Loading Library Hours...

Speaker Series

Spring 2018

Ed Ayers: Twenty-Five Years in Digital History and Counting

photo of Ed Ayers

Date: March 29, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 220 Main Library

Edward Ayers began a digital project just before the World Wide Web emerged and has been pursuing one project or several projects ever since.  His current work focuses on the two poles of possibility in the medium:  advanced projects in visualizing processes of history at the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond and a public-facing project in Bunk, curating representations of the American past for a popular audience.

Edward Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama at the White House, won the Bancroft Prize and Beveridge Prize in American history, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.  He has collaborated on major digital history projects including the Valley of the Shadow, American Panorama, and Bunk, and is one of the cohosts for BackStory, a popular podcast about American history.  He is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond as well as former Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.  His most recent book is The Thin Light of Freedom:  The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America, published in 2017 by W. W. Norton.

Spring 2017

Juan Pablo Alperin: Does Our Research Serve the Public, or Only Ourselves?

A photograph of Juan Pablo Alperin
Date: March 9, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Illini Union 407

Traditionally, scholarly efforts have focused on making research available and discoverable among scholars, scientists, and related professionals. However, with the onset of the digital era and the electronic circulation of research and scholarship, a new model of “open access” to this body of work has taken hold, one which is committed to making research freely and universally available online. The same digital era has given us the possibility of capturing and measuring how knowledge is produced, disseminated, and used, both within and beyond this traditional group of professional researchers.

In his talk, Dr. Alperin will present research findings, gathered through novel strategies and tools, that the public is already taking advantage of the growing body of freely available research. However, despite the growing evidence and a stated interest that our work have societal impact, many of our scholarly publishing practices continue to keep the research out of the public’s hands. As it becomes easier to provide evidence of public interest even in the most obscure and esoteric topics, academics of all stripes will be increasingly challenged to ask ourselves if our scholarly publishing system is serving the public’s best interests, or simply our own.
Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor at the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and the Associate Director of Research with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. He is a multi-disciplinary scholar, with training in computer science (BMath, University of Waterloo), social science (MA Geography, University of Waterloo), and education (PhD, Stanford University), who believes that research, especially when it is made freely available (as so much of today’s work is), has the potential to make meaningful and direct contributions to society, and that it is our responsibility as the creators of this research to ensure we understand the mechanisms, networks, and mediums through which our work is discussed and used.

A list of his publications and presentations can be found at http://alperin.ca/cv, and he can be found on Twitter at @juancommander.

Spring 2016

Ariel Waldman: Hacker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Headshot of Ariel Waldman
Date: March 1, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center, Ballroom

Don’t panic: the next big science revolution isn’t just for asteroid miners or CERN scientists. There’s an emerging movement towards “massively multiplayer science” – empowering people from a variety of different backgrounds to be explorers and contributors to new scientific discoveries and methods. Just as science fiction has often shown the way to future inventions, the act of hacking is now generating prototypes that act as footholds for future explorations, discoveries and epiphanies in science. Leagues of multidisciplinary science hackers are mashing up ideas, mediums, industries and people to create crude yet cunning devices that change how we experience science. From the collisions of subatomic particles to the explosions of supernovas, this presentation takes you on an unusual trip through the weird, whimsical and surprisingly useful ways to explore the galaxy.

Ariel Waldman makes “massively multiplayer science”, instigating unusual collaborations that spark clever creations for science and space exploration. She is the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration, and the global director of Science Hack Day, a 20-countries-and-growing grassroots endeavor to make things with science. She is the author of What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There (Chronicle Books, 2016). Ariel is also the co-author of a congressionally-requested National Academy of Sciences study on the future of human spaceflight. She sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that nurtures radical, science fiction-like ideas that could transform future space missions. In 2013, Ariel received an honor from the White House for being a Champion of Change in citizen science.

Spring 2015

Take charge of your online scholarly presence: tools and best practices

Learn more

We are pleased to welcome our faculty panelists: Carol Tilley, Associate Professor Graduate School of Library and Information Science @AnUncivilPhD and Marianne Alleyne, Research Scientist Department of Entomology @Cotesia1.

Do you know what your online profiles look like? How do others, including potential employers, learn about your scholarship online?  What do people see when they Google you?
Learn about a variety of tools and engage in conversation in order to manage your online scholarly presence efficiently and effectively and to ensure that you get credit for all of your research.

Join us on Friday, March 6th for this free event co-sponsored by the University Library’s Scholarly Commons and the Graduate College.

Date: Friday, March 6th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: 106 Main Library.

