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2012 News

  • 1,434 New Titles in December

    During the month of December, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,434 new print titles. The list can be view at http://www.library.eiu.edu/newtitles. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers' Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.
  • Ballenger Teachers Center Spring 2012 Storytimes

    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 this spring begin on January 28th at 10 am. Other dates include February 4, 11, 18, and 25 and March 3.
  • General Library Tours

    Booth Library is offering library orientation tours between Jan. 9 and Feb. 15. (The library is closed on Jan. 16, so there will be no tour that day.) Tours meet in the library's North Foyer at the following times: Mondays -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays -- 11 a.m. Wednesdays -- 5 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.
  • Sarah Johnson wins Louis Shores Award for book reviewing

    Sarah L. Johnson, professor of library services at Eastern Illinois University and author of the blog Reading the Past, is the 2012 winner of the Louis Shores Award, an annual honor presented by the Reference and User Services Association to recognize excellence in book reviewing.

    Read the full story at:

    http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2012/01/22/2012-louisshores/
  • Ballenger Teachers Center Spring 2012 Storytimes

    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. Remaining storytimes this spring include February 4, 11, 18, and 25 and March 3, all beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Ballenger Teachers Center Spring 2012 Storytimes

    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. Remaining storytimes this spring include February 11, 18, and 25 and March 3, all beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Charles Blakely Hall: From Eastern Student to Tuskegee Airman

    Charles Hall played football for Eastern in the late 1930s. During World War II he became famous as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen—a squadron of African-American pilots. Captain Hall compiled an admirable record in the service, becoming the first African-American to shoot down an enemy aircraft. An exhibit about Capt. Hall is now on display in the Marvin Foyer, including a "G. I. Joe" toy that was actually based on the exploits of Charles Hall himself.

    Curators: Robert Hillman and Johna Von Behrens
  • Ballenger Teachers Center Spring 2012 Storytimes

    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. Remaining storytimes this spring include February 18 and 25 and March 3, all beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Ballenger Teachers Center Spring 2012 Storytimes

    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. Remaining storytimes this spring include February 25 and March 3, all beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Medieval Music, Magic, and Monsters

    Medieval Music, Magic, and Monsters will be held on February 29, 2012 in the Witters Conference Room, Booth Library, Room 4440.

    2:00 Monsters in Late Medieval Music Theory: Medusa, Chimera, and the Three-Eyed Monopode in French and Italian Treatises Luminita Florea, Department of Music

    3:00 A Reading of Geoffrey Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale Francine McGregor and Timothy Shonk, Department of English With selections from the Wife of Bath's Prologue read by David Raybin and featuring the Many Voices of Rosemary Buck Readings will be in Middle English

    Reception following

    Sponsored by Medieval Studies Committee and Booth Library
  • Ballenger Teachers Center Spring 2012 Storytimes

    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. The storytime will be held on Saturday, March 3, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Booth Library's Edible Book Festival

    The Edible Book Festival will be held on Monday, April 9 at 5pm and all are invited to attend. An "edible book" is something that looks like a book or is book-themed and is made out of food. If you would like to participate, you can fill out this online application: http://www.library.eiu.edu/exhibits/edible-book/application.html. Prizes will be awarded to the best entries in the show.
  • Booth Library's Edible Book Festival

    The Edible Book Festival will be held on Monday, April 9 at 5pm and all are invited to attend. An "edible book" is something that looks like a book or is book-themed and is made out of food. Snacks will be provided at the reception. Prizes will be awarded to the best entries in the show.
  • Titanic Centennial Exhibit

    In remembrance of the sinking of the Titanic and the death of more than 1,500 people 100 years ago, Booth Library has set up a month-long display in the south lobby. The exhibit features images of the Titanic, some of its famous passengers, and facts about the sinking of this magnificent ship on the tragic night of April 14-15, 1912. Also featured are images and facts about an excursion boat called the Eastland, which capsized three years later while tied to a dock on the Chicago River, resulting in the death of 848 men, women and children—more than half as many people as were killed on the Titanic. Curators: Bob Hillman and Johna Von Behrens.
  • Periodical Review List

    The lists 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.
  • Building Memories Exhibit

    The Eastern Illinois University community has defined itself over the years socially, politically, and culturally. These pervasive aspects of EIU's past and present can be seen in the naming of buildings, the design of landscapes, the dedication of memorials, and through current and forgotten campus traditions and memories.

