Chicago Research Summit

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

September 20, 2019
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by Matt Ostercamp, North Park University

The Chicago region is a great laboratory for learning. Its diverse population, complex economy, world-class cultural institutions, and natural setting are all ripe with possibilities for academic exploration. The aim of the Chicago Research Summit is to promote Chicago-based pedagogy and research for undergraduate students. The Summit will bring together librarians, teaching faculty, and community members to discuss how we can help students connect what they are learning in the classroom with what is happening in our city.

One goal of the Summit is to provide an opportunity to learn about sources of information about Chicago that we can make available to our patrons. A second goal is to create a conversation between librarians and teaching faculty about how to design research prompts that are appropriate for undergraduates and connected to the issues facing the communities in which we live. We think that the time is right to rethink what undergraduate research can look like, and doing that successfully will require collaboration.

The Chicago Research Summit will be held on October 18, 2019 on the campus of North Park University. For more information, including the full program, or to register, please visit

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