Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria)

If you are a health sciences library hosting a graduate assistant this semester or know of a graduate student interested in health sciences librarianship, we hope you will forward the message below to the person. We are accepting applications until Friday, September 22.

Thank you!

Dear Student,

As a member of the HSLI Annual Conference Planning Committee, I would like to invite you to attend the Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois this fall.  This conference will feature continuing education, invited speakers, and networking opportunities for Library Science students to learn about health sciences librarianship from professionals in the field.

We would also encourage students to consider volunteering at the conference.  We are currently seeking two volunteers to help with registrations, take photos of events, tear down displays, and be a communication runner between sessions.  In return for their assistance, students will receive a waiver for the conference registration fee and be able to add this to their professional resume.  To apply, students need to fill out this Qualtrics form and attached their resume to the form.  Applications are due Friday, September 22.  Applicants will be informed of the decision by September 27.

Should you have any questions about our annual conference, the HSLI organization, or the student-volunteer opportunity, please contact Emily Johnson, Chair of the HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Committee, at, or explore the HSLI website.

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Call for ACRL College Libraries Section Fall 2017 Newsletter Items

(via Lindsay Davis, University of California Merced)

The ACRL College Libraries Section Communications Committee invites you to submit an article for the Fall, 2017, CLS Newsletter.  Did you present at a conference? Are you having a program at ALA Midwinter? Did your library launch an interesting service this fall? Did your library have a successful event? Did you get a new position or publish? We want to know!

Feel free to check out our CLS Newsletter Archive. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 29. Please submit your article to Lindsay Davis, at

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(via Kristen Cooper, University of Minnesota)

The ACRL Science and Technology Section’s Information Literacy Chat Subcommittee is seeking proposals from librarians interested in leading an online discussion related to the theme “STEM, Library instruction, and applying the ACRL Framework“. We hope to hold chats once a month, using either Adobe Connect or WebEx.

Discussion leaders present content for 10-15 minutes via slides and microphone and then attendees discuss the topic. Chats are held for one hour, usually in the afternoon, on a day around the middle of the month. More information about the Chat, as well as an archive of past events can be found here. Please use this form to apply and view dates we are seeking to fill.

This is a great opportunity to share how you are using the ACRL Framework and spark new ideas thru discussion with other science librarians. A member of the ACRL STS Information Literacy committee will contact you with further details if you are chosen. We will also notify you asap if we are unable to include your chat idea within this year.

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(via Meghan Sitar–University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

The ACRL Instruction Section is seeking a Publication Editor. This volunteer position provides final-round editing for IS publications. The position is intended to ensure that IS publications are consistent, professional, and polished, and that they reflect well on IS and on ACRL. This position is also intended to remove some of the burden of detail editing from IS committees or individuals, freeing them to focus more of their energy on a document’s content. The duties and responsibilities of the Publication Editor include:

  • ensuring correct and consistent Chicago citation style
  • final copy-editing as needed (i.e. grammar, punctuation, etc. according to Chicago)
  • final proofreading as needed (i.e. factual accuracy, clarity, etc.)

Please see the full description for more details.

Interested in being considered? Please submit a letter of interest outlining your experience and knowledge applicable to the position, a curriculum vitae or résumé, and samples of relevant work to IS Vice Chair, Meghan Sitar, at Deadline for applications is Friday December 1. Applicants will be notified after the ALA Midwinter meeting.

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(via Eric Kidwell, Huntingdon College)

College libraries across the land are coming up with new and innovative ways to connect with their students and faculty and demonstrate their continued value to college administrators.  What have you done that could serve as a model for other college libraries?  Apply for the CLS Innovation College Librarianship Award and shine a light on your library and help colleagues at other institutions learn how they may meet similar goals. The purpose of the CLS Innovation Award is to recognize college librarians and staff who demonstrate successful introduction of innovation in their library through a new idea, method, project, or device that enhances student learning and/or faculty development and overall works to promote the library as integral to the achievement of the college’s mission. Winners will receive a $1,000 award and plaque, donated by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium.

As nominee(s), the librarian(s) must have demonstrated a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services, and operations; or creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community. At least one of the nominees must be an ALA member to be eligible for this award. Nominees must be in an academic library setting at institutions fitting the Carnegie classifications of Baccalaureate or Masters Colleges and Universities. Applications are kept in the award pool for three years. Applications may be updated each year, as long as they are received by the award deadline.

Electronic submissions are required. All electronic attachments should be emailed to Nominations should include the following information.

  • name, address, e-mail and phone number of self-applicant or the person you are nominating
  • letter of nomination (including self-nomination) (no more than 1,000 words)
  • written description of a new idea, method, project or device that enhances student learning, or faculty development and overall works to promote the library as integral to the achievement of the college’s mission; describe the impact that it has had (or is anticipated to have) on the library and how it supports the college’s mission; also describe what other librarians can learn from the experience and how it could be replicable in other libraries
  • C.V. (required)
  • letter of recommendation, if appropriate
  • completed online form.

