Exhibit features veterans and their tattoos

“Designs of Duty,” an exhibit featuring East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos, will be on display at Booth Library from Jan. 22 through May 11, 2018.

“Designs of Duty” 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.”

Related exhibits on display include military flags; “Symbols of Service,” featuring University of Illinois student veterans; aircraft nose art from World War II to today; and Vietnam War helmet graffiti.

“Designs of Duty” is free and open to the public. For more information click here.

Booth Library’s regular hours are 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.


Thesis 101 seminars to be 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. Feb. 6 and again from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 7.

Thesis 101 Seminar 2: Organizing Your References Using Citation Management Software with Kirstin Duffin will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 13 and again from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 14.

Thesis 101 Seminar 3: Presenting Your Thesis (to the World) with Ellen Corrigan will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 20 and again from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 21.

All sessions will meet in Room 4450 at Booth Library. Register for the free seminars here.

For more information contact Steve Brantley, head of Reference Services, at 581-7542 or jsbrantley@eiu.edu.


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. through Feb. 1. The library will be closed on Jan. 15 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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

Students: Enter your research work

Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library resources to enhance their research are encouraged to enter the library’s “Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity” program.

The program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students. If campus finances allow, cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.

The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format.

The 2018 guidelines, application and form can be found here. For more information, call 581-6061.

Entries should be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than noon March 23. Recipients will be selected by April 6, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 9-13. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library’s Student Research and Creativity Collection.

Lexis Nexis platform becomes Nexis Uni

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the Lexis Nexis database became Nexis Uni, offering the same content in a new platform.

Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as alerts and saved searches, and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

Nexis Uni enables quick discovery across all content types, personalized discipline pages for those who set up individual profiles and a collaborative workspace for group assignments.

Students who have grown up googling will appreciate the streamlined interface of Nexis Uni. It begins at the big search box. Students can quickly conduct either natural language or complex Boolean searches across the entire content collection, making it an ideal tool for novice and advanced researchers alike.

Nexis Uni helps students find credible sources, including:

— Print and online journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires and blogs;

— Local, regional, national and international newspapers with deep archives;

— Extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790;

— Unparalleled business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives.

Nexis Uni offers many ways to customize your research experience based on your preferences. As you familiarize yourself with Nexis Uni, it is recommended that you review these tools and use them to customize your experience.

For help with navigating the new Nexis Uni, visit your Booth Library reference librarians, call them at 581-6072 or chat here.

Booth Library Top 10 lists of 2017


As 2017 comes to a close, here’s a look at the top 10 popular titles checked out at Booth Library this year. We’ve included the call number in case you’d like to check out what your fellow Panthers have been reading!

Popular book titles

(We’ve listed the top 12 because some titles were tied).

  1. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” by J.D. Vance; HD 8073.V37 A3 2016.
  2. “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association,” by American Psychological Association; BF 76.7 .P83 2010.
  3. “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot; RC265.6.L24 S55 2011.
  4. “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie; BF637.S8 C37 2009.
  5. “Slaughterhouse-five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Dirty Dance with Death,” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.; PS3572.O5 S55 1994x.
  6. “Orientalism,” by Edward W. Said; DS12 .S24 2003bx.
  7. “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley; PR6015.U9 B65 2006x.
  8. “Unquiet Mind,” by Kay Redfield Jamison; RC516 .J363 1996x.
  9. “Magnolia Story,” by Chip and Joanna Gaines, with Mark Dagostino; Best Sellers TH4816 .G25 2016x.
  10. “Small Great Things: A Novel,” by Jodi Picoult; Best Sellers PS3566.I372 S63 2016.
  11. “Big Little Lies,” by Liane Moriarty; Best Sellers PR9619.4.M67 B54 2014b.
  12. “Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music,” by Angela Myles Beeching; ML3795 .B42 2010.

Ballenger Teachers Center Top 10

Here’s a look at the most checked-out items from the library’s Ballenger Teachers Center!

