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The Compendium
Fall 2016 | Volume 18 | Number 1
In This Issue
New Repository for Data

The University of Illinois now offers Illinois Data Bank, a repository that stores the data of Illinois researchers and provides access to it for other researchers who want to use the data in their own analyses.

The Research Data Service – a new program based at the University Library and designed to help Illinois researchers manage their research data – developed the file-based repository that preserves research data. Illinois Data Bank is available to faculty, staff, and graduate students at Illinois.

Read more on the News Bureau website at  

HTRC Now Offers Text Analysis and Data Mining Access to 14M+ Volumes

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), a research arm of HathiTrust, has expanded the number of books available to scholars for text analysis and data mining. HathiTrust's collection, one of the world's largest digital libraries, includes more than 14 million volumes. 

The HTRC is a cooperative service of Indiana University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and HathiTrust. Read more at  

New IDEA Lab at Grainger

The IDEA Lab on the lower level of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center provides space and technology for collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship at Illinois. The Lab supports a wide range of digital scholarship and design learning activities with the: 

  • Visualization Wall (right)
  • Informatics Labs
  • 3D Printing Lab
  • Presentation Spaces
  • Innovator Design Rooms
  • Collaboration Equipment

Find out more at


Working with the Illinois State Library, the University Library is actively digitizing State of Illinois publications. As part of its broader digitization efforts, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was approached by its partners to contribute published documents of Illinois’ state government for digitization. After identifying approximately 42,000 state documents in its collections, the University Library approached the Illinois State Library for assistance in ensuring that those digitized documents could be made publicly available.

Initially, this project led to the digitization of 14,000 of the publications. Following established procedures at the University of Illinois, the digitized documents are being made available to the general public via the HathiTrust ( with a special collection available at

Following this announcement, the Illinois State Library identified an additional 27,500 titles that it will be routing through the Library as added items to this collection.

Watch the Homecoming Parade with the Library

Friday, October 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Main Library parking lot E3
Sixth Street and Armory Avenue

A time-honored tradition, the Illinois Homecoming parade will start at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, October 28 (weather permitting).

Please join us in the Library Friends tent in the northwest corner of the Main Library parking lot (E3) for a fantastic view of this year’s parade entries – including the Marching Illini – as they turn the corner at Sixth and Armory, right in front of the Library. Entertainment and refreshments will be available. Be sure to RSVP to or (217) 333-5682.

A NOTE ABOUT PARKING: Parking should be available in the Main Library lot, but please note that the lot will be CLOSED for the parade from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. For more information about this year’s Homecoming festivities, please click here.

Get Book Recommendations Through Minrva

James Hahn, orientation services & environments librarian, was awarded a grant from the Campus Research Board for research and development of an intelligent personalized recommendation platform for Library accounts. With the funding, Hahn and a project team added a recommendations module to Minrva, the Library's mobile app. Now, Minrva users are provided with a list of suggested items from the Library collection. These items are recommended based on the user's checked out history and favorited books within the Library's VuFind system. The Android version of the recommendations module is available in the 3.0 release of Minrva available at Minrva 3.0 for iOS devices is expected to be available at the end of October.

What Illinois Faculty are Saying About the Library

John P. Caughlin is a professor in the Department of Communication.

"One thing that is special about our library is that for many people it becomes a key part of what it means to be a member of the scholarly community at Illinois. Just before the semester started, for example, I went to the stacks to retrieve a book I needed for my upcoming class. I took a picture of the elevator showing the quirky half floors, which remind me of something you might see in a fantasy novel. I made this picture the background on my Facebook page, and it got lots of reactions from people—especially alums commenting on how they miss those stacks. I’ve worked at or graduated from other big universities, but none of their libraries can compete with the Illinois Library in terms of its centrality to the sense of place.

I think one reason the Library is so important to the community is people are aware of its history of excellence. It has a world-class collection that was built over generations. It’s not surprising that people often call it a treasure.

But personally, I don’t label the Library a 'treasure' because it sounds like something that gets locked away and guarded, which is not even remotely accurate. In fact, one of the most impressive things about our library is how the Library maintains a massive and historically essential collection while actively serving the ever-changing needs of faculty, students, and staff. From easy access to digital materials to assistance with cutting-edge research, the services provided by the Library are top notch. Indeed, the Library facilitates high-quality scholarship in so many areas that it would be difficult to overstate its impact on the Illinois community."

We would love to hear your thoughts about the role the Library may be playing in your research and teaching. Share your comments with Heather Murphy at With permission, the Library may include your feedback in some of its publications where appropriate. 

Meet Celestina Savonius-Wroth

Celestina Savonius-Wroth joined the faculty at Illinois as the head of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library (HPNL) in 2015. Celestina comes from a family of bibliophiles—her paternal grandfather was a rare books librarian and her parents are antiquarian book dealers. She became a librarian at the onset of the late 20th-century “information revolution,” so she combines pre-digital bibliographic know-how, still indispensable for historians, with digital fluency. She has introduced thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to the arcana of library research. At Illinois, her responsibilities include building and managing the Library’s collections for history, religious studies, history of science, and Jewish Studies, as well as assisting students and researchers in their work, teaching students how to use the Library, and working with the Library’s Preservation Department on large-scale digitization projects. 

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, which is also home to the African American Research Center, serves students and researchers in history, philosophy, religious studies, history of science, African American studies, and Jewish studies. HPNL also serves researchers at Illinois who use “old news,” including the rare original print newspapers held by the Library and an extensive collection of microfilmed and digitized newspapers. HPNL is the Library’s destination for using microfilm, which provides access to collections of primary source materials not easily available in other formats.

Have questions? Need help? Connect with Celestina at


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