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Via Jeanne Sadlik:

Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Library Maywood, IL

Part-Time Reference Specialist (temporary position)

The Health Sciences Library supports the teaching and learning, research, and patient care information needs of the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division.

This position would:

*             Staff the Library Service Desk to provide directional, print and copy, circulation, and customer service assistance to library guests.

*             Perform mediated literature searches and answers questions from the “Ask A Librarian” online service.

*             Provide reference and research support via onsite, online, chat, and telephone service.

*             Search PubMed to locate and verify citations for inclusion in the Faculty Publications database.

For more information, contact Jeanne Sadlik at


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MLA 2015 Poster Sessions by Illinois Librarians

Illinois librarians gave the following poster sessions at this year’s MLA conference. If I missed anyone, please let me know.

“Community College Library Support for Health Professions”–Debra Smith, College of DuPage

“Database Trial Success through Community Organizing”–JJ Pionke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Developing a Process to Find Alternatives for Cancelled or Discontinued Electronic Resources”–Estelle Hu, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Disciplinary Perceptions of Data and Data Management Practices”–Pamela L. Shaw, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Cunera M. Buys, Northwestern University

“DOCLINE Training: Making the Most of a Collaborative Teaching Model”–Irene Williams, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Expanding Collections with GetItNow”–Gail Y. Hendler, Loyola University Chicago; Jean Gudenas, Loyola University Chicago; Jeanne Sadlik, Loyola University Chicago

“Finding the Gaps; Analysis of a Structured Faculty Outreach Program”–Richard Andrade, University of Chicago; Debra Werner, University of Chicago

“Impactful Visualizations of Bibliographic Metadata in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology”–Karen E. Gutzman, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Kristi L. Holmes, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

“Librarian Knowledge and Skills of Tools for Visualizing, Mining, and Managing Large and Complex Research Data: A Systematic Review”–Anne Woznica, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

“Librarians and Health Literacy: A Scoping Review”–Karen E. Gutzman, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

“Midwest Chapter Poster”–Midwest Chapter of MLA


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Illinois Librarians Presenting at MLA 2015

The following staff members from Illinois libraries are presenting at this year’s Medical Library Association Conference in Austin, Texas. (For those presentations that include presenters not from Illinois, just the Illinois ones are listed.) If I missed anyone, please let me know. I will include the poster sessions in a separate entry.

“A Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Applying Ethnographic Methods in Academic Health Sciences Settings”–Kathryn H. Carpenter, University of Illinois Chicago; Christine D. Frank, Rush University; Gail Y. Hendler, Loyola University Chicago; Connie Poole, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine; Natalie Reed, Midwestern University; Andrea Twiss-Brooks, University of Chicago

“From Talking Dogs to Personalized Medicine: The Weird and Wonderful History of Inheritance and Pharmacogenomics from Pups to People”–Pamela L. Shaw, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

“Put That in Writing: Perspectives from the Editorial Board” (panel discussion)–Paul H. Blobaum, Governors State University (moderator)

“The MLA Research Agenda Systematic Review Project”–Anne Woznica, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

“NExT: Creating an Interprofessional Alliance to Diminish Informational Barriers for Public Health Nurses”–Carmen Howard, University of Illinois at Chicago (Peoria location); Krista Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago (Champaign location); Patricia Eathington, Western Illinois University; Emily M. Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago (Peoria location)

“Powerful Partners Make E-Science and Data Management a Success”–Cunera M. Buys, Northwestern University; Pamela L. Shaw, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

“Encouraging Scholarly Activity: The Role of the Hospital Librarian in the Formation of a Writers Club”–Patricia L. Smith, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

“The View from Here: Kristi Holmes”–Kristi L. Holmes, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

“Innovative Services for Enhancing Library Value” (panel discussion)–Erin E. Kerby, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“When ‘How Hard Can It Be?’ Becomes ‘a Sisyphean Task': Framing a Data-Sharing Platform for Developmental Health Outcomes”–Cunera M. Buys, Northwestern University; Pamela L. Shaw, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

CE200 – “How to Set up a Clinical Librarian Program at Your Institution” (all-day course)–Gail Hendler, Loyola University Chicago (instructor)

CE706 – “Planning, Conducting, and Publishing Library Research” (all-day course)–Jo Dorsch, University of Illinois at Chicago, Peoria location (instructor)

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“Places & Spaces: Mapping Science” Exhibit at Northwestern

Northwestern University’s Galter Health Sciences Library will be hosting the “Places & Spaces: Mapping Science” exhibit from May 14 to September 23, 2015. The exhibit focuses on the role that visual maps can play in increasing one’s understanding of not just physical locations, but also complex topics that are related to modern scientific thought. To that end, the display will feature maps reflecting the latest trends in science mapping and other forms of data visualization. The hope is that both scientists and members of the general public will find the exhibit fascinating and informative.

