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Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference Call for Proposals Open

(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference, themed “Harnessing the Winds of Change”. The 2017 meeting will take place on Thursday, June 8, and Friday, June 9, at the the DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook, IL. This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource-sharing to trade information and network with other colleagues. Watch for updates on the conference website, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have a new idea or success story to share?  We are accepting program proposals through Friday, January 13, on any of the following topic areas.

  • resource-sharing best practices
  • marketing services
  • electronic resources and resource-sharing
  • workflow improvements
  • cooperative collection development
  • consortial or group purchasing
  • purchase on demand
  • reciprocal borrowing
  • shared staffing and training
  • shared discovery layers
  • e-books
  • resource-sharing in next-gen systems
  • shared print projects
  • open educational resources

Proposed presentations can take the form of either a break-out session (45 minutes in length) or a lightning talk (15 minutes in length), with each including time for questions. Each proposal submission should include a title, description (75 words, maximum), and abstract (250 words, maximum). The online submission form is available here.

Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, with selected presenters notified by Friday, February 17. Accepted presenters will have the opportunity, but will not be obligated, to publish a version of their conference presentation in a special issue of the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserve. More information about this publishing opportunity is available here. Please direct any questions about the proposal procedure to Shelly Miller ( or Mark Sullivan (

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ACRL Launches Diversity Alliance

(via ACRL)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the launch of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, the ACRL Diversity Alliance program unites academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

By thinking bigger and broader, across all academic libraries, the alliance will introduce and welcome to the job market underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with work experiences that advance academic and research libraries. The commitment of each library leader to create one or more resident positions will increase the numbers of opportunities for professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to gain the knowledge, skills and competencies to thrive in an academic context.

Participation in the ACRL Diversity Alliance requires a deep commitment on the part of library leaders to open doors, share their networks and connect people at conferences, to facilitate deeper understanding of the profession and prepare them for participating in wider higher education community and for success in scholarship and professional service and leadership. In addition to the network of library leaders, residents will have access to a cohort and network that allows for sharing of ideas, resources and best practices. The ACRL Diversity Alliance grew out of an initiative led by founding members American University, the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech University, and West Virginia University.

Complete details on the ACRL Diversity Alliance, including information on how libraries may join the alliance, are available on the ACRL website.

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ACRL Immersion Program Call for New Faculty

(via ACRL)

ACRL is accepting applications for new faculty for the Immersion Program. Now in its seventeenth year, the Immersion Program brings together academic librarians for four to five days of intensive work in teaching and information literacy. With more than 2,000 graduates of previous national and regional sessions, the Immersion Program has transformed individuals, students, and instruction programs nationally and internationally. The faculty is currently engaged in a major program revision, based upon assessment data and feedback from Immersion alumni and the academic library community. We are looking for candidates who can bring a fresh perspective and creative ideas to this revision process.

The current Immersion Program curriculum is divided into six tracks.  In addition to these foundational programs, ACRL and the Immersion faculty look forward to new innovations in our curriculum. We are seeking experienced academic librarians and instructional designers who will help us analyze and re-envision the curriculum and take Immersion in new and exciting directions. Current faculty members (who include UIUC’s Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe) agree teaching in the Immersion Program is the most energizing and challenging professional development experience in which they have ever participated. Faculty members have direct opportunity to influence the future of information literacy and to further expand its impact as an educational change agenda.

The complete Call for Immersion Faculty is available online.  Application materials must submitted via email by 11:59 PM CST on Friday, November 4, to Margot Conahan, ACRL Manager of Professional Development, at mconahan@ala.orgCandidates will be interviewed in person at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2017. Applicants invited for an in-person interview will be notified by December 1 and may be required to provide additional information in mid-November. Questions can be directed to John Cosgrove at

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Call for Submissions and Nominations for PRIMO

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online. The deadline for nominations for the fall issue is Monday, October 31. Submissions are due Monday, November 14. Additional information about PRIMO, including the submission and nomination forms, is available here.

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but they are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year. If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission form rather than the Nomination form. For further information, please contact committee the co-chairs, Bill Marino at or Megan Hodge at

Important Note–All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

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Do you know the next ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year winner?

ACRL is now accepting nominations for the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development.

The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, comes with a plaque and a $5,000 award. Electronic submissions are required. Applicants must submit a nomination form and supporting documents via e-mail to Chase Ollis, at The nomination form must be completed in its entirety.

