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Registration Open for Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit (April 4-5)

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

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region will present a poster at the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, which will take place on Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5, in Madison, WI. The theme of this year’s summit is “Heath Literacy: A Critical Link in Patient Engagement”. A list of some of the event’s highlights is below.

  • over 80 speakers coming will share the latest information on improving communications through health literacy
  • 26 different breakout sessions allow you to match your interests with the right presentations
  • a reception and poster presentation allows for networking with attendees and presenters involved in innovative communications and research projects
  • two networking lunches are designed to help you find and connect with people doing what you are doing–or want to be doing
  • summit exhibitors provide information on resources to help you reach your organizational and personal goals
  • social media activities add fun and learning in new ways
  • Pre-Summit Workshops (April 3): The SHARE APPROACH: How to Implement Shared Decision Making on the Job (process for shared decision-making) and Health Literacy Starter Kit: Basic Information and Resources for the Newcomer
  • new this year: A Medication Label Summit will focus on the role of prescribed drug labels in improving how patients take their medications

Registration for the Summit is now open.

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

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region is offering eight unique funding opportunities for the May, 2017 – April, 2018, fiscal year. We will begin accepting applications on Saturday, April 1, and we will continue to accept, evaluate, and award applications until our funding is exhausted. The GMR website lists all the required components of the application, in case you’d like to start preparing to apply. The application forms will be posted on April 1. The awards and potential funding amounts are listed below.

If you have an idea for an outreach project, but you are unsure if it is applicable to the GMR’s available awards, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or drop us an e-mail. We’re looking forward to discussing your ideas with you, even prior to any formal applications. We can even help you decide into which award category your project fits. Contact the GMR Office, at or (319) 353-4479 – we look forward to hearing your great ideas.

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(via Don Pawl, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)

An ILLiad Users Group preconference will take place on Wednesday, May 3, in advance of the 48th annual Colorado ILL Conference. The preconference is free and will occur from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, in the Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, CO. You can register for the preconference here.

If you are interested in presenting at the preconference, please e-mail me, at I would also welcome suggestions for discussion or presentations, even if you are not interested in presenting on a topic. Although we have been lucky enough to have Heather Black from Atlas Systems join us in the past, that is not an option this year. I am looking into the possibility of having someone from OCLC  to discuss Tipasa and what it means for ILLiad users.

I look forward to hearing from you and, I hope, seeing you in Breckenridge, CO, on May 3. If you are able, please stay for the Colorado ILL Conference on May 4 and 5. You may register for the ILL Conference here.

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(via the the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table)

Want to contribute to the work of international librarianship and grow your network of colleagues across the globe? Become the editor of International Leads, the International Relations Round Table’s quarterly newsletter. The application deadline is Friday, March 31.

The IRRT Publications Committee is accepting applicants for this two-year term from July, 2017, to June, 2019. Key qualifications include experience in publishing or journalism (either in editing or writing), sufficient to be able to produce a high-quality publication, in addition to membership in the International Relations Round Table (IRRT). Read the full position description here. Additional information about the IL Editor’s responsibilities and the editorial statement are available on the IRRT website.

Send applications or inquiries to Colleen Schalm, at Applications should include a brief statement about your interest in the position and a description of your skills and background relevant to the position (particularly your experience in publishing or journalism), in addition to a current resume or CV.

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(via the Institute of Museum and Library Services)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Among them is the Illinois Fire Services Institute Library, the only finalist from Illinois. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.

“The 2017 National Medal Finalists represent the leading museums and libraries that serve as catalysts for change in their communities,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “It is our honor to recognize 30 notable institutions for their commitment to providing programs and services that improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. We salute them and their valuable work in providing educational opportunities to their community and celebrate the power libraries and museums can have across the country.”

To see the full list of this year’s finalists–spanning two categories, “Libraries” and “Museums”–click here. (The Illinois Fire Services Institute Library is a finalist under “Libraries”.) IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page as a way to further honor their work in their respective communities. To Share Your Story, please go here

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ILA’s Doyle Receives 2017 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

(via the American Library Association)

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Robert P. Doyle is the recipient of the 2017 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. The Immroth Award recognizes Doyle’s defense of intellectual freedom in a library career spanning more than 30 years.