    How these memories have been created will be the subject of an exhibition and related public program at Booth Library on Thursday evening, April 12th, at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition and public program are jointly sponsored by the History Department's M. A. in Historical Administration Program and the staff of Booth Library. The exhibit will examine Eastern's grounds, buildings, and aspects of campus life through the lens of public memory.

    Graduate students in the Historical Administration class of 2011-2012 will summarize the themes of the exhibit and share their research in a special opening program. Questions from the audience at the conclusion of the student presentations will be encouraged. Admission is free.

    Please join us in remembering EIU.

  • Annual Book Sale

    The annual book sale will be held outside the north entrance of the library on Wednesday, April 11, 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. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.
  • Opening Program

    Thursday, April 12, 2012,
    7:30 p.m. Booth Library West Reading Room

    Aurora Erickson, Nicholas Klein, Anna Studstill, Alan Hanson, Kim Looby, Samantha Sauer, Beth Sylak, Becky Leedy, Emily Irwin, Maren McKee

    Join Eastern Illinois University graduate students as they highlight themes from their year-end exhibit, "Building Memories: Creating a Campus Community." Discover key moments and memories that have contributed to the school's social and cultural identity. Explore how the campus has evolved into a unique community. Get to know more about the buildings and landscape features seen on campus - and those that have been lost to time. Speakers from the graduate class will expand on elements featured in the exhibit. Questions at the conclusion of the presentation will be encouraged.
  • All EBSCO databases down

    EBSCO Publishing has a system-wide technical issue and none of its services are currently available. Additional updates will be posted as new information becomes available.
  • NoteBooth newsletter now available

    The current issue of NoteBooth, the newsletter of Booth Library, is available at http://www.library.eiu.edu/notebooth/ Remember to visit us for our upcoming Building Memories and National Library Week events! In an effort to conserve resources, NoteBooth is no longer distributed in print.
  • Making Sure Everyone Remembers the Same Thing!

    Monday, April 16, 2012
    5:00 p.m., Witters Conference Room, Booth Library 4440

    Debra Reid, Professor of History

    Making Sure Everyone Remembers the Same Thing!: How Collective Memory Creates a Public History

    Monuments, commemorations, folk sayings, text books, Fourth of July parades, movies. . . All of these things could be categorized under the broad heading of "collective memory." The term implies a shared and vested interest in a particular past. Collective memory and public history have become common phrases to explain the process of manipulating facts of an event toward the end of constructing an alternative past. Sometimes they selectively forgot and sometimes they concocted fictional accounts. The collective memory affected understanding of the past in significant ways. Historians have started to take collective memory seriously. This session will conclude with a suggested reading list of a variety of histories affected by collective memory and worth reading more about.

    Debra A. Reid holds a B.S. in Historic Preservation (Southeast Missouri State University), an M.A. in History Museum Studies (Cooperstown Graduate Program) and worked in open air museums before shifting careers. She completed an M.A. in History (Baylor University) and a Ph.D. (Texas A&M University) before joining the history department at Eastern Illinois University.

  • 2012 Awards for Excellence Winners Announced

    The Library Advisory Board of EIU's Booth Library has announced the 2012 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.

    Graduate student award recipients are: Philip Mohr for "Housing E.I.'s G.I.s and Married Students: The Story of Trailers, Barracks and Apartments at Eastern Illinois University"; Ashley McHugh for "King's Theatre Queens: Three Successful Women in the Early Classical Era"; and Ayaka Hisanaga for "The Relationship Between Dialectical Self and Hedonic, Eudaemonic and Social Well-Being." Undergraduate student award recipients are: Elizabeth Surbeck for "Comics for Children?"; Emily Schumacher for "Drinking Games Among College Students"; and Terri Strong for "A Dark Place of the Earth: London and the Roots of Urban Gothic." Hanna McHugh was selected to receive Honorable Mention for "Clean Water in Haiti."

    The student award recipients will be honored at a reception to be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Booth Library's Witters Conference Room (Room 4440). Each of the students will speak briefly about their entries, and receive recognition for their achievement. Everyone is invited to attend.

