Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

ACRL Immersion Program Deadline is December 4

Are you an instruction librarian who is looking to expand or improve the information-literacy services your library provides? Consider applying for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program’s Teacher or Program tracks. Working with colleagues in a collaborative environment, participants will have the opportunity not just to learn the latest instructional theories and methods, but to apply those ideas to their own teaching strategies. In particular, participants will learn how best to integrate technology into the instructional setting. The Teacher track explains how to accommodate different learning styles in developing instructional activities, and, also, the best techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional programs. In addition, participants will develop and evaluate their own instructional philosophy, The Program track focuses on building relationships with other departments on campus, in order to ensure that the library’s instructional program helps the academic institution as a whole meet its goals. Additionally, participants will learn how the library can take on more of a leadership role on campus and have a say in the broader institution’s programs and direction.

Both tracks will be held from July 24 to 29 at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. The deadline to apply for either of the tracks is Friday, December 4. More information on the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program (there are six tracks, total, five of which are still open for registration) is available here.

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NN/LM-GMR Course on

Are you a health-sciences librarian who would like to know more about the database, or do you know a healthcare provider or a researcher who might be interested? The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region is offering a self-paced online course, “ Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of Medical Librarians”, that gives an overview of the database’s content and the best search strategies for navigating its more than 163,000 study records and 11,000 studies. The course is worth 4 CE credits from the Medical Library Association and consists of three modules, stretched over three weeks (January 18 to February 5). The first module provides background on not just and its scope, but what a clinical trial is in the first place. Module 2 goes into greater depth regarding retrieving and analyzing search results. The third, and final, module will give health-science librarians the tools for educating others about searching, and also for making researchers more aware of the rules for submitting papers to the database.

For more information on the course, and to register, go here. (Make sure to click on the offering for the Greater Midwest Region.) You may also contact Holly Ann Burt at or

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NN/LM-GMR Course on Genetics Information for Consumers

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region will offer the online course “ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers”, starting January 11 and continuing through March 4. The course, which will meet eight times and will be worth 4 CE hours from the Medical Library Association, will cover the best strategies for making consumers aware of resources on genetic information that are user-friendly and timely. In addition to learning how to identify and evaluate the best resources for laypeople, participants will also study the science of genetics and the ethical and legal  issues currently affecting genetic research, particularly relating to genetic disorders. The resources covered include Genetics Home Reference, Clinical, and NORD (National Organization for Race Disorders).

The class is designed for not just health-science and public librarians, but also consumers themselves. To register, go to The instructor for the Greater Midwest Region is Holly Ann Burt. She can be reached at or


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NN/LM-GMR Regional Advisory Council Meeting (Part 3 of 3)

(via Laura Wimmer, Resurrection Presence Medical Center)

Speakers & Awards

Barb Platts, Munson Healthcare, Traverse City, MI. Adding Value – The Health Information Professional as Part of the Hospital Clinical Rounding Team. Outreach Express award funded during Base Year (2011-12).  Her project is described in Platts, B. A., & Ransom, J. F. (2015). Adding Value—Supporting Patient Education Services at the Bedside. Journal Of Hospital Librarianship, 15(3), 262-273.  I also have a two-page handout available.  If you are interested, e-mail me at

Scott Thomson, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, Chicago. Mobile Information and Health Literacy Instruction Station. Technology Award funded during Option Year 2 (2013-14).  They took a mobile laptop into the community to offer health literacy services in the community and at locations within the campus.

Don Pearson, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus OH. Education On-Demand; Using Technology to Extend Online Health Information Education Services Beyond the Library. Technology Award funded during Option Year 2 (2013-14). .  I also have a two-page article about this project available.  If you are interested, e-mail me at They used Google Chromebooks and a WiFi Hotspot to provide health literacy at outside events as well as at Consumer Libraries located at their various facilities.

Arlis Dittmer, Blessing Hospital, Quincy IL. Past, Present, & Future of Blessing Health System Visually Presented. Hospital Library Award funded during Option Year 3 (2014-15). The new hospital lobby holds a permanent wall features celebrating the community and the health system.  Arlis’s project was featured on Illinois Stories on PBS;  see it here. The History wall is featured about three minutes into the video.  Overall, 14,000 photos were scanned.  In the video of the Grand Opening Video, you can also see some of the wall in the background.  See this video here.


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NN/LM-GMR Regional Advisory Council Report (Part 2 of 3)

(via Laura Wimmer, Presence Resurrection Medical Center)

Upcoming Lake Effects Seminars

12/17/15             Spotlight on Consumer Health Libraries in the GMR

1/21/16               PubMed Update: What’s new in 2016

2/23/16               Caregiver Support Resources

3/17/16               Resources for the LGBTQ Health

4/21/16               Keep on Learning: Educational Resources for K-12 & Beyond

Tech Talks

If you missed them, they can be accessed at:

Web page for Tech Talks

Creative Ideas for Technology Improvement–September, 2015 webinar

Audio recording for GMR Technology Forum: Technology Improvement Awards–October 5, 2015

Resource Development

Plain Language Medical Dictionary

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NN/LM-GMR Regional Advisory Council Report (Part 1 of 3)

(via Laura Wimmer, Presence Resurrection Medical Center)


Don’t forget sign up for the DOCLINE-L listserve to keep abreast of DOCLINE changes like these:

Set your Library’s standard weekly schedule for lending here.

Plan multiple Out-of-Office dates here. The RML no longer needs to review the request.

A new series of Docline Classes will start in January, 2016.


E-Licensing contact is Nancy Kirkpatrick. Access the website here.  Expect new offers shortly.

