Booth Library is open and ready to serve our EIU students, faculty and staff! However, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, access to our bookshelves is prohibited.
Don’t worry! Our staff will get you what you need! Patrons may request an item be pulled from the shelves by coming to the circulation desk in person; calling the circulation desk at 581-6071; sending an email to email@example.com; or completing the book request form on the library website home page here. Patrons may also request the retrieval of Booth-owned items by using the request option in the library’s catalog, Primo.
Circulation staff members will email patrons and let them know when their materials are available for pickup. Materials requested by faculty will be delivered to their department office. Patrons picking up items at the circulation desk will need to bring their Panther Card for checkout. Materials will be available for pickup within 24 hours and generally are available within a couple hours.
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 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.
In collaboration with the 90+ Illinois academic libraries in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Booth Library’s catalog search, I-Share request system and user account system was updated to the Ex Libris company’s Alma/Primo VE Integrated Library System on June 24, 2020.
The change came after more than 18 months of planning and preparation.
Booth library’s homepage remained largely the same, with only the “Books and Movies” tab searching the new catalog system. The Booth Library catalog includes searching for books, videos, CDs, and more in our local collection, as well as the option to expand your search to request items from our I-Share network of 90+ academic and research libraries throughout the state.
Library users will find all their current circulation information up to date and current in the new system, so you don’t need to worry about materials you have checked out. Booth Library’s Research Engagement and Scholarship group will be releasing additional information about how to use the system and about changes you might not have anticipated. You may always contact us with questions.
One of the improvements is a streamlined login process that allows you to manage your library loans, make new requests, save searches and create lists and favorites. Another advantage of the new search interface is one you will discover quickly once you perform a search. Whereas the library catalog search previously was limited to searching for books and other materials held in Booth Library, now have the option to search for articles and books in a single search box.
Booth’s Articles tab will remain the same this summer, searching selected EBSCO databases as well as the option to search JSTOR or Google Scholar, but the new catalog search will provide an additional point to search across many of the library’s databases and subscription content. More information on that expanded search capability will be forthcoming.
Access to Booth Library’s research databases remain accessible and unchanged. As always, the librarians at Booth are working hard to provide EIU with the best and most convenient access to information. You may get help right away, make an appointment, request instruction for yourself or for your class, or collaborate with a librarian on delivering specialized content and instruction.
The periodical review for 2020 is underway. The lists of periodical and standing order titles proposed for cancellation can be found here.
The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library honored nine students as winners of the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.
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.
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 https://thekeep.eiu.edu/lib_awards_2020_docs/
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.
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.
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 (jewishbookcouncil.org), 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This 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.
Week of September 13 - September 19
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Monday: 8am - 12am
Tuesday: 8am - 12am
Wednesday: 8am - 12am
Thursday: 8am - 12am
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm