Research and Publication Committee


Helping you with your research needs…

The Research and Publication Committee is here to provide a ready source of support and guidance on research projects is available to librarians at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Research and Publication Committee was established to:

  • Encourage research and publication by providing monetary support.
  • Stimulate discussion of research ideas and methodologies.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse of information about outside sources of funding.
  • Provide practical criticism of research projects.
  • Act as an advocate for the research interests of the Library faculty.

The most important links to our materials are listed below, but do not hesitate to contact any member of the committee if you have questions related to the approval process.

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Library Research Showcase 2021

Stay tuned for links to presentations from this year’s showcase!



The Library Research and Publication Committee is a standing committee of the Library Faculty established to encourage research and publication among Library Faculty and Academic Professionals by:

  • providing monetary support
  • bringing alternate sources of funding to the attention of the Library Faculty and Academic Professionals
  • stimulating interest in and discussion of research ideas and methodologies among librarians
  • providing practical criticism of and support for research projects
  • advancing Library research and publications within the University community.

The Committee reviews and approves or disapproves funding requests for student wages, graduate assistants, travel to other research collections, photocopying, manuscript preparation, data analysis, the creation of illustrations, editing for non-native English speakers, etc. The Committee sponsors occasional brown-bag series that focus on library research.

Membership Details

The Committee of five faculty members and one academic professional is appointed by the University Librarian, with the advice of the Executive Committee. The chair is appointed by the University Librarian. Committee members serve two-year staggered terms, and may be appointed to one successive term.


  • Chris Bailey(ex officio - Visiting Information Sciences Librarian)
  • Erin Kerby, Chair(Aug 2020 - Aug 2024) Second Consecutive Term
  • Steve Witt(Aug 2021 - Aug 2023)
  • Emilee Mathews(Aug 2021 - Aug 2023)
  • Qiang Jin(Aug 2021 - Aug 2023)
  • Lisa Hinchliffee(ex officio - Coordinator for Research and Teaching Professional Development)
  • Angela Waarala(Aug 2022 - Aug 2024)

Additional Committee Information

RPC Application Form – Read the Guidelines for the Proposal Narrative carefully.

RPC_ShortForm – Use this form to request funds for poster printing or high resolution scanning.

Extension Form–RPC – If you do not think you will be able to complete your project within the time allotted (generally one year), please complete as soon as possible.

Project Outcomes Form–RPC – Please notify us when you are finished with your project funds and let us know of your outcomes using this form.

All forms should be sent to the current chair.

Previous Members

  • Tracy Popp(Aug 2020 - Aug 2022)
  • Antonio Sotomayor(Aug 2019 - Aug 2021)
  • Margaret (Peg) Burnette(Aug 2019 - Aug 2021)
  • Heidi Imker(ex officio - AUL for Research, Nov 2018 - Aug 2020)
  • Seth Robbins(Aug 2018 - Aug 2020)
  • Jennifer Teper(Aug 2018 - Aug 2020)
  • Lynne M Rudasill, Chair(Aug 2017 - Aug 2019)
  • Shuyong Jiang(Aug 2017 - Aug 2019) Served Two Consecutive Terms
  • David Morris(Aug 2017 - Aug 2019)
  • Merinda Kaye Hensley, Chair(Aug 2017 - Aug 2021) Served Two Consecutive Terms

Meeting Details

The RPC meets monthly throughout the academic year and all meetings are open except when we are reviewing applications.