McGraw Hill offers discount for HSLI members

McGraw Hill is proud to be one of the world’s leading Medical Education publishers and take pride in supporting our local organizations. One way we would like to extend our support is by offering the following discounts to all HSLI members between now and December 15, 2014.


  • We will offer a 10% discount to all first time McGraw Hill Medical subscribers (please see list below for all applicable databases).
  • If members are currently subscribing to any of our Access resources and would like to purchase/subscribe to an additional applicable database we will offer 25% off of any new subscriptions.
  • For those members who currently subscribe to a licensed Access Medicine subscription and would like to add Clinical Access to your digital collection, we will offer you 30% off of Clinical Access.
  • We are offering 35% off our eBook collections See ebook collections.

Thanks for your consideration, I look forward to working with you and the HSLI organization, and if you have any questions my contact information is listed below.   Also, I look forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming HSLI conference on November 13-14, 2014 in Champaign, IL.



*(Clinical Access is only available to new and current Access Medicine subscribers)*

Toya Moore

Regional Account Manager – Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan)

McGraw-Hill Professional

Phone (312) 882-1549

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New Group HSLI Purchase Offer for Hospital and Academic Libraries for R2 Digital Library


22% discount off one R2 Digital Library order placed August 1st through September 30th, 2014. Place your order at during your R2 Trial.


Developed by Rittenhouse Book Distributors, the R2 Digital Library is a web-based eBook platform offering fully-integrated and searchable medical, nursing, and allied health source eBook content from 60 key health science publishers. Content is available from publishers such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Elsevier, Delmar Cengage Learning, The American Academy of Pediatrics, FA Davis and many more.

R2 Digital Library includes features like customized saved searches, images, references and bookmarks, A–Z Drug Index, and an A–Z Topic Index. eBook content may be browsed by category, discipline, or title, and users can perform searches across the entire platform, finding information on a topic in just two clicks.


Libraries will place their orders for R2 content direct with Rittenhouse, with an included 10% HSLI member discount. Annual maintenance fee is waived for the first year. Starting in year two, the $1,200 maintenance fee will be reduced substantially to $400.  Free, 30-day trials and online demonstrations of R2 Library are available. Note a 22% discount will be applied towards your first purchase until September 30th.

Email Note: Making R2 ebook purchases during the trial period will immediately convert your library to an official R2 customer.


Other Service Details

  • 5,000 resources available from 60 STM publishers on the platform
  • eBooks are purchased individually; no bundled purchases are required
  • All eBooks are purchased for the life of the edition – no annual subscription fee
  • Mediated Patron Driven Acquisition Model Available
  • When new editions are available, old editions are archived and the new edition can be purchased
  • One copy, one user purchase model. Purchase only as many copies as you need.
  • No maintenance fee during your first year of access. HSLI discount applies in subsequent years
  • Learn more at R2′s FAQ page

To Order or See Demonstration:


To get started with the R2 Digital Library, contact Connie Aschinger at or 800-345-6425 ext 338.

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Value Study as a Tool for Library Advocacy Webinar

The Value Study as a Tool for Library Advocacy, a presentation of the results of the Value Study and discuss how results are being used by librarians across the country.


Joanne Gard Marshall, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Julia Sollenberger, Associate Vice President and Director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center

Date / Time: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

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Enhanced “Library Jobs” Page at the HSLI Newsletter

The “Library Jobs” page at the HSLI Newsletter site has been enhanced with added links and division of the links into two lists, “General Job Boards” and “Specialized Job Boards from Professional Organizations and Services for Librarians”.

To see the page, click on on the “Library Jobs” tab at the top of the home page for the HSLI Newsletter.


