BiblioBoard and Popup Picks now available to patrons

Booth Library patrons now have access to BiblioBoard, featuring Popup Picks, a high profile selection of e-books that changes quarterly, plus additional collections of e-books, audio books, videos and audio files.

There is no limit on simultaneous use; items in these collections can be read by one or 100 patrons at the same time. This means no hold queues and no waiting for titles. The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) has made these collections available to any Illinois resident.

Booth Library patrons may access BiblioBoard through:

Starting with Popup Picks, create a free profile to access to additional BiblioBoard collections and enable the ability to download content for offline reading and to add bookmarks and notes.

The BiblioBoard platform includes Recovering the Classics, featuring public-domain classics from world literature, with modern cover images; The Bodleian Library collection, featuring items from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library; and The Biblioboard Core collection, featuring articles, images, books, etc., spanning a wide range of topics.

BiblioBoard also offers a selection of audio books; video files featuring music and theater performances, lectures, demonstrations, etc.; and audio files featuring music, lectures and more.

Booth Library adds 1,499 items in January

During January, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,499 new items. The lists can be viewed here. These acquisitions include donations to the library, re-cataloged library items, freely available government publications, and consortium-wide purchases. The recent university spending freeze (due to statewide budget issues) has limited the number of new items being added to library collections.

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.

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:

www.irs.gov (federal) or www.revenue.state.il.us/taxforms/ (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.

Thesis Research 101 seminars offered

Booth Library faculty Steve Brantley, Kirstin Duffin and Ellen Corrigan, in cooperation with the Graduate Student Advisory Council, will again offer three Thesis Research 101 workshops.

Thesis 101 Seminar 1: Researching the Literature will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 6 and again from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 8.

Thesis 101 Seminar 2: Managing Your References with Citation Management Software will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 13 and again from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 15.

Thesis 101 Seminar 3: Presenting Your Thesis (to the World) will be offered from 7-8 p.m. March 6 and again from 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 8.

All sessions will meet in Room 4450 at Booth Library. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To register, click here.

For more information contact Steve Brantley, head of Reference Services, at 581-7542 or jsbrantley@eiu.edu.

Awards for Excellence entries accepted

Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library and archival 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. If campus finances allow, 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 2017 guidelines, application and form can be found here. For more information, call 581-6061.

Entries should be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than March 24. Recipients will be selected by April 7, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 10-14. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library’s Student Research and Creativity Collection.

During the spring 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, visit the website, www.library.eiu.edu; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Story times planned in Jan.-March

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to free story times in the Ballenger Teachers Center of Booth Library, located on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; and on March 4. Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. More specific information about the theme of each story time will be posted on the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information about the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, visit http://www.library.eiu.edu/btc/ or call 581-8442.

Entries accepted for student research awards

Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library and archival 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. The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format. If campus finances allow, cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.

The 2016 guidelines, application and form can be found here. For more information, call 581-6061.

Entries should be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than March 25. Recipients will be selected by April 8, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 11-15. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library’s Student Research and Creativity Collection.

Story times offered for ages 3-7

Story times for children are planned at the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times will begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 20, 27; March 5; and April 2. Programs are free and will feature stories, crafts and activities. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.