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Thesis Research 101 workshops 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 with Steve Brantley will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 1 and again from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 2.

Thesis 101 Seminar 2: Citation Management with Kirstin Duffin will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 8 and again from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 9.

Thesis 101 Seminar 3: Presenting Your Thesis (to the World) with Ellen Corrigan will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 15 and again from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 16.

All sessions will meet in Room 4450 at Booth Library except for the Nov. 16 session, which will be in Witters Conference Room 4440. 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.

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.

Veterans sought for library exhibit

Booth Library is seeking on-campus and East Central Illinois veterans with tattoos to be featured in its spring 2018 exhibit titled “Designs of Duty.”

“Designs of Duty” will focus on veterans and their service-related tattoos. Veterans will be interviewed, as well as have their tattoos photographed. The exhibit will be on display at Booth Library in the spring of 2018 and will be offered for display at other libraries in the region.

We are looking for veterans with tattoos related to their service who are willing to meet for an in-person interview and be photographed for the exhibit. We will ask that they submit a service photo of themselves, and they must agree to allow these photos, videos and information to be included in the exhibit and for publicity purposes.

Booth Library staff would appreciate the opportunity to interview veterans who are willing to share their stories and the inspiration behind their tattoos. Interviews will be scheduled during October and early November.

To participate in “Designs of Duty,” please contact Beth Heldebrandt, public relations director, at emheldebrandt@eiu.edu or 217-581-6064.

Learn about your library; take a tour!

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 reference 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., 1 and 4 p.m. Aug. 21-Sept. 14. The library will be closed on Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

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

During the fall 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, call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Booth Library adds 508 items to collections

Booth Library has acquired and cataloged 508 new items. The list 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.

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.

 

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.

Booth Library adds 1,024 items in February

During February, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,024 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.