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The Flint Drinking Water Crisis

Posted on January 22nd, 2016

flintvsdetroitdrinkingwaterDeborah Fennema, Booth Library’s Government Documents LOA has selected some government documents, news reports and websites related to the Flint Michigan drinking water crisis.

“How Tap Water Became Toxic in Flint, Michigan” from the WWLP newsroom

1. EPA’s Flint Drinking Water Documents
(October, November and December 2015)

2. High Lead at Three Residences in Flint, Michigan
Transmission of Final Report (Nov. 4, 2015) [28 pages] by Miguel Del Toral

3. Compiled highlights of FOIA requests by Virginia Tech’s Marc Edwards, investigating the Flint water crisis. (pdf)

4. Flint Water Study updates , A website established by an independent research team from Virginia Tech University.

5. HHS to Lead Federal Response in Flint January 19 post from On the Ground This Week: a blog from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Library of Medicine.

6. Some historical perspective: Report on Water Pollution in the Lake Huron Basin – Flint River – a 1966 EPA study – [91 pages]

7. Flint’s Mayor Drinks Water From Tap To Prove It Is Safe
(July 2015 local news report from Saginaw Michigan CBS affiliate WNEM)

January 21, 2016

A List of Resources compiled by The National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division
National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region

The information below about health effects of lead and safe drinking water is from the National Library of Medicine resources including the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB); ChemIDPlus, Tox Town, and MedlinePlus as well as from other federal agencies, local agencies, and other authoritative sources.

Michigan Government Agencies
Taking Action on Flint Water: Flint Water Response Team

Michigan Emergency Management Association

City of Flint

“Water bottle recycling program”; “Governor approves $28 million in immediate aid”; “Non-City of Flint residents receiving Flint River water”; “Efforts continue to provide safe water resources”; “Mayor & Governor announce updates on water situation,” and much more…

Genesee County
•City of Flint Emergency Declaration/Public Health Emergency Declaration
•Water Resource Sites

Genesee County Health Department and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Facts About Lead in Flint Water (PDF, 600 KB)

Twitter feeds
•Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division
•Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

U.S. Federal Organizations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
•Sources of Lead – Water
•CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
•Blood Lead Levels in Children (PDF, 300 KB)
•What Do Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Children?  Update on Blood Lead Levels in Children
•Information for Parents:
•Water in Hemodialysis

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
•Toxic Substances Portal – ToxFAQs for Lead
•Medical Management Guidelines for Lead (Pb)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
•Advice to Flint Residents
•Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force
•Lead in Drinking Water

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
•Michigan Contaminated Water (EM-3375)

Health Resources for the Public from the National Library of Medicine
Tox Town – Interactive guide to toxic substances and environmental health issues in everyday places
•Drinking Water

Tox Town en español
•Agua potable

MedlinePlus – Health information for patients, families and health care providers
•Lead Poisoning
•Chemical Emergencies
•Coping with Disasters
•Drinking Water:

MedlinePlus en español
•Envenenamiento con plomo
•Emergencias químicas
•Enfrentarse con desastres
•Agua Potable:

Health Information on Chemical Components of Lead
Lead Compounds (This record contains general information for lead ions and compounds.)
•Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB)

Lead, Elemental (RN: 7439-92-1) (This record contains information for lead in its zero valence state only)

Other Information from the National Library of Medicine
Lead and Human Health – Web guide with background information, laws and regulations, and pre-formulated searches of relevant National Library of Medicine databases.
HealthReach – Health Information in Many Languages
Lead Poisoning
Disaster LitSM: The Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Water Security

Lead Exposure and Pregnant Women
Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and Lactating Women (PDF, 4,24 MB)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
•:Lead – Tips – At risk Populations – Pregnant Women
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Lead and Pregnancy, Organization of Teratology Information Specialists
Lead Screening During Pregnancy and Lactation
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
•Blood Lead Screening Guidelines For Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Health

Lead Exposure and Children
Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children Associated with the Flint Drinking Water Crisis: A Spatial Analysis of Risk and Public Health Response
Am J Public Health. 2015 Dec 21:e1-e8. [Epub ahead of print]
Why children are at risk!/why_children_are_at_risk
Educational Interventions for Children Affected by Lead (PDF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Childhood Lead Poisoning Publications
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State and Local Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs (CLPPPs)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Blood Lead Levels in Children (PDF, 300 KB)
What Do Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Children?  Update on Blood Lead Levels in Children

