Monthly Archives: February 2018

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 thekeep@eiu.edu to find out more about what the service can do for you and your students.

Booth Library Adds 799 New Items in January

During January, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 799 new items. The list can be viewed here. 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.