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2010 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 1,357 new print titles titles added in December please see the complete December New Titles list.
  • General Library Tours

    Booth Library is offering library orientation tours between Jan. 11 and Feb. 24. 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Share the love

    Share your love of libraries by sending Booth a valentine. Booth Library is joining other libraries from around Illinois in "Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Your Library." We are collecting testimonials and brief statements of how libraries impact the lives of our users. Please help us to know what libraries mean to you and how they remain relevant in today's society. Click here to submit your valentine.
  • Ballenger Teachers Center Story Time

    The Ballenger Teachers Center in Booth Library will again host a children's storytime for children ages 3-7 accompanied by an adult. Storytime starts at 10 a.m. on Saturdays from Feb. 6 through March 6. Join us for stories and crafts!
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,324 new print titles titles added in Janurary please see the complete Janurary New Titles list.
  • DEN highlights exhibits, MyMediaMall

    Booth Library is featured in the Tuesday, February 9 issues of the Daily Eastern News.

    Obama focus of Booth's Black History Month exhibit
    MyMediaMall usage on the rise, workshops held
  • "Centennial Celebration of Dr. Nkrumah."

    "Centennial Celebration of Dr. Nkrumah." Located in the South Lobby of Booth Library, this display depicts the Centennial Celebration of Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana. The exhibition honors his contribution as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement of the '60s and a founding member of the Organization of African Unity (African Union). Klevor Abo and Johnson Kofi Kuma are the curators.
  • Darwin Day

    "Darwin Day Library Resources." A selection of book covers from the subject areas of evolution and biology are on display in the Marvin Foyer as part of the Darwin Day events on campus. The display also includes selected publications from Darwin Day presenters. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 18. Stacey Knight-Davis is the curator.
  • U.S. Serial Set

    Historical documents, maps and books from the U.S. Serial Set are highlighted in an exhibit located in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library for the month of February. These materials cover the breadth of the interests of the Congress throughout U.S. history -- political, scientific, social and technological. The recently acquired materials are currently undergoing conservation treatment before being made available for use. Lois Dickenson is the curator.
  • 100 Years of Panther Basketball

    This year Eastern Illinois University will celebrate 100 years of Panther basketball. This display depicts a brief photographic history of the past 100 years of Panther men's basketball, highlighting the men's basketball All Century Team. The exhibit is on display through March in Booth Library's North Lobby. Rich Moser and Sandy King are the curators.
  • Andean Mythical Representations

    An exhibit, titled "Andean Mythical Representations" and consisting of artisans' works from Northern Argentina, is on display in the Reference Gallery through March. Curators: Allen Lanham, Jose Deustua and Pamela Ortega.
  • 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 new print titles titles added in February please see the complete February New Titles list.
  • Online Catalog down March 14, 5:30am-10:00am

    The EIU Online Catalog, I-Share catalog, and Find it @ EIU service will be offline from 5:30am-10:00am Sunday, March 14. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Library website unavailable Saturday-Sunday, March 13-14

    Due to a scheduled electrical outage on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14, the library website will become unavailable at 7:00 am Saturday and return to service on Sunday, March 14. Off-campus access to library resources will also be unavailable during this period.

  • Periodical Review List

    The lists of periodical and standing order subscriptions have been compiled for campus review. Proposed title cancellations and periodical titles added to Booth Library's collection during the last year are listed. 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.
  • Big River and King Corn Exhibit

    Corn is everywhere; it's found in gum, toothpaste, bread, ice cream, peanut butter, and many other foods. To produce that much corn, tons of chemicals are applied to the land, some of which ends up in rivers, lakes, the ocean, our food, and even us. These issues are explored in the films King Corn and Big River. An exhibit providing more information on the films and related issues is on display in the Reference Hallway until the end of April. A screening of King Corn will be held April 21 in Phipps Auditorium.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 2,000 new print titles titles added in March please see the complete March New Titles list.
  • Library Tours

    The library will be offering tours for the local community, as well as a community borrower card drive, on Sunday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 14, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Marvin Foyer.
  • Library Book Sale

    The annual book sale will be held outside the north entrance of the library on Wednesday, April 14, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The library requests no advance sales. A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for sale. All items have been donated by the campus community. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.
  • An Evening with Neil Gaiman