Nominations must be received by Friday, December 2 to receive full consideration. For more information about the criteria and nomination process, go here. For questions, contact the ACRL staff liaison, Chase Ollis, at, or the committee chair, Mike Courtney, at

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Call for Nominations for Excellence in Academic Libraries Awards

Please help the Excellence Awards Committee publicize the Excellence in Academic Libraries Awards – and think about whether you would like to nominate your own library!

This award:
Recognizes academic librarians and staff who work together as a team to create outstanding academic libraries that are furthering the educational missions of their institutions.

Academic libraries may demonstrate excellence through one or more of the following criteria, or in other ways that reflect the purpose and philosophy of this award:

•Creativity and innovation in meeting the needs of their academic community
•Leadership in developing and implementing exemplary pro- grams that other libraries can emulate
•Substantial and productive relationships with classroom faculty and students

Award: $3,000 and a plaque for each type of academic library (community college, college, and university). The award is sponsored by YBP Library Services. See the web site for previous winner of this award.

Nominations are due December 2, 2016.

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NN/LM – GMR Update at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 17

(via Molly Olmstead, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

Please join us for our monthly GMR Update on Monday, October 17, at 2:00 PM CST. If you have any questions in advance, go ahead and submit them with this form. Associate Director Liz Kiscaden will be sure to address all your questions during the update.

To join the training session online, follow these steps.

  • Go to the session.
  • Enter your name and e-mail address (or registration ID).
  • Enter the session password: GMRUpdate.
  • Click “Join Now”.
  • Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To join the training session by phone, follow these steps.

  • Call the toll-free for the U.S.: 1-650-479-3208.
  • Enter the access code: 624-862-428.
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(via Dr. Clara M. Chu, UIUC’s Mortenson Center for International Library Programs)

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will hold its 26th annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture, in conjunction with the Center’s 25th anniversary celebration. The event will take place at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center on the UIUC campus, from 1:00 to 6:00 PM CST on Friday, October 14. It is co-sponsored by UIUC’s Center for Global Studies and School of Information Sciences. The program will be livestreamed here

The event will begin with the Chai Wai and Mortenson Center Dialogue, “International Perspectives on Censorship”, which lasts from 1:00 to 2:30 PM and is co-sponsored by UIUC’s International Studies Library. The session will be moderated by Barbara Jones, a past Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. Panelists are Marianna Tax Choldin, Founding Director of the Mortenson Center and author of Garden of Broken Statues: Exploring Censorship in Russia;  and Ann Morgan, author of The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe. Attendees are invited to recommend their favorite international banned books on the “Banned Books Exchange Wall”. Virtual attendees will be able to tweet their #bannedbooks suggestions to @MortensonCenter.

The presentation will be followed by the investiture of Mortenson Distinguished Professor Dr. Clara M. Chu, from 3:00 to 3:30. From 3:30 to 4:00, there will be a reception, followed by a lecture given by Ann Morgan, lasting from 4:00 to 5:30. Morgan’s talk is titled “Reading the Globe: Exploring the World’s Literatures, Discovering Ourselves”. Afterwards, she will sign copies of her book.

To learn more about the Mortenson Center’s history and the other activities celebrating its 25th anniversary, go here. A recording of the October 14 event will be available here.

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Hotel Reservations at HSLI Conference Rate Extended to October 26

(via Roberta Craig, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center)

We have been able to extend the deadline for hotel reservations at the Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference rate to Wednesday, October 26. After that date, there is a $25 late fee. More information about this year’s HSLI Conference is below, and you may also visit the conference website.

The 2016 HSLI Conference, themed “Running With It: Library Trends in 2016”, will take place at the beautiful Pheasant Run Resort (located at 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles, IL, 60174) from Wednesday, November 9, to Friday, November 11. Please mark your calendars, arrange the time off, book your hotel room, and register to attend! The Resort offers an indoor and an indoor/outdoor pool, spa services, four onsite restaurants, and a beautifully-landscaped setting. For more information, you may contact the resort by phone (630-584-6300) or e-mail (, or you may visit its website.

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Legislative Update, 10/10/2016


At the beginning of October, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR), which will delay the passage of appropriations bills until after the fall election cycle. Libraries were supported in the CR, with relatively level funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program, Library of Congress, and other federal library programs. Appropriations committees in the House and Senate are looking favorably at libraries, supporting funding for major federal library programs. Read more about this news at the District Dispatch.


The big news in Illinois politics right now is of course the upcoming elections.  We have a few non-partisan resources to turn to for help in making our decisions.  First of all, the list of offices and candidates in the upcoming general election on November 8th is available at the State Board of Elections website.  Additionally, you can find helpful information at the League of Women Voters of Illinois and at the Voter’s Edge Illinois.

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