You know the library has books and DVDs and CDs and streaming movies and electronic media of all kinds. You know we have information professionals (aka librarians) available to support your educational and research needs. You know Booth Library has beautiful spaces and comfortable places to work and relax, you may even know about the technology newly available to support your digital projects in the Center for Student Innovation.
But did you know you can use Booth Library spaces and equipment to become a musician or expand your repertoire?
It’s true! Booth library has electric guitars (Dean Vendetta hardtail) available for use in the rehearsal rooms on the 4000 level of the library. Rehearsal rooms are equipped with amplifier emulation software offering the sound of 64 amplifiers, 77 speaker cabinets and 113 effects. The available software includes Amp Kit, Pod Farm or Guitar Rig. Not only that, but there are two electric guitars available for use outside of the library at the Library Technology Services desk on the 400 level. A headphone amplifier and tuner are checked out with the guitars.
The two rehearsal rooms on the 4000 level are equipped with Yamaha Clavinova CLP 950M digital pianos with weighted keys. The pianos are attached to a computer to allow for multitrack digital recording.
And of course in addition to the equipment and rehearsal space, Librarians at Booth — notably Head of Library Technology Services Stacey Knight Davis and Liaison for Music and Head of Cataloging Bill Schultz — have created excellent research guides to help you find the best learning materials for any level and style you wish to learn. The Piano guide features beginner and adult piano instruction manuals as well as several jazz, rock, Latin and swing piano songbooks. Our catalog will help you find hundreds more.
The acoustic, electric and bass guitar guide boasts over 200 books on instruction from beginner to advanced, chords and theory along with dozens of music books on jazz, Latin, classical, rock, bluegrass, country, blues, songbooks and collections of hits from popular artists from the last century. Many come with accompanying CDs or DVDs.
Whether you already play and just want to brush up your chops with some books for home, or you have an interest in self-directed musical study and need the equipment to get started, the faculty and staff at Booth want to help you succeed.
Booth Library has an in-depth collection of resources focusing on cultural acceptance and inclusivity. During 2021, our librarians will feature research guides on a variety of these topics.
During April and May, we are focusing on topics related to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Please see the AAPIHM guide with selected books, articles, videos and databases.
To get access to physical materials, please contact your research librarian or complete this online request form to have the materials pulled by members of our Circulation staff. Access to the library’s bookshelves is currently prohibited due to the pandemic.
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/.
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.
Many library users recognize JSTOR as an easy-to-use online archive of scholarly journals, but did you know it also offers ebooks? Booth Library’s JSTOR collections now contain over 4,000 open-access ebooks as well as a selection of additional English-language ebooks from a variety of scholarly publishers.
These ebooks offer the following benefits:
To get started with searching, visit the JSTOR site or choose the JSTOR option from the Articles tab on the library’s home page.
All of Booth Library’s electronic resources, including the library catalog, more than 100 research databases, and our online reference resources, are accessible to off-campus users for online learning and research. Subscription resources will require an EIU NetID and password.
In addition, many vendors have made selected e-resources freely available for a limited time during the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage current students, faculty and staff to make use of these resources during the availability period. Please note that access policies for these sites may change; this list will be updated.
Booklist, the American Library Association’s book review magazine, is free to read and search online. Access until Sept. 30.
JSTOR access has been expanded to include additional journal archive collections beyond our regular subscriptions, plus JSTOR primary source collections. When searching JSTOR, the results will seamlessly integrate this new content alongside our existing subscriptions. Access through Dec. 31.
LibraryThing, a tool for cataloging a personal book collection, is free to all users.
Performances, Events, and Exhibits from NYC Cultural Institutions for Online Streaming. Includes sites for music, comedy, museum collections, and more. Access until further notice.
TumbleBooks has enabled access to several children’s ebook databases for EIU affiliates. These include: the TumbleBookLibrary (K-6 children’s ebook database), TumbleMath (K-6 math ebook database), TeenBookCloud (Grade 7-12 ebook database), and AudioBookCloud (audiobook database). Access through August 31.
Please ask a librarian if you have any questions about accessing these resources!
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, every 10 years the census counts every person living in the United States, once and only once. This month, every household in the U.S. will be receiving an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census, with the option to respond online or via mail or phone. Individual responses are kept strictly confidential.
** Note for EIU students: the Census has special procedures to count people living in a variety of residence situations. If you have been living in a Residence Hall or Greek Court or University Apartments, EIU has already talked with the Census Bureau and told them who is living on campus. If you live in a Greek Chapter House that’s not part of university housing, or if you have been living in other off-campus housing, then you’ll need to fill out the census form. Although you may be residing elsewhere temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic, you should fill it out using your local Charleston address, as under normal circumstances you would be physically living in Charleston on April 1st. You live here over 50% of the year, so you will put your Charleston address in for the census. Please see the EIU Census FAQ for more information. To participate, please visit https://my2020census.gov. **
Information provided by the Census is used for:
Booth Library has resources available to help you learn more about Census 2020. Stop by the display table on the 3000 South level (main floor) to view informational posters, pick up handouts answering commonly asked questions on the census, and even get details on applying to be a census taker.
Also see the Census 2020 official website at https://2020census.gov/.
Several activities are planned at Eastern Illinois University to celebrate Darwin Day the week of February 10-14.
Darwin Day is an annual and internationally celebrated event occurring on Charles Darwin’s birthday (Feb. 12). The mission of the International Darwin Day Organization is to “inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin.” It is meant to be “a day of celebration, activism, and international cooperation for the advancement of science, education, and human well-being”.
All events of this year’s Darwin Day program at EIU are organized around the theme “Climate Change and Evolutionary Crisis.”
Schedule of events
All events will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of EIU’s Doudna Fine Arts Center:
All events are free and open to the public.
EIU Darwin Day Events are sponsored by the Darwin Day Committee in the Department of BIological Sciences, Dr. Zhiwei Liu, chair.
In support of Darwin Day, Librarian for the Biological Sciences Kirstin Duffin has curated a selection of works owned by Booth Library about Charles Darwin, and the effect of climate change on evolution. These works, listed below, are on display and available for checkout in the third-floor corridor of Booth Library.
Join us in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and African-American Heritage Month with a collection of films, both entertaining and educational, and all of them important. Art, photography, cinema, music, space travel, sports, politics, social reform — African-American heritage is everywhere, and what we have on display here is only a small cross section of its continuing influence on our daily lives.
The display runs until the end of February. Check it out up on the 4th floor, and let us know if we’re missing something you feel would be an essential addition to our catalog.
Everyone loves a love story, and Valentine’s Day is approaching soon! Check out these new and classic works of romance on display near the Booth Library research help desk on the main level (3rd floor).
Week of May 2 - May 8
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