Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via the Association of College and Research Libraries)

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) is excited to announce the first in a series of programming and events related to the forthcoming white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding. The white paper was edited by the ACRL SLILC committee and consists of thirteen chapters written by IL theorists and practitioners from various regions of the world (Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East), including a foreword by Dr. Emma Coonan of University of East Anglia. The white paper gives important insight into themes, trends, and priorities for information literacy around the globe.Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding will be published in March 2017.

View a preview of the white paper, the foreword written by Dr. Emma Coonan, “Towards a constructive unbalancing: The reflexive turn in information literacy” at this link.

Please join Merinda Kaye Hensley, past chair of SLILC, and Dr. Emma Coonan on February 28, 2017, for an ACRL SLILC online forum. Hensley and Coonan will outline the genesis of the white paper, as well as introduce the themes and highlights emerging from the work. Future programming and opportunities to engage with the authors, including a ACRL 2017 Conference panel and discussion, will be outlined.

The online forum will be held via Webex during the following time:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:00 EST | 10:00 CST. For time in your time zone, please visit this link.

To attend this online forum, please register at:

The online forum will be recorded and made available after the meeting.

For queries, please contact Alan Carbery at or Merinda Kaye Hensley at

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(via Laura Schmidt, University of South Florida)



The peer-reviewed Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve provides a forum for the presentation of pure and applied research results, innovative services and service enhancements, discussion of best practices and review of literature regarding all aspects of library resource sharing, document delivery and reserves services. In addition to traditional resource sharing topics of interlibrary loan and electronic reserves, the journal encourages submission of scholarly papers regarding:

  *   New models and emerging technologies for resource sharing

  *   Cooperative training ventures and collection development

  *   Shared storage facilities

  *   Document delivery

  *   Shared virtual library services and digitization projects

  *   Networks and cooperatives

  *   Copyright and permissions issues in Interlibrary loan and electronic =


  *   ILL of specialized library materials such as music and media

  *   Consortial training and continuing education

  *   Other multi-library collaborative efforts


Submissions should be around 3000-6000 words for peer-reviewed articles and 1000-4000 for the non-peer-review “Reports from the Field” column; Letters to the Editor and Book Reviews have no word count requirement.  Please visit the journal’s webpage for more information and complete submission guidelines.

Electronic submissions should be sent to the journal’s ScholarOne website.

Any questions or concerns can be sent directly to the journal’s editor at:

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Call for Proposals

Open Data: Science, Health, Community
5th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium
April 28, 2017
The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago

For more information about the symposium:
Web Page:

The organizers of the 5th biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, Open Data: Science, Health, Community, to be held Friday, April 28, invite proposals for presentations that provide insight into open data projects and initiatives, whether established or newly created, which have an impact on science, health, or community.  The focus may be, but is not limited to, opportunities for libraries and information professionals to contribute to or play an active role in projects or initiatives.

The organizers are interested in presentations that provide examples of collaborative efforts between institutions, groups, or individuals, with a focus on practical, real use cases of using open data.  Proposals selected for full oral presentations will be eligible for travel stipend.

Proposals should be submitted via this online form:  Proposals must include a title, author(s), and abstract (maximum 600 words).  Presentations will be 30-45 minutes. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 8th.

Please consider the following questions when preparing proposals:

* How has your institution or community engaged with open data?
* If you led an open data project or initiative, how and why was it initiated, and what were the results?
* What are the opportunities and challenges of using or collecting open data?
* How are responsibilities determined and distributed?
* What kinds of tools and techniques may be used?

The symposium organizers will also consider interactive alternatives to a traditional oral presentations.

The intended audience of the symposium includes all who are involved or interested in open data, with a focus on, but not limited to, academic institutions.

About the Symposium

About the Symposium:  Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed.   Some examples of open data resources include the Human Genome Project, the United Nations UNdata, and the City of Chicago data portal.  Open data can spur business innovation, help patients and families make better decisions about their health, or accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.  This symposium will provide participants with an understanding of what open data is, how it gets created and shared, and examples of how open data might contribute to progress in our communities.

