In addition to the experts formally associated with the Scholarly Commons and the vast resources of the Library's subject specialists, these campus units are helping enrich the resources and knowledge base of the Scholarly Commons by making staff members available at the Scholarly Commons during designated hours, delivering workshops, and collaborating on initiatives:

CITL Data Analytics Program

The Scholarly Commons offers Data Discovery & Support services to help patrons with acquiring data sets needed for teaching and research, locating, downloading, and preparing data for secondary analysis, and identifying and creating course materials and teaching tools (including customized data sets drawn from various data repositories). CITL Data Analytics also offers statistical and GIS workshops throughout the semester.

     Expert(s): Dawn Owens-Nicholson, Data Archivist

     Hours: Thursday 2-5


Technology Services Research and Online Learning Services

Technology Services supports the academic activities of faculty, staff, and students by providing campus-wide computing, networking, telephone, and instructional technology. Technology Services' Online Teaching and Learning unit facilitates training and consultation for incorporating technologies into teaching and research, as well as building and maintaining virtual and physical collaborative learning environments.

Graduate College

The Graduate College works closely with graduate students, faculty and staff to address a wide range of issues central to graduate education at Illinois. The Graduate College provides a home base for the 10,709 graduate and professional students and their families. Graduate College staff oversee admissions and academic services, career services, educational equity programs, and fellowships and development for graduate students.


The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is the University's digital repository. IDEALS is sponsored by the University Library and the University's Office of the Chief Information Officer. The repository collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the University. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship ­­­­— unpublished and, in many cases, published — directly into IDEALS. Departments can use IDEALS to distribute their working papers, technical reports, or other research material.

     Expert(s): Sarah Shreeves, IDEALS Coordinator and Associate Professor of Library Administration



The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) charts new ground in high-performance computing and the humanities, arts, and social sciences by creating both learning environments and spaces for digital discovery. I-CHASS offers humanities, arts, and social science scholars access to hardware, computer applications, graphical user interfaces and portals, and educational opportunities to train them to best use these resources.


The Illinois Informatics Institute ("I-cubed") aspires to integrate informatics into the fabric of the university through better use of information technology in research, education and outreach. I3 seeks to develop improved mechanisms for information sharing and collaboration, to facilitate communication on campus, to provide more external visibility to informatics research at Illinois, and to facilitate the interaction of internal and external collaborators in large multidisciplinary projects.

Media Commons

The Media Commons is a collaborative campus effort that provides students and faculty with opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies. The Media Commons also offers expanded opportunities to learn best practices in educational technology. In addition to a robust loanable technology program, the Media Commons provides a service space that offers faculty,and students to create, disseminate, use, and curate digital media.  The goal is to meet the need for broad access to media creation tools, information technology training in multimedia hardware and software, and instruction in media literacy.


The Student Money Management Center (SMMC), a division of USFSCO, empowers the students at the University of Illinois to make positive behavioral changes associated with their finances. Through a multi-faceted approach that integrates comprehensive online and in person platforms, we ensure students take control over their financial futures.


The Survey Research Laboratory conducts complete survey projects, partial survey work, and provides survey consulting for University of Illinois students, faculty and staff. They also spend time working with local, state, and federal government agencies and other organizations working for the public good. The SRL maintains offices on both the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses and provides a few free hours of consultation for faculty, students, and staff.

     Expert(s): Linda K. Owens | Sowmya Anand | Karen Retzer

     Hours: Thursday 2-5