Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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(via Dr. Laura Gariepy, Virginia Commonwealth University)

 FREE Online Presentation: Working on Ourselves: Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Literature Searching 

Presented online via Zoom

Monday, December 9th 2019 1:00-2:00pm CST
Register Here

Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee

Unconscious, or implicit, bias in medical research and care is well documented– black patients on average receive less pain medication; heart attacks are underdiagnosed in women; and non-white, non-male populations are underrepresented in clinical trials. We offer our experiences as medical librarians as a starting point for this interactive workshop, which explores tools that librarians can use to recognize and address unconscious bias in scholarly research and library systems. While this program focuses on health sciences materials, we invite librarians from all subject specialties to participate. Participants will receive a copy of the curriculum to adapt to their own contexts.

Molly Higgins, MLIS, is currently a Reference and Digital Services Librarian and the Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service. She has previously worked at Stony Brook University’s Health Science Library and the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library. She has experience in the health sciences, Asian American Studies, and business librarianship. She specializes in the intersections of instructional design, technology, and issues of diversity and representation. She holds an MLIS from the University of Washington and a BA in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In this webinar, she is not representing the Congressional Research Service, and the views expressed herein are her own and not presented as those of the Congressional Research Service or the Library of Congress.

Rachel Keiko Stark, MS, AHIP, is the Health Sciences Librarian for Sacramento State University. She has previously worked as a Library Manager for Kaiser Permanente and as the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Librarian at the University of the Pacific. Rachel has also worked as a Youth Services Librarian and as a Medical Librarian. She holds a MS from Drexel University and a BA from Willamette University. Her research interests include intergenerational communication in librarianship, intergenerational communication in the Japanese American community, and Interprofessional Education. When not working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her two large dogs and playing both video and board games.

This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Monday, December 9th from 1:00-2:00pm CST via Zoom. Register here.

If you can’t make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so that you’ll receive an email that includes a link to the video of the presentation.

Please direct questions and concerns to Laura Gariepy (, Chair of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. A full list of the committee’s past and future programs are available here.

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(via Luke Vilelle, Hollins University)

Nominations are due this Friday, December 6, for the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. This is your opportunity to acknowledge the excellent work that you and your colleagues do on behalf of your student and scholar community. We have three library categories for which we award: Community College, College, and University. Not only will the winning libraries gain recognition and esteem for perpetuity, but each winner will also receive $3,000 from our generous sponsor GOBI Solutions/EBSCO and a visit from an ACRL officer for an on-campus awards ceremony.

Everything you need to know about the award and putting together a nomination packet is available here. If you have questions, contact the Committee Chair, Cheryl Middleton, at, or the Co-Chair, Lauren Pressley, at

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations | No Comments »

Update, 12/5/19

Due to low registration, IACRL has decided to cancel the webinar showing. It has not yet been rescheduled.

(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL President)

Join us at the NIU Founders Memorial Library for an ACRL webinar “Copyright and Course Reserves: Print Reserves” on Friday, December 6, starting at 9:00 AM. Light breakfast refreshments will be served. After the webinar, discuss issues and concepts with fellow attendees. End your morning with a tour of the Founders NIU Memorial Library.

Directions to the library are available here. The Visitors Lot is next to the library, and parking costs $5.00.

Please RSVP by e-mailing Sarah McHone-Chase, at mchonechase@niu.eduThere is no charge to attend the webinar.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via RAILS)

Registration is now open for the RAILS webinar “PR + Media Relations 101 – PR as Part of Library Marketing”. Learn about the basics of PR (including building good media relations), its place in the marketing cycle, what PR can (and maybe can’t) do for libraries, best practices for the way media works today, basic elements for your PR toolkit, and how setting clear expectations for PR can lead to greater success.

Library marketing consultant Jennifer Burke will present this webinar on Tuesday, December 10, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. Register via L2.

Posted in Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via CARLI)

In celebration of 40 years of resource sharing in Illinois by CARLI and its predecessor organizations, and to help grow the profession, CARLI has established a scholarship that will be available for the first time in 2020. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to current employees of CARLI Governing Member Libraries pursuing graduate studies leading to a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Details and information on how to apply are available on the CARLI web site.

