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Learn piano or guitar: For beginners to the professional musician

Posted on May 3rd, 2021

You know the library has books and DVDs and CDs and streaming movies and electronic media of all kinds. You know we have information professionals (aka librarians) available to support your educational and research needs. You know Booth Library has beautiful spaces and comfortable places to work and relax, you may even know about the technology newly available to support your digital projects in the Center for Student Innovation.

But did you know you can use Booth Library spaces and equipment to become a musician or expand your repertoire?

It’s true! Booth library has electric guitars (Dean Vendetta hardtail) available for use in the rehearsal rooms on the 4000 level of the library. Rehearsal rooms are equipped with amplifier emulation software offering the sound of 64 amplifiers, 77 speaker cabinets and 113 effects. The available software includes Amp KitPod Farm or Guitar Rig. Not only that, but there are two electric guitars available for use outside of the library at the Library Technology Services desk on the 400 level. A headphone amplifier and tuner are checked out with the guitars.

The two rehearsal rooms on the 4000 level are equipped with Yamaha Clavinova CLP 950M digital pianos with weighted keys. The pianos are attached to a computer to allow for multitrack digital recording.

And of course in addition to the equipment and rehearsal space, Librarians at Booth — notably Head of Library Technology Services Stacey Knight Davis and Liaison for Music and Head of Cataloging Bill Schultz — have created excellent research guides to help you find the best learning materials for any level and style you wish to learn. The Piano guide features beginner and adult piano instruction manuals as well as several jazz, rock, Latin and swing piano songbooks. Our catalog will help you find hundreds more.

The acoustic, electric and bass guitar guide boasts over 200 books on instruction from beginner to advanced, chords and theory along with dozens of music books on jazz, Latin, classical, rock, bluegrass, country, blues, songbooks and collections of hits from popular artists from the last century. Many come with accompanying CDs or DVDs.

Whether you already play and just want to brush up your chops with some books for home, or you have an interest in self-directed musical study and need the equipment to get started, the faculty and staff at Booth want to help you succeed.

Inclusive excellence: Library has a variety of diverse literature for children

Posted on April 9th, 2021

Booth Library has an in-depth collection of resources focusing on cultural acceptance and inclusivity. During 2021, our librarians will feature research guides on a variety of these topics.

During July and August, we focus on materials for children on diversity and inclusive topics. Sometimes called multicultural literature, diverse children’s literature is an umbrella term for a wide variety of books.

When exploring diverse children’s literature, it is helpful to think of the specific kinds of people and/or experiences you want to introduce to your students or children. Do you want to talk to your students about a specific disability? Do you want to compassionately address the issue of homelessness or poverty?

Please see our guide with search tips to find materials on a variety of specific topics.

To get access to physical materials, please contact your research librarian or complete this online request form to have the materials pulled by members of our Circulation staff. Access to the library’s bookshelves is currently prohibited due to the pandemic.

2021 Periodical and Standing Order Review

Posted on March 2nd, 2021

Booth Library’s annual Periodical and Standing Order Review is underway. The lists of periodicals and standing orders selected for cancellation are now available for review. This annual exercise is designed to ensure that library collections continue to meet the needs of library users. Titles are added or canceled based on input from the relevant academic departments.

Questions about the review can be addressed by individual subject librarians.

Post Amerikan available digitally

Posted on July 9th, 2020

Booth Library has completed the digitization of the Post Amerikan, the longest continuously published underground newspaper in America.

The Post Amerikan began publication in 1972 in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. An underground, alternative newspaper, it was run collectively by volunteers and funded by subscriptions, ads sales, and community fundraisers. The paper was published from 1972 to 2004, making its 32 years the longest continuous publication run for any underground newspaper in America.

EIU Professor Dr. Gary Fritz is leading research into the publication and is planning a documentary. Library staff members Todd Bruns, Stacey Knight-Davis and Tina Jenkins oversaw the digitization of the print editions of the Post Amerikan, on loan from the Bloomington Public Library.

To view the Post Amerikan in The Keep, EIU’s institutional repository, visit

Booth wins national PR awards

Posted on July 1st, 2020

Booth Library has been named the winner of two awards in the 2020 PR Xchange Awards Competition sponsored by the American Library Association.

The PR Xchange competition allows libraries of all sizes from throughout the United States to enter their best public relations materials in both print and digital categories. Entries are evaluated on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in public relations, graphic design, communications, and marketing.

Two digital entries submitted by Booth Library were named winners.

  • The booklet titled Center for Student Innovation: Creating a Cross-Disciplinary Hub for Active Student Learning in Booth Library won in the Advocacy/Fundraising/Annual Reports/Strategic Plans category. This project was designed to explain the vision and plans for the creation of a Center for Student Innovation at the library. The booklet was completed by an architectural consultant and edited by Zach Newell, dean of Library Services, and Newton Key, director of the Faculty Development and Innovation Center. It can be accessed online via The Keep, EIU’s institutional repository, here.
  • The documentary “To the Moon and Back” won in the Special Events and Exhibits category. The film was created in conjunction with WEIU-TV and the EIU Department of History to complement and promote the library’s spring 2019 exhibit, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond,” which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Andy Cougill, Booth librarian and exhibits coordinator, led development of both the exhibit and the documentary. “To the Moon and Back” serves as an oral history project, featuring interviews from several Coles County residents about their memories of the 1969 moon landing. The film is available to view online here.

