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Legislative Update, 09/26/2016


Taking a look at copyright news this week while there is a lull in legislative news, Carrie Russell writes an interesting piece for the District Dispatch about interlibrary loan (ILL) permission fees. Her survey of libraries indicates that article permission fees are often steep, and she expounds on the case of one journal’s fee in particular. In the instance of this selected journal, whose publisher is on Beall’s list of predatory publishers, the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) fee is about five times the cost of buying the article directly from the publisher. When processing ILL requests for articles from predatory journals in particular, Russell suggests that librarians explore the difference in cost between buying directly from the publisher versus through the CCC. Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law prescribes the allowances for libraries in reproducing journal articles and other works. For a few years now, Section 108 has been under review for reform by the U.S. Copyright Office, to reflect the modern digital age. Read the Library Copyright Alliance’s statement in opposition to such reform.


Just a reminder that this is Banned Books Week.  You can speak up for our right to read at the local, state, or national level.  For ideas, check out the Illinois Library Association Take Action page:

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February 6 ILA Legislative Meeting in Chicago

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

I am coordinating one of the Illinois Library Association’s Legislative Meet-Ups on Monday, February 6. This will be the first one actually held in Chicago. I am sure many of you would like the opportunity to talk with our state legislators about libraries. For more about how these Meet-Ups work, see this article

I need volunteers to help organize the event. There is only one public library in the area covered, so we don’t have a wide variety of those colleagues to draw on. If you would like to work on this, please e-mail me at I will send more information about attending closer to the date.

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

Due to requests from our members, we’ve added two more sessions of our “Writing Winning Award Applications” webinar. The course will be taught by our Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, Bobbi Newman, who will give you some guided assistance specifically tailored to the current GMR funding opportunities. The two sessions will be offered on Tuesday, September 27, at 10:00 AM CST, and on Monday, October 3, at 2:00 PM CST. Please register for the webinar, and then Bobbi will send out connection information to registrants at a later date. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about our awards or upcoming training, at or (319) 353-4479.

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Survey on Defining LITA Personas

(via Tracy Seneca, on behalf of Hong Ma, LITA Personas Task Force Co-Chair)

The LITA Personas Task Force seeks your help in developing personas in order to identify who are a natural fit for LITA. We invite everyone who works in the overlapping space between libraries and technology, whether or not you belong to LITA, to participate. This survey is designed to assess your needs and identify how you interact with LITA. To access the survey, click here.

We anticipate this survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Data will be gathered anonymously and kept confidential. You may be offered the opportunity to participate in a virtual interview at a later date. This is optional and will require you to provide your contact information if you are interested. Names and emails will not be associated with your survey responses. The survey closes on Friday, Sept. 30.

If you have any questions regarding LITA personas, please contact either Hong Ma, at hma2@luc.edsu, or Yoo Young Lee, at

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Recording of Sept. 19 NN/LM – GMR Update Now Available

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

In case you missed our GMR Update this week, the recording is available on YouTube, with key points annotated and linked below.

submit questions for the next GMR Update–2:45
Resource Library, NN/LM site visits–3:29
new NLM Director–5:30
funding opportunities: awards–6:52
Bobbi: Native and Tribal Health, Community Outreach, and Digital Divide Awards–8:42
Jacqueline: Emergency Preparedness Month–10:19
GMR blog, NN/LM website reboot–15:00
upcoming educational opportunities–17:25

  • “Writing Winning Award Applications”
  • “Don’t Wait, Communicate about Disaster Preparedness”
  • “A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders”
  • “Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics”
  • “Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response”
  • “Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context”
  • “BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Series”

call for volunteers for RSNA Annual Meeting–22:20
member question: unaffiliated users?–23:48
member question: Year 2 Professional Development awards?–27:18

If you have any questions about any of the content covered in this update, please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office, at or (319) 353-4479.

