Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI, on behalf of the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference)

Register NOW for the 5th annual GLRSC: Charting Our Course Together on June 7-8, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH. 

Don’t miss out on the conference room rate. Reserve your room by May 14!

Schedule in brief:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

  • 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. – Northwest Book Depository Tours
  • 1:00 to 1:15 p.m. – Welcome
  • 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.  – Lightning rounds
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – OCLC Update
  • 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Opening reception and trivia contest
  • 6:30 p.m. and later – Dine-arounds or dinner on your own

Friday, June 8, 2018-8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  • Keynote address
  • Three tracks of concurrent sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch, and breaks included

Keynote Address: Promises and Pitfalls of 21st Century Resource Sharing

In his keynote address, George Needham will discuss the roots of interlibrary loan in the early 20th century, consider the impact of technology in the forms of the MARC record, OCLC, and the web, and then look at what forms resources sharing may take in the years to come.

Conference Rates:

The conference registration fee is $125 ($150 for registration after May 29) and includes all sessions, as well as the reception on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Join your resource sharing partners in charting our course together.

For hotel reservations and other information, visit the conference website.

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(via JJ Pionke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Are you a current library employee? Please take this survey! This survey will ask you about disability and accessibility awareness.  Please take the survey regardless of whether or not you work with the public.

The link is The survey should take no more than 10 minutes and is anonymous. If you have any questions, please contact JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian at UIUC, at

Thank you very much for your participation.

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(via Jody Mitori, Washington University in St. Louis)

The 2018 Library Marketing and Communications Conference( (LMCC) Planning Committee invites you to submit presentation proposals for consideration to our 4th Annual LMCC Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference will be held November 14-15, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Successful proposals will showcase the tried and true, the latest trends, and the best practices in marketing and communications. Provide practical tips and takeaways that can be immediately applied to any library’s communication and marketing efforts. We¹re looking for speakers who have done this work long enough to have experiences and lessons to share. You should be able to discuss the theory behind your decisions, as well as your actions themselves, and your results. Ideally, your presentation will be applicable and transferable to other types and sizes of libraries.

Have an idea? Please apply! The deadline is Friday, May 25.

Possible topics include the following.

  • Advocacy / Funding
  • Communications / PR / Media relations
  • Engagement / Focus on the user
  • Graphic design / Technology / Software
  • Internal marketing / Staff buy-in / Workflow management
  • Marketing research / Plans
  • Partnerships / Community engagement / Embedding
  • Promoting library programs and services
  • Social media
  • Topics for intermediate and advanced audiences

We welcome all proposals for consideration, including proposals from individuals or colleagues who want to co-present. We also encourage panel submissions in which speakers will share different takes on the same topic.

For more information on submitting your proposal, the proposal timeline, the criteria for acceptance and the Call For Proposals form, visit our website (

Conference registration opens in May.

  • Early Bird Discounted Registration (Ends July 13, 2018): $375
  • Full Conference Rate (Registration closes November 1, 2018): $450

Thank you for sharing your expertise, and we look forward to receiving your proposals for LMCC18! If you have any questions about the CFP or submissions, please e-mail, with the subject line “LMCC18 Speaker Questions”, to

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Call for Volunteer: GMR Emergency Preparedness Working Group

(via Miranda Shake, HSLI President, on behalf of Jacqueline Leskovec, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The GMR is requesting that we find someone willing to serve on the Emergency Preparedness Working Group. You can find out more online, GMR Preparedness and Response<>. The time commitment is minimal. They meet online quarterly and optionally at Midwest MLA. Time would be for the remainder of the grant: May 2018-April 2021. Jacqueline Leskovec is the lead for the group.

One of the great benefits is being able to take free courses towards MLA Disaster Information Specialization and have the certificate paid for by the GMR. Group members are requested to post to their health sciences and/or state library listserv to announce funding opportunities, the availability of a took-kit, and free training.

Please let me know if you are interesting in serving and I will pass your name onto Jacqueline.

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(via Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas)

The Open Education Southern Symposium at the University of Arkansas is accepting proposals for its day and a half conference on Monday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Proposals should fall into one of three categories: 

o    Presentations: 15-20 minutes (Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A after presentations.) 

o    Panel Discussions: 45 minutes (Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A after panel discussions.) 

o    Lightning Talks: 7 minutes (A short 5 to 10 minute Q&A will follow all lightning presentations.)

