Tea with Katherine Boo – RSVP today!

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: bburb2@uis.edu or by calling 217-206-6597. Please R.S.V.P by Friday, March 28th.

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Re-envisioning Services: A Peer-to-Peer Model

Some of you may have noticed the new sign that says “Get Help Here” at what was formerly known as the Information Desk.  The sign represents a change in the way that the Brookens Library provides reference services, one that empowers student assistants to take more responsibility and that recognizes the myriad responsibilities of a twenty-first century librarian.

As you may be aware, several years ago the Information Desk moved to a shared space with the Circulation Desk.  However, the two groups of staff did not share responsibilities and it was not uncommon for a patron to be directed from one part of the desk to the other.  In the intervening years, the number of in-depth consultations provided by librarians increased.  These consultations with an individual student typically lasted 15 minutes or longer, consuming an ever increasing amount of the librarians’ time.

To allow librarians more time for individual consultations and other instructional responsibilities, the library moved to a truly shared desk.  The librarian and the student assistant sit on the same level and a patron can be “handed over” easily from one to the other.  Also, for part of each day, the desk is staffed *only* by student assistants.  During these time periods, one librarian is on call and if a question goes beyond the basic level, the student assistant will call the librarian to the desk.  However, students have been trained to answer the less challenging reference questions.  In turn, reference librarians have been trained in circulation policies and procedures so that if the desk is busy they can help check out books.

When the question arose of what to call the merged desk, the student assistants suggested “get help here,” not realizing that was the name of the reference desk in the early days of Brookens Library.    So while there have been some changes at the desk, its purpose remains the same: we are here to help.

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SJ-R Article on Katherine Boo Appearance

By Chris Dettro
Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 9, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

Those who participated in the University of Illinois Springfield’s “One Book, One UIS” initiative last fall may want to refresh their memories. Katherine Boo, author of the award-winning book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” is speaking at UIS April 1 after having been unable to appear last fall during the group book-read.

The background
The concept of a community reading project originated with the Washington Center for the Book in the late 1990s. The idea is to bring together people from varied backgrounds through the reading and discussion of a common book. Jane Treadwell, UIS librarian and dean of library instructional services, came up with the idea for the “one book” initiative at UIS.

She solicited ideas from the Friends of Brookens Library and the campus and Springfield communities before deciding on Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers.” The book won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2012, was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, and appeared on many best-book lists that year.

The book follows several inhabitants of Annawadi, a slum in Mumbai, India, that sits in the shadows of luxury hotels and the international airport. Boo examined the lives of four of these residents as the global economic downturn in 2008 and 2009 added to the tensions that already existed over issues of religion, caste and gender. Her portraits provide insight into globalization at the personal level.

Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. Over the years, her reporting from disadvantaged communities has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “genius” grant and a National Magazine Award for feature writing.

Panel discussions and other activities were held in conjunction with “One Book, One UIS” last year, and Boo was scheduled to be a guest and speak at the keynote event on Oct. 7. However, a health problem made it impossible for her to travel last fall.

What’s next?
Boo’s appearance has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. April 1 in Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library. The event is free and open to the public. “We were hoping to have her here for Women’s History Month (March) because she often writes about strong women,” Treadwell said. “We almost made it.” Treadwell said she hopes people who participated in “One Book, One UIS” will come to hear Boo speak in the smaller venue that doesn’t require reservations. The event was scheduled last fall in Sangamon Auditorium.

The “One Book, One UIS” initiative is being coordinated by Brookens Library and is supported by funding from Friends of Brookens Library, the Chancellor’s Office, the Diversity Center and the ECCE Speakers Series.

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Archives/Special Collections Receives Historic Postcard Collection

Recently, the Archives/Special Collections in Brookens Library received a gift of 500 historic postcards from Tierney Rasheed of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The cards were collected by Eva Humphrey Lacey (1883-1964), who received them from family and friends from the years 1906 to 1913. Many feature photographic scenes from towns and cities around Illinois and other parts of the United States, but there are also a variety of greeting cards with romantic, humorous, and holiday themes.

Eva M. Humphrey was born in 1883 in Bath, Illinois, the daughter of John G. and Margaret Humphrey. She grew up in an apartment above her father’s butcher shop. As a young woman she lived at various times in Athens, Bath, and Chandlerville.  In 1912 she married Pascal (“Pack”) Lacey and after her father died 1931 she and Pack turned his butcher shop in Bath and the floor above into their new home. They didn’t install electricity in the house until 1953. Pack had a fourth grade education and was a fishing and hunting guide. Eva had a high school education and worked as a nanny and volunteer nurse. Hemophilia ran in her family, so she avoided having children for fear of passing the disease onto them

Eva and Pack lived near Ernest and Helen Fletcher, the grandparents of Tierney Cima Rasheed (the donor of the collection). The Fletchers had ten children, including Tierney’s mother, Charlotte Donelda. At one point Donelda was very ill and could not keep food down. The childless Eva Lacey took Donelda into her home to take pressure off of Helen Fletcher, who was pregnant and had three toddlers and two dying children to take care of. Eva cured Donelda with unpasteurized milk and kept her in her home for four years. Eva retained the role of a foster parent to Donelda after she returned home to her parents. Donelda’s daughter Tierney also spent much time with Eva and Pack growing up, regarding them as foster grandparents.

When Eva Lacey died in 1964, Pack Lacey asked Tierney to choose some items to commemorate Eva. She chose this postcard collection, which now is preserved in Brookens Library.

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Sponsor a Book

Dear Friends,
From time to time, Friends wonder why we don’t have a “wish list” of things we would like to buy but for which we do not have funding.  To tell you the truth, one way or another, we usually manage to purchase monographs that are important the curriculum and research.  Our real wish list consists of items in the four and five figures, or those that require a yearly subscription.  However, one of the principal uses of Friends funds is for books in the Browsing collection—the collection of more popular books and audiobooks.  We would like to start recognizing individual Friends with a book plate in one of our Browsing books.  If you donate $75 or more to Friends of Brookens Library, we will recognize your donation with a book plate in one of our new books.  We really appreciate your generosity, and we would like for our patrons to know about it, as well.

 - Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean, Library Instructional Services

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Event: Girl Rising: Tues. 3/11 at 7pm

The Friends of Brookens Library is co-sponsoring a film screening of “Girl Rising with Dining with Women on:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
7:00 pm in Brookens Auditorium

We would love to see you there. The event is FREE and open to the public.

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Fee Increase Makes Possible New Services

Last year, the Student Government Association voted to increase the Library/Technology fee to help   address library e-resources needs.  The students also had some particular requests for how the library should spend part of this new revenue.  They wanted the library to acquire a language learning program, to begin offering an e-reader lending program and to expand the popular feature film collection.

As of spring semester, we’re delighted to report that these requests have been honored.  The library now subscribes to a service called Mango that allows students to learn a language at their own pace, with dozens of languages from which to choose.  We’ve expanded the feature film collection and highlighted the collection as the Oscar nominations were being announced this year.   And we’ve just implemented a popular e-book collection that can be checked out to portable devices.  For students who may not have a device of his or her own, we’ve also purchased 12 Kindle Fires that students can borrow.

It means a lot to us in the library that the students think the library is important enough to raise fees on themselves to help support it.  We in turn want students to feel that the library is there for their co-curricular as well as curricular needs.  In other words, we’re here to support the whole student, with resources and services to support their classroom work and their community life.

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