January 19, 2022

Publishing Without Walls at University of Illinois: “Digital Publishing Projects Examine Jay-Z’s Music, Edward P. Jones’ Fiction”

From the University of Illinois:

Projects looking at the music of Jay-Z and the impact of place in the short fiction of Edward P. Jones are among the first works from a digital publishing initiative at the University of Illinois. The open-access digital publications incorporate multimedia tools such as interactive visualizations, infographics, maps and video.

The project – Publishing Without Walls, a four-year, $1 million project involving the University Library, the School of Information Sciences, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the department of African American studies and funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant – provides various digital publishing platforms. The scholars’ work is published on the Library’s Illinois Open Publishing Network.


“Contemporary scholarly arguments take many forms. A digital environment gives us the flexibility and tools to be able to support many different approaches to communicating scholarship,” said University Librarian John Wilkin, the project’s principal investigator. “The partnership between the Library and African American studies, through PWW, has created exciting opportunities for the Library to grow its services in support of scholars in sharing their work.”


Two more works are scheduled to be published – an analysis of a Jake Lamar novel about interracial Paris and the experiences of early black expatriate authors, and research on a Langston Hughes book looking at racial attitudes in the Soviet Union and whether that former country’s experience offered useful strategies for fighting racial injustice in the U.S.

Two other works have been published through the PWW project. “iBlack Studies: An Interdisciplinary, Integrative and Interactive Approach,” edited by thomas-houston, is a repository for research relating to black studies, including a new edition of an earlier-published work that included position papers from top black studies scholars and video discussions of strategies for sustaining black studies in the 21st century.

Constructing Solidarities for a Humane Urbanism” documents a 2017 symposium of the Humanities Without Walls initiative of IPRH. The publication by U. of I. urban and regional planning professors Faranak Miraftab and Ken Salo and doctoral students looks at social movements for labor and housing justice in Chicago; Cape Town, South Africa; and Mexico City; and the transnational connections of such movements.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.