14)

Do your students need a refresher on what Brookens Library offers? If so, send them on a Library Tour!

We’ve scheduled both on-campus Tours and online Virtual Tours for Spring semester. The Tour covers where to find books and articles, how to access resources from off-campus, where to get research help, and more!

See the links below for dates, times, and registration. Registration is encouraged but not required for individual students; they can just drop-in! No need to worry about verifying attendance: we will send you an email with the names of your students who attended.

If you would like a tour or other library instruction during class time, contact your Library Liaison to schedule. (We do online instruction, too.)

  1. 1.     Tuesday, February 4, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Virtual Library Tour

  1. 2.     Thursday, February 6, 2014

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Virtual Library Tour

  1. 3.     Tuesday, February 11, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm On-Campus Library Tour

  1. 4.     Thursday, February 13, 2014

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm On-Campus Library Tour


Questions? Please contact:

Dorothy Ryan Hemmo

Clinical Assistant Professor/Instructional Services Librarian

LIB 235

(217) 206-8458

Creating Assignments Quick Tips

Quick Tips from the Library Instructional Services Program

Creating assignments is a time consuming but important task. Here are some quick tips for creating assignments that can be effectively supported by the Library.

  • Use Research Guides and other library resources to improve your students’ research experience. Our subject-specific Research Guides provide resources, research tools, tutorials and more!
  • Be specific about where to go in the library or online for a particular resource or service.
  • Invite a librarian to speak to your class about library resources and other information literacy topics. Contact your library liaison to schedule a class visit.
  • Do not make assumptions about the research knowledge or skill level of your students.   
  • Clarify and state your objectives, to yourself and your students. What do you expect students to learn as a result of this assignment? If students are not meeting stated learning objectives, how can you adjust the assignment?
  • Consider a scaffolded approach to creating research assignments. It might be beneficial for students to write an annotated bibliography prior to writing a paper, for example.
  • Make sure that the library can support the assignment requirements. Do we have the necessary resources on hand? Do students have time to request material through I-Share or Interlibrary Loan? Is there time for the library to acquire what you need?
  • Browsing is not the best approach to most undergraduate research; do not refer students to specific journals or magazines for browsing unless it will serve a specific purpose.
  • Do not give students a partial or faulty reference to an item and expect them to figure it out. If correcting a faulty citation is part of an assignment, make sure students understand this and know what is expected.
  • Check your assignment before re-using it to make sure any required resources are still available. The collection can change from year to year and we might have new resources that are more relevant to your assignment or more current.

Faculty Open House 9/11 (2-4pm)

You are invited to the Brookens Library Faculty Open House! This is a great opportunity to meet your library liaison and learn about the many  resources and services we provide to you and the UIS community. Archives, CINRC (Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center), the Media Lab, CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning), & COLRS (Center for Online Learning, Research & Service) will also be at the open house. We’d love to see you there.

Know a Librarian: Pamela

Last month we kicked off our “Know a Librarian” series. Each month during Spring & Fall we will feature one of our fabulous faculty librarians. This month we want you to get to know Pamela M. Salela, Associate Professor & Coordinator of (CINRC) Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center.

Pamela holds a M.S. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign (UIUC) & a M.S. in Library & Information Science from UIUC.  She also earned both an undergraduate & graduate minors in Women’s Studies. She brings her passion and interest in the field to UIS where she is currently teaching WGS301: Intro to Women, Gender & Society.

At Brookens, Pamela serves as the library liaison to Women, Gender & Society, African American Studies, Music, Public Administration and Educational Leadership. She’s also very active on the UIS campus, particularly in campus governance – Senate, Campus Planning & Budgeting. She loves helping students at the reference desk & really enjoys finding those teachable moments.

She also works with the Brookens government documents collection and was recently appointed to the Illinois Government Depository Council. She’s active in the Association of College & Research Libraries and is co-chairing a Program Planning Committee for the annual American Library Association Conference that will be held in Chicago in 2013.

Pamela’s talents & interests don’t end there! She’s passionate about music, theater, exercise, travel & her cats (one Italian, one Chinese, & one African American).

Though she loves all kinds of music, she is especially fond of classical, jazz and folk. While in graduate school Pamela sang in many choirs on our sister campus in Champaign-Urbana including Amasong, Chorus, Oratorio Society, Slavik Choir and chamber choir. She has also done some solo jazz as well as folk, where she will occasionally accompany herself on guitar. Pamela has been a part of several theatrical productions over the years & she is currently assisting the UIS theatre department with locating sound effects for True West.

Phew! She’s one busy, fascinating and active lady – and there’s more to her than we can squeeze in this post! We’re glad you got to know her a little better!

Inside Higher Ed Article

CLICK ME TO GO THE ARTICLE! Several Brookens Library Staff Members Participated In This Study

Check out this great article which talks about a research project that Brookens Library participated in!

Several Brookens Librarians participated in this study from 2008-2010.  Among other things, our findings led us to institute the library workshop series that we market directly to students.  If you do not have time in your course to invite a librarian in to the classroom to offer information literary instruction, we urge you to think about offering extra credit for students who attend one of these workshops. Library instruction really does make a difference!

Here is an exerpt from the article:

“The ERIAL (Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries) project — a series of studies conducted at Illinois Wesleyan, DePaul University, and Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois’s Chicago and Springfield campuses — was a meta-exercise for the librarians in practicing the sort of deep research they champion. Instead of relying on surveys, the libraries enlisted two anthropologists, along with their own staff members, to collect data using open-ended interviews and direct observation, among other methods.”

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