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2009 News

  • Spring Library Workshops

    Workshops on Microsoft Office, Exchange, and creating Web pages will be offered this spring. See the workshop schedule for a full list of available workshops. Advance registration is required to participate.
  • Spring Read 2009

    Booth Library is currently sponsoring “Spring Read 2009,” formerly known as “One Book, One University.” Interested students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read "Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Discussion groups will be held in April in Library Conference Room 4440. Several copies of the book are available at Booth Library and also through Interlibrary Loan. The writing is considered an inspirational story, well-researched and told through the voices of many people from across the world. Get it! Read it! For assistance, contact the Reference Desk at 581-6072.
  • Library Tours

    Booth Library is offering library tours with instruction on how to locate materials and use the library's services. Each tour is customized to meet the specific needs of those attending. Tours are offered Jan. 12 through Feb. 25. Groups meet in the north entrance of Booth on Mondays at 6 p.m., on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., and on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Registration is not required. Groups of three or more are encouraged to call 581-6072 in advance.
  • Barack Obama: 44th President of the United States.

    Prepared in conjunction with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president, this exhibit consists of images of the new president from magazine covers, newspaper articles covering his campaign, an account of his 2006 visit to Eastern’s campus, books by and about Obama, and memorabilia from his election-night celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park. The exhibit can be seen in the south lobby through January 23. Carl Lorber, Bob Hillman and Pam Ortega, curators.
  • Wrapped in Pride

    Join us for the opening of the exhibit "Wrapped in Pride Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity", Thursday, February 5, at 7:00pm in the Marvin Foyer. This exhibit has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    The program for the evening is as follows:

    Welcome
    Allen Lanham, Dean of Library Services

    Greetings
    Blair Lord, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Recognition of Faculty Presenters and Curators
    Karla Kennedy-Hagan, chair, Library Advisory Board

    Closing
    Dean Lanham

    Refreshment Table
    Bakeshop Delights
    Snacks of Kente Color
    Natural Juices

    Opening Program
    7:30 p.m.
    Booth Library West Reading Room
  • 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.
  • Wrapped in Pride Exhibits

    The Adinkra Cloth

    Adinkra cloth is a hand-printed fabric traditional to the Asante people of Ghana, West Africa. Adinkra literally means goodbye, which is reflective in artistic symbols linked with consoling proverbs. Adinkra cloth is known to be worn by leaders in mourning and during remembrance ceremonies. Not only are the symbols artistic, they also communicate philosophical and moral values of the Asante. Most Adinkra symbols can be found woven into Kente cloth strips, which are often used as borders for the Adinkra cloth. Jeanne Goble and Johna Shackles, library specialists, Booth Library, curators.

    Beyond Africa: Hand-Woven and Embroidered Textiles from Central and Southeast Asia

    Not only in Africa, but also throughout the world, native peoples developed textiles distinctively their own. Central and southeast Asia were no exceptions. Featured in this exhibit are such items as Indonesian Ikats from East Sumba; Hmong tribal costumes from the hills of Thailand; a betel bag from East Timor, Cambodian; and kalagas and decorative embroideries from Uzbekistan. Also on display are the implements of weaving, including a partial loom frame, shuttles and decorative loom pulleys. Robert Hillman, professor, Booth Library, curator.

    Fashionably Dead

    The Ga people of Ghana construct fantasy coffins that honor the memory of their loved ones. Many of these coffins reflect the interests or professions of the deceased while they were living, such as a hammer for a carpenter, a chicken for a farmer or a fish for a fisherman. Imagine your loved one being transported into the after-life in a beautifully crafted representational Mercedes, Cadillac, Coca-Cola bottle or stylish shoe. Jeanne Goble, Stacey Knight-Davis, Johna Shackles and Jacqueline Worden, curators.

    Ghanaian Craftsmanship

    The items in this exhibit highlight various art forms from Ghana collected during a visit in 2003. Wood and fabric arts are included. Natasha Gibbens-Amartey, curator.

    Ghanaian Kente and African-American Identity: The Socio Cultural Aspects

    The exhibit depicts the role played by Ghanaian Kente on the social and cultural life of diasporean Africans. Johnson Kuma, curator.

    Ghanaian Kente from a Chicago Collection

    Lender: Bennett Agyman of the Asanteman Association of Chicago and Midwest -- a subdivision of the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago Materials provided by Willie Morris, vice president of the EIU African Students Association.