    On Monday, April 12, the library will be hosting "An Evening with Neil Gaiman" from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Booth Library Conference Room 4440. As Honorary Chair of National Library Week, Gaiman will speak during this live streaming videoconference about his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by supporting intellectual freedom and privacy. This event is coordinated by the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries and the Jessamine County (Ky.) Public Library, in collaboration with HarperCollins Children's Books, Internet2, and the University of Minnesota.
  • Daily trivia contest

    During National Library Week, the library will also be holding a daily trivia contest from Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16. The question of the day will be located at the Circulation Desk, along with forms and an entry box. Each day a winner drawn at random will receive a small prize; the winner's name will be posted along with the correct answer on the following day. All entrants are eligible for the grand prize (four tickets to the White Sox vs. Marlins game on Saturday, May 22, generously donated by a member of the Booth Library staff). The grand prize drawing will take place on Monday, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the Circulation Desk.
  • Super-Short Writing Contest

    In advance of National Library Week, Booth Library is sponsoring a Super-Short Writing Contest, running from Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9, 2010. Anyone is eligible to enter for the chance to win $5 worth of free books from the Annual Book Sale on Wednesday, April 14.

    Here's how it works: Imagine you are sitting down to write a novel. Your novel needs a great first sentence, something catchy and creative to get the reader's attention. It can be about anything, but since we are celebrating National Library Week, your sentence needs to include something about libraries. Think you've got a good one? Submit your entry at any of the following library service desks: Ballenger Teachers Center, Circulation, Library Technology Services, Media Services, Periodicals/Reserves, Reference.

    Contest rules:
    1. Entries can be any length, but must be a single sentence.
    2. Entries must include something about libraries.
    3. Keep it clean, please.
    4. Entries must be original works.
    5. Enter as many times as you like.
    6. Five winning entries will be selected at the end of the week.
    7. Winners will be selected by a jury made up of Booth Library faculty and staff.
    8. Winners will be selected based on creativity and originality.
    9. Entries may be used by Booth Library in future publications and promotional materials.
    Winners will be notified by phone or email at the beginning of National Library Week on Monday, April 12.
  • NoteBooth Library Newsletter

    The April 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.
  • On Facebook? Try the new Booth Tools application

    Booth Tools allows you to access many of Booth Library's services from Facebook. Search for books or articles, get help with research, see the latest news, or register for a workshop.

    Booth Tools also includes the Friend Finder, which allows you to share your location in the library on an interactive map. You are not required to enter a location to use Booth Tools. If you choose to share your location, your friends will be able to see a map with the location you selected marked by an icon. You will also be able to see the locations of your friends who have shared a location.

    To add Booth Tools, just search for "Booth Tools" in Facebook and add the application.

  • Commencement at EIU

    Featuring an array of academic regalia and archival photographs, this exhibit from the Alumni Services Office focuses on the history and customs of commencement exercises at Eastern. On display are such items as the presidential chain of office, the official academic mace, various diplomas and caps and gowns. Curated by Chelsea Frederick, Robert Hillman and Stacey Knight-Davis, the exhibit will be on display in the north lobby through May.
  • Super-Short Writing Contest Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the Super-Short Writing Contest winners!

    While timid and somewhat reclusive, the common library gnome (gnomus librarium) offers the amateur gnomewatcher a fascinating glimpse at the innermost private rituals of a rare and pleasantly mischievous social creature.
    --Loran Berg

    As he sat in a comfortable leather chair next to one of the large, Ionic columns that support the massive stone ceiling of the university's research library, his fingers clicked over his computer keyboard, searching for a clue, any clue, that might help him remember what it was that she said to him on that unforgettable day last summer in Nantucket when his life changed forever.
    --Suzann Bennett

    "Oh my," said the librarian Indiana Jones, "There's a monster in the reference section! This sounds like … a reading adventure!"
    --Darius Jutzi

    Swooping down to slake his thirst for a good read, the vampire chose the stone-clad library as the best place to hunt the latest Charlaine Harris novel.
    --Terri Strong

