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The Compendium
Spring 2016 | Volume 17 | Number 2
In This Issue

A gift from Illinois alumna and Library Friend Carol A. Berthold has established a professorship at Illinois. William H. Mischo, head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, will be the inaugural holder of The Berthold Family Professorship in Information Access and Discovery. Mischo joined the U of I faculty in 1983. He was selected for the fellowship as he has interest, expertise, and academic abilities in creating, directing, and maintaining accessible and searchable digital data platforms for end users. Most recently, the American Association for the Advancement of Science recognized Mischo as a 2015 AAAS Fellow for “research relevant to the development of new digital library technologies.”

“This professorship represents not only a great honor for me personally, but is also a testament to the work of many of my colleagues, both here at Illinois and across the country,” said Mischo. “It also recognizes the important role that the Library plays in the teaching and research mission of the University. The professorship will provide support for the continued development and implementation of enhanced information discovery and access services that will benefit our students and faculty and the information retrieval community in general.”

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The Senate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus approved a University Policy on Open Access to Research Articles. This policy grants the University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise all rights under copyright to the scholarly articles produced by faculty members.

In the policy, the faculty observed that Open Access, by providing the widest possible dissemination for research, enhances benefits to the state, region, and world while also raising the visibility and profile of the researchers at the University. Under the policy, researchers will retain copyright to their work. Work published before adoption of the policy is exempt from it. Further waiver provisions are available for specific articles upon request.

“We in the Library are eager to help the faculty implement this ambitious policy,” said Aaron McCollough, head of scholarly communications and publishing within the Library’s Office of Research. “Many details remain to be clarified and refined, but we are, as ever, proud to be faculty partners, and I'm confident that the Senate's decision will help position the University to increase the impact of its research outputs in ways that will be beneficial for it and the world.”



Illinois Research Connections (IRC), the new searchable web portal that showcases Illinois research expertise, is now publicly available:

IRC currently provides profiles for more than 1,800 STEM and social science faculty and research staff and is populated with more than 101,000 publications and growing, as the database is updated weekly with new publications indexed in the Elsevier Scopus database.

IRC can help:

  • researchers discover and connect with potential collaborators
  • students find mentors
  • members of the media find expert sources in a range of disciplines.

Faculty and researchers are encouraged to review and edit their profiles at this time. FAQs and update instructions are located at

The goal of the Illinois Research Connections portal is to represent the research output of all disciplines on campus.  To achieve this goal, the Library is integrating into the IRC database the publication and creative works information from a variety of sources.  The portal will ultimately grow to include 2,500 faculty and researcher profiles, all in one central location.  In time, grants and patent information will be added to the IRC portal.  The next phase of development this summer and fall will focus on campus outreach and training for faculty and researchers, as well as those who support research across the campus.

IRC is supported by the University Library and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR).


A project of the HathiTrust Research Center – a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Indiana University – will help researchers use a vast amount of digitized text without violating copyright laws. The project is being funded by a two-year, $1.17 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Mathematics Librarian Tim Cole is helping develop tools so scholars can use computational analysis to answer research questions.

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The University Library launched its official Twitter account on March 16, 2016. There are now three social media accounts which represent the Library system at Illinois. Click on the social media icons at the bottom of this e-mail to keep up with the Library on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

For a list of all of the individual departmental library and unit blogs and social media accounts, please visit


A reminder to current RefWorks users. The Library’s subscription which provides free access to this citation management tool will end June 30, 2016. Users will need to move any content they wish to keep to a new citation management tool before this date. There are several different free and fee-based options to explore, and the Library is providing online guides and in-person workshops to help users make the switch to a new tool.


What Illinois Faculty are Saying About the Library

Kevin Hamilton is a professor who holds appointments in the School of Art and Design and the program in Media and Cinema Studies, and serves as Senior Associate Dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

"I think our library is known to all faculty, staff, and students as a leading repository. But I think less know how much intellectual leadership our library provides the world in thinking about who gets access to knowledge, and how and why that access happens. Through the recent Mellon grants and the addition of valuable new staff, the library is on the cusp of making some high-profile interventions into what distribution of scholarship even looks like in the 21st Century."

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

Meet Aaron McCollough
 L. Brian Stauffer

Aaron McCollough is the head of Scholarly Communications and Publishing in the Library's Office of Research. In this area, the Library serves as a partner with researchers in scholarly communications, publishing, copyright, and research analytics endeavors.

Aaron was previously at the University of Michigan Library where he served as the editorial director of the University of Michigan Press. Prior to this, he held positions at U of M as an English Language and Literature Subject Specialist and the Text Creation Partnership Project Outreach Librarian.  

Have questions about scholarly communications? Need help? Connect with Aaron at


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