HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Lily Todorinova, Rutgers University)

Please consider taking a short (10-15 minute) survey on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic libraries. The purpose of this exploratory study is to gather information on the current effects of the pandemic in relation to a number of broad factors, including services, budget, internal processes, and personnel.

To complete the survey, please go here. The deadline is Thursday, February 25. The study is entirely anonymous and voluntary.

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(via Nancy Gibson, Austin Peay State University)

The ACRL Contemplative Pedagogy Interest Group offers a series of informal online discussions on topics related to contemplative pedagogy in the college or university setting. The next webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 24, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT. The topic will be “Healing Information Disorder”. A description of the webinar’s format and content is below.

Misinformation and disinformation run rampant. “Post-truth” and “post-privacy” are no longer unimaginable concepts. Unprecedented levels of participation enrich our information ecosystem yet also muddy the waters. As information professionals, we are tasked with teaching how to navigate our shifting information landscape; as contemplative pedagogy practitioners, we have the opportunity to teach to heal.

A short presentation will be followed by open discussion for academic librarians to share how we work to heal information disorder. What traditions and practices have helped? What guiding principles and texts support this healing? What kinds of support do we need as teachers? As people? Where do we go from here?

To register, please go here. Direct any questions to Nancy Gibson, at gibsonn@apsu.edu.

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(via Evan Meszaros, Case Western Reserve University)

We invite you to apply for an educational pilot class, “Ethical Considerations of Data: A Curriculum for Health Sciences Librarians”, hosted by NYU Health Sciences Library. This three-session training is oriented towards medical and academic librarians as well as LIS students and will center on ethical frameworks, data collection, and data visualization.

Each session will be 90 minutes long and will take place in late March (see full schedule below). We have 20 spots available for this pilot and require participants to attend all three sessions. To apply, please fill out this application.

Applications are due Tuesday, February 23, and applicants will be notified by February 24, 2021. Participation is free and gift cards of $100 will be given to each participant.

Curriculum Overview:

As librarians and researchers alike encounter new technologies and methodologies for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data, they must also grapple with corresponding ethical issues. In order to assist librarians with these concerns, this class aims to provide an intellectual grounding for the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical issues, including but not limited to ethical problems in data management,  data collection, data visualization. This class focuses on issues that health sciences librarians may face, particularly regarding human subjects and patient data, but it will be generalizable to the larger library community.


Wednesday, March 17
Time: 11:00-12:30 PM CDT

Wednesday, March 24
Time: 11:00-12:30 PM CDT

Wednesday, March 31
Time: 11:00-12:30 PM CDT

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole Contaxis, at nicole.contaxis@nyulangone.org.

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(via Mackenzie Salisbury, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is sponsoring a free two-day online event, Bias Out of the Box. It will take place on Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27. Participants will explore answers to the questions “What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against?” Full details and registration are available here.

In preparation for the event, participants are asked to watch Coded Bias before February 26. Rent a streaming version of the film here, or check with your librarian for access.

The meeting schedule is below.

  • Coded Bias Documentary Discussion: A Conversation with Director and Producer Shalini Kantayya”–Friday, February 26, at 6:30 PM CDT (a link to the event will accompany conference registration).
    • Join us for a conversation with Coded Bias director Shalini Kantayya. The documentary premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately. The film also examines her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.
  • “Algorithmic Activists Panel: A Conversation with Brandi Geurkink + Freddy Martinez”–Sunday, February 27, at 2:00 PM CDT (a link to the event will accompany conference registration)
    • Join us for a conversation with two individuals on the front lines-breaking algorithmic black boxes open and working with organizations to document algorithms and challenge their integrity. Brandi Geurkink is Senior Campaigner at Mozilla Foundation where she leads Mozilla’s advocacy work on countering disinformation and tech platform accountability. Freddy Martinez is the Director of Lucy Parsons Labs, a collaboration between data scientists, transparency activists, artists, & technologists that operates in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area.

This series is made possible by Netizen.org and the John M. Flaxman Library, the Art + Technology Studies department, along with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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(via Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas)

The organizers of the 2021 Open Education Southern Symposium (online July 12-16, Monday-Friday) are seeking proposals that reflect the conference theme of “Open Connections: Regional and Local Community Building for Equity and Sustainability”.

Proposals should fall into one of the following two categories.

  • Presentations: 25 minutes
  • Panel Discussions: 50 minutes

We welcome proposals from faculty/educators, students, librarians, instructional designers, educational technologists, and administrators from all educational institutional levels (K-16) and organizations big and small involved in open education and open pedagogy. We’re hoping to create a program that provides development opportunities for both novices and advanced open education practitioners.

Some proposal topic ideas that might be of interest include the following.

