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Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine HathiTrust Digital Library Resources

HTRC Digging Deeper Grant LogoCo-Principal Investigator: Stephen Downie (School of Information Sciences)

Award: Institute of Museum and Library Services, $398,844

End Date: 03/31/2020

This three-year project seeks to address the needs of academic librarians for reconfigured skillsets and updated training to work with the data-driven research practices, digital scholarship, and rapidly expanding user expectations they encounter today. The DDRF project develops training curricula focused on the area of text analysis, and will offer regional and national workshops that leverage tools and data from HathiTrust Research Center in the instructional materials. The curriculum will be released at the end of the project as an open educational resource that librarians can use for both professional development and teaching to others.

Processing Capstone Email Using Predictive Coding

Principal Investigator: Joanne Kaczmarek

Award: Illinois State Archives (ISA), $197,130

End Date: 03/31/2020

The Illinois State Archives, in partnership with the University of Illinois is launching a project that seeks to develop and demonstrate a reliable and sustainable method of identifying and providing appropriate access to the email messages of state agencies that have enduring value. The project will be identifying and testing tools to be used for a sustainable workflow. Of particular note, we will be working with tools that use predictive coding techniques normally found in e-discovery tools.

Illinois Digital Newspaper Project Phases I – IV

Principal Investigator: Kyle Rimkus
Co-PI: Celestina Savonius-Wroth

Award: National Endowment for the Humanities, $1,409,137

End Date: 08/31/2020

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, in cooperation with the Center for Research Libraries, will digitize 100,000 pages of Lithuanian, Czech, and Polish newspaper content published in Chicago from 1836 and later, and publish them in the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America digital newspaper portal. Since 2009, Illinois has contributed over 300,000 pages of English-language newspaper content to Chronicling America. With this project, Illinois will offer unique, historically significant newspaper content from its Eastern European immigrant communities, many of whom played a major role in Chicago’s rapid growth in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the development of its distinctive cultural and political landscape.