Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President, on behalf of Kimberly Boyd, Brenau University) 

The next webinar in the Carterette Series will be “Effective and Valuable Outreach: Aligning Activities to Goal-Driven Assessment”. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 19, at 1:00 PM CST. To register, go here. (Also, a recording will be made available after the webinar.) More information about the webinar’s content and presenters is below.


Outreach is a facet of many of our jobs. Over time, library job descriptions have been adjusted to include outreach, whether this includes targeting departments, student populations, or the surrounding community. Libraries have attempted to connect with their users through a variety of activities and strategies. However, how do we ensure our outreach activities are impactful? Assessment has also become more important over time, since many library budgets have shrunk and we are often asked to do more with less. It is imperative that we can justify the amount of time, energy, and money required for outreach activities. Determining in advance what impact we want to make dictates what types of events we hold. Further, better assessment leads to a better understanding of the impact of our activities. Much of the library literature shares strategies for reaching out to campus communities; however, there is a lack of discussion around goal-oriented activities and if these activities reached their goals through assessment.

In this session, learn how to write SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound) outreach goals that are tied to your institutional mission and how to apply various assessment techniques that will evaluate if your goals are being met. Assessment techniques will address various factors, including amount of time and/or funding required, amount of staffing involved, and type of data produced (qualitative or quantitative). Attendees will also learn about the limitations of each assessment method. Participants will be asked to share their previous experience with goal-writing and assessment of outreach and will work through case studies that illustrate a particular scenario with concrete goals and ways to accurately assess the identified outreach activity.  Attendees will be provided materials to bring back to their institution to apply what they learned using a previous or upcoming local outreach event.

About the Presenters

Kristen Mastel is an outreach and instruction librarian at the University of Minnesota. She received her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, and her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota- Morris. Her research areas of interest include instruction, information literacy, outreach and instructional design. Kristen is a Past President of the Minnesota Library Association. She also is President-Elect of the United States Agricultural Information Network.

Shannon Farrell is the Natural Resources Librarian at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She previously worked at Colorado State University as the Agricultural and Biological Sciences Librarian. Prior to earning her MLIS, she spent over ten years working on scientific research projects related to sustainable agriculture, genetically modified organisms, animal behavior, wildlife conservation, and invasive species. Her research interests span numerous areas, including outreach assessment, video games and gaming technology, and salaries and status of library workers.

Additional information on the Carterette Series, including recordings of past webinars, is available here.

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Registration Open for IDS Project Conference 2017

(via Elise Thornley, Binghamton University)

The IDS Project’s 13th Annual Summer Conference is Thursday, July 27, and Friday, July 28, at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY. This year’s conference theme is “Steering the Future, Together” and approximately 200 attendees are expected. The IDS Conference is packed with information and training regarding exciting new technologies and strategies for information access, resource sharing, and acquisitions and collection development. All library staff and library directors are encouraged to attend regardless of affiliation with IDS Project.

The keynote speaker will be Peter Bae. Bae is currently working at the Princeton University Library as Circulation Services Director. He is a member of the ALA RUSA STARS Executive Committee and the International ILL Committee. He also serves as Information Coordinator of the IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section Standing Committee. Before Princeton, he worked as an ILL librarian at the University at Albany, and Columbia University Libraries. He is interested in the issues regarding International Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing.

Go here to register now. The cost is $175. Want free conference registration?  Our call for proposals has been extended to Friday, June 2.  Submit your proposal here. Four Conference Scholarships are also available. Apply here. If you have any about the Conference, please contact the IDS Office, at (585) 245-5172; Bill Jones, at; or Mark Sullivan, at

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(via Sheila Stoeckel, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Please join the ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee for the second webinar in our series that focuses on how community college librarians are using and considering the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. “Framework Freak-out: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Live With the Framework” will take place on Thursday, June 1, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CST. To register, go here. The presenter is Meredith Farkas, Faculty Librarian at Portland Community College (Sylvania Campus). A description of the webinar’s content is below.

Librarians greeted the adoption of the Framework for Information Literacy with mixed emotions. Some discussions around the Framework make it seem like it has either doomed us all, requires a total reboot of our instruction programs, or that we need additional degrees in philosophy and instructional design to even understand it. The reality is not nearly so dire. In this presentation, Farkas, a pragmatist and long time instruction coordinator, will talk about how the Framework has enriched her work as one of many tools she relies on to inform her teaching, outreach, and assessment. She will also discuss approaches she and colleagues at Portland Community College have taken to embrace aspects of the Framework, particularly around outreach to disciplinary faculty.