    I used to think that libraries would always be around, that there would always be books to read, but when the world was invaded by the Book Haters, I realized that something had to be done to save "The Last Library."
    --Tabitha Brown

  • Constant Motion: The Job of Railway Post Office Clerks

    "Constant Motion: The Job of Railway Post Office Clerks," on display in the Marvin Foyer through May 30, features primary sources provided by former railway post office clerks and loaned to the Eastern's Teaching with Primary Sources program. Exhibit themes include "Before Boarding: Preparation, Schemes and Exams," "Doing the Job Right at 60-80 MPH: Tools of the Trade" and "The Final Run."
  • King Corn Screening

    Corn is everywhere. It's found in gum, toothpaste, bread, ice cream, peanut butter and many other foods. To produce that much corn, tons of chemicals are applied to the land, some of which end up in rivers, lakes, the ocean, our food and even us.

    These issues are explored in the films "King Corn" and "Big River." An exhibit providing more information on these films and related issues is on display in the Reference Hallway until the end of April. Screenings of "Big River" and "King Corn" will begin at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, Wednesday, April 21, in Phipps Auditorium, Physical Science Building.
  • Awards for Excellence Recipients Announced

    Please join us in celebrating the recipients of the Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity. A reception to honor the award winners will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room 4400. Light refreshments will be provided, and the presentation of checks and certificates will not take very long. Please join us for the presentation if your schedule allows.

    Winning entries receiving $300 each for their research projects.
    • James Buckwalter, an undergraduate student in History with Teacher's Certification, for Shipboard Insurrections, the British Government and Anglo-American Society in the Early 18th Century.
    • Madeline Landes, a graduate student in Educational Administration, for Personnel Administration Clinical Experience Examination: Collaborative Leadership
    • Holly Thomas, a graduate student in Political Science, for Curse of Diamonds;
    • Maegan Walsh, an undergraduate student in Elementary Education, for Christopher Columbus Revised: A Casebook and Unit Plan
    Honorable Mention Certificates for their research projects.
    • Brandon Hensley, a graduate student in Communications Studies, for New Age, Old Discourse: National Geographic, Orientalism, and Coverage of Afghanistan in the 21st Century
    • Anna Vieux, a graduate student in Art, for her exhibition, Anna Vieux
    • Good luck with finals

      Take a study break at the library Monday, May 3. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at 7:00pm on the 3000 level bridge.
    • School Memories

      What is one of your most vivid memories of school in Illinois? It can be about you, your teacher, a friend, the school building, an event, or something else. Submit your memories through the online form. More information on the exhibit is available in an article in Daily Eastern News.
    • Summer Library Workshops

      Library Technology Services will teach workshops on Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Access 2007, Microsoft Excel 2007, Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft Outlook 2007, Windows 7 and PantherMail. To preview the list or to sign up online, see the workshop schedule for a full list of available workshops. Advance registration is required to participate.
    • I-Share Catalog Interface Change

      Beginning on June 1, the I-Share catalog will have a new user interface, called VuFind. You may preview this new interface at https://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/all/vf/.

      This change is being made to improve the performance and speed of the I-Share catalog.

      The main change you will notice in the new interface is that you must create an account in the catalog to place requests or to see a list of items you have checked out. Creating an account is a simple one-time process. Once you have created an account, you may log in to the catalog with the user name and password you selected when the account was created instead of your Library ID number. More information why accounts are necessary is available in the VuFind Login FAQ. Instructions for creating an I-Share account are available in this tutorial.You may create an account now by following this link.

      Please note that items are requested using the "Request this item" link located directly under the information about each copy, as illustrated below. Selecting the first or second available copy displayed is recommended.