    Local Spinners and Weavers

    The Countryside Spinners and Weavers Guild was formed in 1972 by a group of individuals interested in the fiber arts. Members have come from Charleston, Mattoon, Paris, Chrisman, Vandalia and other surrounding towns. Spinning produces yarn or thread. It was first done on a drop spindle. Available now are a variety of spinning wheels. This group uses processed fiber from sheep, alpaca, dogs, rabbits, cotton, flax, and the new synthetic fibers of soy silk, tencel and bamboo to produce yarn. Weaving on a loom produces cloth. Beyond spinning and weaving, individuals of this guild also do knitting, crocheting, dyeing, silk fusion, basketry, bobbin lace and other fiber-related activities. The exhibit brings together pieces woven by local artisans. Margaret Speer, curator.

  • Wrapped in Pride Program: A Self-Efficacious People

    Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
    Time: 4:00pm
    Location: Booth Library, Room 4440

    As a recent invited guest at the African Methodist Episcopal University in Liberia, Dr. Pearson will share her experiences with African people. In particular, she will share how African people have been self-efficacious in their pursuit for freedom, dignity, and honor, particularly in education. In her sojourn, she served as acting president with 71 full-time instructional personnel, and approximately 4,000 students.
  • Try the alternative interface for the EIU Online Catalog

    VuFind is an exciting new alternative interface to the EIU Online Catalog, offering users what may be a better way to search and discover library resources. Features of VuFind include:
    • A single simple search box
    • Facets to refine search by subject, title, topic, language, format, and more
    • The ability to request and to renew items from any I-Share library
    • Focus on home library catalog or expand to search all I-Share libraries at once
    • Up-to-the-minute item status and location information
    • User-created username and password, for easier access to MyAccount information
    • Links to electronic full text when available
    • One-click links to reviews for some titles
    • One-click links to book previews in Google Book Search for some titles
  • Kente Iconicity and "Black Atlantic" Cultural Politics

    February 19, 7:00 p.m.

    Library Conference Room 4440

    This presentation situates the rise of the brightly colored kente as an internationally recognizable icon of Black pride in three interwoven strands of history: the European colonization of West Africa, the movements for African political independence and civil rights in the United States, and the emergence of “Black Atlantic” elites in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbeans and Europe. An examination of these histories is critical for an understanding of the deployment of the kente and other cultural artifacts and practices in the making of global African identities.

    Klevor Abo, presenter, instructor, African American Studies
  • Online Catalog down February 15th, 6:00am-10:00am

    EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog will be offline from 6:00am-10:00am Sunday, February 15th. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Wrapped in Pride Program: Film - Daughters of the Dust

    February 24, 7:00 p.m.
    Library Conference Room 4440

    An award-winning and wonderful, beautiful film directed by an African American, Julie Dash, about the Gullah culture of South Carolina, and how Gullah people cherish the ways of their West African ancestors (1991).

    Ann Boswell, moderator, professor, English
  • Wrapped in Pride Program: Introduction to Kofi Awoonor

    February 26, 4:00 p.m.
    Library Conference Room 4440

    Arguably Ghana’s premiere postcolonial poet, Awoonor’s work spans several genres and five decades. Interweaving poetry and prose, myth and history, Awoonor moves from exile and satirical critique of modern Ghana in This Earth, My Brother (1971) toward return and reconciliation Comes the Voyager...(1992). This lecture introduces Awoonor’s work through selected readings from and commentary on his poetry with an emphasis on his mythic rendering of returning to Africa as an Ewe man soon to serve as representative to the United Nations of the nation that had once detained him on subversion charges for nearly a year. Awoonor’s career exemplifies the compassion of black humanism that fashioned his politics of poetry and the poetics of politics.

    Michael Loudon, presenter, professor, English
  • Wrapped in Pride Program: Ceremonial Aspects of Kente

    March 3, 4:00 p.m.
    Library Conference Room 4440
    Johnson Kofi Kuma, a native of Ghana, will present a workshop on the ceremonial aspects of Ghanaian Kente. His presentation will include a slide presentation and discussion.

