Interim Closure of the Mathematics Library at Altgeld Hall

The Mathematics Library will be closing to the public at 5pm on May 12, 2023, for the renovation of Altgeld Hall and the current Library space. During this interim period of renovation work, the Mathematics Library collections will be transferred to the Main Library Stacks (1 East Main Stacks area) and the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center (GELIC) and can be physically viewed at these locations starting later this summer (2023).

Mathematics Library items can still be requested and picked up (and returned) at any campus library during this interim period.

The Mathematics Library staff will continue to be available by phone (217-333-0258) and email ( for your research needs and Mathematics Library services are accessible through its website at

Extended and Expanded Free Open Access Publishing in Wiley Journals

News release courtesy of the Big Ten Academic Alliance:

Following a trial in 2022, the University Library, as part of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), has extended and expanded an agreement with Wiley to waive article processing fees for open access articles published by University of Illinois researchers. There are no fees, no caps, no limits, no hassle; authors keep rights to their own work under a Creative Commons license. This includes all hybrid and fully open access journals published by Wiley, including Hindawi journals. For more information on this waiver and others negotiated by the Library and BTAA, follow the link to the BTAA news release above.

UIUC Becomes Full Member of Digital Preservation Coalition

News release courtesy of the Digital Preservation Coalition:

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as they become the Coalition’s newest Full Member.

With a mature digital preservation program, the University of Illinois Library has a bespoke digital preservation repository and staffing for digitization, curation, and computer programming. Its mission is to ensure continued access and use of digital materials stewarded by the library.

“Since our first engagements with the DPC, faculty and staff at Illinois have found it to be a critical connecting mechanism as part of the international digital preservation community,” explains Christopher Prom, Interim University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “The work in which the DPC engages cuts across typical boundaries, and we look forward to deepening our own connections to the DPC member network.”

Juan Bicarregui, Chair of the DPC was delighted to welcome the team at the University of Illinois saying: “Through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s membership, we not only extend the community of DPC Members in the USA, as they contribute their experiences to this growing network of expertise, but we also build upon that all-important collaboration and connectedness which are so vital to building a coalition scaled to the global challenge of digital preservation.”

The DPC is an international charitable foundation which supports digital preservation, helping its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance. Its vision is a secure digital legacy.

Prom Named Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

Christopher Prom has been appointed to serve as the Interim Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian (Designate) pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

Professor Prom takes on this role after John P. Wilkin stepped down on November 30, 2022. The search process to recruit the next permanent dean is in its final stages. A new dean will be announced early in the spring semester. Professor Prom has agreed to serve in this interim role until the next dean’s appointment begins.

“Professor Prom emerged as the best candidate to serve in this important transitional role. Chris brings more than two decades of experience as a scholar and an administrator in the University Library. He has earned the trust of colleagues within the Library and across the campus. I am confident his leadership will allow the University Library to continue to advance its academic, research and service missions,” said Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost William T. Bernhard.


Christoper J. Prom is a Professor in the University Library and currently serves in two administrative roles: Acting Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation — Humanities, Arts and Related Fields (May 2022 – ) and Associate Dean for Digital Strategies — University Library (2018 – ).  From 2000 to 2018, he served as Assistant University Archivist in the University of Illinois Archives.

Chris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois (2004).  He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and previously served as its Publications Editor and Chair of the Publications Board.  He researches, presents, and teaches on topics related to digital archives and the preservation of digital cultural heritage materials.  He is currently directing two sponsored projects: Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community and Email Archiving in PDF: From Initial Specification to Community of Practice. Chris is also co-chair of the program committee for iPres 2023, an international digital preservation conference, which will be held at the University of Illinois in September 2023.  

Advancing Open Scholarship through HELIOS Initiative

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is pleased to be part of the HELIOS (Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship) initiative. Along with other colleges and universities, Illinois is committed to advancing Open Scholarship and promoting a more transparent, inclusive, and trustworthy research ecosystem.

HELIOS includes members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Higher education leaders affiliated with NASEM came together to ensure that open practices are applied throughout the teaching, learning, research, and scholarly environment in the best interest of the public and universities.

“HELIOS has grown out of a recognition that our universities must engage with the world, and an appreciation of the importance of the public’s access to our research,” said University Librarian and Dean of Libraries John P. Wilkin. “I am happy to serve as a representative to HELIOS on behalf of Illinois.”

Although the HELIOS effort pre-dates the new White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announcement on August 25, 2022, the updated OSTP guidance makes the work of HELIOS especially timely. New requirements will apply to all federal agencies, requiring federally-funded research be made openly available to the public.

“Illinois is fortunate to have a head start on addressing these new requirements,” Wilkin said. “Support structures are already in place and we have negotiated several key agreements to ensure that Illinois faculty will be able to publish much of their research Open Access at no cost to them.”

The University Library at Illinois, with support from Chancellor Robert J. Jones, launched a new website detailing the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s participation in HELIOS. The site will also include any HELIOS updates and activities. Visit

Illinois Newspaper Project Receives NEH Grant

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library has received a grant of $299,977 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to digitize 100,000 pages of historical Illinois newspapers, as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the NEH and the Library of Congress. An NDNP partner since 2009, the Illinois Newspaper Project has contributed over 500,000 pages of digitized newspaper content.

