Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Rebecca Raszewski, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago)

The Collection Development Section of the Medical Library Association is seeking nominations for the Daniel T. Richards Prize of $250.00 for writing related to health sciences collection development. The Richards Prize will be presented to an individual who created a work in any format related to collecting in the health sciences. This work must be widely accessible to the library community and written or produced within the last two years.

The Daniel T. Richards Prize is presented annually to an individual who has authored a work, in any format (print, audiovisual, electronic, etc.), related to collection development in the health sciences. The work must be widely available to the library community and written or produced within the previous 24 months. If a work is nominated in its first year of eligibility but is not awarded the prize, it may be nominated again in its second year of eligibility. In the event there is more than one author, an award certificate will be given to each author, and the cash award of $250.00 will be divided among the authors.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 19. Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominations need to include complete names of authors, addresses, institutional affiliations, and the complete citation along with a final version of the work. E-mail  nominations to Rebecca Raszewski, Awards Committee Chair at raszewr1 AT Notification to the winner and the winner’s institution, and announcements in Developments and MLA News will be made prior to the annual MLA meeting in Atlanta.

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Reminder: ILA Legislative Meet-Ups in January and February

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Illinois Library Association sponsors meetups where librarians can meet with legislators to let them know what is important to us. This is your chance to meet your state legislators and give them feedback! The 2018 events start January 29 and run through the end of February. Check for one in your area.

This year our regional advocacy efforts expand with eight legislative events providing an opportunity to meet with your legislators and speak with them firsthand about issues affecting you and your library.  Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate.  Use this opportunity for photo ops with your elected officials to post on your Facebook page or to invite them to visit your library!

Register Online.

For any questions regarding registration, please e-mail  

Your registration fee includes breakfast or lunch, legislative materials, and state and federal legislative briefing.

If you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at 312-644-1896 or email

Make your voice heard!


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(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL President)

This workshop is open to everyone, not just law enforcement, and is appropriate for educators and librarians.

Grants Training in Springfield, IL  –  February 15-16, 2018

The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Springfield, February 15-16, 2018.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you’ll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

Click here for full event details.

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

We are excited to offer IACRL members and their staff a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that’s packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Please use discount code “ILASSN” to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration.

Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are also available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here.


Tammy Pitts
at Grant Writing USA
888.435.7281 toll free

Tim Eggleston
The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office

More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Mary Konkel, College of DuPage)

Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Draft Revision Feedback // ACRL Insider — News and information from the Association of …

An ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft revision of the association’s 2012 Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries. Review the draft revision at (PDF) on the ACRL website and send feedback to Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Task Force Chair Gisele Genevieve Tanasse at by Friday, March 2, 2018.

The task force is additionally hosting a session at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting for in-person feedback, discussion, and commentary on the draft. The session will be held on Saturday, February 10, from 10:30 am to noon in the Sheraton Denver Downtown Governor’s Square 11 room.

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(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

Mark your calendars for the 5th annual GLRSC:  Charting Our Course Together on June 7-8, 2018

at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH   

featuring a keynote presentation by George Needham, Director of the Delaware County District Library

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 at Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have a new idea or success story to share?  We are accepting program proposals through January 31, 2018, 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
  • Delivery Solutions
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making
  • Reciprocal Borrowing
  • Shared Staffing and Training
  • Shared Discovery Layers
  • E-Books
  • Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
  • Shared Print Projects
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Cross-Departmental Collaboration

Proposed presentations should be 45 minutes in length including time for questions.  CLICK HERE for the online submission form. A call for proposals for lightning round presentations (15 minutes in length) will be announced in February.

Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to publish a version of their conference presentation to the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserves in a special issue, but will not be obligated to do so.

Each proposal should include a title, description, and abstract. Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, with selected presenters notified by February 16, 2018. Please direct any questions to Amanda Musacchio ( and Mark Sullivan (

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(via Roy Jones, Health Science Librarians of Illinois President-Elect)

The HSLI board was very pleased with the quality and outstanding number of posters presented at our recent annual conference. In an effort to encourage continued involvement in this important professional activity, the board has approved a 2 year experiment intended to provide financial support to members presenting posters. This program will provide a conference registration discount for those attendees that submit and present posters. The suggested target amount is a $50.00 discount to each presenter; but scalable depending on the amount of funding available.

