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Study rooms, meditation room open for individual use

Posted on November 16th, 2020

Booth has reopened its fourth-floor study rooms and meditation room for reservations. The rooms had been closed for safety reasons during the pandemic.

“We’ve received several requests from students to reopen the study rooms,” said Zach Newell, dean of Library Services. “Students with online classes need private spaces to work, and after discussing protocols with local health officials, we have agreed on a way to open the study rooms safely.”

Typically Booth study rooms are for group work. However, they are now for individual use only. Rooms are available by reservation only and can be reserved for up to two hours. These same regulations apply to the meditation room, as well.

Masks are required, just as they are throughout the library. Sanitizers are provided for individuals to clean surfaces. There will be a required break between reservations to allow for air filtration.

Only current EIU students with a valid Panther Card may reserve a room. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance.

To reserve a study room, visit To reserve the meditation room, visit

NEA Big Read: A Conversation with Joy Harjo

Posted on November 11th, 2020

Joy Harjo

Join Joy Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation and current U.S. poet laureate, in a virtual conversation, as she reads works from her latest book An American Sunrise: Poems and has a moderated Q+A discussion.

Jan. 30, 2021, 1-2 p.m.

Virtual presentation via Microsoft Teams

To participate, click here

Part of the Lions in Winter festival sponsored by the EIU Department of English
Co-sponsored by Broward County Library, Florida; Broward Public Library Foundation Inc.; and Florida Center for the Book
Free and open to the public

In 2019, Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Resources for Native American Heritage Month

Posted on November 5th, 2020

Native American Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Native Americans in the United States. Established in 1990 by President H.W. Bush, November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month.

To commemorate Native American Heritage Month, and as part of the library’s NEA Big Read programming series, Booth Library is pleased to bring Kim McIver Sigafus to campus. On November 9th at 6:30 p.m., she will present “A Peek Into the American Indian Way of Life Through Their History and Oral Traditions,” a virtual event live-streamed from the Doudna Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more details, click here.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning more about Native American history and culture. Check out one of the books on this guide created by librarian Janice Derr. 

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

Posted on October 2nd, 2020

Try-It! Illinois 2020, 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, 2020.

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

Bookshelves closed for safety reasons, but we have you covered!

Posted on September 8th, 2020

Booth Library is open and ready to serve our EIU students, faculty and staff! However, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, access to our bookshelves is prohibited.

Don’t worry! Our staff will get you what you need! Patrons may request an item be pulled from the shelves by coming to the circulation desk in person; calling the circulation desk at 581-6071; sending an email to; or completing the book request form on the library website home page here. Patrons may also request the retrieval of Booth-owned items by using the request option in the library’s catalog, Primo.

Circulation staff members will email patrons and let them know when their materials are available for pickup. Materials requested by faculty will be delivered to their department office. Patrons picking up items at the circulation desk will need to bring their Panther Card for checkout. Materials will be available for pickup within 24 hours and generally are available within a couple hours.

New Films on Demand streaming videos!

Posted on August 12th, 2020

Booth Library now offers access to two streaming video collections from Films on Demand.

The Master Academic Video Collection contains over 42,000 educational, documentary, and feature films on a wide range of curricular subjects, including history, biology, business and economics, engineering, computer science, technical and trade skills, art and architecture, music and dance, philosophy and religion, geography, environmental science, anthropology, language and literature, mathematics, psychology, sociology, political science, and more.  This database includes videos from over 1200 producers, such as A&E, PBS, BBC Learning, National Geographic, ABC News, NBC News, CNBC, CBC, HBO Documentary Films, PBS NewsHour, Open University, Bill Moyers, California Newsreel, Annenberg Learner, TED, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and others.

The Archival Films and Newsreels Collection offers 5000+ videos and video clips on historical events.  Throughout modern history, cameras have recorded public events, wars, cultural phenomena, and government programs. This collection is a treasure trove of archival and historical films from multiple sources, including the Prelinger Archives covering U.S. cultural and social history, the WPA Film Library, the United Newsreel collection of WWII-era newsreels, and the Universal Newsreel collection produced by Universal Studios between 1929-67.

The videos are searchable and browsable by subject, category, and producer.  Users can create and edit playlists, create personal accounts, view transcripts, incorporate videos into D2L, and more.  For faculty: please check out the Educators’ Quick Start Guide for details on the features available.

Please contact your subject librarian for more information on these collections.

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.

Programs planned for NEA Big Read!

Posted on June 16th, 2020

Several programs are planned as part of The Big Read program in East Central Illinois. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts that is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University received a $14,000 Big Read grant to support a community reading program during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The local NEA Big Read program will focus on the book “An American Sunrise,” by Joy Harjo, the first Native American to hold the position of U.S. Poet Laureate.

Local programs sponsored by many community organizations will take place between September 2020 and April 2021. The schedule of public programming this fall is as follows:

  • Big Read kickoff and keynote address, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., virtual presentation, “From Wilder’s ‘Little House on the Prairie’ to Harjo’s ‘An American Sunrise’: Words Matter,” presented by Dr. Debbie Reese, a former schoolteacher and assistant professor who is widely known for her blog, American Indians in Children’s Literature. Reese will look at the story of Joy Harjo, who writes that in 1830 with “the American soldiers at our backs,” her people left their homelands for Indian Territory. Thirty-nine years later, Charles Ingalls took his family — including his 2-year-old daughter, Laura — from their cabin in Wisconsin to Indian Territory. Reese will talk about the works of Harjo and Wilder and ask that we consider how their words shape what readers know about the place called America and the people that call it home. This program is sponsored by Booth Library. To participate, click on this link in your Internet browser.
  • Tarble Reads virtual book discussion, Sept. 16, 5-7 p.m., via Zoom: “An American Sunrise” will be discussed. Free copies of the book are available. Please contact the Tarble Arts Center at or 217-581-2787 for information on how to participate online.
  • “A Peek Into the American Indian Way of Life Through Their History and Oral Traditions,” Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m., presented by Kim McIver Sigafus: This presentation will invite people into the world of the American Indian to discover what it once was to be Native, and what it means to be Native now. An Ojibwa, Sigafus will be dressed in her traditional Native regalia, and will present on Native culture through oral traditions, language, and history. She will discuss Native encampment life and will drum and sing an Ojibwa lullaby. This program is sponsored by Booth Library and funded through a grant from the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.
  • Book discussion, Dec. 1, 4-5:30 p.m.: EIU Buzzard Hall Room 1180: The Academy of Lifelong Learning’s Literary Divas book club will discuss “An American Sunrise.” For more information, contact the Academy at 217-581-5114 or email This program is limited to 10 people; pre-registration is required.

Anyone who would like a free paperback copy of “An American Sunrise” may contact Booth Library. The book will be provided 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.

Additional programs will be added to the schedule and will be updated on The Big Read website at For more information, contact Janice Derr, Big Read project director at Booth Library, at or 217-581-7555.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Library catalog search updated

Posted on June 11th, 2020

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 screengrabthe 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 screengrab imagewell 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.

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