Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Helen Spielbauer, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is Friday, July 28.

The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-nine fellows and 65 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2017. To date, 39 fellows have received director appointments and over 58 percent have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a year-long fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library.

The program is designed to benefit participants in the following ways.

  • introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels
  • introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries
  • develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support
  • expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors
  • examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows
  • create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers
  • promote diversity in the leadership of the profession
  • offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions

Application Process

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the July 28, 2017 deadline for potential fellows for the 2017-2018 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting the Leadership Fellows Program Director at the address below by Friday, July 28. The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available on the AAHSL website. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, at

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(via Miranda Shake, Lakeview College of Nursing)

It’s not too early to register for the 2017 Joint Conference of the Midwest Chapter/MLA and the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA), October 13-16! Early bird registration doesn’t end until September 23rd but why wait? REGISTER NOW!!!

Program-At-A-Glance is now available online with conference highlights including:

  • 6 CE Opportunities!
    • Perspectives in Research Data Management (4 MLA CE credits)
    • Advanced PubMed (4 CEs)
    • Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community (4 CEs)
    • Data Management for Librarians (4 CEs)
    • Environmental Health Policy: Sources & Strategies for Effective Searching (2 CEs)
    • Engaging Assessment to Show Value & Make Decisions (3 CEs)
  • Keynote Speaker: Curt Guyette, an award-winning investigative journalist for the ACLU Michigan whose coverage of the Flint Water Crisis gained him national recognition.
  • Panel: Educating 21st Century Doctors featuring:
    • Dr. Michelle Daniel, Assistant Dean for Curriculum, The University of Michigan
    • Dr. Robert Folberg, Founding Dean, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Mediicne
    • Laurie Richlin, Founding Director, Wayne State University School of Medicine Office of Learning & Teaching

Visit the conference website for more information. For the latest updates, join the Midwest/MLA Facebook group or follow MHSLA on Twitter @MHSLANews!

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(via Meg Meiman, Indiana University Bloomington)

There are still a few places left for the 2017 Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium, so do please register if you plan to attend!

The Colloquium will take place on Thursday, August 3, at Indiana University Southeast (New Albany, Indiana), and will run from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

The Colloquium seeks to explore which pedagogical strategies and theoretical perspectives librarians might employ to engage students in complex conversations about the nature of credibility, truth, and authority. Attendees of this colloquium will have the opportunity to participate in 90 minute workshops designed to engage participants in raising questions, proposing solutions, and generating ideas around information literacy instruction in the current sociopolitical climate.

Workshop descriptions and additional information about the event are available via the Colloquium web site: The online registration is available at Registration is limited to
100 participants and will end on Friday, July 28. The $60 registration fee will include breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks.

Participants may stay at a nearby hotel.  (Alas, on-campus housing registration is currently closed.) Colloquium cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to maccardi [at], and are subject to a $20 cancellation fee due to required processing fees.  Cancellations received after July 28th are non-refundable.

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Save the Date: Re-think It 2018 in Austin, TX (January 8-10

(via Catherine Hamer, University of Texas at Austin)

Save the date! Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age is January 8 – 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Registration opens August 2017. To receive updates and announcements, subscribe here.

Re-think it 2018 is presented by the University of Texas Libraries, Austin Community College Library Services, and the Austin Public Library. Our conference brings together academic, school, and public librarians, administrators, technologists, architects, designers, furniture manufacturers and educators from across the country to discuss, share, learn, and collectively re-think the increasingly important role libraries play in the communities that they serve.

Re-think it builds on the inaugural conference at the Mary Idema Pew Library at Grand Valley State University, continuing important conversations that showcase new spaces, novel ways of working, and innovative organizational structures that have transformed libraries of every type in our local communities and around the world.  

Themes of the presentations and panelists will include:

·         Developing forward-thinking organizational culture;

·         Transforming physical library spaces and places;

·         Promoting innovative services, programs, or technologies;

·         Assessing and evaluating spaces, services, technologies and programs; and

·         Reflecting on ways libraries are meeting community values and needs.

