Local history oral interviews to be digitized

Booth Library is happy to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Illinois State Library to digitize oral interviews that are key to local history. More than 100 cassettes containing audio interviews have been stored in EIU’s University Archives and Special Collections (located in Booth Library) for many years. This grant funding will allow library staff members to transfer these interviews from cassette tapes to digital files, making them accessible to the general public.

Local historians will be excited by the results of this project. The oral interviews were recorded in the late 1970s through the mid-1990s and cover topics such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, Lincoln Log Cabin, Farming in Coles County in the 1920s, Girl Scouts of Coles County during World War II, Railroading in Coles County, the 1917 tornado and many, many more.

Campus topics include the Greenwood School, Coaches at EIU, Life at EIU as a Student (from various time periods), Eastern Illinois State Normal School, Past EIU Presidents, EIU Athletics, Unionization of EIU Faculty, and many other stories from former EIU students, faculty members and administrators.

University Archives and Special Collections staff members have done a great job at preserving these cassettes, but we all know that degradation will naturally occur over time. It is critical that these recordings be digitized for the purpose of accessibility as well as preservation. Bill Schultz, cataloging librarian and interim head of University Archives/Special Collections, will oversee this digitization process over the next year.

Once completed, the content created through this project will be accessible freely to all via the Illinois Digital Archives and the Digital Public Library of America.

Veterans exhibit visiting area libraries

“Designs of Duty,” an exhibit featuring East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos, is visiting libraries throughout the region through Dec. 3, 2018.

“Designs of Duty” was curated by staff members at Booth Library. It tells the stories of seven military veterans who served our country over a 45-year period throughout Asia and Europe. Veterans featured in the exhibit are Eric Hiltner and Wilson Reynolds of Charleston, Ken Fernandes of Newman, Random Clavin of Nokomis, Adam Griffy of Olney, Shane Wright of Shelbyville and Lyle Gordon of Towanda.

Tattoos are a common symbol among the military, and this exhibit aims to explore the inspiration and meanings behind them, as well as the stories of the veterans themselves. Pride, patriotism and honor are common themes in the artwork chosen by the veterans showcased in “Designs of Duty.”

The exhibit was on display at Booth Library from Jan. 22-May 11. Following is the traveling exhibit schedule:

May 14-June 4, 2018 – Nokomis Public Library

June 4-July 2, 2018 – Charleston Public Library

July 2-Aug. 6, 2018 – Mattoon Public Library

Aug. 6-31, 2018 – Newton Public Library

Aug. 31-Sept. 28, 2018 – Olney Public Library

Sept. 28-Oct. 31, 2018 – Effingham Public Library

Oct. 31-Dec. 3, 2018 – Lake Land College Library

“Designs of Duty” is free and open to the public. For more information click here.

Booth Library adds 1,434 items in April

During April, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,434 new items. The list can be viewed here. These acquisitions include donations to the library, re-cataloged library items, freely available government publications, and consortium-wide purchases.
The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have questions.

Finals Week activities planned

Feeling stressed as the end of the semester nears? Booth Library has you covered, with a variety of activities planned.

First, let your friends and families know how you’re preparing for final exams by sending them a “Don’t worry, I’m at Booth Library!” postcard. A limited number of postcards are available. Students are encouraged to fill out and address a postcard, then place it in the mailbox. Your friends at Booth Library will mail it for you!

On April 30 and May 1, certified therapy dogs will greet students from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Library Quad.

The EIU Meditation Club will offer special sessions to help students alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and strengthen focus. These sessions will be offered in the library’s Edgar Room at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on April 29 through May 1.

Beginning April 27, mad-libs, coloring pages and bookmarks, and Sudoku puzzles will be available to take and complete on your own. Students also are invited to help complete a larger jigsaw puzzle or group coloring page. These will be set up on the main (third) floor.

At 6 p.m. April 30, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last.

All activities and refreshments are free.

Edible Book Festival winners announced

“Yoko,” by Diane Eckert, Thomas Eckert and Paul Eckert

“Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket,” by Katie Jenkins (pictured) and Liz Stephens

“Franks-en-stein,” by Deborah Fennema

“Harold and the Purple Crayon,” by Cassie McCleery

“The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell,” by Mady Bettinger

Booth Library’s eighth annual Edible Book Festival was held on April 9 to kick off National Library Week.

The winners were as follows:

Judges’ Choice: “Yoko,” by Diane, Thomas and Paul Eckert.

People’s Choice: “Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket,” by Katie Jenkins and Liz Stephens.

Honorable Mention: “Franks-en-stein,” by Deborah Fennema; “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” by Cassie McCleery; and “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell,” by Mady Bettinger.

Six receive Awards for Excellence

Pictured are undergraduate student Wonjin Song, who is majoring in economics and mathematics, and graduate students O. Tomiwa Shodipe, economics; Razak Dwomoh, elementary education; Junnatun Naym, MBA; and George Anaman, economics. Charity Huwe, curriculum and instruction, was unable to attend.

