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Our Experts

Sara Benson

Copyright Librarian

Email:  srbenson@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: Copyright, licensing, author’s rights, fair use, and open access
Office Hours: by appointment

Sarah Christensen

Visual Resources and Outreach Specialist

Email:  schrstn@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: Shared Shelf, ARTstor, images, digitization, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
Office Hours: by appointment

Jess Hagman

Social Sciences Research Librarian

Email:  jhagman@illinois.edu 
Areas of expertise: Qualitative methods, qualitative data analysis tools, Taguette, Atlas.ti, NVIVO, MAXQDA
Office Hours: by appointment. Make an appointment here.

Heidi Imker

Director, Research Data Service

Email:  imker@illinois.edu  – (Preferred method)
Areas of expertise: Data management, data sharing and publication, data curation, multidisciplinary collaborations, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, structural biology, bioinformatics
Office Hours: by appointment

Ayla Stein Kenfield

Repository Services Librarian

Email:  astein@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: IDEALS institutional repository, electronic theses & dissertations, describing research data, and metadata for digital scholarship, digital publishing and digital preservation
Office Hours: by appointment

Hoa Luong

Assistant Director for Research Data Curation

Email:  hluong2@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: Illinois Data Bank, data curation, sharing data through repositories, Data Nudge
Office Hours: by appointment

Carissa Phillips

Data Discovery and Business Librarian

Email:  choller@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: Data sources for business research (companies, industries, economies, markets) and social science research such as business databases, government information, ICPSR, and Hathi Trust Digital Library holdings; student consulting groups; data purchase; data discovery and access
Office Hours: by appointment

Michelle Reed

Head of Scholarly Commons

Email: michreed@illinois.edu

Dena Strong

Technology Services Liaison

Email: dlstrong@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: Usability, accessibility, Box, Google, wiki, Kaltura Mediaspace, Amazon Web Services, web hosting, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Morae, OptimalWorkshop, Balsamiq, content management systems
Office Hours: by appointment

Dan Tracy

Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing

Email:  dtracy@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: Scholarly Communications, Open Access, Repositories, Digital Publishing, Omeka, Scalar, Open Journal Systems, Pressbooks, Text Markup
Office Hours: by appointment

Mary Ton

Digital Publishing Specialist

Email:  maryton@illinois.edu 
Areas of expertise: Digital publishing, Scalar, Omeka, Pressbooks
Office Hours: by appointment

Wenjie Wang

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Email:  wenjiew@illinois.edu 
Areas of expertise: GIS research consultation, GIS software, geospatial data, data visualization, data management
Office Hours: by appointment

Mark Zulauf

Coordinator, Researcher Information Systems

Email:  zulauf@illinois.edu
Areas of expertise: Researcher information management systems, Illinois Experts
Office Hours: by appointment

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