Panel: “The Future of Scholarly Communication”

Next Wednesday, September 18th, the Scholarly Commons along with IPRH, GSLIS, and the Spurlock Museum will be sponsoring a panel on Scholarly Communication.

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 dialogue 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 and of innovations in response.
Presented in collaboration with the Scholarly Commons of the University Library and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, with co-sponsorship by the Spurlock Museum.

The panel consists of: Kathleen Fitzpatrick the Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English, New York University, Seth Denbo the Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association, and Maria Bonn from the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences and the Editor of the Journal of Electronic Publishing.

Date: Sep 17, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana)
Sponsor: IPRH, GSLIS, Spurlock Museum, and the Scholarly Commons of the University Library

This event is free and open to the public.
For more details click here.

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ATLAS Offers Data Consulting, Free Online Tools, Workshops, and More

The college of LAS has recently purchased college-wide licenses for the online survey research tools: Surveygizmo and Qualtrics.  These accounts are free to faculty and students.  To request an account please use the following link:

ATLAS also offers:

– A free questionnaire design workshop  and assistance with programing online surveys:

–An open computer lab with knowledgeable staff ready to answer your questions about quantitative and qualitative research and programs:  2043 Lincoln Hall,(9-5 M-Th, 9-3 F)

–Free workshops:

–Classroom demonstrations  for our supported programs:

Here is the ATLAS Fall Workshop Schedule

10/08/2014  – ATLAS.ti Introduction – Qualitative Coding

9/24/2014 – ArcGIS 1: Introduction to ArcCatalog and ArcMap
10/01/2014 – ArcGIS 2: Introduction to ArcToolbox

10/07/2014 – SPSS 1: Getting Started with SPSS
10/142014 – SPSS 2: Inferential Statistics with SPSS

10/22/2014 – Stata 1: Getting Started with Stata
10/29/2014 – Stata 2: Inferential Statistics with Stata

10/21/2014 – SAS 1: Getting Started with SAS 
10/28/2014 – SAS 2: Inferential Statistics with SAS

09/23/2014 – R: Getting Started with R
09/30/2014 – R 2: Inferential Statistics

11/04/2014 – Survey Research

Do you need help locating data for a project or thesis?  Do you need assistance preparing your data for analysis?  ATLAS holds Data Service hours in the Library’s Scholarly Commons (306 Main Library).  For more information please visit:

For more information about any of these services, please visit:

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Help Obtaining Data is Available from the Library

This fall marks the fifth annual Data Purchase Program, where the University Library accepts applications from campus researchers for purchasing data that will be useful to them in their research.  The data must under $5,000, must be used for teaching or research, and it must be available to all of campus.  Some vendors are only willing to sell access for one person, but often we can negotiate campus access.

The library has purchased a large variety of data: from tax assessor’s data for the Chicago area to satellite imagery of a river in Argentina and the locations of villages in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.  A full list of purchased data is on the program description page at

The deadline for first consideration is September 29, but the Data Services Committee will consider applications that come in later as long as we have funds available and can complete the purchase by the end of the fiscal year.

If you are interested in applying for the Data Purchase Program, the online application is at  If you have questions about the program or need help identifying data for your research, please contact Karen Hogenboom, Numeric and Spatial Data Librarian, at  We look forward to connecting you with the data you need!

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Learning with

Finally, you’ve located the software you need. Now, how to use it.

The ever broadening world of software, programs, applications, coding languages, and technical services can be hard to keep up with. Youtube can be a great option when you want a quick fix of how to convert file formats, install things, and the like. However, if you’re looking for a well-made tutorial that will walk you through learning a piece of software, look no further. is a subscription service available through the library with your netID.

What can it teach me? Lynda offers courses on much of the software available in the Scholarly Commons in categories of Animation, Music, Business, CAD, Design, Developer, Education, Marketing, Photography, Video, and Web.  Although there are hundreds of tutorials on specific software, they also feature tutorials on learning discipline specific fundamentals and principles. Lynda also remembers which tutorials you watched and displays an eye-icon next to them so that next time you’ll know where you left off. No need to watch a whole series though if you just want to learn a particular feature. Tutorials are often broken down into specific items or features that you might want to use (e.g. how to sort tables in Excel).

Where can you find it? Lynda is available through all three campuses and the different links are listed below. Once you’re logged in though, finding the software you need is a simple search in the search box or navigating their tutorial catalog.

Whether you’re looking to update your software skills, want to explore an application before deciding to purchase it, or need to learn some programming for your research project, is a great place to start.

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New GIS Specialist at Scholarly Commons

The Scholarly Commons has a new GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Specialist, James Whitacre. James’s expertise will enhance the Scholarly Commons’s ability to help students and faculty with their geospatial research needs and geodata design and management. He will be available by appointment to help researchers acquire geodata, design and manage spatially enabled databases, find the geoprocessing tools needed to analyze geodata, and enhance maps to be publication ready and will hold office hours during fall and spring semesters.

