Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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2018 HSLI Conference Program Now Available

The 2018 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference is less than a week away! This year’s event will take place from Wednesday, September 26, to Friday, September 28, at Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center (also known as Riverview Inn & Suites) in Rockford, IL. There is still time to register. (The early-bird deadline has passed.)

If you are already planning to attend and want to schedule your time at the Conference (or, if you haven’t decided yet, but want to see what professional-development and networking opportunities are available), the program is now on the website, and it is also available for download as a PDF. Some of the highlights of the Conference schedule are listed below.

  • keynote address on Thursday morning: “Thirsting for Knowledge: Opportunities for Librarians in the Age of Data” (speaker is Kristi L. Holmes, PhD, who is the Director of Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine)
  • four CE sessions, two apiece on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning (cost is included with registration)
  • NEW!: Lightning Talks, featuring brief discussions of issues related  to health sciences librarianship (Thursday afternoon)
  • on Thursday evening, take a break from attending formal sessions to enjoy Nancy’s Reception, featuring food, exhibitors, poster presentations, and a silent auction

For general questions about the Annual Conference or the Health Science Librarians of Illinois organization, please e-mail Eric Edwards, Chair of the 2018 HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Subcommittee: <>. You may also learn more on the Conference page of the HSLI  website.   

Again, we hope to see you in Rockford from September 26 to 28! 

–The HSLI 2018 Publicity Subcommittee   

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(via Sandy Swanson, Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association)

Join us in beautiful Traverse City for the annual Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association Conference on October 11-12, 2018. Here’s what to expect during the two day fall color event:

  • Dynamic keynote speaker Mary Ellen Bates
  • Continuing education sessions on data visualization, strategies for searching the web (presented by Mary Ellen Bates), understanding medical concepts and human subject research data
  • “No conflict” time with vendors
  • Special event at the City Opera House featuring local author, Mardi Link

The event will take place at the Park Place Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Traverse City. Rooms can only be booked by calling the hotel directly at (231) 946-5000. Please indicate that you are part of the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association conference in order to help us meet our room obligation.

Register by September 20th to take advantage of early bird rates! Registration for the two day conference includes continuing education courses at no extra charge:

  • Full two day conference for MHSLA members is $250
  • Full one day conference for MHSLA members is $150
  • Full two day conference for students is $100

For more information and to register for the conference go to:

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(via Jessica Koos, Stony Brook University)

Stony Brook University Libraries Open Access Symposium 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018

*Values & Ethics in Open Access* will feature visionary ideas from inspirational speakers. The symposium will explore influential scholarly communication initiatives that concern values and ethics in open access environments, systems, and practices. The symposium brings open access
front and center, with presentations and discussions on its value and meaning for academics, researchers, students and librarians.

Featuring keynote speaker *Heather Joseph*, SPARC Executive Director, and presentations on *open access policy development*, *OER development and implementation*, lightning talks, posters and much more!

Light breakfast, lunch, and a reception included.  REGISTRATION IS FREE

See the Symposium site for more information.

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(via Melissa Atkinson, Abilene Christian University)

Do you know or could you be the next recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award? If so, the Distance Learning Section (DLS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) wants to hear from you!

This prestigious award, sponsored by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, honors an ACRL member who has made valuable contributions to the field of distance librarianship. The winner receives:

·         $1,200 to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC (June 20-25, 2019)

·         A commemorative plaque presented at an awards luncheon during ALA Annual

Nominees should demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas:

·         Support for distance learning librarianship and library services (e.g., service to students and faculty, innovation, and/or leadership)

·         Participation in the creation and/or implementation of distance library programs or services of exemplary quality

·         Successful collaboration with faculty in support of information literacy and/or other aspects of library instruction or services for distance students

·         Significant research, publication, and/or presentations in areas related to distance learning librarianship

Submissions are due by December 7, 2018.  Self-nominations are welcome.

For more information about this award (including a list of previous winners) and the application form, please visit

Questions? Contact DLS Awards Committee Co-Chairs:

Melissa Atkinson:

Cynthia Thomes:

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Please mark your calendar for the afternoon of Wednesday, October 24, for an ACRL webinar viewing at the Peoria campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences. This will be a great opportunity to network with your fellow Illinois academic librarians, while also increasing your professional knowledge by watching the webinar and having an opportunity to discuss it with other attendees. Watch for more details soon.

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

Connect with academic library colleagues in your area! On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 9:30-noon, RAILS and IACRL will host a networking event at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

This event is open to all academic librarians and will feature more information on RAILS and IACRL programs and services, as well as a structured discussion and a tour of the Northwestern University Library. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

More opportunities for academic library networking will be announced soon.

To register, please use L2:

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Call for LLAMA Webinar Proposals (Deadline 9/21)

(via LLAMA)

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series.

All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need to be a LLAMA member to submit a webinar proposal.

LLAMA webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including:

– Management and leadership

– Buildings and equipment

– Human resources

– Public relations and marketing

– Assessment

– Issues for new professionals

– Organization and management

– Technology

Proposals should address one of the areas above, or focus on one of LLAMA’s foundational leadership competencies, including:

– Communication skills

– Change management

– Team building (personnel)

– Collaboration and partnerships

– Emotional intelligence

– Problem solving

– Evidence-based decision making

– Conflict resolution (personnel)

– Budget creation and presentation

– Forward thinking

– Critical thinking

– Ethics

– Project management

– Marketing and advocacy

Proposal forms can be found at:

Completed forms are due September 21, 2018.

