Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Ramune Kubilius, Northwestern University)


The August 1 proposal deadline is approaching for lightning talks, a new offering at the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) conference. A designated timeslot on the afternoon of Thursday, September 27, has been set aside for sharing experiences, best practices, or how lemonade was made out of lemons! Each presenter will be allotted 5-10 minutes, depending on how many abstracts are submitted and accepted. There will be ample time left for Q&A and lively discussion.   

Lightning talks sessions are guaranteed to spark creative ideas that we can all consider and adapt in our own libraries. Please consider sharing your expertise or story. To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words as an application to Frances Drone-Silvers ( now through August 1, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by August 17 after review by the lightning talk subcommittee. Co-authored presentations are acceptable, though there should be no more than two presenting authors. The presenting author/s must register for and plan on attending the HSLI conference.  

Attendees at the 2018 HSLI conference also have opportunities to present in the poster session (proposal deadline: August 17. See sep. announcement). Other deadlines: August 3: Conference scholarship application deadline; August 20: Conference student internship application deadline.

The HSLI 2018 Annual Conference will be held September 26-28 at the Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford, Illinois.  The Conference theme is “Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge”.  Conference registration will begin on August 1, 2018. For general questions about the Annual Conference or the Health Science Librarians of Illinois organization, please e-mail Eric Edwards, Chair of the 2018 HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Subcommittee: More information can be found on the Conference page of the HSLI website.  

The HSLI 2018 Publicity Subcommittee  

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Legislative Update, 07/20/2018


Appropriations Committees for both the House and Senate have approved level funding for libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA; $186.3 million) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program (IAL; $27 million) for FY19. Committees in the House and Senate also approved an increase to NIH funding for FY19 (by $1.25 billion in the House and $2 billion in the Senate). The full House and Senate will need to make final approval by vote before October 1, 2018.

With the resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, what is the future of his proposed data policy? Pruitt’s replacement, Andrew Wheeler, may carry the torch, according to this National Resources Defense Council blog post, which is bad news for health professionals: “The rule would block the studies used to set air pollution regulations that will have prevented more than 230,000 premature deaths by 2020…” and “The rule would also block the studies that protect children from lead poisoning in air, water, and soil [and] the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos…”

Curious about the status of net neutrality following the implementation of its repeal on June 11, 2018? Read an update from District Dispatch (states are taking action; the Senate has already voted to repeal; the House is yet to vote, with one House Republican agreeing to sign on so far).


Illinois finances now ‘stable’ according to Moody’s.  Read the State Journal-Register article for more information.

The Healthy Food Program Development Act (HB5332) has been sent to the House Rules Committee.  The program would be a coordinated effort between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity “to expand access to healthy foods in eligible areas in the State by providing assistance to grocery stores, corner stores, farmers markets, and other small food retailers.”

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) announces Emily Johnson, Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries as the 2018 Crosman Memorial Award winner. The Crosman Award is named in memory of Alex Crosman, director of the Peoria Public Library at the time of his death in 1986. The award recognizes the achievements of the library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession. Other awards honor those who have accomplished a great deal over a long period of time; this award is to honor someone who has accomplished a great deal in a short time.

Emily Johnson has been working at the UIC Libraries since 2013 and demonstrated her leadership skills when she served as Interim Head of the Library of Health Sciences in Peoria from May 2015 to January 2016. Both at the UIC Libraries of Health Science and in her previous position at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Ms. Johnson has taken the lead in building relationships with faculty in order to improve access to library resources while also developing innovative, curricular design programs, such as the NExT Target Outreach Project. Ms. Johnson has volunteered or been appointed to professional leadership positions at the state, regional, and national levels. Her enthusiasm and commitment to users, colleagues, and health sciences librarianship continues to be recognized by professional colleagues outside UIC, opening the door to increasing levels of engagement throughout the profession. Ms. Johnson has contributed to and furthered the knowledge base of the profession, publishing on topics of audience response systems, mobile point-of-care tools, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Crosman Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, October 9, during the 2018 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria. The luncheon starts at 12:00 PM.

For further information, contact the Illinois Library Association. Congratulations, Emily!

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Dr. Rob Morrison, Dean of Library and Learning Support at National Louis University, is the 2018 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Forum, recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The award is sponsored by Library Juice Academy.

As described by his nominators, Dr. Morrison “truly is the epitome of excellence in, and service to, the profession.” He was a member of the ILA Executive Board from 2014-2017 and acted as the Board’s liaison to IACRL. He also served as a mentor for new directors in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and as a member of the CARLI Program Planning Committee. At the national level, he has served on numerous American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries committees. In addition to his professional service and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Morrison has maintained an active agenda of teaching and scholarship with a focus on adult learners and distance education. Over the course of his career, he has taught courses online and in person, at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Most recently, he developed and taught a course on academic governance and leadership for National Louis University’s doctoral program in higher education leadership.

The Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, October 9, during the 2018 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria. The luncheon starts at 12:00 PM.

For further information, contact the Illinois Library Association.

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Free-Learning Conference 2018 to Be Held Online July 20

(via Kelly McAllister, Appalachian State University)

This year we’re planning a free, full-day online conference using the web conferencing tool Zoom. The Free-Learning Conference 2018 #FLCon18 will be a day of exploration designed to promote and evaluate effective uses of technology for teaching and learning while also providing opportunities to network with others in the field of higher education.