    The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The program encourages students to enhance their studies by utilizing the wealth of information available at Booth Library and other information venues. All entries were original works completed by Eastern students within the last 12 months.

    The award recipients were selected on the basis of excellence, creativity and the use of research resources. A digital copy of award entries will become part of the Library's institutional repository, The Keep.

  • A Walk Through Time

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012,
    4:00 p.m., Klehm Hall 2321

    Melanie Tracy Burns, Professor of Dietetics

    A Walk through Time: The History of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences

    What do you think of when you hear the term Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)? For some, images of a woman cooking and sewing in the home might first appear. For others, visions of an event planner, a registered dietitian for a national sports team, or a fashion designer at a New York runway event might flash through their minds. From 1913 to 2012, the School of Family and Consumer Sciences continues its rich heritage with a conviction and compassion for individuals and families throughout the lifespan. This session will trace the roots of our discipline from conception to our upcoming 100th anniversary.

    Melanie Tracy Burns, PhD, RD, has taught in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences since 1994. Dr. Burns has taught a wide variety of FCS courses while at EIU with Food Science being her favorite, and her research areas include food product development, evaluation, and the school lunch program.

  • Study Abroad Traveling Through Time

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012
    6:00 p.m., Witters Conference Room, Booth Library 4440

    Study Abroad Society, returning alumni

    Traveling Through Time: Study Abroad Alumni

    Studying abroad is often described as a "life-changing" or "transformative" experience. Students at Eastern are no exception. Since 2001, nearly 3,000 Eastern students have studied abroad all over the world, from China to France to Argentina. Some students spent two weeks in a foreign country, while others completed a semester overseas. Whether perfecting their language skills or exploring new cultures, each student had a unique and singular experience. Join us to hear from several of our returning students about their experiences and where they are today.

    Recently reenergized in Fall 2011, the Study Abroad Society is composed of undergraduate and graduate students who have returned from a study abroad experience, as well as students interested in studying abroad. The returning students act as mentors for others who are planning to go abroad, and support each other in a post-study abroad context. The mission of the Study Abroad Society is to "Bring EIU to the world and the world to EIU."

  • Lost Eastern

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012
    2:00 p.m. Witters Conference Room, Booth Library 4440

    Robert Hillman, Professor and University Archivist, Booth Library
    Dr. Robert Wiseman, Professor, Booth Library

    Lost Eastern

    Have you ever wondered what it was like at Eastern in the distant past? Well, this presentation will help to reveal some of those secrets. Using historical photographs from the University Archives, along with books and periodical articles about Eastern's history, the presentation will showcase buildings and campus features no longer in existence. Highlighted also will be individuals and groups who were once prominent on campus, but are now somewhat obscure. Examined finally will be some long lost traditions and events that once played an important role in the life of the campus, but which are now unknown or largely forgotten.

    Robert Hillman is a professor at Booth Library, and serves as university archivist and as a reference librarian. He holds a B.A. degree from Principia College, an M.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a master in library and information sciences degree from Brigham Young University. As university archivist for over 20 years, he has become knowledgeable about Eastern's history, and serves as a resource person for administrators, faculty, students and others interested in EIU's heritage. Mr. Hillman supervises Eastern's office of the Illinois Regional Archives Depository system, which contains vital records and other materials from counties in east-central Illinois. His research interests include local history, genealogy, topics in Eastern Illinois University institutional history, and Abraham Lincoln. He serves on the Embarras Valley Film Festival committee, and is currently president of the Coles County Genealogical Society.

    Dr. Robert C. Wiseman holds undergraduate and Master's degrees from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate from Indiana University. He works in University Archives and teaches digital photography in the School of Technology. He has published numerous articles and photos. In June, he will be conducting a photographic workshop at the Douglas Hart Nature Center.

  • History of Study Abroad

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012
    12:00 p.m. Witters Conference Room, Booth Library 4440

    Traveling Through Time: A History of Study Abroad
    Kelly Holland, Coordinator; Sara Boro, GA; Nicole Mangiaracina, GA

    Eastern Illinois University has been sending students abroad for more than a decade. In 2005, our first director was named and the Office of Study Abroad was launched. Over the years, thousands of students have traveled across the world, adding an international perspective to their Eastern experience. Since 2005, the office has experienced growth in enrollment numbers as well as locations. Today, the Office of Study Abroad is partnered with 32 universities from New Zealand to Costa Rica, and five third-party programs. Join the staff from the Office of Study Abroad as they present a look back at the beginnings of study abroad at Eastern, and where we plan to go from here.

