Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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Reminder: HSLI Seeking Poster Submissions for Annual Conference

(via Roberta Craig, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center)

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference Planning Committee is seeking submissions for poster sessions at the 2016 HSLI Conference. This is a great opportunity for you to share with your colleagues the projects you have been working on at your library over this past year. We hope also to get some student poster submissions, which will look great on your resumes.  We encourage you to take a liberal approach to our theme, “Running with It: Library Trends in 2016”, and present on any of a variety of topics. These could include teaching or education, administration, practical problem-solving, collaborative efforts or outreach activities, innovative programs, or research. Posters that have been presented at other conferences are welcome.

Please submit a proposal abstract no longer than 250 words describing your poster.

  • Include your name, position title, address, phone number and e-mail address on all submissions.
  • E-mail your abstracts to Molly Horio, at
  • The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, September 2.
  • Notification of poster acceptance will be made by mid-September.
  • Poster presenters must register for the HSLI conference.  Registration opened August 15.

Please e-mail Molly Horio with any questions.

If you have not yet registered for the conference, you can go to the conference website to access the registration form and all other information about the conference. This year’s event will take place from Wednesday, November 9, to Friday, November 11, at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL.



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August 25 Webinar on NLM Resources for K-12 Students

(via Molly Olmstead, NN/LM – GMR)

Please join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region and the NN/LM – South Central Region for a collaborative Lake Effects webinar on Thursday, August 25, at 2:00 PM CST. The webinar will cover NLM Resources for K-12 students. This one-hour webinar will provide participates with an overview of our most popular NLM K-12 resources. We offer many different platforms to engage students on topics such as genetics, environmental health, and chemistry. Most of our resources cater to middle and high school students, and consist of iOS games, animations, lesson plans, and websites.   We will provide you with a “behind the scenes” look at our processes for the development of these resources, including our partnerships with teachers, students, and subject matter experts to assure we develop meaningful products.

Presenter Karen Matzkin, a contractor with ICF International, is a K-12 Outreach Specialist in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Ms. Matzkin is responsible for the product development and outreach efforts of the K-12 team, which involves development of science education materials, websites and outreach. She holds a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland.

To access the webinar, follow the steps below.

  1. Go here.
  2. At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name
  3. Call-in information will be available in the room.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or un-mute your phone.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office, at or (319) 353-4479, if you have questions.

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Call for Proposals for ALA Annual in Chicago: Video and Libraries

(via Laine Thielstrom, Colby College in Waterville, Maine)

Thinking about attending the next ALA Annual Conference, which will take place from June 22 to June 27, 2017, in Chicago? Have you worked on any projects or activities involving film or video at your institution? Since Chicago is the host city, we would especially love to hear what librarians in Illinois and the surrounding area are doing.

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) welcomes program proposals for ALA Annual on just about anything related to video and libraries! The term video includes moving picture media in all of its forms–DVDs, streaming, video tapes, video art, YouTube videos, animation, iPhone shot footage, etc. Proposals are due soon! The deadline is Wednesday, August 31.

Sample ideas (but we very much welcome others) include the following.

  • Have you made videos promoting your library?
  • Have you found successful ways to promote your DVD or streaming collection?
  • Have you created video tutorials or are you using film clips (or gifs) in instruction?
  • Are you involved with film or video preservation?
  • Have you offered special film programming/events at your library?
  • Have you created a video creation studio for your patrons?
  • Are you reaching out to different groups in your community using film?
  • Does your archive collect or create video histories?

If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, please read the guidelines and complete the online form here. The Program Committee will review all proposals and notify participants of proposal acceptance by Wednesday, September 21. Any questions may be directed to either of the Program Committee Co-Chairs, Steven Milewski ( and Laine Thielstrom (

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(via ACRL)

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective curriculum designers/presenters to create professional development offerings to provide support for librarians as they incorporate the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into their practice. The curriculum designers will plan and develop learning experiences for face-to-face and virtual learning contexts. The in-person workshops will be offered upon request on a licensed basis and may also be offered at ALA and/or ACRL Conferences. Online offerings would be part of ACRL’s regular eLearning program and could include a multi-week asynchronous course and one or more topical webcasts of 60-90 minutes each in an interactive online classroom. Collaborating with the ACRL Framework Advisory Board in the development of a free online toolkit for the Framework will also be a responsibility of the curriculum designers.