  • Sustainability for OER
  • Open Education and the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Adoption and creation of resources
  • OER Publishing
  • Best Practices and Impact of Open Education
  • Creative Commons, Copyright, and Other Licensing
  • Marketing and Advocacy
  • Open Pedagogy Practices
  • Student Success
  • K-12 Highlights
  • Funding Strategies for Developing OER
  • Instructional Design Strategies for OER
  • Trends & Emerging Ideas
  • OER in Community Colleges
  • Tenure, promotion, and OER
  • OER Community Building
  • Assessment
  • Inclusion and Diversity in Open Education
  • Crowdsourcing OER Project
  • Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, and OER on Campus
  • OER Basics: Tips for New Programs
  • Student Engagement in OER Advocacy
  • Accessibility and OER

OESS is committed to highlighting a variety of voices and experiences. First time presenters are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Submission Details

  • The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 19, at 11:59 CDT. The submission form can be found on our event website, under the “Call for Proposals” page.
  • A preview of the full submission form is available as a PDF.
  • Proposal social media summaries should not exceed 240 characters (spaces included). Social media summaries are shortened abstracts which will fit into a single tweet on Twitter.
  • Proposal abstracts should not exceed 2000 characters or approximately 500 words.
  • All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance the thinking or practice of open education and open pedagogy. Proposal reviewers will use the Open Education Southern Symposium’s 2021 Proposal Reviewing Procedures document to guide their evaluation of submissions.
  • The program committee will deliver decisions to submitters by Monday, April 19.
  • Presenters will be asked to accept or decline the invitation to present by Friday, May 7.
  • All presenters will be required to register for the symposium.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas (sjpierc@uark.edu), or the Open Education Southern Symposium Planning Committee (openedsouthsymposium@gmail.com).

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(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

Registration is now open for the Library Juice Academy online course “Institutional Repository Management and Outreach”. The class has an asynchronous format and will run from Monday, March 1, through Sunday, March 28. The link to registration is here, and additional information is below.

Course Description

University-based institutional repositories (IRs) provide collections and services to campus communities and the public. Their purpose is to disseminate the digital products of research and scholarship on the web and offer a long-term preservation solution for the academy. This class is an introduction to IRs both practically and conceptually. It covers the role of IRs in higher education and libraries and dives into the nuts and bolts of IR administrative responsibilities, including policy writing, online content management, editorial workflows, permissions and access restrictions, and outreach strategies.  Most critically, this course provides a foundational knowledge base or IR managers navigating the complicated world of open access publishing. The main objective of the course is to prepare and equip IR managers with the skills needed in their ongoing digital stewardship work.

Rachel Walton is a Digital Archivist, Records Manager, and Librarian at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. In that role she works to acquire, preserve, and provide access to the institution’s digital assets, including but not limited to, digitized materials related to the history of the college, the published and unpublished work of its faculty and students, and any electronic records that merit long term retention. Rachel also teaches information literacy classes, meets with patrons one-on-one for research consultations, supports courses with archival research components, and co-leads digital humanities projects across campus. Her scholarship centers on website usability, institutional repositories, research data management, and teaching with primary sources.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional synchronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment. The “Register” button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants us to send a billing statement or wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us by e-mail to make arrangements, at inquiries@libraryjuiceacademy.com.

For a full list of the course Library Juice Academy is offering in the near future, please go here.

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(via Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas)

The Open Education Southern Symposium (OESS) planning committee is excited to announce that registration and our call for program proposals for OESS 2021 is now open! This year, the Symposium will be held virtually, on the Whova platform. The event will take place from July 12 to 16 (Monday through Friday), with programming being broken up over the course of the week rather than holding our normal full day-and-a-half event.

The OESS2020’s conference theme is “Open Connections: Regional and Local Community Building for Equity and Sustainability” and will feature keynote Anita Walz, Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for professionals and advocates, both new and experienced, engaged in open education to gather, learn, and share.

The standard registration rate is $35. The student registration rate (limit of 25) is free. This rate is made possible through the support and assistance of the Global Campus, and it is available to only undergraduate and graduate students.

Registration is limited to 450 attendees, total. To register, please go here. The deadline for students is Wednesday, May 12. The last day for standard registration is Saturday, June 12. Direct any registration-related questions to the Planning Committee, at openedsouthsymposium@gmail.com.

Please watch for a separate message with the call for program proposals.

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(via the Network of the National Library of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The Network of the National Library of Medicine invites proposals for a virtual symposium, Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic, on April 8-9 (Thursday-Friday). The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority, and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities, and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to engage with NNLM Network Members to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and share strategies and programs to engage with your community.

Proposals are due on Friday, February 26. Decisions will be made and presenters/panelists will be notified of their acceptance by mid-March. To submit a proposal, please fill out this form.

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(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL Past President)

The ILA Awards Committee is now accepting nominations. Academic librarians are eligible for many of the awards, so please nominate a deserving colleague. Self-nominations are also acceptable.

Awards of note include the following.

  • Librarian of the Year
  • Academic Librarian of the Year
  • Intellectual Freedom Award
  • TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award
  • And more!

ILA has many awards for all types of positions within libraries. The full list of awards, with eligibility and criteria, is available here. The deadline to submit all award nominations is Saturday, May 15. If you have any questions about how to nominate a staff member, please contact Tamara Jenkins, ILA Communication and Engagement Manager, at tjenkins@il.org.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

Call for Contributors: June 2021 Issue of ILA Reporter

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Reporter Advisory Committee is calling for authors for the June 2021 issue. We are seeking the following types of pieces.

  • articles that explore an issue, rather than promoting a particular initiative or program, with examples from more than one library or type of library
  • writing that considers a “how to think about . . .” approach rather than “how to do . . .”
  • submissions from all geographic areas of the state
  • submissions that relate to ILA’s strategic goal area of a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in the profession and the association.

Submission guidelines for the ILA Reporter are available here. If you have any questions regarding submissions OR you have a topic you’d like to see addressed, please contact Alissa T. Henkel, ILA Reporter Advisory Committee Chair, at ahenkel@decaturlibrary.org.

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