Public Engagement

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Library Partnerships:

Campus-Community-University Library

Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences (ACES) Library

Alumni Services

  • Hosts a Web page guide to library services available to University of Illinois Alumni Association members.

Business & Economics Library

  • Offers reference services to Illinois businesses, and assists state residents interested in starting businesses.

Center for Children's Books

Education and Social Science Library

Global Studies Librarian
  • Participates with the "Illinois International High Schools" initiative.

Government Documents Library

  • Creates exhibitions, workshops, and Teacher In-Service sessions

Health Information Portal

  • This Web site put together by University librarians provides health information to a broad spectrum of library users and the public.

Illinois Harvest

  • Provides access to the incredible wealth of scholarship, information, and cultural assets produced or curated by libraries, museums, government agencies, and academic institutions within the State of Illinois and elsewhere.

Illinois Natural History Survey Library

  • Supports scientists around the state at field stations where they conduct studies on the rivers, lakes, ponds, and prairies of Illinois.

Krannert Art Museum

  • A recent example of this partnership was: Audubon at Illinois: Selections from the University Library's Birds of America, an exhibition held January 30 through May 24, 2009 and curated by reference librarian Jo Kibbee. A new cooperative exhibition: The Morrill Act: The Land Grant Roots of a Great University, will run October 1 through October 31, 2009.

Mortenson Center for International  Library Programs

  • The Mortenson Center and the Mortenson Distinguished Professorship seek to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians, regardless of geographic location or access to technology. Over 700 librarians from 89 countries have already taken advantage of programming through the Mortenson Center - the only one of its kind in the world.

Multicultural Outreach

  • Offers multilingual tours of the University Library.
  • Sponsors "International Film Week at the Library" festival.

Music and Performing Arts Library

Office of Public Engagement

Osher Life Long Learning Institute

Preservation and Conservation Library

Public Engagement Working Group

  • Provides a forum for public engagement and a web page to coordinate and highlight activities

Public Libraries

  • An example of joint programming is the Big Read, a shared planning effort between the UIUC libraries, community libraries and other entities. Information for the Fall 2009 programming is forthcoming!

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library

  • Hosts three to four exhibitions per year, sponsors a book collecting club ( The No. 44 Society ) and annual book collecting contest, a fine press ( The Soybean Fine Press ), and numerous lectures, performances, and celebrations (such as Shakespeare's Birthday and Bloomsday).

Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Spurlock Museum

  • An example of this partnership is the Annual Preservation Emporium, Organized by the Preservation Working Group of the University of Illinois, which brings preservation specialists together with objects brought in by the public.

Undergraduate Library

University Archives

Veterinary Medicine Library

  • Provides reference and document delivery services to veterinarians around the state.