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(via Sharon Mader, University of New Orleans)

The application deadline to become a presenter for the new “Engaging with the ACRL Framework” workshop has been extended to 5:00 PM CST on Wednesday, May 31.

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective presenters for its newest licensed workshop “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices, which will be launched early this summer. Generally offered as a day-long workshop led by two presenters, this workshop joins the slate of ACRL’s other licensed workshops that can be scheduled upon request from libraries, consortia, and other groups. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team will be involved in virtual programming through ACRL’s e-Learning program and other delivery modes.

The original team of three curriculum designers and presenters will be expanded by recruiting and mentoring at least three new presenters for the launch of this new workshop.


  • evidence of understanding and use of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in your instruction practice, including the underlying theories of Understanding by Design, threshold concepts, and metaliteracy
  • experience in designing, developing, facilitating, and leading interactive workshops and other professional development offerings
  • demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative planning and teamwork.
  • experience working in information literacy instruction in academic libraries.

For more information, including instructions for submitting the application, please go here.

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Illinois Librarians Presenting at MLA 2017

A number of Illinois librarians are presenting at the Medical Library Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting. This year’s event is taking place in Seattle, from May 26 to 31. The theme is “Dream Dare Do”.

The presentations are below. For those that include presenters not from Illinois libraries, just the Illinois librarians are listed. Also, if some of the presenters are from Illinois but are not librarians, only the librarians are listed.

Friday, May 26

1:00-5:00 PM

CE 100—“Engaging Assessment to Show Value and Make Decisions: Making the Case for Your Library”

  • Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sunday, May 28

3:20-3:25 PM

“Keeping Up with Demand: Doing National Institutes of Health Biosketch Support”

  • Karen Gutzman, Pamela Shaw, and Kristi Holmes, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University

3:45-3:50 PM

“Evaluating the Impact of Clinical Librarians on Inpatient Rounds”

  • Debra Werner, John Crerar Library at University of Chicago

Monday, May 29

10:45-10:50 AM

“Not Going as Planned: Lessons Learned from Co-Teaching a Case-Based Learning Activity”

  • Charlotte Beyer, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

11:05-11:10 AM

“Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Access Database for Patron Interaction Tracking: A Budget-Friendly Reference Statistics Solution”

  • Lydia Howes and Carol Gordon, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

11:05-11:20 AM

“Implementing the Vision: Making Research Evaluation Services a Reality”

  • Karen Gutzman and Kristi Holmes, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University

1:00 PM-2:25 PM

“From Dreaming to Doing; Navigating the Research Pipeline”

  • Sandra DeGroote, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Negotiating for Yourself and Your Library”

  • Kristi Holmes, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University

Tuesday, May 30

3:00-4:25 PM

“From Dreaming to Doing: Implementing Research Assessment Services”

  • Karen Gutzman and Kristi Holmes, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University

3:35-3:50 PM

“Research Services for the Functionally Diverse”

  • JJ Pionke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

To see the full list of presentations, go here.

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(via Matt Hoy, Mayo Clinic)

Are you a library science student? Are you interested in medical libraries? Would you like to attend the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Ypsilanti, MI, from October 13 to 16? Apply for the Midwest MLA Student Annual Meeting Grant for FREE conference registration and $500 in expenses. There are two grants available–so, tell your friends to apply, too!

For an application and more information, visit the Midwest Chapter’s Awards page. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 26. Completed applications can be sent to Nicole Theis-Mahon (Chair, Awards and Scholarships Committee, Midwest Chapter/MLA), at

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(via Dr. Christina Chan-Park, Baylor University)

The deadline to submit a presentation proposal for the 2017 STEM Librarians South Conference has been extended to Tuesday, June 6. The Conference will take place on Thursday, July 20, and Friday, July 21. The location is Waco, TX.

Please submit a presentation falling into one of these categories.

  • 5-minute lightning talk
  • 15-minute short presentations, or
  • 45-minute full papers

The presentation may cover any topic dealing with STEM librarianship, including, but not limited to collections, data management, information literacy, outreach, reference/instruction/public service, scholarly communications, and science education.

