The Scholarly Commons Has a New Website!

After months of work, we are excited to present our new website:! We hope our new website is easy to navigate and useful to students and researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and beyond. We would like to invite you to take a look around the website and to let us know […]

Interested in deep statistical methods training? Webinar on Monday!

For researchers who haven’t gotten the statistical knowledge they need from coursework, the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is preparing its 2017 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.  Intensive statistical methods courses last for four or eight weeks, with a few week long workshops. On Monday, January 30th at 1:00pm […]

Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates! DEADLINES COMING VERY SOON!

Are you a high achieving undergraduate interested in spending a summer conducting research under a faculty mentor and preparing for graduate school? Here are three places where you can find opportunities that you should apply for ASAP as deadlines are coming up soon: 1.Big Ten Summer Research Opportunities Program DUE FEBRUARY 10! Must be an […]

Event: “The Data Citizen: New Ways of Being in the World” Lecture by Geoffrey C. Bowker

Who: Professor Geoffrey C. Bowker of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and director of the Values in Design Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine. Bowker also co-directs the NSF-funded Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society, and was once a faculty member at the UIUC I-School. What: A lecture in the […]

Floor Replacement Project Continues August 8th and 9th

The floor replacement project continues. The Scholarly Commons will be closed Monday August 8th and Tuesday the 9th due to floor replacement outside of our space.  We will reopen on Wednesday the 10th at 1 pm. If you would like a consultation, during this time, please feel free to contact us by email or consultation […]

Travel Funds Available for Open Access Conference — OpenCon 2016

Dear Students and Earlier Career Researchers– As you likely already know, the last academic year saw the passage of a Open Access policy here at the University of Illinois [more info]. Are you interested in the broader national and international conversations regarding open access to research and research data? Would you like an opportunity to […]

Scholarly Commons Space Closed 6/14 Due to Library Renovations

The Scholarly Commons space will be inaccessible on Tuesday, June 14 due to this summer’s renovation project at the Main Library. It is possible that this closure may extend to Wednesday, June 15. For the most up to date information, you can call the Main Library at 217-333-2290. Although our regular space will be inaccessible we […]

Floor Replacement Scheduled for July 25 through July 29

A few of the library’s facilities will undergo renovations this summer which may result in brief closures of—and disruptions within—some departmental libraries and units. Those planning on visiting the Main Library or Undergraduate Library, and any individual spaces within these buildings, are encouraged to contact departmental libraries and units before their visit to make sure […]

Creating the Semantic Web for Visual Cultural Heritage Digital Humanities, Arkyves, and Iconclass

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Organizer: Mara R. Wade, Germanic Languages & Literatures Event Dates: April 8-9, 2016 Please join us for three events that feature Hans Brandhorst, editor of Iconclass ( and founder of Arkyves (, a reference database for the history of culture. Arkyves is a collection of collections […]