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Digital Scholarly Publishing Workshop with PWW

Event Type
Publishing Without Walls
IPRH Seminar Room, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL)
Oct 21, 2017   8:30 am - 5:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

On October 21 Publishing Without Walls is conducting a one-day digital scholarly publishing workshop for members of the University of Illinois community and the Humanities Without Walls consortium. Conceived as a digital makerspace meets writers’ workshop, this event is geared toward scholars and advanced level graduate students who are interested in digital options for publishing their scholarship.


If you... 

  • Are curious about digital scholarly publishing generally;
  • Have an idea for a digital project but don’t know where to start;
  • Have used a digital publishing platform in the past but want to learn a new tool; or
  • Are aware of different digital publishing options but have no hands-on experience...


… then this is the place to get started.


What you will learn:

  • The basic functions of:
    • Omeka
    • Scalar
    • Pressbooks
    • Open Journal System
  • The affordances and limitations of each tool
  • How to assess each tool’s fit for different scholarly purposes
  • How to leverage basic publishing platforms to advance your own projects


Please note that this is a hands-on workshop. Please plan to bring a laptop.  If you are not able to bring a laptop, contact Megan Senseney ( to make alternate arrangements.


Register at: event is free and open to all scholars affiliated with the University of Illinois or institutions within the Humanities Without Walls consortium. Registration is required to prepare login credentials for participants in advance of the workshop.


Prerequisites:  We assume scholars have identified digital materials that they want to work with (text, photographs, audio-visual materials, etc.) and are comfortable working online with browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari.  No prior experience with digital publishing tools is necessary, as this workshop is geared toward those just getting started in digital scholarly publishing.  Content and discussions may be of interest to scholars with some intermediate experience with one or more tools, but the material may be too basic for scholars who have successfully completed projects using these (or similar) tools in the past.




Megan Senseney is a Research Scientist at the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  She is also the Humanities Without Walls Outreach Coordinator for the Publishing Without Walls project.  


Maria Bonn is Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. She  is working with the outreach and education team for Publishing Without Walls and is the lead investigator on PWW's research and evaluation efforts. 


Janet Swatscheno is Digital Publishing Specialist, University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the Publications working group for the Publishing Without Walls project. 


The University of Illinois Library is leading the PWW initiative in partnership with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the African American Studies Department. PWW is generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  For more information about our project, please visit: To receive information about forthcoming publications, future workshops, and project activities, sign up for our mailing list.

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