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2008 News

  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the new titles added in November please see the complete November New Titles list.
  • Spring Library Workshops

    Workshops on Microsoft Office, creating Web pages, and a Windows Vista demonstration will be offered this spring. See the workshop schedule for a full list of available workshops. Advance registration is required to participate.
  • Illuminated Manuscript Facsimiles

    Located in the south foyer is a new exhibit titled, "Illuminated Manuscript Facsimiles," by curator Marlene Slough. Illuminated manuscript facsimiles are "perfect" replicas of handwritten books or rolls with painted decoration and illustration. The longest tradition of illuminating manuscripts was in Christian medieval Europe, prior to the invention of the printing press. The display features facsimiles held in Booth Library's Special Collections. This exhibit will be on display through January 2008.
  • EIU Online Catalog scheduled downtime

    Due to scheduled system maintenance, the EIU Online Catalog and I-Share system will be down beginning at 5pm on January 8, 2008 until approximately 8am on January 9, 2008. Please call the Reference Desk at 581-6072 for help locating materials while the catalog is down.
  • The Little Rock Nine: 50 Years Later

    Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Johnson Kofi Kuma has created an exhibit to honor the late civil rights leader's birthday and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of forced integration at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., ordered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located in the West Reference Hallway. On display through January.
  • African-American Literature

    This exhibit features a selection of works by African-American authors. Located in the Reference Hall. On display through January.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,257 titles added in December please see the complete December New Titles list.
  • Library Orientation Tours

    Booth Library is offering general library orientation tours at 6 p.m. Mondays, at 4 p.m. Wednesdays, and at 2 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 27. Tours begin at the north entrance of Booth Library and last approximately 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend.
  • Historical Digital Collections

    Try these databases before March 30, 2008

    17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
    The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media. The 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, however there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

    19th Century British Library Newspapers
    19th Century British Library Newspapers contains full runs of 48 influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of the 19th century British society.

    Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online to access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

    19th Century UK Periodicals
    19th Century UK Periodicals is a major new multi-part series which covers the events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world. Series I on New Readerships provides access to close to 100 periodicals for the study of British life in the 19th century - from women to sports and leisure, and from children to humour. It is mainly based on the repositories of the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.

  • Tax Forms

    Copies of all major federal and Illinois state tax forms and booklets are available in the Reference Area of the library. Additional specialized forms are available for photocopying. Online tax forms are also available.
  • Breaking News Exhibit

    The traveling exhibit Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else will be hosted by Booth Library in conjunction with the Department of Journalism February 4-29, 2008. The traveling exhibit was produced by the Associated Press and is based on their publication, Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else. Public programs and related exhibits were developed by Booth Library and the Department of Journalism. Read more about the exhibit.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,730 titles added in January please see the complete January New Titles list.
  • Film Series Presentation

    Booth's ongoing film series presents The Real Dirt on Farmer John, which tells one man's inspirational story of revolutionizing his family farm and redeeming his own life. Al Gore has called the film "unbelievably special" and Roger Ebert gives Farmer John 3 1/2 stars. Ebert has also selected the film for inclusion in his annual Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in the library conference room on April 16.
  • EIU Online Catalog scheduled downtime

    The EIU Online Catalog, Find it @ EIU, I-Share, and CARLI Digital Collections, will be offline on Sunday, February 24, 2008 from 6:00AM to 10:00AM. This service interruption is necessary in order perform important updates to operating system software and server firmware.
  • Power Outage - No Web Service Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9

    The Booth Library web site will be unavailable on Saturday, March 8th while the power is off for scheduled maintenance. On Sunday March 9th, the library, as well as the rest of campus, will be without power. Off-campus access to most electronic resources will be unavailable during the power outage.
  • Periodical Review Cancellation List

    The lists of periodicals and standing orders selected for cancellation by the academic departments as a result of the Periodical and Standing Order Review are now available for campuswide review. This annual exercise is designed to ensure that library collections continue to meet the needs of library users. Questions about the review can be addressed to the Reference Desk (581-6072) or individual subject librarians.
  • Online renewal and other services down March 21-24