    Sara Boro received her B.A. in communication studies from Eastern Illinois University in May of 2011 and is currently a first year graduate student in the College Student Affairs Graduate Program. During her time as an undergraduate, Sara studied abroad in Ecuador, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. In Charleston, Sara volunteers at the Newman Catholic Center as an English tutor and as a member of the Fair Trade for Global Justice Committee. Sara will travel to India this summer to complete an internship in Student Affairs.

    Kelly Holland is the Study Abroad Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. Kelly holds a B.A. in International Business Management and Spanish from Moravian College and a M.Ed. in Comparative & International Education from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Eastern, she spent the 2010-11 academic year abroad in Spain teaching English for the Spanish Ministry of Education. Prior to Spain, she spent four years on the staff at Lehigh University.

    Nicole Mangiaracina will graduate with an M.A. in Communication Studies in May 2012. She received her B.A. in public relations and advertising in May 2010 from Eastern Illinois University. Nicole recently completed her first study abroad experience with a short-term faculty led program to Florence, Italy. Nicole also interns at the Health Education Resource Center at Eastern.

  • Back to the 80s at EIU

    Friday, April 27, 2012
    3:00 p.m. Witters Conference Room, Booth Library 4440

    Beverly Nickelson

    Back to the 80s at EIU

    Blast to the past with 1989 EIU alumna, Bev Nickelson. Find out just what it was about Eastern Illinois University's campus and community that made it a perfect model for the fictional Central Illinois University in her novel, Three Daves (written under the pen name Nicki Elson). She'll discuss the role of EIU's campus, its buildings, and its "characters" in her real life experience and explain how she translated memories into fiction.

    Beverly graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1989 with a B.S. in Finance. In the years that followed, she worked as an investment analyst in Chicago while earning her M.B.A. from DePaul University. She progressed in her investment consulting career until motherhood called her home full time. She didn't intend to become a writer, but that's what happened when she turned the skills she'd honed in business writing toward something more creative—what better inspiration than her days at EIU?

  • 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.
  • Good luck with finals

    Take a study break at the library Monday, April 30. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at 7:00pm on the 3000 level bridge.
  • EIU Online Catalog Interface has Changed

    On May 10, 2012, the EIU Online catalog was transitioned to a new user interface.

    This change was made to improve the performance, speed, and accessibility of the EIU Online catalog.

    The main change you will notice in the new interface is that you must create an account to see a list of items you have checked out or renew items. If you have already created an account in I-Share, you can use the same login and password for the EIU Online Catalog. If you have not created an account in I-Sahre, 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.

  • Online Catalog down Sunday, May 20, 6am to 10am

    The EIU Online Catalog, and I-Share catalog will be offline from 6:00am-10:00am Sunday, May 20, 2012 from 6am to 10am. This downtime is scheduled to perform system maintenance.
  • Online Catalog down May 25, 10pm to May 27, 5am

    The EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog will be offline from 10pm on Friday May 25 until 5pm on Sunday May 27. This downtime is scheduled to perform equipment upgrades.
  • 1,736 New Titles in May

    During the month of May, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,736 new print titles. The list can be view at http://www.library.eiu.edu/newtitles. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers' Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.
  • Library hosts associates from the Mortenson Center Today

    Booth Library is hosting 19 visitors from the Mortenson Center today. The guests come from Bulgaria, Egypt, Japan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Krygyz Republic, Nigeria, and South Africa.

    The mission of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs is to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace.

    Over 900 librarians from more than 90 countries have participated in professional development programs offered by the Mortenson Center, the only one of its kind in the world. For more information, see the Mortenson Center website.
  • ProQuest databases down for maintenance on Saturday, June 30

    ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Saturday, June 30, 2012. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance to install the latest enhancements to the ProQuest platform. The window will take place from Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 9:00pm to Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 9:00am.

    Resources that will be unavailable during this period include: American Periodicals Series, British Periodicals, the Historic New York Times and Chicago Tribune, the current Chicago Tribune, and Physical Education Index.
  • Exhibit Tour and Discussion

    Thursday, July 19, 2012, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Booth Library, Marvin Foyer

    Robert Hillman, Professor and University Archivist, Booth Library

    Building Memories: Creating a Campus Community, Exhibit Tour and Discussion

    Attendees must register by July 17, 2012. Please call 217-581-5114 to register.