    • New Books List Updated

      Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,386 new print titles titles added in May, please see the complete May New Titles list.
    • Whimsy in the Kitchen

      Come and see a sample of the amazing variety of novelty ceramics produced in the 20th century. Everyday objects take on delightful and unexpected forms in this exhibit in the Reference Hallway. You'll find milk pitchers, cookie jars, sugars, creamers, and other assorted tableware in the shape of various animals and vegetables. On display until mid-summer. Curator Stacey Knight-Davis, with the assistance of library faculty and staff.
    • Jazz Blossoms

      This display, located in the Marvin Foyer, showcases famous jazz musicians over time. The curator is Allen Lanham.
    • 2009-2010 Cultivating Creativity Children's Art Exhibit

      The traveling exhibition "Cultivating Creativity 2009-2010: Consolidated Communications Children's Art Exhibit" continues its year-long tour and will be on display at Booth Library through June 28. Sponsored by Consolidated Communications and the Tarble Arts Center, the exhibit will travel to 12 area communities, from Assumption to Paris and from Tuscola to Effingham. Presented is art by 41 students, each representing a different school. The art was created during the 2008-2009 school year. This program showcases some of the outstanding art by area students and helps raise awareness of the importance of including the arts as part of the regular school curriculum. For more information about the "Cultivating Creativity" exhibit, contact the Tarble Arts Center at 217-581-ARTS (-2787) or tarble@eiu.edu.
    • Hawaii: Islands of Life

      This exhibit features images of the natural beauty of Hawaii and suggested books on Hawaii. Curated by Karen Whisler.
    • Titan Arum Exhibit

      Titan Arum in the H.F. Thut Greenhouse at Eastern Illinois University is producing its second flower. It first bloomed in 2008. 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 Marvin Foyer 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.
    • Online Catalog down June 27, 6:30am-10:00am

      The EIU Online Catalog, I-Share catalog, Find it @ EIU service, and CARLI Digital Collections will be offline from 6:30am-10:00am on Sunday, June 27. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
    • EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog unavailable

      CARLI staff are investigating a problem with the EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog this morning. The message "The catalog is not available" is displaying in the EIU Online Catalog. I-Share is searchable, but cannot retrieve holdings or item status information.
    • Changes to Database Subscriptions Effective July 1, 2010

      Contracts for the database PAIS and the Royal Society of Chemistry Archives have not been renewed. Several databases that cover public affairs and government information are still available. Please contact the Reference Desk for assistance in selecting a database for research in these areas. Articles from archival issues of journals from the Royal Society of Chemistry can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

      As of September 14, 2010, Wilson Select Plus will no longer be available. This change is due to cost increases associated with the termination of the FirstSearch platform. The majority of content provided by Wilson Select is available through alternative databases. Resources 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).

    • New Books List Updated

      Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 2,161 new print titles titles added in June please see the complete June New Titles list.
    • Celebrating President Gilbert C. Fite, 1918-2010

      This exhibit pays tribute to the career of Gilbert Courtland Fite, who served as Eastern's president from 1971-1976, and who died recently in Fort Myers, Florida at the age of 92. The exhibit traces Fite's life from a farm in rural South Dakota to a distinguished career as an agricultural historian and university administrator. Curated by University Archivist Robert Hillman, the exhibit will be on display in the south lobby of Booth Library for the rest of the summer.
    • New Books List Updated

      Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,153 new print titles titles added in July please see the complete July New Titles list.
    • I-Share Catalog Interface has Changed

      On June 1, 2010, the I-Share catalog was transitioned to a new user interface, called VuFind.

      This change was made to improve the performance and speed of the I-Share catalog.

      The main change you will notice in the new interface is that you must create an account in the catalog to place requests or to see a list of items you have checked out. Creating an account is a simple one-time process. Once you have created an account, you may log in to the catalog with the user name and password you selected when the account was created instead of your Library ID number. More information why accounts are necessary is available in the VuFind Login FAQ. Instructions for creating an I-Share account are available in this tutorial.You may create an account now by following this link.

      Please note that items are requested using the "Request this item" link located directly under the information about each copy, as illustrated below. Selecting the first or second available copy displayed is recommended.

    • I-Share Catalog Changes

      Request First Available Copy

      This option became available again on August 13, 2010. To request the first available copy of item, click on the "Request 1st Available" tab to the left of the Location tab. This is illustrated below. You may still request a specific copy of an item by clicking the "Request this item" link located directly under the information about each copy.


      Standardized 28 day loan period

      Effective August of 2010, all borrowers in the I-Share system will be given a standard 28 day loan period. Borrowers may renew items up to three times. Each renewal will provide an additional 28 days from the current due date.

      My Account Login

      You must create an account in I-Share to request items or view the My Account screen. The "Create Account" link is illustrated below.