  • Registration and coffee: 9:30 a.m.
  • Seminar: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Lunch and faculty panel discussion: 12 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
  • Open lab: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. (optional)

The is a free event and a boxed lunch for each attendee is included.
Audience: All graduate students, postdocs, faculty and researchers
With special thanks to the Scholarly Commons and the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Fall 2014

Panel: “The Future of Scholarly Communication,” a conversation with Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Seth Denbo, and Maria Bonn

The ubiquity of digital technology and networked communication, in parallel with changing dynamics and economics of scholarship and the academy, have led to rapid change in scholarly communication. While it appears clear that sharing scholarship and engaging in scholarly dialog will remain central to the academic enterprise, the best ways to share and to conduct that dialogue are less clear. Libraries, scholarly societies, and of course, scholars themselves are all assessing both present and future modes and methods of communication. This panel discussion will be conducted by those on the front lines of that assessment an of innovations in response.

Date: Sept 17, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

Image of Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

is Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English at NYU. She is author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006). She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons, where she has led a number of experiments in open peer review and other innovations in scholarly publishing.

Image of Seth Denbo

Seth Denbo

oversees the publication department of the AHA and is working to develop innovative digital projects to enhance the organization’s mission. He earned his PhD from the University of Warwick and is a cultural historian of eighteenth-century Britain. He has taught British history in universities in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has also worked on digital projects that expanded capacity for digital scholarship in the humanities. He also conceived and organized an ongoing seminar in digital history at the Institute of Historical Research in London that has been at the forefront of fostering innovation in the use of digital tools and methods for the study of history.

Image of Maria Bonn

Maria Bonn

is a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches courses on the role of libraries in scholarly communication and publishing. Prior to her teaching appointment, Bonn served as the associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, with responsibility for publishing and scholarly communications initiatives, including the University of Michigan Press, the Scholarly Publishing Office, the institutional repository (Deep Blue), the Copyright Office, and the Text Creation Partnership. Bonn has also been an assistant professor of English at Albion College and taught at Sichuan International Studies University (Chongqing, China) and Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey). She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, master’s and doctoral degrees in American Literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a master’s in information and library science from the University of Michigan.

Sponsored by IPRH, GSLIS, Spurlock Museum, and the Scholarly Commons of the University Library

Spring 2014


You’re more than your h-index: How quantification is ruining science, and how it’ll save it

Research output is constantly measured: how many papers we write, where they’re published, how many citations we get.  Focus on these simplistic metrics is ruining science.  Funders and institutions know this and want a bigger picture of research impact.  Come hear how ImpactStory, a nonprofit funded by the NSF and the Sloan Foundation, can empower you to uncover and share the full story of your research impact.

Watch the archived presentation – many thanks to CITES for recording this event.
Join us for a conversation with Heather Piwowar from ImpactStory: http://impactstory.org/

Date: February 6th
-Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom
Coffee and refreshments served: 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Opening remarks with Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Wilkin and Lecture: 9-10:30am

Image of Heather Piwowar, Sept 2011 236x300
About Heather: Heather Piwowar is a postdoctoral research associate with DataONE and the Dryad digital repository at NESCent. Heather studies how scientists share and reuse research data; she hopes such evidence will inform policy for more efficient and effective use of data resources. She has measured the citation benefit of publicly archiving research data, variation in journal data sharing policies, patterns in public deposition of datasets, and is currently investigating patterns of data reuse and the impact of journal data sharing policies. Heather co-leads total-impact, an online tool for tracking the broad impact of diverse scholarly products. Heather has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering, 10 years of experience as a software engineer, and a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh. She has an active research blog and twitter account (@researchremix).
To read up on altmetrics, you may have seen this article in the Chronicle over the summer: http://chronicle.com/article/Rise-of-Altmetrics-Revives/139557

Learn more

Sponsored by the Scholarly Commons, University Library with special thanks to the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Fall 2013

Opportunities and Challenges for Open Data and Code: Facilitating Reproducibility

Watch the archived presentation – many thanks to CITES for recording this event. 

Join us for a conversation with Victoria Stodden to discuss Open Access, Open Date, and Open Code

Date: October 24, 2013
Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom
Refreshments at 9:30 a.m.
Talk and Conversation from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Image of Victoria Stodden
Known for her research and policy work on open data and reproducible science, Victoria Stodden is an assistant professor of Statistics at Columbia University and with the Columbia University Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. After pursuing degrees at Stanford in Statistics and Law, her research has focused on the problem of enabling reproducibility in computational science. Victoria has developed the acclaimed “Reproducible Research Standard,” a suite of open licensing recommendations for the dissemination of computational result and is the co-founder of RunMyCode, an “open platform for disseminating the code and data associated with published results, and enabling independent and public cloud-based verification of methods and findings.” She serves on the National Academies of Science Committee on “Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process” and on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI).
Learn more about Open Access Week events!
Sponsored by the Scholarly Commons of the University Library and made possible through a generous gift from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.