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The following items are needed to enhance collections throughout the University Library System. Please call (217) 333-5683 or click on Make a Gift below to purchase one or more of these items.  If you make your gift online, please specify the amount of the book or item and the unit/library it is for along with its title or description under "Special Instructions."  

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Good sewing skills for The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are needed to help sew cotton covers for rare book cradles.  A simple pattern and the fabric will be provided to interested seamstresses (and seamsters).  Contact The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at (217) 333-3777 to participate.

The Undergraduate Library is looking for classic video game magazines and related periodicals as part of its vintage gaming archive. These materials will help augment our collection of vintage games, and serve as core sources for campus researchers investigating historical aspects of this important pop culture phenomenon. The Library has identified the following titles as being of interest to local researchers:


$190 for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library to purchase Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment, and Issues . The 2-volume set features an alphabetical list of the 230-plus entries, a guide to related topics, and a timeline of STDs. Articles are signed by qualified experts and include a bibliography of suggested further readings. Case studies, illustrations, and informative insets and tables support the text.

$250 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase four microfilm reels of Donskaia pchela (Rostov-na-Donu, 1891-1893). This semiweekly newspaper was published in the major commercial, industrial, and administrative center of Rostov-na-Donu (near the Russian-Ukrainian border) as it developed into one of Russia’s largest cities in the late 19th century.  In addition to providing detailed information about commerce and economics in the region, its liberal-bourgeois orientation led it to be critical of corrupt officials, exploitative bosses, and the negligence of local authorities. The University Library has the opportunity to be the first in the United States to hold a copy of this important resource for Russian social and economic history.

$250 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase four microfilm reels of Donskaia rech’ (Novocherkassk, 1892-1895). Published four times a week, this newspaper from the former capital of the Don Cossacks provided a liberal perspective on the many issues facing the Russian Empire during the conservative reigns of Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II.  Available from the National Library of Finland, this will be the first copy of this newspaper in the United States.

NEW!$255 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase Rusca-Azarbaycanca lugat : uc cildda . This new edition of the Azerbaijani Academy of Sciences’ 3-volume Russian-Azerbaijani dictionary will update the Library’s extensive holdings of Turkic dictionaries, and will provide speakers and students of Russian (not to mention Library staff) with an improved means of accessing the language of this important, oil-rich country bordering both Iran and Russia.

$425 for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase Van Dyck en España . The authors study Anthony Van Dyck’s (1599-1641) relationship with Spain in the 17 th century. The study includes newly discovered paintings by Van Dyck and his influence on Spanish painters of the time such as Velazquez and Murillo. 

$550 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase South Ossetia presidential election materials. One of two disputed enclaves on the territory of the Republic of Georgia, South Ossetia was recognized as an independent nation by Russia and a handful of other countries as a result of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. The 2011-2012 presidential elections in the territory witnessed the surprising victory of educator Alla Dzhioyeva (which was subsequently annulled by the Supreme Court of South Ossetia amid allegations of fraud) and her eventual replacement by former KGB agent Leonid Tibilov. This digital collection makes available otherwise-inaccessible election ephemera from these hard-fought campaigns in a potential flashpoint between Russia and the West.

$550 for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library to purchase the Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition . This is a two-volume reference set of particular diets and related dietary topics, aimed at a general audience with little medical jargon. There are approximately 300 articles. Other features include lists of key-terms, "questions to ask your doctor" in the sidebar, a glossary of key terms, and a comprehensive resource section that includes a directory of organizations and support-groups, as well as a comprehensive general index.

$680 for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase the two-volume set, World History of Design . An important new multi-volume work on design history by Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The first two volumes provide a comprehensive and detailed historical account of design from prehistory to the end of World War II, including substantial new material on design in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

$700 for the Music and Performing Arts Library to purchase Black Europe , a 44-CD and book set that features people of African descent in Europe from the earliest years of the recording industry and continued after the First World War. Music, spoken word, and dance from all styles, categories, languages, and natal lands provide a lost but rich resource. Many artifacts may be lost forever, but this project traces the surviving evidence. Black Europe will be of benefit to music scholars as well as cultural studies scholars and others interested in the African Diaspora.

$795 for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library to acquire The Companion to Language Assessment . This 4-volume set examines the key issues for practitioners and scholars of language teaching and assessment, the impact on language learners, and specific approaches to assessment employed around the world.

$800 for the  Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase Images: Critical and Primary Sources . This major reference work brings together seminal writings on the image from a range of disciplines including art, history, philosophy, anthropology, and cultural studies. 

$990 for the  Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase  Interior Design and Architecture: critical and primary sources A new multi-volume reference work that gathers historical and contemporary texts critical to understanding both the past and future directions of interior design. The four volumes titled  Design Awareness, Sensory Expectation, Cinematic Engagement, and Public Interaction bring together essays and papers from Asia, Europe, and North America.

