About the LIS Virtual Library

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E-mail: lislib@library.illinois.edu (or use our web-form)

Fall 2016 LIS Librarian Office Hours: Mon 12-2PM

Photo of Dan Tracy, LIS Librarian

Dan Tracy, Library and Information Science and Research Support Services Librarian



About the LIS Virtual Library

The LIS Virtual Library serves as the library portal for graduate students, faculty, and staff at the School of Information Sciences (the iSchool) and library faculty and staff at the University Library. It originated in a revision of the website for the former Library and Information Science Library on the third floor of the Main Library, which closed in 2009 as part of the library's New Service Models program. Since the closure of the physical library, LIS library staff have provided embedded library services at the iSchool, forging a close connection to patrons that extends even to the large population of distance students. Since 2013, LIS library staff can be found in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library when they are not at the iSchool.

LIS Collections

To serve the large distance population at the iSchool as well as on campus students, faculty, and staff, materials are purchased online when possible. Most current print periodicals, print reference materials, and new books in LIS can be found in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library. Older materials are in the Main Stacks or at the Oak Street Remote Storage Facility. However, the multidisciplinary nature of the field means many and even most other libraries on campus hold relevant materials. Significant locations include the Communications Library; the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library; and Grainger Engineering Library.  As part of the University Archives, the Library is also home to the American Library Association Archives.  A guide has been prepared to help you explore the ALA Archives.

LIS Library History

The sources below discuss the history of the former Library Science Library and report on research related to LIS library collections and services.

Reseach and assessment

Tracy, Daniel G., and Susan E. Searing. (2014). LIS graduate students as library users: a survey study." The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40.3/4 (2014): 367–378. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2014.05.004   Available through IDEALS

Searing, Susan E. (2013). In it for the long haul: lessons from a decade of assessment. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 7, no. 1-2, 111-142.  Available through IDEALS

Searing, Susan E., and Alison M. Greenlee.  (2011)  Faculty responses to library service innovations: a case study.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 52.4 (October): 279-294.  Available through IDEALS 

Searing, Susan E. (2009). The "librarian's library" in transition from physical space to virtual place: A case study of the Library & Information Science Library at the University of Illinois, USAAvailable through IDEALS

Searing, Susan E. (2007)  Integrating assessment into recurring information literacy instruction: A case study from LIS education.  Public Services Quarterly 3, no. 1/2: 191-218.  Available through IDEALS 


Historical essays and posters

D'Arpa, Christine; Moynihan, Lucy M.; and Searing, Susan E.  "'So you see that we are pioneers': The Library and Information Science Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Celebrates 65 Years."  Available through IDEALS:  http://hdl.handle.net/2142/30842

Stenstrom, Patricia. "The Library and Information Science Library."  In Ideals and Standards: The History of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 1893-1993, edited by Walter C. Allen and Robert F. Delzell.  [Urbana-Champaign, Ill. : The School], 1992.  pdf

Searing, Susan. "The Library and Information Science Library, 1990s to 2009."  pdf 


LIS Library "Retirement" Party, May 15, 2009

LIS Library Retirement Celebration Remarks
Sue Searing, Sandy Wolf, Lori Miller, Paula Kaufman, Linda Smith, Julia Derden
audio stream recorded 05/15/09 | mp3