Funding will depend on donations made by members in support of this activity, much as donations are made to the 2 existing scholarship funds. The board will match the total of poster contributions up to a maximum of $200 for any one conference. The conference planning committee will then determine the level of support available based on the amount of contributions, matching funds and number of posters submitted.

When filling out the HSLI renewal form, consider checking the box for Poster Support and include a contribution along with annual dues. While the Board knows not everyone will be able to donate, it does encourage those who can to support this initiative.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

ACRL is pleased to announce the launch of the new Academic Library Impact Research Grants. The ACRL Board of Directors has allocated $20,000 in fiscal year 2018 to offer research grants of up to $3,000 each. These grants will enable librarians to carry out new research, particularly in areas suggested by ACRL’s 2017 report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared for ACRL by OCLC Research and available for download or purchase).

ACRL invites practicing librarians and information professionals employed in academic and research libraries to apply for funding for research that will demonstrate library contributions to student learning and success. Each proposed project should aim to build on the foundations of the Academic Library Impact report and fill gaps in existing literature. As the report’s authors write, it is intended to act “as a catalyst for the study of college and university student learning and success,” highlighting questions for further investigation as well as tools and methods that can be applied to them or any number of related topics.

This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries (VAL) Committee to support librarians in their efforts to demonstrate the impact of their work to a wider audience. “These new grants will advance research in key areas” says committee chair Alan Carbery. The goal is to “demonstrate the myriad positive impacts libraries can have on student learning and success, and to share those findings to the benefit of the library field and higher education.”

Applications are due by Sunday, April 1, 2018. ACRL expects to announce future rounds of research grants in 2019. Complete details of the Academic Library Impact Research Grants, including how to apply, are available on the ACRL website at

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(via Dr. Tod Colegrove–University of Nevada, Reno)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology. Sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and Library Hi Tech, the award includes a citation of merit and a $1,000 stipend provided by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, publishers of Library Hi Tech. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 19, 2018!

The award, given to either a living individual or an institution, may recognize a single seminal work or a body of work created during or continuing into the five years immediately preceding the award year. The body of work need not be limited to published texts but can include course plans or actual courses and/or non-print publications such as visual media. Awards are intended to recognize living persons rather than to honor the deceased; therefore, awards are not made posthumously. More information and a list of previous winners can be found on the LITA website.

Nominations must include the name(s) of the recipient(s), basis for nomination, and references to the body of work and should be submitted using the online nomination form.

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Jenny Levine

Executive Director

Library and Information Technology Association


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(via Cameron Cook, University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Registration is now open for the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, which will take place in Chicago, IL from March 21-23, 2018. To view the program/schedule and register please visit:

This national conference will feature panel presentations, lightning talks, workshops, and a poster session reception. Managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers will gather to explore topics in the following areas:

  • Data quality: Curation services, Metadata, and Metrics
  • Defining the role of the library in research data management within an institution
  • FAIR vs. Friction
  • Intersection of Publishing and Data
  • Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias
  • Research reproducibility – how data librarians are getting involved


We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker: Tom Schenk, the Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, will address the Summit attendees. More information will be forthcoming.  March 23 is our Workshop/Demo day with additional sessions led by data organizations and experts. RDAP is also excited to partner with the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) to publish the RDAP posters and presentations in this peer-reviewed, open access journal.

Keep up with the conversation on Twitter at #RDAP18 and on the RDAP Facebook page. Questions? Please contact RDAP chairs: Amy Neeser ( & Jon Petters (

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Call for Responses: Global Resource-Sharing Survey

(via Mary Konkel, College of DuPage)

The OCLC Global Council is comprised of delegates from around the world who work on behalf of OCLC members to reflect the needs of member institutions. Each year delegates gather feedback from members around a central theme. This year, I and my fellow delegates have been discussing resource sharing. As part of this effort I would like to learn more about the resource sharing issues, challenges, and successes that you see in your library, consortium, and region.

I invite you to take a short (5 to 10 minute) survey to share your feedback. Your unique perspectives will help to inform the Global Council as well as OCLC Management and product specialists.

You can take the survey by following this link:

Thank you in advance for your participation.

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