      Creating an account is a simple one-time process. Once you have created an account, you may log in to I-Share with the user name and password you selected when the account was created instead of your Library ID number. More information why accounts are necessary is available in the VuFind Login FAQ. Instructions for creating an I-Share account are available in this tutorial.You may create an account now by following this link.

    • Eastern's Wireless Network Changes

      This following information is provided by Information Technology Services (ITS) at Eastern Illinois University. The wireless network in Booth Library is maintained by ITS and the new log-in procedures apply to wireless access within the building. For further information, please see http://its.eiu.edu/

      In order to improve wireless security and protect network integrity, a sign-on procedure similar in concept to that employed for office desktop PCs is being implemented for laptops.

      With the new authentication procedure, faculty and staff will log in with their EIU username and password when using a laptop, just as they do with their desktop PCs. Benefits to Eastern include better protection against virus infections, control of illegal peer-to-peer file sharing, improved ability to detect malicious activity on the network and prevention of unauthorized network access by non-university users.

    • General Library Tours

      Booth Library is offering library orientation tours between August 24 September 29. Tours meet in the library's North Foyer at the following times:

      Mondays 6:00 p.m.
      Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.
      Wednesdays 5:00 p.m.

      Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend. 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.
    • Library Open House

      Booth Library Open House - Monday, August 30, 2010, 3:00 - 5:00.

      At this event you can meet the reference librarians, take tours of the building, discover hints for easier research, and gain an overview of library collections and services. Games, prizes and food will also be available!
    • New Books List Updated

      Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 757 new print titles titles added in August please see the complete August New Titles list.
    • JSTOR Temporarily Down

      Due to complications from a planed upgrade, one of JSTOR's data centers in temporarily out of service. You may notice that JSTOR is not available. In some cases, closing your browser and reopening it may bypass the problem. JSTOR technicians are working to resolve the issue.
    • Mexican Devotional Paintings Old and New

      This exhibit showcases a selection of 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century Mexican devotional paintings in the form of ex-votos and retablos, accompanied by historical and cultural information about the works exhibited. The display, located in the 3000 level of Booth Library, is curated by Kit Morice of the Tarble Arts Center.
    • Italy: The Good Life

      Three student art pieces that were completed this summer are on display in Booth Library's Marvin Foyer. As part of the independent project, "Italy: The Good Life," the faculty-led summer study abroad program is sponsored by EIU's Philosophy Department. The program, designed for all majors and all years of study, covered several cities in northern Italy. Teresa Britton is the curator.
    • Ballenger Teachers Center Story Time

      The Ballenger Teachers Center in Booth Library will once again offer storytimes on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Children ages 3-7 are invited to attend with a parent to hear stories and participate in craft activities. Dates for the storytimes are Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9. 16 and 30; and Nov. 6 and 13. There will be no storytime on Oct. 23 (Homecoming).
    • 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.
    • Exhibit Opening Reception - Teachers Tame the Prairie

      Booth Library invites you to the opening reception and program for the "Teachers Tame the Prairie: Vignettes of Eastern Illinois University and Education in Illinois" exhibition, set to begin at 7 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Marvin Foyer.

      Following opening remarks by President Bill Perry and Provost Blair Lord, Terry Barnhart and Charles Titus, professors of history, will present "The Coming of the Normal School: Vision and Mission in the Founding of Eastern Illinois University, 1895-1900" and "In Search of Eden: America's Endless Journey Toward School Reform," respectively, at 7:30 p.m. in the adjacent Reference West Reading Room. Light refreshments will be served.

      The exhibit will be on display in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library between Oct. 12 and Dec. 10 during regular library hours.