If you are unsure of what GIS is, the Scholarly Commons will continue to offer an introductory workshop on how GIS can be used in research, to help researchers understand the power of geospatial technologies. Additionally, the Scholarly Commons plans to expand GIS training opportunities to help expand students’ knowledge of GIS concepts and techniques. Topics will include finding geodata on the web, geodata design and management best practices, map publication, free and open source and online software tools, coordinate systems and projections, and software scripting tools such as ModelBuilder and Python.

James comes to us from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History where he served as the GIS Manager for three years, after finishing his Master of Science in Geography, concentrating on GIS and Cartography, at the Indiana University of the Pennsylvania. James has a strong background in natural sciences, but also has experience with many other GIS applications, such as population analysis, crime mapping, and cartographic production.

Welcome, James!

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The Image of Research Gallery

Behold! All image entries from the very first Image of Research Contest are now viewable in the online gallery!

The Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Inspired by the contest at the University of Chicago graduate college, this spring was the first edition for the students at Illinois. Both graduate and undergraduate entrants were asked to submit an image along with a brief abstract articulating the ways in which the image relates to their research. The entries were then judged by an interdisciplinary panel and monetary awards were given to the top contestants.

The graduate Image of Research contest was held in February and the winners were announced during graduate student appreciation week in April at a showcase in the Illini Union. There were an impressive 64 entries this year! The winners included: Keith Cassidy in first place, Marissa Brooke Siebel in second place, Lauren Fields in third place, and Aron Katz and Nico Brown with honorable mentions. The people’s choice award (voted on at the showcase) also went to first place winner, Keith Cassidy. The images have since been archived in the institutional repository (IDEALS) and they have been organized into collections and exhibits using a platform called Omeka, making them accessible long-term for those who are interested.

The undergraduate edition of the contest was held in the Illini Union this year and showcased the works of 23 participants. This year’s contestants of special recognition included: JunYoung Gwak in first place, Aimee Gottlieb in second place, Le Wang in third place, and Tayana Panova of honorable mention. This year’s student contributions illustrated some of the creative and exciting research that undergraduates are involved in at the University of Illinois. All entries have also been put into IDEALS as well as Omeka.

You can navigate through each image and read each abstract submitted by the contestants in the gallery. Browse the winners in the 2014 Winners Exhibit! Go take a peek at this great demonstration of the scholarly research being done by the students at Illinois.

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ICPSR 2014 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

Still making a list of summer plans? As you gear up for summer, keep in mind that the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan is offering a wide range of classes on quantitative data-analysis. Whether you are a beginner or you are ready to study more advanced techniques, the program has something unique to offer each individual. Course instruction is centered around interactive, participatory data-analysis within a broader context of substantive social research.

Courses for the summer 2014 program are offered in two four-week sessions, May through August. These sessions include lecture, seminar, and workshop formats with participants from a diverse range of departments, universities, and organizations.

The following are a few examples of courses that will be offered:

Basic Foundation
Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
Introduction to Regression
Introduction to Computing

Linear Models and Beyond
Regression Analysis
Hierarchical Linear and Multilevel Models
Categorical Data Analysis

Substantive Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Curating Data & Providing Data Services
Designing, Conducting, and Analyzing Field Experiments

Advanced Techniques
Applied Bayesian Modeling
Advanced Time Series
The R Statistical Computing Environment

Multivariate Techniques
Multivariate Statistical methods
Scaling and Dimensional Analysis
Intro & Advanced Network Analysis

Formal Modeling
Game Theory
Rational Choice
Empirical Modeling for Theory Evaluation

Registration is now open. There are also a few free workshops that will be offered over the summer, but registration for those sessions ends May 15, 2014 and seats are limited!

For a full list of courses, fee and discount information, and to fill out an application visit the website.

Call: (734) 763-7400

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Need Assistance With Financial Planning?

Not sure where to start? Next Tuesday, March 18th, there will be two Savvy Researcher Workshops geared to help guide students through the first steps in the creation of a future financial plan. The two workshops will be held in room 314 on the third floor of the Main Library. The first session will run in the morning from 11:00am-11:50am and the second session will take place in the afternoon from 1:00pm-1:50pm.

The Scholarly Commons and the Student Money Management Center (SMMC) have partnered to create: “Steps Toward Financial Planning.” These workshops will address ways to handle issues such as unburying yourself from undergraduate student loans, securing a brighter financial future after graduate/professional school, and implementing a smart financial plan for your future dreams. The sessions will also cover the ins and outs of necessary financial documents, important questions to ask a financial planner, and how to set realistic future financial goals. Both sessions are free to attend, so you’ll already be taking a step in a fiscally responsible direction.

If you have any questions or require any special accommodations, please contact SMMC at To register for one of these sessions, or for more information on this and other Savvy Researcher Workshops, take a look at the schedule. You can also check out the Savvy Researcher’s Twitter account @learnlibrary. We hope to see you there!


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