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HSLI Board Meeting August 7

The HSLI Board will meet on Thursday, August 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn.  The preliminary agenda is as follows:

Review of Agenda

Approval of Fall 2013 Board Minutes

President’s Report                          Stacey Knight-Davis

Treasurer’s Report                          Dianne Olson

President Elect’s Report                Daneen Richardson



Archives Committee          Miranda Shake

Bylaws committee              Jeanne Sadlik – written report

Conference 2013 Committee   Roy Jones

Conference 2014                 Stacey Knight-Davis

Consortia Purchases

Legislative Committee      Michael Wold/Eric Edwards

Listserv Committee            Linda Feinberg

Marketing Committee

Membership Committee           Roy Jones

Midwest Chapter/MLA Liaison                Daneen Richardson

Newsletter Committee    Beth Robb/Joyce Pallinger

Proposal to add additional contributors

Nominating Committee   Molly Horio

Regional Advisory Committee                 – RAC has not met, no report

Starfish Thrower Award Committee

Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Committee

Website Committee          Stacey Knight-Davis


Old Business                        Jira Scholarship endowment

New Business                      R2 Digital Library Offer

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Submit Nominations for the 2014 Starfish Thrower Award

Do you know someone who has made an important contribution of time and/or talent to our organization? Would you like to recognize a fellow member for their participation in HSLI?  Nominate them for the  2014 Starfish-Thrower Award!

This award is based on the story of the child who “makes a difference” by throwing stranded star fish back into the ocean one at a time. Thus, the award recognizes the efforts and contributions of an individual HSLI member toward the good of the organization.

If you would like to nominate a colleague for the award, please download the Star-Thrower Award nomination form from the HSLI website at

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Blessing Health Professions Library Receives Grant

The library has received a “Back to Books” grant which has allowed us to purchase 25 current medical textbooks for circulation and interlibrary loan. We chose only titles with a 2013, 2014, 2015 imprint. These textbooks are usually held on reserve. This collection was purchase for the distinct purpose of being available to libraries who would not normally have access to the texts. The grant allows us to study print usage by our physicians and others around the state by collecting circulation and interlibrary loan data over a six month period. The collection is in OCLC or libraries may request the title list. Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

A gallery of cover images for the 25 titles purchased with grant funds is available at


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Update on Illinois HB3796 (affecting Freedom of Information Act)

Illinois House Bill 3796, which opponents argue would have severely restricted access to Freedom of Information Act-protected information, was vetoed by Governor Quinn on June 27.  The bill had passed both houses of the General Assembly by an large margin (49-1 in the House, 77-36 in the Senate).

The purpose of the legislation, according to its supporters, is to assist municipalities in handling large numbers of FOIA requests for information on government proceedings.  The bill would limit the number of documents that individuals may request at one time, and it would also allow government bodies to take more time in responding to requests.  The restrictions would fall on primarily the general public, as there would be exemptions for members of non-profit, academic, or scientific organizations.

A number of groups, among them the Better Government Association, have lobbied against the bill.  The main concern raised by opponents, beyond just the restrictions on access to information, is that, by limiting public access to records of government proceedings, government transparency could be limited.  Of particular concern is that the legislation would create a separate category of requests titled “Voluminous Requests”, the definition of which could become so vague that virtually any number of requests being deemed as “large” could be placed into the category.  This would be on top of several FOIA provisions that already restrict access.

The restrictions on government transparency should be of particular concern to libraries.  It is especially crucial in these times, with budgets being enacted or at least discussed, that library staff members, and the public as a whole, have access to much information as possible on government proceedings.  As funding decisions affecting public libraries, in particular, are made at the municipal level, transparency in those proceedings is even more crucial.

Since the bill passed both houses of the General Assembly by a wide margin, it is technically “veto-proof”, meaning that legislators can decide to hold another vote, to override the Governor’s veto.  This is a situation that definitely bears monitoring.

