The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign launched this site in spring of 2005 as a practical resource for the U of Illinois scholarly community. It is intended to provide a basic overview of the key issues affecting the scholarly communication system, and to suggest measures that U of Illinois scholars can take to help create a better system. We also hope that this site encourages collaboration between librarians and faculty. As partners, we can work together to transform scholarly communication.
The owl is, of course, a traditional symbol of wisdom and scholarship. The specific owl used for this site, however, has special significance: it is from one of the University Library's treasured possessions, the elephant folio edition of Audubon's Birds of America. Each week, a different facsimile print from the folio is on view in the display case on the second floor of the Main Library, near the Info Desk. (The original is safely stored in the University Rare Books Library.)
The site was developed by Erik Kraft, graduate student at the School of Library and Information Science, in spring 2005. It is maintained by Katie Newman, Biotechnology and Scholarly Communications Librarian. Paula Kaufman, University Librarian, is the primary author of the Issues in Scholarly Communication Newsletter/Blog.