This year, we’re taking the conference online for virtual delivery via Zoom and recording sessions to be made available after the conference. This change with allow a broader range of presenters and participants beyond those who could attend in person. Registration for the one day event is free!

Sessions and Themes

The conference sessions have focused on themes concerning distance learning, using Moodle and/or other LMS platforms, emerging technologies, social media, and tools for effective teaching and learning with technology. This conference will present an opportunity for collaboration and learning among faculty, instructional technologists, and IT administrators in our area.

Zoom Meetings

Our online sessions will be powered by the Zoom web conferencing platform. You can participate in Zoom meetings from PC, Macs or Linux. In addition, free Zoom apps are available for both iOS and Andriod devices in the iTunes and Google Play Stores.

Need help or want to learn about Zoom. Click here to access the Zoom support page.

About the FLCon

Since 2011 the Free-Learning Conference has been an annual summer conference held at Appalachian State University focused on topics related to teaching and learning with technology. The conference has always been free and open to educators, instructional designers, administrators, and others using technology for teaching and learning.

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The ILA Reporter Advisory Committee is in the process of planning the October issue. We are including an article on summer reading programs that libraries sponsor in collaboration with community partners, such as local public schools. While the focus of the article will be on programming by public libraries, the Advisory Committee would like to include collaborations between community partners and other types of libraries, including as academic, medical, and hospital ones.

If your library sponsors a summer reading program in collaboration with a community organization, and you would like to contribute your insights to the article, please e-mail Eric Edwards, ILA Reporter Advisory Committee Co-Chair, at at your earliest convenience. He will then pass the idea along to ILA Executive Director Diane Foote for final approval. The contribution would be due by Sunday, August 5, and it would not need to be more than a paragraph or two.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

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(via Jessica Williams, University of Missouri – Kansas City)

A Retro Theme in Honor of Our 5th Anniversary!

You (probably) know the movie…and once you’ve seen it, you can’t forget that inspiring teacher, Jaime Escalante, oh, and the film’s awesome 80s hair.

Like great teaching, great librarianship requires not just bodacious hair but often bold risk-taking, innovation, a crazy commitment to students/users, and perhaps even some pissing people off to prove those crusty-dusty critics and naysayers wrong. So, for 2019, inspired by this oldie-but-goodie film, we ask you to consider some of the many questions this theme inspires, such as:

·         How are you “going off book” with your services, instruction, spaces, archives, research…?

·         How have you found new, engaging, and appealing ways of delivering our timeless values (i.e. the right information to the right user at the right time) to reluctant or cynical audiences?

·         How are you delivering–to the profession, to your own hopes/dreams, to the communities you serve?

·         How are you speaking truth to power?

·         How are you showing your users what libraries stand for?

·         How are you listening to and helping others stand and deliver when called upon?

In other words, we challenge librarians submitting proposals to consider the many ways YOU are a part of making our profession awesome!

’80s references in session proposals are not required but encouraged.

Key Dates & Timeline

June 11 – August 3  –  ROUND ONE FORUM OPEN


August 20 – Invitations to Round Two

September 10 – Round Two Proposals Due

September – October – Peer Review

November 5 – Program Announced & REGISTRATION OPEN

Submit to Round One

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(via Mary Konkel, College of DuPage)

There’s still time to submit your proposal

The call for proposals for the 2018 Americas Regional Council Conference has been extended through Wednesday, July 25.

We are seeking member proposals that will spark conversations around what it means to be a “game-changing library,” more specifically, what are those areas that will help the community better respond to shifts in the environment and drive their library’s transformation in the following categories:

  • Technology and innovation: From evolution to revolution
  • Spaces and resources: From collections to connections
  • Analytics and data: From what we count to what counts
  • Public purpose: From allies to advocates

If your proposal is selected, we will notify you by August 3, 2018, and you will receive complimentary conference registration. If you have already paid for a ticket, we will refund your registration fee at that time.

To submit your proposal, go here .

If you have any questions, please reach out to

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

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Reminder: Library Instruction West 2018 Next Week (July 19 and 20)

(via Laureen Cantwell, Colorado Mesa University)

Library Instruction West 2018 (LIW 2018; formerly LOEX of the West) approaches quickly! We hope to see you in sunny, beautiful Grand Junction, Colorado at Colorado Mesa University for this year’s conference — next week!

NOTE: Wednesday, July 11, was the last day to register for campus housing; but please still feel free to register for the conference and use conference hotels (in downtown Grand Junction, or the Courtyard by Marriott near the airport).


  • Our pre-conference (7/18) with Maria Konnikova is full (but there’s still her keynote!)
  • Our Saturday Morning Hike at the Colorado National Monument is currently full. Though feel free to check back!

See you at LIW 2018!

Questions? Email:

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(via Samantha Guss, University of Richmond)

Reminder! There is still time to register for Social Science Librarians Boot Camp-Richmond, VA Edition (SSLBC_RVA) at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA, on August 8, 2018 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Registration will be capped at 50 attendees, so register as soon as possible!

SSLBC_RVA is a low-cost, one-day conference (co-sponsored by RALC!) for librarians, academic technologists, and others supporting the work of social scientists that will offer an inside look at the processes and tools used by researchers in the social sciences.

For more information, visit our website at

Questions can be directed to:

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