Booth wins Library Innovative Award

Booth Library is the recipient of the 2014 Illinois Library Association Demco Library Innovative Award. This award recognizes a library’s achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative program or service that has had a measurable impact on its users. The award is sponsored by Demco, one of the nation’s leaders for library supplies.

The Demco Library Innovative Award will be presented at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference Awards Luncheon at noon Oct. 14 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

Using the model of inclusivity, Booth Library in 2013 developed a creative series of programs that expanded the reach of a national grant far beyond the walls of the library. “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association and Tribeca Film Institute, supported a film series focusing on varied genres.

However, library staff saw the opportunity to both educate and entertain the larger area community through a wide variety of unique programming offered both on the EIU campus and in six communities in the region.

The grant provided a major outreach opportunity for Booth Library to unite six regional public library audiences with students, faculty and other community members interested in exploring American music, history and culture. The participating public libraries were in the communities of Danville, Decatur, Robinson, Shelbyville, Paris and Marshall.

The “America’s Music” series creatively engaged members of the library’s targeted audience to directly participate in programming rather than simply being observers. More than 20 amateur and professional musicians from the community performed. Nearly 30 EIU faculty members also performed, gave lectures and led discussions.

In addition, almost 80 EIU students shared their talents by talking about their research; curating exhibits; playing, singing and dancing to blues, gospel, Broadway and jazz music; and producing the opening and closing programs. Finally, an overnight mini-camp brought nine talented vocalists form area high schools to campus to learn, rehearse and perform Broadway numbers in the closing concert.

In a letter of support, Nancy K. Claypool, library director of the Marshall Public Library, said: “The Marshall community is rural and low-income…When free events such as these occur in the community, it is often the only opportunity to see and learn about things other than the life they know here…This program broke down the barriers, for one terrific evening, that so many people encounter on an everyday basis.”

The program allowed the library to promote the humanities in the region and enrich rural and small-town life. As noted in the nomination: “With so many rural areas left with meager or no school programs in art, music and film, this program allowed us to stimulate both students and adults to recognize the benefits of education in the arts and humanities.”

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Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s


Area residents are encouraged to take a step back in time and experience “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.” Booth Library will sponsor this exhibit and program series looking at what is arguably one of the most turbulent and eventful decades of the 20th century.

“’Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s’ is the latest event in our ongoing mission to engage the local community in thinking collectively on a selected theme,” said Allen Lanham, dean of library services. “The subject of the 1960s was chosen at this time because we are currently in the 50-year anniversary decade of that eventful era. We hope to provide an in-depth look at the major issues and accomplishments of that time not only as a lesson in history, but in order to reflect on how these events still affect us today.”

The series will kick off with an opening at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the library’s West Reading Room and will continue through Nov. 20. The opening will feature a keynote address by Edmund Wehrle, professor of history, titled “’No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings’: John F. Kennedy and the Spirit of the 1960s.”

The program series will continue with a look at early ‘60s music during “The Spirit of Motown,” a free program that will be presented at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium, EIU. Illinois Humanities Council speaker Jose Sandoval will present the music and story behind Motown records and the city of Detroit, known as Motown U.S.A.

An Extravaganza of 1960s Fashion, Music and Dance will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite 1960s personalities, watch a runway fashion show accompanied by popular music of the decade and participate in a ‘60s dance lesson.

The program series includes a full schedule of lectures, film screenings, musical performances and panel discussions on a variety of topics that look at the achievements, tragedies, triumphs, extraordinary personalities, and everyday lives of average people in the 1960s. Many of Eastern’s faculty and students will be featured speakers and presenters.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the program website at All events are free and open to the public.

In addition to programming, Booth Library is filled with exhibits exploring numerous aspects of this fascinating decade as Americans experienced it — including developments in the worlds of music, literature, visual arts, science and technology, politics, and social movements.

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Find out how Booth Library can help you – take a building 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 five weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up, just come to the north lobby of the library to join in any of the tours at 10 a.m., 1, 3 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 26.

