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Dear University of Illinois Colleague:

Welcome from the University Library! As a member of the faculty, you have joined a prestigious group of colleagues recognized internationally for excellence in teaching, research, and public engagement.

The beginning of the semester is always busy and often overwhelming. I want to make sure you know about the vast resources offered by the Library. Once a month, you’ll receive a brief message from us with information about how we can help you advance your research and teaching.

First and most importantly, I encourage you to visit the Library’s website. More information about how the Library partners with faculty is online: Information for Instructors and Information for Researchers. Get to know the Library and take a tour of the Main Library or one of the 30 subject libraries, area studies centers, and special collections across campus. We also sponsor the Savvy Researcher workshop series.

The Library plays an integral role in supporting the research and instructional work of the faculty through our rich print and digital collections, the expertise of our librarians, relevant and innovative services, and tools that provide access to electronic and online resources. The Library subscribes to over 55,000 journals and has a collection budget of over $18 million that supports research in all disciplines.

I encourage you to make an appointment with a librarian responsible for collecting and navigating information resources in your area. See the website for a Subjects LibGuide, which lists specialists for more than 70 subjects. For quick assistance getting started, use our Ask a Librarian service.

There are a few items you may want to check out right away. First, Illinois Data Bank is a free data repository designed to allow you to deposit data and make it publicly available. The Library also provides assistance with the writing of data management plans required by grant agencies. See the Research Data Service or your relevant departmental library. Also, you can use the Library’s DocExpress service to request digital copies of articles or chapters from our print collections; DocExpress is FREE for faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Congratulations on your appointment! I wish you well in your position and hope you enjoy the many benefits that our campus and community have to offer. If you have any questions or comments about the Library’s collections and services, please contact me at or 333-0790. I look forward to meeting and talking with you!


John P. Wilkin
Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian