IMLS Grant for Library and iSchool

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was awarded a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to hold a national forum and develop a white paper aimed at simplifying scholars’ access to in-copyright and access-restricted texts for computational analysis and data mining research.

The University Library and the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at Illinois will bring together library, researcher, and publisher stakeholders to discuss and recommend a research, policy, and practice framework that guides scholarly access to protected texts for data mining and other analyses. Text data mining and analysis has emerged as an important research method for scholars. However, researcher efforts to access and analyze datasets are frequently complicated when texts are protected by copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Following the forum, the team will produce a white paper to synthesize the results of the meeting and to present best practices and policy suggestions to the larger library community.

The University Library’s Beth Namachchivaya and Eleanor Dickson will work on the grant with Megan Senseney, research scientist at the iSchool’s Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), and Bertram Ludaescher, iSchool professor and CIRSS director.

“This award enables us to bring together an international community of experts to identify a more direct access path for an increasing number of scholars to use computational methods to mine and analyze digital texts in their research. Scholars use computational text mining and analysis to identify historical trends, sentiment, and the occurrence of themes as well as vocabulary and names, with or across a collection of texts,” said Beth Namachchivaya, associate dean of libraries and associate university librarian for research. “The potential to extend text analysis with computational tools is substantial. This grant has the potential to support pragmatic solutions for libraries as well as further scholarly insights into the value of research access to these digital texts.”

“Even as more scholars have become interested in incorporating text data mining into their research practices, they are often stymied by insufficient access to textual corpora needed to do their work. Copyright and licensing issues in particular limit access to text for this research methodology and area of study,” said Eleanor Dickson, visiting HathiTrust Research Center digital humanities specialist. “This grant will allow key stakeholders, including content providers and academic researchers, to reflect on the current state of the field, as well as suggest future best practice that would balance the limitations imposed by legal restrictions with allowable ‘fair use’ of textual corpora.”

For more information about the Institute of Museum and Library Services, visit imls.gov .

Visit ischool.illinois.edu for additional information about the School of Information Sciences. More on the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship is located at cirss.ischool.illinois.edu .

To learn more about the University Library, visit library.illinois.edu .

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Cole Wins Kilgour Award

Tim Cole

Timothy Cole, Head of the Mathematics Library and Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology , sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Professor Cole also holds appointments in the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and the University Library.

The Kilgour Award is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed. Read more of the ALA News Release…

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NEH Grant Awarded to Archives

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The University of Illinois Archives has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop a prototype web-portal and analysis-engine to provide access to archival material related to the development of the iconic, multi-disciplinary field of cybernetics.

The grant is part of the NEH’s Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations program . The project, entitled “The Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project,” is a collaborative effort among several academic units at the University of Illinois (U of I) and three other institutions that also maintain archival records vital to the exploration of cybernetic history: the British Library, the American Philosophical Society, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In addition to supporting the development of a web-portal and analysis-engine, the award will enable the multi-institutional team to begin digitizing some of the archival records related to the pioneering work of U of I Electrical Engineering Professor Heinz von Foerster and his fellow cyberneticians W. Ross Ashby (also a former U of I Electrical Engineering faculty member), Warren S. McCulloch, and Norbert Wiener.

“This grant will afford us the unique opportunity to explore connections between these four individuals—Heinz von Foerster, W. Ross Ashby, Warren McCulloch, and Norbert Wiener—and to better understand how they influenced each other and the context in which their ideas evolved. It will also enable us to shed light on hidden connections between documentation within their research archives,” said Project Director Bethany G. Anderson. “We are excited to see where these connections take us and are grateful to the NEH for its invaluable support for this ambitious project.”

Cybernetics emerged during World War II as the science of communication and control systems used to build automatic antiaircraft systems, but gradually became a vehicle through which scientists, engineers, humanists, and social scientists studied the complexities of communication and self-organizing systems. Cybernetics is generally regarded as one of the most influential scientific movements of the 20th century. At a time when postwar science had become highly compartmentalized, cybernetics epitomized the interdisciplinarity that has become emblematic of innovative research in the modern era. This project will provide greater access to the archival materials that document the rich and complex history of the “thought collective”—the scientific community of individuals exchanging thoughts and ideas about cybernetics, including scientists and researchers affiliated with the University of Illinois’ Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL).