The goal of the 2022-2024 grant is to digitize newspapers from geographically and demographically diverse Illinois communities. To this end, newspapers will be selected through a proposal process open to all Illinois libraries and cultural heritage repositories. Celestina Savonius-Wroth (head of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library) and William Schlaack (Digital Reformatting Coordinator for Preservation Services) will lead the project.

Trial Access to ProQuest’s Electronic Resources Concluding August 2022

In 2019, the University Library secured trial access to the ProQuest “Access and Build Program” giving faculty, staff, and students at Illinois the ability to search 115 electronic resources. Over the years, the Library supported this evidence-based acquisition program, ProQuest added new databases, and the Library used accumulated credits to purchase those that demonstrated the most use. These multidisciplinary resources spanned the humanities, music and the arts, the social sciences, and some scientific disciplines, and each resource available through the ProQuest Access and Build program was marked in the Library’s catalog as being available on a trial basis.

The trial program will come to a close in August 2022 as the records are removed from the catalog. The Library utilized the purchase credits available through the program to acquire dozens of the more heavily-utilized databases permanently, including:

  • African American Music Reference
  • African Diaspora: 1860 – Present
  • Art and Architecture Archive 2
  • Art Forum Archive: 1962-2020
  • Audio Drama: the LA Theatre Works Collection
  • Black Drama Third Edition
  • British Periodicals Collection III
  • British Periodicals Collection IV
  • Classical Scores I
  • Classical Scores II
  • Classical Scores III
  • Classical Scores IV
  • Contemporary World Drama
  • Digital Bills and Resolutions 1788-2013
  • Education Magazine Archive
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive collection 3: Film and Television
  • Environmental Issues Online
  • Ethnographic Film Online, Teaching
  • Food Studies Online
  • The GQ Archive
  • Historic Newspapers: Austin American Statesman: 1871-1980
  • Historical Newspapers: Communist Historical Newspaper Collection
  • Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail
  • Historical Newspapers: Leftist Newspapers and Periodicals
  • Historical Newspapers: Ottawa Citizen
  • Historical Newspapers: Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Historical Newspapers: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Historic Newspapers: South China Morning Post: 1903-2001
  • Historical Newspapers: Toronto Star Subscription
  • House of Lords Parliamentary Papers, 1800-1910
  • Human Rights Studies Online
  • LGBT Magazine Archive
  • Mass Incarceration and Prison Studies
  • Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century
  • National Theatre Collections
  • News, Policy, & Politics Magazine Archives (feat/ Newsweek)
  • Psychological Experiments Online
  • Religious Magazine Archive
  • Revolution and Protest Online
  • The Rolling Stone Archive
  • Security Issues Online
  • Social Work Online
  • Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume I, Christianity
  • Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam
  • Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume III, Judaism
  • Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume IV, Eastern Religions
  • Women’s Magazines II

A list of the titles that will no longer be available after August is available here.

University Library Program Grants Additional Funding for Preserving Email

The Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community (EA:BCC) is a multi-year initiative sponsored by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that brings together, supports, and funds a growing network of institutions and professionals working to develop critical solutions for preserving email.

Three new institutions were recommended for funding following a second round of proposals: the University of Maryland, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the 92nd Street Y. An overview of these institutions’ programs is found here. Each project will use community-supported tools to process and provide access to email while demonstrating the value of email collections for humanities, social science, or other research. 

Nearly $400,000 was granted to the recipients in the first round to demonstrate and build capacity for a variety of archival institutions to process, preserve, and provide access to email using community-supported tools. Harvard University, University of Albany SUNY, Council of State Archivists, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago Library were among the five grantees in the first round. Read more about these individual projects here.

Through these two rounds of funding and nearly $650,000 allocated across eight institutions, EA:BCC continues to expand the email archiving network and provide resources and solutions for continuous development. 

As EA:BCC approaches its second year, there have been developments in email archiving software and capacity-building efforts. To learn more, please visit the “Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community” project website at

New OA Publishing Agreement with Wiley Benefits Authors at Illinois

Update: A new agreement in 2023 replaced the following agreement. Read more here.

A new pilot agreement between the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and Wiley, a global leader in publishing, education and research, offers benefits to those who publish at the University of Illinois. Researchers publishing as the corresponding author in any of Wiley’s hybrid journals (subscription-based journals that offer an open access option) may publish open access (OA) at no cost or at a discount. The agreement also maintains existing access to Wiley’s online journal collection.

More specifically, under the eligibility requirements at Illinois, the first two-thirds of its authors who opt into the program have the opportunity to publish their articles open access without paying Article Processing Charges (APCs); once the waivers for the year have been used, the remaining one-third are eligible to receive a 10% discount on APCs. A manuscript must be accepted at an eligible Wiley hybrid journal between February 1 and December 31, 2022, and the corresponding author must be at Illinois to qualify. A list of eligible Wiley journals under the agreement is located at

During the pilot year, the BTAA will continue to work towards a longer-term agreement that expands open access publishing options even further.

“This agreement is an important step in the transition toward a publishing environment in which a greater percentage of our scholarship is freely available. We are glad to have a strong partnership with the BTAA and to bring the benefits of that partnership to our university,” said Tom Teper, Associate Dean and Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services. 

For more details about the agreement, visit

For a list of existing waiver programs for Illinois authors with other publishers, visit