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Sara Benson

Copyright Librarian

217-333-4200
Email:  srbenson@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: copyright, licensing, author’s rights, fair use, open access
Office Hours: by appointment


Sarah Christensen

Visual Resources and Outreach Specialist

217-333-3292
Email:  schrstn@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: Shared Shelf, ARTstor, images, digitization, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
Office Hours: by appointment


Eleanor Dickson

Visiting HathiTrust Research Center Digital Humanities Specialist

 217-244-4097
Email:  dicksone@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: HathiTrust Digital Library, HathiTrust Research Center
Available only by phone or email for virtual consultations.


Harriett Green

Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing

217-333-4942
Email:  green19@illinois.edu  – (Preferred method)
Areas of expertise: Scholarly Communications, Open Access, Repositories, Digital Publishing, Omeka, Scalar, Open Journal Systems
Office Hours: Friday 1-2 and by appointment


Merinda Kaye Hensley

Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian

217-244-1880
Email:  mhensle1@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: research support, instructional development, information literacy, undergraduate research, publishing and open access, classroom technology, information/citation management, online learning/teaching, teaching, LibGuides
Office Hours: by appointment


Karen Hogenboom

Numeric and Spatial Data Librarian
Head, Scholarly Commons

217-333-2472
Email:  hogenboo@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: data literacy instruction, ICPSR, statistical analysis, data sources, geospatial data, numeric data
Office Hours: by appointment


Heidi Imker

Director, Research Data Service

217-300-3513
Email:  imker@illinois.edu  – (Preferred method)
Areas of expertise: data management, data sharing and publication, data curation, multidisciplinary collaborations, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, structural biology, bioinformatics
Office Hours: by appointment


Carissa Phillips

Data Discovery and Business Librarian

217-333-0169
Email:  choller@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: data sources for business research (companies, industries, economies, markets) and social science research such as business databases, government information, ICPSR, and Hathi Trust Digital Library holdings; student consulting groups; data purchase; data discovery and access
Office Hours: by appointment


Beth Sheehan

Social Sciences Research Services Librarian and Assistant Professor

217-244-1866
Email:  edivince@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: anthropology, sociology, archaeology data repositories, ATLAS.ti, NVivo, citation management
Office Hours: by appointment


Helenmary Sheridan

Repository Services Coordinator

217-300-3281
Email:  hsherid2@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: 
Office Hours: by appointment


Dan Tracy

Information Sciences and Digital Humanities Librarian

217-300-8439
Email:  dtracy@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: digital humanities, text markup, digital texts and digital text analysis, Oxygen XML Editor, Scalar
Office Hours: by appointment


James Whitacre

GIS Specialist

217-333-0531
Email:  jvwhit@illinois.edu  – (Preferred method)
Areas of expertise: GIS research consultations; Geospatial Data acquisition, collection, metadata, management, analysis, and visualization; GIS workshops and curriculum support; GIS project management support; Remote Sensing and Lidar data and analysis; Print and Web Map consultation, including map publication and large-format printing
Geospatial Software and Hardware: ArcGIS Platform – Desktop, Online, Server, Portal, Collector for ArcGIS, ModelBuilder, Python and ArcPy; QGIS; Google Earth; GPS units
Other Software: Microsoft Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Access
Office Hours: by appointment


Mark Zulauf

Coordinator, Researcher Information Systems

217-300-9943
Email:  zulauf@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: researcher information management systems, Illinois Experts
Office Hours: by appointment