    Online renewals and the Requests feature in the EIU Online Catalog will be offline from 5pm on Friday, March 21 until approximately 5 am on Monday March 24, 2008. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance. The EIU Online Catalog will support searching only; users will not be able to place requests, renew items, or perform other actions in "My Account" and attempts to perform these functions will return error messages.
  • Freakonomics Discussion Groups

    Freakonomics is this semester's "One Book, One University" selection. Join Dr. Lord for a discussion on March 25 at 4:00 in the Library Conference Room, Room 4440. Dr. Weber and Dr. Gent will lead a second session on March 26 at 4:00 in the Library Conference Room, Room 4440.
  • Annual Library Booksale

    Booth Library will be holding its annual book sale in celebration of National Library Week on Wednesday, April 16th from 9:00 - 4:00 on the Library Quad. The proceeds from the sale of donated items are used to enhance library services and collections.
  • Online renewal and other services down March 29-30

    Online renewals and the Requests feature in the EIU Online Catalog will be offline from 5pm on Friday, March 29 until approximately 5 am on Monday March 31, 2008. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance. The EIU Online Catalog will support searching only; users will not be able to place requests, renew items, or perform other actions in "My Account" and attempts to perform these functions will return error messages.
  • Body Speaks Exhibit

    "Body Speaks" is based on a community arts project created by Roxanne Banuelos and Judy Battaglia from California State University, Northridge. The purpose of the project was to raise awareness about body image among women. Life-sized forms of physical images of women were set up in various places, and participants were encouraged to consider their bodies (not their heads) and write out responses, along with a first name and age. These messages were then posted on the body (which is how it speaks). The Women's Studies program at EIU recreated this project on campus by setting up forms in various locations across campus and collecting responses from students. The forms "dressed" in comments are on display in the North Foyer of Booth Library through April 30.
  • Women Of Valor In WWII

    American women played important roles during World War II -- at home, in the workforce and in uniform. Reluctant to enter the war, the United States quickly committed itself after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. That commitment included utilizing all of the American assets. . . including women. Nearly 400,000 women served, both at home and abroad, volunteering for the WAAC/WAC, WAVES, USMCWR, SPAR, WASP, ANC and the NNC. To find out more about these women in uniform, go to the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library and view the exhibit, WOMEN OF VALOR, curated by Jeff Boshart and Dan Crews.
  • Crosstown Showdown

    "Crosstown Showdown," highlights the student-written play, "Crosstown," a Cubs/White Sox comedy to be performed in April in 7th Street Underground. The exhibit includes resources found at the library, such as DVDs, books and microfilm of vintage newspaper articles, allowing individuals to learn about how much information they can dive into at Booth Library. Curator Paul Teresi is writer/producer/director and lead actor for the production. Located in the Reference Hallway through March 31.
  • Nutrition Exhibits

    Students from the School of Family and Consumer Sciences are bringing attention to the importance of nutrition through an exhibit on display in Marvin Foyer through May 30. Rotated themes will be displayed in cases:
    • Learn about the signs, symptoms and etiology of prostate cancer, as well as nutritional tips to help prevent prostate cancer.
    • Sharpen your knowledge on the importance of physical activity, adequate hydration and healthy summertime food.
    • High blood pressure affects 65 million Americans, so learn how dietary and lifestyle modifications can help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.
    • Are you to busy to make healthy food choices? If so, glean some simple tips for healthy alternatives for eating on the run.
    • Explore various options and good drink choices to staying hydrated.
    • Portion distortion is ramped. Learn what a normal portion size is, how portion sizes have increased over the past 20 years, and how to portion-size your meals.
    • If you are a breakfast skipper, learn why you might want to change your ways and make time for breakfast. Consider "Breaking-the-Fast" and starting your day off right with good nutrition.
  • It's Storytime!