Lending Library

The Lending library has been weeded.  The number of holdings contained stand at 129.  The subject areas include Health Informatics, Management, Licensing, and Technology.  It also includes the MLA webinars, which will provide MLA credit. Send an email to if you need a specific title.

GMR Communication:

Are you signed up?

Cornflower blog: here

Listserve:  &


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(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)
We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply for a grant to help offset expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 23 – June 28, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. You must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website and follow the “Join ALA” link to add NMRT to your ALA membership.
The deadline to apply for the grant is 4:00 PM CST on Sunday, December 20. For more information about the award, including instructions for applying, go here. You may also contact JoAnna Schofield, Chair of the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, at

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Illinois Librarians Who Presented at ASIS&T Conference

The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) held its 78th annual conference in St. Louis, from November 6 to November 10. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community”, with a special emphasis on the ways in which research can be applied to real-life information problems. Presenters and speakers included individuals from all over the globe (among foreign countries, particularly Canada and the United Kingdom) with a wide range of experiences working with individuals, community organizations, government agencies, businesses and industries, and other entities. This year’s keynote speakers were the University of Minnesota’s Aaron Doering, who discussed the impact that educational innovation can have on society; and Sarah Morton, an information-sciences leader from the UK who spoke about ensuring that information research has a positive and meaningful impact on various communities of users.

The following librarians or library-science students from Illinois (all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) presented at the conference. To see the full program, go here. If I omitted anyone, please let me know. Also, sorry I didn’t get this list out before the conference.

(For the instances in which one or more of the participants in a presentation were not from Illinois, the names of only the Illinois presenter or presenters are included.)

Panel Discussions

“Standing Out in the Academic LIS Job Market: An Interactive Panel for Doctoral Students”—Nicole A. Cooke

“Education in the Cyberlearning Era: New Challenges, Opportunities and Applications”—Michael Twidale

“Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate for It: A Community Conversation”—Linda C. Smith

“Library Assessment and Data Analytics in the Big Data Era: Practice and Policies”—Jen-chien Yu


“Learning User-Defined, Domain-Specific Relations: A Situated Case Study and Evaluation in Plant Science”—Ana Lucic and Catherine Blake

“Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Contextual Privacy Predicament”—Hsiao-Ying Huang and Masooda Bashir

“Online Privacy and Informed Consent: The Dilemma of Information Assymetry”—Masooda Bashir, April D. Lambert, Carol Hayes, and Jay P. Kesan

“Patron Privacy in Jeopardy: An Analysis of the Privacy Policies of Digital Content Vendors”—April D. Lambert, Michelle Parker, and Masooda Bashir

Poster Sessions

“What’s Your Epistemology? Quiz Design as a Pedagogical Tool in Library & Information Science Doctoral Education”—Beth Strickland and Emily Lawrence

“Making Dataset Ingest Decisions: A Data Archive’s Appraisal and Selection System Implementation”—Chung-Yi Hou

“Online Question Answering Practices: Supporting Data Re-use”—Catherine Blake, Caryn L. Anderson, and Michael Twidale

“Significant Features of Thematic Research Collections”—Katrina Fenlon

“A Gutenberg Moment: The Do-It-Yourself World of Online Literary Publishing”—Harriett Green

“Mapping Significance Properties in OAIS: A Case Study with Video Games”—Rhiannon Stephanie Bettivia

“Building Data Expertise into Research Institutions: Preliminary Results”—Cheryl Annette Thompson

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Knight-Davis Discusses Eastern’s Institutional Repository on WCIA-TV

Two librarians from Eastern Illinois University were recently featured on WCIA’s “CI Living” segment. (Watch the interview here.) Booth Library’s Stacey Knight-Davis (past HSLI President) and Todd Bruns discuss The Keep, Eastern Illinois University’s growing institutional repository. Some of the items they share are yearbooks and postcards in Booth Library’s collection that, through the digitization efforts, are now available for anyone in the world to view. Other materials that have been added are student theses and items connected to the school’s theater program. The librarians also discuss ongoing efforts to collaborate with local museums and historical societies, in order to increase the number of items in The Keep that might be of particular interest to those researching Charleston-area history.

For more information on The Keep, go here. The repository currently contains more than 61,000 papers, and there have been over 432,000 downloads, including 156,000-plus in the past year. One can also view a map showing from where in the world the most recent downloads occurred, and there are lists of the 50 most-recent additions and the 10 most-popular downloads since the site was launched in 2011.

Congratulations, Stacey and Todd!

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

At its Fall Board Meeting on October 23, 2015, the ACRL Board of Directors approved the ACRL Libraries Transform Task Force to support the new ALA advocacy campaign. ACRL President Ann Campion Riley invites you to volunteer to serve on this newly created task force. Please see the following charge, tasks and timeline:

Charge: To develop messages and resources that will address the needs of academic and research libraries using the new ALA campaign, Libraries Transform.

 Tasks: To develop and suggest to ALA new “Because” statements for the campaign.To develop resources that ALA can use on its campaign website, e.g., suggest individuals for interview, libraries to spotlight. To review the Academic and Research Libraries marketing materials developed for the ALA @ Your Library Campaign and revise/update or recommend removal from the website as needed.

Dates interim reports are due:
2016 ALA Annual Conference (new “Because” statements can be suggested prior to a report). 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting. If there are new resources developed, they should be available at the ACRL 2017 Conference.

Date final report is due: 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Libraries Transform Task Force is December 15, 2015. If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the volunteer form (the link is not currently active) on the ACRL website.

Note: Due to the timeline of this task force, the process is separate from the annual division-level and section appointments. Information on those appointments will be posted in December.

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