The PR Xchange Awards are typically presented during the American Library Association’s annual conference; however, the in-person conference was canceled this year due to COVID-19. A virtual awards ceremony will take place at a later date. The awards program is managed by the PR Xchange Committee, part of the ALA’s Library Leadership and Management Association’s Marketing and Communications Community of Practice.

Periodical Review lists have been posted

Posted on May 4th, 2020

The periodical review for 2020 is underway. The lists of periodical and standing order titles proposed for cancellation can be found here.

Edible Book Festival winners named

Posted on April 27th, 2020

Pictured is the 2020 People’s Choice winner – “Jaws,” by Georgia Ryan, Carol Ryan and Jeremy Ryan

Pictured is the 2020 People’s Choice second-place entry – “Pineapple Couch: A Mother’s Day Surprise,” by Luke Grant, Marissa Grant, Mark Grant and Sher Lanham

Pictured is the 2020 People’s Choice third-place entry — “The Best Way to Identify a Bird Nest is by the Bird in the Nest,” by Jacqui Worden

Booth Library’s 10th annual Edible Book Festival was held virtually to celebrate National Library Week April 19-25.

Because of restrictions due to COVID-19, this year’s festival was held virtually. Participants created an edible art work based on a book and submitted photos of their entry. Then members of the public were invited to vote online for their favorites.

The winners were as follows:

First place: “Jaws,” by Georgia Ryan, Carol Ryan and Jeremy Ryan; based on the book, “Jaws,” by Peter Benchley.

Second place: “Pineapple Couch: A Mother’s Day Surprise,” by Luke Grant, Marissa Grant, Mark Grant and Sher Lanham; based on the book “Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch,” by Cynthia Rylant.

Third place: “The Best Way to Identify a Bird Nest is by the Bird in the Nest,” by Jacqui Worden; based on the book, “Peterson Field Guide to Birds’ Nests,” by Hal Harrison.

First-place winner Georgia Ryan, who helped to created “Jaws,” said they were glad the library had the Edible Book Festival again this year, as they have enjoyed attending in the past. “My son, daughter and I had lots of fun making this creation out of Rice Krispies, icing and assorted candies.”

The second-place entry, “Pineapple Couch: A Mother’s Day Surprise,” was created by 6-year-old Luke Grant. “Luke came up with this idea and did the construction on his own except for one grape dog. He had a blast. The green apple is the father, the red the mother, and the clementines are Luke and his brother Mark. The grape dogs are their pet dogs Sally and Barky.”

Third-place winner Jacqui Worden said she used a grapefruit half and linguini spaghetti to make her bird’s nest, and the habitat was made of leaf lettuce and twig pretzels.

Festival organizer Michele McDaniel thanked all of the participants in this first-ever virtual contest. “It was so much fun to see the photos of the entries come in, and we had a great turnout in people voting, too!”

All of the Edible Book Festival entries will be viewable in EIU’s institutional repository, The Keep, at

Recent Losses in the Jazz World

Posted on April 21st, 2020

Two elder statesmen of the Jazz world, Pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., and saxophonist Lee Konitz have died after contracting COVID-19.


Naxos Music Library, Jazz homepage

Through Booth Library’s subscription to NAXOS Music Library: Jazz, EIU can stream dozens of albums and hundreds of tracks  by these legendary artists (and their progeny). You can explore Naxos from these links or anytime from the library’s list of online resources.





From the Washington Post through Booth’s subscription to Proquest’s Global Newsstream:

“Mr. Marsalis was a leading jazz pianist in New Orleans for decades, but he did not gain widespread renown until his sons reached prominence as they helped lead a jazz revival in the 1980s. Wynton, a trumpeter who became an outspoken advocate for a return to the early traditions of jazz, has won nine Grammy Awards, is the co-founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and is probably the best-known jazz musician in the world. Branford, the winner of three Grammys, toured with Sting, led the “Tonight Show” band and is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. Two other Marsalis sons, trombonist Delfeayo and percussionist Jason, also became musicians, making them unquestionably the American first family of jazz.
“All I did was make sure they had the best so they could be the best,” Ellis Marsalis told Ebony magazine in 1993.
“They did the rest.”

Schudel, M. (2020, Apr 03). Pianist and patriarch of a New Orleans jazz dynasty. The Washington Post Retrieved from

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From the New York Times through Booth’s subscription to Proquest’s Global Newsstream:

Lee Konitz, a prolific and idiosyncratic saxophonist who was one of the earliest and most admired exponents of the style known as cool jazz, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 92.
His niece Linda Konitz said the cause was complications of the coronavirus. She said he also had pneumonia.

