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Tolppanen begins duties as library dean

Bradley Tolppanen, former head of Circulation Services at Booth Library, began his new duties as interim dean on July 1.

Tolppanen has been employed at Booth Library since 1999, when he was hired as a reference librarian. He was appointed as the head of Circulation Services in 2000 and serves as the subject bibliographer for history, Africana studies and military science.

Prior to his work at Booth Library, Tolppanen was a humanities reference librarian at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a reference/instruction librarian at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Tolppanen earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Calgary, a master of arts degree in history from the University of New Brunswick, and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Alberta.

Tolppanen is the author of “Churchill in North America, 1929: A Three Month Tour of Canada and the United States.” He lives in Charleston with his family.

Tolppanen took over the duties of dean of library services following the retirement of Dr. Allen Lanham, who served as dean for almost 26 years.

Dean Allen Lanham retires June 30

Dr. Allen Lanham, dean of library services at Eastern Illinois University, retired on June 30 after almost 26 years or service.

An open house in his honor was held June 29 in Witters Conference Room 4440 of the library.

Lanham began his duties on Aug. 12, 1991. During his tenure at Eastern, he encouraged a wide range of library programming in the arts and humanities and has been the principal investigator for Art and Architecture in Illinois Libraries since 2006. He has consulted for libraries in Central and South America and Africa.

He led the extensive renovation and expansion of Booth Library from 1999 through 2002, resulting in a building that celebrates its historic architecture while providing the space and technological capability to meet future library needs.

Lanham was named an Illinois Library Association Luminary in 2016 and Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year in 2008. His work in library innovation and programming led to Booth Library being named a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and winner of the DEMCO Library Innovation Award, both in 2014.

He has been active in many regional, state and national library organizations and has held many leadership positions, including serving as Illinois Library Association president in 2004-2005. He is currently a councilor to the American Library Association.

Lanham earned a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in 1974, a master’s degree from Arkansas State University in 1975 and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1987, all in music education. He earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991.

Prior to his work at Booth Library, Lanham taught in the Music Department at The Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San German, beginning in 1976. He served as director of the department from 1979 to 1987.

 

Libby app offers easy access to e-books, audiobooks

Hey, e-book and audiobook patrons! We encourage you to meet Libby, a new app built for readers to discover and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from Booth Library. Inspired by user and library feedback, Libby was designed to get people reading as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Libby remembers your library ID number for quick checkout. It is available for Android and iOS and will give you access to your MyMediaMall account through Booth Library.

Libby was engineered from the ground up with many new features and enhancements:

  • Quick and easy for first time users
  • Integrated reading and listening experience with OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen
  • No Adobe ID or account registration required
  • Faster performance and powerful search
  • Same experience on all devices
  • Customizable browsing options to find the books you want faster
  • Simplified download settings
  • Fixed-layout and Read-Along eBook support
  • Support for eBook highlights and annotations
  • Custom lists for tagging books you love, want to read and more

Download the free Libby app from the Apple App Store or Google Play today and enjoy the experience from your mobile electronic devices!

‘A Question of History’ now on display

“A Question of History: Public History in Illinois” will be on display in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library until July 31. The exhibit was created by EIU’s 2016-2017 Historical Administration class.

On Oct. 1, 2015, the Illinois State Museum closed its doors for nine months amidst a statewide budget crisis. This closure brought the topic of public history in Illinois to the forefront of a national conversation about the relevance of history.

Featuring items from institutions across the state, including the Illinois State Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, this exhibit traces the role of public and historical institutions of Illinois to show how history was and continues to be vital to our cultural heritage and identity.

For more information on the exhibit and programs, click here.

The opening reception was held March 30 and included a keynote address by Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois state historian. Several other program were held during April in conjunction with the exhibit.

Therapy dogs, puzzles, snacks offered

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 in the Marvin Foyer. 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 May 1-2, certified therapy dogs will greet students from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Library Quad north of the library.

Beginning April 28, mad-libs, coloring pages and bookmarks, and Sudoku puzzles will be available to take and complete on your own. Coloring supplies may be borrowed from the reference or LTS desks.

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.

From 7 to 9 p.m. May 1, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last.

All activities and refreshments are free.

For finals week, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 29 (extended hours); noon to 1 a.m. April 30; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. May 1-4; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5.

For more information on the library, call 581-6072 or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Awards for Excellence winners announced

Pictured is award winner Kehinde Abiodun with Dr. Kirstin Brown, chairwoman of the Library Advisory Board, and Dr. Allen Lanham, dean of library services.

Pictured is award winner Michael Bradley with Dr. Kirstin Brown, chairwoman of the Library Advisory Board, and Dr. Allen Lanham, dean of library services.

Pictured are award winners Samantha Kledzik, Jacki Pickowitz, Tiffany Somerville, Kelsey Oglesby and Danielle Pincente with Dr. Kirstin Brown, chairwoman of the Library Advisory Board, and Dr. Allen Lanham, dean of library services. Not pictured was award winner David Ehlers.

Pictured is award winner Christina Farley with Dr. Kirstin Brown, chairwoman of the Library Advisory Board, and Dr. Allen Lanham, dean of library services.

Pictured is award winner Haley Ingram with Dr. Kirstin Brown, chairwoman of the Library Advisory Board, and Dr. Allen Lanham, dean of library services.

