Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee’s Publicity Subcommittee)

Registration is still open for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois 2019 Conference, “Going Forward, Looking Back”, at the iHotel in Champaign, IL, from September 11 to 13. Don’t delay – early-bird registration ends Friday, August 23.

The Conference keynote speaker will be Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University Library, University of Illinois, and also Affiliate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Lisa’s talk is titled “From One Big Deal to Another? Libraries in an Open Access Age”. Lisa is professionally active in many organizations, a recipient of a number of awards, and a productive author. As ACRL President in 2010/2011, Lisa led the launch of the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative. She is currently Editor of Library Trends; a chef for the Society for Scholarly Publishing blog,”The Scholarly Kitchen”; and Chair of the IFLA Information Literacy Section.

And did you know that, when you register for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference, you can attend two CEs of your choice as part of your registration fee?

The following continuing education sessions will be offered on Thursday afternoon, September 12.

(Note: There are no MLA CE credits for Thursday sessions.)

  • “Citation Management Software: Advancing your Expertise with Freely Available Tools”

Presented by Kirstin Duffin

  • “Issues in Scholarly Communication for the Health Sciences”

Presented by Dan Tracy

The following continuing education sessions will be offered on Friday morning, September 13.

  • “Making Your Library Positively Accessible” (4 MLA CE)

Presented by JJ Pionke

  • “Teaching Critical Appraisal to Students in the Health Sciences” (4 MLA CE)

Presented by Laura Menard

For more information on CEs, see

Register by mail or online:

We hope to see you there!

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(via Thomas Gerrish, Purdue University)

Registration for the 2019 Midwest Data Librarian Symposium opens Monday, August 19 at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST)

Registration is free.

Registration instructions will be posted on the MDLS website.

MDLS19 will take place in Chicago, IL on September 30th & October 1st at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Due to space limitations, registration is capped. We anticipate that spots will fill up quickly, and a waitlist will be available.

Now in its fifth year, the Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) is intended to provide Midwest-located library professionals who support research data services the chance to network and expand their data-related knowledge base and skill sets. The symposium is open to all who wish to attend, including those from the Midwest and beyond as well as librarians in training. MDLS 2019 is sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Contact us at or on Twitter at @MW_DataLibSym if you have any questions about registration or other event details.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

For the first time, ILA is offering a Buddy System for registered attendees* of the 2019 ILA Annual Conference.

It can be intimidating to attend a large conference alone. With this experience, you can attend the conference, experience all the events, and meet someone new!

This program is for individuals attending the conference alone, first-time conference attendees, or those who want to meet someone new and invite them into their group. Buddy system participants will be paired based on their interests.

What You Can Expect

  • Receive buddy contact information by Friday, October 4.
  • Schedule one or two phone calls (or emails) ahead of the conference to introduce yourselves, answer questions, and go over the conference schedule.
  • Meet face-to-face at the President’s Reception on Monday, October 21, or before the Opening General Session on Tuesday, October 22.
  • Walk the exhibit hall together.
  • Meet for lunch, coffee, or during a networking event to check-in.

Please Note

  • This program is for those wishing to make professional connections and network in a professional setting. It is not designed as a dating service.
  • ILA is not responsible for fostering communication after attendees are paired up. You are responsible for contacting your buddy once ILA emails you their contact information.
  • You are not required to hang out with the person you’re paired with if you don’t feel it’s a good match.
  • You do not have to exchange any personal information if you are uncomfortable doing so. We will only provide an email address to contact your buddy.
  • ILA will contact you to get feedback on your experience with the Buddy System, and if you have a positive experience, we encourage you to share it with the ILA community

We are excited to offer this program to our conference attendees and hope members of the ILA community attending this year’s conference consider participating.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 6. To request a buddy, please go here. If you have any questions about the Buddy System, please contact Tamara Jenkins at (312) 644-1896 or

*This program is being offered to conference attendees only. Vendors and partners of ILA are not eligible to participate.


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via the Kentucky Library Association)

Registration is now open for the Kentucky Library Association Fall Conference, scheduled October 24 and 25 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Early-bird registration close September 30.

Featured speakers include Eric Litwin, original author of Pete the Cat; Rose Timmons Dawson, Director of the Alexandria Library; Joshua Bronnenberg, Museum Curator & Tours Manager for the Ryman Auditorium as well as speakers from the Library Freedom Project, Grow with Google, ALA Libraries Transform and ACRL Project Outcomes for Academic Libraries.

Hotel and registration information can be found at

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(via Dr. Maura Smale–New York City College of Technology, City University of New York)

With the new academic year coming up soon (or perhaps, for some, already begun!), we’re looking to bring on a few new bloggers here at ACRLog. We’d like to thank our 2018-2019 FYAL bloggers Melissa DeWitt and Zoë McLaughlin for their terrific posts this past year in our First Year Academic Librarian Experience series. We’d also like to encourage new academic librarians — those who are just beginning in their first position at an academic library — to blog with us during their first year.