The public is invited to an opening reception, which will take place on Thursday, May 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. The event will include a speech by Katy Bomer (Exhibit Curator and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University-Bloomington). There will also be a screening of the short film Humanexus, which explores the relationship between the human need for interconnection and the increasing role that technology plays in facilitating those connections.

In addition to the opening reception, there will be various events throughout the exhibit. To see a list of these, click here.

For more information on the exhibit, including instructions on RSVP’ing for the opening reception, click here.

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From the RAILS website:

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks a dynamic librarian to lead the Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria, which supports UIC programs in medicine and nursing, 18 residencies and fellowships, research centers, and the JUMP Simulation & Education Center at the Peoria Health Sciences Campus.  The Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria is one of three regional sites of the Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) headquartered in Chicago.  In addition to providing a range of services and resources for its primary clientele and neighboring communities, the Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria participates in the activities of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region.

The Regional Head Librarian is responsible for all aspects of the management of a user-centered academic health sciences library, with emphasis on information and instructional services, information resources access, user support, collection development, and outreach.  This position will lead an innovative team in integrating technology, online and curriculum-based instruction, and evidence-based practice into liaison and outreach programs. The Head has an active leadership role in UIC programs on the Peoria campus and serves on administrative and curriculum committees.  As a member of the LHS leadership team, the LHS-Peoria Regional Head contributes to planning and strategic direction for the four sites of the Library of the Health Sciences.  LHS department heads play a vital role in the leadership and governance of the UIC University Library.  This is a tenure-system appointment with research and publication expectations.

To see the full posting, click here.

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American Public Health Association Webinars

The American Public Health Association is sponsoring a number of upcoming webinars that are related to raising public awareness of health-related issues, among them changing trends in environmental health and the ongoing impact of the Affordable Care Act. The list of webinars and dates is below. (Note that all times are Eastern.) All of the webinars are free.


“The Power of How: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health”– Tuesday, May 5, 2015  (1:30-2:45 p.m. EDT)


“CDC’s Community Guide: Improving the Science of Built Environment and Public Health for Physical Activity”–Wednesday, May 6, 2015 (2:00 p.m. EDT)


“Population Health in the Context of the Affordable Care Act: The Role and Accountability of Hospitals and Health Systems”–Tuesday, May 12, 2015  (1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT)


“A Public Health Approach to Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention”–Wednesday, May 13, 2015  (2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT)


For more information on the contents of each webinar, and to register, go here.

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Resources for Promoting Health Literacy


For anyone who is not familiar with it, the website has a useful page on health literacy. The page discusses the Health Literate Care Model, a strategy for making health literacy an organization-wide priority that is part of all elements of operations and planning. Following the guidelines in the Care Model, the page recommends a number of strategies for delivering health-related information to patients and others in the most effective manner possible. Among these suggestions are the following.


Using a “universal precautions approach”–all patients should be treated as if they likely will not comprehend health-related information; if a patient does already have some knowledge of the relevant issues and treatment, that can be taken into account (see below)

Designing an effective delivery system–staff who deliver care should play roles tailored to the specific degree of health literacy possessed by individual patients, which will help in delivering information as directly and efficiently as possible

Improving verbal interaction–care providers should state information in plain language, using as little medical jargon as possible, and should always be willing to answer questions from the patient (or, if the patient does not have any, ask if she or he needs to know anything else)

Improving written communication–in cases in which care providers can’t interact with patients face-to-face, it is critical that information conveyed in a written format be easy enough to understand that patients can follow up on any advice or instructions in the material; in some cases, visual images, such as graphics or charts, might be useful in conveying key concepts

Seeking feedback from patients and caregivers–patients (and, when applicable, their caregivers) can provide valuable feedback on not just how information is worded, but what information is conveyed in the first place (i.e., too little information to understand a health issue, or too much information that is irrelevant and merely confuses the patient)

Strengthening community partnerships–doing so makes information as broadly available, and to as many groups, as possible, including those who may not use the organization’s resources on a daily basis, or even be aware of those resources to begin with; this also allows for greater feedback, especially regarding the ways in which information resources can be tailored most effectively for certain groups


To view the page on the Health Literate Care Model, click here. Under each strategy, there is a link to more-specific information for developing and implementing a plan using some of the suggestions and techniques in that particular strategy. (The “Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit”, which can be accessed here, might be an especially-useful starting point for developing a broader, organization-wide strategy for delivering information more effectively.)