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NCBI Offering Training Workshop Series in November

(via Edith Starbuck, University of Cincinnati Libraries)

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library is partnering with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to provide a series of workshops for researchers on a number of databases housed within the NCBI domain. Attend virtually or in person. The workshops will be held from Tuesday, November 8, to Thursday, November 10, in the Kresge Auditorium at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Each workshop will be three hours long and will be facilitated by NCBI experts and trainers.

Workshop topics include the following.

  • practical guide to NCBI Blast
  • accessing genomes, assemblies, and annotation products
  • accessing NCBI human variation and medical genetics resources
  • exploring gene expression information at the NCBI
  • principles of PubChem

Each workshop is free and open to the public, so please feel free to share this information with the researchers at your institution, friends and colleagues. We are extremely excited about these workshops and we hope you will be as well. More information about the workshops, registration, and the NCBI expert trainers can be found here.

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NN/LM – GMR Webinar on Disaster Preparedness for Libraries

(via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Network of Libraries – Greater Midwest Region is hosting a webinar on disaster preparedness. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 28. at 2:00 PM CST. The presenter is Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, from the National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center. As explained below, the webinar is being given in connection with National Preparedness Month.

Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities take action to increase preparedness and participate in community resilience planning. The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.

For more information, and to register, go here.

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ALA Diversity Office Seeking Contributors for New Blog

(via the American Library Association)

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS)is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve.

The blog invites submissions from across the library profession that feature support for those from historically and disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups; those who experience socioeconomic barriers, people experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty; immigrants, refugees and new Americans; those discriminated against based on nationality or language; those who are geographically isolated; those experiencing barriers in regards to access to literacy; and new and non-readers.

“We envision Intersections to be a vibrant and thriving place for our members to share their stories,” said ODLOS Director Jody Gray. “We’ll also be sharing exciting news from ODLOS and our many constituencies, including information on conferences, initiatives, grants, and much more.”

For more information, including submission information, please go here.

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Alagna and Cunico to Highlight Speakers at 2016 HSLI Conference

(via Roberta Craig, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center)

The upcoming HSLI Conference at Pheasant Run Resort, “Running With It”, on November 9-11, will have two very interesting and informative speakers.

Keynote Speaker

“From Surviving to Thriving in the Digital Era”
Laura Alagna, MS

This address will focus on how health science librarians can manage the challenges of the digital revolution. I will briefly discuss how the digital era has changed the information professions, but will focus on the current state of digital resources in libraries and librarianship. Digital archives, which encompass resources, systems, and services, are necessary for the future of librarianship but present unique challenges. The address will summarize the main issues behind digital archiving, including content management, format obsolescence, security and legal issues, and access. Each of these issues is a difficult obstacle for any information professional; however, specific tools, strategies, and examples will be presented in order to help health science librarians feel confident and capable of successfully leveraging the digital revolution to serve their users better.

Plenary Speaker

“Trends in Complementary and Integrative Health: Web Resources for Health Science Librarians”
Evelyn Cunico, MA, MSLIS

Complementary and integrative health approaches include a broad range of philosophies, products, and therapies, which share the common goals of modifying health behaviors to manage chronic illness and to promote health across the lifespan. In addition to highlighting trends, this presentation will review a selected list of Web resources that health science librarians may access to meet user information needs of clinicians, medical residents, researchers, educators, students, administrators, patients, and consumers

To view the speakers bios and to register for the conference, go here.

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Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Application Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $320.00 in reimbursements for conference registration and one night at the conference hotel. Recipients are responsible for registering and making hotel arrangements on their own. To apply, one must be a current member of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (2016 dues paid) and write a brief essay explaining why she or he is interested in receiving the scholarship. (There is no set length.) After the conference, each recipient will write an article for the HSLI Newsletter blog, explaining how she or he plans to apply the knowledge gained at the conference to one’s own institution.

All applications must be received by the end of business on Tuesday, October 11. The form is available here. Winners will be notified by Friday, October 14. Completed applications may be sent either via e-mail, to, or by snail mail to Miranda Shake, Lakeview College of Nursing, 903 N. Logan Ave in Danville, IL, 61832. Any questions should be directed to Miranda Shake.

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