$995 for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase William Scott: Catalogue Raisonné of Oil Paintings . William Scott (1913-1989) is an important figure in 20 th century European art and painted over 1,000 works in oil. This four-volume publication details Scott’s oeuvre from 1926-1986. Scott was a student in Northern Ireland and the Royal Academy in London. During the late thirties he established a School of Painting at Pont Aven, France. This landmark work contains over 380 color illustrations documenting the artist’s life, work, and influence.

NEW!$1,000 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase a Brazil 2014 World Cup Press & Ephemera Collection. This is a special collection of ephemera materials from the World Cup 2014, held in Brazil, including newspapers, clippings, propaganda, magazine issues devoted to the subject, sports supplements, and others, all gathered from Brazilian media and stadiums.

$1,255 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase Women in Colonial India: Historical Documents and Sources . This important five-volume set brings together key primary sources on topics such as female infanticide, widow-burning, education, health, and marriage and will be of interest to scholars in history, women’s and gender studies, as well as South Asian area studies. It is not widely held in U.S. libraries and would be an excellent addition to the Library’s strong South Asian collection. 

$1,300 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase Georgian Parliamentary election materials. As the first national election since Georgia’s five-day war with Russia in 2008, the 2012 parliamentary election resulted in a major defeat for President Mikheil Saakashvili and his ENM party after years of anti-government demonstrations. The 2,000+ pages of campaign statements, materials from election-related events, legal documents, etc. in this digital collection will shed light on the rivalry between Saakashvili, billionaire opposition figure Bidzina Ivanishvili, and other parties as they articulated their respective visions for Georgia’s future.

$1,410 for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library to purchase the Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health . Expanded to six volumes, with over 150 new entries, this third edition is destined to outshine the previous ones. Entries cover disease and disorders, tests and procedures, equipment and tools, human biology and body systems, the nursing and allied health professions, and current health issues.

$1,900 for the Music and Performing Arts Library to complete its holdings of the important Archives Internationales de Musique Populaire series of popular world music recordings from VDE Gallo. MPAL currently has only 22 of the 117 discs available. One of the most highly-acclaimed and well-documented series of ethnomusicological recordings, this set is a critical resource for those studying music and culture around the world.

$2,000 for the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs to partially support the participation of a visiting librarian in the Center’s Summer Associate program.  This gift will help to defray the cost of housing and the program fee for one librarian from another country to participate in the program.

NEW!$2,500 for the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs to partially support a visiting public or academic librarian in the Mortenson Center Associates Program ( Many librarians from other countries do not have enough funding to support their participation in this world-renowned professional development program. This gift will help to defray the cost of housing and the program fee for librarians outside the United States and give them the opportunity to explore and engage with current issues and trends in the field of librarianship.

$2,500 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase Ukrainian Parliamentary election materials. As the last national election prior to the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests and subsequent confrontation with Russia, the 2012 parliamentary election in Ukraine determined the political landscape against which those events are still playing out.  Among other developments, 2012 marked the first national electoral success of the right-wing Svoboda party, now a controversial part of Ukraine’s interim government. This digital collection of nearly 2,000 documents (posters, leaflets, fraud complaints, party programs, political advertisements, etc.) collected during the campaign will add valuable, recent primary-source material to the Library’s substantial Ukrainian holdings.

$3,000 for the Library and Information Science Virtual Library to fund the hiring of a graduate student to take on a special project—scanning the Library’s significant collection of historical public library annual reports. This student would work through the copyright permissions for the post-1923 materials. Scanning will allow these items to be more widely accessible and findable (due to enhanced cataloging taking place at the same time). In addition, the print materials will be stored at the Oak Street Library Facility where they will be better preserved.

$4,620 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase access rights to the online Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture (EWIC).  The EWIC consists of 6 volumes published between 2003-2007; there are 1,246 articles on all women in Muslim majority and Muslim minority societies written by 907 scholars from around the world. The EWIC offers a view of the complexities, diversities, pluralities, specificities, contradictions, and historical transformations in the civilizational experiences of Islamic cultures as they pertain to women. EWIC documents the complexities and the diverse experiences of women in Islamic cultures.

NEW!$5,000 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase a large exhibition case for “Flash Exhibitions.” The idea is that such a space could be used for exhibiting a small display on a “hot” topic or a subject of current interest. It would allow the Library more flexibility for promoting resources on current events, complimenting events, and collaborating with other campus units to highlight distinctive area studies collections.

To fund one of these items or to ask for additional titles in an area of interest, call (217) 333-5682 or email

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Office of Library Advancement
1408 West Gregory Drive, Room 227
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 333-5682 Fax: (217) 244-7201

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