Here is the link to the legislation on the ILGA website:

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General Assembly spring session overview

The Illinois General Assembly just concluded its Spring 2014 session.  A number of pieces of legislation affecting libraries, especially in terms of funding, were on the schedule.  Among them were the following:

House Bill 3793–funds capital appropriations for projects at specific libraries

House Bill 3796–amends the Freedom of Information Act to allow individuals requesting large amounts of information from a public body to receive that information more quickly

House Bill 4207–imposes restrictions on cyberbullying (ILA opposes because of possibility for censorship of online comments by students in almost any forum)

House Bill 6095–provides grant appropriations for libraries, based on Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s recommended funding levels

Senate Bill 1941–creates the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act, which standardizes the format of legal material that is made available online, including ensuring that the materials are as complete as possible and that an electronic version can be preserved

Senate Bill 3071–amends the Illinois Local Library Act and the Public Library Act of 1991, to allow for libraries not to have to accept the lowest bid for a project, if the overall cost of the project is greater than $20,000 and the bid amount wouldn’t meet the library’s requirements for providing quality services All of these bills were passed by both houses, but the legislation still awaits the Governor’s approval.

Also, at this point, the formal state budget is still a work in progress.  The General Assembly has approved a $35.7 billion operating budget.  As the funding levels stand now, however, at least $2 billion in funding originally slated for FY 2015 will be pushed ahead to future fiscal years.  Even with that funding not included in the current version of the budget, there will still be almost $200 million in cuts to such health-related issues as home services, child care, and programs for the elderly.

For more information on the ILGA’s activities during the Spring 2014 session, please check out this story in the ILA newsletter.

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Legislative alert–Illinois HB4207 (cyberbullying)

Please take note of Illinois House Bill 4207, which amends the Illinois School Code to cover cyberbullying to a greater extent than it already does.  Specifically, the legislation would modify the “Bullying prevention” provision of the school code.  Under the changes, bullying via computers, or other electronic devices, at a function that is not school-related would fall under cyberbullying, even if the devices themselves are not owned by the school district.  (Under the current version of the school code, the bullying must be done via a school computer or electronic network.)  The legislation would not actually require school staff to monitor the use of electronic devices for cyberbullying; staff would simply have to respond if they received a complaint.  Here is a link to the Illinois General Assembly’s page on the bill.  The legislation passed the House on April 10 and is currently in the Education Committee in the Senate.

The link to the Illinois Library Association’s alert is here (first article, “Great Intentions, Wrong Legislation, Call Your Illinois General Assembly Senator Now!”).  As the ILA notes, the major concern regarding this legislation is that the proposed addition to the school code overextends what counts as cyberbullying.  If the changes went into effect, virtually any kind of electronic communication could be considered bullying, even if the communicating doesn’t occur on school grounds or via school equipment.  Although, as mentioned above, school staff would not have to track device use for cyberbullying, staff members would still have to respond to any complaint of possible cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying has been a legislative issue not just in Illinois, but across the country.  This government website gives a state-by-state breakdown of current cyberbullying laws, and it also has an overview of cyberbullying policies at the federal level.  Many states already have both legislation (state laws and statutes, including school codes) and policies (guidelines for school districts to follow) that cover bullying.  Illinois is one of those states that has only legislation.  Specific policies drafted by school districts, however, would provide clearer guidelines than would the proposed legislation, which, as noted before, is too broad.  As the site also details, there is currently no federal legislation dealing specifically with cyberbullying, although related legislation covering harassment and discrimination may apply to some cyberbullying scenarios.  Among legislation in the current U.S. Congress, House Resolution 2585 (H.R.2585) would establish school programs intended for preventing cyberbullying, among other types of bullying and harassment.  No action has been taken on the legislation since July of last year.

While cyberbullying is primarily a school problem (and so that is the focus of legislation in Illinois and nationally), it is also an issue in the workplace, and so attempts to curb it will likely affect the approach that hospitals and libraries take with their employees.  Additionally, legislative efforts to curb cyberbullying need to take into account the prevention and treatment programs that many medical organizations already have in place.  Another issue, specifically related to libraries (and reflected in Illinois HB4207′s approach to schools), is whether or not a library would be responsible if the cyberbullying happened via the library’s computers, or even via a personal computer that is using the library’s Wi-Fi.  Also, with more libraries allowing patrons to check out electronic devices, such as e-readers, there is also the question of whether libraries could be held liable for harassment carried out via the devices but that doesn’t take place on library premises.

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