Lead in Soil
Lead Toxicity: What are the U.S. Standards for Lead Levels?
Agency for Toxic Substance & Disease Registry
Children, gardens, and lead by Linda M. Ameroso and Charles P. Mazza
Cornell University
Lead in the home garden and urban soil environment
University of Minnesota Extension
Lead in Residential Soils: Sources, Testing, and Reducing Exposure
Penn State Extension
•Soil Lead: Testing, Interpretation, & Recommendations
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Social Media
News, announcements, personal opinions and commentary

Twitter hashtags:

Twitter feeds
•Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division
•Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

•Michigan Emergency Management Association

Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS | Health Sciences Librarian
Specialized Information Services Division | Disaster Information Management Research Center
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301-496-2742, phone | 301-480-3537, fax



Entries accepted for student research awards

Posted on January 20th, 2016

Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library and archival resources to enhance their research are encouraged to enter the library’s “Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity” program.

The program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students. The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format. If campus finances allow, cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.

The 2016 guidelines, application and form can be found here. For more information, call 581-6061.

Entries should be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than March 25. Recipients will be selected by April 8, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 11-15. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library’s Student Research and Creativity Collection.

The science of well-being

Posted on January 20th, 2016

book cover imageThe reference collection has recently received the 2016 Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-Being (call number BD431 .R623 2016).

This comprehensive reference source provides entries on the key concepts, theoriesimage and debates surrounding this ancient idea from a philosophical perspective but it includes explorations of well being from Psychology, Law, Medicine and Economics as well. Review a limited preview from Google books at the link above or browse the book in the reference collection, 3000 level of Booth Library.

While the concept may seem new, there is a strong body of literature surrounding well being and “Happiness studies.” In Booth’s Collection alone there are more than 80 books centrally about well-being, 45 of which are electronic and immediately accessible. EIU Psychology Professor Steve Scher has published an article on prayer and well-being and the psychological journal literature abounds with studies, even in just the past 15 years.

For a quick overview take a look a one or more of these electronic encyclopedia entries. As always, the high quality scholarly information is not free and open to the public. It is available to EIU users because Booth librarians purchased it. Next time you see one tell them “thanks!”



Black History media materials on display at Booth

Posted on January 17th, 2016

February is African American History Month and in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and in anticipation of the featured history month, Booth media staff have curated a list of relevant DVDs from our rich film collections.

Learn more about the month at the official websitewebsite banner image





12 Years a Slave

  • Between Two Rivers Struggle for Civil Rights in Small-town America
  • F549.C2 B48 2012x .DVD
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  • Black History a Retrospective
  • E185 .B53 2009x .DVD
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  • Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: A Documentary in 9 Chapters
  • E185.615 .B5468 2011x .DVD
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  • Brother Outsider the Life Of Bayard Rustin
  • E185.97.R93 B76 2002x .DVD
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  • Civil Rights Martyrs Free at Last
  • E185.61 C58 2003x .DVD
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  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a Historical Perspective
  • E185.97.K5 D7 2002x .DVD
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  • For Love Of Liberty the Story Of America’s Black Patriots
  • E185.63 .F67x 2009 .DVD
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  • Irresistible Vision Mandela and the End Of Apartheid.
  • DT1949.M35 I7 2004x .DVD
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  • King Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man
  • E185.97.K5 K565 2008x .DVD
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  • Martin Luther King “i Have a Dream.”
  • E185.97.K5 M36x 2005 .DVD
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  • Martin’s Big Words the Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. –and More Stories from the African-american Tradition
  • E185.96 .M37x 2005 .DVD
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  • Separate but Not Equal the Stories Behind Brown V. Board Of Education.
  • KF4155 .S47 2004x .DVD
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  • Seven Songs for Malcolm X
  • BP223.Z8 L5774x 2010 .DVD
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  • Slavery and the Making Of America
  • E441 .S523 2005x .DVD
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  •  Slavery and the Making Of America
  • E441 .S523 2005x .DVD
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  • Slavery and the Making Of America
  • E441 .S523 2005x .DVD
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  • Slavery and the Making Of America
  • E441 .S523 2005x .DVD
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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence Of a People

  • Unforgivable Blackness the Rise and Fall Of Jack Johnson
  • GV1132.J64 U64 2005x .DVD
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  • Unforgivable Blackness the Rise and Fall Of Jack Johnson
  • GV1132.J6 U54 2005x .DVD
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Subject Dictionaries

Posted on January 14th, 2016


When you think of dictionaries you might think of Webster’s Dictionary or the Oxford English Dictionary. Did you know that the subject you’re studying probably has a dictionary too? Specialized subject dictionaries can be used to help you define tricky terms that are specific to your subject or further explain concepts you run across in your reading. The dictionaries often give more then just simple definitions too, they also offer context and examples to help you understand the material.