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1949–50: Subconscious-Lee (Prestige, 1949–50) aka Lee Konitz with Tristano, Marsh and Bauer

Mr. Konitz initially attracted attention as much for the way he didn’t play as for the way he did. Like most of his jazz contemporaries, he adopted the expanded harmonic vocabulary of his fellow alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, the leading figure in modern jazz. But his approach departed from Parker’s in significant ways, and he quickly emerged as a role model for musicians seeking an alternative to Parker’s pervasive influence.
Where modern jazz in the Parker mold, better known as bebop, tended to be passionate and virtuosic, Mr. Konitz‘s improvisations were measured and understated, more thoughtful than heated.
“I knew and loved Charlie Parker and copied his bebop solos like everyone else,” Mr. Konitz told The Wall Street Journal in 2013. “But I

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Lee Konitz Quintet, Peacemeal 1969

didn’t want to sound like him. So I used almost no vibrato and played mostly in the higher register. That’s the heart of my sound.”

Keepnews, P. (2020, Apr 17). Lee Konitz, ‘cool’ jazz saxophonist who blazed his own trail, dies at 92: [biography]. New York Times Retrieved from


For additional news and information about Marsalis or Konitz, follow these search result links:

Lee Konitz results from selected EBSCO Databases.

Ellis Marsalis results from selected EBSCO Databases.

Student Research and Creative Activity Conference online presentations 2020

Posted on April 15th, 2020

The Stay-at-Home order for Illinois and our transition to online instruction has not and will not deter the excitement for learning and expression of EIU students! The EIU Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College  presents the 2020 Student Research and Creative Activity Conference this year through the D2L Brightspace course management system. Oral presentations will be accessible to any participants through the links provided below.

Collaborate Ultra Session
(Running from 12:45-5 pm – sign in for as long as you like, when you like)

Phone Access – +1-571-392-7650 PIN: 652 600 8249


download presentation abstracts.

12:45 pm – Welcome and Recognition of Winners of the Distinguished Faculty Research Mentor Award   (Richard England, MC)

1 pm  – Culture and Identity (Dr. Richard England, Moderator)

Maya Hunter, Political Science, Foreign Languages
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Paul Janssen Danyi, Political Science
The Role of Language Education in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: The Case of Cyprus

Kathrine Gosnell, History
Cultural Hybridity in Burials During the Egyptian Ptolemaic and Roman Periods

2 pm – English Studies (Dr. Suzie Park, moderator)

Alexis Lawson, English
The Christian Recorder (1854)

Maria Ruettiger, English
The Significance of Women’s Hair Post-WWI

Angela Steineman, English
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bess Winter
The Cast of a Giant’s Shadow

3 pm – Sensory Ethnography (Dr. Angela Glaros, moderator)

Ryan Moore, Sociology
Faculty Mentor Angela Glaros, Sociology and Anthropology
Elbows Straight: Bodies, Space, and Power in Student-Led Organizations

Grace Osborn, Biology
Faculty Mentor Angela Glaros, Sociology and Anthropology
Smelling Cultures: Sensory Participation in a Laboratory Space

4 pm – Sustainability Studies  (Dr. Nichole Hugo, Moderator)

Yasmine Ben Miloud – Sustainable Energy (GRAD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nichole Hugo
Analysis of sustainable community development: A case study of a college town

Christine Kariuki – Sustainable Energy (GRAD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nichole Hugo
Sustainability Initiatives tracking and measuring in EIU

Martin Osei – Sustainability Studies (GRAD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nichole Hugo
Design of an Insulated Solar Electric Cooking Stove

Manjil Puri – Sustainable Energy (GRAD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Ping-Liu
Techno-economic study of Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station for rural midwestern town of the USA case study EV installation at Sarah Bush Hospital


Awards for Excellence winners announced

Posted on April 13th, 2020

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library honored nine students as winners of the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.

Graduate division:

Jennifer Coryell of Wheaton, Public Administration/Public Policy, won first place for her video, Plastic Pollution PSA.

Godwin Gyimah of Charleston, History, won first place for his paper, Into the World We Go, the Peace Corps Program as a Facet of America-Ghana Relations.

Md Nurul Islam of Bangladesh, Business Administration: Research, won third place for The Impact of Board Composition and Activity on Non-Performing Loans.

Tiffany Clapp of Olney, History, won honorable mention for her paper, Between the Waves: A Historiographical Analysis of the Long Women’s Movement.

Undergraduate division:

Maya Hunter of Charleston, Political Science, won first place for her paper, The Role of Language Education in Peacebuilding: The Case of Cyprus.

Haley Pierce of Lockport, SPE, ECSE/EC, won second place for her paper, Increasing On-Task Behavior with the Utilization of a Verbal and Visual Prompt.

Brooke Bayles of Flora, SPE: Early Childhood, won third place for her paper, Using Positive Reinforcement to Increase On-Task Behavior of a First Grade Student.

Cynthia Kmety of Peotone, Health Communication, won third place for her paper, Hypochondria and Interpersonal Relationships.

Sarah Mummel of Charleston, Environmental Biology, won honorable mention for her paper, The Effects of Gall Formation due to Gall-Inducing Insects on Solidago Altissima’s Stem Height.

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 research 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 are part of the Library’s institutional repository, The Keep, found at

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