Go here to submit a proposal. To register for the Conference, go here. More information about the event is available here. Contact with any questions.

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Call for First-Time ALA Annual Attendees: ACRL Buddy Program

(via Steven Bell, Temple University)

Are you planning to attend your first ALA Annual Conference? First-time attendees are invited to sign up for a conference buddy who can guide you through selecting conference sessions, navigating conference venues, and answer any other questions you might have. This is a great way to learn about ACRL and expand your professional network!

How much time are we talking? It’s up to you. We suggest the buddy/mentor make the first contact after initially signing up and go from there. You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 on Saturday, June 24, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago, Continental C (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans), the Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, or meet for coffee. You might meet up with your buddy just once, or a few times throughout the conference. The intent is primarily for helping orient the new person to the event and helping them feel comfortable (we were all new once!).

Interested? Sign up now! The deadline is Wednesday, June 14.​ Want to be a buddy/mentor for a first-time attendee? Stay tuned. A call for mentors will be coming soon.

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(via the Association of College and Research Libraries)

The ACRL Instruction Section is offering the full-day preconferenceGoing with (and Growing with) the Framework: Teaching Information Literacy with a Social Justice Lens”, in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Friday, June 23. Through panel presentations and hands-on workshops, develop strategies and approaches for teaching the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education that also incorporate a social justice lens. The transition from the Standards to the Framework has been challenging for many librarians, especially because theFramework calls for a conceptual approach to information literacy instruction, instead of relying on measurable, skills-based outcomes. Yet the Framework may provide opportunities for deeper, more transformative learning and challenge students to think more critically about their own power and privilege, as well as the lack of certain voices, within the information ecosystem.

Samantha Becker, Campus Engagement Librarian, Drake University
Alexandra Chappell, Arts & Humanities Team Leader, The Claremont Colleges
Dani Brecher Cook, Director of Teaching and Learning, University of California, Riverside
Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/ Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign                                                                                                                                                                                           kYmberly Keeton, Lincoln University
Leslie L. Morgan, University of Notre Dame
Karen Nicholson, Manager, Information Literacy, University of Guelph
Nicole Pagowsky, Associate Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, University of Arizona
Laura Saunders, Assistant Professor, Simmons College
Maura Seale, Collections, Research, & Instruction Librarian, Georgetown University
Allegra Swift, Scholarly Communication & Publishing Coordinator, Claremont Colleges
Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Loyola Marymount University

Complete details including registration materials are available online.  Contact Margot Conahan at with questions.

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(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

Are you planning to attend the 4th Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference on June 8-9, 2017Register by Friday, May 26, to take advantage of the lower registration fee. The $95 registration fee will increase to $125 after May 26. Remember to book your hotel room soon. The special room rate at the DoubleTree Hotel in Oak Brook, IL will be available until Thursday, May 18, or until the rooms in the group block are sold out, whichever comes first.

Schedule in Brief

Thursday, June 8

  • 12:30 to 1:30 PM—OCLC resource-sharing update
  • 1:45 to 3:30 PM (including break)—lightning Rounds
  • 3:30 to 4:30 PM—”The Contemporary Academic Library Resource Sharing Mission: Fragmentation or Evolution?”
  • 5:00 to 6:00 PM—opening reception and trivia contest
  • 6:00 PM and later—dine-arounds or dinner on your own

Friday, June 9—8:00 AM to 3:45 PM

  • keynote address: “History Has Its Eyes on You: Lighthouse and Libraries Weathering Storms of Change”—given by Corey Seeman, Director of Kresge Library Services (Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and manager of A Library Writer’s Blog
  • three tracks of concurrent sessions (see below)
  • breakfast, lunch, and breaks included

Concurrent Sessions

  • “CARLI’s Patron Driven Acquisitions Project for Print Materials: A Review of a Consortial Project”
  • “Strength in Numbers: Demonstrating Value During Times of Change”
  • “Strengthening Workflows: Developing an Improved Staffing Model to Weather the Winds of Change”
  • “Trying to Jump-Start Collaborative Collection Development: Finding Simple Methods for Effective Cooperation”
  • And many more! See the conference website for a full list.

Conference Rates

The conference registration fee is $95 ($125 for registration after May 26) and includes all sessions, in addition to the reception on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday. Join your resource-sharing partners in harnessing the winds of change! For hotel reservations and other information, visit the conference website.

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