    Come read with us at the Ballenger Teachers Center, Booth Library, at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5. We will read books on Asian and Asian-American culture. Sponsored by the Asian-American Association in celebration of Asian Heritage Month 2008
  • EIU Jazz Combos in Concert

    As part of National Library Week, Eastern's three jazz combos will perform on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Booth Library. The concert will feature classic jazz compositions and new arrangements by Eastern students.
  • National Poetry Month: Celebrate Illinois Poets

    To celebrate national poetry month, this display will highlight some of Illinois' most gifted poets. An iPod will be connected to the exhibit so that people can stop and listen to poems read by their authors. Reference Hallway through May 30.
  • Jazz at Booth Exhibit

    Allen Lanham of Booth Library was the recipient of a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois for the project "Popular Expressions of the Arts - Jazz Performance." The grant provided funding for the addition of many new jazz DVDs and CDs to the library's collection. As part of the exhibit, reviews written by EIU's jazz students will be on display. In addition, the display will showcase famous jazz musicians over time. West Reference Hallway through June 30.
  • Women of Valor Reception

    A reception will be held in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library for the women featured in the exhibition, Women of Valor. The reception is Sunday afternoon, April 20th, and starts at 2 PM with a question and answer panel with many of the veterans. Light refreshments will be served.
  • It's Storytime!

    Come read with us on the Library Quad, at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26. We will read books on Asian and Asian-American culture. Sponsored by the Asian-American Association in celebration of Asian Heritage Month 2008
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,974 titles added in March please see the complete March New Titles list.
  • Earthquake Information

    Get up-to-the minute information and earthquake maps from the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/
  • Online Catalog down April 20, 9:00am-10:00am

    EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog will be offline from 9:00am to 10:00am Sunday, April 20. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Quiet Study Area

    Looking for a quiet place to study? The second floor of Booth Library is a designated quiet study area. Study tables, computers, and internet and power connections for laptops are available in the quiet study area.
  • Periodical Review Cancellation List

    The Periodical and Standing Order Review has concluded. The final lists of periodicals and standing orders selected for cancellation as a result of the Periodical and Standing Order Review are now available for campuswide review. This annual exercise is designed to ensure that library collections continue to meet the needs of library users. Questions about the review can be addressed to the Reference Desk (581-6072) or individual subject librarians.
  • Extended Hours for Finals

    The Library will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, April 26. Regular hours are in place for the remainder of finals week. On Sunday, April 27, we will be open from noon to 1:00 am. Monday through Thursday the Library will be open from 8:00 am to 1:00 am.
  • Good luck with finals

    Take a study break at the library Tuesday, April 29. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at 8:00pm.
  • Daniel E. Marvin Exhibit

    This exhibit highlights the life and career of former Eastern president, Daniel E. Marvin, who passed away April 21, 2008. It is in the flat cases in the Marvin Foyer, and will only be up through the end of April.
  • Color Copier Now Available

    A color photocopier is now available in the copy room on the 3000 level of the library. Color copies cost $0.30 each and can be paid for with the cash-to-chip feature of the Panther Card. A cash-to-chip machine is located in the same room as the color copier.
  • Stamp out ignorance, one book at a time

    The For Dummies Library Contest is an annual contest that offers participating libraries an opportunity to increase awareness of the Dummies brand among their patrons. This exhibit is Booth Library's entry in the contest. It pulls together a sampling of titles in this series that are owned by the library. Take some time this summer to check out a book and stamp out ignorance. Curated by Jocelyn Tipton, this exhibit runs through the summer.
  • Robert Buzzard Memorabilia to be Donated to EIU

    Charles Buzzard, son of Robert Guy Buzzard, the University's second sitting president (1933 through 1956) will be on Eastern's campus Tuesday, May 6, to donate some of his father's memorabilia to the university. A ceremony will begin at 1:15 p.m. at Booth Library's Archives; a reception will follow. The university community is invited to attend.
  • Free downloads from MyMediaMall

