Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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Slides From 2019 HSLI Conference Keynote Address Available

The slides from Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe’s keynote address, “From One Big Deal to Another? Libraries in an Open Access Age”, are available here. The talk covered what one can consider an open access age, whether or not libraries benefit from “Big Deal” agreements with publishers, and what alternatives libraries might have in the future.

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(via Kate Silfen, Boston University)

This is just a reminder that the Medical Library Association is still seeking nominations for recipients of the Research Advancement in Health Sciences Librarianship Award. Honorees will have created and sustained a culture of research that enables and recognizes the research engagement of health sciences librarians whose involvement has contributed significantly to clinical, educational, research, or administrative outcomes in their institutions.

Applications for the award are due by November 1st.  You will the nomination forms and more information about eligibility here:

Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your application! Please feel free to nominate your own institution.

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

(via the Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Students, staff, faculty, library staff and members of the public are welcome to attend this important event on Monday, October 21, from 6 to 7 PM. Every Illinois resident needs to be counted so our state population accurately reflects our needs. If you are worried about confidentiality, are afraid of participating, or want to learn more, please come to this presentation to get your questions answered. Be sure you are counted on April 1, 2020!

The event will be in-person at Joliet Junior College and will stream from other locations. Register on L2. Spanish-language speakers will be available to answer questions. Program flyers and bookmarks are available.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

ILA is seeking contributors for a new pilot program: a member-led blog, the ILA Connecter! We invite you to join us in this collaborative effort in connecting, communicating and engaging across Illinois libraries. We hope that this blog will serve as a medium to not only offer resources and support, but also to foster professional relationships and a sense of community among Illinois library colleagues.

Possible blog topics or themes could include (but are not limited to) conferences and events, historical essays pertaining to the library world, book or other material challenges, programming ideas, information for job seekers, local author interviews, local library staff or trustee interviews, celebration days or weeks, library instruction, social media, mentorship, marketing, networking, MLIS courses/programs, book reviews, privacy & censorship, work/life balance, and more.

The details:

·         Posts should be around 500-1000 words

·         Posts will be reviewed/edited prior to publishing

·         Images are encouraged, but not necessary

·         We ask that regular contributors be able to commit to a minimum of 2 posts per month

If you’re interested, please send the following information to Kendall Harvey at

·         Your name

·         Your title and organization

·         How frequently would you like to contribute? (i.e. once a week, once every two weeks, etc.)

·         Are there any specific topics that you’d like to write about?

·         An author bio, if you’d like

Additionally, if you have any other comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them to us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Read the ILA Connecter here.

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(via Craig Finlay, Indiana University South Bend)

The Scholarly Communication Committee of Academic Libraries of Indiana is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2019 ALI Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the University Library at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are excited to welcome keynote speakers Leslie Chan, Associate Professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and founding signatory of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian and Assistant Professor at the Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and host of the Podcast ©hat (“Copyright Chat”).

To date, this is the only annual conference devoted specifically to the research and practice of Scholarly Communication Librarianship. With a diverse docket of presentations and workshops, this is an excellent opportunity for the librarians at your institution to engage with a vibrant and growing community of practice and research in this field. Please note the student registrations are free. This year will feature a Q&A panel aimed at library students interested in scholarly communication librarianship.

For more information, including a schedule, please go to

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(via IACRL)

Interested in additional opportunities to network with your fellow academic librarians at next week’s Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, while unwinding after a long day of presentations? Don’t miss dinner with colleagues on the evening of Tuesday, October 22, and the pub stroll on the evening of Wednesday, October 23.

From 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, October 22, enjoy a meal and conversation with other Illinois academic librarians at The Alehouse in Tinley Park (9501 West 171st Street in Tinley Park). For more information, including a menu, click here. Need a ride to the restaurant? Meet in the lobby of the Conference hotel, the Holiday Inn Tinley Park, at 6:45 PM. Please note that sign-up is required to attend dinner with colleagues, regardless of how one plans to travel to and from the restaurant. Sign up here to reserve your spot at The Alehouse.

The following evening, Wednesday, October 23, join your fellow Conference attendees on the pub stroll, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Make sure to stop by The Primal Cut Steakhouse, at 17344 South Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park, which the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries is hosting. More information, including a menu, is available here. Need transportation to the pub stroll? A trolley service will run between the Tinley Park Convention Center (meet at the South Lobby entrance) and the Tinley Park Metra station’s parking lot on North Street at Oak Park Avenue. For more information, including a map of the locations on the pub stroll, please see page 58 of the Conference book. No registration is required to attend the pub stroll.

Please direct any questions to Cyndi Robinson, Illinois Library Association Deputy Director, at We hope to see you at these gatherings!

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

The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has released Calls for Applications with performance period for the funding, May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021. Awards include:

*   Research Data Award: Up to $20,000
*   Health Information Outreach Award: Up to $20,000
*   Expert Speaker Award: Up to $2,500

Join us October 23rd from 1:00 to 2:00pm CT for an informational webinar and question session regarding the funding. Register here!

The Greater Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For more information on funding opportunities, and to apply, please visit our funding page. If you have questions please feel free to send an email to<> or call 319-353-4479.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Greater Midwest Region NN/LM, Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Jennifer Sharkey, Illinois State University)

Do you know or could you be the next recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award?

If so, the Distance Learning Section (DLS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) wants to hear from you!

This prestigious award, sponsored by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, honors an ACRL member who has made valuable contributions to the field of distance librarianship. The winner receives:

  • $1,200 to attend the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (June 25-30, 2020)
  • A commemorative plaque presented at an awards luncheon during ALA Annual

Nominees should demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Support for distance learning librarianship and library services (e.g., service to students and faculty, innovation, and/or leadership)
  • Participation in the creation and/or implementation of distance library programs or services of exemplary quality
  • Successful collaboration with faculty in support of information literacy and/or other aspects of library instruction or services for distance students
  • Significant research, publication, and/or presentations in areas related to distance learning librarianship

Submissions are due by December 6, 2019. Self-nominations are welcome.

For more information about this award (including a list of previous winners) and the application form, please visit

Questions? Contact DLS Awards Committee Co-Chairs:

Melissa Atkinson:

Tricia Lantzy:

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI) | No Comments »

(via ACRL)

Academic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. Whether helping researchers meet their funder’s mandates for public access and data sharing, guiding responsible copyright practice, or supporting new types of scholarship and instruction, librarians are leading change across campus and around the world. ACRL empowers our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system with the popular workshop Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.

To emphasize scholarly communication’s critical importance to the profession, ACRL is once again underwriting the cost to bring this workshop to five locations in 2020. This subsidized program is offered using a cost-sharing model where ACRL covers the bulk of the expense for delivering the workshop, leaving a cost of only $2,000 for successful host institutions. The application to host is now available and applications are due Friday, November 15, 2019. See the workshop webpage for full details and FAQs about applying to host the subsidized version of the workshop.


Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director)

Please register for the November 14 CARLI/iSchool Career Fair (registration will close on October 25).

Don’t forget to sign up for the CARLI/iSchool Mixer immediately following

If you have any trouble registering for the Career Fair, please don’t hesitate to contact Michele Plante at the iSchool:

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations, Professional Development | No Comments »