Booth Library has a new subscription to the online Chicago Manual of Style. This well-known reference work, published for over a century, provides authors, scholars, editors, indexers, and other writing professionals with guidance on grammar, usage, and style, including formatting for bibliographic citations and manuscript preparation.
The complete contents of the 17th edition (2017) are browsable and searchable, as is material from the previous edition.
Please contact your subject librarian with any comments or questions.
Booth Library is running a trial to the online Bloomsbury International Encyclopedia of Surrealism through Oct. 10.
Through this database, you’ll discover one of the most influential 20th-century art movements. The site includes the contents of a three-volume major reference work with 200 survey articles, 500 A-Z articles covering key figures, 500 rare documentary and archive images, portraits and artworks.
It encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including Art History and Theory, French Studies, Film Studies as well as Literary Studies, Photography, Visual Culture, and more.
Please try it out and let us know what you think! Feedback may be sent to your subject librarian.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
Several programs are planned as part of The Big Read program in East Central Illinois. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts that is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University received a $14,000 Big Read grant to support a community reading program during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The local NEA Big Read program will focus on the book “An American Sunrise,” by Joy Harjo, the first Native American to hold the position of U.S. Poet Laureate.
Local programs sponsored by many community organizations will take place between September 2020 and April 2021. The schedule of public programming this fall is as follows:
Anyone who would like a free paperback copy of “An American Sunrise” may contact Booth Library. The book will be provided to students in EIU English classes, as well as to high schools in the region through the Eastern Illinois Writing Project and Eastern Illinois University Teaching with Primary Sources initiatives.
Additional programs will be added to the schedule and will be updated on The Big Read website at https://library.eiu.edu/bigread. For more information, contact Janice Derr, Big Read project director at Booth Library, at email@example.com or 217-581-7555.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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.
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!
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.
“A Question of History: Public History in Illinois” will be on display in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library until July 31. The exhibit was created by EIU’s 2016-2017 Historical Administration class.
On Oct. 1, 2015, the Illinois State Museum closed its doors for nine months amidst a statewide budget crisis. This closure brought the topic of public history in Illinois to the forefront of a national conversation about the relevance of history.
Featuring items from institutions across the state, including the Illinois State Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, this exhibit traces the role of public and historical institutions of Illinois to show how history was and continues to be vital to our cultural heritage and identity.
For more information on the exhibit and programs, click here.
The opening reception was held March 30 and included a keynote address by Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois state historian. Several other program were held during April in conjunction with the exhibit.
Eastern students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to take a tour of Booth Library and find out what the library has to offer.
Twenty-minute tours will be offered regularly during the first four weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up; just come to the north lobby of the library to join in any of the tours Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Jan. 9-Feb. 2.
Tours are also offered by appointment. Contact a reference librarian at 581-6072 to schedule a tour.
During the fall semester, Booth Library’s regular hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information on the library, call 581-6072 or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.
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