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The Compendium
Spring 2015 | Volume 16 | Number 2
In This Issue

For 14 years, The Compendium was delivered in printed form to the mailboxes of Urbana campus faculty. Today, in an effort to be more efficient and kinder to the environment, the Library is sending news about its programs and services via e-mail. At this time, The Compendium will be delivered to faculty once each semester.


The Library is now a HathiTrust-designated Proxy and will provide special access to in-copyright materials found within HathiTrust to those on campus with a print disability.

A print disability is one that impedes a person’s ability to access print in the standard way; it can be a visual, learning, physical, or another type of disability.

“The HathiTrust Proxy is very exciting for the University Library. We envision students, faculty, and staff who might have print disabilities, such as dyslexia, needing larger print, not being able to hold a book, as well as other challenges using HathiTrust materials,” said J. J. Pionke, applied health sciences librarian at Illinois. “Having the Proxy allows readers with print disabilities to have access to our materials in a much more user-friendly way.”

The University Library may only provide materials it currently holds or has previously held to eligible patrons. These users will receive a PDF or text file including a cover sheet that clearly indicates the copyright status of the work and the terms of access and use. Text files may be suitable for screen readers or other devices; additionally, readers with print disabilities can enlarge the text in the PDF file they receive.

The Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES) at Illinois also serves as a HathiTrust Proxy on campus and provides text conversion services for those registered with DRES.

Eligible patrons needing to obtain digital copies of books though the Library’s HathiTrust Proxy should send a request to or complete the online form located at

Visit for more information about Library services offered for users with disabilities.

For more information on the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services and text conversion services through DRES, visit


The Research Data Service (RDS) welcomed three new staff members with the addition of Research Programmer Colleen Fallaw in April and Data Curators Elise Dunham and Elizabeth Wickes in May. The team is working to develop a repository for public access to research data and providing the campus with expert guidance on creation and execution of data management plans. For more information, please e-mail or visit


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has joined fellow Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) partner agencies, including the City of Champaign, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD), and the City of Urbana to improve mobility in the core of our community. This $35M project will impact all modes of transportation in critical core areas of the campus.

The Wright & Armory Street Project may be of particular interest to Library users. It involves the busy bus stop just north of the Main Library entrance where pedestrian and bicycle traffic is high. For more information, to learn more about providing feedback, or to sign up for updates on the project, visit the MCORE website at


Dr. Martin D. Burke and his collaborators created an important machine that can build 14 classes of small molecules. Read more about this amazing technology at

The Library is proud to be a key resource for the professor of chemistry and other researchers here at Illinois. Burke says the libraries "have played a critical and highly empowering role in all aspects of my group's research, including our recently reported synthesis machine. Immediate access to a wide array of information is critical to everything we do. In particular, access to an extensive collection of online journals and search engines has been vital."

Scholars and students depend on the vast array of online resources collected and curated by expert librarians and made accessible by the Library. Indeed, its users logged more than 48 million searches on the highest-use databases last year. 

The Library is hoping to improve our communications about the ways in which it supports the work done by faculty and students. Please share your thoughts about the role the Library may be playing in your research and teaching. Any comments you could provide would be appreciated. With your blessing, the Library may include a quote or two in some of our publications, where appropriate. Send your comments to Heather Murphy at


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