Booth Library has recently completed a two-year project to digitize oral history interviews recorded on cassette tapes in the 1970s and 1908s. These oral history interviews can now be accessed in the Illinois Digital Archives at http://www.idaillinois.org/digital/collection/p16614coll47/search/.
The East Central Illinois Local History Oral Interviews project is a collection of 98 recorded interviews (including transcripts) with residents of East Central Illinois, particularly Coles County, as well as with important political figures and Eastern Illinois University faculty and staff.
The interviews were conducted mostly in the 1970s and 1980s by graduate students of History at EIU. Until now, the cassette tapes have been safely stored away but difficult to access in University Archives at Booth Library.
The participants in the interviews, many of them longtime residents of Coles County at the time of the interviews, represent firsthand accounts of such historical events as the Charleston-Mattoon tornado of 1917, rationing in Coles County during World War II, and insights into farming and domestic life as far back as the very early years of the 20th century. The interviews provide unique perspectives and observations from individuals who represent direct linkages to the past through their experiences.
Funding for the digitization of these cassette tapes was provided by a grant from the Illinois State Library, and the digitization project was managed at Booth Library by Bill Schultz, cataloging librarian, along with student Emily Sivia.
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 https://thekeep.eiu.edu/post_amerikan/.
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 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.
Booth Library has received a $14,000 grant to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. The NEA Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
Booth Library is one of 84 nonprofit organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program between September 2020 and June 2021. The local NEA Big Read program will focus on the book “An American Sunrise,” by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native American to hold the position.
Many local programs are being planned, including book discussions, performances, lectures, workshops and story times. Many community partners have expressed interest in co-sponsoring programs related to The Big Read, including the Mattoon and Charleston public libraries; Lake Land College library; Tarble Arts Center; Doudna Fine Arts Center; EIU English and History departments; Academy of Lifelong Learning; LifeSpan Center; Coles County Arts Council; and various community book clubs.
The book also will be available to students in EIU English classes, as well as to high schools in the region through the Eastern Illinois Writing Project and Eastern Illinois University Teaching with Primary Sources initiatives.
“We are very fortunate to be able to present the Big Read program here in East Central Illinois,” said Zach Newell, dean of Library Services. “So many community partners came forward to support this program, and we look forward to working with them all as we hold important discussions surrounding ‘An American Sunrise.’”
More details about the local NEA Big Read program can be found here (https://library.eiu.edu/bigread). For more information, contact Janice Derr, Big Read project director at Booth Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-581-7555.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
In collaboration with the 90+ Illinois academic libraries in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Booth Library’s catalog search, I-Share request system and user account system was updated to the Ex Libris company’s Alma/Primo VE Integrated Library System on June 24, 2020.
The change came after more than 18 months of planning and preparation.
Booth library’s homepage remained largely the same, with only the “Books and Movies” tab searching the new catalog system. The Booth Library catalog includes searching for books, videos, CDs, and more in our local collection, as well as the option to expand your search to request items from our I-Share network of 90+ academic and research libraries throughout the state.
Library users will find all their current circulation information up to date and current in the new system, so you don’t need to worry about materials you have checked out. Booth Library’s Research Engagement and Scholarship group will be releasing additional information about how to use the system and about changes you might not have anticipated. You may always contact us with questions.
One of the improvements is a streamlined login process that allows you to manage your library loans, make new requests, save searches and create lists and favorites. Another advantage of the new search interface is one you will discover quickly once you perform a search. Whereas the library catalog search previously was limited to searching for books and other materials held in Booth Library, now have the option to search for articles and books in a single search box.
Booth’s Articles tab will remain the same this summer, searching selected EBSCO databases as well as the option to search JSTOR or Google Scholar, but the new catalog search will provide an additional point to search across many of the library’s databases and subscription content. More information on that expanded search capability will be forthcoming.
Access to Booth Library’s research databases remain accessible and unchanged. As always, the librarians at Booth are working hard to provide EIU with the best and most convenient access to information. You may get help right away, make an appointment, request instruction for yourself or for your class, or collaborate with a librarian on delivering specialized content and instruction.
The periodical review for 2020 is underway. The lists of periodical and standing order titles proposed for cancellation can be found here.
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 https://thekeep.eiu.edu/edible_book_festivals/.
Two elder statesmen of the Jazz world, Pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., and saxophonist Lee Konitz have died after contracting COVID-19.
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 https://search-proquest-com.proxy1.library.eiu.edu/docview/2385557215?accountid=10705
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.
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
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 https://search-proquest-com.proxy1.library.eiu.edu/docview/2390408515?accountid=10705
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.
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
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
The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library honored nine students as winners of the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.
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.
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 https://thekeep.eiu.edu/lib_awards_2020_docs/
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