Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

Legislative Update, 12/7/2016


Rep. Tom Price will be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under president-elect Donald Trump. Like Trump, Price has been critical of the Affordable Care Act. Price also favors changes to Medicaid and Medicare. While he made no direct comments regarding policy following his secretarial appointment, Price supports Medicaid being converted into block grants allocated to states, a model favored by many House Republicans. Like fellow Republicans, Price is interested in converting Medicare into a “defined contribution” plan, rather than the current “defined benefit” model.

Trump appointed Seema Verma to oversee the HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma is a health-care consultant and worked on restructuring Medicaid in Indiana under Governor Mike Pence.

Read more in the Washington Post.


As we all know, the budget continues to be the biggest legislative issue facing Illinois.  For an interesting look at the real people being affected by the crisis, Kartemquin Films has teamed up with In These Times to create a documentary web series called “Stranded by the State” and available on YouTube.  The first 3 episodes are available now at

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The NASIG (formerly, North American Serials Interest Group, Inc.) 32nd Annual Conference, themed “Racing to the Crossroads”, will take place from Thursday, June 8, to Sunday, June 11, in Indianapolis, IN. Publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the fields of electronic resources and serials are encouraged to submit proposals relating to scholarly communication, publishing, resource acquisition, management, and discovery. Proposals based on emerging trends, case studies, and descriptive and experimental research findings are encouraged.  Proposals reflecting the conference theme will be especially valued.

As we have in recent years, the PPC specifically welcomes programs focusing on the Core Competencies that the NASIG Core Competency Task Force developed for electronic resources librarians. Please refer to the Core Competencies.

Program topics inspired by the Core Competencies may include the following.

  • electronic resource life cycle and management
  • collection analysis and development
  • standards and systems of cataloging and classification, metadata, and indexing
  • technology and providing access to electronic resources
  • licensing and legal framework
  • standards, initiatives, and best practices
  • scholarly communication
  • life cycle of print serials
  • workflow of print resources
  • effective communication with those within and without the library community
  • supervision and management of staff in electronic, and print, serials departments
  • personal qualities of electronic, or print, serials resources librarians
  • management of projects related to electronic or print resources

Please use the online form to submit a proposal or program or idea. This call for proposals will close on Tuesday, December 13. For more information, please e-mail

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(via Dr. Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and the American Library Association invite you to the Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers Summit on Monday, February 17, in Chicago.  At the meeting, we will learn from, and with, U.S. and international librarians, international and national governmental agencies, and domestic resettlement and social services. Attendees will discuss the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers, in addition to the library services needed to support and empower them in their resettlement and integration process.  The information will be used to identify priorities and gaps, develop recommendations, and formulate an action plan for library services to refugees and asylum seekers.

For more background on the Summit itself and Project Welcome, which is a one-year IMLS-funded planning grant (May, 201 6 – April, 2017), go here. You are also invited to participate by presenting a poster.  Please read the call for posters below.

Call for Posters

 Are you delivering innovative and successful library-based programs or services for refugees and asylum seekers?  Have you conducted research on the library and information needs of refugees and asylum seekers? You are invited to submit a poster proposal to present and share your best practices or research with attendees at the Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers Summit, on February 6.  All poster presenters need to register for the Summit.

Please complete the online application form by Wednesday, December 14. For more information, contact Dr. Clara Chu, at


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(via Debbie Campbell, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois)

Think your library instruction program may need to change in response to changes at your institution? The CARLI Instruction Committee wants to help!

Our theme for this year is “Evolving Library Instruction: Negotiating Change in Uncertain Times”. Because of current trends and challenges in higher education, libraries are changing the way they do things, so that they can continue to provide quality service and meaningful instruction with different or fewer resources. We are planning a series of free webinars from librarians in the region who are taking bold steps into a new world.

We’ll kick off the year with “Scaling Up: Rebuilding An Instruction Program With Limited Resources”. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CST. To register, click here. A brief description is below.

