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Booth Library awarded grant for digital literacy program

Posted on August 3rd, 2021

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have announced that Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University was awarded a $50,000 grant to implement a digital literacy program in the Southeastern region of Illinois.

The grant is part of the Office of Broadband Regional Engagement for Adoption + Digital Equity (READY) program, through which $200,000 was awarded to four regional entities to accelerate progress toward eliminating the digital divide. In addition to EIU, READY grantees include awards of $50,000 for the following entities:

  • Region 1 Planning Council on behalf of the Northern Stateline Region
  • Southern Illinois University on behalf of the Southern Region
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on behalf of the East Central Region

READY grantees may use funds to expand immediate broadband connectivity, conduct outreach and engagement to identify current digital inequities, and establish next steps toward creating a digital inclusion ecosystem through regional collaboration among institutions of higher education, planning councils, community and economic development organizations, schools, libraries, health care, and local leaders and other related stakeholders.

Digital literacy training on basic computing skills
is led by Nate Carlson in the Booth Library Center
for Student Innovation on July 8, 2021.

At EIU, the READY grant funding supports a digital literacy program being designed by staff members at Booth Library. Nate Carlson, digital literacy coordinator, is creating a digital literacy curriculum that includes topics such as digital citizenship, basic computing skills and social media. This information is being presented in a series of train-the-trainer workshops this summer in the library’s new Center for Student Innovation.

“We are so grateful to the Illinois DCEO for funding our proposal to implement a digital literacy program in Southeast Illinois. Many residents in our region lack not only reliable Internet access but also the skills necessary to be responsible digital citizens,” said Zach Newell, Dean of Library Services at EIU.

Several regional partners are participating in the digital literacy program, including Lake Land College Adult and Alternative Education, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, Mattoon Public Library, Effingham Public Library, Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan and the Academy of Lifelong Learning. After attending training at Booth Library, representatives of these groups will present workshops on digital literacy topics in their respective communities this fall.

Mattoon student leaders from the elementary school, middle school and high school participated in digital literacy training during the week of Aug. 30.

In addition, the EIU College of Education intends to participate in digital literacy training.

“We are thankful to our public library, school district and community college partners who are helping us to present basic computer and information literacy workshops throughout the region,” Newell said.

The program is one of an increasingly robust Digital Equity Package offered by the Illinois Office of Broadband to increase access, adoption and utilization of high-speed internet access – all through the lens of digital equity and inclusion.

“High-speed internet is an essential resource for Illinois communities to succeed in the 21st century economy, and this administration is laser-focused on expanding access across the state,” said Gov. Pritzker. “With more than 1 million households currently without reliable internet – the state is dedicating $420 million to enhance our broadband infrastructure. The READY grant program will help put the power of planning directly into the hands of our communities and complements our historic efforts to bring enhanced speed and access to every community in Illinois.”

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.

Periodical Review lists have been posted

Posted on May 4th, 2020

The periodical review for 2020 is underway. The lists of periodical and standing order titles proposed for cancellation can be found here.

Awards for Excellence winners announced

Posted on April 13th, 2020

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library honored nine students as winners of the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.

Graduate division:

Jennifer Coryell of Wheaton, Public Administration/Public Policy, won first place for her video, Plastic Pollution PSA.

Godwin Gyimah of Charleston, History, won first place for his paper, Into the World We Go, the Peace Corps Program as a Facet of America-Ghana Relations.

Md Nurul Islam of Bangladesh, Business Administration: Research, won third place for The Impact of Board Composition and Activity on Non-Performing Loans.

Tiffany Clapp of Olney, History, won honorable mention for her paper, Between the Waves: A Historiographical Analysis of the Long Women’s Movement.

Undergraduate division:

Maya Hunter of Charleston, Political Science, won first place for her paper, The Role of Language Education in Peacebuilding: The Case of Cyprus.

Haley Pierce of Lockport, SPE, ECSE/EC, won second place for her paper, Increasing On-Task Behavior with the Utilization of a Verbal and Visual Prompt.

Brooke Bayles of Flora, SPE: Early Childhood, won third place for her paper, Using Positive Reinforcement to Increase On-Task Behavior of a First Grade Student.

Cynthia Kmety of Peotone, Health Communication, won third place for her paper, Hypochondria and Interpersonal Relationships.

