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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.

Immersive Scholar (Mellon Prime)

Principal Investigator: Bill Mischo

Award: NCSU, $18,180

End Date: 04/30/2020

Information and Environments: Integration of an IoT-powered Recommender System within the FOLIO Open Source Library Platform

Principal Investigator: Jim Hahn

Award: Campus Research Board, $24,240

End Date: 04/30/2020

Email to PDF/A Standards

Principal Investigator: Christopher Prom

Award: Mellon, $45,000

End Date: 04/30/2020

Transformative Learning Through Zine Making

Principal Investigator: Sarah Christensen

Award: IPRH, $2,500

End Date: 06/01/2020

Zines are self-published, small circulation works, often in booklet form, that are made by piecing together multimedia such as original or appropriated texts and images. This research cluster will work to develop a pedagogical approach to zine-making for students in various disciplines, as well as local community groups. Output of this research cluster will include numerous zines produced by the cluster, U of I students, and community groups, and dissemination of the zines at the 2020 Small Press Fest.

Fashion, Style and Aesthetics

Principal Investigator: Courtney Becks

Award: IPRH, $2,500

End Date: 06/01/2020

American Association of Law Libraries Archives

Principal Investigator: Sarah Christensen

Award: AALL, $190,119

End Date: 06/30/2020

Disability Awareness in the Library

Principal Investigator: JJ Pionke

Award: Campus Research Board, $24,694

End Date: 06/30/2020

Librarianship as a profession is under equipped to work with people who have disabilities. This research project proposal is multi-staged and includes: 1. Ascertain the level of training in library and information science graduate programs, the current requirements and course offerings that focus on disability awareness of programs, and the attitudes and training needs of current practitioners, through the use of tailored national surveys. 2. Utilize a systematic review methodology to perform a comprehensive multidisciplinary literature review of compassion and disability awareness related training programs. 3. Create a training evaluation rubric based on the analysis of the literature review. The project will serve as a pilot for a larger grant to be applied for from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Project STAND

Principal Investigator: Ellen Swain

Award: IMLS, $99,848

End Date: 09/30/2020

Understanding the Needs of Scholar in Contemporary Publishing Environment

Principal Investigator: John Wilkin

Award: Mellon, $1,000,000

End Date: 09/30/2020

Predicting Mortality from Wearable Devices

Principal Investigator: Bruce Schatz

Award: Campus Research Board, $10,000

End Date: 11/30/2020

Building Sustainable and Scalable IDHH Services

Principal Investigator: Thomas Teper

Award: ISL, $168,432

End Date: 12/31/2020

Launching the Data Curation Network (Sloan Foundation Prime Award)

Principal Investigator: Heidi Imker

Award: University of Minnesota, $16,664

End Date: 05/31/2021

Develop library license language related to electronic resources

Principal Investigator: Lisa Hinchliffe

Award: Mellon, $70,500

End Date: 06/30/2021

The Woodward Collection of Advertising: Documenting American Media, Culture, and Consumer Behavior in the 20th Century

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Teper

Award: NHPRC

End Date: 06/30/2021

The Woodward Collection of Advertising consists of over 4 million ads from magazines and newspapers designated by product type, brand, date, and sometimes region, dating from the early period of mass advertising in the late 1800’s through the 1980’s. The collection represents the social, economic, and cultural changes in the United States through printed, ephemeral advertisements particularly targeted at the developing middle class American. In its current state, it is impossible for users to determine whether the advertisement they need is included in the collection, let alone where in the collection it can be found. The key to providing access to the Woodward Collection’s history of American consumer culture and values and the ability to integrate the collection into research and instruction is to improve its preservation, inventory, and access thereby facilitating the research process for a wide variety of users. The grant project will produce a searchable online EAD finding aid, MARC record, and website describing the collection. As part of the dissemination stage of the project, printed postcards will be produced to distribute to students, faculty and researchers both locally and nationally.

CARLI Counts

Principal Investigator: Lisa Hinchliffe

Award: IMLS, $59,298

End Date: 09/30/2021

Prioritizing Privacy: Training to Improve Practice in Library Analytics Projects

Principal Investigator: Lisa Hinchliffe

Award: IMLS, $249,198

End Date: 08/31/2022