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Friday: 11am-6pm


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:


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' ATLAS program supports the educational, research and administrative activities of students, faculty and staff in LAS. ATLAS (Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences) supports its college with services, programs, and tools related to teaching and software consulting; audio, video and digital media; website development and maintenance; statistics and GIS. In a joint effort between ATLAS and the Library's Data Services Department, specialists are available in the Scholarly Commons for help 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). ATLAS also offers statistical and GIS workshops through the semester.

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

     Hours: Thursday 2-5

     Contact: atlas-consult@illinois.edu

CITES Research and Learning Technology Services

Campus Information Technology and Education Services (CITES) provides campus-wide computing, networking, telephone, and instructional technology services supporting academic activities of faculty, staff, and students. CITES' 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

     Contact: sshreeve@illinois.edu


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") aims to improve 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 opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies, with expanded opportunities to learn of best practices in educational technology. In addition to a robust loanable technology program, the Media Commons is a service space that offers faculty, students, and users the ability 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 University of Illinois’ students 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, as well as 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 of the U of I and provides a free hour of consultation for faculty, students, and staff.

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

     Hours: Tuesday 2-5

     Contact: sc@library.illinois.edu