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Inclusive excellence: Library has a variety of diverse literature for children

Posted on April 9th, 2021

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 July and August, we focus on materials for children on diversity and inclusive topics. Sometimes called multicultural literature, diverse children’s literature is an umbrella term for a wide variety of books.

When exploring diverse children’s literature, it is helpful to think of the specific kinds of people and/or experiences you want to introduce to your students or children. Do you want to talk to your students about a specific disability? Do you want to compassionately address the issue of homelessness or poverty?

Please see our guide with search tips to find materials on a variety of specific topics.

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.

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

Recent Losses in the Jazz World

Posted on April 21st, 2020

Two elder statesmen of the Jazz world, Pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., and saxophonist Lee Konitz have died after contracting COVID-19.


Naxos Music Library, Jazz homepage

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

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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.

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1949–50: Subconscious-Lee (Prestige, 1949–50) aka Lee Konitz with Tristano, Marsh and Bauer

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

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Lee Konitz Quintet, Peacemeal 1969

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


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.

JSTOR also offers ebooks!

Posted on March 23rd, 2020

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:

  • Unlimited, DRM-free access: The ebook chapters have no access restrictions for EIU users. It’s just like using journals on JSTOR, ensuring a great user experience.
  • Integration with journals: The ebook chapters are available on JSTOR alongside more than 2,000 journals. When you search JSTOR, you’re cross-searching the full text of all the resources the library provides through JSTOR. The ebooks and journals are also linked in ways that make research more efficient.

To get started with searching, visit the JSTOR site or choose the JSTOR option from the Articles tab on the library’s home page.

For any questions about JSTOR content, please consult your subject librarian.  For help with searching JSTOR, please contact a Reference Librarian.

Library resources for online learning

Posted on March 20th, 2020

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!

Census 2020 is here. Be counted!

Posted on February 7th, 2020

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 **

Information provided by the Census is used for:

  • Determining how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives
  • The distribution of federal funds and grants
  • Drawing the boundaries of legislative districts within states
  • Viewing how populations have changed over time
  • Local community and business initiatives
  • And lots more

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.

Census 2020 display table

Also see the Census 2020 official website at

Darwin Day 2020 events and materials

Posted on January 30th, 2020

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:

  • Sunday, Feb. 9: Film and panel discussion: “Planetary” (2016) directed by Guy Reid, featuring panelists Drs. E. Bolinger, R. Colombo, C. Craig and B. Kronenfeld
  • Monday, Feb. 10: “Evolution in a Rapidly Changing World: How Humans Influence Darwinian Evolution in Contemporary Landscapes,” presented by Dr. Jill Anderson, Odum School of Ecology and Department of Genetics, University of Georgia/Athens
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: “Climate Change and Environmental Sex Determination: An Unnatural Future?” presented by Dr. Fredric Janzen, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University/Ames.

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.

  • Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change
  • Calvin, William H., 1939-
  • GN281.4 .C293 2002
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  • Climate and Evolution
  • Pearson, Ronald George.
  • QC981.8.C5 P42
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  • Darwin: A Life in Science
  • White, Michael, 1959-2018.
  • QH31.D2 W495 1996
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  • Darwin: A Very Short Introduction
  • Howard, Jonathan, 1943-
  • QH31.D2 H775 2001
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  • Driven to Extinction: The Impact Of Climate Change on Biodiversity
  • Pearson, Richard G. (Richard Grenville), 1977-
  • QC981.8.C5 P419 2011x
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  • Ends Of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions
  • Brannen, Peter, 1983-
  • QE721.2.E97 B73 2017x
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  • Evolution Since Darwin: The First 150 Years
  • QH361 .E925 2010
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  • Evolutionary Writings
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH31.D2 A3 2008
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  • Heatstroke: Nature in an Age Of Global Warming
  • Barnosky, Anthony D.
  • GF75 .B368 2009
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  • How to Read Darwin
  • Ridley, Mark.
  • QH31.D2 R475 2005
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  • Living in a Dangerous Climate: Climate Change and Human Evolution
  • Hetherington, Renée.
  • GF71 .H484 2012
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  • On the Origin Of Species
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH365 .O2 2008
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  • Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
  • Lynas, Mark, 1973-
  • QC981.8.G56 L983 2007x
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  • Sixth Extinction: Patterns Of Life and the Future Of Humankind
  • Leakey, Richard E.
  • GF75 .L425 1995
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  • Time Before History: 5 Million Years Of Human Impact
  • Tudge, Colin.
  • GN281 .T84 1996
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African-American heritage films at Booth

Posted on January 16th, 2020

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.

  • Black Panthers: Vanguard Of the Revolution
  • E185.615 .B53 2016x .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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Check out a Literary Valentine @ Booth

Posted on January 15th, 2020

Literary Valentines
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).