    • Discovering Normal Schools Through Primary Documents

      Thursday, October 14 -- 7 p.m., Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Discovering Normal Schools Through Primary Documents, Marie Fero, assistant professor, early childhood, elementary and middle level education, and Sheila Lambert, Title I reading teacher, Arland D. Williams Junior Elementary. This session will take a look at the past preparation of teachers. Primary sources are used to demonstrate how the traditional normal school practices compare and contrast to those used in colleges of education today.
    • School Days. . . Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well

      Thursday, Oct. 14 -- 4:30 p.m., Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      School Days. . . Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well, Past-Forward Memoir Writing Group (Ruth Jaenike, Marilyn Dudley, Trisha Burrus, Jane Gilbert, Marty Gabriel, Daiva Markelis, Bill Heyduck and Janet Messenger). Members of the Past-Forward Memoir Writing Group share their memories. The group, sponsored by the Coles County Arts Council, first met April 25, 2008. The writing group is composed of individuals from different backgrounds and who have multiple interests, as well as different levels of writing skills, styles and experience.

    • Film Screening - Blackboard Jungle

      Tuesday, Oct. 19 -- 7 p.m., Booth Library Conference Room 4440.

      "Blackboard Jungle," (1955), film. Moderated by David Bell, professor, Booth Library. Glenn Ford plays Richard Dadier, an eager new teacher at the inner-city North Manual High in this film which examines issues such as race, sexuality, violence and apathy, still controversial in schools today. Ford's idealistic determination to make a difference brings him into conflict with a group of young rebels led by Vic Morrow and the legendary Sidney Poitier. Directed by Richard Brooks (101 minutes).
    • Essential Legal Concepts for Teachers

      Wednesday, Oct. 20 -- 4 p.m., Buzzard Auditorium, Buzzard Hall.

      Essential Legal Concepts for Teachers in the PK-12 School, presented by John Dively, associate professor and chair of EIU's Educational Leadership Department. This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic legal overview of issues that pertain specifically to new teachers entering the PK-12 educational environment.
    • Chautauqua Yesterday-Consortium Today

      Thursday, November 4 -- 4:00 p.m. Library Conference Room 4440

      Chautauqua Yesterday-Consortium Today

      William A. Smith, Professor Emeritus, Recreational Administration

      This presentation will draw a parallel between the historic development and widespread activities of the Chautauqua education process and the present day revitalization of the consortial educational process. Consortia are generally external to the institution and are focused on a particular set of activities, thereby overcoming the holism of an institution. In consortium education, a new set of relationships, a new learning environment, and new rules are in effect. These and other related issues will be presented.

      William A. Smith is professor emeritus of recreational administration at Eastern Illinois University. He has served as dean and faculty member in the National Outdoor Recreation Rural Tourism Consortium. He is an avid collector and researcher of Chautauqua postcards and ephemera.
    • Documentary Film Screenings

      Tuesday, November 9 -- 7:00 p.m. Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Documentaries

      Moderated by David Bell, Professor, Booth Library

      The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005)

      Imagine the sight and sound of American nine- and eleven- year-old children performing Shakespeare's Hamlet or Henry V and understanding every word they recite. Imagine them performing well enough to elicit praise from such accomplished Shakespearean actors as Ian McKellen and Michael York, and to be invited to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. Now imagine those kids are recent Mexican and Korean immigrants attending a large Los Angeles inner-city public school in one of America's toughest neighborhoods. The Hobart Shakespeareans discovers how one man's uncommon commitment and resourcefulness have opened up worlds of opportunity for his disadvantaged students and perhaps have demonstrated a way forward for America's beleaguered public education system. (53 minutes)

      A Touch of Greatness (2003)

      In the 1960's, Albert Cullum rejected Dick and Jane for Shakespeare and Sophocles in his elementary school classroom, where students swam down the Mississippi River and hurled themselves from the walls of Troy without leaving school grounds. This portrait of America's most influential educator shows how Cullum ignited the imagination of a generation of children, teaching them how to find their own inner greatness. (56 minutes)
    • Critical Educational Ontology

      Wednesday, November 3 -- 4:00 p.m. Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Critical Educational Ontology

      Gustavo Albear, Assistant Professor, Secondary Education and Foundations

      This presentation examines the education model of Critical Educational Ontology (CEO) which focuses on the constructive criticality that education should develop in a student. It looks to the student's educational career as an ontological development process; the process of a being, the student, in the act of becoming individually better as a person and as a member of a society over time. CEO defines this goodness or betterment as a focal shift from an econo-centric mentality, subsidized by the hegemonic controlling power structure, to an aesthetic of existence that is dependent on the creation of beauty in or through a chosen process, or in the case of the student, a major.

