Certificate in Science Communication!

Are you a graduate student at the University of Illinois studying the sciences? Are you interested in working with the public and developing your skills in communicating your research to wider audiences?

Introducing the Certificate in Science Communication!

This is a new program offered by the 21st Century Scientists Working Group and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Students can earn this certificate by being an active member of the 21st Century Scientists Working Group, attending science communication conferences, creating a public engagement project and  reflecting on their experiences. Plus this looks like a way to have some of the wonderful things you learn here at Scholarly Commons count towards your diploma.

Learn more at http://21centurysci.com/science-communication-certificate/


Register for Spring 2017 Workshops at CITL!

Exciting news for anyone interested in learning the basics of statistical and qualitative analysis software! Registration is open for workshops to be held throughout spring semester at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning! There will be workshops on ATLAS.ti, R, SAS, Stata, SPSS, and Questionnaire Design on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in February and March from 5:30-7:30 pm. To learn more details and to register click here to go to the workshops offered by CITL page. And if you need a place to use these statistical and qualitative software packages, such as to practice the skills you gained at the workshops stop by Scholarly Commons, Monday-Friday 9 am- 6 pm! And don’t forget, you can also schedule a consultation with our experts here for specific questions about using statistical and qualitative analysis software for your research!

HackCulture: A Hackathon for the Humanities


We live in a data-filled world. Over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day—everything from election polls to Pokémon Go collects and uses big data—and the number of data collecting services around the world only grows. Working with and understanding data is a valuable skill for many students and scholars, from art historians to engineers. That’s why this fall the library is hosting HackCulture: A Hackathon for the Humanities, for students from across disciplines to work together on data-driven projects.

Participants will work in interdisciplinary teams of four to create projects that relate to the Champaign-Urbana community. We hope the final results will be creative, useful, and engaging, but their final form is up to each student group! HackCulture will give participants the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, and showcase their projects to the public. Plus, the members of the winning teach will each earn $1,000. (And they said studying the humanities would never make you money!)

HackCulture will officially start with a Kickoff event on October 1st, from 3:00-5:00 in room 210 in the Illini Union. Groups will have three weeks to work before they present their final projects to the judges on October 22nd, from 3:00-5:00 in room 210.

Students interested in participating who want to build-up their technical chops before the event can attend a Humanities Data Programming Workshop on September 28-29th. This two-day Humanities Data Programming Workshop is meant for the true beginner, and will teach programming skills for working with humanities and social science research data. Sign-ups for the workshops are located at the https://my.library.illinois.edu/data-programming.

For more detailed information about the contest, judging, eligibility, and the application itself, head to the HackCulture homepage. If you have any questions about HackCulture, you can write an email to hackculture@library.illinois.edu, or leave a comment below.

Otherwise, happy hacking, Illini!


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 are still available to provide expertise and consultations in alternate locations. You can set up a consultation through our consultation request form and address any questions to sc@library.illinois.edu.

We look forward to continuing to serve you during this work and throughout the summer!