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Advocacy Advice from Conference Intern

Nicole Helregel, one of the library-school student interns at last year’s HSLI conference, was featured in an article from the latest edition of AL Direct. (The March 31 issue is available here.) Nicole, who contributes regularly to “Hack Library School”, a blog for MLS students, recently wrote a piece on strategies for reaching out to lawmakers regarding library issues. As she notes, doing so is becoming especially crucial with the release of the proposed federal budget for FY 2016. The budget calls for the elimination of federal funding for the Institute of Museum & Library Services. (I will put together a separate post on the potential impact of the cuts.) ALA President Courtney Young has already released a statement expressing her strong concern over the proposed cuts. The statement can be read here.

Nicole gives the following advice for researching legislative issues and then actually contacting lawmakers to advocate for libraries. (I’ve expanded on some of what she discusses.)

Research the situation—Reading the actual text of a legislation is crucial for determining just what it proposes, since news stories and other sources of information can be vague and, in some cases, inaccurate. In particular, if a proposal affecting libraries is part of a larger piece of legislation, viewing the text can make it more clear just what role library funding plays in that legislation.

Learn what stance other library and information science professionals have taken—It is important to know not just that librarians are supporting or opposing certain legislation, but why. This will help in putting together a uniform message that will make it clear to legislators just what impact proposed legislation would have on libraries and the people they serve.

Use online resources—These range from the national level (the American Library Association has had a Washington Office since 1945, the website of which can be accessed here) to the state and local levels. (The Illinois Library Association’s advocacy page is here.) These resources are useful not just for learning the background on an issue, but determining which legislators should be contacted.

Craft your message—Make certain that the message one sends to elected officials is as short and to the-point as possible, while still making it clear why an issue matters. Legislators can interact with hundreds of constituents on a daily basis; they won’t have time to read or listen to a long appeal, regardless of how well-written or relevant the message may be.

Call the lawmaker—Contacting the person directly ensures that he or she will receive the message. (There is always the possibility that an e-mail or letter will never make it to the lawmaker’s inbox or desk.) Also, that one took the time to call will make one stand out in the politician’s mind and could be the beginning of a long-term relationship. Of course, visiting in person is an even better option, although this may not be as feasible, particularly for meeting with federal lawmakers, except during organized advocacy events such as National Library Legislative Day (which is coming up soon, by the way).

Encourage others to act on the issue—While a positive interaction with a legislator can leave a lasting impression, he or she is unlikely to be moved to vote a certain way simply because of one appeal. (This is probably especially the case for library-related issues, since these matters are relatively low-profile, compared to policy affecting other institutions.) The more people who speak out on an issue, however, the better the chance that a legislator will take notice and perhaps think twice about voting against libraries’ interests, not just on this particular issue, but on future ones, also.

Thank you, Nicole, for taking the time to lay out strategies for advocating on behalf of libraries and the profession as a whole. And, congratulations on having your work featured in AL Direct!

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East Central Illinois Consortium meets

The East Central Illinois Consortium met on February 27, 2015 at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute, Urbana, IL. Members present were Miranda Shake, consortium coordinator, Lakeview College of Nursing, Frances Drone-Silvers, host, Carle Foundation Hospital Library, Scott Drone-Silvers, Lake Land College, JJ Pionke, Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) UIUC, Sarah Isaacs, Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Library, and Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University.

Members shared news from their libraries over tea, coffee and cookies. Discussion items were library budgets, student worker screening and training, and unique library collections.   Both JJ and Sarah’s libraries  have unique  items of interest to HSLI members:

Speech and Hearing Science Assessment Instruments: Standardized Diagnostic Tests at SSHEL
Full instruments available for room use only. Online list below

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Library
Books, journals, and DVDs related to early childhood, parenting, and young children with special needs.


If your consortium has met this year, let us know what you talked about!

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Sometimes massive digitization projects happen and it takes a while to notice. Virginia just tipped off Stacey to the existence of the Medical Heritage Library, Founded in 2010, the MHL has quietly grown on to contain over 76,000 items, 3,000 of which are volumes out-of-copyright historical American medical journals published from 1797 to 1923.

Unlike the Hathi Trust documents that many of us encounter through OCLC or I-SHARE, the Medical Heritage Library is not currently included in WorldCat. The Medicine in the Americas subcollection is included in the National Library of Medicine Digital Collections, but in general, you need to go to the MHL collections on  to experience this material. And I strongly encourage you to do so! If you need  something nifty for a Facebook post, a cool image for an exhibit, or a patron needs a great historical image for a presentation, there is tons of stuff here that will fit the bill. Everything from  18th century textbooks to videos the Marlboro Man is included.



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