Pictured is award winner Hamid Lahouij with Dr. Kirstin Brown, chairwoman of the Library Advisory Board, and Dr. Allen Lanham, dean of library services.

Pictured is award winner Fabian Rempfer with Dr. Kirstin Brown, chairwoman of the Library Advisory Board, and Dr. Allen Lanham, dean of library services.

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University honored 12 students as winners of the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity. The students were honored at a reception on April 12.

Award winners were:

— Michael Bradley, a graduate student in history, for his paper, “Incarcerated, Transported and Bound: Deference, Resistance and Assimilation, Construction Community among Transported Convicts from Britain to the Chesapeake 1739-1776”;

— Hamid Lahouij, a graduate student in business, for “The Effects of Income Inequality on Economic Growth: Evidence from MENA Countries”;

— David Ehlers, Samantha Kledzik, Kelsey Oglesby, Jaclyn Pickowitz, Danielle Pincente and Tiffany Somerville, all graduate students in counseling, for their paper, “The Effect of School-Based Creative Expression Group Therapy on the Self-Concept of Female Adolescents”;

— Kehinde Abiodun, a graduate student in economics, for “Contribution of International Trade to Economic Growth in Nigeria”;

— Christina Farley, a senior majoring in music education, for “Body Consciousness: The Effects of Posture on Musicians’ Performance Anxiety”;

Honorable mention awards were presented to:

— Fabian Rempfer, a graduate student in English, for “Shadowy Objects in Test Tubes”: Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” as an Example of Freud’s “Uncanny” and Agamben’s “Bare Life”;

— Haley Ingram, a freshman majoring in special education, who was honored for Freshman Writing Achievement.

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 www.library.eiu.edu.

Activities held April 10-14 for National Library Week

Booth Library celebrated National Library Week April 9-15 by sponsoring several activities. The theme was “Libraries Transform.”

Eastern students participated in a library scavenger hunt for the chance to win an Amazon gift card! A winner was drawn each day, Monday through Friday, April 10-14.

On April 10, the library hosted the seventh annual Edible Book Festival in the West Reading Room. An “edible book” is something that looks like a book or is book-themed and is made out of food.

The annual book sale was held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 outside the south entrance of Booth Library in the Alumni Quad. A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles were available for sale. All items were donated by the campus and local communities. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

On April 12, the winners of the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity were announced during a reception hosted by the Library Advisory Board in Witters Conference Room 4440. 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.

All library patrons were encouraged to share “Why I Love My Librarian” by posting a short message on a special display board on the third (main) floor of the library.

Edible Book Festival winners announced

Dean’s Choice Silver Medal: “Hansel and Gretel,” by Georgia and Carol Ryan.

Funniest Pun Best in Show: “Harry Potter,” by Alice Dick and Debbie Meadows.

People’s Choice Silver Medal: “Frog and Toad,” by Sam and Avelynn Dick with Debbie Meadows.

Children’s Book Best in Show: “Ten Little Sisters,” by Lana Hill

Children’s Book Honorable Mention: “Tacky and the Haunted Igloo,” by Billy Hung.

Dean’s Choice Gold Medal: “It’s Okay to be Different,” by Katie Jenkins.

Family Entry Honorable Mention: “The Nutmeg of Consolation,” by Sarah and Mark Johnson.

Funniest Pun Honorable Mention: “Much Ado About Muffins,” by Heather Wohltman.

Student Entry Best in Show: “The Missing Piece,” by Ian and Liam Corrigan.

Children’s Book Honorable Mention: “Math Potatoes,” by Ann Brownson.

People’s Choice Gold Medal: “The Lollipop Guild Welcomes You to Munchkin Land,” by Ellen Corrigan.

People’s Choice Honorable Mention: “Hidden Figures,” by Beth Heldebrandt

Family Entry Best in Show: “Snowy Day,” by Caitlin and Oliver Rednour

The winners of Booth Library’s seventh annual Edible Book Festival on April 10 have been announced. The activity was one of several activities planned to celebrate National Library Week.

Contest participants have entered a work made out of edible materials that has something to do with books in either its shape or content. More photos will be available soon.

Dean’s Choice Gold: “It’s Okay to be Different” (Katie Jenkins)

Dean’s Choice Silver: “Hansel and Gretel” (Georgia and Carol Ryan)

People’s Choice Gold: “The Lollipop Guild Welcomes You to Munchkin Land” (Ellen Corrigan)

People’s Choice Silver: “Frog and Toad” (Sam and Avelynn Dick with Debbie Meadows)

Honorable Mention: “Hidden Figures” (Beth Heldebrandt)

Children’s Book Best in Show: “Ten Little Sisters” (Lana Hill)

Children’s Book Honorable Mention: “Math Potatoes” (Ann Brownson)

Children’s Book Honorable Mention: “Tacky and the Haunted Igloo” (Billy Hung)

Family Entry Best in Show: “The Snowy Day” (Caitlin and Oliver Rednour)

Family Entry Honorable Mention: “The Nutmeg of Consolation” (Sarah and Mark Johnson)

Funniest Pun Best in Show: “Harry Potter” (Alice Dick and Debbie Meadows)

Funniest Pun Honorable Mention: “Much Ado About Muffins” (Heather Wohltman)

Student Entry Best in Show: “The Missing Piece” (Ian and Liam Corrigan).

BiblioBoard and Popup Picks now available

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.