      Gustavo Albear received his Ph.D. in curriculum, instruction and media technology at Indiana State University. At Eastern Illinois University, Professor Albear holds the rank of assistant professor in the department of secondary education and foundations. Gus has been an academic advisor at Eastern for the Gateway program with the Office of Minority Affairs.
    • Film Screening - Freedom Writers

      Tuesday, November 2 -- 7:00 p.m. Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Film - Freedom Writers (2007)

      Moderated by David Bell, Professor, Booth Library

      Based on the best-selling book The Freedom Writers Diary, this film tells the story of Erin Gruwell, an inner-city teacher faced with the daunting task of reaching a group of teens labeled as "unteachable" by an indifferent system. Gruwell rises to the challenge by encouraging the students to find their own voice and tell their stories. In the process, the teens learn about tolerance and discover their hidden potential. Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank leads a cast including Patrick Dempsey of Grey's Anatomy and recording artist Mario. (123 minutes)
    • Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie

      Tuesday, November 2 -- 4:00 p.m. Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie

      Elizabeth "Ellie" Carlson, Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar A costumed interpretation of a typical school day in northern Illinois, circa 1858. Ellie, dressed in appropriate period clothing, becomes schoolteacher Miss Isabella Hoffmann. Participants will travel back in time to 1858 and be given arithmetic, geography, recitation, and penmanship lessons.

      Elizabeth Carlson, also known as Ellie, is a museum curator with twenty-five years of experience in small and mid-sized museums. She currently serves as the Curator of Costume for the Winnetka Historical Society, but, as that is a part-time appointment, she also works with many other historical societies on special projects and exhibits. Ellie has a B.A. with honors from Roosevelt University and a M.A. in historical administration and museum studies from the University of Kansas. She completed her professional internship at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in the Division of Costume in 1987. She has mounted over thirty museum exhibitions, moved the entire collection of six institutions, and is the recipient of over twenty awards from the Illinois Association of Museums, the Illinois State Historical Society, and the American Association for State and Local History.
    • Re-Visioning Education

      Monday, November 1 (previously scheduled for Wednesday, October 27) -- 3:00 p.m. Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Re-Visioning Education

      Chris Kahler, Professor, Art Department

      Students from Painting III class, Eastern Illinois University The Eastern Illinois University Art Department is pleased to present the Painting III class' visual interpretation of their educational history combined with a historical interpretation of the advancement of education in Illinois. Responses vary from a nostalgic look back on their personal recollections to an insightful and realistic depiction of factual events and places. Come and see for yourself the wide variety of responses students have while participating within the system in which they critique.

      Chris Kahler received his B.F.A. at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1991. Within his junior year of college, he spent a semester abroad at Parson's School of Art And Design and the American University in Paris, France. He then went on for an M.A. at Eastern Illinois University in 1992 and an M.F.A. from Northwestern University in 1995 where he studied with Ed Paschke, James Valerio, and William Conger. He has been teaching at Eastern Illinois University since 1999, where he is professor of painting and drawing and graduate coordinator for the Art Department.
    • Film Screening - Stand and Deliver

      Tuesday, October 26 -- 7:00 p.m. Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Film - Stand and Deliver (1988)

      Moderated by David Bell, Professor, Booth Library

      Edward James Olmos stars as Jaime Escalante in this story of a teacher who turns a group of troubled Latino teens into students so dedicated that their scores on advance placement calculus tests are initially met with disbelief. Based on a true story, this stirring film demonstrates how a group of students were able to make academic history with the help of an inspirational, clever, and resourceful teacher. (103 minutes)
    • Westfield College: An Experiment in Morality

      Monday, October 25 -- 7:00 p.m. Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Westfield College: An Experiment in Morality

      Ryan D'Arcy, History graduate student, Eastern Illinois University

      In 1861, the United Brethren in Christ founded the Westfield Seminary, which three years later, in 1865, was incorporated as a coeducational college known as the Westfield College. This presentation will focus on the College's mission to educate the faithful as well as the United Brethren's abolitionist, pacifist, and egalitarian viewpoints. The equal treatment of women will be examined, as well as how the college worked within the wider context of its home community and the educational system of the United States.