You can review LLAMA’s upcoming and past webinar offerings by visiting the LLAMA Webinars page:

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Fred Reuland at

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Deadline for OCLC Innovate 2019 Submissions Extended to 9/26

(via OCLC)

Does the start of the school year have you running behind schedule? Good news…we’ve extended the  OLC Innovate 2019 submission deadline to help you out! You now have until midnight ET on September 26th to submit your presentation to join 1,100 attendees for this amazing event at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, CO April 3-5, 2019!

The theme of the 2019 conference is “Moving Mountains in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning,” and the OLC/MERLOT Program Committee seeks your proposals for interactive sessions that engage and inform participants. Proposed sessions will be targeted to administrators, design thinkers, faculty, instructional support, students, training professionals, technologists, researchers, and others and include specific opportunities for engagement of your proposed audience. We hope you’ll bring your energy, your ideas, your problems of practice, and your whole self as we strive to move mountains. Together.

This is LAST CALL for OLC Innovate 2019 presentation submissions – submit your proposal before midnight ET on September 26th.

Questions about the CFP? Contact

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via Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, The Catholic University of America)

Bridging the Spectrum:

The 11th Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice

Time:  Friday, February 8, 2019.  9:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Place: Catholic University of America

The Library and Information community is invited to participate in the 2019 Bridging the Spectrum Symposium, to be held at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, February 8, 2019. The Symposium offers a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place for practitioners, students, and faculty in Library and Information Sciences and Services.

Presentations are selected to showcase innovative practices, projects, and research activities in a variety of library, archives, or information services settings. The Symposium encompasses many aspects of the work of information professionals and diverse viewpoints on issues important to society and the information professions. The goal of the Symposium is to foster connections across the spectrum of the information professions.

J. Mark Sweeney, Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress, will be the keynote speaker of the Symposium. In addition to presentations, we will have a poster competition and provide an award for the best poster. More information about the 2019 Symposium is available at

Proposal Submission

The submission system is open at and the deadline for submission is September 18, 2018.

Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

·      Information services in the “fake news” era

·      New developments in information organization (linked data, semantic web, blockchain, etc.)

·      Preservation and management of digital and digitized resources

·      Management and analysis of data and information

·      Library networks and international collaboration

·      Technology trends and impact on information services

·      Marketing and advocacy for library and information services (social media, community engagement, etc.)

·      Management of information services in cultural institutions

Presentation Formats

Proposed contributions may take the form of one of these formats:

  • Briefing: A presentation on an innovative practice, initiative, or research activity. Each briefing may take 15-20 minutes. There will morning and afternoon briefing sessions.
  • Panel: A panel of speakers discussing a theme or a topic, typically one hour in length.
  • Poster: A poster presentation on a practice, project, research activity or work in progress. Posters will be viewable throughout the day, and there will be a dedicated poster session as well as a “lightning round” of poster descriptions. A best poster award will be presented at the Symposium.

Important Dates

  • Proposals Due: September 18, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptances: November 5, 2018
  • Final Program released, registration opens: December 11, 2018
  • Symposium: February 8, 2019 

To submit your proposal, go to

Please feel free to contact the Symposium Committee at if you have questions.

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(via Rebecca Brown, University of Utah)

Save yourself some money and take advantage of early-bird conference pricing for the virtual meeting of the Medical Library Association’s Midcontinental Chapter. We extended the discount until Saturday, September 15th (end of day). Click here to register.<>

We hope you can join us for some or all of the online conference that begins on October 3rd at noon Central Time with a free one-hour MLA CE class taught by Molly Knapp and Jessi Van Der Volgen of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO).
Click here to read about the class<>.

October 4th will include:
Nine 5-minute lightning talks. Click here for the descriptions.<>
An MLA update by Beverly Murphy of Duke University and President of MLA
An update about the coming changes to PubMed by Kathi Canese from the National Library of Medicine
And the first of our 2 Keynote speakers, Sally Gore.  Here’s the abstract for Sally’s talk:

Sally’s presentation will use infographics and data visualization tools to tell – and show – how the she has built a network of professional colleagues and collaborators across the University’s campus. These relationships, with people in both the clinical and basic science areas, have created a number of successful outreach programs, grant-funded projects, and raised awareness of the Library’s resources and expertise. Additionally, they have enhanced the career of the speaker in numerous ways. With pictures, and a bit of humor, the audience will hopefully come away with some ideas and inspiration to start, or continue, building their own bridges to opportunities and partnerships.

October 5th will include:
The annual Business Meeting
Three 20-minute paper presentations. Click here for the descriptions<>.
An RML update by John Bramble, Associate Director of the MidContinental Region of NNLM and the current President of MCMLA.
Our second Keynote speaker, Dr. Katalin Gothard. Here’s the abstract for Dr. Gothard’s talk:

Dr. Gothard will talk about her research and how she communicates the importance of animals in research and what’s important for animal researchers to keep in mind as they proactively communicate their work with a variety of audiences. Dr. Gothard is a Professor in the departments of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, College of Medicine in Tucson. The broad goal of her research is to understand the neural basis of emotion and social behavior. She works with rhesus monkeys because their social organization resembles the organization of human societies. They also share with humans the use of facial expressions and various forms of social touch to communicate their emotions and intentions.

Questions or comments? Please email me at<>

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