Research

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We're leaders in information research and scholarship

The iSchool is at the forefront of innovation, distinguished by leading academic programs and groundbreaking research. Our researchers enjoy a track record of success, securing grants from some of the nation's most prestigious funders. We collaborate with scholars around the world on interdisciplinary projects, and our vibrant research centers serve as incubators for emerging areas of research.

  • Our faculty and staff are principal investigators or co-investigators on an active portfolio of 60 grants totaling over $18.6 million.

Our work pushes the boundaries of possibility.

iSchool researchers develop progressive information solutions to society's current challenges. Drawing on the resources of the University of Illinois, a preeminent public research university, as well as on collaborations with international scholars and corporate sector partners, our faculty and staff focus on a variety of areas including data science, information retrieval, librarianship, and much more. 

Collaborators in leading-edge research

Our current grants include projects funded by Abbott Nutrition, Google, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Intelligent Medical Objects, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Our research collaborators at the University of Illinois include the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University Library, Research Park, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Our international research collaborators include institutions in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

Research Centers and Partnerships

Our research centers reflect the interdisciplinary nature of our work and provide opportunities for student engagement with real-world impact. Our research partnerships bring together experts to address current challenges in the field, developing creative and forward-thinking solutions.

The Center for Children's Books

Center for Children's Books

Deborah Stevenson, Director

The Center for Children's Books  (CCB) is a crossroads for critical inquiry, professional training, and educational outreach related to youth-focused resources, literature, and librarianship. The CCB supports its mission by providing space, staff, and other support to affiliates; housing collections and other research tools; and sponsoring outreach, scholarly conferences, and instructional activities. Affiliates include School and University faculty and academic staff; The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB); and the School's School Librarian Licensure Program. In partnership with the BCCB, the Center aims to inspire and inform adults who connect young people with resources in person, in print, and online. The Center sponsors activities and hosts interdisciplinary research projects involving both theory and practice. In its dual role as research collection and educational community, the Center has national impact on the future of reading and readers.

Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship

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Bertram Ludäscher, Director

The Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) studies the information lifecycle in the contexts of science and scholarship, contributing to our understanding of how data curation, information modeling, and data analytics can enable scientists and scholars to leverage digital information resources. CIRSS members have expertise in digital preservation, interview methods, information retrieval, data and text mining, knowledge discovery, ubiquitous systems, collaborative systems, socio-technical systems, author disambiguation, persuasive technologies, reading behaviors, information modeling, scientific publishing, institutional repository development, cultural heritage collections, gaming, social networking and digital music retrieval and evaluation.

HathiTrust Research Center

HathiTrust Research Center

J. Stephen Downie, Codirector

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to facilitate nonprofit and educational uses of the HathiTrust Digital Library by enabling computational analysis of public domain works and, on limited terms, in-copyright works from its collection.