Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Michelle Haake, CARLI)

This a reminder that the application period to serve on one of the CARLI committees will close Friday, April 29, at 5:00 PM. You can review the list of committees and their charges here, and you will find the form to apply for a committee appointment here. The following committees are seeking members.

  • Collection Management Committee
  • Commercial Products Committee
  • Created Content Committee
  • Instruction Committee
  • Preservation Committee
  • Public Services Committee
  • Resource Sharing Committee
  • SFX System Committee
  • Technical Services Committee

If you have any questions about the application process or problems with submitting the form, please send a message to




If you have any questions or problems in submitting an application, please send a message to support at

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Consumer Health Libraries Webinar at UIC Tuesday, April 26

(via Holly Ann Burt, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region

REMINDER: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) will host the Medical Library Association’s webinar “The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope“. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 26, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Central Time. It will be held in Room 303 of the UIC Library of the Health Sciences in Chicago. There is no cost to attend. Participants will earn 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. This webinar can be applied toward the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

To register for the webinar, click here. Information about LHS location and parking can be found here. If you have any additional questions, you may contact Holly Ann Burt, at

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Legislative Updates, 4/25/2016

The confirmation hearing for Carla Hayden, President Obama’s nominee for the open Librarian of Congress position, was held on April 20th. Multiple senators spoke on her behalf and Hayden testified to her qualifications and experiences. You can view the full event on C-SPAN and you can read more about the confirmation process at the District Dispatch.

State legislators came together to pass stop-gap funding for public colleges and universities in Illinois last week. The $600 million will go towards keeping multiple institutions afloat through the summer. However, many schools have released statements explaining that the funding is only a bandage and will likely not prevent planned cuts. Also, the funding does not signify a long-term commitment to higher education funding. Social services and other state-funded initiatives and agencies are still hurting, as a budget still has not been passed. For more information see the Chicago Tribune and a statement from the University of Illinois.

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Latest Issue of RAILS News for Academic Libraries Available

(via Debbie Baaske, RAILS)

RAILS has just released the second issue of RAILS News for Academic Libraries. Highlights include the following.

  • RAILS plans for ILDS delivery service
  • upcoming RAILS Board election
  • RAILS now hosting IACRL listserv
  • update on system membership standards
  • continuing education and networking opportunities for academic libraries

View all issues and subscribe here. Please feel free to share this information with the staff at your library. All academic library staff members are welcome to subscribe. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director, at

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ACRL Seeking Section Officers

The Association of College and Research Libraries is seeking nominations for section officers. Each of the 15 section has openings for a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, a Secretary, and Members-at-Lare. Serving as an ACRL section officer presents a valuable opportunity to address the major challenges currently facing academic librarianship and the profession as a whole. Serving also allows one to gain leadership experience and build connections with fellow librarians, while providing guidance to new members of the section.

Nominations are due by Friday, July 1, 2016. Self-nominations are acceptable. The nominating committee for each section makes the selections. Those chosen will begin serving on July 1, 2017. To see the full list of sections and their current nominating committee chairs, go here.

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ACRL Seeks Volunteers for Higher Ed. Standards Task Force

Association of College and Research Libraries President Ann Campion Riley is seeking volunteers for a newly-formed task force that will evaluate and make recommendations on the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. The Standards, which were last updated in 2011, are due for a mandatory five-year review. At its virtual meeting earlier this month, the ACRL Board of Directors approved the creation of a task force to undertake the review process. In evaluating the Standards, task force members will focus, in particular, on how the latest accreditation rules have affected the role of academic libraries in their institutions. Before submitting a final draft, the task force will seek feedback from institution-level constituents, in addition to ACRL members. An interim draft is due at the fall, 2016, meeting of the ACRL Executive Committee, with the final report being submitted at the ALA 2017 Annual Conference.

The deadline to volunteer for the task force is Friday, April 29. For more information, including the link to the volunteer form, go here.