Sarah Mummel of Charleston, Environmental Biology, won honorable mention for her paper, The Effects of Gall Formation due to Gall-Inducing Insects on Solidago Altissima’s Stem Height.

The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The program encourages students to enhance their studies by utilizing the wealth of information available at Booth Library and other research venues.

All entries were original works completed by Eastern students within the last 12 months. The award recipients were selected on the basis of excellence, creativity and the use of research resources. A digital copy of award entries are part of the Library’s institutional repository, The Keep, found at

Study rooms can now be reserved!

Posted on January 8th, 2020

Students: You asked, and we delivered! Over the years Booth has had many patron requests that our fourth-floor study rooms be made available by reservation. We now have a system in place to do that.

Study rooms may be reserved by groups of two or more people for up to two hours per day. Unreserved study rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that our study rooms are intended for group use; rooms cannot be reserved for individual use.

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

Rehearsal and viewing rooms on the fourth floor also can now be reserved.

To reserve a study room, click here.


The Ups and Downs of NFL and College Football

Posted on December 4th, 2019

Football is sometimes considered the new American pastime. When people think of football, they usually think of November and December. So here at Booth library, we have plenty of reading to catch up on before the bowl games and the Super Bowl this season.


Many of these books have great athletes remembering their time in football, or other books talking about how to watch it. There are books that talk about the controversies revolving around football and how it has effected the players both in college and professional. Also at the table are great photographs from across the years of EIU alumni who made it big in the NFL as well as big names that come from the state of Illinois. Come check out the table on the third floor corrider of Booth library.

  • Big Game: The Nfl in Dangerous Times
  • Leibovich, Mark,
  • GV955.5.N35 L45 2018x
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  • Billion-dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-money Culture Of College Football
  • Gaul, Gilbert M.,
  • GV959 .G385 2015
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  • Chicago Bears History
  • Taylor, Roy, 1971-
  • GV956.C5 T39 2004
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  • Creating the Big Ten: Courage, Corruption, and Commercialization
  • Solberg, Winton U., 1922-
  • GV958.5.B54 S65 2018
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  • Eastern Illinois Panthers Football
  • Verdun, Dan.
  • GV958.E38 V47 2014
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  • Eastern Illinois Panthers Football
  • Verdun, Dan.
  • GV958.E38 V47 2014
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  • Football Rules in Pictures,
  • Schiffer, Don,
  • GV955 .S3 1969
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  • Football: Learn It, Watch It, Enjoy It; What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Football … but Could Not Find Anyone to Tell You!
  • Winslow, Troy, 1944-
  • GV951 .W538
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  • Mavericks, Money, and Men: The Afl, Black Players, and the Evolution Of Modern Football
  • Ross, Charles Kenyatta, 1964-
  • GV955.5.A45 R67 2016
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  • Monday Morning Quarterback
  • Benagh, Jim, 1937-
  • GV951.15 .B46 1983
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  • Never Die Easy: The Autobiography Of Walter Payton
  • Payton, Walter, 1954-1999.
  • GV939.P39 A33 2000
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  • Not for Long: The Life and Career Of the Nfl Athlete
  • Turner, Robert W., II, 1962-
  • GV951 .T87 2018
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  • Pigskin Nation: How the Nfl Remade American Politics
  • Berrett, Jesse Isaac,
  • GV955.5.N35 B45 2018
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  • Race and Football in America: The Life and Legacy Of George Taliaferro
  • Knight, Dawn (Dawn K.),
  • GV939.T25 K55 2019x
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  • Red Grange Story: An Autobiography
  • Grange, Red, 1903-1991.
  • GV939.G7 A3 1993
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  • Rites Of Autumn: The Story Of College Football
  • Whittingham, Richard, 1939-2005.
  • GV950 .W46 2001
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  • Take Your Eye off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look
  • Kirwan, Pat, 1950-
  • GV950.6 .K57 2010
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  • Think Like a Champion
  • Shanahan, Mike, 1952-
  • GV939.S419 A3 1999
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  • When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi
  • Maraniss, David.
  • GV939.L6 M37 1999
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  • Wounded Lions: Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky, and the Crises in Penn State Athletics
  • Smith, Ronald A. (Ronald Austin), 1936-
  • GV691.P4 S65 2016
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Celebrating Jewish Book Month @ Booth

Posted on November 19th, 2019

Jewish Book Month, an annual tradition dedicated to promoting Jewish literature, originated in 1925 through the efforts of Boston librarian Fanny Goldstein. It first began as “Jewish Book Week,” and in 1943, the celebration expanded to a full month.