      Ryan D'Arcy was raised in Westfield, Illinois, and grew up two blocks from the site of Westfield College. His interest in the College developed early in his life, and was pursued throughout his academic career. Ryan graduated in 2003 as salutatorian of the Casey- Westfield High School, and has been awarded two degrees from Eastern Illinois University— a B.A. in history and a B.A. in secondary education. He is currently working on his Master's thesis, which will complete his third degree from Eastern Illinois University.
    • Early English Instruction at Eastern Illinois University

      Monday, October 25 -- 2:00 p.m. Booth Library Conference Room 4440

      Early English Instruction at Eastern Illinois University

      Angela Vietto, Associate Professor, English
      Kim Hunter-Perkins, English graduate student
      John Klyczek, English graduate student
      Jacob D. Smith, English undergraduate student

      Following a number of lines of inquiry related to institutional history of English studies, Dr. Vietto and a group of students she is mentoring will discuss their project to utilize the resources in University Archives and Special Collections to learn about the early history of instruction in English at Eastern Illinois University.

      Angela Vietto is an associate professor of English at Eastern Illinois University and is affiliate faculty in women's studies. She studies and teaches colonial and revolutionary American literature, with interests in gender studies and publishing history. She received her Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania State University, where she also completed her undergraduate and post graduate degrees. Dr. Vietto also serves as the faculty mentor for a collaborative research project with a group of English majors.
    • Online Catalog down Oct 31, 7:00am-10:00am

      The EIU Online Catalog, I-Share catalog, and Find it @ EIU service will be offline from 7:00am-10:00am Sunday, October 31. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
    • Louisa May Alcott: Transcendentalism’s Daughter

      This exhibit showcases the life of American novelist Louisa May Alcott. She is best known as the author of "Little Women." The display is located at the south entrance of Booth Library and curated by Janice Derr, Johna Shackles and Karen Whisler.
    • Library website unavailable Wednesday, November 24

      Due to a scheduled electrical outage on Wednesday, November 24 the library website will become unavailable at 5:00 am and is expected return to service at noon. Off-campus access to library resources will also be unavailable during this period.

    • 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. 20 and 21. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 23. While Booth Library will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 24, faculty may call the Dean's office at 581-6061 for admission to use the collection. Please note that the library will be without electricity on Wednesday morning. The library will then be closed for the holidays (Nov. 25-26), and will resume normal hours on Sunday, Nov. 28.
    • 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.
    • Extended Hours for Finals

      The library will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 11. Regular hours are in place for the remainder of finals week. On Sunday, December 12, 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.
    • Booth Library awards for student research and creativity

      Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University announces its 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

    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

      Dr. Shonk and Dr. Raybin will be reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 5:00 p.m. in the Ballenger Teachers Center. Cookies and drinks will be provided. This event is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta.
    • Good luck with finals

      Take a study break at the library Monday, December 13. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at 7:00pm on the 3000 level bridge.
    • An Evening with Benjamin Franklin

      Wednesday, January 12,
      Half Past 7 o' clock, Booth Library Atrium

      An Evening with Benjamin Franklin
      Fred Krebs, Professor of History, Johnson County Community College

      Join Benjamin Franklin, portrayed by Fred Krebs, as he reminisces about his life and pursuit of a better world. Get to know Ben as he talks about his views on self-improvement, virtues, and religion. Discover firsthand the work he did in Philadelphia to create civic institutions and how he led the colonies to independence, at home and abroad. Share in the excitement as he talks about his inventions. There will be plenty of time for you to ask Ben Franklin any questions you have about his life and work.

      Fred Krebs is a professor of history at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Since 1985 Krebs has made history come alive for his classes and other audiences. Krebs has been an active Chautauqua speaker participating in Chautauqua programs in 16 different states with over 15 different historical characterizations and has donned the costume and delivered presentations as Benjamin Franklin more than 100 times. His recognitions include the "Patriot of the Year" in 2001 awarded by the Sons of the American Revolution and a Kansas Humanities Council Humanities Award for connecting people and ideas for more than 25 years in Kansas. He has also been honored with the Governor's Humanist of the Year award. Krebs has received degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri at Kansas City.