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Celebrating Faculty Scholarship and Creativity

Research, scholarship, and creative work of all types make up a distinctive component of the educational experience at Illinois Wesleyan as our faculty embody the models of the teacher-scholar and the scholar-practitioner. Each year, we welcome the start of a new term with a celebration of the scholarly and creative work our faculty have recently completed and shared with the academic community through publications, presentations, compositions, performances, and more.

Reflective of the IWU commitment to collaborating with students to conduct research, and mentoring independent undergraduate research projects, we are especially happy to share examples of faculty work completed in collaboration with our students and alumni, including this recent article from the open-access journal, Current Research in Social Psychology, co-authored by Amanda Vicary (Psychology) and Amanda Larsen (’13).

Many of the works displayed at today’s reception will be openly accessible through our institutional repository, Digital Commons. In 2018 alone, readers around the world accessed or downloaded over 300,000 items submitted by IWU faculty, students, and staff. If you have any questions about how to make your work (or the work of IWU students) available through Digital Commons, please contact Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Collections and Scholarly Communications Librarian.

The Faculty Scholarship and Creative Arts Reception is co-sponsored by The Ames Library and the Office of the Provost, and will be held on August 23rd from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on the first floor of The Ames Library.

Librarians Participate in Training for International Study of Teaching with Primary Sources

students studying archives

students studying archives

Earlier this month, IWU librarians Meg Miner and Scott Walter took part in a two-day workshop hosted by Ithaka S&R for institutions participating in the upcoming, international study of teaching with primary sources.

In this study, participating institutions, including IWU, Williams College, Brown University, Dartmouth College, University of Virginia, Indiana University, University of Sheffield (U.K.), Lafayette College, Yale University, and others, will explore how “[teaching] undergraduates with primary sources promotes student engagement and critical thinking skills and is a key ingredient in the current pedagogical push toward ‘inquiry-based’ or ‘research-led’ learning.” Given the history of instructional collaboration among Ames Library faculty and colleagues in academic programs across the curriculum in information literacy instruction, writing-intensive instruction, and service learning, IWU is in an excellent position both to learn from local research set within this global context, and to provide examples of “best practice” to colleagues who will employ the results of this international study to inform their own teaching and learning programs, especially around media literacy, digital literacy, and artifactual (or “primary-source”) literacy.

During Fall 2019, the IWU research team will be conducting interviews with a small number of campus faculty (tenure-system, visiting, or adjunct) who make effective use of, or take innovative approaches to the use of, primary source materials in their teaching. While the focus for the study is in the humanities and social sciences, our team will consider faculty from any department who wish to participate in the study when making our final selection about who to include in the participant pool (according to guidelines provided to all participating institutions by Ithaka).

If you would like to learn more about this study, or to add your name to the list of potential participants in the study currently being reviewed for inclusion, please contact Meg Miner, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. Invitations to participate in this study will be issued in August 2019.

Ames Library’s Stephanie Davis-Kahl Makes Reading List

Earlier this month, Credo profiled “4 Essential Summer Reads for Librarians” on their blog. Second on the list? The Ames Library’s own Scholarly Communications librarian Stephanie Davis-Kahl with her co-edited book Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices. Says Credo:

This edited volume contains over 50 contributions on how academic libraries can plan new services and resources, and collaborate across departments to support new modes of research including the creation of undergraduate journals, managing data services, or organizing undergraduate research conferences. These activities can be considered high-impact practices to support student success and retention as well.

Whether you’re a librarian or an undergraduate research yourself, you’re sure to find this book helpful. To read it, drop by Archives and Special Collections on the 4th Floor and ask for call number Z682.4.C63 U534 2017!

Student Scholarship at IWU Earns Millions of Downloads!

You may have noticed a headline in the October 23rd Campus Weekly reading “Digital Commons @ IWU Exceeds 3 Million Downloads.” Digital Commons is Illinois Wesleyan University’s institutional repository, and it is here that students can deposit faculty- or peer-reviewed research. Additionally, Digital Commons also contains selected works from faculty, staff, and university departments, offices, and programs.

So what kinds of materials are available for download through Digital Commons?