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, visit the website,; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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Story times offered at Booth Library

A series of free story times for children is planned in the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend the story times from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 20 and 27, Oct. 4 and 11 and Nov. 1 and 8. Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In addition, Booth Library will participate in the WEIU Kids Day at the Castle on Aug. 23. A story time and activities will be presented by library staff. Other activities will include a bounce house, dance contest, games and prizes, free books, appearances by Daniel Tiger and much more. WEIU Kids Day at the Castle will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on the front lawn in front of EIU’s Old Main.

For more information about the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, call 581-8442.

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All invited to Booth Library Open House

Booth Library invites all students, faculty and staff to an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to stop by for free ice cream and other treats. Play a trivia game for a chance to win books, note pads, print cards, cups, pencils, bags, EIU clothing and memorabilia, and more.

“This will be a fun event to welcome students to the library,” said Janice Derr, reference librarian. “We want students to get to know the library staff. We’re here to help.”

As part of the fun, a green screen will be set up so that staff, students and their friends can pose to create their very own “Read” poster. The finished poster will be sent digitally to the patron following the event.

Most activities will take place in the West Reading Room, in the northwest corner of the library’s main (third) floor. Tours will be offered beginning every half-hour from the Marvin Foyer on the north end of the building. All open house activities are free.

For more information, call the library reference desk at 581-6072 or find Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.

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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 if you have questions.

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653 New Items Added to Booth Library Collections in July

During July, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 653 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 if you have questions.

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Bruns named IR All-Star


Todd Bruns, institutional repository librarian at Eastern Illinois University, has been named a 2014 IR All-Star by the bepress Digital Commons group.

Since the launch of EIU’s repository, The Keep, in early 2012, Bruns has dedicated himself to making it a successful, supportive and vibrant part of campus. The Keep, an electronic, open-access database, contains materials generated on campus or of local interest.

More than 30,000 documents have been added to the database, with more added daily. Those materials have been downloaded by users from across the world more than 234,000 times. The Keep is accessible through the library’s web site,

“It is a great honor to be selected as one of the 2014 Institutional Repository All-Stars,” Bruns said. “There are so many IR managers doing excellent work in the field, so being selected has been very inspiring and humbling.

“My favorite aspect of repository work is seeing the benefit that people get from it, whether it’s the faculty member seeing their download counts, the student getting access to research they couldn’t normally get, or the increased visibility of our great institution,” he said. “When I see the realization dawn in people’s faces that the library is central to scholarly communication, that makes all the hard work very worthwhile.”

Bepress officials stated, “The Wesley Whiteside Botanical Garden collection is one of the most unique in The Keep, and a great example of the innovative ways Todd uses Digital Commons to showcase special collections and serve the campus community.”

Botany professor Wesley Whiteside taught at EIU for 27 years before retiring and leaving his expansive farmland, arboretum and botanical gardens to EIU in 2011. “With Todd’s initiative, the repository has since become an ‘online museum’ of the garden and an invaluable resource for the botany department, with its extensive documentation of the hundreds of species grown on the land,” the release said.

“Another example of Todd’s unique approach to displaying special collections in the repository is EIU’s theater arts collection, which uses the book gallery structure to display more than 50 years of production programs, reviews, articles, set/costume designs, and photographs from EIU’s theater department.”

Bruns has also positioned the repository as an essential resource for EIU’s graduate school and master’s program. After giving a presentation to the graduate school about the benefits of electronic theses and dissertations, he convinced the school to include a link directly to the graduate school’s website on all thesis and dissertation cover pages in The Keep, which has helped generate additional international traffic to the site.

In addition to his work on The Keep, Bruns is active with a number of publications, presentations and reviews. Along with Stacy Knight-Davis, Booth Library’s head of technical services, Bruns created a 2013 Digital Commons webinar, “Increasing the Visibility and Impact of Graduate Research with Electronic Theses and Dissertations.” His report, “The Keep at Two: The First Two Years of Our Institutional Repository,” highlights the growth, milestones and achievements of EIU’s repository as of September 2013.

In addition to serving as EIU’s institutional librarian, Bruns serves as a reference and research librarian at Booth Library. He may be contacted at 581-8381 or via email at To access The Keep, visit

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