TRCCS Established at Illinois


On November 14, 2017, the International and Area Studies Library (IASL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosted a ceremony to celebrate a new Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) .

The TRCCS was established through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the University of Illinois and the National Central Library (NCL) of Taiwan. Illinois joins fellow Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions, the University of Washington, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Toronto, in hosting a TRCCS. The TRCCS will serve as a platform to share both Taiwanese and Chinese studies with faculty, scholars, students, and the community surrounding the University of Illinois.

Through this partnership, the NCL donated academic books to the Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies. The TRCCS books are shelved within the IASL’s newly available public service space and new books area. In addition to the roughly 1,000 books annually, the NCL will provide access to its Center for Chinese Studies digital resources and support visiting scholars to share their research and promote scholarship and engagement focused on Chinese and East Asian studies.

Chinese Studies Librarian Shuyong Jiang, Ph.D. serves as the director of the TRCCS and coordinates the activities of the Center. The opportunity to host the TRCCS resulted directly from Jiang’s 2015 International Field Work project in Taiwan.

“TRCCS provides another platform to international library collaboration which will increase the potential for sustainability in supporting teaching and research on campus,” said Jiang.

Also on November 14, the International and Area Studies Library celebrated the opening of an exhibit, “ The Fascinating Culture of Books ,” which includes materials from the Rare Book Collection of the National Central Library and contemporary publications in Taiwan. The IASL exhibit runs through the end of December.

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Grainger Receives Sub-Award

Grainger Engineering Library

The Grainger Engineering Library Information Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a sub-award via North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Immersive Scholar program to develop a suite of software modules which will support high-definition library visualization environments.

Illinois was one of five cohort institutions selected by NCSU Libraries as part of a “Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces” grant. The large-scale visualization grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, awarded to NCSU in May, supports “the advancement of tools and techniques for developing and sharing large-scale visual content for research.” The cohort institutions will meet in December and pursue their own projects over the next three years. All of the grant projects are related to the challenges in creating, disseminating, validating, and preserving digital scholarship for large-scale visual environments.

Grainger Engineering Library’s portable and extensible software modules will be developed with campus user groups and digital scholarship centers, with the final suite of applications supporting digital scholarship applications, design learning projects, and data analysis applications.

“We are very pleased to accept the award and look forward to contributing to the important set of activities connected with the Visualizing Digital Scholarship grant awarded to our colleagues at NCSU,” said William Mischo, acting dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Illinois. “We’re eager to work with the other institutions toward advancing the state-of-the-art of library involvement in immersive scholarship and knowledge creation.”

“We are delighted to have the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, through the Grainger Engineering Library, participate in the Immersive Scholar Mellon grant cohort,” said Greg Raschke, NCSU’s interim vice provost and director of libraries. “The national network of participating institutions signals the growing significance of large-scale visualization environments for creative forms of research and scholarship.  The immersive scholar grant is an important step in unlocking the potential of these emerging forms of digital scholarship by creating shared infrastructure, tools, and experience to increase their impact and reach.  Illinois’ innovative work in the past and bold plans for future immersive environments make them an ideal participant in the project.”

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