    Download digital audiobooks, eBooks, and short videos to your desktop, PDA, or favorite (non-Ipod) MP3 player! MyMediaMall brings popular novels, classic works from Shakespeare to Twain, and nonfiction titles in business, travel, history, self-help, and many more subjects to directly to you.
  • President Buzzard Memorabilia on Display

    Photographs, plaques, an academic cap, Dr. Buzzard's doctoral dissertation, and materials pertaining to his favorite hobbies: weaving and goblet collecting are on display in the University Archives. The exhibit will be in place until the end of May.
  • Summer Library Workshops

    Workshops on Microsoft Office, creating Web pages, and a MS Windows Vista demonstration will be offered this summer. See the workshop schedule for a full list of available workshops. Advance registration is required to participate.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 2,886 titles added in April please see the complete April New Titles list.
  • Titan Arum Exhibit

    Titan Arum in the H.F. Thut Greenhouse at Eastern Illinois University is producing its first flower. The Titan Arum or Amorphophallus titanum is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. An exhibit providing a brief history of the plant, information on its reproduction, and pictures of other specimens in bloom is located in the south lobby of Booth Library. Read more about the Titan Arum from the Biological Sciences website, or read past newspaper reports of other bloomings of this unique plant from EBSCO Newspaper Source.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,759 titles added in May please see the complete May New Titles list.
  • Earn $10 at the Library

    We need your help in studying how we can improve the library catalog. If you qualify, all you'll need to bring is your time (no more than an hour and half) and your enthusiasm. No experience required. Respond by June 30, 2008. Call or email us at 581-8381 or jssung@eiu.edu for more information. You may also apply online.
  • New Evidence-based Medicine Resource

    Now available from the Booth Library website, The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of the world's best medical research studies, and are recognized as the gold standard in evidence-based health care.
  • Online Catalog down June 29, 6:00am-10:00am

    EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog will be offline from 6:00am to 10:00am Sunday, June 29. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Blackwell Synergy Change

    From June 30, 2008 the journal content currently available on Blackwell Synergy will be delivered through Wiley InterScience due to the merger of Wiley-Blackwell's online journal systems. There will be some interruption of service from June 27 to June 30 while this change is made. About 600 journals from Blackwell are affected by this change.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,917 titles added in June please see the complete June New Titles list.
  • Online Catalog down July 20, 9:00am-10:00am

    EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog will be offline from 9:00am to 10:00am Sunday, July 20. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Periodical Abstracts and Wilson Select Plus Cancelled

    Due to statewide budget cuts, two electronic databases previously provided to all Illinois libraries by the Illinois State Library have been cancelled. Periodical Abstracts and Wilson Select Plus are no longer available. Alternative databases providing similar content include EBSCO Academic Search Premier and InfoTrac Expanded Academic Index ASAP. For help with database searching or other questions please contact or visit the Reference Desk (581-6072).
  • British Periodicals Collection I and II now available

    Two online collections of late seventeenth century to the early twentieth British periodicals are now available from Booth Library. British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the UMI microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the UMI microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles, amounting to almost 3 million pages. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,668 titles added in July please see the complete July New Titles list.
  • 10 Million Records now in I-Share Catalog

    The I-Share catalog now includes more than 10 million bibliographic records (10,014,865 at last count). The five new I-Share libraries, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Harrington College of Design, Principia College, and Rush University, contributed 261,349 bibliographic records, including 62,006 unique new entries. The addition of these five libraries brings the total number of libraries in I-Share to 76.
  • The Art of Dave McKean

    A survey of Dave McKean's career examines the evolution of his style and technique, his influences, and recurring motifs in his oeuvre. The exhibition features several of his key works, including books from the Ballenger Teachers Center and Booth Library's GraFX collection. McKean is an award-winning artist, illustrator and filmmaker best known for his work in the dark fantasy genre. The exhibit, curated by Ellen K. Corrigan, is on display in Marvin Foyer.
  • Political Conventions: What, Where, When and How

