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On Saturday, April 20th, three titles from Southern Illinois University Press earned honors at the Illinois State Historical Society’s "Best of Illinois History" award luncheon. These additions mark ten honors from the ISHS in the past two years, and the SIU Press authors in attendance at the 2024 event expressed gratitude to the ISHS and its celebrated annual ceremony.

  • The New Star Chamber and Other Essays, Annotated Edition, written by Edgar Lee Masters and edited by Jason Stacy, et al., earned a Certificate of Excellence in "Books, Scholarly." Students in Stacy’s Editing History course at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville annotated the book.
  • Son of Southern Illinois: Glenn Poshard’s Life in Politics and Education, by Carl Walworth with Glenn Poshard, also earned a Certificate of Excellence in "Books, Scholarly."
  • Onward to Chicago: Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad in Northeastern Illinois, by Larry A. McClellan, earned a Superior Achievement Award in "Books, Scholarly."

Read more about the award winners at the Press's blog.


Morris Library Awards 4 Scholarships to SIU Students

Congratulations to the 2024 winners of the Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Award!

  • Shalini Guha (Graduate Student Award) for "Investigation of HERG1a Potassium Channel Modulation of Calcium Concentration in the Murine Skeletal Muscle C2C12 Cell Line"
  • Porsche Garrett (Undergraduate Award in the Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Sciences) for "A Critical History of Three Death Poems"
  • Elana Qasem (Undergraduate Award in the Sciences, Engineering, or Applied Technologies) for "Neural Activation Patterns During Socially Transmitted Aggression"

Congraulations also to the winner of the Thanu And Nongyao Kulachol Library Scholarship, Taegan Carpenter.


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Morris Library's Open Textbook Faculty Incentive Program supports students by offering financial incentives for teaching faculty to use alternative lower-cost educational materials rather than high-cost textbooks. This may include the adoption or adaption of an existing open textbook, or, in some cases, the creation of a new open textbook. To learn more, visit our program page.

The submission deadline is September 13, 2024, and award notification is by September 27, 2024. The open textbook can be used in a course in Fall 2024 or Spring 2025. Interested faculty must submit a proposal to receive the grant.




Visit the Wildflower Show in the Morris Library first floor rotunda, May 10 - August 10, 2024. in the Morris Library first floor rotunda, May 10 - August 10, 2024. Featuringlocal artists Jan York, Kathy Wides, Jen Wharton, Jeannie Ravenscraft, Julie O. Murphy, Laura Marjorie Miller, Beth Martell, Lisa Lennox, Shannon Green, Jonny Gray, Cathy Daesch, and Rhonda Branum. The real wonder of wildflowers is that they adapt so effortlessly to the different conditions they find themselves in. If ever there was a flower that epitomizes the idiom “bloom where you are planted,” it’s the wildflower. We could all take a cue from these wild, free and yet still rooted plants. They are resilient, untamed, beautiful, surprising, colorful, and unpredictable. There’s a lot to love about them.


The Inclusive Collection highlights books featuring topics, authors, characters, perspectives, experiences, and expertise that members of systemically marginalized and excluded communities of people bring to every genre and discipline.