    Johnson Kofi Kuma, presenter, professor, Library Services
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,402 titles added in February please see the complete February New Titles list.
  • Online Catalog down March 8th, 6:00am-10:00am

    The EIU Online Catalog, I-Share catalog, and Find it @ EIU service will be offline from 6:00am-10:00am Sunday, March 8th. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Periodical Review List Available

    The lists of proposed cancellations of periodical and standing order subscriptions have been compiled for campus review. The Periodical and Standing Order Review is an annual exercise 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.
  • Nutrition Education Exhibits

    Students from the School of Family and Consumer Sciences will demonstrate the importance of nutrition in an exhibit on display in the Marvin Foyer.
  • Women and War

    In celebration of Women's History and Awareness Month, the exhibit has special focus on the experiences of women during wars, past and present. The display includes books and other artifacts related to the contribution of women in different wars through history. The goal is to highlight the particular issues women face in society when countries are engaged in any kind of war. Throughout history, women have often been the unsung heros during and after times of war. It took 60 years for the fighting women in World War I to be recognized as veterans, and they were only recognized as veterans as a condescension in 1978 when Congress passed a bill to recognize them as veterans, albeit not retroactive. This exhibit was organized by Kiran Padmaraju, early childhood, elementary and middle level education, with special thanks to Stacey Knight-Davis of Booth Library. On display in the South Lobby through April 10.
  • University Board Comedies

    This exhibit, located in the Reference Hallway, showcases a collection of University Board comedies written and performed by an EIU student. It displays pictures and comments about how Eastern students have enjoyed these productions, along with books they can find in the library about producing and directing and play writing. The exhibit is on display until April 3.
  • Spring Read Discussion Tables

    The first Spring Read 2009 discussion table will be held Thursday, April 2 at 4:00 pm in the Library Conference Room, 4440. A second session will be held April 7 at 4:00 pm.

    The Spring Read 2009 book is "Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
  • National Poetry Month: “Is that the best line you’ve got?”

    To celebrate national poetry month, this display will highlight some of the most famous and well-loved lines of American poetry. Marvin Foyer through April 30. Curated by Janice Derr
  • Sporting Milestones of the 1940s

    On display in the Booth Library Marvin Foyer is a poster that highlights important sporting events of the 1940s, including information on athletes such as Jackie Robinson, Margaret Osborne and Joe DiMaggio. Bradley Tolppanen is the curator.
  • Celebrate National Library Week

    In celebration of National Library Week, April 12-18, 2009, Booth Library will host several events and exhibits. This year's theme is "Worlds Connect @ Your Library."

    The Annual Book Sale will be held Wednesday, April 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., on the library quad. All items have been donated by the campus community. No advance sales, please. In connection with the book sale, the library is also sponsoring a drawing for the chance to win $10 worth of free books from the book sale. Enter the drawing at any Booth Library service desk; deadline for entry is Monday, April 13, at 12:45 a.m.

    A new addition to this year’s celebration will be Video Gaming Night, to be held Tuesday, April 14, 8-10 p.m., in the library atrium. All are invited to come and play popular video games projected onto large screens.

    Exhibits include Libraries Around the World and Booth Picks, items from the library collection recommended by staff members, on display in the Reference hallway. Service desks will also offer free bookmarks and candy during the week.

  • Confronting Democracy's Boundaries: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    A series of debates between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln were held during the 1858 campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. Slavery was the principal topic of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, which drew the attention of the entire nation. Douglas won the Senate seat, but the debates set the stage for Lincoln's successful presidential run in 1860.

    The exhibit, funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, contains information about the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the political climate of the time and the 1858 election results. Visitors can track the daily progress of Lincoln and Douglas through Illinois and the debates via a railroad track graphic. Historians from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum helped to develop the exhibit's content, text and graphics. The Lincoln Trails Libraries System is responsible for coordinating this traveling exhibition.

    The exhibit is on display in the Booth Library atrium April 1-30.

  • National Library Week Exhibits

    Libraries Around the World and Did You Know? In celebration of National Library Week, this exhibit features photographs highlighting libraries located around the world and includes information about the variety of services available at Booth Library. The exhibit, located in the Reference Hallway through April 30, is curated by Arlene Brown, Lois Dickenson and Lee Whitacre.

    Booth Picks. Want to read a good book? Would you appreciate someone's recommendation? Stop by the Reference Hallway display cases and see what the faculty and staff of Booth have read and want to recommend to others. On display through April 30. Curators are Sarah Johnson, Lois Dickenson and Ellen Corrigan.

  • Asian Heritage Month Exhibit

    In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, several Chinese masks, figurines and textiles are on display in the Marvin Foyer through the end of April.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,820 titles added in March please see the complete March New Titles list.
  • 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 North Lobby of Booth Library and view the exhibit, WOMEN OF VALOR, curated by Jeff Boshart and Dan Crews.
  • World Within Our Reach

    Our world is full of information about so many different countries, most of which we couldn't even pin-point on a map! But the truth is, Eastern's campus is full of people from the very countries we know so little about. International students and faculty were given the opportunity to talk about their home countries and tell us what they would want us to know about their lives, the people they live with, the food they eat, etc.

