September 19, 2012

Comparative Regional Integration - Upcoming Event

What: EUCE Director Lecture Series
Who: Dr. Joaquin Roy -- Director, EUC, University of Miami
When: Friday, Sept. 28, 2012,12:00pm
Where: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB

Europe is in a financial crisis. The economy and national societies, as well as the European Union integration structure are suffering the impact. However, there is a need to examine some selected issues and outline some possible outcomes. Finally, a European Union in transition has the parallel effect on the general state of regional integration world-¬‐wide, especially in the Americas.

Joaquín Roy is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Director of University of Miami European Union Center and Co-¬‐Director of the Miami-¬‐Florida European Union Center of Excellence. He received his law degree from the University of Barcelona and his doctorate from Georgetown University. His research and teaching areas are the history of political ideas, Latin American thought, intellectual history and literature, contemporary ideologies, regional integration, transitions to democracy, and human rights policies. His regional focus is the European Union, European-¬‐ Latin American relations, and on Cuba, Argentina, Spain, and Central America.

July 27, 2012

Irish Television Launches New Archives

RTÉ has launched its new free-to-view archives website as part of its ongoing celebrations of its 50th anniversary this year. Along with the video, 90,000 stills are also available for online viewing. The site also contains a video tour of the archives.The website – – contains a series of archive video, audio and photographic stills arranged in the form of exhibitions on Irish history as well as searchable under key figures in Irish public life. A number of the exhibitions that are currently available to view online include archive video footage on emigration in Ireland; the first Dáil and U2. The archive footage is also available for purchase to filmmakers.

July 25, 2012

Big Changes in the University Library

The University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been undergoing some major changes in the last two years. In the interest of providing more responsive and effective services to users, many departmental libraries have joined together to form larger units providing longer hours and better accessibility to scholars. Last year a major change occured for the Area Studies libraries and the Global Studies library when they combined to form the International and Area Studies Library. Situated on the third floor of the Main Library building, this new service point provides reference service, instruction, and the wonderful tools of formerly dispersed units, as well as an appealing place to do research and the high level of expertise that scholars everywhere depend upon. Look for more information about the IAS Library at to learn about us.

Another major change that you might find to be of interest is the development of the Social Science, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). This new facility is set to open, at least in part, by Fall 2012. Check out for more information on these changes.

March 13, 2012

Myron Gutmann from NSF to speak on 3/15/2012

Dr. Myron Gutmann from the NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate will be speaking at 10:30 am Thursday, March 15, in Room 126 LIS, as part of the Illinois Research Data Initiative. Dr. Gutmann's talk is entitled ”Data Access for Research and Teaching in the Twenty-First Century.

The scientific community is facing new opportunities and new requirements in the ways that data are managed and made available for future research. The biggest change that we see is the dramatic increase in the volume of data produced by observations, experiments, and simulations, which has turned what was already a steady stream of data into a flood. That rising tide of data is being shared by research networks that span the globe, calling for new infrastructure and new architectures that will allow researchers to make use of data from around the world and engage in new long-distance collaborations. These new collaborations now mostly involve researchers, but the availability of new forms of data and the creation of new mechanisms for sharing those data make it possible to expand access in a meaningful way to students and citizen scientists. At the same time, policy makers are moving forward rapidly to require that data from publicly-financed research projects be shared with other researchers, while they simultaneously concern themselves with protecting the privacy and confidentiality of human research subjects. This presentation will discuss these changes in the data preservation and sharing environment, especially as they relate to data for the social, behavioral and economic sciences, and suggest ways that all the potential stakeholders in the process -- funding agencies, universities, data archives, libraries, researchers, teachers, and students can work together in the future to get the most out of our data investments.

Myron P. Gutmann is assistant director of the National Science Foundation, where he leads NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. He is also professor of history and information and research professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Gutmann has broad interests in interdisciplinary historical research, especially health, population, economy, and the environment. Since 1995 he has led a multi-site research program about population, agriculture, and environmental change in the U.S. Great Plains, which has produced important research results that show how demographic and agricultural change both respond to environmental conditions and shape environmental outcomes such as greenhouse gas production. As director of Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, he was a leader in the archiving and dissemination of electronic research materials related to society, population, and health, with a special interest in the protection of respondent confidentiality.

