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

Undergraduate Research Award

Library Undergraduate Research Award

Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. With this in mind, Brookens Library is pleased to announce our 4th annual Undergraduate Library Research Award.

This award was created by the library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250 for first place,$100 for second place, and $50 for third place.

Learn more about the award 

If you have a student who has submitted a paper of project deserving of such recognition, please encourage them to apply. Application materials are due March 1, 2018.

 

 

Library Faculty Associate Opportunity

Brookens Library is pleased to announce the opening of our 5th Faculty Associate Program. The Faculty Associate Program is a chance for UIS faculty to collaborate with librarians to integrate information literacy instruction into their courses and improve student outcomes. 

As always, the Library Associate Program includes a $1,500 stipend to support the collaboration.  The work is primarily conducted over the summer in close contact with a specific librarian.  In addition to the creation or revision of curriculum that includes a significant information literacy component, there are also expectations of assessment as well as presenting the results to your colleagues.

Past associates have revamped research assignments, created online tutorials, created new assignments, embedded information literacy instruction, and assessed student learning.

Applications are open to all full-time faculty and instructors from now until the final deadline of February 26th, 2018.  All potential applicants are advised to contact their liaison librarian if they have any questions about the program or the application process.

Full details on the application process and the program itself can be found HERE.

 

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.

 

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!

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.

 

This Week at Brookens 9/25 – 9/30

What’s Happening at Brookens This Week!

HOMECOMING WEEK:

This week is Homecoming Week at UIS. We are having several events in conjunction with the spirit filled week.

CINRC 40th Anniversary Celebration:

First, we are celebrating the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center’s 40thAnniversary of serving non-profits on Thursday, September 28, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. We will be set up on the main level of Brookens Library near the entrance/exit.

The CINRC has been one of the best-kept secrets in Central Illinois for far too long, and we’re hoping to change that.   Come check out our fresh new look and the many resources we have to offer for nonprofits and researchers alike.

In addition to the CINRC’s outreach to the central Illinois nonprofit community, Director Pamela M. Salela has also provided classroom instruction for Public Administration, Human Services, History, Environmental Studies, and Education – both in person as well as online for our distance students. Indeed, any class that can benefit from knowing more about grant researching could find her instructional services of value.

Come help us celebrate this milestone! Light refreshments will be served.

BOOK SALE THURSDAY:

It has become a UIS tradition to host our annual Book Sale the week of Homecoming. This year, we have moved our sale from Friday to Thursday, September 28, with the goal of reaching more students, faculty and staff! We are also extending our hours for the first time this year. We will be open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm outside Brookens Library under the overhang. We hope this will allow you more time to stop by, shop, and stock up on some great reads. Prices range from $1 – $3 so you won’t want to miss it. Please plan to pay with cash or check. We are unable to accept credit or iCash.

 MAKERS TAKERS SPIRIT EVENT: During the Book Sale, the Library will be hosting a spirit-week event: “Makers Takers, Make Your Own Spirit Decorations.” At this fun-filled event, you will be able to upcycle library materials into new creations. From bookends to buttons, bunting to bookmarks, we will have something for everyone. Stop by Thursday, September 28 and craft with us from 11:00 – 1:00 pm. We will have tables set up next to the Book Sale underneath the overhang of Brookens Library.

BANNED BOOKS WEEK:

This week is a busy week at Brookens. First, it is Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Celebrated September 24- September 30, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Here are Brookens, we have put together a display, located near the front of the library, featuring some of the banned books from our own collection. Our hope is to support the freedom to read during this week, and throughout the year. Stop by and see what we have on display.

We have also created a Banned Books Week featured list in our free eBook and eAudiobook app Cloud Library. Here you can browse over 19,000 free titles. If you haven’t already downloaded this free app to your device or computer, now would be a great time to get started!

Check out social media channels each day for the Banned Book of the Day. We are on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week: 9/24 – 9/30

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.

Find out which books made the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 and explore Top Ten talking points, infographics and social media art on the Top Ten resource page. View the 2017 State of America’s Library Report for more information on censorship, library trends and research. – ALA

Here are Brookens, we have put together a display, located near the front of the library, featuring some of the banned books from our own collection. Our hope is to support the freedom to read during this week, and throughout the year. Stop by and see what we have on display. 

We have also put together a Banned Books Week featured list in our free eBook and eAudiobook app Cloud Library. Here you can browse over 19,000 free titles. If you haven’t already downloaded this free app to your device or computer, now would be a great time to get started!