    The EIU Community has defined itself through social, political, and cultural terms; often subtle, these pervasive factors can be seen in the naming of buildings, landscapes and memorials, as well as through current and forgotten traditions and memories. Participants will have a guided tour and exhibit exploring these themes throughout campus, followed by a group discussion.

    The Academy of Lifetime Learning is a learning community sponsored by the School of Continuing Education . The Academy is open to everyone in the area who is age 50 and over and who has a curiosity and desire to learn.

  • 1,456 New Titles added in June

    During the month of June, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,456 new print titles. The list can be view at http://www.library.eiu.edu/newtitles. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers' Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.
  • 2011-2012 Cultivating Creativity Children’s Art Exhibit

    The traveling exhibition Cultivating Creativity 2011-2012: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibit ends its year-long tour in Charleston at Booth Library, 600 Lincoln Ave. The exhibit will be on view through August 5th. Cultivating Creativity showcases some of the outstanding art produced through east-central Illinois school art programs. Presented is art by 43 students, each representing a different school. The art was created during the 2010-2011 school year.

    Representing schools in the Charleston area are Cade Lawless, Carl Sandburg Elementary School; Lucas Hawk, Jefferson Elementary School; Lynsay Kibler, Mark Twain Elementary School; and Hannah Buescher, Ashmore Elementary School

    Lawless’s mixed media piece, “Forest of Beech Trees,” was created in the second grade at Carl Sandburg Elementary School, under the instruction of Heather Bryan. Fourth grader Hawk, at Jefferson Elementary School, was under the direction of Mandy White when he created his marker drawing “A Handful of Patterns.” At Mark Twain Elementary School, kindergartener Kibler painted “Gordy the Fish” in watercolor resist under Penny Hess. “Horse Hannah”, a tempera piece by second grader Buescher, was also created under the direction of Penny Hess at Ashmore Elementary School.

    Cultivating Creativity 2011–2012 is sponsored by Consolidated Communications and the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. The exhibit will travel to 14 area communities, from Assumption to Paris and from Tuscola to Effingham. The Tarble Arts Center teams with Consolidated Communications in this annual program to showcase some of the outstanding art by area students and to help raise awareness of the importance of including the arts as part of the regular school curriculum.

    The 2011 report “Reinvesting in Arts Education” emphasizes the correlation between arts education and brain development. “Increasingly, researchers are finding evidence that early arts education is a building block of developing brain function.” Anne Duncan in the report “Reinvesting in Arts Education” emphasizes the importance of the arts in a comprehensive education at an early age. Duncan writes, “to succeed today and in the future America’s children will need to be inventive, resourceful, and imaginative. The best way to foster that creativity is through arts education.”

    Area schools participating this year include: Altamont CUSD #10; Arthur District #305; Charleston District #1; Casey-Westfield Junior and Senior High Schools; Central A&M District #21; Central Grade School, Effingham; Crestwood Unit #4 School, Paris; Effingham High School; Kansas District #3; Main Street and Moulton Schools, Shelbyville; Mattoon District #2; Neoga CUSD #3; Oakland District #5; Okaw Valley District #302; South Side Elementary School, Effingham; St. Anthony Grade School, Effingham; Stewardson-Strasburg District #5A; St. Mary’s School, Paris; Sullivan Middle and High Schools; Tuscola High School; and Windsor District #1.

    The exhibit is comprised of art works in a wide variety of media and styles. Included are paintings in tempera, acrylic, and watercolor; drawings in ink, pastel, colored pencil, crayon, chalk and graphite; and collage. Other media represented are woven reed, scratch board, digital photography and mixed media.

    Cultivating Creativity is a community engagement program of the Tarble Arts Center. The Tarble also offers a variety of other educational programs for area schools, including a tour/workshop Enrichment program that is open to area fifth grade and to junior/senior high art students, a month-long artist-in-the-schools residency, guided tours, and teacher workshops. Most programs are presented free of charge to the participating schools and supported through Tarble membership contributions and the Tarble Arts Center Endowment/EIU Foundation.