Doyle has been the editor of the ALA banned books resource guides and its supplemental field reports of banned and challenged books since 1982. Doyle served as the deputy director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom under Judith Krug’s tenure. He also served two terms as a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Directors and received the 2009 FTRF Roll of Honor Award.

Doyle is the executive director of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and has defeated 18 attempts that would have mandated filtering legislation in Illinois. He tirelessly advocated for local control and built an impressive statewide infrastructure to support intellectual freedom utilizing the Intellectual Freedom Committee, Public Policy Committee and Advocacy Committee within the ILA. He also supported an annual ILA award to recognize outstanding contributions in defending intellectual freedom.

Doyle’s steadfast service exemplifies the fight against censorship and the importance of maintaining intellectual freedom. For these reasons, Robert P. Doyle is the 2017 recipient of ALA’s John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the IFRT Awards Reception and Member Social.

The Immroth Award honors the courage, dedication and contribution of a person who has set the finest kind of example for the defense and furtherance of the principles of intellectual freedom. The award consists of a citation and $500. John Phillip Immroth was a teacher, author, scholar, advocate and defender of First Amendment rights. He was the founder and first chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in 1973. 

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(via Dr. Dane Ward, Dean of Milner Library at Illinois State University)

Mark your calendars. Illinois State University’s Bryant Jackson Lecture will take place at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 13, in the Circus Room in the Bone Center. (Click here for a map of the ISU campus.) Our featured speaker this year will be Roger Schonfeld, Director of the Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program for Ithaka S & R. His presentation will continue our focus on the changing nature of academic libraries. More information about Schonfeld is available here.

The title and abstract of Schonfeld’s presentation are below.

The Library’s Academic Support Role in a Time of Educational Transformation

“Demographic, economic, and technological changes will continue to impact the educational approaches taken at a growing share of colleges and universities. Methodological and technological changes will continue to impact research practices in numerous fields. The library’s academic support role is evolving no less. This talk will explore some of the choices that libraries face in how to serve the changing needs of students, instructors, researchers, and indeed parent institutions, as well as some of the factors that constrain and empower their academic support evolution. “

We will host a deli lunch buffet for all attendees at 11:30 AM. Please RSVP to Leta Janssen ( by Wednesday, April 5, so that we can make accurate lunch arrangements.

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(via Tina Koleva, Illinois Library Association)

Would you like to contribute to the discussion about intellectual freedom practices? 

The Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom committee has prepared a survey and welcomes input from people at all levels and from different types of libraries, who have any responsibility for collection development.

The data and information received will be helpful to identify areas in which ILA and other professional organizations can support members, especially in times of intellectual freedom challenges.

The survey can be found here. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, March 24.

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Note: This event has already passed, but a recording should be available soon.

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

Partner with Us: When You’re Not a Health Sciences Library

Webinar: Friday, March 24, 2017

9:00 AM CST

Visit the GMR website to register and receive connection information

Join the GMR for an overview of awards available for our performance period beginning May 1, 2017 and ending April 30, 2018. This session is offered specifically for our applicants who are not health sciences libraries, such as public librarians, public health agencies, and other community agencies. This session will go over our mission and the purpose of our awards as well as provide examples of past projects undertaken by community agencies to spark ideas.

Learn about getting your outreach projects and professional development opportunities funded through the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office. This session will go over awards available, describe the application process, and provide examples of projects funded previously. To spark ideas, this session will include suggestions for potential projects and resources that may be utilized for outreach and education. Time will be available to answer questions, and each presentation will be recorded as a resource for applicants.

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Legislative Action Item: Support NIH and Library Funding

A “Dear Colleague” letter is being circulated by Reps. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), and Susan Davis (D-Calif.) to support funding the NIH “at least $2 billion above the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 enacted level” for FY18. As reported in yesterday’s HSLI legislative blog post, the proposed FY18 budget would decrease NIH funding 18%, from $31.7 billion in 2017 to $25.9 billion in 2018.

To support an NIH funding increase, congressional representatives are being asked to sign this letter by the end of the business day on March 31, 2017. Contact your local representative to encourage their support. Find your representative here. To sign on, state representatives must contact Zach Bunshaft,

Action is additionally being sought in support of funding libraries, which are also at risk of significantly reduced budgetary allocations, along with the proposed elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. More on how to support library funding is available from the District Dispatch. The deadline for action on this initiative is April 3, 2017.

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