Open Call for Proposals
Re-think it is accepting submissions for twenty-minute presentations and brief eight-minute lightning round talks that address best practices, case studies, projects, and creative ideas supporting any of the aforementioned themes.

Submissions accepted through August 25, 2017. Notifications of acceptance September 2017.

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(via Kim Copenhaver, President, Florida Chapter of ACRL)

The Florida Chapter of ACRL (FACRL) is seeking proposals for presentations and poster sessions for the 2017 FACRL Annual Conference to explore digital literacy in higher education and the library’s responsibility to lead the charge toward the creation of learners with the requisite skills to engage critically and ethically with information in an open knowledge society.  As proven authorities on information literacy, librarians are well positioned to lead learners through a politically and digitally polarized environment and advocate for the development of digital citizenship. The annual conference will be held on Friday, October 20, at the Tampa Bay History Museum, Tampa, FL.

Proposals are due by August 14, 2017, and should be submitted via the following link: Presentations should be 45 minutes in length with additional time provided for questions. Acceptance emails will be sent on or before August 25, 2017.

Presentations and posters of superior quality may be considered for future publication in a special issue of The Reference Librariana major refereed journal published by Taylor and Francis.

Presentations and posters may address the following, but all proposals relevant to academic librarianship and digital literacy will be considered:

·  Institutional initiatives showcasing librarians as leaders, teachers, and supporters of digital citizenship at their respective institutions.

·  Innovative applications of the ACRL Framework and corresponding instructional strategies that help students explore and understand the concepts of digital literacy.

·  Case studies highlighting libraries capitalizing on the sensationalism of fake news to convene and lead, insightful community conversations on the moral and ethical implications of digital literacy.

·  Digital collection development and how using electronic library resources can promote critical thinking, improve reading skills, and help learners better understand the research process.

·  Legislative advocacy initiatives involving broader campus communities to inform and inspire action supporting the principles of digital literacy, freedom of information and efforts to ensure equal access to information.

·  Other topics relevant to academic libraries and digital literacy. Need additional information to supplement your proposal? Check out the resources provided by the Digital Citizens Alliance and the Digital Citizenship Institute.

Inquiries may be sent to the FACRL Program Selection Committee Chair, Michelle Demeter at or 850-645-2707.

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ALADN Seeking Host City for 2019 Conference

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL President)

Is your institution interested in making a proposal to host a future ALADN (Academic Library Advancement and Development Network) Conference? This is a great opportunity to showcase your city and host a valuable conference on library development.

ALADN has created a more formal structure to help potential hosting institutions understand and anticipate the responsibilities that come along with hosting the conference and to select future sites. The ALADN Site Selection Committee works with institutions that would like to host an upcoming conference.

If your institution or a group of institutions would like to be considered as a host for an ALADN conference, please click here to apply. A proposal should consider:

  • travel time and expense for attendees to the conference city/host location;
  • your ability to negotiate and contract with a local hotel for a room block, meeting rooms, and meals;
  • your institution’s ability to manage registration payments and hotel and restaurant invoices (including any alcohol served);
  • vendor sponsorship solicitations;
  • staffing to lead local hosting needs (registration desk, restaurant and meal negotiation, giveaways, accommodations for speakers, etc.)

For more information, please go here, or contact Mary Moser (Deputy Manager for Outreach, Marketing, Fundraising, and Grants at Healey Library, University of Massachusetts Boston), at

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RAILS Webinar on Library Privacy Tuesday, July 25 (1:00-2:30 PM)

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

RAILS is offering a webinar called “Navigating the Changing Landscape of Library Privacy” on Tuesday, July 25, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CST.  The presenters are Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, and Mike Robinson, Head of Systems at the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Learn about contemporary patron privacy issues facing libraries today, and the practical actions libraries can take to improve patron privacy protections.

Log in to L2 for more information and to register. Please contact Louise Svehla, at, with any questions.