    For more information about the Cultivating Creativity exhibit or other programs contact the Tarble Arts Center at 217/581-ARTS (-2787) or tarble@eiu.edu. The Tarble is funded in part by the Tarble Arts Center Fund/EIU Foundation, Tarble Arts membership contributions, and program sponsors. A division of the EIU College of Arts & Humanities, the Tarble is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

  • Online Catalog Scheduled Downtime

    The EIU Online Catalog and I-Share catalog will be offline Sunday, July 29, from 12:01am until 10am. This downtime is scheduled to perform equipment upgrades.
  • 1896-2012 Summer Olympic Posters

    This exhibit showcases Summer Olympic posters from 1896 to 2012. The posters explore relationships between sport and art, politics and place, commerce and culture. On display through Aug. 20 in the South Lobby and University Archives. Curated by Johna Von Behrens.
  • 866 New Titles added in July

    During the month of July, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 866 new print titles. The list can be viewed at http://www.library.eiu.edu/newtitles. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers' Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.
  • General Library Tours

    Booth Library is offering library orientation tours between August 20 and September 26. (The library is closed on September 3, so there will be no tour that day.) Tours meet in the library's North Foyer at the following times: Mondays -- 3 p.m. Tuesdays -- 11 a.m. Wednesdays -- 5 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.
  • ProQuest databases down for scheduled maintenance

    ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Saturday, August 18, 2012. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 10:00 ET.

    The following products will be unavailable during these windows:
    • New and Legacy ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series
    • Chadwyck-Healey products with domain names ending with chadwyck.com
    • Illumina products such as Technology Research Database, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, and Sociological Abstracts
    • Genealogy and local history products including African American Heritage, Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, ProQuest Obituaries and Digital Sanborn Maps
    • K-12 products, including eLibrary and SIRS
    • ProQuest Digital Microfilm and online dissertation products
  • Special Children's Storytime at Booth Library

    The EIU Faculty Brass will present a program entitled Animal Circus in the Reference Room of Booth Library on campus at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m. As part of Family Weekend programming, it will include musical works and narration and will be appropriate for the young and the young-at-heart. They will perform Tony Plog's Animal Ditties, Jan Koetsier's Children's Circus and other works, as well as demonstrate their instruments and take questions from the little ones in the audience. Animal puppets will be provided for children to use during the performance. Members of the group include Dr. Andrew Cheetham, Trumpet; Dr. Jeremy McBain, Trumpet; Dr. Katie McBain, Horn; Dr. Jemmie Robertson, Trombone; Mr. Todd French, Tuba. Other Children's Storytimes this fall will take place at 10am on October 6th, 20th, 27th and November 3rd and 10th in the Ballenger Teachers Center.
  • Guit(art)

    "Guit(art) Bass Guitar," Marvin Foyer, Marlene Slough and Robert Hillman, curators. On display is a 1966 Fender jazz bass guitar decorated by Mike Getz. This instrument is part of the Mark Rubel Collection currently on exhibit in the Tarble Arts Center. Runs through September 30.

    Also on display are Martin, Electra, Hondo, and Jackson guitars from the collection of Glen Davis.
  • Mexican Folk and Popular Art

    Curated by Kit Morice, a survey of Mexican popular and folk art forms, including ceramics, masks, papel picado, papier-mâché, and works inspired by el Día de los Muertos is on display in the Reference hallway through October 14. This exhibition is in observance of Latino Heritage Month at EIU.
  • 903 New Titles added in August

    During the month of August, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 903 new print titles. The list can be viewed at http://www.library.eiu.edu/newtitles. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers' Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.
  • A Symposium on Ancient Greece

