Meet Dan Tracy, Information Sciences and Digital Humanities Librarian

This latest installment of our series of interviews with Scholarly Commons experts and affiliates features Dan Tracy, Information Sciences and Digital Humanities Librarian. What is your background and work experience? I originally come from a humanities background and completed a PhD in literature specializing in 20th century American literature, followed by teaching as a lecturer […]

Meet Helenmary Sheridan, Repository Services Coordinator

This latest installment of our series of interviews with Scholarly Commons experts and affiliates features Helenmary Sheridan, the Repository Services Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. Helenmary manages the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), a digital archive of scholarship produced by researchers, students, and staff at Illinois. […]

Unpaywall Supports Discovery of Open Access Articles

Open access (OA) works are, by definition, freely available on the internet. But in order for these works to be useful, we need an effective way to discover them. Library-based discovery systems generally gather information about a work’s “version of record,” that is, the article as published in a scholarly journal. And as most researchers […]

Topic Modeling and the Future of Ebooks

This semester I’ve had the pleasure of taking a course on Issues in Scholarly Communication with Dr. Maria Bonn at the University of Illinois iSchool. While we’ve touched on a number of fascinating issues in this course, I’ve been particularly interested in JSTOR Labs’ Reimagining the Monograph Project. This project was inspired by the observation […]

JMP Pro Pilot Run at the Scholarly Commons Through March 14

Library patrons have the opportunity to use JMP Pro predictive analytics software through March 14 at the Scholarly Commons. JMP Pro is a sophisticated statistical discover tool from SAS designed for advanced data science. Two Scholarly Commons computers are currently equipped with version 12. To learn more about the software, visit the JMP Pro website […]

Meet Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian

This latest installment in our series of interviews with Scholarly Commons experts and affiliates features Harriett Green, the Library’s English and Digital Humanities Librarian. What is your background education and work experience? I have a bachelor of arts in History and Literature, a master’s degree in humanities/creative writing, and I earned my MSLIS from Illinois. […]

Introducing Mark Zulauf, Coordinator for Researcher Information Systems, University Library Office of Research

This post is the second in our series profiling the expertise housed in the Scholarly Commons and our affiliate units in the University Library. Today we are featuring Mark Zulauf, Coordinator for Researcher Information Systems. Mark joined the library in August. What is your background education and work experience? I got my bachelor’s degree in […]

Running low on Zotero storage? Sync your files through a cloud storage service

I’ve recently returned to using Zotero for collecting, organizing, and citing references after not having used the software for a couple of years. While I was a bit rusty, it only took a couple of days for me to get up and running at my previous level of Zotero expertise (which really wasn’t that high […]

Bowker discusses “The Data Citizen: New Ways of Being in the World”

On Tuesday, September 20th, Geoffrey C. Bowker, professor at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, delivered the second lecture in the Design Dialogues Speakers Series at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Bowker’s talk, titled, “The Data Citizen: New Ways of Being in the World,” discussed […]

Explore coding and other technical skills with free online resources

Computer programming and other technical skills are increasingly in demand, both in academia and the private sector. Fortunately, as these skills have become more central to all sectors and industries, a wide variety of resources for learning these skills have emerged. In this post, we’d like to highlight just a few resources for getting started with programming […]