Pattie Piotrowski Named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year

Pattie-Piotrowski__BSrevIllinois Library Association

Pattie Piotrowski named the 2016 recipient of the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries Forum, recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).

Currently the President of ILA, Piotrowski has been an active ILA member since 2003 and has distinguished herself through her service to IACRL, ILA and the Illinois library community in general. As an active member of IACRL, Piotrowski participated in conference planning duties for three IACRL conferences, including serving as chair of the 2014 conference planning committee. She also served on the IACRL executive board from 2012-2015, as Vice President/President-Elect (2012-2013), President (2013-2014) and Past President (2014-2015).

During her tenure with IACRL, Piotrowski worked to create a more engaged and tangible environment for its members, including bringing the ILA lobbyist to speak at the IACRL Luncheon at the annual ILA conference, coordinating the IACRL booth at ILA conferences, and coordinating new-member recruitment efforts.

In August 2016, Pattie assumes the position of University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services at University of Illinois at Springfield. She was formerly the Assistant Dean for Public Services at The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Paul Galvin Library.

In both her professional service and her work, Piotrowski strives to create environments in which everyone—from students to administrators—not only feels welcome but also understands that they are part of a community that is dedicated to the enrichment of students’ lives. Piotrowski emphasizes that at higher education institutions, faculty, staff and administrators should be constant in their connection to their communities by remembering the significance of their roles. As she stated in a recent article on the IIT website, “I pose the question, ‘Is it really just a job? Do you believe in the mission of this university?’”

The Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 18th, during the 2016 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Rosemont.

– Illinois Library Association –

Posted in Know a Librarian, Staff, What's NEW! | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 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.

Posted in Know a Librarian, Staff, What's NEW! | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Events | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Treadwell_Retirement Invite

Posted in Events, Staff | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.”

Posted in Collection | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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:

Posted in Events, What's NEW! | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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


Posted in Events, Gifts | Tagged , | Leave a comment