Sponsored by the New York-based Jewish Book Council (, it takes place each year during the thirty days leading up to Chanukah. This year, Jewish Book Month is held between November 22 and December 22, 2019.

Please visit the 3000 South corridor of Booth Library to check out Jewish-themed books on a variety of subjects: history, biography, fiction and literature, religious and cultural traditions, and more. The official Jewish Book Month poster features artwork by Claudine Eriksson.

  • After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof
  • Silber, Alexandra,
  • PS3619.I4753 A68 2017x
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  • America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today
  • Nadell, Pamela Susan,
  • HQ1172 .N33 2019
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  • Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press
  • Portnoy, Eddy,
  • PN4885.Y53 P67 2018
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  • Eternal Life: A Novel
  • Horn, Dara, 1977-
  • PS3608.O76 E85 2018
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  • Hanukkah in America: A History
  • Ashton, Dianne.
  • BM695.H3 A84 2013
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  • History Of Judaism
  • Goodman, Martin, 1953-
  • BM155.3 .G66 2018x
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  • Jewish God Question: What Jewish Thinkers Have Said About God, the Book, the People, and the Land
  • Pessin, Andrew, 1962-
  • B755 .P47 2018
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  • Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook
  • Yolen, Jane,
  • 641.5 Y78je
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  • Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women’s Liberation Movement
  • Antler, Joyce,
  • BM729.W6 A58 2018
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  • Journey to the End Of the Millennium
  • Yehoshua, Abraham B.
  • PJ5054.Y42 M3713 1999
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  • Judaism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Solomon, Norman,
  • BM562 .S65 2014
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  • Lake Success: A Novel
  • Shteyngart, Gary, 1972-
  • PS3619.H79 L35 2018
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  • Language Of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention Of Hebrew
  • Michelson, Richard,
  • 492.4 B4306La
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  • Lost Library: The Legacy Of Vilna’s Strashun Library in the Aftermath Of the Holocaust
  • Rabinowitz, Dan, 1975-
  • Z675.J4 R35 2019
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  • Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History Of Jewish Name Changing in America
  • Fermaglich, Kirsten Lise,
  • CS3010 .F47 2018
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  • Sisters Of the Winter Wood
  • Rossner, Rena,
  • PR9510.9.R67 S57 2018x
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  • Tevye the Dairyman: And the Railroad Stories
  • Sholem Aleichem, 1859-1916.
  • PJ5129.R2 T4513 1996x
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  • Visualizing Jewish Narrative: Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels
  • PN6714 .V57 2016x
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  • White Bird: A Wonder Story
  • Palacio, R. J.,
  • 741.5973 P171wh
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  • Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir
  • Windsor, Edie,
  • HQ75.4.W57 A3 2019
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  • The World That We Knew
  • Hoffman, Alice,
  • PS3558.O3447 W67 2019
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Access to Kanopy streaming videos limited

Posted on November 11th, 2019

Booth Library has moved to a mediated access model for Kanopy streaming videos. This model will allow only faculty to request films for course-related viewing. Films already licensed by the library will continue to be available until their license expires.

Kanopy has been extremely popular with the EIU community. Unfortunately, the annual expenditure for Kanopy has tripled in the last fiscal year, and the expected increases make providing unlimited campus-wide access unsustainable.

We regret having to make this change mid-semester. This has been a difficult decision, but many other libraries are facing the same issue. Duke, Stanford, and Harvard, among others, have also recently had to limit their use of Kanopy.

How mediated access with Kanopy will work:

  • Faculty who need a Kanopy film for course-related purposes can contact the head of Acquisition Services, Janice Derr, at
  • Only films required for courses will be licensed from Kanopy.

Our library has a number of other streaming video collections for your use. We also encourage patrons to explore the library’s extensive DVD collection. We are happy to work with you to meet your curriculum-related needs. Faculty can request library DVDs for delivery to their offices by filling out this form. Faculty can also contact their department’s Instructional Support Specialist (ISS) for assistance with using video content in D2L.