Take a look at these dictionaries displayed in reference!

  • Blackwell Dictionary Of Sociology: A User’s Guide to Sociological Language
  • Johnson, Allan G.
  • HM425 .J64 2000
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  • Congressional Quarterly’s American Congressional Dictionary
  • Kravitz, Walter.
  • JK9 .K73 2001
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  • Cop Speak: The Lingo Of Law Enforcement and Crime
  • Philbin, Tom, 1934-
  • HV7901 .P55 1996
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  • Dictionary Of Cults, Sects, Religions, and the Occult
  • Mather, George A.
  • BL31 .M295 1993
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  • Dictionary Of Entomology
  • Gordh, Gordon.
  • QL462.3 .G67 2001
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  • Dictionary Of Environmental Science and Technology
  • Porteous, Andrew.
  • GE10 .P67 1996
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  • Dictionary Of Geography
  • Mayhew, Susan.
  • G63 .M39 2009
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  • Dictionary Of Media and Communication
  • Chandler, Daniel.
  • P87.5 .C43 2011
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  • Dictionary Of Microbiology and Molecular Biology
  • Singleton, Paul.
  • QR9 .S56 2001
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  • Dictionary Of Multicultural Education
  • LC1099 .D53 1997
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  • Dictionary Of Pure and Applied Physics
  • QC5 .D485 2001
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  • Dictionary Of Travel and Tourism Terminology
  • Beaver, Allan, 1934-
  • G155.A1 B38 2005
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  • Dictionary Of Weather
  • Dunlop, Storm.
  • QC854 .D86x 2001
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Story times offered for ages 3-7

Posted on January 12th, 2016

Story times for children are planned at the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times will begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 20, 27; March 5; and April 2. Programs are free and will feature stories, crafts and activities. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Lions in Winter Literary Festival

Posted on January 12th, 2016


EIU will host the Lions in Winter literary festival January 29-30, 2016. This annual festival will take place in the Doudna Fine Arts Center, with some activities occurring in Booth Library and the Tarble Arts Center. Click here for a full schedule of events and registration.

Featured writers that will speak at the festival include keynote speaker Moira Crone (pictured), Bradford Tice, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Andrew Malan Milward.

Booth Library has several of these author’s works on display in the hallway of the reference room. Check them out before the festival begins!


  • Agriculture Hall Of Fame: Stories
  • Milward, Andrew Malan.
  • PS3613.I59199 A73 2012
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  • Children Of Long Ago: Poems
  • Little, Lessie Jones.
  • 811 L725ch
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  • Dream State: Stories
  • Crone, Moira, 1952-
  • PS3553.R5393 D74 1995
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  • Hollywood Notebook
  • Ortiz, Wendy C.,
  • PS3615.R78 H65 2015x
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  • I Was a Revolutionary: Stories
  • Milward, Andrew Malan,
  • PS3613.I59199 A6 2015x
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  • Ice Garden: A Novel
  • Crone, Moira, 1952-
  • PS3553.R5393 I26 2014
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  • Not Yet
  • Crone, Moira, 1952-
  • PS3553.R5393 N68 2012x
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  • Period Of Confinement
  • Crone, Moira, 1952-
  • PS3553.R5393 P47 1987
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  • What Gets into Us: Stories
  • Crone, Moira, 1952-
  • PS3553.R5393 W47 2006
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  • What the Night Numbered: Poems
  • Tice, Bradford.
  • PS3620.I25 W43 2015x
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  • Winnebago Mysteries and Other Stories
  • Crone, Moira, 1952-
  • PS3553.R5393 W56 1984x
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  • Excavation: A Memoir
  • Ortiz, Wendy C.,
  • HV6570.2 .O78 2014x
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