The selected recipient will provide a statement after the project, to be used in the announcement for the following year’s award call for nominations, to describe the impact that the project has had on their library. If possible, please submit a high resolution photo of the nominee (at least 300 dpi). The photo will be used to make the official winner announcement immediately after the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 1. Questions or requests for assistance in compiling an nomination should be directed to Eric A. Kidwell, Huntingdon College, at (334) 833-4420 or, or Chase Ollis, at Past recipients include Tish Hayes, Terra B. Jacobson and Troy A. Swanson, all of the Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) Library, who won the award in 2014.

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(via Bobbi Newman,

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting members for a public-libraries-only offering of the class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This provides 12 CE credit, which is the amount needed for the Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from the Medical Library Association. The certificate is good for three years. In addition to completing the coursework, participants will be asked to provide feedback on the platform, course content, and the cohort experience. The NNLM will cover the application cost for the CHIS certificate for all participants who complete the coursework and the surveys. We will use your feedback on the class to ensure our courses meet the unique needs of public libraries.

The course will last from October 30 through November 5 and will take the form of an online asynchronous class. To registers, please e-mail Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region, at Please note there is a waiting list for this class, so please take a careful look at your schedule during the class dates. Plan to spend 3-5 hours a week on course. Only submit your name if you are committed to completing the course work and evaluations.

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Nominations Sought for 2017 Starfish Thrower Award

(via Miranda Shake, HSLI President)

Annually, we nominate a member of HSLI for the Starfish Thrower Award. The Award recognizes the efforts and contributions of an HSLI member toward the success of the organization. The Starfish Thrower Award is based on the story of the child who “makes a difference” by throwing stranded starfish back into the ocean, one at a time.

The nomination form can be found on the Awards page. Any HSLI member may nominate any other HSLI member. Nominations are due by Friday, October 13.



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ALCTS Seeking 2018 Innovation Awards Nominations (deadline Dec. 1)

(via Keri Cascio–Executive Director, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals or groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in collaboration and innovation.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate for either of the awards, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is Friday, December 1.

  • ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation
    The Collection Management Section (CMS) presents the ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation, which recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The award consists of a citation and $2,000 generously donated by ProQuest.

Criteria for selection of the winner will be determined by the person’s achievements, including but not limited to:

  • building and managing new types of electronic collections and materials
  • addressing selection issues and processes for electronic resources
  • creating effective organizational structures for the workflow management and development of electronic resource collections
  • increasing visibility, discovery and user access to electronic library resources

Nominations should include the name, address, phone number and email address of each nominee and nominating party, a formal statement of nomination that includes a rationale, a description of any projects that the nominee has initiated and successfully completed and letters of support and endorsement. Letters of endorsement from others should provide additional evidence of the worthiness of the nominee. The number of letters of endorsement received for a nominee shall not be a determining factor in the selection process; rather, the evidence of the person’s accomplishments that fulfill the intent of the award shall be the factor considered. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current employees of ProQuest and its subsidiaries are not eligible for the award.

Send nominations to: Jennifer Peters, chair, ProQuest Coutts Award Jury

Visit the ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation page for more information.

  • Outstanding Collaboration Citation
    This award recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes actions, services or products that improve and benefit the providing and managing of library collections. The citation may be presented to two or more individuals or groups who have participated jointly in an appropriate achievement. Accomplishments that expose problems may be as valuable as successes. The citation will be presented in a year when an achievement of merit has occurred. Recognized forms of collaboration must be between library personnel and other individuals or such groups as publishers, vendors, cultural organizations, government agencies, philanthropic organizations and the like. Results of a collaborative effort must demonstrate advancement in collection management or technical services working environments.

Send nominations, along with written justification for the citation in terms of demonstrated outcomes in work achieved through actions, services or products; how the achievement contributed to the fulfillment of needs in the work of collection management or technical services and any other factors relevant to the merit of the achievement and two letters of recommendation to: Cynthia Whitacre, chair, Citation Jury.

Visit the Outstanding Collaboration page for more information. 

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ILA Diversity Survey Responses Sought (Deadline Sept.20)

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The ILA Diversity Task Force wants to hear about the experiences of Illinois library workers from traditionally underrepresented groups in the field. Survey responses will be collected and examined to provide recommendations to ILA for the pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Illinois library community. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

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(via Susan Steelman, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library)

The 2018 National Programming Committee invites reviewers for papers, posters and lightning talks for the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition, to be held May 18-23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. To apply, fill out the Reviewer Interest form by Friday, September 22. The link to the interest form is here. Reviewing opens October 16, 2017 and ends October 22, 2017. It is anticipated that each reviewer will need to devote 5 – 8 hours to reading and scoring abstracts. Reviews will occur on an online system, which is accessible 24/7 during the review time-frame.

The role of a MLA abstract reviewer is separate from the abstract submission process. The online reviewing system will not match reviewers with their own abstracts, and will include a method for reviewers to recuse themselves from reviewing specific abstracts for any reason. Performing the role of MLA abstract reviewer earns one 1 AHIP point. Online training on how to conduct reviews will be available in early October. The training will be recorded and available throughout the entire review period. By filling out this interest form, you will receive an invitation to this training.

Please share this message with colleagues. All MLA members are welcome to participate in reviewing of abstracts. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, contact the Contributed Content Working Group at

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