Update on 3rd Floor Service Programs - Scholarly Commons and I3

January 14, 2009

Hi, all - with the decision to close the LIS Library in May 2009, we are presented with an opportunity to continue planning for how we can make the best use of space to support the future of Library services and broader campus service program needs. To that end, I would like to provide a brief update on current plans for the future use of public service space on the 3rd floor of the Main Library.

Building on the recommendations presented to EC by the Data Services Task Force and the Scholarly Commons Team, we will be establishing a Scholarly Commons service point in 345 Library. This space will complement the instructional space designated for use by Scholarly Commons programs in 314 Library.

Building on campus discussions of the need to enhance support for e-science and e-scholarship, and to explore opportunities for collaboration among campus IT centers in order to better support the needs of faculty and students, we are pursuing a new idea for use of the LIS Library space (306 Library): we have offered this space for use over the next 3 academic years by a pair of our campus partners, the Illinois Informatics Institute (I 3) and the Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts & Sciences (ATLAS) program. As many of you know, the Library is a founding partner in the I 3 initiative, and ATLAS is one of our partners in the Data Services program that will become part of the Scholarly Commons service profile. I 3 is also the home of the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (I-CHASS), which will allow us to further explore opportunities for Library involvement in programs in digital arts and humanities research and teaching. Together with the Scholarly Commons programs to be housed nearby, I 3 and ATLAS programs will help us to turn the 3rd floor into a hub for 21st century Library services for scholars.

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to these discussions to date, and to those who will soon become part of the planning for Scholarly Commons programming. Additional information will be provided as planning progresses, and an update on planning for ongoing leadership of our Scholarly Commons service programs will be provided at a future NSM Stuff session.


Scott Walter, M.L.S., Ph.D.
Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries
Professor of Library Administration and Library & Information Science
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Educational Organization and Leadership
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
246E Main Library, MC-522
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
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217-244-4358 (FAX)

e-mail: swalter@illinois.edu
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