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Spring 2020 | Volume 21 | Number 2
In This Issue
Note from the Dean
John P. Wilkin
 Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Greetings to all of you, and I hope you’re safe and thriving wherever you are. The response to COVID-19 has affected everyone’s work, and so I wanted to share a few thoughts about the role of the Library.

Our focus has been on doing what we can to support effective and uninterrupted instruction and research while at the same time keeping Library employees safe and healthy. Doing that work is made easier by an abundance of licensed online resources. I know you won’t be surprised that most of our current collection purchases—more than 75%—are delivered online. In order to ensure that these resources are available to you, we have devoted extra attention to the capacity of the systems that connect you to those online resources. Similarly, we have organized our services to meet increased demand for virtual reference. However, we have one of the richest print collections in the country, and because print is needed for many instructional or research needs, we have given thoughtful attention to ways that we can safely satisfy needs for essential print books and journals. Find more information below about services such as scanning and online delivery of print materials, as well as borrowing print where we are not able to provide access to an electronic version.

Our team in the Library has given careful attention to ways that we can offer these services while protecting our employees. We will continue to respond to needs that arise, and I want to assure you all that we will do what we can to ensure your success during these unusual circumstances. This issue of Compendium spotlights library services that will help ensure Illinois remains a vital and effective university.

Electronic Resources Expanded in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the past few weeks, libraries nationwide confronted the challenge to extend services to an online environment. At Illinois, the University Library was well-positioned to meet this challenge. 

The Library offers a guide that includes a list of publishers offering increased access to e-resources for the U of I community during the COVID-19 pandemic. That guide is found at guides.library.illinois.edu/expandedaccesscovid19

In partnering with other libraries and publishers, Illinois has expanded its offerings significantly: 

  • The HathiTrust 
  • Cambridge University Press Ebooks
  • ProQuest Academic Video Online

For more information, visit www.library.illinois.edu/news/university-library-expands-electronic-resources/.

Library's Gregory Knott Appointed as U of I Secretary

Greg Knott, who served as an assistant dean for business operations at the University Library for more than six years, has been appointed the ninth secretary of the Board of Trustees and the university. This is a great honor and opportunity for Greg. The Library wishes him well as he starts this new chapter. Read more at go.library.illinois.edu/BOTsecretary.

Marek Sroka Named Andrew S. G. Turyn Endowed Professor

The University Library has named Central European Studies Librarian Marek Sroka for the Andrew S. G. Turyn Endowed Professorship. Sroka holds this honor as of August 16, 2019, continuing for five years. He was honored at an investiture on February 14, 2020.

Professor Marek Sroka joined the Library faculty in 1996 and was granted tenure in 2003. Over the years, he has worked in different capacities in the Slavic and East European Library; English Library; History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library; International and Area Studies Library; and Literatures and Languages Library.      

Sroka’s previous and current research has focused on library and cultural history, including war losses of Polish and German libraries, Jewish libraries, recovery of displaced library collections, and post-World War II rehabilitation of Polish libraries in the context of Polish-American and Polish-British cultural relations. 

The Andrew S. G. Turyn Endowed Professorship was established through a generous gift from the estate of former librarian and longtime Library Friend Andrew S. G. Turyn (B.S. ‘52, M.S. ‘62). The professorship enhances the Library’s services, programs, and reputation by recognizing and fostering significant research contributions of Library faculty.

What Illinois Faculty are Saying About the Library

Kristin Hoganson is the Stanley S. Stroup Professor of United States History and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the History Department at Illinois.

"The University Library is the bedrock upon which all my teaching and research rests. Its presence in my day-to-day work life has been so constant and reliable that I must confess I have taken it for granted, as a prime perk of my employment at UIUC. Then came the COVID-19 shutdown and the shock that print materials could no longer be checked out. The Library’s online collection—especially its journal articles and newspaper databases—kept me afloat.  History Librarian Celestina Savonius-Wroth and her colleagues quickly scrambled to make more e-materials available and expand virtual reference services. The recent news that we may be able to pick up essential books by appointment has been a psychological lifeline, even though I am holding back on ordering anything. This is a cardiological precaution, stemming from the recognition that at the heart of the Library are the librarians who make the whole enterprise tick. Without them, the Library is just a building that happens to hold books."

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 hmurphy@illinois.edu

Meet Janis Shearer

Janis Shearer joined the University Library on August 16, 2019, becoming the new Public Services and Engagement Librarian of its Life Sciences Division. Janis is coordinating and expanding the Division’s outreach and engagement activities, including social media and the Division’s annual panel presentation. She is also the liaison to two units in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES): the University of Illinois Extension and the Agricultural Communications program. Related to her agricultural communications liaison work, Janis manages the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC), which is affiliated with the ACES Agricultural Communications program.

Janis recently graduated from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a Master of Library and Information Science degree. She also has a Master of Agriculture degree in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University.

Have questions? Need help? Connect with Janis Shearer at the Funk ACES Library at jshearer@illinois.edu

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