Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

This is a reminder about the upcoming Project Outcome Webinar, presented by Sara Goek, ACRL Program Manager.

July 19, 2019, 10-11 a.m.

Register for the webinar by 5 p.m. on July 18 at

Attendees will learn about the new Project Outcome for Academic Libraries surveys and resources. Project Outcome is a free toolkit that helps libraries measure four key learning outcomes – knowledge, confidence, application, and awareness – across seven library program and service areas.  The survey topics cover: Instruction, Events/Programs, Research, Teaching Support, Digital & Special Collections, Space, and Library Technology. The toolkit provides academic libraries of any size the means to easily measure outcomes and use that data as the basis for improvements and advocacy.

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EIU’s Stacey Knight-Davis Receives ILA Reference Services Award

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Stacey Knight-Davis, Head of Library Technology Services at Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library, receives the 2019 Illinois Library Association (ILA) Reference Services Award, which is awarded annually for excellence in providing assistance to library users as they seek and use information. The award is sponsored by Ancel Glink.

One example of Knight-Davis’ dedication to assisting users is her work with STEP (Students with Autism Transitional Education Program), a specialized support program for students with Autism. Knight-Davis began this project by interviewing Autistic students to learn if the library was effective in assisting them with their informational needs. She then took the feedback provided in those interviews to improve library services and spaces.

Providing cultural and educational value, Knight-Davis has spearheaded a number of exhibits, including a Quidditch display for “Twenty Year of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon” and “Designs of Duty,” a traveling exhibit on Illinois veterans and theirservice-related tattoos that received national recognition.

Students, faculty and community members rely on Knight-Davis technical acumen to assist in troubleshooting software, equipment and other technology-related services. Furthermore, she routinely visits courses to ensure students are locating the information they need, and she is always eager to provide support.

Knight-Davis has published a chapter in the book The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment on faculty-library collaboration without assigned textbooks. This publication speaks to the campus-wide program she plannedand developed called “The Flu Then and Now.” Professional roles include committee work for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Great Midwest Technology Working Group and serving as president of Health Science Librarians of Illinois. Because of her commitment to providing specialized services for library users, Stacey Knight-Davis is extremely deserving of this year’s ILA Reference Services Award.

The Reference Services Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, October 22, during the 2019 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

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UIUC’s JJ Pionke Receives ILA Crosman Memorial Award

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) announces JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian & Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UICU), as the 2019 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 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 honors someone who has accomplished a great deal in a short time.

JJ has worked at the UIUC libraries since 2014 and prior to that worked at Wichita State University. In the last six years Mr. Pionke’s accomplishments have been many, making him a great choice for the Crosman Award. Mr. Pionke’s work has had an impact on thelibrary, campus, regional, and national level. Since 2013, he has received numerous grants and awards including the Arnold O. Beckman Research Award and an American Library Association (ALA) Carnegie Whitney Grant. He has co-edited a book, written or co-written ten chapters in other books, published or co-published thirteen peer- reviewed articles in journals, and has numerous other presentations and publications to his name.

He has worked tirelessly in support of diversity and inclusion. Mr. Pionke is currently the secretary of the Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois and serves as the chair of both, the Annual Meeting Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Medical Library Association. He has previously served on two ALA committees and numerous other committees and task forces in other professional associations for people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and veterans. He has done this by working with the University Facilities department to improve accessibility in library facilities; creating library resource guides on disabilities; developing, in conjunction with the University Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, an LGBT Ally Network; and working closely with the campus Veteran Center to improve library collections to better reflect veterans’ needs.

The Crosman Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday October 22, during the 2019 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Gwen Gregory, the Resource Acquisition and Management Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Daley Library, is the 2019 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.

Gwen Gregory has demonstrated clear leadership and dedication in not just academic librarianship, but the profession as a whole, at a number of levels. She has served as an officer and a committee member for the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries, including as President from 2015 to 2016. During her term leading IACRL, she worked to encourage greater participation by academic librarians in the Illinois Library Association, especially in legislative advocacy efforts. Gregory has also served on the ILA Conference Planning Committee and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System Executive Board. She has used her involvement in multiple Illinois library organizations as an opportunity to build partnerships and foster collaboration across all types of libraries in the state, including through planning joint conferences, meetings, and networking opportunities.

At the national level, Gregory has represented Illinois librarians by serving on American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries committees, including as IACRL’s representative to the ACRL Chapters Council. Despite her lengthy record of leadership, Gregory has sought to continue improving her leadership skills by participating in such programs as Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative.

Gregory has not only contributed to librarianship through her own leadership abilities, but she has also worked to foster leadership and initiative in others. She has shared her professional knowledge and expertise through over 40 published articles. Gregory has also provided training and guidance to the staff members she has supervised at Daley Library, along with serving on numerous library and university governance committees.