    This two-part exhibit looks at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions. The information and images included explain what happens at a national political convention, where and when they've taken place, and how the convention leads to the nomination of a party's presidential candidate. Historic information about previous conventions is also included. The goal of this exhibit is to provide useful background to understanding national party conventions; this is particularly important given the attention that the current presidential campaign is receiving. The exhibit, curated by Jocelyn Tipton, is on display in Marvin Foyer.
  • Sporting Milestones of the 1930s Exhibit

    On display in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library is a poster that highlights the important sporting events of the 1930s. It includes information on such prominent figures as Jesse Owens, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis and Babe Didrikson.
  • Passport to the World @ Booth Library

    Explore Booth Library by taking a trip at the Passport to the World event on Tuesday, 8/26, from 7pm to 9pm or Wednesday, 8/27, from 4pm to 6pm. This self-guided tour is designed to introduce you to key locations and services within the library. To begin your travels, you will receive a passport and travel brochure as you enter the building. On your journey, stop at each service desk to get your passport stamped. Throughout your trip you'll learn about the library and its collections and services. Each destination will provide useful information for a successful first year experience. After you complete your journey, turn in your stamped passport to be entered into a drawing for a Kodak Easy Share digital camera and gift certificates from the MLK Union Bookstore.
  • Library Orientation Tours

    Booth Library is offering library orientation tours between Aug. 25 and Sept. 30. Tours meet in the library's North Foyer at 6 p.m. on Mondays, at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, and at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend.
  • Online Catalog down August 24, 12:01am-2:00am

    EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog will be offline from 12:01am-2:00am Sunday, August 24. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Lincoln Douglas Debates Exhibit

    An exhibit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas is on display in the Reference Hallway of Booth Library through Sept. 30. The exhibition focuses especially on the fourth debate, which was held in Charleston on Sept. 18, 1858. The exhibit also features examples of different ways the event has been commemorated in Charleston over the past years.
  • Booth Library Receives $100,000 LSTA Grant

    Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant in the amount of $100,000 for ďArt and Architecture in Illinois Libraries, Part II.Ē The Illinois State Library, a division of the Secretary of Stateís Office, administers LSTA grants with funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    The original Art and Architecture project established a mechanism for collecting data about academic, public, and research libraries in Illinois, especially information about public art and artists represented; their buildings and architects, including renovations and new buildings; and digital images related to these areas of the libraries. The project has been well received by libraries across the State, and data review and processing has been on-going since 2006. ďArt and Architecture in Illinois Libraries Part IIĒ will allow for completion of this project. A total of 950 libraries within Illinois are to be included in this study.

    New funding will provide travel monies for the research team to visit the approximately 350 remaining libraries throughout Illinois. The grant will also provide funds for clerical staff and student research assistants to explore relevant information from newspaper archives and journal backfiles, adding to the richness of the online resource. The expected outcomes of this project include:

    • An electronic database containing information on more than 950 Illinois libraries, featuring, but not limited to, the art in those libraries and the architects of their buildings;
    • A resource highlighting the role libraries play as cultural centers in Illinois communities;
    • Increased access to information on works of art and their artists, thereby promoting research, especially on Illinois artists, many of them unknown outside their region; and
    • Increased exposure, heightened awareness, and better understanding of the prevalence of art in Illinois libraries, including the development of local inventories of such collections, and the influence of Illinois architects on regional library design and the look of Illinois communities.

    The principal investigator for ďArt and Architecture in Illinois Libraries, Part IIĒ is Allen Lanham, Dean of Library Services at Booth Library. Marlene Slough and Nackil Sung, both of the Booth Library faculty, have major roles with the research team. Booth Library serves the academic community of 11,300 students and 1600 faculty and staff in addition to providing services to the citizens of east central Illinois. Booth makes its materials available via interlibrary loan to the entire Illinois population and beyond and maintains collections of more than one million volumes, 1.3 million microtexts, and more than 100 electronic databases. The library has developed a reputation for quality exhibits and educational public programs and resides in a recently renovated 165,000 square foot facility.

  • Need to use a computer?