    A Futuristic Look Through Ancient Lenses: A Symposium on Ancient Greece will be presented at EIU Oct. 3-Nov. 7. Programs will include lectures; film screenings; theater, dance and music performances. For more information and a complete schedule visit the symposium website. All programs are free, and the public is invited. The symposium will begin with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the West Reading Room at Booth Library. The special guest will be Ioanna Efthymiadou, consul general of Greece in Chicago. Efthymiadou is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. as part of the opening program and will give another lecture at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 in Witters Conference Room 4440 at Booth Library. Following Efthymiadou’s visit to campus, the Symposium on Ancient Greece will continue with a variety of speakers from throughout the Eastern and Charleston community. Ancient Greek myths, food, technology, theology, society, business, geography, philosophy, sports, architecture and science are among the topics to be featured. In addition, two films, The Dawn of Democracy and The Real Olympics, will be shown and Eastern students will explore Greek theater from a female perspective in Daughters of Dionysus. The symposium will close at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the McAfee North Gymnasium with a demonstration of Ancient Greek sports and dance, and a musical performance by members of the Panther Marching Band. Throughout the month, related exhibits on Ancient Greece will be on display in the North Lobby and Marvin Foyer of Booth Library. The monthlong symposium is presented by the School of Technology, Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, and Booth Library, with sponsorship from the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Sciences, and College of Education and Professional Studies.
  • Ancient Greece exhibits

    A variety of exhibits examining Ancient Greece will be on display in the North Lobby and Marvin Foyer of Booth Library from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19. The exhibits are in conjunction with A Futuristic Look Through Ancient Lenses: A Symposium on Ancient Greece, which will be held on the Eastern campus from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7. The exhibits were curated by library faculty, staff, and EIU students. They focus on several topics: Arts and Humanities of Ancient Greece, Sciences of Ancient Greece, Alexander the Great, Greek Philosophers, Ancient Greece Through Fiction, Military History of Ancient Greece, Fables, Festivals, Gods and Heroes: Religion in Ancient Greece, Greek Mythology for Children and Nutrition. Further information on the exhibits and the symposium is available on the symposium website.
  • Children's Storytimes Fall 2012

    Children's Storytimes are being held at 10 am in the Ballenger Teachers Center on the following Saturdays during the fall semester: October 6th, 20th, 27th, November 3rd, and November 10th. Storytime is not held on October 13th because of EIU Homecoming and the parade. Join us for stories and crafts! Children ages 3-7 accompanied by parent or guardian are welcome.
  • 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.
  • 1136 New Titles added in September

    During the month of September, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,136 new print titles. The list can be viewed at http://www.library.eiu.edu/newtitles. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers' Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.
  • Gene Hackman: From Danville, Illinois, to Hollywood

    In conjunction with the Embarras Valley Film Festival (Nov. 1-3), this exhibit chronicles the life and career of "the versatile Gene Hackman" — star of stage, screen and television, and author of novels. Raised in Danville, Illinois, Hackman rose to greatest prominence in the film industry, appearing in almost 100 movies and winning two Academy Awards. Curated by Bob Hillman and Johna Von Behrens.
  • Children in Literature Revisioned in Film

    The Children in Literature Revisioned in Film exhibit, located in the South Lobby, highlights classic films featuring children to promote the English Department's Fall 2012 Literature Conference: "The Child in Literature." Curators: Janice Derr, Johna Von Behrens and Karen Whisler. On display through Nov. 16.
  • EIU student author to hold book signing

    A project started on a whim has transformed into a comprehensive 800-page Apple II manual for Eastern Illinois University student David L. Finnigan. After working on it off and on for about two years, The New Apple II User's Guide was published in June. Finnigan will host a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Marvin Foyer, north lobby of Booth Library, EIU. The public is invited. Copies of the book also will be for sale. The Apple II was produced from 1977 to 1993 and was one of the world's most popular personal computers at the time. Finnigan, who is from Lincoln, Ill., owns several Apple IIs. And he knows that many others also are pursuing the hobby. He noted that Apple II computers are sold regularly on eBay, and the price has been going up. However, many of the computers have incomplete software and hardware, and most books written about owning and using an Apple II were written in the 1980s. Because of this, Finnigan believes his book can be useful to Apple II owners by providing updated information and descriptions of technology. "I hope to help new people who are getting into the hobby of owning Apple IIs", he said. The book covers the basics of the Apple, how to identify the different models, the peripherals, how to set up the system, and programming in BASIC. However, it also gives updated information that isn't included in the original Apple II owner's manual. For example, the book's chapter on networking describes technology that didn't exist when the Apple II was being produced, such as connecting the device to the Internet. Another chapter gives tips for buying an Apple II and what other accessories will be necessary in order for the computer to work properly. "Without this information new users could be frustrated and wouldn't be able to enjoy their Apple II," Finnigan said. The New Apple II User's Guide costs $25 and is available for purchase at amazon.com or at http://macgui.com/newa2guide/.
  • Building a Brotherhood: Freemasons in Central Illinois