The development and archival work for this project will extend from May 2017 to April 2018. The project team from the University of Illinois includes Bethany G. Anderson, Archival Operations and Reference Specialist in the University of Illinois Archives; Christopher J. Prom, Assistant University Archivist and Andrew S. G. Turyn Professor in the University of Illinois Archives; Kevin Hamilton, Professor of Art and Design; Dan Roth, Professor of Computer Science; and Jamie Hutchinson, Editor for Engineering Publications in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Among the collaborators from the partner institutions are Jonathan Pledge, Curator of Contemporary Archives, Politics and Public Life at the British Library; Tom Rosko, Institute Archivist and Head of the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections; and Charles B. Greifenstein, Associate Librarian & Curator of Manuscripts at the American Philosophical Society.

Visit the “The Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project” site at archives.library.illinois.edu/thought-collective for more information.

To read the full press release, see the NEH site:
https://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/March2017Grants .

“The Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project” has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities:  Exploring the human endeavor

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this news release, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Data Purchase Opportunities

Data Purchase Program 2017

The University Library is soliciting applications from faculty members, graduate students, and academic professionals who need to purchase numeric, spatial, or textual data for their research. Through this Data Purchase Program, several purchases of data will be funded. Applications will be accepted beginning March 27, 2017; the deadline for first consideration is May 26, 2017.

Visit go.library.illinois.edu/dpp for more details, including a description of the program and a link to the full announcement.

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New Digital Publishing Initiative

IOPN Launches with First Book

News release courtesy of the Illinois News Bureau :

The University of Illinois Library has launched a digital publishing initiative, the Illinois Open Publishing Network , with its first work – a new English translation of a memoir of Claude Monet.

“Claude Monet: The Water Lilies” was first published in 1928 by Georges Clemenceau, the former French prime minister and a friend of Monet. Bruce Michelson, a U. of I. professor emeritus of English, produced the new translation of the memoir – as well as translations of three essays on art by Clemenceau, included as appendices. He agreed to publish it online as a pilot project for the Illinois Open Publishing Network, and as the first publication of Windsor & Downs Press , the primary imprint of the network.

“This is a way in which somebody with more than 30 years on the clock can participate in a new direction as an academic,” Michelson said.

“Libraries have to fulfill their mission in new ways,” he said, noting that students can do much of their research online without ever visiting a library. “We’ve got to rethink in fundamental ways what we’re doing. This is an experiment in that direction.”

Bruce Michelson, a U. of I. professor emeritus of English, produced a new translation of the memoir “Claude Monet: The Water Lilies” by Georges Clemenceau, the former French prime minister and a friend of Monet.

The publishing network is a network of open-access scholarly publications and publishing infrastructure and resources. It is the result of the first year and a half of a research initiative, Publishing Without Walls , funded by a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation . Publishing Without Walls connects scholars to new ways of producing open-access, digital publications through tools and workshops. It is also conducting a two-year research study to examine how scholarly publishing is changing in the digital age. It is a collaborative effort of the Library, the School of Information Sciences, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the department of African American studies.

“We’re really trying to build a new model for scholarly communications – what it means for libraries to do this work so we’re not just at the end of a life cycle, collecting and maintaining materials, but also helping scholars create materials, too,” said Harriett Green , the English and digital humanities librarian and the interim head of the Library’s Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit.

Some digital projects published on the network will incorporate video, interactive images and other multimedia functions, Green said. The digital version of Michelson’s book has hyperlinks to sources in the footnotes and embedded illustrations that can be enlarged.

“It’s really useful when you’re talking about the Monet water lily paintings, which are the size of a wall,” Michelson said of the embedded images. “You can put a better replica in high resolution or high definition online than you can see in an art book.”

“There are many different ways we can start linking Bruce’s work to others’ work on Monet or Clemenceau. His scholarship will be so much more accessible,” Green said.

“We like to think of ourselves on a spectrum. How does the digital mode of publication complement the traditional publication, which is still necessary for peer review and tenure?” she said.

A survey of scholars in the humanities showed many are concerned about using online publications because they are not as accepted for the tenure review process, said Janet Swatscheno, a visiting digital publishing specialist.

“A lot of people interested in working with us are past tenure and willing to be more experimental,” Swatscheno said. “Properly representing their scholarship is what’s important to them.”

Green said the staff of the Publishing Without Walls initiative is trying to guide scholars on ways to show the impact of digital publications for purposes of tenure review, and on talking with colleagues and tenure committees about how to evaluate such publications in ways similar to looking at traditionally published articles or books.

