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Library tours offered

Eastern students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to take a tour of Booth Library and find out what the library has to offer.

Twenty-minute tours will be offered regularly during the first four weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up; just come to the Research Help desk on the north end of the library to join in any of the tours Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Sept. 13. The library will be closed on Sept. 2-3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Tours are also offered by appointment. Contact a reference librarian at 581-6072 to schedule a tour.

Newell is new dean of library services

Zachary Newell began his duties as dean of library services at Booth Library on Aug. 1. Newell comes to Eastern from Salem State University in Massachusetts, where he served in various library roles during the past 10 years.

Newell said he is excited to be joining such a talented team in Booth Library. He is especially impressed with the excitement and passion Eastern’s faculty and staff share in working closely and collaboratively with the university’s diverse population of students.

To help shape the future of Booth Library, Newell plans to continue examining and reimagining the relationship between the campus community and the library’s existing on-campus spaces, while cultivating additional opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

As part of an ongoing interest in internationalization and student success, Newell also indicated his interest in working closely with his new Eastern colleagues to advance the library as a community and regional hub for transformative, lifelong learning.

Newell earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and master’s degrees in art history and library science. He is working to complete a doctoral dissertation focused on creativity and information literacy. Newell was selected as a Fulbright Scholar, allowing him to serve at the Bibliotheca Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, during the region’s recent Arab Spring movement.

Newell resides in Charleston with his wife and two children.

Electronic reserves now accessible in D2L

Faculty: The Booth Library electronic reserves service migrated to D2L this summer. E-reserves is now exclusively provided through D2L.

The benefits of using D2L for e-reserves include:

  • easy access for students (no extra password to remember!), and
  • easy set-up for you.

How does it work?

  • Activate your course in D2L. (Contact the Faculty Development and Innovation Center for instructions on activating your course.)
  • To migrate content: If you have materials in the library e-reserves system that you would like migrated into D2L, add Stacey Knight-Davis (NetID: slknight) in the role of Librarian (similar to the Grad Assistant role) to your D2L course. Email Stacey to let her know what content to migrate.
  • To add new content: Add Tina Jenkins (NetID: cfjenkins) in the role of Librarian to your D2L course. Send your list of new reserves materials to or via

More information about the library reserves service is available at

Course instructors needing assistance with posting content in D2L should contact the instructional support specialist assigned to their college.

Library catalog upgraded

The Booth Library catalog was upgraded to a new version on July 23, 2018.  Many features and functions remain the same, so users familiar with the old version should find using the new version easy.  However, there are a number of new features that are welcome improvements.

Single Sign-On.  You may log in to your personal information using your EIU NetID and password.  Detailed instructions can be found using the Login Help button in the upper right corner of the catalog screen.

New Search Methods.  At the bottom of the screen of the new version of the catalog there is a “Browse Alphabetically” link.  This offers a suite of searches that let you specify a starting point in a list and then move forward or backward from that point as far as you like.  The Browse Alphabetically choices are:

Similar Items.  When a single bibliographic record is displayed, the catalog displays links to additional resources that have elements in common.

Responsive Web Design.  The catalog can be viewed easily with full functionality on screens of any size.

New Content.  A new set of HathiTrust Digital Library public domain records are available and updated regularly as additional content becomes available.

Wall Street Journal, Westlaw are among new electronic resources

The library now has access to two new databases for legal and news research.  Both combine a clean, easy-to-use interface with valuable research content.

Global Newsstream provides a searchable interface for global news from thousands of full-text newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites.  Included are many national and international papers, such as the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as two major, popular newspapers which are newly available to EIU patrons in online format: The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Defender.

Westlaw Campus Research: Law is a comprehensive database for US legal research.  It contains all state and federal legal cases, annotated statutes, regulations, administrative materials, and Federal Agency decisions/ opinions, as well as the KeyCite legal citator and more than 800 law reviews and journals.

These new electronic resources replace Lexis Nexis Academic/Nexis Uni.

For more information about these new databases, please contact your subject librarian or call the library reference desk at 581-6072.


Global Newsstream


Westlaw Campus Research: Law


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.

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.