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 March, we are focusing on topics related to Women’s History Month. Please see the Sex and Sexism 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.
Booth Library announces the opening of its Center for Student Innovation. The CSI includes a new Technology Checkout Station, an Active Learning Classroom and Design Lab. The CSI is located on the first floor of Booth Library, on the east side of the atrium.
At the Technology Checkout Station students can check out laptop computers, MiFi hotspots, webcams, microphones/speakers and GoPro Fusion 360 cameras. Students with a valid Panther Card can check out the technology for a limited time period.
The Technology Checkout Station is open from 3-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday in the CSI. For more information visit https://www.eiu.edu/booth/csi/tech.php. Funding for the technology checkout program was provided through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund.
“It became apparent at the start of the pandemic that many students didn’t have access to the technology they needed when all classes transitioned to remote learning,” said Zach Newell, dean of Library Services. “Thanks to GEER funding, we now can help alleviate that by offering various pieces of equipment available for checkout.”
Renovation of the first phase of the CSI project — the Active Learning Classroom, Design Lab and breakout rooms — was completed in November 2020 and was made possible thanks to a grant from the Charleston Area Charitable Foundation. The renovation included new flooring, electrical and Internet upgrades, updated lighting and paint.
The space is home to a variety of new technology, including a podcasting studio, gaming computers, 3D printers, Google jamboard, large computer monitors and a green screen, purchased with a grant from the Illinois State Library.
“Our goal is to provide our students and scholars with services and spaces to make their academic pursuits engaging, productive, and enjoyable,” Newell said. “Although the pandemic has delayed the implementation of activities in the CSI, we look forward to opening the space to students, faculty and the community so they can learn, experiment and innovate.”
For more information about the Center for Student Innovation, visit the web site at https://www.eiu.edu/booth/csi/index.php.
The Center for Student Innovation (CSI) at Booth Library invites underrepresented, undergraduate student teams to share ideas and technologies that will solve a specific problem. Each team will pitch its idea of how to solve the problem that they identify and describe using the resources that are currently available in or could be purchased for the library’s CSI. Winning proposals will generate funds to purchase technology for the CSI Booth. In addition, winning team members will be awarded a scholarship toward their tuition.
Application opens – November 16, 2020
Application deadline – Midnight CST on March 15, 2021 – deadline extended!
Winners announced – March 24, 2021
½ tuition stipend awarded – April 2021
½ tuition stipend awarded – September 2021
The competition is open to full-time freshmen, sophomores and juniors who will be enrolled at Eastern Illinois University during the spring and fall semesters of 2021. Teams are composed of a minimum of two students (no individual submissions allowed). The What’s your Problem? Pitch Competition is supported through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund, which is aimed at retaining students who are part of an under-represented population. Therefore, all members of your team must be BIPOC (Black, indigenous, or people of color), OR first-generation students, OR low-income (Pell-eligible) students. Cross-disciplinary teams are welcome.
Each team must identify a specific problem that can be solved using the resources that are currently available in or that could be purchased for the library’s CSI. A list of technology and resources available in the CSI is available here. Team members must identify the problem, describe the scope of the problem, explain how to solve the problem creatively and innovatively, and provide a list of equipment (hardware/software) or spaces that would be needed to successfully solve the problem. Examples of suggested projects are available here.
Teams may create their presentation using any software, apps or formats. All submissions must be readable on freely accessible EIU software or platforms. Proposals must be submitted by midnight CST on March 15, 2021.
For more information about the pitch competition, see the website here. Student may also email Catherine Polydore, professor of Counseling and Student Development, at cpolydore@eiu; Zach Newell, dean of Library Services, at email@example.com; or Newton Key, director of the Faculty Development and Innovation Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call Booth Library at 217-581-6061.
Booth Library now offers access to a large collection of digital magazines through the Digital Library of Illinois. You can borrow and read the magazines using Libby or any other method you currently use to access OverDrive titles. Magazines don’t count toward your checkout limits.
The collection has over 3200 magazines of current and popular interest on a wide variety of subjects. All are available for simultaneous use, with no waiting or restrictions.
Happy browsing! For any questions, please Ask a Librarian.
Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library resources to enhance their research are encouraged to enter the library’s Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program.
The program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students who are/were enrolled during the current academic year. Cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.
The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format.
The 2021 guidelines can be found on Booth Library’s website at https://library.eiu.edu/awardsforexcellence/. All entries must be submitted electronically through EIU’s scholarship portal, https://eiu.academicworks.com/.
The deadline to enter is March 22. Recipients will be selected by April 1, and the winners will be honored during the Virtual Student Research and Creativity Discovery Conference on April 9. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.
Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library’s Student Research and Creativity Collection.
For more information on the library, visit the website, www.library.eiu.edu; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Librarian John Whisler retired from Booth Library on Dec. 31, 2020, after 39 years of service.
Professor Whisler served as head of the Cataloging Services department for many years. He previously served as the head of the Periodicals department and as a subject bibliographer for art, music and theater.
“John was tireless in his work to keep the Booth catalog accurate and up to date. If you ever wondered how you can find what you need here at Booth — either on the bookshelves or on the computer — that’s because of the hard work of John and his team in Cataloging,” said Zach Newell, dean of Library Services.
Whisler helped to re-catalog the library’s collection many times over the years, from the physical card catalog to the robust Alma library software system that came online in June 2020.
Whisler served for many years on the Technical Services Committee of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. He held memberships in the American Library Association, Illinois Library Association, Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization and the Music Library Association, in addition to other professional organizations.
He received the Technical Services Award from the ILA and the Distinguished Contributor Award from ILCSO, both in 2002, and was named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries/ILA in 1997.
Whisler earned a master of arts in library science in 1977 from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree in music in 1975 from the University of Memphis, and a bachelor of science degree in music in 1973 from Manchester College.
Whisler previously served as a librarian at the Memphis/Shelby County Public Library and Information Center and began work at Booth Library on July 1, 1981.
Booth has reopened its fourth-floor study rooms and meditation room for reservations. The rooms had been closed for safety reasons during the pandemic.
“We’ve received several requests from students to reopen the study rooms,” said Zach Newell, dean of Library Services. “Students with online classes need private spaces to work, and after discussing protocols with local health officials, we have agreed on a way to open the study rooms safely.”
Typically Booth study rooms are for group work. However, they are now for individual use only. Rooms are available by reservation only and can be reserved for up to two hours. These same regulations apply to the meditation room, as well.
Masks are required, just as they are throughout the library. Sanitizers are provided for individuals to clean surfaces. There will be a required break between reservations to allow for air filtration.
Only current EIU students with a valid Panther Card may reserve a room. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance.
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.
Week of February 28 - March 6
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Monday: 8am - 12am
Tuesday: 8am - 12am
Wednesday: 8am - 12am
Thursday: 8am - 12am
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm