Online Ethics Resource Launched

Ethics CORE, an interactive resource designed to provide researchers and professionals in the sciences, social sciences, engineering, and mathematics with information on ethical practices and materials on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), is now available at The University Library played an integral role in the $1.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to Illinois to develop the site, which is housed in the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center (see the 2010 project announcement at

Co-principal investigators include Taft Broome, Howard University (Civil Engineering); Nicholas Burbules, Illinois (Education); Michael Loui, Illinois, (Electrical and Computer Engineering); and William Mischo, Illinois (University Library).

Press Release from the Coordinated Science Laboratory.

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IMLS Grant to Fund Preservation Self-Assessment Program

The University Library will receive a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The Library will partner with the William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum; the McLean County Museum of History; Heritage Preservation, Inc.; the Chicago History Museum; the Illinois Heritage Association; and the Illinois State Library to develop the Preservation Self-Assessment Program, a free computer-based tool that will help library, museum, and archives staff to conduct physical assessment and prioritization of preservation needs for paper-based and photographic materials. This tool will build upon the project director Jennifer Hain Teper‘s previous work developing a similar tool for assessing audio-visual collections, and will produce a detailed preservation report prioritizing collection items in order of preservation need. The tool will be designed to allow interoperation with other emerging software tools such as the open-source Archives Space collections management tool.

Award announcement from IMLS

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Article Selected for Reference Research Review

“Expanding the reference vocabularly: A methodology for applying Bloom’s taxonomy to increase instruction in the reference interview” by David Ward, reference services librarian, was chosen for the Reference Research Review: 2011.  This annual bibliography highlights selected works in the reference literature.  Items published in 2011 were selected and annotated by members of the American Library Association, RUSA/RSS Research & Statistics Committee (2011-2012). Continue reading

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Selected 2011 publications by University Library faculty

Journal publications on library shelfDuring 2011, University Library faculty published over 30 articles.  Among the journals publishing these works are:  The American Archivist, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, Information Technology & Libraries, Journal of Library Metadata, Knowledge Quest, Reference & User Services Quarterly, and Studies in Iconography to name just a few. Continue reading

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