About the Kathleen A. Zar Symposium Series

The Kathleen A. Zar Symposium is a biennial event held at the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago.

Session organizers’ contact information:

Deb Werner (, Librarian for Science Instruction & Outreach,

Thomas Drueke (, Scholarship & Data Librarian, D’Angelo Law Library,

Taylor Hixson (, GIS Resident Librarian,

Barbara Kern (, Director of the Science Libraries,

Emily Treptow (, Business & Economics Librarian for Instruction & Outreach,

Andrea Twiss-Brooks (, Director of Research and Teaching Support,


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(via the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

The ALCTS Exchange virtual poster session offers the opportunity to share and promote work, research, and ideas across the ALCTS Exchange’s topical themes: new roles and workflows, creative problem solving, creating connections with user communities, and building skills to prepare for the future. We are especially interested in highlighting work that addresses the intersections of collections and technical services and diversity and inclusion.

The ALCTS Exchange will include two poster presentation opportunities:

  • A poster lightning round session on May 11, wherein each presenter will have five minutes to speak, followed by a Q&A discussion forum.
  • A virtual poster collection and discussion forum available to Exchange registrants. File formats are not limited to static documents and presenters are encouraged submit videos and other types of media files. If you would like to submit a recorded video for the virtual poster collection, the ALCTS office will be available to assist with your recording.

Allowable file formats for live lightning round presentations include:

  • Handouts/Downloadable materials: PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, ZIP
  • Multimedia (Video and/or audio): SWF, MP3, MP4, F4V
  • Presentation Slides: PPT, PPTX, JPEG, GIF, PNG

We want to hear what you’ve been up to, and learn from your experience. The lightning round session and virtual poster collection are an excellent opportunity to share work and projects that are just getting started or still evolving.

The ALCTS Virtual Exchange Working Group strongly encourages proposals from people who belong to communities that are underrepresented in librarianship and in the conversation about librarianship. Students and early career professional are also encouraged to submit proposals.

Ready to submit your proposal? Complete the Virtual Poster Presentation Proposal Form before the March 17 deadline.

The ALCTS Exchange is a celebration of excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation, and technology. This fully online event will offer synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning and engagement. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the four days of presentations, panels, and activities both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The ALCTS Exchange will engage a wide-range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Everyone, including non-ALCTS members, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

Be sure to visit the ALCTS Exchange website as new program details are being added weekly. Early-bird registration has been extended to March 15—register today!

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(via Linda Bostrom, Illinois Library Association)

Only a few days reamin to take advantage of early-bird registration rates for the 2017 Joint Spring Conference (sponsored by the Kentucky chapter of the Special Libraries Association), to be held March 29-31 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Tuesday, February 28, is the deadline for early bird-registration, and it is also the last guaranteed day to reserve lodging at the conference rate. After next Tuesday, rooms will be released from the conference block.

We hope you will join us in the beautiful lakes region of western Kentucky next month. There is a good program lined up, with keynote addresses by ACRL President Irene Herold and Brampton Library’s Rebecca Jones, as well as a wide array of sessions presented by library professionals from around the state and region.

For more information, please visit the conference site. You may register here.

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(via Amanda Musacchio, Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Thank you to those who have completed the certification process! To those who have not, please be sure to do so by Friday, March 31. The certification process is quick and easy, and I am happy to help if you have any questions.

All RAILS Libraries Must Complete ILL Traffic Survey and Online Library Certification 

All RAILS libraries must complete the annual online certification form on the Illinois State Library’s certification website, to confirm that they are meeting system membership requirements. Before completing the form, all libraries are required to complete the annual Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Traffic Survey that covers July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

Every RAILS library must complete the ILL survey and certification form by Friday, March 31, to remain eligible for system services such as delivery, continuing education, grant projects, and other programs. Click here for more information.. If you have any questions, contact the RAILS Certification Team, at or (630) 734-5160.

