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  • Six earn Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity

    award winnersPictured 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 at

  • Edible Book Festival brings in dozens of entries

    About 40 entries were received for Booth Library's fourth annual Edible Book Festival, held on April 14 as part of National Library Week.

    Awards were presented in the following categories: Dean's Choice, People's Choice, Children's Book Theme, Student Entry, Family Entry and Funniest Pun. About 100 guests attended the show and voted for their favorites.

    The winners were as follows:

    People's Choice: gold winner, "Dog Eat Dog" by Beth Heldebrandt and Janahn Kolden; silver winner, "Splat the Cat" by Michael Carlen.

    Dean's Choice: gold winner, "How Do Penguins Play?" by Roxanne Frey and granddaughters; silver winner, "Lard of the Fries," by Ann Brownson.

    Best in Show - Family Entry: "My Own Private Idaho" by Mark and Sarah Johnson; honorable mention, "Charlotte's Web" by Steve Brantley and Family.

    Best in Show - Funniest Pun: "Forest? Gump" by David Bell; honorable mention, "(De)Canterb(er)ry Tales" by Heather Wohltman.

    Best in Show - Children's Book Theme: "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Georgia Ryan; honorable mention, "When the Beet Was Born" by Robert Hillman and "The Lorax" by Alyson Vaaler and Samantha Bobbitt.

    Best in Show - Student Entry: "Reading is Sweet as a Peach" by Michelle Cheval and Justin Decker; honorable mention, "Trumpet of the Swan" by Riannon Neidigh and "Cookie Monster's Good Time to Eat" by Spencer Powell.

    Pictures of the winning entries will be posted in The Keep,, when they are available.

  • Students: Make an appointment for one-on-one research help

    Students needing research help now have the option of requesting an appointment with a librarian through the library's website. Reference librarians will work one-on-one with students to help them complete assignments, research projects, papers, thesis, etc.

    Students also can make an appointment not related to an assignment, but just to become more familiar with library resources and services.

    Students wishing to make a personal appointment with a librarian may do so here. The librarians will strive to make an appointment with you on your preferred date and time.

    "Students have always had the option to request a one-on-one session with a librarian, but many people, students and faculty alike, are not aware that we are available for such personalized help," said Steve Brantley, head of Reference Services at the library. "The online form lets you know we are available and is an easy way to arrange a time that works with your schedule."

    Reference librarians are available for research help at any time - without an appointment - at the reference desk on the main floor of the library. Students also may get help through the Ask-a-Librarian service by phone (581-6072), via email or through the 24 hour-a-day chat service. Click here for more information.

    "Library resources can be complicated. Getting the best information for your needs requires patience, practice and often guidance," Brantley said. "At Booth, the reference librarians consider helping you succeed at EIU central to their mission. We are excited that this avenue of communication is being highlighted. We love helping our students!"

  • 2,485 New Items Added to Booth Library Collections in March

    During March, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 2,485 new items. The list can be viewed at 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 if you have any 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.
  • NoteBooth newsletter now available

    The current issue of NoteBooth, the newsletter of Booth Library, is available at

    Several Muslim Journeys events are coming up soon!

    Help us celebrate our recognition as a finalist for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Beginning March 18, please share your story about how Booth Library has made a difference in your life! Upload comments, pictures, and videos at:

    In an effort to conserve resources, NoteBooth is no longer distributed in print.

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