FYAL bloggers typically publish posts monthly during the academic year. If you’re interested in applying to be a FYAL blogger for 2019-2020 here at ACRLog, applications are due by Saturday, September 7, 2019. Send an email to that includes:

– a sample blog post
– a brief note describing your job and your interest in blogging at ACRLog

Proposals are evaluated by the ACRLog blog team

When selecting FYAL bloggers we consider:

  • Diversity of race/ethnicity/sexual orientation/ability
  • Voices from a range of academic institutions (for example, community colleges, research universities, etc.) and job responsibilities within academic libraries (for example, instruction, cataloging, scholarly communications, etc.)
  • Clear and compelling writing style
  • Connection between day-to-day work and bigger conversations around theory, practice, criticism, LIS education, and other issues

Please send any questions to We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

This fall, in conjunction with the My Library Is campaign, RAILS and IACRL will co-host an online event to help academic libraries promote and articulate their value. To help with this event, academic librarians are invited to submit ideas for short presentations (10 min) regarding marketing and/or promotion efforts. These topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Making administrators/deans aware of the library’s value
  • Demonstrating the library’s impact on student success
  • Articulating the ways in which the library advances the missions/goals of your institution
  • Ensuring that libraries are brought to the table when big institutional decisions are being made
  • Making the faculty and other university/college staff aware of what the library can do for them
  • Making students aware of what the library can do for them

If you would like to be considered to present, please e-mail Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, at<>, with your idea by Friday, August 30.

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(via Laura Gariepy, Virginia Commonwealth University)

FREE Online Presentation

Raise Your Voice: Increasing Diversity and Inclusion by Participating in Scholarly Peer Review
Presented online via Zoom
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1pm – 2pm Central Time Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee Register here

Scholarly publishing needs input from diverse voices to ensure both quality and equity. Let an experienced peer reviewer for more than 10 LIS journals show you how scholarly peer review can benefit you, your peers, and the profession as a whole. You will leave this session with a better understanding of the peer review process, how participation in peer review can increase diversity and inclusion in our discipline’s scholarship, the characteristics of a constructive peer review, steps to begin participating as a reviewer, and some hands-on practice in thoughtful, respectful, and constructive peer criticism.

Erin Owens is the Access Services Coordinator and Scholarly Communications Librarian at Sam Houston State University, where she has been a member of the library faculty, in varying roles, for 12 years. She has ten years of experience in publishing original research in peer-reviewed journals, and six years of experience in serving as a peer reviewer for more than 10 different journals in Library and Information Science, including serving on editorial and peer review boards for several journals. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board for College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm Central time. 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 Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director)

Please join us for our iSchool/CARLI Career Fair  on November 14, 2019! Register here:  (final day to register=October 25).

Some information about the Career Fair:

…You don’t have to have jobs open to be an employer at the Career Fair. You can be an employer who’s promoting their organization and letting students/graduates know about your wonderful library.

…As a CARLI member, your registration as an employer at the iSchool/CARLI Career Fair is at no cost to your organization.

…The iSchool anticipates record numbers of graduates/soon-to-be graduates attending this Career Fair. It’s the first one in Champaign!

…The iSchool and CARLI are hosting a mixer immediately following the Career Fair.

…This is the first-ever iSchool/CARLI Career Fair! Join us for this inaugural event.

…The Career Fair is the day before the CARLI Annual Meeting (Annual Meeting registration is now open at

Let me know if you have any questions.

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(via Lindsey Lowry, University of Alabama)

Electronic Resources & Libraries 2020 conference workshop planners led by Angela Sidman have opened the Call for Workshops. A workshop is a 4-hour intensive course designed to take the attendee deep into subject matter with a knowledgeable, experienced instructor(s). These courses are created based on community input and align with our 8 tracks.

The Call for Workshops is open now through Monday, September 9.

Click here to submit a workshop proposal.

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(via Miranda Shake, HSLI Past President)

Illinois Heartland Library System recently featured two HSLI members, Nina Pals and Anieta Trame (both of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon), in its “Member Services: Site Visits at Special Libraries” update. Anna Yackle, Membership Coordinator at IHLS, visited Sarah Bush Lincoln HC to learn about the services it provides and recent projects Pals and Trame, who share director responsibilities, have undertaken. The part of the report covering Sarah Bush Lincoln HC is below.

Next I visited the Nina Pals and Anieta Trame at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon. Nina is listed as the Director, but she says Anieta and she share the position. They actively encourage members of the public to come in and use their library and do outreach within the hospital to help staff, patients and their families keep current with the latest medical advancements as well as any general questions they may have.  These smart and creative women were able to create a one-page annual report that using infographics to provide an accurate and engaging illustration of the dynamic asset the library is to the hospital.

To view the full update, which also covers SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon and Giertz Education Center at Krannet Art Museum on the UIUC campus, please go here.

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