February Push!

Hello, researchers!

Congratulations! You made it through your first month back of the spring semester. From class work, to pouring rain, to enough snow and ice and make the university look like it’s auditioning for a role as Antarctica, you’re pushing forward!

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Take a minute to look over all the awesome resources we have, right here in the Scholarly Commons, to help you keep chugging along with your research.

We are open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our various, dual monitor computers have software ranging from Adobe Photoshop to OCR which can be paired with our various scanners to make machine readable PDFs!

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Researchers can book free consultations thanks to our partnerships with CITL Data Analytics and Technology Services! In these meetings, you can learn about R, SAS, and everything else you need to just get started or to get past that tricky problem in your statistical research.

Beyond that, users can make appoints with our GIS specialist, and learn even more through our GIS resources. We have a ton of great books in our non-circulating reference collection that can help you learn about Python, GIS, and more!

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And that’s not all: our Data Analytics & Visualization Librarian has put together a plethora of resources to help turn your data into art. Check out the four most common types of charts guide to get started!

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And even this doesn’t cover all of our services!

If you need assistance finding numeric data, understanding your copyrights, cleaning up data in OpenRefine, or even starting up a project using text mining, we have the resources you need.

The Scholarly Commons has all the resources you need to succeed, so stop by anytime! We’re always happy to help.

Summer II – Services are back!

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That’s right! It’s Summer II, and most of our services are re-opening for all you researchers out there.

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CITL Statistical Consulting is back for the rest of the summer here in the Scholarly Commons from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Thursday! Schedule a consultation with them here
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The Survey Research Lab is here every Thursday from 2-5 until Summer II ends!

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Our GIS specialist is in the office accepting consultations as well! Schedule an appointment with him by sending us an email

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And don’t forget our Data Discovery team is here to help you find and format digital numeric and spatial data!

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Summer is the perfect time to get ahead on your projects, so let us help!

Introducing the Scholarly Commons Project Forum

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The Scholarly Commons Project Forum is an hour-long bi-weekly meeting space for scholars who are interested in Digital Humanities questions regarding data and text. These meetings are an opportunity for informal, open-ended conversations about research where we will discuss conceptual, methodological, and workflow issues for projects. Those projects may be at any stage of development, whether still formative or largely complete. The goal is to think together about how to develop robust Digital Humanities research, whether as beginners interested in trying out DH techniques or those with more experience, and to make that research more legible to others.

These conversations will be facilitated by Interns at the Scholarly Commons, and will be held Mondays in Main Library 220 from 2:00-3:00 pm, starting March 5, and every two weeks following. Please RSVP to sc@library.illinois.edu.

New Scholarly Commons Space Coming

If you haven’t heard, the Scholarly Commons is in the process of creating a new, collaborative space with construction beginning in 2019. We have a few mock ups of the space as it is currently imagined, and would love for our patrons to tells us how they feel about them! Below are the mock ups, then a series of questions to help guide your responses, which you can either put in the comments or email to sc@library.illinois.edu.

Thanks everyone!

  1. What do you like best about these drawings?
  2. What do you like least about these drawings?
  3. What is missing from this space?
  4. Large-screen presentation area in the middle of the space – thumbs up or thumbs down?
  5. Is there too much/not enough/the right amount of couch-type seating in these design examples?
  6. Do you like that there are two group presentation spaces or would having just one larger presentation space be preferable?
  7. Are there too many, two few, or just enough small group spaces?
  8. What is missing from these drawings?
  9. What could you imagine doing in spaces set up like this?
  10. What do you think about the furniture in these renderings?
  11. Would you want adjustable-height tables in the space? Why?
  12. What would make it easier for you to work on your research in this space?
  13. What would make it easier for you to collaborate in this space?

Let us know your thoughts!

This Semester at the Scholarly Commons

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s a new semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And with that new semester come all of the happenings at the Scholarly Commons. We have some great things coming up!

Hours

We’re back to our normal hours. Come visit us from 9 AM – 6 PM, Monday – Friday. We hope to see you soon!

Survey Research Lab

Survey Research Lab open hours are back! Walk-ins are accepted from 2 – 5 PM every Thursday, or you can make an advance appointment by emailing Linda Owens and Karen Retzer (please copy both addresses on your email).

During Open Horus, the Survey Research Lab can look at sampling, questionnaire design, and analysis. Come in with questions about the dos and don’ts of survey wording, recommendations for designing a sampling strategy, or advice on drafting a questionnaire!

CITL Statistical Consulting

Starting January 8th and running through the end of the semester, CITL graduate students will provide free statistical consulting in the Scholarly Commons. CITL consulting will be 11 AM – 4 PM every Monday – Friday in office 306H. Consultants work with SPSS, ATLAS.ti, Stata, R, and SAS. Make an appointment for your consultation by emailing citl-data@illinois.edu.

Savvy Researcher Workshops

Our Savvy Researcher Workshop calendar is finally up! New offerings this semester include A Crash Course in Open Access and Publishing Your Research in OA, Topic Modeling Theory and Practice, Building Your Research Profile and Network, Creating Digital Books with PressBooks, Do You Know Your Fair Use Rights?, Choosing the Right Sources: Identifying Bias and Fallacies, Basics of Data Visualization, and Add Captions to Kaltura video with Automatic Speech Recognition.

Staff

The staff here at the Scholarly Commons is always ready to welcome you! Our Scholarly Commons interns, Matt Pitchford and Clay Alsup are back, as well as Megan Ozeran, our data analytics and visualization resident librarian! You can request a consultation with them or any other staff member on our Contact an Expert page.

Hope to see you soon!