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

  • providing monetary support
  • bringing alternate sources of funding to the attention of the Library Faculty
  • 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.


  • Merinda Kaye Hensley, Chair(Aug 2017 - Aug 2021)
  • Seth Robbins(Aug 2018 - Aug 2020)
  • Jennifer Teper(Aug 2018 - Aug 2020)
  • Chris Bailey(ex officio - Visiting Information Sciences Librarian)
  • Heidi Imker(ex officio - AUL for Research)
  • Antonio Sotomayor(Aug 2019 - Aug 2021)
  • Margaret (Peg) Burnette(Aug 2019 - Aug 2021)

Additional Committee Information

Here are the forms you will need:

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

RPC_ShortForm – Use this form to request 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, send us this form.

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

Previous Members

  • Lynne M Rudasill, Chair(Aug 2017 - Aug 2019)
  • Shuyong Jiang(Aug 2017 - Aug 2019) Served Two Consecutive Terms
  • David Morris(Aug 2017 - Aug 2019)