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Recording of February NN/LM – GMR Update Available

(via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

A recording of the February GMR Update is now available on YouTube. Below is an annotated list of the topics discussed with links to each talking point in the video.

The next GMR Update will be Monday, March 20, at 2:00 PM CST.

Topics Covered

1:14 — Dr. Patti Brennan’s Blog “Musings from the Mezzanine”
1:38 — updates to PubMed and interfaces
2:53 — new NLM Board of Regents members
3:50 — GMR Awards: over $80,000 this year!
5:23 — medically-underserved areas (MUA) map project–March 1, 2017
8:06 — February Kernel of Knowledge, plus new session on Health Reach (April)
8:49 — upcoming courses from GMR and NNLM
10:20 — quick Links on GMR main webpage, request for feedback
11:15 — partner with the GMR–new funding to be announced March 1, 2017
12:43 — award-writing courses and assistance
13:42 — “Finding Grey Lit” MLA Webinar–nine sites funded through GMR
15:12 — Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) packages and training sessions available

Additionally, here are all the URLs provided during the presentation.

NLM Musings from the Mezzanine
NNLM Training Schedule
GMR Homepage
GMR Funding Page
MCLS Training “Focus on Your Users”
MCLS Training “Writing for the Web”

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NN/LM – GMR Hosting Genetics Home Reference Webinar on Feb. 22

(via Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

Join us from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CST on Wednesday, February 22, for our monthly webinar series, Kernel of Knowledge. Tomorrow’s session will feature Genetics Home Reference, a resource that provides consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. This webinar will feature speaker Kate Greenberg, who has been employed as a content developer for the Genetics Home Reference for over six years. Greenberg has a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she researched cancer genetics.

To register, go here. This course has been approved for 1.0 contact hours of continuing-education credit from the Medical Library Association.

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Next NN/LM – GMR Update is 2:00-3:00 on Tuesday, February 21

(via Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

I’ll be broadcasting our monthly GMR Update via WebEx, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CST on Tuesday, February 21. (Our broadcast is normally held on the third Monday of the month, but due to closures at NIH in observance of President’s Day, we’ve had to schedule this month’s broadcast on a Tuesday.) Please remember that this will be recorded, annotated and distributed to the GMR list following the broadcast for those who are unable to attend.

We encourage you to register for the broadcast online, but I’m sharing the connection information here as well, for those of you who, like me, find yourself looking for it at the last minute!

Join WebEx meeting

Meeting number (access code): 625 842 298

Meeting password: bwGtNgRP

Join by phone
1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

I look forward to sharing updates on funding for next year, upcoming courses, tools developed by our office to assist outreach activities, NLM updates and to answering your questions.

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UIUC’s Carlstone Wins ALCTS First Step Award

(via the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Jamie Carlstone, e-serials bibliographic control specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as the recipient of the 2017 First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant, presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (CRS). The award will be presented on Saturday, June 24, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

Carlstone began her professional career as e-serials bibliographic control specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in November, 2015. Prior to her professional position, Carlstone served as continuing-resources orders and cataloging supervisor at the University of Chicago where she also served as circulation services supervisor. Prior to the University of Chicago, Carlstone worked at the Center for Research Libraries as the JSTOR print archives assistant. In her current position, she is primarily responsible for the cataloging and maintenance of her library’s electronic serials records, and she has led an initiative to improve the quality of batch-loaded electronic serials records.

Carlstone has actively engaged in professional development activities through memberships in ALA, ALCTS, CRS, and NASIG. She was previously the recipient of the Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship, and she has attended relevant workshops, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s “Library Management Skills Institute I: The Manager and the ACRL Immersion: Instruction” course. She has also presented at meetings and is actively involved in research. The award jury is confident that her receipt of the 2017 First Step Award will further her professional development and strengthen her involvement with ALCTS and CRS.

Carlstone graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and American studies and subsequently earned a Master of Arts in early modern history from the University of Durham. She graduated from Dominican University with a Master of Library and Information Science in May of 2015.

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