More on the Illinois Research Data Initiative can be found at

March 12, 2012

Savvy Researcher Workshops

Join us for one hour, hands-on workshops that will help you improve your research and information management skills.
Upcoming sessions include:

• Personal Information Management: Strategies and Tools:
• Think Like a Newshound: Navigating the Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe
• Twitter for Professional Development
• Your Research Rights: Ownership Awareness to Maximize the Impact
• ICPSR: Health, Economic, Social & Political Data for Secondary Analysis
• Using the Library After Graduation

And much more! For more details and registration:

Opening of the International and Area Studies Library

The International and Area Studies Library invited the public to tour the new library space and participate in a celebratory library opening reception on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The IAS Library is composed of almost two million volumes in more than 40 different languages. Area and thematic collections include: Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Slavic and east Europe, Global Studies and European Union Studies. The new library space will foster global competency knowledge and supplement opportunities for student and scholar collaboration. It will also allow for coordination among different area specialists via one specific service and access point.

At 4 p.m., attendees gathered for a speech by Dr. Deborah Jakubs, the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University. Jakubs discussed challenges area studies libraries are facing in today’s economy and then went on to discuss strategies international and area studies libraries are using. Some of these strategies include joint digital libraries, grey literature preservation, joint buying, deepening local collections and decreasing collection development in areas well covered elsewhere among others. Jakubs also examined the demand for knowledge on global issues in today’s climate and noted that students’ education is becoming globalized. Jakubs then encouraged international and area studies libraries to understand demand and interests levels when deciding on areas to collect in and the need for libraries to study the prevalence of different types of library materials around the globe, citing the question of how often e-books are used in the Middle East.

Jakubs closed her speech asking the audience a series of questions and then opened the floor up for the audience to ask her questions. A discussion between the audience and Jakubs ensued, citing global awareness, digitization, issues facing libraries around the world, Mexico’s consideration to produce only digital documents, the extent of English language library materials overlap, the levels of trust that cause it, how to avoid this with foreign language materials and policy regarding donations to libraries. After the speech, the audience was invited up to the IAS Library for a reception.

January 11, 2012

Now for something entirely different before break ends

Ever wonder what happens in bookstores and libraries overnight? Please enjoy this YouTube video. The Joy of Books

November 18, 2011

Open Access Africa

Presentations and poster abstracts from the conference Open Access Africa are now available at:

From the conference site:

“Open access to the results of scientific and medical research has potential to play an important role in international development. This conference will discuss the benefits of open access publishing in an African context, from the perspective of both readers seeking access to information, and researchers seeking to globally communicate the results of their work.”

September 1, 2011

Note on JSTOR Access

From the folks at JSTOR:

On Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, JSTOR will be performing site maintenance that requires a “read-only” period for these two days. During this scheduled maintenance, users will be able to search, browse, and access and download PDF files for content in JSTOR. They will not be able to save citations, reset passwords, create or update MyJSTOR accounts, or purchase articles.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your patience as we work to improve JSTOR.

Please feel free to contact with any questions.

New International and Area Studies Library Opens!

The new International and Area Studies Library is open for business! After almost two years of planning, the resources of the African Studies Library, Asian Studies Library, Global Studies Virtual Library, Latin American and Caribbean Library, and Slavic, East European and Eurasian Library have come together to form a new unit – International and Area Studies Library - in Room 321 of the Main Library (formerly the English Library). Currently, the hours for the new unit are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. but this may be expanded as we become further organized. Area specialist librarians continue to provide the same fine services and collections for your research, but until work on their new offices is complete, you might want to either email them directly or call (217) 333-1501 to make any appointments for research consultations or other services. A prototype website has been developed to assist you in accessing the IAS Library at We hope to see you soon and often