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The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that Booth Library is a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community.
Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of libraries and museums that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. Booth Library is one of 30 national finalists for the award, and one of only 15 libraries chosen from throughout the United States.
Booth Library was nominated based on its extensive program series and other events for the community. Series have included exhibits and programs based on different topics each semester, including America's Music, Farm Life, Elizabeth I, Frankenstein, Benjamin Franklin, Teachers Tame the Prairie, Harry Potter's World, Building Memories: Creating a Campus Community and the current program series, Muslim Journeys. These series have offered a variety of films, discussions, lectures, musical and theater performances, exhibits and other activities for free to the community.
In addition, Booth Library sponsors many other programs for the campus and community at large. For example, through the Booth After Hours program, specific campus groups are invited to the library after hours for programs designed specifically for them. Area high school classes regularly visit Booth Library for free instruction and research help from Booth reference librarians. For several years, the library has welcomed librarians from around the world as part of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs. In addition, the library recently hosted a reception for area librarians to network and reconnect.
"Our library is dedicated to quality public service," said Allen Lanham, dean of library services. "We excel at providing materials and information to Eastern's students and faculty. However, a major goal is to create an environment in which citizens in our region can explore topics of interest and take time to discuss issues with others as they remain active learners."
Finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
"Museums and libraries serve as civic gathering places, bringing together individuals in pursuit of educational resources, community connections, skills development, and multifaceted lifelong learning," said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. "We are very proud to announce Booth Library as a finalist for the 2014 National Medal. This year's National Medal finalists illustrate the many ways museums and libraries can excite lifelong learning and civic engagement."
IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited Booth Library to "share their story" on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS, which is accessible here. Each of the 30 finalists will be highlighted on a specific date on the IMLS Facebook page, and Booth Library will be honored on March 18. On that day, community members are encouraged to visit the site to post comments, photos or videos demonstrating how Booth Library has made an impact on them.
"We hear a lot of positive comments from our patrons about ways they've been enriched by Booth Library," Lanham said. "We hope many of them will 'share their story' on March 18."
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced in April, and the medals will be awarded during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the 2014 National Medal finalists, click here.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. IMLS' grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov or follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.
This year, IMLS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. For the past two decades, the National Medal has honored outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Including 2013 winners, 132 institutions have received this honor, and 10 additional institutions will be awarded in 2014.
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A series of story times for children is planned in the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend the story times from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 1, March 22, March 29 and April 5 and 12.
Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information call 581-8442.
Students who have used Booth Library and archival 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 EIU students. Each award consists of a certificate and a cash prize (up to $300). Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention may be presented to selected additional entries.
The 2014 guidelines, application and entry 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 March 17. Recipients will be selected by April 9, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 13-19. 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.
Booth Library is presenting Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, through April 15. The library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
Booth Library will host a five-part, scholar-led discussion series on the theme Pathways of Faith, in addition to exhibits and other related programming.
Books in the series are The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F.E. Peters, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A.C. Brown, The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson, The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter, and A Rumi Anthology edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson. Book discussions will be led by Brian Mann, Dr. Jaysinha Shinde and Dr. Ahmed Abou-Zaid.
Those interested in participating in the book discussion series are encouraged to register by emailing Kirstin Duffin, project director, at email@example.com or click here to visit the library webpage. Patrons may participate in one or more of the book discussions.
In addition to the book discussions, related exhibits are on display at Booth Library and the Tarble Arts Center. Other programs include film discussions on Prince Among Slaves, led by Dr. Michael Loudon, and Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, led by Dr. Janet Marquardt; student research presentations; an interfaith panel moderated by instructor Daniel Otto; and a panel discussion, Women in Veil, moderated by Dr. Bonnie Irwin. For the complete schedule visit the website.
In addition to the Muslim Journeys discussion and program series, Booth Library patrons can access Oxford Islamic Studies Online for a limited time. This resource will be available to the EIU community through Dec. 31, 2014. The database includes reference entries, primary source documents, learning resources, and images and maps. Click here to link to this resource.
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.
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