    As part of the numerous activities organized by the Residence Hall Association for its Social Justice and Diversity Week, the Association of International Students has prepared a poster exhibition titled “The World Within Our Reach.” Each poster has a country's flag, location on a world map, an exploded view of the country, a quick-facts list, pictures and a few words submitted by Eastern students and faculty. The exhibit is on display in the third floor hallway of Booth Library.
  • Good luck with finals

    Take a study break at the library Monday, May 4. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at 7:00pm on the 3000 level bridge.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 2,041 titles added in April please see the complete April New Titles list.
  • Summer Library Workshops

    Booth Library will be presenting a series of free workshops during the summer semester, with individual titles to be announced in later newsletters. We will be teaching the Microsoft Office Suite 2007 which includes Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Other workshops offered include Windows Vista, PantherMail and Netscape Composer. See the workshop schedule for a full list of available workshops. Advance registration is required to participate.
  • An American in Genoa

    Student/photographer Lizzy Morse took exquisite photographs that capture the mood and spirit of the vibrant city of Genoa, Italy. Lizzy took these photographs on her travels with "Italy: The Good Life," an EIU summer faculty-led study abroad program that is hosted by the Philosophy Department. Her pictures are currently on display in Genoa in an exhibit entitled "An American in Genoa." Here at Booth Library, you can see those same striking photos which celebrate EIU's connection to the lovely European city of Genoa, Italy.
  • Color Copier 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.
  • Library Website unavailable in the early morning on June 16

    Facilities Planning and Management will be conducting electrical upgrades on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. There will be no electrical power and no wired or wireless network connectivity at Booth Library during the upgrade. Due to this outage, the library website will be unavailable from midnight on Tuesday, June 16 until approximately 8:00am on June 16. Off-campus access to library resources will also be unavailable during this period.
  • Changes to EIU Online Catalog and I-Share

    The EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog will not allow users to place requests, renew items, or view the MyAccount page from Sunday, June 14 through Wednesday, June 17. Requests can still be placed for books and other materials through the Requests page on the library's website or through WorldCat. Materials can be renewed by calling 581-6071 during library hours. Search functions in both catalogs will still be available. This service interruption is due to a system-wide software upgrade. If no problems are encountered during the upgrade, these features could be available again sooner, but we ask that users plan for the full three days.

    On Wednesday, June 17, the EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog are expected to return with all functionality and an updated interface. The new look is more than cosmetic, as the new design will work better with assistive technologies and mobile devices than the previous version. Should you experience any problems during this transition period, please call the Reference Desk at 581-6072 for assistance.
  • New interface for the EIU Online Catalog and I-Share

    The EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog were upgraded on June 16, 2009. Both catalogs now have a new user interface. The new look is more than cosmetic, as the new design will work better with assistive technologies and mobile devices than the previous version. Over the next few weeks, there may be performance issues as the new system is being configured. Should you experience any problems during this transition period, please call the Reference Desk at 581-6072 for assistance.
  • Library without power and website unavailable on Thursday, July 2

    Facilities Planning and Management will be conducting electrical upgrades on Thursday, July 2, 2009. There will be no electrical power, no wired or wireless network connectivity, and no air conditioning at Booth Library during the upgrade. Due to this outage, the library website will be unavailable from 7:00 am on Thursday, July 2 until approximately midnight that night. Off-campus access to library resources will also be unavailable during this period.

    The library will remain open and it will be possible to check out and return materials.
  • Booth Library Postcard Collection

    The Booth Library Postcard Collection includes nearly 4,000 postcards. The collection focus is on the rich history of Illinois communities, and it is especially rich in both interior and exterior views of buildings for schools, institutes, colleges, and universities.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,910 titles added in June please see the complete June New Titles list.
  • Burl Ives Centennial: 1909-2009

    A student at Eastern in the 1920s, Burl Ives went on to become a celebrated singer, an award-winning film actor, a TV personality, a voice in children's films and an author. In honor of his long and distinguished career, Booth Library is hosting an exhibit this summer of images and artifacts pertaining to Burl Ives' life and career. The exhibit is on display in the North Lobby and the Marvin Foyer through August 2009.
  • Art and Architecture exhibit featured at American Library Association conference

    Attendees at the recent American Library Association conference in Chicago were able to view the Art and Architecture in Illinois Libraries exhibit, the product of an LSTA grant funded research effort at Booth Library.

    Photos of the exhibit are featured on the Library History Buff Blog.

