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, or on Twitter at

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.

Entries accepted in Edible Book Festival

Booth Library will sponsor its eighth annual Edible Book Festival on April 9 as part of National Library Week.

Anyone in the community may enter a work made out of edible materials that has something to do with books in either its shape or content. The artwork will not be eaten. To view entries from last year’s competition, click here.

Participants may design an entry on any topic; however, this year’s contest will have a special “Theme Challenge”! This year’s theme is: PEEPS. (Please note that the theme challenge is intended as a starting point to inspire ideas and creativity; participation is optional.)

Entries may be installed at the library after 3 p.m. April 9. Public voting will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., with the winners announced shortly after. The event is free and open to the public.

Gift cards will be awarded to the winners of People’s Choice and Judges Choice. Honorable mention prizes also will be awarded.

There is no fee to participate in or view this show; however, those planning to enter the contest must pre-register by April 6. The entry form is available here. For more information on the contest, call 581-8456.

Print tax forms for free

Looking for tax forms? Visit the IRS website and Department of Revenue for the state of Illinois to print out federal and state tax forms: (federal) or (state)

Library patrons may print needed tax forms for free in the reference department. For more information speak with a reference librarian on the main (third) floor of the library.

For more information call 581-6072.

Booth Library adds 1,095 items in February

During February, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,095 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 if you have questions.

Our personal librarians have you covered!

Did you know? Booth Librarians are research experts in the fields of study offered at EIU. That means students and faculty have a subject librarian ready to help them find the specialized information they need for their assignments and their research.

What do subject librarians do? They communicate with faculty in their subjects to order books, journals and videos, and to make sure Booth has the most up-to-date and useful resources. They work with faculty and students to find appropriate publication venues, or work through complicated copyright inquiries. Many subject librarians are also “reference” librarians who provide in-class, online or in-library instruction, whether it is a short building tour, an introduction to electronic databases, or training in advanced research techniques. Subject librarians also create online research guides for tasks and topics, and online tutorials for database searching techniques.

Students in any major are encouraged to get to know their librarian, who can help with understanding research, finding the best resources, locating materials in the library, citing sources and more.

Know the name of your subject librarian! Then get in touch for one-on-one research help! Whatever you need, whether it is for classes or your leisure time, Booth Library has you covered!

Get a tour of Booth, its collections and services

Every semester Booth offers walk-in tours of the library three times a day, four days a week for the first four weeks of the term. But what you may not know is that you can request a tour at any time!

You can request a walking tour of the building or request special instruction in any of the library’s resources from our library faculty. Professors will often request to have a librarian speak to their class about research tools related to an assignment, but the librarians are able to tailor their presentations to your questions and interests too!

Call the Reference Desk at 217-581-6072 to see about an appointment for a tour for you or your group. If you are interested in scheduling hands-on research skills instruction, complete the web form to reserve a time in our classroom or with a librarian in our reference lab.

Librarians offer research help 24-7

You know there are a lot of computers in the library and free printing in the Reference lab on the third floor. And, of course, you probably know there are a million-plus books and electronic resources and research available through Booth. But what do you know about the people at Booth?

Did you know librarians at EIU are highly credentialed faculty, and many of them are published scholars? Booth librarians are available to support student and faculty research in a variety of ways. The Reference desk, located on the main floor of the Library, is staffed with library faculty members from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. most days of the week. They can answer questions ranging from the simplest to the very specific and complicated.

Do you need to find resources for your writing assignment? They can help. Are you having difficulty understanding what your professor is asking you to do? Bring your assignment by and let a librarian work through it with you. They won’t give you the answer, but they’ll be a big help in getting you on the right path, and they have many years of experience working on college assignments with students just like you.

The “reference librarians,” or “research-help” librarians, have expertise in finding information and navigating the complex research tools that the library makes available to the university. Library databases are highly sophisticated systems and have many features and options that are not obvious to the novice researcher. Librarians understand these systems and know how to manipulate them to get the optimal results. They also know how to explain it all so the non-expert can understand.

Research-help librarians are also available online. You can reach them via email or chat, or make an appointment for a private consultation. They are even on D2L! You can use the library widgets in your D2L course site, or your professor might even have added a research librarian to your course!

There are librarian liaisons with your major department who specialize in a subject area like English, Economics, Biology, History, or Education. They support the faculty in that department by collecting materials for the library and teaching classes in research skills. They develop instructional guides and web pages to help you accomplish tasks in Booth.

No matter what your question, the librarians at Booth have you covered!

The Keep hits 1 million downloads

Booth Library is pleased to announce our 1 millionth document download from the Eastern Illinois University institutional repository The Keep! The Keep features nearly 80,000 documents and contains faculty scholarship, student and professional journals, graduate theses, undergraduate honors papers, EIU historical documents, committee documents, and much more. Our mission is to digitize, preserve, and promote the scholarly output of EIU, optimizing the content for easy online discovery.

The 1 millionth download was recorded on Feb. 6. On that day our biggest downloads were Stress as a Moderator of Visual Perception: Do Elevated Stress Levels Interfere with Visual Cognition, a graduate thesis by Ashley Ebersole, and The Relationship Between Involvement in Extracurricular Activities and Academic Achievement of Students at Flora High School, a graduate thesis by Linda Spicer.

Our most popular paper is Involve Me: Using the Orff Approach within the Elementary Classroom by undergrad Amanda Long, a winner of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Student Research and Creative Activity. Her paper has been downloaded an outstanding 19,833 times around the world!

Other popular papers include graduate student Joseph Tillman’s thesis Improvements to Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Blades to Aid in Self-Starting, downloaded 10,805 times, and Associate Professor Jemmie Robertson’s An Integrated Approach to Preparing Paul Hindesmith’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano: A Guide to Help Achieve a Better Performance, downloaded 8,367 times.

Explore The Keep for yourself or email to find out more about what the service can do for you and your students.