“Student work deemed outstanding will be included in DC@IWU. These include honors theses, work presented at the John Wesley Powell Undergraduate Research Conference, works published in peer-reviewed IWU student journals and outstanding creative works as determined by faculty in a sponsoring department. Acceptable formats include text, images, video and audio files.”

http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/student_guidelines.html

“The DC@IWU accepts a wide range of materials including text, images, video and audio files. Examples of content include, but are not limited to:

  • Articles, pre-prints and post-prints (distribution rights permitting; please see SHERPA/RoMEO for more information
  • Book chapters (distribution rights permitting; please contact publisher for permission. Templates with suggested language for communicating with publishers are available for your convenience.)
  • Audio files
  • Conference papers
  • Dance performances
  • Datasets
  • Faculty course related output
  • Musical scores and composition recordings
  • Poetry and creative writing
  • University produced journals
  • Video files”

http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/faculty_guidelines.html

Student work has comprised much of the 3 million downloads between 2008 and 2017. If you’re interested in making your own research available through Digital Commons, you can find the guidelines for submission here.

A live map of the downloads in real time is located at the bottom of the Digital Commons homepage: http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/. In the past week alone, users from places as far-flung as India, China, Africa, Finland, and Australia have downloaded IWU student research!

Read more about the 3-million download milestone here: https://www.iwu.edu/news/2017/digital-commons-at-iwu-exceeds-3-million-downloads.html

Ames Librarian Stephanie Davis-Kahl Co-Edits New Book

The Ames Library is proud to announce the publication of a new book, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices, co-edited by our very own Scholarly Communications librarian, Stephanie Davis-Kahl.

Published by the American Library Association and available both in print and as an e-book, this new collection explores research as an integral part of undergraduate learning.

“In 25 chapters featuring 60 expert contributors, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian examines how the structures that undergird undergraduate research, such as the library, can become part of the core infrastructure of the undergraduate experience. It explores the strategic new services and cross-departmental collaborations academic libraries are creating to support research: publishing services, such as institutional repositories and undergraduate research journals; data services; copyright services; poster printing and design; specialized space; digital scholarship services; awards; and much more. These programs can be from any discipline, can be interdisciplinary, can be any high-impact format, and can reflect upon an institution’s own history, traditions, and tensions.”

Source: http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=12283

Illinois Wesleyan students will no doubt find the book a vital resource as they undertake original research during their four years on campus. Similarly, faculty overseeing that research will benefit from the book’s detailed case studies. As we’ll mention in an upcoming blog post tomorrow, one of the many advantage of The Ames Library is that outstanding undergraduate research can be deposited with Digital Commons @ IWU. Stay tuned to find out more! In the meantime, Davis-Kahl’s edited collection will soon be available for checkout through Ames, so be sure to keep an eye on our catalog.

 

New access to old sources

internetarchive      READ ALL ABOUT IT! Books on IWU history are now available online!

Faculty Research Grant

The Ames Library sponsors an annual Archives Exploration and Research Award designed to increase faculty awareness of archives and special collections material available on campus; the award is also a means for encouraging integration of this material into faculty members’ coursework and research.

Applications are accepted on the deadline dates for any of the three review periods for ASD and CD grants. Upcoming dates in this academic year are December 7, 2009 and March 22, 2010.

The Faculty Development Committee approved a program description and submission guidelines document and will act as the review authority.

Tate Archives & Special Collections has launched a blog describing collection highlights and offering links to known portions of the collection. Many unexplored corners in the vaults on the 4th floor await! You can subscribe to keep up-to-date with new additions to the Archives & Special Collections blog or you can stop by the 4th floor and ask in person!

Faculty research grant

Effective immediately, the Ames Library is sponsoring an Archives Exploration and Research Award designed to increase faculty awareness of archives and special collections material available on campus and as a means for encouraging integration of this material into their coursework and research.

The Faculty Development Committee approved a program description and submission guidelines document today and will act as the review authority.

Tate Archives & Special Collections has launched a blog describing collection highlights and offering links to known portions of the collection. Many unexplored corners in the vaults on the 4th floor await!

Additionally, the Archives is devoting one page of its blog to photographs that need additional description. As viewers offer leads, photos will be moved into the official photo site for the historical IWU images.

You can subscribe to keep up-to-date with new additions to the Archives & Special Collections blog or you can stop by the 4th floor and ask in person!