Author Archives: Stacey Knight-Davis

Try It! Illinois Statewide Database Trial

Try-It! Illinois is the Illinois State Library’s annual statewide database trial. The trial lasts from October 1 through November 30. Try-It! Illinois is open to all Illinois library users. Thanks to partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. You will be prompted to enter your EIU NetID and password to access Try It! Illinois from EIU. To access Try It!, log in here.

730 New Items Added to Booth Library Collections in June

During June, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 730 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.

Periodical Review List

The lists of periodical and standing order subscriptions selected for cancellation have been compiled for campus review. The Periodical and Standing Order Review is an annual exercise designed to ensure that library collections continue to meet the needs of library users. Questions about the review can be addressed to the Reference Desk (581-6072) or individual subject librarians.

1,457 New Items Added to Booth Library Collections in April

During April, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,457 new items. The New Titles List  l is arranged by location and covers 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 any questions.

Six earn Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity

Pictured from left to right are Kadija Robinson-Stallings, a senior majoring in studio art; Heather Lamb, a junior majoring in English; Jenna Carlson, a graduate student in dietetics; Marissa Sutera, a graduate student in business administration; Lauren Hunt, a senior majoring in elementary and special education; and Erin Smith, a junior majoring in art.

Pictured from left to right are Kadija Robinson-Stallings, a senior majoring in studio art; Heather Lamb, a junior majoring in English; Jenna Carlson, a graduate student in dietetics; Marissa Sutera, a graduate student in business administration; Lauren Hunt, a senior majoring in elementary and special education; and Erin Smith, a junior majoring in art.

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library honored six students as winners of the 2014 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.

The graduate student award recipients were Jenna Carlson of Oak Park, Minn., for her paper, Comparison of Weight-Loss Programs, and Marissa Sutera of Oak Lawn for her paper, Fostering Intercultural Competencies through Global Awareness and Immersion.

Undergraduate student award recipients were: Lauren Hunt of Bloomington for her paper, Examining the Historical Representation of Native Americans within Children’s Literature; Heather Lamb of Morris for her paper, Altered Recurrence in ‘To the Lighthouse’; and Erin Smith of Oswego for her artwork, Pop Pop Perry. Kadija Robinson-Stallings of Chicago received an honorable mention for her artwork, In Living Color.

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 here.

Library offers access to hundreds of online-streaming videos

Through the library’s partnership with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), the library offersAmerican History in Video videos in the areas of American history, counseling, dance, ethnography and LGBT studies produced by Alexander Street Press.

The video collections include content that’s online exclusively through Alexander Street Press from partners such as The History Channel, Bullfrog, Chronoscope, Universal Newsreel, United News and more. Also included are documentaries and series from PBS.

A majority of the videos available cover American history, including documentaries, newsreels and never-before-published archival footage.

Eastern faculty members may find these videos useful to supplement teaching materials, illustrate a lecture or include in online courses. Students may use the videos as part of their research or include snippets of videos as part of a multimedia presentation.

The collections are easily searchable by topic, and include real-time transcripts and an easy-to-use menu to create custom clips of portions of videos.

These videos may be used just like any other educational video, with the added bonus of being able to view them anytime from almost anywhere.

For more information about the video collection, contact your subject librarian or call the library reference desk at 581-6072.

The collection can be browsed by topic at http://vasc.alexanderstreet.com/browse/disciplinetopic

Individual collections are linked below.