  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,468 titles added in July please see the complete July New Titles list.
  • Changes to EIU Online Catalog and I-Share

    On on June 16, 2009, the EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog were changed to a new user interface. Due to ongoing system performance issues, on Friday, August 14, 2009, both catalogs were returned to the original interface that has been in place for several years. Those that did not use the EIU Online Catalog over the summer will not notice any changes. If you did use the catalog between June 16 and August 14, you may notice that certain features are not available now. If you have any questions about these changes, please call 217-581-6072.
  • Web-Based Printing

    Use your own computer to print at Booth Library from anywhere-- on campus, off-campus, or from your laptop inside the library! Simply drag-and-drop the file you need to print on the "Booth Library" box at http://print.eiu.edu. You may print files created in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) and PDF files. 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.
  • Greetings From Illinois: The Booth Library Postcard Collection

    Booth Library's extensive collection of 1,050 digitized postcard images of Illinois libraries is now available through the EIU Online Catalog and I-Share. The postcard collection focuses on the history of Illinois communities providing a glimpse into the past. The collection includes both interior and exterior views of buildings for schools, institutes, colleges, and universities. The exhibit highlights some of the postcards that relate to libraries, cultural heritage and education within our Illinois communities. The exhibit will be on display in the Marvin Foyer through September 30, 2009. Ellen K. Corrigan is the curator.
  • Booth Library to host Harry Potter's World

    A new traveling exhibition will open at Booth Library on October 5, 2009. The exhibit features materials from the Library's History of Medicine collections, to explore Harry Potter's world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards in J.K. Rowling's books, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series. Exhibit panels feature the works of 15th and 16th century thinkers and also highlight illustrations from Renaissance texts of some of the fantastic creatures and plants featured in Harry Potter.

    A schedule of exhibition-related events is being developed. Those who are interested in presenting a program should contact Stacey Knight-Davis, slknight@eiu.edu.
  • Booth Library Open House

    Join us for free t-shirts, games, prizes and food while you visit the library. Let us show you how the library can help you succeed in college. You can take a building tour, get research hints, learn about collections and resources, and meet your subject librarian.
  • General Library Tours

    Booth Library is offering general tours of the building through September 30, 2009. Monday tours are at 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., and Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. To take a tour, simply go to the Marvin Foyer (inside the north entrance) in Booth Library at the scheduled time. Registration is not required for general tours.
  • Wash your Hands to Help Fight the Flu

    Help keep the library healthy by washing your hands or using sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is located in the computer lab on the 4000 level, and at all public service desks. Cleaning your hands is especially important if you are using keyboards, study tables, or other shared spaces. More information about the H1N1 flu is available from EIU Health Services.
  • Lincoln Trail Libraries System Selects Booth as Library of the Week

    Lincoln Trail Libraries System (LTLS) has selected Booth Library as the featured library for the week of September 9th. See the full story and view a short movie featuring images of Booth Library on the About LTLS Members blog.
  • How well do you know the Constitution?

    How well do you know what this important document says about our rights? In observance of Constitution Day, a new exhibit, in the south lobby of Booth Library, highlights key points and interesting trivia about the United States Constitution. If you want to learn more, the exhibit also provides a sampling of the resources available in the library and encourages you to expand your knowledge and become a constitution expert. The exhibit will remain on display until the end of September.
  • Banned Books Week Display

    Books They Don't Want You To Read is a new exhibit in the Booth Library South Lobby in observance of Banned Books Week, September 26-October 3, 2009. The books on display are a sampling of titles that have been challenged on banned. The exhibit will be on display through early October.
  • Booth Welcomes World of Wizardry

    The exhibit Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine is featured in a recent article in the Daily Eastern News by reporter Claire Dau. The exhibit will be opening on October 5, 2009.
  • Booth Library announces awards for student research and creativity

    Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University announces its first awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research. The awards program encourages students to utilize the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies. These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Each entry will become a part of Booth Library Student Research and Creativity Collection.

    An application form and entry guidelines are available at http://www.library.eiu.edu/awardsforexcellence/2010application.pdf

  • It's Storytime!

    The Ballenger Teachers Center in Booth Library would like to welcome children ages 3-7 accompanied by an adult to Saturday Morning Storytime. This free weekend program encourages children to broaden their creativity with timeless stories and fun craft projects. For more information, call 217-581-8442.
  • It's Storytime!