Required qualifications include demonstrating evidence of understanding and use of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education; having experience in designing, developing, facilitating, and leading interactive workshops and other professional development offerings; and possessing a demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative planning; and experience working in information literacy instruction in academic libraries. It is also strongly preferred that candidates possess a background in instructional design, have demonstrated effectiveness and engagement in instruction in a higher education context, and hold the ability to deliver effective live webcasts in an interactive, online classroom environment. Selected individuals must be available to attend a curriculum design meeting in November 2016, attend a curriculum design meeting in November 2016, and present the Framework workshops/online offerings during 2017. The training sessions may take the form of preconferences, eLearning courses and webcasts, and in-person licensed workshops.

Applicants must submit a statement (two pages maximum) addressing all of the following questions.

  • Why do you want to become a curriculum designer/presenter for ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy workshops? How does your experience qualify you for the role?
  • What contributions could you make to the design/presenter team?
  • Can you provide examples of your teaching/training experiences, with links to instructional materials, video, etc., that demonstrate your abilities as a teacher?
  • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?

Applications must also include a resume or C.V., in addition to the names and contact information for two references who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s relevant experience and expertise. The single-PDF document must be submitted via e-mail by 5:00 PM CST on Friday, September 16, to Margot Conahan, ACRL Manager of Professional Development, at

A selection committee with representatives from the ACRL Framework Advisory Board and the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee will consider applications and conduct telephone interviews. Applicants will be notified by Monday, October 24. If you have questions, please contact Sharon Mader, at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 5241; or Margot Conahan, at or (312) 280-2522.

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ACRL Teams with OCLC for Research Agenda

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

ACRL has selected a team from OCLC Research to design, develop, and deliver a new ACRL “Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success.” The team was selected after an open and competitive request for proposals to investigate and write a research agenda that provides an update on progress since the publication of ACRL’s 2010 Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report and examines important questions where more research is needed in areas critical to the higher education sector. The focus of the research agenda will be on institutional priorities for improved student learning and success (e.g., retention, persistence, degree completion).

The agenda clearly will identify actions academic libraries can take now based on both existing scholarship and practice-based reports, and it will include 10-15 future-focused key inquiry questions that the literature and interview data suggest are essential for academic librarians to explore. In addition, the project will include an interactive visualization dashboard to help librarians understand and make use of existing literature for studies most relevant to their research interests. It will also contain a visualization component that highlights the major themes in the report, enables data entry based on local projects, and produces a graphic that can be shared with campus stakeholders.

Project director Lynn Silipigni Connaway, senior research scientist at OCLC, is joined by team members William Harvey, consulting software engineer at OCLC, and Vanessa Kitzie and Stephanie Mikitish, both doctoral candidates in the Library and Information Science program at Rutgers University. The team will seek regular feedback from both ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee and an advisory group consisting of academic librarians at 12 institutions that include community colleges, 4-year colleges, and research universities from secular, non-secular, public, and private institutions representing the 4 geographical regions of the United States.

To see the full announcement, go here.

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

The GMR Outreach Awards are rolling in – we’ll continue to post them on our website as they approved by the NNCO. The Express Outreach Award and Technology Improvement Award are both live and we’re accepting applications until Monday, September 12. The Professional Development Award is next on our radar and will be posted soon.

If you’re looking for some guidance for how to fill out these applications, look no further. Our Community Outreach Librarian, Bobbi Newman, will lead a training session tailored specifically for our current awards. The workshop, “Writing Successful Grant Applications”, will be offered on two dates: Friday, August 26, at 11:00 AM CST; and Thursday, September 1, at 1:00 PM. Each course will last about 90 minutes, but that’s including plenty of time at the end for questions. Bobbi will explain what we’re looking for in outreach applications and give some tips to help you apply for these awards.

Please click here to register for the course and give Bobbi an idea of what you’d like to learn. To connect to the webinar, go here. At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name. Call-in information will be available in the room.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the current outreach awards, about Bobbi’s course, or just about live in general. Shoot us an e-mail at or ring us at (319) 353-4479.

