New Disability Resource Guides

Disability Guide Screenshot

The Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign now offers resource guides on various disabilities, disability theory, and assistive technologies. The disability-specific, easy-to-use guides are the result of Applied Health Sciences Librarian JJ Pionke’s efforts to offer materials on common disabilities in one centralized location. The 19 guides are available online at —and there are more planned.

With funding from a Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association (ALA), Pionke brought together the resources for and about individuals with disabilities. Pionke’s project includes resources pertaining to anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), blind/visual impairment, depression, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The guides are available to everyone, not just to those on the University of Illinois campus.

“These guides are meant to act as a gateway into developing a well-rounded understanding of the disability that is highlighted,” said Pionke. “For instance, each guide links to resources and examples from popular media like movies and bestsellers, as well as more academic and medical literature for when the reader wants more in-depth information.”

To view all of the resource guides developed by librarians at Illinois, visit .

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Image of Research Competition

Image of Research 2017

The Scholarly Commons of the University Library and the Graduate College are partnering to host The Image of Research, a competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of graduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Graduate and professional students at Illinois are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research. Entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel for connection between image, text, and research; originality; and visual impact. The entry deadline is Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Finalists will compete for First, Second, and Third Prize; the top prize is $500. In addition, there will be a People’s Choice Award and Honorable Mentions. All awards will be presented at a reception on April 5, 2017, in conjunction with Graduate Student Appreciation Week at Illinois. The reception, as well as an exhibition of the semifinalists and finalists, will take place at the Illini Union (1401 W. Green Street, Urbana).

The Image of Research is supported by a generous gift to the Scholarly Commons from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information about the competition, including requirements, deadlines, judging criteria, and a forthcoming online exhibition of all entries, please visit .



The Scholarly Commons is a technology enriched space for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to pursue research and receive expert copyright, data, digital humanities, digitization, scholarly communications, and usability consultation services. Scholarly Commons services are supported by experts in the Scholarly Commons, subject specialists at the University Library, and partners throughout campus. For more information, visit .

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library holds more than thirteen million volumes, more than 120,000 serial titles, and more than nine million manuscripts, maps, slides, audio tapes, microforms, videotapes, laser discs, and other non-print material.  The University Library is ranked highly nationally and globally, and its collections and services are used heavily by students, faculty, and scholars. More than one million items are circulated annually, and many more are used on site and virtually from anywhere in the world. For more information, visit .


The Graduate College provides campus-wide leadership for the advancement of graduate education; promotes excellence, integrity, and equity in all graduate programs; and serves the scholarly and professional needs of prospective and current graduate students from recruitment and admission through graduation. The College works with graduate faculty and staff to establish academic policies and programs designed to assure quality and support student progress, and provides a number of services and resources for graduate students and postdocs on at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information about Graduate College resources and initiatives, visit .

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