National Louis University’s Library & Learning Support (LLS) unit has experienced significant changes over the past few years. Shifting trends in higher education, new university programs, a department reorganization, and university-wide resizing all continue to impact a variety of library services. In this webinar, NLU librarians discuss their plan to rebuild their instruction program, focusing on targeted outreach efforts and curriculum-embedded information literacy instruction that allows LLS to maximize student impact, even in a time of limited resources.

Send any questions to

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(via Molly Olmstead, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

We Were at RSNA!
Jacqueline, Derek, and Liz traveled to Chicago for the Radiological Society of North America conference, where they offered PubMed consultations and one-on-one instruction. Check out our Facebook to see photos from the exhibit booth.

Year Two Awards are Under Development
The GMR is currently working to develop awards for the 2017-2018 funding year, which will become available on our website in early March, 2017. If you have ideas or suggestions, we’d love to hear your feedback, at

GMR: The First Six Months
An article about the new GMR office’s first six months of operations is posted to the University of Iowa Libraries’ blog. Check it out to read about everything the GMR has done since the new office was established in April, 2016.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

Galter Library will be hosting a group viewing of the MLA webcast Beyond Systematic: The Librarian’s Role in Shaping Reviews next Wednesday, December 7 from 1:00-2:30pm.

More information including a link to register can be found here:

This should be a good be an interesting program whether or not you are currently involved in systematic review work. Hope some of you can attend.


If you have any questions about the host site, please contact Mark Berendsen <>.

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Recording of November 21 GMR Update Available

(via Molly Olmstead, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

Here is a YouTube recording of our most recent GMR Update, which was presented on November 21, 2016. Below is an annotated list of topics covered in the update. Each link will take you to the specific point in the video when each topic is covered.

2:35 — Introducing Derek Johnson

5:15 — MedPrint Program

9:17 — Medically Underserved Areas report

11:22 — MUAs: GMR Aim 7

11:50 — MUAs: What is an underserved area?

12:44 — MUAs: What can the GMR do to help?

13:13 — MUAs: Identifying at risk communities

16:30 — MUAs: Prototype to help find community partnerships

19:55 — Educational Needs Assessment

21:51 — Sample responses: Preferred communication methods

24:10 — Educational opportunities

28:00 — Midwest Collaborative for Library Services

30:13 — Where you’ll find us

31:42 — Funding opportunities and funded projects

33:55 — Advisory groups and working groups

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the topics covered in this update!

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(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)

Prairie State College is excited to host the 21st Annual Illinois Community College Assessment Fair on Friday, February 24, 2017.

This year’s theme is Assessment: Just and Fair and the keynote speaker will be Norbert Elliot, Professor Emeritus at New Jersey Institute of Technology. The title of his presentation is “Ethical Theory, Writing Performance, and Assessment of Student Learning: Foundational Principles” and will address fairness in assessment and its relation to validity and reliability.

We also encourage you to submit a proposal for a presentation for a session or poster.  Submission and registration details are available at the conference website:

For questions, please contact Carolyn Ciesla (; 708-709-2949).

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Call for Proposals: Poster Sessions at ALA Annual 2017 in Chicago

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Share your best ideas and work with the national library community by presenting a poster session at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1½ hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. Titles/abstracts from previous years are available on ALA Connect: (note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions – for information on this year’s poster session, go to the 2017 ALA poster session website).

The deadline for submitting an application is February 3, 2017. Applicants will be notified in the first half of March, after a double blind peer review process, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2017 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 24 and 25, 2017 in the exhibits hall.

Start the application process now.  You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

 Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to:

Blake Doherty, chair of the ALA poster session committee,


Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel,


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2017 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp to Be Held July 19-21

(via Bethany S. McGowan, Purdue University)

Please save the date (July 19-21, 2017) for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians! This immersive 2 ½ day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp will strive to cultivate an ongoing learning community of academic and medical librarians dedicated to providing research support to faculty and graduate students.

July 19-21, 2017

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Registration will open in Spring 2017.

Boot Camp website:

Contact Eric Tans ( if you have any questions.

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