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‘The Hungarian Revolution at 65: An Exhibit’ now on display

Posted on October 5th, 2021

Sixty-five years ago, thousands of determined Hungarians — mostly young people — swarmed into the streets of Budapest to demand change. A brutal, corrupt communist government dominated their country since the end of World War II, and they had enough.

Eventually, hundreds of thousands participated. October 1956 heralded both great hopes and great dangers. In the end, Soviet troops poured into Hungary and drove all resistance into the ground.

“The Hungarian Revolution at 65: An Exhibit” at Booth Library showcases real artifacts from the revolt and honors the brave civilians who risked everything. Some of the protesters retreated into exile, some even coming to central Illinois. Among them was Dr. Bela Szigethy, who later settled and practiced medicine in Oblong, Illinois, and for whom this exhibit is dedicated.

The exhibit runs through November on the 3000 level of Booth Library. The public is invited to the exhibit opening at 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library.

For more information contact: Edmund Wehrle at

Try Out a Variety of Databases with Try-It! Illinois

Posted on October 2nd, 2021

Try-It! Illinois 2021, the annual statewide database trial sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library, is now available.

Try-It! Illinois offers the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. The trial period lasts through Nov. 30, 2021.

Vendors include ABC-CLIO, Adam Matthew, Newsbank, Bloomsbury, EBSCO, Oxford University Press, ProQuest, InfoBASE, GeoScienceWorld, Accessible Archives, Scholastic, and more. To access Try-It! Illinois, please visit the login page at the Booth Library website and enter your EIU netID and password.

Booth, Public Health, Health Comm to offer health literacy program

Posted on September 24th, 2021

Booth Library was awarded $18,000 from the National Library of Medicine to implement a health literacy program in the Southeastern region of Illinois.

With the award funding, Booth Library will partner with the EIU Department of Public Health and Health Communication program to create training that includes the National Library of Medicine Digital Health Literacy Program. Trainers will work with local public libraries and community organizations to customize the training to meet local needs.

“The ability to find, understand, and evaluate health information is a critical need in our community,” said Stacey Knight-Davis, Booth Library health and nursing librarian. “With the resources provided by Region 6 NNLM we will build a network of people in our area with the skills and knowledge to find and appraise health information online.”  

This program is being funded by Region 6 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, whose mission is to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

Developed resources reported in this press release are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM013729. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Inclusive excellence: Library highlights materials for Latino Heritage Month

Posted on September 22nd, 2021

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

This month, we focus on materials related to Latino Heritage Month, which is celebrated on the EIU campus through Nov. 2. Several activities are planned.

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

Movie displays are back!

Posted on September 20th, 2021

It’s been a while, but real-life, physical movie displays have once again returned to the fourth floor of the library!

There may be no better time for a movie display comeback than spooky season, and this one is jam-packed with a finely-curated selection of only the best Halloween-type films from our collection.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Feel free to stop by the desk and let us know — there’s a chance we might just have it.

Happy fall, and enjoy the movies!

EBSCO Academic Search Ultimate and CINAHL Complete now available

Posted on September 2nd, 2021

Booth Library recently upgraded two of our academic databases from EBSCO to better serve researchers.

Academic Search Ultimate is EBSCO’s largest multi-disciplinary article database, with over 4800 full-text, non-open-access journals, most of which are peer-reviewed, from over 80 countries.  It also provides access to a curated collection of over 4000 high-quality open access journals and over 75,000 videos from the Associated Press.

CINAHL Complete is a comprehensive research database for nursing and allied health, with over 1300 full-text journals, most of which are peer-reviewed, and numerous evidence-based care sheets.  Booth Library’s version of CINAHL Complete is set up with PICO Search, a form that helps you formulate search strategies for evidence-based practice (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome).

Please ask a librarian for more information or help using these databases.

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

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