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

(via the Medical Library Association)

Research by the Numbers: Measuring and Increasing Impact

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Central Time

Cost: $65.00 for MLA members, $85.00 for non-members

Getting questions about Journal Impact Factors, H-Index, or altmetrics you don’t know how to answer? Need a refresher on metrics best practices for responsible use? This webinar on publication impact metrics and related tools will have a positive impact on you!  #MLAResearchNumbers

Learn more about and purchase Research by the Numbers: Measuring and Increasing Impact.

Also, keep an eye out as MLA will share its list of 2020 webinars in December.

Posted in Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Swetta Abeyta, Saint Mary’s College)

We are pleased to announce that the next Annual Meeting of the Northern California Technical Processes Group (NCTPG) will take place in San Francisco on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Our 83rd annual meeting theme is “Open in Technical Services”

For 2020, we will have two options for presenting. Full presentations are usually 20-30 minutes with additional participation in a panel discussion. Or participants can do a 5 minute lightning round talk on a project or idea that fits the theme.

At this event, we expect to have a broad representation of types of libraries (public, academic, special) and a diverse representation of roles within and around technical services.  This half-day event will be held in Koret Auditorium at San Francisco Public Library, with optional afternoon tours of related interest nearby.

Possible topics related to the theme include:

  • How Open Access resources are organized and maintained in your library system.
  • Ebook package management
  • Managing vendor relationships in the digital landscape
  • Digital repository management
  • Accessing, cataloging and maintaining free and open resources on the web
  • Maximizing library resources on a tightening budget
  • Textbook management and Open Educational Resources

Please submit your proposal to the NCTPG steering committee with the subject “2020 Call for Presentations” at

Deadline for submission: Friday, January 3, 2020.

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(via Susan Garrison, Rice University)

Connect with your peers at our second virtual webinar! This 2019 Fall Virtual Forum II webinar will focus on working with patrons experiencing homelessness and trauma while keeping you safe at your workplace. Details are in the link below. Share with your friends and colleagues. Registration is free!

Title: How to better serve our patrons experiencing homelessness and trauma

Presenters, Dayra Gonzalez, Senior Library Service Specialist at the Houston Public Library and Agnes Ho, Director of Student Wellbeing Office Rice University.

Dayra and Agnes will discuss working with library patrons experiencing homelessness and traumatic experiences. They will examine the connection between homelessness and trauma, provide an overview of the impact of trauma, and explore how trauma-informed approaches can be implemented in a library setting.

To pre-register, please go here.

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(via Sarah LeMire, Texas A&M University)

The Libraries and Veterans National Forum is a two-day symposium to discuss strategies for supporting library patrons and library workers who are veteran or military-affiliated. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (LG-12-19-0114 <>).  Fifty library workers from a variety of library types and from around the country will be selected to attend the symposium, with travel and accommodations covered courtesy of the IMLS grant. The Forum is scheduled for June 8-9, 2020 in College Station, Texas.

The Libraries and Veterans National Forum is intended to move forward the conversation about veteran and military-affiliated patrons in libraries. To that end, we particularly encourage library workers who are actively engaged in working with these communities to apply to attend.  Engagement with veteran and military communities could look like targeted programs or services, or it could look like collections, spaces, or policies aimed at making libraries friendlier to veteran and military-affiliated patrons.  Or it could be something else entirely!  We want to hear what you’re doing and how you could share your experience.

We also want to extend a specific invitation to library workers from traditionally underrepresented groups and those who work with underrepresented groups within the veteran and military communities to apply to attend.

To indicate interest in attending and for more information, check out our website:  The Call for Interest in Attending will close on Sunday, December 15, 2019, and selected participants will be notified in January 2020.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah LeMire, Texas A&M University Libraries, at

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(via the American Library Association)

Has your library implemented an interesting activity or service related to nonpartisan voter education, voter registration, or services for voters? Does your organization offer a resource that can be used by libraries in those activities?

Would you like to showcase that work at ALA Annual in June, 2020?

As part of ALA’s work on civic engagement, the Public Policy and Advocacy Office (PPA) and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), in partnership with the Committees on Legislation and Library Advocacy, are pleased to host “Early and Often: Engaging Voters Throughout the Election Cycle” at ALA Annual in June. We are accepting proposals for lightning talks (5 minute presentations) featuring libraries and partner organizations that offer resources, programming, or services to increase voter engagement. Libraries of all types are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are due Friday, December 20. To submit one, use this form. All proposals will receive a response by January 10.

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