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Nominations Sought for I Love My Librarian Award

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

Nominations are open through Friday, September 19, for the I Love My Librarian Award. The award encourages library users–professors, administrators, students–to submit nominations about how their librarian makes a difference on campus or in the community. Up to 10 librarians in public, school and college, community college, and university libraries will be selected to win $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner’s library.

Nominate your favorite college, community college, or university librarian today!

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Online College Students Report for 2016 Released

The Learning House, Inc., has released the 2016 edition of its annual Online College Students report. This is the fifth year that the report has been published. The goal of the study is to track not just who makes up the current body of online students, but also why they are enrolled in particular online programs and schools, and what learning features they prefer. In the last few editions of the survey, such topics as competency-based learning, the use of mobile devices, and MOOCs have received a greater focus. The survey also compares trends in online education to those in higher ed. more broadly, including the continued high numbers of online students despite an overall decline in college enrollment. This year’s survey is based on responses from approximately 1,500 current and prospective online students, in addition to recent graduates.

The survey draws nine main conclusions, which are listed below.

  • A large number of students enrolled in online programs clearly prefer that format over the on-campus one, to the point that they would not enroll in a particular degree program if it were not being offered online.
  • Tuition costs continue to be a significant factor in determining which online program a student attends, especially since employer tuition reimbursements have declined and about only a third of students receive scholarships.
  • Most online students already have at least some college credits or relevant life experiences before starting their programs, and so they hope to earn their online degrees relatively quickly.
  • Virtually all online students own a mobile device, and many of them use the device to research prospective programs and then complete coursework once enrolled.
  • Prospective students typically consider only a few institutions when shopping for a program, and they submit their applications within a month or less of starting the search.
  • Related to this, prospective students expect a quick response from the programs to which they have applied, particularly when it comes to awarding financial aid and accepting transfer credits.
  • The demographics for online college students have changed significantly in just the past few years, with the typical student becoming younger, more likely to be single, and less affluent.
  • Online students are increasingly preferring schools that have a physical campus relatively close to (within 100 miles of) their homes.
  • Even though business continues to be the most popular field of study among online students, IT and computer programs have seen increasing enrollments.

To access the survey (you will need to sign up), go here. In addition to the PDF, a webinar and an infographic are available.

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Snow Presents at Digitization Conference

Dr. Karen Snow, Assistant Professor and Ph.D. Program Director at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, gave two presentations at the 2016 Digitization Conference. This year’s event took place on Thursday, August 18, and Friday, August 19, on Florida State University’s Panama City campus. (There was also a preconference workshop on August 17.) The conference was intended for any library staff or employees of historical organizations who are involved with digitization. It included sessions appropriate for both novices and those with more knowledge and experience. Topics ranged from developing selection criteria for which documents an organization digitizes, to detecting copyfraud in digital archives. Dr. Snow’s sessions are below.

  • “Crash Course in Dublin Core”—covers the different versions and elements of Dublin Core, which is becoming increasingly popular worldwide for incorporating metadata into digitization projects
  • “Get to Know MODS”—introduces attendees to the unique features of Metadata Object Description Schema, which allows more detail than does Dublin Core but is not quite as complicated as MARC

To see the full list of presentations, go here. More information about the conference itself is available here.

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NN/LM – GMR Holds Monthly Update for August

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region held its monthly update webinar for August on Monday, the 15th. (The update takes place usually on the third Monday of each month.) A recording of the presentation is available here. Some of the main topics that the presentation covered are below.

  • The national office of the NN/LM has approved funding for the Express Outreach Award. The Award funds the creation and management of education and outreach programs, specifically those providing health professionals and consumers with information on the National Library of Medicine resources available to them. The deadline to apply is Monday, September 12. More information can be found here.
  • Information on the state liaisons for the Greater Midwest Region is now available in the staff directory. The liaison for Illinois is GMR Network Librarian Jacqueline Leskovec.
  • The GMR staff will be making resource visits to libraries in each of the states in the Greater Midwest Region. The Illinois visits are scheduled for August.
  • The GMR will be changing the name of its blog from The Cornflower to Midwest Matters, based on poll results.

The next NN/LM – GMR monthly update will take place on Monday, September 19. Attendees are welcome to submit questions to the presenters ahead of time. To access the form for doing so, and to view the slides of other past GMR updates, go here.

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