  1. “Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle; 800 C192vh 1987.
  2. “Rainbow Fish,” by Marcus Pfister; translated by J. Alison James; 800 P45ra.
  3. “National Geographic Theme Sets: Floods”; Guided Readers LB1576 .N37 2005x.
  4. “National Geographic Theme Sets: Droughts”; Guided Readers LB1576 .N37 2005x.
  5. “National Geographic Theme Sets: Tornadoes”; Guided Readers LB1576 .N37 2005x.
  6. “Cat in the Hat,” by Dr. Seuss; 800 G277c 1985.
  7. “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” words and pictures by Mo Willems; 800 W667don.
  8. “Waiting is Not Easy!” by Mo Willems; 800 W667wai.
  9. “Green Eggs and Ham,” by Dr. Seuss; 800 G277g 1988.
  10. “Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues,” by Kimberly and James Dean; 800 D3452pb

Graphic Novels

The most circulated items from Booth’s graphic novels collection (there were a lot of ties, so it’s an expanded list of popular titles):

  1. “Essential X-Men, Volume 1,” featuring Chris Claremont and John Byrne; PN6728.X2 E87 2000x.
  2. “Walking Dead,” by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Cliff Rathburn; PN6727.K574 W34 2004x.
  3. “Weird World of Eerie Publications: Comic Gore that Warped Millions of Young Minds!” by Mike Howlett; PN6725 .H69 2010x.
  4. “Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred,” a graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings; PN6727.D836 O28 2017x.
  5. “Wonder Woman Archives, Volume 1,” by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter; PN6728.W6 M38 1998.
  6. “Macbeth: The Graphic Novel,” by John McDonald and Jon Haward; PN6737.M43 M33 2008x.
  7. “Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s,” edited by Greg Sadowski; PN6726 .F68 2010x.
  8. “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936,” by Edward Sorel; PN2287.A8 S67 2016.
  9. “Wonder Woman Archives, Volume 3,” by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter; PN6728.W6 M38 1998.
  10. “Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi; PN6747.S245 P4713 2003.
  11. “Valve Presents Volume 1, The Sacrifice and Other Steam-powered Stories,” editor, Rachel Edidin; PN6726 .V35 2011x.
  12. “Mooncop,” by Tom Gauld; PN6737.G38 M66 2016x.
  13. “Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 1,” by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley; PN6728.S65 U47 2002x.
  14. “Batman: The Killing Joke,” by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland and Richard Starkings; PN6728.B36 M66 2008x.
  15. “March: Book One,” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell; E840.8.L43 A3 2013.
  16. “Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride,” by Lucy Knisley; PN6727.K645 S66 2016x.
  17. “Richard Matheson’s ‘I Am Legend,’” adapted by Steve Niles and Elman Brown; PN6727.M37 I2 2003x.
  18. “World of Edena,” by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al; PN6747.G5 M6613 2016x.
  19. “Batman, Volume Two: Hush,” by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Richard Starkings, et al; PN6728.B37 H87 2003x.
  20. “Black Tide: Awakening of the Key, Volume 1,” by Debbie Bishop; PN6728.B42 A92 2004x.
  21. “ElfQuest Archives, Volume 1” by Wendy and Richard Pini; PN6728.E45 P5635 2003.

De-stress during Finals Week at Booth!

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 Dec. 11-12, certified therapy dogs will greet students from 2 to 6 p.m. in the South Lobby of the library.

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 Dec. 10-12.

Beginning Dec. 8, 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 7 p.m. Dec. 11, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last. In addition, representatives from Housing and Dining will pass out healthy snacks in the library’s North Lobby at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

All activities and refreshments are free.

For finals week, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 (extended hours); noon to 1 a.m. Dec. 10; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 11-14; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15. For more information on the library, call 581-6072 or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Book and toy donations accepted

The campus community is encouraged to donate books, toys or money to help local families this Christmas. Booth Library is a donation site for the One Stop Community Christmas program.

The One Stop Community Christmas program is a collaborative effort of many different area organizations (civic groups, schools, businesses, aid organizations, churches, sororities, health care providers, etc.) to come together and provide help and hope to families from seven counties during the holiday season. The program services Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby counties.

More than 2,000 children will be helped through the program this year, and the goal is for each child to receive a book. Donations of new books, activity books, comic books or coloring books for ages newborn to 18 years old will be accepted.

New, unwrapped toys also will be accepted. All donations may be placed in the box located in the Marvin Foyer near the north entrance of Booth Library until Dec. 4.

Monetary donations also will be accepted for the program. Checks should be made out to the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation (SEICF), with a memo indicating the donation is for “One Stop.” Mail donations to Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1211, Effingham, IL 62401. Donations also may be made online at www.OneStopCC.org.

For more information on the One Stop Community Christmas program, visit www.OneStopCC.org. Families who sign up to receive assistance through the program will pick up a variety of donations on Dec. 9 at Lake Land College in Mattoon.