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The Compendium
Fall 2015 | Volume 17 | Number 1
In This Issue

A four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help University of Illinois humanities scholars identify digital publishing options and produce new publications that will best disseminate their research.



A collection of nearly 3,000 rare and out-of-print BluRay discs, DVDs, and VHS tapes from the inventory of a local institution will join the already extensive media holdings of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library – where they will be available to patrons from both the campus and community.

“These newly-added materials – primarily local, independent, and international film and television titles – provide invaluable resources for instructors, and have a wide audience off campus, as well,” said Robert Cagle, Library cinema studies and media services specialist.



The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $398,844 to the University of Illinois Library and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science through its Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian at the University Library, is the principal investigator on the project, “Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine the HathiTrust Digital Library Resources.”

“This grant will enable a team of library and information science professionals to advance the use of data mining tools that have the potential to revolutionize digital scholarship practices using the HathiTrust Digital Library. The resulting network of expertise and support for digital humanities research and teaching has the potential to fundamentally change the nature of libraries’ research services,” said Beth Sandore Namachchivaya, associate university librarian for research and co-PI on the project.

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More than 18,000 dissertations produced by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates from the 1950s through 1997 (previously available only on microfilm) are now online via IDEALS. The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship is the digital repository for research and scholarship at Illinois. It preserves and provides persistent and reliable access to the digital scholarship of faculty, staff, and students and aims to provide the greatest dissemination and recognition to these works as possible.

Authors can now opt to make their dissertations publicly accessible; all items in IDEALS are available openly to anyone with access to the World Wide Web.

In addition to completing the dissertations through 1996, the Library is currently processing digital versions of dissertations submitted between 1997 – 2010, with the intent of having them completed this fall.

For more information about IDEALS and to conduct your own search, visit


A time-honored tradition, the Illinois Homecoming parade will start at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, October 23 (weather permitting).

Starting at 5:30 p.m., 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.

A special performance from The Other Guys is scheduled! Hot sandwiches from the Cracked Truck, fall treats and beverages will be served – be sure to RSVP to Krystle Simmons at 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, visit


Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that the Illinois State Library has been selected as a Service Hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). As a Service Hub, the State Library will gather digital collections from around the state for contribution to DPLA. DPLA is a single free virtual library comprised of digitized collections created by libraries, archives and museums across the nation.

The Service Hub responsibilities will be shared by the State Library, the Chicago Public Library, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries of Illinois (CARLI) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.



Antoinette Burton is interim director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) and a professor of History and Gender and Women's Studies at Illinois.

"Our Library is a treasure trove for Victorianists like myself – an archive of 19th-century print culture you can call off the shelf and hold in your hands and feel the texture of the past come alive. Of course I use electronic resources in my teaching and my research, but there is nothing quite like the embodied book for conjuring the dust and sweat of history. I experienced this most recently in the course of assembling a primary source reader I put together on the Victorian wars in Afghanistan (1839 and 1879). Of the 30 selections in the reader, over three quarters came from original texts on our own Library shelves. I have already taught the book in History 100, Introduction to World History, where I routinely regale students with tales of the incredible resources we have access to as a result of many years of state support for the project of building up our Library, which is truly an Illinois state – and national – treasure.  I hope thereby to propel at least a few undergraduates into both the virtual card catalogue and the physical library so that they can experience its untold riches for themselves."

For more information about The First Anglo-Afghan Wars: A Reader, visit

The Library is hoping to improve its 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 can 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


There's a new face at the University Library – specifically the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art. Meet its new head librarian, Melanie Emerson. She brings more than 15 years of experience to the position, including providing reference service, tours, and orientations; managing and coordinating service activities; planning outreach and educational programming; and curating exhibitions.

Emerson was previously at the Art Institute of Chicago for 10 years; there, she was a senior reference librarian before becoming the head of Reader Services within the Institute’s Ryerson & Burnham Libraries. Prior to working in Chicago, Emerson worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library & Archives and the Rochester Hills Public Library in Michigan.

Visit Melanie and her staff in the Ricker Library to access holdings covering the fields of architecture, architectural history, art, art history, museum studies, and art education. 


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