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CARLI Joins the Open Textbook Network

(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

CARLI has joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives. OTN supports the Open Textbook Library, a searchable online catalog of complete textbooks available for faculty and students to freely use, adapt and distribute to best meet the needs of their courses. Open textbooks can be downloaded at no cost or printed inexpensively. CARLI is thrilled to be a part of this community of schools, universities, and institutions making a difference in higher education by addressing the growing concerns about educational affordability.

Seventeen CARLI Governing member institutions plus two Illinois consortia supported CARLI’s membership in the OTN. Through this collaboratively funded system membership, all 128 CARLI Governing member libraries will realize the benefits of OTN membership. A special thanks to these contributors: Aurora University, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago State University, CODSULI (Council of Directors of State University Libraries in Illinois), College of Lake County, DePaul University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, The John Marshall Law School, Knox College, LIBRAS, Lincoln Land Community College, National Louis University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Oakton Community College, Richland Community College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Waubonsee Community College.

CARLI system leaders selected by the library directors at contributing institutions will attend the OTN Summer Institute in Minneapolis. These leaders are: Anne Chernaik, College of Lake County; Chris Diaz, Northwestern University; Kathy Ladell, Northern Illinois University; Anne Shelley, Illinois State University; and Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CARLI staff member Elizabeth Clarage, will also attend.

Following this initial institute, CARLI’s system leaders, in conjunction with OTN staff, will coordinate full-day “train the trainer” workshops to be offered to CARLI member libraries in 2018. These workshops will focus on developing leaders at Illinois colleges and universities to assist in cultivating strategies for advancing the use of open educational resources, specifically openly licensed textbooks, to lessen the cost of these materials for students on their campuses.The workshops will also help attendees gain expertise in helping faculty understand the negative impact high textbook costs can have on students’ academic performance.

For more information about CARLI’s OTN membership, contact Elizabeth Clarage, or send an email to

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Legislative Update, 7/21/2017


The Trump Administration’s proposed elimination of (which was later amended to a 90% cut to) IMLS funding for FY18 may not be realized. House appropriations committees voted on July 13 and July 19 for level funding of IMLS in FY18. Funding for additional library programs, namely the Library Services and Technology Act and Innovative Approaches to Literacy, are expected to remain stable, as well. The House Appropriations Committee also approved a $20 million increase in funding for the NLM, to $413.9 million for FY18. House and Senate appropriations votes likely won’t occur until the fall, in September or later. Read more about ALA’s Fight for Libraries! campaign.

Following up on the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, which took place July 12, 2017, read comments submitted to the FCC by ALA.

Legislative debate continues on replacing or simply repealing the Affordable Care Act. Congress so far has been unable to reach a critical mass of support for either action. Senator John McCain’s recent diagnosis of brain cancer will likely further slow congressional action on the healthcare debate. This recent news article from Reuters provides a current report.


If you feel like letting your state legislators know that you appreciate their work to pass the recent budget, here is some advice along with letter templates from the Illinois Health and Hospital Association:

New Under the Dome podcast available from the State Journal-Register:

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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship.  The scholarship, named in honor of dedicated HSLI member Syed Maghrabi (1945-2000), supports Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) members’ participation in the HSLI annual conference. The scholarship will provide reimbursement for a free 2017 HSLI conference registration and one night at the conference hotel. To apply, the applicant must be a current member of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (2017 dues paid) and write a brief essay explaining why she or he is interested in receiving the scholarship. Recipients are responsible for registering and making hotel arrangements on their own. After the conference, each recipient will write an article for the HSLI Newsletter blog, explaining how she or he plans to professionally apply the knowledge gained at the conference.

Applications are due: September 13th

Please fill out the application form and submit to Miranda Shake, HSLI President. More information about previous scholarship recipients and about librarian Syed Maghrabi (1945-2000) after whom the scholarship was named can be found at the HSLI site.

More information about the 2017 HSLI conference October 25-27, Bloomington, IL) can be found at the conference website.

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