Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Peg Burnette, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

We hope you will join us for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2018 Annual Conference on September 26, 27, and 28 at the beautiful Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford, Illinois!

This is a wonderful opportunity to present on your latest project or research and network with other librarians. Mark your calendars and stay tuned as we finalize the theme and continuing-education opportunities. Program and registration details will be coming soon. We hope to see you there!

Go here for information about the HSLI organization, and be on the lookout for our e-mails informing you of the Conference opportunities to come!

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at

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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.

Call for Proposals Online Form

Do you have a new idea or success story to share? We are accepting Lightning Talk proposals through Friday, April 6, on any of the following topic areas:

  • Resource Sharing Best Practices
  • Reciprocal Borrowing
  • Marketing Services
  • Shared Staffing and Training
  • Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
  • Shared Discovery Layers
  • Workflow Improvements
  • E-Books
  • Cooperative Collection Development
  • Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
  • Consortial or Group Purchasing
  • Shared Print Projects
  • Purchase on Demand
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Delivery Solutions
  • Cross-Departmental Collaboration
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making

Proposed presentations should be 15 minutes in length including time for questions. Lightning Talk proposals can be submitted via the online submission form.

Each proposal should include a title, description, and abstract. Lightning Talk proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, with selected presenters notified by April 13, 2018.

Please direct any questions to Amanda Musacchio ( and Mark Sullivan (

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(via Norma Durian, University of La Verne)

Registration for the Inaugural Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) conference is now open!

When: July 12, 2018 8:30 am – 4:15 pm

Where: University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

With over 20 sessions and presenters from across the United States and the world, this conference is an excellent opportunity for makers, librarians, educators and practitioners to share their stories, expertise and passion for makerspaces and the future of learning.

Join us for an exciting day of presentations, workshops, discussions and networking.

Register today at:

Full conference program will be available April 15, 2018 on the conference website at:

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(via Nathaniel King, Nevada State College, on behalf of Jayne Blodgett, University of Northern Colorado)

The CLS Communications Committee invites you to submit an article for the Spring 2018 CLS Newsletter. Did you present at a conference? Are you having a program at ALA Annual? Did your library launch an interesting service this fall? Did your library have a successful event? Did you get a new position or publish? We want to know!

Feel free to check out our CLS Newsletter Archive at:

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 13. I realize it’s a short time frame. Please submit your article to

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Call for Performers: MLA 2018 Talent Show (Deadline March 28)

(via Ene Belleh, University of Pennsylvania)

Do you play a musical instrument? Sing in the shower? Balance spinning plates while cooking dinner? Recite poetry to your cats pets? Show off that talent to your MLA friends and colleagues!

The MLA is calling on you to present up to a 5-minute display of talent during the  Silver and Gold Networking Dinner at the annual conference in Atlanta on May 22nd. The show will take place throughout the evening in short acts and will include an emcee and a house band. Space is limited so sign up today!
Please complete this form to participate:

Sign-up closes on Wednesday, March 28. If we have more talents than available time, the committee will request further application materials in order to make final decisions. Musical acts will be required to submit their sheet music by April 11.

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(via Amanda Makula, University of San Diego)

Registration is now open for the 2018 Digital Initiatives Symposium!


 – Five Pre-conference Workshops:

– Open Access Policies
– Open Education
– Web Archiving

– Linked Data
– Metadata

– Outdoor Wine and Cheese Welcome Reception held on Day 1

– 15-Minute “TED-Style” Talks on Day 2

Keynote speakers:

Kathleen ShearerConfederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)

Stephanie Davis-KahlIllinois Wesleyan University
Merinda Kaye HensleyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Featured speaker:

Joyce OgburnAppalachian State University

followed by responses from:
Allegra SwiftUniversity of California – San Diego
Emma MollsUniversity of Minnesota

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(via Carl Lehnen, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The ACRL Instruction Section, Instructional Technologies Committee, has published their latest Tips and Trends article, “Data Visualization,” written by Lindley Homel. Tips and Trends introduces and discusses new, emerging or even familiar technologies that can be used in library instruction.”Data Visualization” is freely available at

To see this and previous Tips and Trends, visit the Instructional Technologies Committee webpage.

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Call for Volunteers: ILA Committees (Deadline March 31)

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Interested in serving on an ILA committee? ILA President-Elect Cynthia Fuerst is making appointments for the coming program year. Appointments begin July 1, 2018, and most committee members serve two-year terms.

Complete the Committee Interest Form by Saturday, March 31, to be considered. You must be a personal member of ILA to serve on a committee.

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Call for Proposals: ACRL e-Learning Programs (Deadline April 13)

(via Merinda Kaye Hensley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

ACRL invites proposal submissions for our ACRL e-Learning program.  Submit a proposal for a webcast or online course and share your knowledge and innovative developments with your colleagues.  April 13, 2018 is the submission deadline.

ACRL has identified four key areas in our Plan for Excellence. ACRL welcomes proposal submissions on all types of academic and research librarianship, and especially encourages proposals related to the following key areas:

·         Value of Academic Libraries – academic library impact; assessment; learning analytics; student success

·         Student Learning – information literacy; instructional practices; pedagogy; institutional student learning outcomes

·         Research and Scholarly Environment – scholarly communication; data management, library publishing; open access; digital scholarship

·         New Roles and Changing Landscapes – open educational resources; leadership and management; transformational change; equity, diversity, and inclusion; collaborations; higher education trends; critlib

Program proposals should address specific issues facing academic and research librarians today and provide timely, thought-provoking, and practical content and research, as well as actionable steps attendees can take.

e-Learning Formats

ACRL webcasts are offered live and are 60 minutes in length, including participant Q&A.  Presenters can use PowerPoint, online polls, white board, and other interactive tools during the webcast.  ACRL offers webcast presenters a 10% royalty of webcast registration fees, split between the presenters, each time the webcast is offered.

Online Courses
ACRL online courses are primarily asynchronous events offered over the course of three or four weeks.  Courses should include weekly readings, discussion questions, weekly assignments, live chat sessions, and/or a final assignment. ACRL provides a one-time $1,000 for content development for new multi-week courses.  In addition, course presenters receive a royalty of 10% of the course registration fees, split between the presenters, each time the course is offered.

How to Submit

Complete details and the proposal submission form are available online. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, April 13, 2018.  Notifications will be issued by May 2018.

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ACRL Seeking Responses to Its Member Survey (March 13 – April 4)

(via Rachel Minkin, Michigan State University)

If you are currently an ACRL member, please read on. If you are not currently a member, please disregard.

ACRL is conducting their triennial membership survey, opening today, Tuesday, March 13 and closing on Wednesday, April 4. Each ACRL member will receive an individualized link to a survey from ACRL and Avenue M., the company with whom ACRL contracted.

I encourage all of you to participate in this year’s survey.  ACRL is giving away 10 $25 Amazon gift cards as a small incentive; the more survey participants ACRL sees, the better ACRL responds to membership needs.

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