WORKSHOP: Locating Private Foundation Money – April 28

Locating Private Foundation Money

The Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield is offering a FREE community workshop on locating private foundation money & the use of the Center’s resources.

DATE:  April 28, 2016 (Thursday)

TIME: 9:30am- 11:30am

LOCATION:  Brookens Library, University of Illinois at Springfield (Room BRK 141-B)

This workshop will include:

  • Demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional.
  • Introduction on what to consider when seeking private foundation monies.
  • Interpreting the information found about a foundation and its funding areas.
  • Information regarding locating the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and webstreams.
  • Instruction on the use of CINRC reference materials to supplement your grant search.
  • Discussion of tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations.

Due to limited seating and resources,


For further information call 217-206-6605 or email

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Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean to Retire

Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services.

Dean Treadwell has served the University of Illinois Springfield for nearly 14 years in her role. Help us show her how much we appreciate all she has done for Brookens Library, the University and the Friends of Brookens Library on:

Tuesday, April 26  –  3:00 – 5:00 pm  –  PAC Restaurant – University of Illinois Springfield

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Archives Works with Legal Studies

This semester students are visiting the UIS Archives to conduct an assignment for a class taught by Legal Studies Professor Gwen Jordan. The class (LES 352 History of American Law) requires students to research archival documents and the historic background of Lincoln-era court cases from Sangamon County, ca. 1845-65. These records are part of the holdings in the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) housed in the UIS Archives in Brookens Library.

For the assignment students choose a court case and trace its progress and outcome though case files, court minutes, dockets, fee books, and other original documents associated with legal actions in the Circuit Court. Students encounter the challenges of deciphering not only the legal jargon of the mid -19th century, but also the sometimes difficult to read handwriting of the period. The student then analyzes what this legal episode reveals about the socio-legal culture of that era.

Dr. Jordan commented: “The goal of the assignment is for students to learn how to conduct historical legal research and how to apply it. By practicing legal history, students will enhance their ability to both critically assess the dominant legal historical discourse and to understand how it shapes our conceptions of law in America today.”

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Thanks A Latte Event!

Friends Thanks A Latte 2016We want to thank you for being a Friend of Brookens Library. As you know, higher education is one of the unfunded portions of the state budget. Your support has been crucial to maintaining our collections and offering programs that enhance the vibrant intellectural life of the University of Illinois Springfield and the Springfield community.

We invite you to join us for a free coffee mixer as a way for Brookens Library to thank you, our friends, for your continued support. Thanks a Latte!


Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Time: 3:30PM – 5:00PM

Where: Brookens Library, Lower Level, University of Illinois Springfield

Please RSVP to Bethany Burbridge by Thursday, Feburary 4, 2016 by calling (217) 206-5947 or by emailing:

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Giving Tuesday

Dear Friends,

Today is Giving Tuesday! I know that there are so many worthy causes to which you could donate today, but I hope that you will consider making Friends of Brookens Library one of them. The Friends make possible the wonderful events offered by the library, including One Book, One UIS. The organization also supports the purchase of materials for the collection (essential for us right now) and enhancements of the learning spaces in Brookens. The faculty and staff of Brookens Library are grateful for your support—thank you!


Jane Treadwell

University Librarian and Dean, Library Instructional Services


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MARCH Lecture at UIS Today.

One Book, One UIS Presents, “MARCH: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Social Justice”

TODAY: Monday, October 19 – 7:00 PM – Sangamon Auditorium
Tickets are FREE through the Sangamon Auditorium – limited quantity remaining.
One Book, One UIS is proud to present  “MARCH: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Social Justice”. Congressman John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell are coming to UIS to speak about their graphic memoir, MARCH, as a part of our One Book, One UIS community read initiative. The lecture will take place at the University of Illinois Springfield Sangamon Auditorium on October 19th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are free and available to the public by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160. A book signing will immediately follow the program in the PAC.

Please pick up your tickets by or before 7:00 pm as we are expecting a large crowd. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the lecture.

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Book Sale Today!

You’re Invited to the Annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale

TODAY: Friday, October 16 from 9:00 am through 4:00 pm

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 2.44.15 PMWe have large numbers of books in the following categories:

Fiction—lots of paperbacks, but some like new hardbacks; mysteries and thrillers from some of your favorite authors: John LeCarre, Lee Child, James Patterson and more
History—large stock of both American and World history
Biography and Autobiography
Cookbooks, some in pristine condition
The collection is a bit more eclectic than in the past so there should be something for every reading taste.

The sale will be held once again on the Brookens lower level. Follow the signs and “steps” to the sale room or ask for directions at either the main information desk or the small desk on level one.

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