  • American Love Story
  • Herrera, Adriana,
  • PS3608.E6747 A44 2019x
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  • Art Of Running in Heels
  • Gibson, Rachel,
  • PS3557.I2216 A78 2017x
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  • Ayesha at Last
  • Jalaluddin, Uzma,
  • PR9199.4.J3515 A96 2019
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  • Brazen and the Beast
  • MacLean, Sarah,
  • PS3613.A27378 B72 2019x
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  • Elegant Fac̮ade
  • Hunter, Kristi Ann,
  • PS3608.U5935 E44 2016b
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  • Emma: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism
  • Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
  • PR4034 .E5 2000
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  • Extraordinary Union
  • Cole, Alyssa,
  • PS3603.O427 E97 2017b
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  • Flights Of Fancy
  • Turano, Jen,
  • PS3620.U7455 F58 2019
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  • Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  • Lee, Mackenzi,
  • 813 L5141ge
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  • Love Her or Lose Her: A Novel
  • Bailey, Tessa,
  • PS3602.A55335 L68 2020x
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  • Love Letter
  • Hauck, Rachel, 1960-
  • PS3608.A866 L678 2018
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  • Love Without End: A Story Of Heloise and Abelard
  • Bragg, Melvyn, 1939-
  • PR6052.R263 L68 2019
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  • Marrying My Sweet
  • Harris, Nicola,
  • PS3608.A783265 M37 2016x
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  • Other Miss Bridgerton
  • Quinn, Julia, 1970-
  • PS3617.U57 O83 2018x
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  • Our Own Private Universe
  • Talley, Robin,
  • 813 T145ou
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  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
  • PR4034 .P7 1995x
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  • Prince Who Loved Me
  • Hawkins, Karen.
  • PS3558.A8231647 P74x 2014
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  • Quiet Gentleman
  • Heyer, Georgette, 1902-1974.
  • PR6015.E795 Q54 2006x
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  • Restless Rancher
  • Ryan, Jennifer, 1973-
  • PS3618.Y33465 R48 2019x
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  • Right Swipe: A Novel
  • Rai, Alisha,
  • PS3618.A4365 R53 2019x
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  • Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre
  • Ramsdell, Kristin, 1940-
  • Z1231.L68 R37 2012
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  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
  • PR2831.A2 W35 2012
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  • Shadow Of Your Smile
  • Warren, Susan May, 1966-
  • PS3623.A865 S33 2011
  • summary | details
  • Single Kiss
  • Burrowes, Grace,
  • PS3602.U7687 S56x 2015
  • summary | details
  • Wedding Party
  • Guillory, Jasmine,
  • PS3607.U48553 W44 2019
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Grove Music Online

Posted on December 7th, 2019

One of the many helpful resources that Booth library has access to is the database called  Grove Music Online. This was originally a print music dictionary, but has expanded greatly since being brought online and serves as a useful tool for many.


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Getting to Grove Music Online from Booth’s homepage is easy. Click on the database option in the “Articles” tab. (Above)

Then click on the “G” to get to databases starting with “G”. After that, it is as simple as scrolling down and clicking on the link to go to Grove Music Online. (Below)


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Grove Music Online is essentially a music dictionary, but nonetheless is extremely useful when looking at a wide range of topics within the music world. This can be helpful for anyone who wants to learn more about music in general, or the researcher, who needs specific information about a topic. What makes Grove Music Online so useful is its layout and variety of search options.

The world of music is very broad, spanning world cultures and world history. Grove Music Online does a good job of providing intuitive categories for searching. The website describes itself as, “the authoritative resource for music research with over 52,000 articles written by nearly 9,000 scholars charting the diverse history, theory and cultures of music around the globe.”


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The general categorization that Grove Music Online has are Topic, Instrument, Era, Region, Place Type, and Occupation. Beyond those categorizations are sub-sections that go into more detail about each category. For example, the Topic section has general points of interest about a wide array of fields from Audio Engineering to the Philosophy of Music and more. The Instrument category specifically looks at wind instruments, stringed instruments, keyboards, and others. The section pertaining to Era includes a  timeline of how music has been written, divided chronologically into different categories, like 18th c./Late Baroque (1700-1750). The Region section is by continent. Place Type is more granular and provides country, city, state, etc. Finally, the Occupation category lays out different careers within the music industry broadly speaking.


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In addition to the categories Grove Music uses, the platform also uses a filtering system in the advanced search, allowing you to narrow your search to very specific articles. It is a very useful tool to navigate 52,000 entries! Filters include: format, type, place type, and life event (See the image to the left for greater detail). One of the more useful of these filters will probably be type. This would refine the search to a  type of article, like Biographical, Family, Place, Subject Reference, and more.

Subject guides and research resources are available on Grove Music Online to help any student find a place to begin looking. They can also be helpful for better understanding the website.

Some of the many useful tools on this page include an Opera index, timelines of different articles published, as well as topical guides for Grove Music Online (Below). I have personally found the research resources to be helpful when looking at articles when researching on a topic from some of my music classes. This especially came in handy when I was looking at music libraries, festivals, and looking at specific sources and manuscripts. Overall, Grove Music Online has many different resources and can be extremely helpful to everyone!


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