Outside of her work, Gregory has mentored and coached community college students and other groups. Her peers clearly recognize her leadership skills and eagerness to help others develop their own leadership abilities, as she received the 2018 Excellence in Mentoring Award from the UIC Library. As one of her supporting nominators for the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award wrote, “I’ve asked her for help, for advice and when I enter a room I always look for her, as I also consider her more than a library acquaintance, but a true friend. I also know I’m not the only one who thinks these things, Gwen is a thoughtful leader and is admired by her peers.”

The Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, October 22, during the 2019 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

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(via Krista Higham, Millersville University)

Support Staff Travel Award

Do you have a motivated and deserving staff member who could really benefit from attending the 2019 Access Services Conference (November 21-22 in Atlanta, GA)? The Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the Support Staff Travel Scholarship! #ASCATL

Nominate today:

Distinguished Achievement in Access Services

Do you know someone who is the epitome of excellence in Access Services? The Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Distinguished Achievement in Access Services Award! #ASCATL

Nominate today:

Nominations due July 31, 2019.  Please direct questions to

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI) | No Comments »

(via Elizabeth Clarage, CARLI)

The University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and CARLI are pleased to host the Association of College and Research Libraries: Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Workshop <> at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 29, 2019.

The learning outcomes for the program are:

*   Establish the library and institutional contexts to effectively engage in planning, self-study, accreditation, or program review processes.
*   Use the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and other foundational documents as a framework to develop benchmarks, evaluate quality and performance, and demonstrate value to the institutional mission.
*   Evaluate various metrics and assessment tools to select the best approach for a given situation.
*   Examine the role of leadership in building a culture of assessment to engage all librarians and staff members in effective decision-making.

This workshop is intended for all librarians, library staff, and library administrators who need to demonstrate the value of their library by documenting their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and/or to identify areas for quality improvement. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience applying the Standards. Though the primary audience is librarians, library staff, library administrators and other campus professionals in areas of assessment, institutional planning and improvement, and academic technology may be interested as well.

There is a $45 registration fee. A special room rate is available for lodging at Crown Plaza, West Loop location, on October 28, the day prior to the program.

For complete program, lodging, and registration information, visit the event page<>.

CARLI is committed to bringing the high-quality ACRL RoadShow Traveling Workshops to member library staff. The “Standards for Libraries in Higher Education” RoadShow is the third program co-sponsored by member libraries and CARLI since 2018, including “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” and “Engaging with the ACRL Framework”.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Based on feedback from our member libraries of all sizes and types (academic, public, school, and special), RAILS has launched a campaign to help libraries prove their value to their different stakeholders. The latest addition to the campaign is the website.

Members told us they wanted a place to share effective ways they have found to tell their stories and to learn from others. A key feature of the site is the Sharing Showcase, where libraries can post stories, talking points, marketing plans, videos, press releases, social media posts, and more. Please share what you have done at your library to help prove your value. Check out the showcase to see what libraries have already shared!

The site also includes a Get Started section, with general resources and toolkits, library value calculators, information on networking opportunities, and specific information for each type of library. There is also a blog where RAILS and members will share helpful information and a training section that includes networking opportunities, webinars, and workshops.

Visit today and let us know what you think! (You can contact Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director, with all feedback.) And be sure to check back often, as RAILS (and hopefully our members!) will be adding new content on a regular basis.

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(via Kelly McCallister, Appalachian State University)

This year’s 2019 FreeLearning Conference will be held online in Zoom on Tuesday, August 13th. We welcome and and encourage any of you who’d be willing to present, to submit a proposal for an online session. Historically, this conference has attracted about a hundred participants from higher ed in our region. The group has been primarily made up of faculty, librarians, instructional technologists, instructional designers and administrators.

If you think you’ll be available on August 13th, and you’re interested, please complete the Call for Proposals here. We hope this time and delivery might allow some participants, like yourself, who are not in the area to participate. The registration link is also now live.

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College & Research Libraries News Seeking Cover Art

(via ACRL)

C&RL News is looking for images from library collections to feature on upcoming covers. If you have items in your collections that you think would make attractive C&RL News covers, we would love to see them. To submit images (or image collections), send URLs for Web-based images or images directly as attachments to David Free at<>. Please include a brief description of the item and your collection. Images selected to appear as C&RL News covers will require a high-resolution electronic image (300 dpi or higher) to be submitted prior to the publication date. Complete guidelines for the submission of cover illustrations are available on the C&RL News website <>.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

ALA invites all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries who transform communities and improve lives. Nominations are being accepted online now through Oct. 21, 2019. Ten librarians will receive $5,000, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on Jan. 25, 2020, in Philadelphia.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations | No Comments »