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Movies From Space!

Posted on February 18th, 2019

Did you know there’s a space exhibit happening at the Booth Library right now?  There is, and it’s great!  Here on the fourth floor, the best way we could manage to express our excitement is to put together a theme-appropriate movie display.  But these aren’t just any regular old movies.  They’re movies… FROM SPACE!

We’ve assembled only the best of our collection for your perusal: Informative documentaries, thrilling sci-fi classics, and that one movie where a bunch of dogs put on dog-sized space suits and go to the moon all by themselves.  You’ll love it.

Did you also know that the fourth floor is the highest floor in the library, which makes it closer to outer space than all the other floors?  How fitting!  Float on up and check out our fantastic display!

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EIU Comic Con canceled

Posted on February 15th, 2019

CANCELED: Due to EIU campus restrictions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the EIU Comic Con scheduled for March 28 at Booth Library has been CANCELED! We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank everyone for their enthusiasm for our event!


Thousands of creative works enter the Public Domain in 2019

Posted on February 13th, 2019

On January 1, 2019, an array of songs, films, and books from 1923 entered the public domain. For the first time in twenty years, people will have free access to films such as Cecil B. Demille’s The Ten Commandments and silent films starring Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin; literary works by Robert Frost and Aldous Huxley; and music from dawn of the jazz age, including the Charleston and the Foxtrot.

Works being available in the public domain means that the copyright protections on them have expired, making them free for anyone to use and build upon. If you’re a student or teacher, this means you are now free to use these materials for your education or research. Artists can create picture books centered around the lyrics of a playful 1920s tune. YouTubers and filmmakers are free to use clips of these movies or even create their own version of them. If you are a fan of a popular literary work in the public domain, you can revisit the story from the point of view of another character. The sky is the limit!

While copyright protects the creator of a work from their intellectual property being stolen or misused, it can also have the adverse effect of restricting how the work is made available or re-used. When creative works enter the public domain, an opportunity is created for obscure, or less well-known titles to be rediscovered and have new life breathed into them. The best examples of this include the highly acclaimed classic Christmas story It’s a Wonderful Life, which entered the public domain in 1975 and, despite being a box office disappointment when it was first released in 1946, became a Christmas classic after television networks were free to air the film during the holiday season.

To find out more about public domain and copyright laws, we recommend you listen to NPR’S 1A podcast “Surveying the Public Domain.” You can find over 50,000 public domain titles on digital libraries such as HathiTrust and The Internet Archive. You can also find numerous titles about copyright and the intellectual property in Booth’s collections.

Periodicals list to be temporarily unavailable

Posted on February 8th, 2019

Due to vendor maintenance, the library’s list of periodicals typically available on the website will be unavailable beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, for approximately 24 hours.

Any patrons wishing to locate journals by title during this time may go to the Journal Titles tab on the home page and type in the journal name in the “Find Article Using Citation” box instead.

Thesis 101 seminars can help you succeed!

Posted on February 8th, 2019

Booth Library faculty Steve Brantley, Kirstin Duffin and Ellen Corrigan, in cooperation with the Graduate Student Advisory Council, will again offer three Thesis Research 101 workshops.

Thesis 101 Seminar 1: Researching the Literature with Steve Brantley will be offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and again from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 21 in Room 4450 of the library.

Thesis 101 Seminar 2: Citation Management Software with Kirstin Duffin will be offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and again from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 in Room 4450 of the library.

Thesis 101 Seminar 3: Presenting Your Thesis with Ellen Corrigan will be offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 5 and again from 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 7 in Witters Conference Room 4440 of the library.

Register for the free seminars at

For more information contact Steve Brantley, head of Reference Services, at 581-7542 or

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