Michelson said online publishing initiatives such as the Illinois Open Publishing Network must also establish a level of trust and confidence among scholars through outside peer review, careful proofing of galleys and similar types of vetting.

“They need to establish a level of quality and care close to what’s represented by academic books,” he said.

Green said the Illinois Open Publishing Network staff has been developing a workflow for submitting, editing and peer review of articles. The network is experimenting with the CommentPress tool that allows a scholar to post a draft of an article and peers to make comments. The software platform Open Journal Systems, which it uses for publishing journals, has an editorial workflow built in, providing for peer review and editorial review.

Publishing Without Walls is working with both the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the African American studies department on multimedia projects, including an interactive textbook on black studies, Green said. It also will soon begin publishing Media -N, a journal on new media artworks edited by Kevin Hamilton, an Illinois art and design professor and the associate dean for Fine and Applied Arts.

The initiative is also establishing relationships with university presses, including the University of Illinois Press.

“We’re really emphasizing the open-access policy and encouraging faculty to share in open-access repositories,” Green said.

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Mischo, Acting University Librarian

William Mischo

William Mischo has been appointed as acting dean of libraries and university librarian designate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mischo, currently the head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center , will begin in the new role Feb. 18. The appointment is pending the review and approval of the Board of Trustees.

Mischo will serve as acting university librarian while the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Wilkin serves as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designate at Illinois.

Professor Mischo brings over thirty years of experience at the University of Illinois and an extraordinary track record of leadership and innovation. Bill was elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2015 and received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Science from the American Library Association in 2009. He was invested as The Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery in 2016.

Mischo earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Carthage College in 1971 and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974.

Mischo will serve as acting university librarian until Wilkin concludes his service as interim provost.

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John Wilkin Named Interim Provost

John Wilkin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones has named John Wilkin as the interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designate. Wilkin, currently the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and university librarian and a professor of library administration at the Urbana campus, will begin in the new role Feb. 18. The appointment is pending the review and approval of the Board of Trustees. Read more…

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Image of Research – UR Edition

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The Image of Research – UR Edition is now taking submissions.
Deadline:
March 1, 2017 –> DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 17, 2017

The Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students 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
  • Visual Impact

All images submitted will be included in IDEALS , hosted and archived by the University Library for long term preservation.

The Image of Research is organized by the Scholarly Commons of the University Library and the Office of Undergraduate Research and is supported by a generous gift to the Scholarly Commons from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics . Image of Research at Illinois was inspired by the Image of Research competition at the University of Illinois at Chicago .

To enter, see the competition details page .

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PSAP Expanded into Museum Objects

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The University of Illinois and its project partners are proud to announce the expansion of the Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) to include ceramic, glass, stone, and metal object materials . The PSAP is a free online tool that helps collection managers at libraries, archives, and museums prioritize efforts to improve conditions of collection materials. In addition to functioning as a resource that advises on the many facets of collections care, the PSAP offers guided evaluation of items and collections, storage/exhibit environments, and institutional policies. By producing reports on the factors that impact the health of cultural heritage materials and defining the points from which to begin care, the PSAP helps collection managers and curators decide upon potential actions they may take to extend the life of their collections.

The PSAP is meant to be utilized by libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and any other organizations that collect paper documents/books, photographic and image materials, audiovisual media, and objects. Like the Audiovisual Self-Assessment Program (AvSAP) which preceded it, the PSAP is designed to assist in organizations where little to no prior preservation training exists. In addition to the assessment functions, the PSAP also offers the Collection ID Guide , a stand-alone guide that can assist collection managers in identifying the materials and formats in their collections and provide useful advice on that material type’s history, composition, preservation challenges, and optimal storage and display.

Our goal is to help collections managers develop prioritized preservation plans as well as to educate them on the “health risks” posed to their collections and what they can do to mitigate them with the resources at hand. This foray into museum objects broadens the tool’s assessment capabilities and makes the PSAP useful to a wider range of institutions! The expansion of the PSAP into museum objects was made possible by a no-cost-extension of a National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), and leadership from the University of Illinois Library in partnership with The Spurlock Museum, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), the Illinois Heritage Association, and others.

For more information on the Preservation Self-Assessment Program visit the PSAP website at https://psap.library.illinois.edu/ .

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New Disability Resource Guides

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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 http://guides.library.illinois.edu/alacwgdisabilitytoc —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 http://guides.library.illinois.edu/ .

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