    Exhibit opening: "Building a Brotherhood: Freemasons in Central Illinois" On view at Booth Library on Eastern Illinois Universities campus November 28, 2012 through January 18, 2013 Opening reception, November 28, 4:30-6:00 p.m., West Reading Room, Booth Library

    "Building a Brotherhood" focuses on freemasonry in Central Illinois after World War II. Men established local masonic lodges as one of the first steps in establishing a community. Members were often community leaders, businessmen and progressives concerned about economic stability and personal health and security. They joined for various reasons including family involvement, the spirit of giving and the high moral standard associated with being a masons. Membership grew quickly after World War II, but critics of freemasonry exaggerated the fraternity's secretiveness and linked this to subversive behavior. Several things led to a downturn in membership during the 1960's as the counter culture movement challenged the tradition of belonging.

    Students enrolled in HIS 4930: Public History-Meaning & Method have researched, designed and installed this exhibit with the help of several Illinois masons including Michael Shirley, Department of History, Eastern Illinois University; Noel Dicks, Arthur; Frank Lincoln, Tuscola; Todd Creason, Fithian; Marc Wilson, Springfield; and William Jones, Villa Grove. Come meet the students and learn more about the history of freemasonry from those who have experienced it since the mid-1940s.

    For more information contact Debra A. Reid, Department of History, Eastern Illinois University, 217-581-7272; dareid@eiu.edu

  • Library Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday Week

    Library Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday Week During the holiday period (as stated in our annual calendar), the library will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20. While Booth Library will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 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. 22-24), and will resume normal hours on Sunday, Nov. 25.
  • Postcard Views into Coles County’s Past Part II

    This exhibit examines the history of buildings and sites in Coles County through postcards from the Booth Library collection. Curated by Ellen Corrigan. On display in the 3000 Level Corridor November 20, 2012 through January 10, 2013.
  • Extended Hours for Finals

    The library will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 10. Regular hours are in place for the remainder of finals week. On Sunday, December 11, 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.
  • 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.
  • Booth Library Holiday Hours for December 2012, January 2013

    Booth Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 17-21, 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. 26 and Jan. 2. January 3-4 the library will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will resume regular semester hours on Sunday, Jan. 6.
  • 1,000 New Titles added in November

    During the month of November, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,000 new titles. The list can be viewed at http://www.library.eiu.edu/newtitles. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers' Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.
  • America's Music

    Eastern Illinois University will end its program, “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” with a free concert on April 6 featuring 10 music and dance performances.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Dvorak Concert Hall in the Doudna Fine Arts Center, EIU. The event is free, and no tickets are required.

    A series of programs on “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” has been held on the EIU campus and in six East Central Illinois communities since Jan. 11. The series focused on six genres of music that are considered uniquely American: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz and swing, bluegrass and country, rock ‘n’ roll, and Latino and hip hop. All six genres of music will be represented in the April 6 concert.

    Musical performers will include Reverend Robert, a local blues musician; Flat Mountain, a bluegrass group made up of Mark Esarey of Charleston, Dennis Hart of Effingham, Roger Hart of Olney and Phillip Cramer of Casey; Motherlode, featuring folk music by Gaye Harrison, Wendy Meyer and Althea Pendergast; and the rock band Mark Rubel and Friends. Rubel is a music instructor at Eastern and a longtime bassist for Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets.

    The concert also will feature vocalist Marilyn Coles, the Unity Gospel Choir and the EIU Latin Jazz Combo. Dance performances will be presented by the EIU Dancers and the Zeta Phi Beta step dance team. In addition, a Broadway Showcase featuring area high school and college vocalists is planned.

    Related exhibits about “America’s Music” are on display at Booth Library on the campus of EIU. For specific information on the exhibits, click here.

    The “America’s Music” program is being led by Allen Lanham, dean of library services, and Paul Johnston, associate professor of jazz studies. It is being sponsored in part by Eastern Illinois University, College of Arts and Humanities, Booth Library, Doudna Fine Arts Center and the Coles County Arts Council. The program is made possible in part by a grant from the Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the Arts Outreach Program of the College of Arts and Humanities, EIU.

    “America’s Music” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. It has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

  • 2013 Awards for Excellence in 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