    Booth Library has approximately 165 computers available for patrons to use. There are 44 computers in our Reference Department which provide access to numerous research databases. Full articles and other information can be printed in this lab for free! There are also 30 computers scattered throughout the 1000, 2000 and 3000 levels of the building for you to study and do research in our Quiet Areas. On the 4000 South Level of Booth, there are 86 computers in our ATAC Open Lab and our E-Classroom training facility. Laser printing is available from all of these computers and is charged to your student account so there is no need to have money on your Panther Card! There is a nominal printing cost of 8 cents black and white or 16 cents color for each page! Check us out today! For a list of our extensive and up-to-date software, click this link: http://www.library.eiu.edu/lts/software.html.
  • Online Catalog down August 31, 12:01am-3:00am

    EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog will be offline from 12:01am-3:00am Sunday, August 31. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Convocation 2008

    Join us in welcoming the entering class of 2008 to campus tonight, September 02, 2008. The program begins at 7:00 PM in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union.
  • The Constitution and Presidential Elections Exhibit

    As part of the campus celebration of Constitution Day an exhibit in the Atrium of Booth Library will examine the connections between the Constitution and presidential elections. Drawing on resources from the Libraryís collection this exhibit includes a look at the role of the Electoral College and the numerous amendments impacting voting rights. The exhibit will be on display beginning Monday, September 15th and run through the presidential election in November.
  • Caliente! Latin Dance!

    Celebrating Latino Heritage Month at Eastern, this exhibit takes a peek at the unending appeal of Latin music and need for bodies to move to it. The exhibit is located in South Lobby through Oct. 31. Allen Lanham and Pamela Ortega, curators.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,956 titles added in August please see the complete August New Titles list.
  • Nutrition Education Exhibits

    Students enrolled in Nutrition Therapy (FCS 4751) through the School of Family and Consumer Sciences will demonstrate the importance of nutrition in an exhibit on display in the Marvin Foyer. Information on the following topics will be displayed at some time during the semester: Caffeine and Your Body, Healthy Sub Sandwiches, Just Coffee?, Debunking Nutrition Myths, De-stressing Through Nutrition, and Winter Hydration.
  • Eid ul-Fitr Exhibit

    Eid ul-Fitr often called Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the lunar month of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is one of the two Muslim celebrations. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "to break the fast". This is very similar to the Christmas celebrations except that these celebrations are usually family oriented and meant to thank God Almighty for His countless blessings.

    Crescent moon Eid celebrations start after the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, the next lunar month. Traditionally people buy new clothes to wear on this day. Girls put Hina on their hand and put on bangles. Eid day usually begins with an additional morning prayer offered in congregation, where Muslims (mostly men) gather to pray and thank Allah for thanking Allah for the help and strength that He gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control.

    Everyone usually prepares food to welcome and entertain guests, friends and family. Itís a time to greet others and extend words of peace and friendship all around. Its time to forgive and seek forgiveness. Its time to be together and be happy, and to help poor people have good food and clothing as well. The celebration is not just individual but a symbol of collectiveness.

    The exhibit is located in the Marvin Foyer. It features some of the traditional and cultural collections that relate to the Muslim festival. The exhibit closes October 7.
  • Dean of Booth Library Named Illinois Academic Librarian of The Year

    Allen Lanham, Dean of Library Services at Eastern Illinois University, has been named the 2008 Illinois Academic Librarian of the year.

    A special reception to honor Dr. Lanham will be on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in Booth Library Room 4440. The public is invited to attend.

    Dr. Lanham received the award at the Illinois Library Association Conference held at Navy Pier in Chicago last week. The award is given annually by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries of Illinois (CARLI) sponsors the monetary award on behalf of the association to individuals who have performed outstanding service for the Forum and for the Illinois Library Association, as well as providing leadership and exemplary library service in an academic setting.