    The Ballenger Teachers Center in Booth Library would like to welcome children ages 3-7 accompanied by an adult to Saturday Morning Storytime. This free weekend program encourages children to broaden their creativity with timeless stories and fun craft projects. For more information, call 217-581-8442. Storytimes will be held on October 3, 24 and 31. November dates are the 7th and 14th.
  • Harry Potter's World Opening Reception

    Harry Potter's World Opening Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Booth Library Marvin Foyer. Light refreshments will be served.

    The Opening Program, Character, Structure, Perspective . . . and a Castle: A Medievalist Reads Harry Potter, will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Booth Library West Reading Room. The presenter is Dr. David Raybin, Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Raybin has the following to say about his program:

    This semester, I'm teaching an upper-level English course on J. K. Rowling. My initial motivation for developing the course was that students requested it, but Rowling's popularity was not my only stimulus. I'm excited about teaching Harry Potter because the books are plotted brilliantly and styled superbly, and because Rowling is an exceptionally sympathetic observer of people and society. In this presentation I will explore some of the literary qualities that make Harry Potter worth studying at an advanced level, and consider why the world of Hogwarts is especially appealing to readers interested in the Middle Ages.

  • Visit Harry Potter's World

    The national traveling exhibition Harry Potter's World is now open at Booth Library. Check out the schedule of exhibition events and join us at the library to explore the many aspects of Harry Potter's world!
  • Aging with Grace Mini-Conference

    Academy of Lifetime Learning Open House and Celebration of the Master of Gerontology Degree Program. Keynote presentation by Dr. David Snowdon, author of "Aging With Grace" (Nun Study on Alzheimer's symptoms), with workshops by William Hine, Ph.D. (Third Age Learning); William Kirk, Ph.D. (Spiritual Resiliency and Aging); James Painter, Ph.D. (Portion Size and Aging); and Jeffrey Lynch, M.A. (The Classics and the Mature Reader). Lectures will be followed by a book-signing and reception.

    Program to be held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Union

    Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, e-mail dkmeadows@eiu.edu. Also, for information, contact Jeanne Snyder (jrsnyder@eiu.edu, 217-581-3526) or Janna Overstreet (joverstreet@eiu.edu, 217-581-5114).
  • Books connected to Puerto Rican issue

    Pam Ortega, bibliographer for Latin-American Studies at Booth Library, recently gave a presentation for Latino Heritage Month. The full story is available in the Daily Eastern News.
  • Early English Books Online Presentation

    Invoke the moderne magick of Early English Books Online to reade bokes aboute the philosopher's stone and othere maruaylous thinges. Explore geomancie, legerdemaine, herbes, dystyllacyon of waters, materia medica, menstruums and alkahests, Hoplocrisma-spongus, prophesies, spirits, divinations, dragons, basilisks and certayne other beasts. Opene arcane tomes holding the hidden secretes of Nicolas Flamel, Ambrose Parey, Albertus Magnus and other maysters of occult philosophie and phiskye that Madame Irma Pince would be proud to place on the shelves of the Hogwart's library.

    October 15 at Noon in the Booth Library E-Classroom.
  • Harry Potter Reading Circle

    Monday, October 19, 4:00 p.m.
    Booth Library Conference Room 4440

    All are invited to attend an open discussion on Harry Potter. Whether you've read all of the books, a few books, watched the movies, of just want to learn more, you are welcome to join the conversation.
  • 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.
  • Magic, an Anthropological Perspective

    Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
    Booth Library Conference Room 4440

    The magic of Harry Potter's World is pure fantasy, but other magic is not. Many people believe in the power of a coin tossed in a fountain to help realize a wish or the ability of a rabbit's foot to make luck. Indeed, this sort of magic constitutes reality for a great many people around the world. This presentation examines humankind's widespread belief in magic, explores the logic by which it is thought to work, and attempts to explain it.
    Don Holly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Anthropology
  • Harry Potter Game Night

    Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
    Booth Library Atrium

    Video games, trivia, card games and board games, all Harry Potter themed, of course, will be available for your entertainment and enjoyment. Have a wizard's duel on the Nintendo Wii, or challenge member of the EIU Harry Potter Club to a trivia contest. You can also join a Hogwarts Checkers match or a game of Harry Potter Clue.
  • Harry Potter's World in the News

    Harry Potter's world has been featured in several recent articles and photo galleries.

