The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP), a joint initiative of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library and Preservation Services, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to continue digitizing historical Illinois newspapers. The INP began digitizing newspapers in 2009 as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between NEH and Library of Congress (LC). Previous grants have funded the digitization of 400,000 pages of newspapers with historical relevance to the state, which can be viewed on the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC) website alongside work done through other grants as well as generous patron donations. They can also be cross-searched with other U.S. newspapers through the Library of Congress Chronicling America website. The INP will digitize 100,000 pages during the two-year grant cycle that relate to the theme of “communities and causes” in an effort to highlight underserved communities and shed light on the many unique communities that are a part of our state’s history.
University librarians, academic professionals, and graduate assistants involved with this project include:
- Kyle Rimkus, Preservation librarian, and Celestina Savonius-Wroth, Head of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, who serve as the Principal Investigators.
- Will Schlaack, Digital Reformatting Coordinator, who is the Project Director.
- Courtney Becks, African American Studies librarian.
- Geoffrey Ross, Collections and Services Specialist in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library.
- Itzel Jihan, NDNP Graduate Assistant
- Megan Pearson, NDNP Graduate Assistant
As a companion to our previous post, we present some of the publications our Library faculty and academic professionals have published this past spring. Topics include management in the library workplace, data curation, and digital humanities pedagogy. Peruse the selected bibliography we have provided below to learn more about these topics.
(Links to OA journal access, the DOI for individual articles, or the catalog record are provided when available.)
This past spring, our Library faculty and academic professionals traveled across the country to present on a wide variety of topics. As always, we congratulate our researchers on their important contributions to the U of I and to Library and Information Science and other disciplines. A selected bibliography of these presentations is provided below.
Dr. Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor and an affiliated faculty at The iSchool of Illinois, has been elected President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).
The mission of ASIS&T is to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals and organizations. ASIS&T has been in existence for over 80 years and is represented in 50 different countries.
Dr. Chu was a member of the ASIS&T International Relations Committee from 2015-2016, the ASIS&T Arts and Humanities special interest group (SIG) from 1988-1999 and the ASIS&T International Information Issues special interest group (SIG) from 1993-1999.
Dr. Chu was most recently featured on the Recognizing Excellence blog for her Beta Phi Mu award.
Portions of this post have been adapted from the ASIS&T website