For additional questions about using Kanopy, or how to request films for classroom use, please contact Janice Derr at

November is Hunger Action Month

Posted on November 5th, 2019

benefitThis month at EIU, it’s Hunger Action Month, and Booth Library is getting involved! Throughout the third floor corridor of the library are resources and events to check out going on all this month. There are also events going on all around campus if you would like to learn more and get involved. Booth Library is also participating in the “Coin Wars” to raise money for Hunger Action Month. Learn more about Hunger Action Month and folllow @EIUVolunteers Twitter feed or their Facebook: Civic Engagement and Volunteerism. Below is a calendar of events and facts about hunger. Booth has many resources to help your research and to learn more about food insecurity and the issue of hunger all over the world.



All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America?

  • Critical Food Issues: Problems and State-of-the-art Solutions Worldwide.
  • HD9000.5 .C733 2009
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  • Critical Food Issues: Problems and State-of-the-art Solutions Worldwide.
  • HD9000.5 .C733 2009
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  • Evolving Sphere Of Food Security
  • HD9000.5 .E96 2014
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  • Food and Poverty: Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty Among America’s Poor
  • HV696.F6 F63145 2018
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  • Food Insecurity: Patterns, Prevalence and Risk Factors
  • HD9000.5 F667 2016x
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  • Food Insecurity and Public Health
  • HD9000.5 .F66 2015x
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  • Food Security and Scarcity: Why Ending Hunger Is So Hard
  • Timmer, C. Peter,
  • HD9018.D44 T55 2019x
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  • Hunger and Malnutrition As Major Challenges Of the 21st Century
  • HD9000.5 .H834 2019
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  • Hunger in the Land Of Plenty: A Critical Look at Food Insecurity
  • Wright, James D.,
  • HD9005 .W75 2019
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  • Narratives Of Hunger in International Law: Feeding the World in Times Of Climate Change
  • Saab, Anne, 1986-
  • K3260 .S23 2019
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  • Place at the Table: The Crisis Of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve It
  • TX360.U6 P584 2013
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Naxos Music Library: Resources

Posted on November 5th, 2019

In continuation of the Naxos Music Library article, there are other expanded tabs that hold a lot of useful information. The Resource tab is very useful for both the everyday listener or to the music major. It has numerous resources available including practical ones like a music dictionary, aural training, and analyses of works.screenshot1

The music dictionary is a great tool to use. Most definitions have an audio example of what is being defined in addition to the meaning of the word. This can be very helpful if someone is reading music and does not understand what something means. It is also nice for the average listener who wants to know more about the technical side of music.

Aural training is very helpful to train and develop your ear to become a better listener to music and understand what is going on in different recordings. This tab is easy to use and accessible for many. There are eight different levels of training that each have their own questions regarding different recordings and answers to check your work (below). The music knowledge differs from level to level. It is helpful for anyone who wants to develop a better listening ear.


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Work analyses are selected works from different composers and breaking them down and analyzing them. So far, there are nearly 30 composers who have had some works analyzed. Each article goes into detail as to what the composers was attempting to accomplish and what the music is saying. These analyses are helpful to people who want to know more about certain works by some composers, or are doing research on a music analysis.


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Guided Tours is another feature of the resources for the Naxos Music Library (above). These are guides of the different classical eras like Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Nationalism in the Romantic era, and 20th Century. They take you through different composers of the era and briefly describe them while showing selected, notable works. This can be helpful for people who may be unfamiliar with classical music and wish to go deeper into different styles.

The study guide section of the Naxos Music Library is for students from all over the world that more or less coincide with their curricula about music theory and history (below). The curricula are from six different countries. In the United States, it follows the k-12 system, while other countries follow their standard curriculum. This would help student teachers prepare for teaching kids about music from ages 5-18.


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There are other interesting sections in the Resource tab as well (all below), like the junior section. The junior section has resources like learning what different instruments are, music for kids, etc. Another option is looking at different synopses and the libretti of an opera, which is the text of what is spoken. There are other helpful tools, like the pronounciation guides for artists, composers, and musical terms. Finally, the ABRSM, OMEA, and Trinity/Guildhall Music exams also have study guides on Naxos. Overall, Naxos Music Library has a lot of information and a lot resources available for all types of students.


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