    • Good and evil of Harry Potter explored, by Samantha Masterson, Daily Eastern News, November 12, 2009.
    • Harry Potter positives, negatives to be discussed, by Sam Bohne, Daily Eastern News, November 11, 2009.
    • Potter takes on American education by Amanda Smith, Daily Eastern News,October 29, 2009
    • From Hogwarts to Eastern by Kayleigh Zyskowski, Daily Eastern News,October 28, 2009
    • Giving kids a taste of witches, wizards by James Roedl, Daily Eastern News,October 26, 2009
    • Even without flying brooms, kids enjoy Quidditch at EIU by by Dave Fopay. Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, October 25, 2009.
    • Rituals, recipes brought to lecture by Rikki Wright, Daily Eastern News, October 21, 2009.
    • Photo Gallery: Wizards and Witches and Magic -- Oh My! by Randi Frank, Daily Eastern News, October 19, 2009.
    • Under His Spell by Dave Fopay. Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, October 18, 2009, pg. a1.
    • Harry Potter and the Booth Library by James Roedl, Daily Eastern News, October 14, 2009.
    • Harry Potter exhibit coming to EIU. Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, October 9, 2009, pg. a3.
    • Booth Welcomes World of Wizardry by Claire Dau, Daily Eastern News, September 29, 2009.
    • Muggle Children's Day with Harry Potter

      Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m.
      Ballenger Teachers Center

      Welcome, welcome, welcome to Booth Library's Children's Day with Harry Potter, where parents and children of all ages are able to have a chance to be a Hogwarts student for a day. Come join us in Hogwarts Hall for your house sorting and engage in story time, crafts, and a special Quidditch match in the Library Quad. Story time and crafts for children ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent will take place in the Ballenger Teachers Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Older children are invited to "Hogwarts Hall" to be sorted into their houses at 1p.m. Monster Book writing and crafts will follow afterward till 2:30p.m. Quidditch, the last event of the day, will take place in the Library Quad at 3:00p.m. until 4:30p.m.
    • Online Catalog down October 25th, 6:00am-10:00am

      The EIU Online Catalog, I-Share catalog, and Find it @ EIU service will be offline from 6:00am-10:00am Sunday,October 25th. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
    • The Pedagogy of Hogwarts

      Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.
      Booth Library Conference Room 4440
      The presentation will be an overview and audience discussion of school curriculum and instruction in American schools, and how it compares/contrasts to the practices exemplified in the Potter series.
      Marie A. Fero, Ed.D, Assistant Professor Early Childhood, Elementary & Middle Level Education
      Sheila Lambert
    • The Awakening of a Renaissance Spirit

      Friday, October 30, 3:30 p.m.
      Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      This workshop will demonstrate a correlation between Leonardo da Vinci, Joseph Campbell's: A Hero's Journey, Harry Potter and travel. Da Vinci and Harry Potter were on a quest to awaken their inner spirit of genius through the exploration and exposure to the world in which they inhabited. The presenter will embody this quest with the application of Michael Gelb's Seven da Vincian principles: curiosita (curiosity), dimostrazione (demonstrate), sensazione (senses), sfumato (smoke or passion to explore), arte/scienza (art and science or left/right brain thinking), corporalita (cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise), and connessione (inter-connectedness of all things).
      Betsy A. Pudliner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Hospitality Management School of Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Online Catalog down November 1, 6:00am-10:00am

      The EIU Online Catalog, I-Share catalog, and Find it @ EIU service will be offline from 6:00am-10:00am Sunday,November 1st. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
    • Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter

      Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.
      Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      This critically-acclaimed documentary explores the myths and legends that inhabit the real world of Harry Potter. Follow award-winning documentary filmmakers as they offer insights to witches, wizards, Greek gods, ancient Celts, ghosts, magical creatures, alchemy, and ancient spells. (72 minutes)
    • Quick Quotes and Quibblers

      Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
      Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Lola Burnham, Assistant Professor, Journalism This session will take a look at the way the wizarding world's mainstream media, as represented by The Daily Prophet, and fringe media, as represented by The Quibbler, covered Harry Potter and how they were influenced (or not) by the powers-that-be during and after Voldemort's return to power. Are there lessons to be learned from Rita Skeeter and Xenophilius Lovegood about ethics and journalistic courage?
      Lola Burnham, Assistant Professor, Journalism
    • The Two Sides of Harry Potter

      Wednesday, November 11, 4:30 p.m.
      Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      For some, the Harry Potter series, with the stories of bravery, loyalty, and friendship are positive influences. For others, the books present lessons and images of witchcraft and the occult that are inappropriate for young audiences. This program will examine both sides of this controversial issue. Learn about the positive influences that the Harry Potter phenomenon is having while at the same time understand the reasons why it is the most frequently challenged series in the United States. Decide for yourself if Harry Potter is a good or bad influence.

