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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library Supports Digital Scholarship: Eighth Profile in ARL Series

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Media Commons

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the eighth profile in a series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries. The latest installment in this series features the work of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign profile presents a brief history of the evolution of digital scholarship support at the university, focusing on three library units: the Scholarly Commons, the Media Commons, and the new Grainger Engineering Library Innovation, Discovery, Design, and Data (IDEA) Lab. Support for digital scholarship is a collaborative effort across the libraries, involving a range of staff and technology-equipped spaces.

This profile describes the current work of the Scholarly Commons, the Media Commons, and the IDEA Lab, including information about staffing, services, collaboration, funding, and outreach. The profile concludes with a discussion of how the library is looking to the future to best foster innovation in teaching and learning, as well as collaborative and entrepreneurial work by students with faculty and staff.

Three established projects are featured in the profile: Women in Print, which creates primary source, scholarly edition e-books of pre-Victorian women’s writings; Emblematica Online, a collaborative project to digitize two of the world’s largest collections of Renaissance emblem books at the University of Illinois and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany; and the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections, which is digitizing historic newspapers to preserve them and make them available to researchers online.

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About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

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