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University honored six students as winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity. The students were honored at a reception on April 11.

Award winners were:

— Wonjin Song, an undergraduate in economics and mathematics, for his paper, “International Debt Impact on the Value of South Korean Currency”;

— Junnatun Naym, an MBA student, for “Competition and Concentration in Banking Sector: Evidence from Bangladesh”;

— George Anaman, a graduate student in economics, for “Willingness to Pay Student Insurance as a Primary Plan among Eastern Illinois University Students”;

— Razak Dwomoh, a graduate student in elementary education, for “The Development and Implications of Social Studies and History Curricula in Ghana.”

Honorable mention awards were presented to:

— O. Tomiwa Shodipe, a graduate student in economics, for “The Impact of Real Interest Rate on Real Exchange Rate: Empirical Evidence from Japan”;

— Charity Huwe, a graduate student in curriculum and instruction, for “Representation of the Titanic in Children’s Literature.”

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 will become part of the Library’s institutional repository, The Keep, found at http://thekeep.eiu.edu.

More than just books: Booth loans games, puppets, skeleton, guitar, more

Among the many unique items available for checkout are Bucky the Skeleton, electric guitar, puppets such as this monkey, teddy bear with a stint, Games and puzzles, leaf specimens, a double-helix DNA model, and a pound of fat.

As you know, Booth Library is your go-to spot for books, journal articles, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks and e-books. And you probably know that on rainy days, you can even check out an umbrella to keep yourself dry. But Booth is home to many other items that just might be what you need to wow your fellow students and teachers, or freak out your friends!

Ever wondered what a pound of fat looks like? How about a pound of muscle? We’ve got you covered!

Need a leaf or seed specimen for that science report?  We have them!

Need a prop for that anatomy speech? The Ballenger Teachers Center offers items such as a human skull; dissected human arm; models of the brain, torso, larynx and human heart; and a teddy bear with a hydrocephalus stint. These are all carefully watched over by Bucky the Skeleton, who is also available for checkout.

The BTC also offers fun games, posters, puzzles, curriculum kits and dozens of puppets ready for checkout!

Did you forget your tools for math class? We can provide calculators, rulers, protractors and more.

Booth’s Library Technology Services offers ethernet cables and a variety of other mac and pc computer connectors, SD card readers, headphones, flash drives, chargers, cassette recorders and more.

For the musicians, we offer a truly hands-on experience. Use one of our private music rooms on the fourth floor to practice on one of our pianos or guitars (or bring your own). Create your own sound with our amplifier emulator software and even record your rehearsal session! Modernize your music with our LP- and cassette-to-digital conversion stations.

If you prefer to practice at home, we have an electric guitar available for checkout, along with a headphone amplifier and tuner.

And , of course, Booth offers a wide variety of music on CD, streaming video, and DVDs of thousands of  movies, TV shows, and documentaries. All are available for free to those with a Panther ID!

Whatever you need, check with your Booth Library first — we just might have it!

Booth to celebrate National Library Week

Booth Library will celebrate National Library Week April 8-14 by sponsoring several activities. The theme is “Libraries Lead.”

On Monday, April 9, the library will host the eighth annual Edible Book Festival in the Marvin Foyer, near the north entrance. Items will be on display for public viewing from 4 to 5 p.m. Public voting will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., with the winners announced shortly after. An “edible book” is something that looks like a book or is book-themed and is made out of food. More information is available here.

The annual book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, outside the south entrance of Booth Library in the Alumni Quad (weather permitting). A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for sale. All items have been donated by the campus and local communities. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

At 4:30 p.m. April 11, the winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity will be announced during a reception hosted by the Library Advisory Board in Witters Conference Room 4440. Everyone is welcome to attend. The awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research and encourages students to utilize the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies.

National Library Week, first sponsored in 1958, is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

This year’s honorary chairwoman for National Library Week is Misty Copeland. In 2015, she was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, “Life in Motion,” and her 2014 picture book, “Firebird,” won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015. Her
new book, “Ballerina Body,” an instant New York Times Bestseller, was published in March 2017.

More information about National Library Week can be found on the Booth Library Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BoothLibrary, or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BoothLibrary

MultiPresenters installed in study rooms

Booth Library has debuted multipresenter technology in its study rooms, offering a place for students to practice presentations and work collaboratively with others.

NEC MultiPresenters have been installed in four of the study rooms on the library’s fourth floor. The MultiPresenters work with all platforms and offer web access and wireless screen sharing so that multiple devices can be shared at once on the monitors.

Once students install the free software on their personal devices, such as laptops, iPads and cellphones, they may share their work directly from their personal devices on to the monitors. Instructions on how to use the new technology are available in each study room.

The study rooms also now have glass boards and marker boards to encourage collaborative discussion.

This new technological equipment is made possible thanks to generous donations made to the library. For more information on how to use this new technology, stop by the Library Technology Services desk on the fourth floor or call 581-6091.