      Jocelyn Tipton, Associate Professor, Booth Library
      Ann Brownson, Professor, Booth Library
    • New mobile interface for EBSCOhost Databases

      Smartphone users can now search their favorite EBSCO databases through a new mobile-friendly interface. EBSCOhost Mobile is tailor-made for the smaller screens of mobile devices, and offers the most important EBSCOhost features and functionality, right in the palm of your hand.
    • Re-encountering Shakespeare Through Film

      Located in the Booth Library Reference Hallway, 3000 Level North, Re-encountering Shakespeare Through Film celebrates motion pictures that explore Shakespearean comedies and tragedies. From the rollicking fun of "Kiss Me Kate" to the dark images of "A Thousand Acres," films reveal the Bard in new and interesting ways. The exhibit, prepared by Janice Derr and Karen Whisler, will be on display through Nov. 20.
    • NoteBooth Library Newsletter

      The November issue of NoteBooth, the library newsletter for EIU faculty is now available on the Booth Library website under the "Library Publications" link. It contains information about new library resources, events, exhibits, etc.
    • Lincoln Exhibit to Complement Embarras Valley Film Festival

      In conjunction with the Lincoln Bicentennial and the 2009 Embarras Valley Film Festival (EVFF), Booth Library will stage an exhibit entitled: "Abraham Lincoln in Film and Television." The exhibit will feature images of various fictionalized portrayals of Lincoln on the big screen and in television productions. Also included will be images from some of the important Lincoln documentaries. Highlighted, as well, will be Lincoln's connection to the Civil War and to Coles County. The exhibit will be placed in Booth Library's south lobby during the second week of November.
    • Library Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday Week

      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. 21 and 22. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 24. While Booth Library will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 25, faculty may call the Dean's office at 581-6061 for admission to use the collection. The library will then be closed for the holidays (Nov. 26-27), and will resume normal hours on Sunday, Nov. 29.
    • 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.
    • Web-Based Printing

      Use your own computer to print at Booth Library from anywhere-- on campus, off-campus, or from your laptop inside the library! Simply drag-and-drop the file you need to print on the "Booth Library" box at http://print.eiu.edu. You may print files created in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) and PDF files. 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.
    • 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.
    • New Books List Updated

      Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,260 new print titles titles added in November please see the complete November New Titles list.
    • EBSCO Databases temporarily unavailable 12-2-09

      Due to Technical difficulties at EBSCO Publishing, databases offered through EBSCOhost are temporarily unavailable. Technicians at EBSCO are working to resolve the problem.
    • Holiday Exhibits

      Throughout Booth Library, patrons can enjoy the many decorations on display for the holiday season including the following:

      Celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. 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 2010.

      Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights, is an annual exhibit displayed in Booth Library during this 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 December 11. With blessings, games, and festive foods, Hanukkah celebrates the triumphs of ancient Jewish heroes. This exhibit will be on display in the Reference Hall East until January 2010.

      Kwanza. Celebrating the first fruits of the harvest, is an annual exhibit on display in Booth Library during this season by curator Johnson Kofi Kuma and graphic artists Bev Cruse and Jonathan Crask. Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration by African-Americans. The celebration lasts seven days (from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1). Each day is marked by the lighting of one of the 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 2010.

      Symbols of Christmas, is an annual exhibit on display in Booth Library during this season. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. Decorations commonly found in Christian homes include the Nativity scene. This exhibit will be on display in the Reference Hall until January 2010.

    • Booth Library Holiday Hours for December 2010, January 2011

      Booth Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 20, 21, 27 and 28. The library will be closed Dec. 22-26 and Dec. 29 through Jan. 2; however, faculty may call the dean’s office at 581-6061 for admission to use the collection on Dec. 22 and 29. During the first week of January, the library will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library will resume regular semester hours on Sunday, Jan. 9.
    • Good luck with finals!

      Take a study break at the library Monday, December 14. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at 7:00pm.
    • Booth Library Holiday Hours for December 2009, January 2010

      Booth Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 22 and Dec. 28 and 29. The library will be closed Dec. 23 through 27 and Dec. 30 through Jan. 3; however, faculty may call the dean's office at 581-6061 for admission to use the collection on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. During the first week of January 2010, the library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Sunday, Jan. 10, the library will resume regular semester hours.
    • New Books List Updated

      Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,260 new print titles added in November please see the complete November New Titles list.
    • Library website unavailable on Wednesday, December 23

      Due to electrical upgrades on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, the library website will be unavailable from 7:00 am until approximately 4:00 pm. Off-campus access to library resources will also be unavailable during this period.