    Dr. Lanham has been a professor and the Dean of Library Services at Eastern since 1992. Prior to coming to EIU, he served at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico for sixteen years. He oversaw the $22.5 million renovation and expansion of Booth Library completed in 2002. In addition to his many university responsibilities, Lanham served as president of the Illinois Library Association in 2004-2005, and has been on numerous ILA committees. Lanham has also served on the Lincoln Trails Library System Board of Directors since 2004, and he was elected to the CARLI Board of Directors in 2008. Lanham has also made significant contributions to the Illinois State Library, serving on a variety of committees and as a mentor for their SYNERGY library leadership program.

    Lanham encourages his staff and academic colleagues to share their experiences in person and in professional publications, and is a frequent conference presenter himself. Lanham has presented at conferences worldwide, including such countries as Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Peru, and South Korea. He is a strong advocate for international librarianship and has assisted the Mortensen Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Lanham has hosted many international librarians at Booth Library providing an opportunity for the sharing of ideas and information.

    As primary investigator for the Art and Architecture in Illinois Libraries project, Lanham and his staff developed an exhibit that traveled to 65 academic and public libraries highlighting selected works. In August, he presented a paper based on that work at the International Federation of Library Associations conference in Quebec.

  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,470 titles added in September please see the complete September New Titles list.
  • Try It! Illinois

    Illinois State Library's annual statewide database trial, October 1 through November 30. Try-It! Illinois is open to all Illinois library staffs and Illinois library users. You must have a valid panther card to access Try It! Illinois from EIU. Please see the instructions for more information on accessing the trial.
  • The New Deal in Illinois: Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the New Deal

    In conjunction with the "Symposium on the New Deal in Illinois," hosted by the EIU History Department, this exhibit explores some of the local history related to the New Deal era. Commemorated through photographs, the exhibit highlights the construction of McAfee Gymnasium (funded by the WPA), Eleanor Rooseveltís 1938 visit to campus, and the Brown Shoe Company -- the site of several strikes during the New Deal era. The exhibit is located in the Marvin Foyer through Nov. 30. Edmund F. Wehrle is the curator.
  • LGBT History Month

    The exhibit commemorates LGBT history and icons, and is located in the 3000 Hallway through Nov. 30.
  • Try It! Illinois

    Illinois State Library's annual statewide database trial, October 1 through November 30. Try-It! Illinois is open to all Illinois library staffs and Illinois library users. You must have a valid panther card to access Try It! Illinois from EIU. Please see the instructions for more information on accessing the trial.
  • Web-Based Printing Now Available

    It is now possible to use your own computer to print at Booth Library from anywhere. Simply convert your file to PDF format and drag-and-drop it on the "Booth Library" box at http://print.eiu.edu. Remember to bring your Panther Card when you come in to release the print job. Print jobs will remain available for 24 hours. Questions about web-based printing? Please contact Library Technology Services at 581-6091.
  • Fantastic Covers Exhibit

    Fantastic Covers shines a spotlight on illustrations from the covers of vintage science fiction pulp paperbacks and magazines. This rotating exhibition of cover art from the golden age of the 1950s through the early 1970s is on display in the Marvin Foyer. Ellen K. Corrigan is the exhibit curator.
  • Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Exhibit

    An informational exhibition in connection with the Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a program of public lectures and workshops for teachers of literature, is on display in the Reference Hallway. The exhibit compliments the seminar being sponsored by the EIU English Department and will run through Nov. 30.
  • Online Catalog down November 2, 6:00am-10:00am

    EIU Online Catalog, I-Share catalog, and Find it @ EIU service will be offline from 6:00am-10:00am Sunday,November 2. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Get Out the Vote

    Get Out the Vote, an AIGA Design for Democracy initiative, enabled designers to engage in the public arena by contributing to a coordinated voter mobilization campaign. This exhibit showcases some of the designs contributed for this campaign. Curated by Jocelyn Tipton. On display through November 2008
  • NASA's Anniversary

    This exhibit looks at the last 50 years of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Remember the discoveries, space missions, and innovations of this government agency as they explore our solar system and beyond. Curated by Jocelyn Tipton. On display for November 2008.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,375 titles added in October please see the complete October New Titles list.
  • It's Storytime!