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April 28 Virtual Meeting on ACRL Proposals for ALA 2017

The Association of College and Research Libraries is holding a virtual meeting at 1:00 PM CST on Thursday, April 28, on submitting program proposals for the ALA 2017 Annual Conference, which will take place in Chicago. The meeting is open to any ACRL section, committee, interest group, or individual member. Attendees will learn about the program-planning process for ALA 2017, with a particular focus on the timeline, which lasts from this month to June of 2017. The deadline for program proposals is September 1, 2016. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review the proposals and then notify submitters in October of whether their program has been selected.

For more information about the virtual meeting, including the link for registering, go here. Background on the program-planning process can be found here.

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Seneca Wins Award for Explore Chicago Collections

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

Tracy Seneca, Clinical Associate Professor and Digital Programs and Services Librarian, was awarded the Center for Research Libraries’ 2016 Primary Source Award in Access for her leadership of the Explore Chicago Collections initiative. Explore Chicago Collections is a web portal that enables researchers to freely search the special collections and archives of Chicago area libraries, museums and archives. Tracy has been working with Chicago Collections members since 2011 to make their rich historical and cultural resources easily findable through the website search box.

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) presents the Primary Source Awards to recognize innovative uses of primary source materials by faculty, librarians and library staff, students, and other researchers in the CRL community. Nominations are accepted in three areas: access, research, and teaching. The Access award is presented to a library staff or faculty member whose work in promoting primary source materials individually or in collaborative initiatives has resulted in expanded discovery, appreciation, and usage, ultimately having a significant impact on research or instruction. Explore Chicago Collections is used in formal education and research, but also promotes serendipitous discovery and use of manuscripts, photographs, and other primary research materials.

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Register for OCLC Events at ALA Annual 2016

(via OCLC—for more information, and to register, go here)

Friday, June 24

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Orlando, Bayhill Breakout Room 20

Enhance Sharing Session

  • The Enhance and Expert Community Sharing Session is a forum for Q&A and for the exchange of information concerning OCLC’s Enhance program and Expert Community.

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Orange County Convention Center, Room W110

OCLC Symposium presents: Disney’s Approach to Quality Service

  • Libraries create memorable experiences and share important programs every day. But what happens when libraries truly focus on the user experience and put it at the center of everything they do? Excellent service does not simply come from a friendly transaction or helpful technology – it is the result of truly understanding your customer’s expectations and putting the right processes and standards in place to achieve them. By uniting your people, place(s) and processes through a clear focus on the user, exceptional service becomes possible across all customer touchpoints. With more than 90 years of world-renowned customer service, no one understands that better than Disney. You’ll come away with inspiration on how you can create new and impactful user experiences.



Saturday, June 25

7:00 – 10:00 AM
Hilton Orlando, Orange Ballroom C

Dewey Update Breakfast and ALCTS Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group

  • Learn what’s new with Dewey Services from OCLC’s Libbie Crawford. Share ideas with Caroline Saccucci from the Library of Congress, and engage in a collaborative discussion with colleagues from ALCTS Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group during this combined meeting. Plus, hear how you can get a copy of Dewey Print Edition 23 (Full or Abridged) before they’re gone.

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Orange County Convention Center, Room W307D

WorldShare Management Services: A Library Community Collaborating in the Cloud

  • More than 400 libraries worldwide use WorldShare Management Services, a complete, cloud-based library services platform built on WorldCat and other collaborative data. This library community leverages this data, shares best practices and enjoys easy-to-use applications for more efficient workflows. Join us to hear community members share their experiences and to hear an update from John McCullough, OCLC Senior Product Manager.

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Orange County Convention Center, Room W303

Linked Data Roundtable: Stories from the Front

  • Join the conversation as libraries that are implementing linked data discuss current activities and share recent experiences, including OCLC’s Person Entity Lookup pilot, LC’s BIBFRAME program and other linked data initiatives. What did we learn? …and what’s next? Presenters will share their observations followed by audience discussion.

Orange County Convention Center, Room W224

Shared Print: Registration Learnings and a Look Ahead to Discovery

  • Increasingly, libraries are sharing the responsibility and costs of maintaining print collections in response to widespread availability of digital resources and increasing pressure to reclaim campus library space. Nick Valentini, Product Manager for Shared Print, will give an update on how OCLC is facilitating data-driven selection for cooperative partnerships, streamlining registration of preservation commitments in WorldCat, and enabling seamless integration of shared collections in local discovery and delivery applications.