    The Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library is once again holding children's storytimes at 10 a.m. on Saturdays for children aged 3 to 7, and who are accompanied by parents. Storytimes this semester are Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, and 15, Dec. 6 and 13.
  • Library Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday Week

    During the holiday period (as stated in our annual calendar), Booth Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24 and 25. While Booth Library will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 26, faculty may call the deanís office at 581-6061 for admission to use the collection. The library will then be closed for the holidays (Nov. 27-29), and will resume normal hours on Sunday, Nov. 30.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,375 titles added in November please see the complete November New Titles list.
  • Holiday Exhibits

    Eid-ul-Adha: History and Origin. Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to the holy city Mecca. Also popularly known as the Festival of Sacrifice, this Muslim holiday commemorates Prophet Abraham's unselfish act of sacrificing his own son Ishmael to the One God, Allah. An exhibit on Eid-ul-Adah with photos of the Scared Mosque in Mecca and pictures of Muslims from the local area will be on display in the Marvin Foyer until January 2008.

    Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights is an annual exhibit displayed in Booth Library during the season. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of Kislev (according to the Hebrew calendar), which this year begins at sundown on Dec. 21. With blessings, games and festive foods, Hanukkah celebrates the triumphs -- both religious and military -- of ancient Jewish heroes. This exhibit will be on display in the Reference Hall East until January 2008.

    Kwanza: Celebrating the First Fruits of the Harvest is an annual exhibit on display in Booth Library during the season. Kwanza is a cultural celebration by African-Americans that lasts seven days (from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1). Each day is marked by the lighting of one of seven candles, followed by prayers, food, music and dancing, reading and telling of stories, and other activities. The exhibit will be on display in the Reference Hall West until January 2008. Made possible by curator Johnson Kofi Kuma and graphic artists Bev Cruse and Jonathan Crask.

    Symbols of Christmas is an annual seasonal exhibit, as well. In America, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25. Decorations commonly found in Christian homes include the nativity scene and Christmas ornaments. This exhibit will be on display in the Reference Hall until January 2008.

    Winter Solstice Celebrations. A bulletin board in the Marvin Foyer displays information on winter solstice celebrations. It includes Yule, celebrated by Wiccans and followers of other traditional and nature-based religions; Dong Zhi, celebrated in China; and the more recent practice of atheist and humanist organizations of holding parties on the solstice. This exhibit will be on display until January 2008.

  • Celebrating 50 Years! The Martin Luther King Jr. University Union

    This exhibit pays tribute to the MLK Jr. Union's completion of 50 successful years at Eastern Illinois University. The exhibit tells of the various services provided by the Union, the diversity of activities that take place there, and the variety of speakers and entertainers who have performed there. Highlighted also is the story of how the Union came to be, and the construction of the various phases of the building. On display in the North Lobby through Dec. 31. Curators: David Bell, Bob Hillman and Carl Lorber.
  • Good luck with finals!

    Take a study break at the library Monday, December 15. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at 8:00pm.
  • Extended Hours for Finals

    The library will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 13. Regular hours are in place for the remainder of finals week. On Sunday, December 10, we will be open from noon to 1:00 am. Monday through Thursday the library will be open from 8:00 am to 1:00 am.
  • Library hours for the holiday break

    During the holiday period (as stated in our annual calendar), Booth Library will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 28. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29 and 30.

    The library will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 31 through Sunday, Jan. 4., open 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. January 5-9, and closed on Saturday, January 10. Regular library hours resume on Sunday, January 11.

    While Booth Library will be closed to the public on Dec. 24 and 31, faculty may call the deanís office at 581-6061 for admission to use the collection.

  • An Eastern Student Makes Good: Joan Allen, Star of Stage and Screen

    This exhibit celebrates the career of actress Joan Allen, a theatre student at Eastern in the 1970s who took Steppenwolf by storm. She later became a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway and an accomplished film actress, with three Academy Award nominations. The exhibition is on display through Dec. 31 in the Marvin Foyer. Curators: Bob Hillman, Carl Lorber and David Bell.