1:00 – 2:30 PM

Orange County Convention Center, Room W202B

Data-driven Website Design: Using Analytics to Maximize Search Box Use on Your Website

  • A library’s virtual front door, a website connects people to library services and resources. Analytics inform website design and positioning of search options so people more easily find what they need. Data tells us which website features are used most and where changes are required. This program provides insights into how to capture and use website analytics to maximize users’ experiences, including best practices that have improved usage of some library websites.

3:00 – 4:00 PM–User Community Meetings 

Hilton Orlando, Lake Eola B Room

  • Participate in an interactive session as libraries share their experiences using WorldShare Collection Manager, the WorldCat knowledge base and WorldShare Record Manager to describe, manage and share electronic and physical resources. Current features and planned enhancements related to these OCLC cataloging and metadata services as well as recent OCLC linked data activities will be discussed with a reception following.

Hilton Orlando, Lake Mizell Room

  • Join OCLC resource sharing colleagues for updates on WorldShare ILL and ILLiad and discussions of timely ILL topics. Plan to join your colleagues at the combined OCLC community reception that follows.

Hilton Orlando, Lake Virginia Room

  • Join fellow WorldCat Discovery Services users to learn about plans for the service and the OCLC Community Center. Take advantage of the opportunity to share your WorldCat Discovery experiences and learn from best practices of others who have implemented the service. Plan to join your colleagues at the combined OCLC community reception that follows.

Hilton Orlando, Orange Ballroom C

  • Join your WorldShare Management Services (WMS) colleagues and Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Executive Director, as well as other members of the WMS team in Orlando. Plan to participate in discussions, ask questions and discuss the WMS roadmap. Please note this session is only for library staff currently using WMS. Plan to join your colleagues at the combined OCLC community reception that follows.

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Hilton Orlando, Orange Ballroom E

Community Reception

  • You’re invited to continue the conversation with your colleagues and OCLC product managers at our Community Reception.


Sunday, June 26

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Orange County Convention Center, Room W103B

Electronic Subscriptions, Licenses, Analytics and Metadata: OCLC’s eServices from End to End

  • Managing your library’s e-resources with fragmented solutions and multiple spreadsheets is not easy. OCLC offers integrated tools and services – from acquisitions, cataloging and interlibrary loan to discovery, license management and analytics – that help libraries solve e-resource management and access challenges. Come and learn how OCLC can help you overcome your e-management challenges.


Monday, June 27

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Orange County Convention Center, Room W221

OCLC Research Update

  • OCLC Research, one of the world’s leading research groups devoted to challenges facing libraries and archives, will present overviews of several active research projects. Following the briefings, audience members will be invited to offer comments and ask questions.




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Reference and User Services Quarterly Seeking Editors

(via Barry Trott, RUSQ Editor)

Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), the peer-reviewed journal of the Reference and User Services Association, is seeking editors for two columns, “The Alert Collector” and “Information Literacy and Instruction.” RUSQ is an online journal, and issues are available immediately on publication to RUSA members and subscribers here. The current four issues are limited access and then open access after that.

“The Alert Collector” offers readers titles appropriate for building and maintaining collections in specific subject areas. The columns can focus on fiction or non-fiction areas, and cover print and online resources, with short annotations. Topics covered recently include hip-hop, autism spectrum disorder, art pricing and evaluation, and dance with a focus on flamenco.

“Information Literacy and Instruction” covers any topic in this area in public and academic libraries. Recent columns have explored MOOCs, preparing LIS students for atypical jobs, working with students with autism spectrum disorders, and using specific tools for improving information literacy.

The column editor is responsible for recruiting authors, editing copy, and submitting columns to the editor of RUSQ on schedule. Columns run 2500-3500 words and are published quarterly. RUSQ seeks to provide columns that will be of interest to librarians working in the areas of reference and user services, in academic, public, school, and special libraries.

If you are interested in applying for a column editor position, please send a copy of your resume and a one-page letter outlining your thoughts on how you would shape the column to meet the needs of RUSQ readers to Barry Trott, Editor, RUSQ,, by May 15, 2016.

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