We welcome proposals from organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, special libraries, and any others involved in open education and open pedagogy. We’re particularly interested in proposals with topics centering around: 

o    Adoption and creation of resources

o    Publishing platforms

o     Best practices and the impact of Open Education 

o    Creative Commons, copyright, and other licensing 

o    Marketing and advocacy

o    Pedagogy and student success, including K-12 highlights

o    Instructional design strategies for OER

o    Trends and innovation

o    OER in community colleges

o    Tenure, promotion, and OER

o    OER community building

o    Assessment

o    Inclusion and diversity in Open Education 

Submission Details:

·         The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM CDT. The submission form can be found on our event website under the Call for Proposals page.

·         Proposal social media summaries should not exceed 240 characters (spaces included).

·         Proposal abstracts should not exceed 2000 characters or approximately 500 words.

·         All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance the thinking or practice of Open Education and Open Pedagogy. Proposal reviewers will use similar proposal criteria to those being used by the Open Education Conference and OER18.

·         The planning committee will deliver decisions by June 29, 2018.

·         Presenters will be asked to accept or decline invitation to present by July 13, 2018.

·         All presenters will be required to register for the symposium. 

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Pierce, Head of the Physics Library at the University of Arkansas (, or the Open Education Southern Symposium Planning Committee. 


Registration is $99 for our day and a half event on October 1 & 2, 2018 at the University of Arkansas. Registration covers full participation for both days, shuttle service between the hotel and event location, lunch on the first day, snacks and beverages, and event goodies.

Register now!

For more information, check out the symposium website:

We hope to see you in October!

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Registration Open for New Librarian Summit 2018 (August 2-3)

(via Laurie Borchard, San Jose State University)

The New Librarian Summit (NLS) Organizing Committee would like to invite you to register for the 2nd annual NLS event to be held at San Jose State University (SJUS) in San Jose, California on August 2 and 3, 2018. Our aim is to create an exciting, innovative and challenging event focused on inspiring and guiding new and early career librarians. We envision NLS as an event that will provide librarians with a space to network and learn from one another. Collectively, attendees acquire leadership skills so they can provide guidance and innovation in knowledge access, information literacy, and technology, thus helping the professional community while developing a more informed citizenry and society.

The Committee invites current MLIS graduate students, librarians who have graduated within the past 10 years, as well as those who have accepted new roles/appointments or experienced career transitions in the past 10 years.

Additional information on registration, lodging and the preliminary program can be found on the event website at

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on healf of Lars Hagelin, Greatrer Western Library Alliance)

The Colorado Alliance and Greater Western Library Alliance are pleased to offer four (4) scholarships for the upcoming conference: OER: FROM VISION TO ACTION, to be held August 1-2, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.

Two (2) scholarships are targeted towards current students in ALA accredited Library Science graduate programs. The other 2 scholarships are directed to library employees in a community college.

The chosen applicants will have their registration fee for the 2-day conference (including lunch both days and the conference evening reception) WAIVED!  Please note that all transportation and lodging costs are the sole responsibility of the scholarship winner(s).

Please email a 250 word essay detailing your financial constraints and any future or current OER projects presently ongoing in your institution.  The request should be emailed JUNE 11TH, 2018 no later than 5 pm PST to: with the subject line: REQUESTING A SCHOLARSHIP.  Please ensure that your full name, institution, institutional email, and phone are included.  Decisions will be announced no later than Friday June 15, by close of business.

See you in Denver!

For more information about the conference, visit:

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(via Leighann Wood, RUSA)

A RUSA working group has drafted an aspirational statement of RUSA values as it concerns equity, diversity and inclusion in community with our users and fellow members. The working group & RUSA Board welcome your comments & feedback. The draft can be viewed and commented on in ALA Connect<> (log in required).

Please comment by Friday, June 1, 2018. You may also email your comments to Alesia McManus, Current membership in RUSA is a requirement for accessing, and commenting on, the draft.

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IACRL Election Results Announced

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL Past President)

The results of this spring’s elections for IACRL office are as follows:

Michelle Nielsen Ott, Methodist College – Elected
Nestor L. Osorio, Northern Illinois University

Carl Lehnen, University of Illinois at Chicago- Elected

Mallory Sajewski, Western Illinois University

On behalf of the IACRL Executive Board and the Awards Committee, I’d like thank all of the candidates for their participation, and to welcome Michelle and Carl to the Executive Board!

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Upcoming RAILS Networking Events and Member Meetups

Please excuse any cross-postings.

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Upcoming RAILS Networking/Member Meetups
Want to connect with other library professionals on issues related to the profession in a fun and informal setting? Join RAILS at one of several upcoming Member Meetups in your backyard:


·         Thursday, May 31, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at Quincy University

·         Friday, June 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., at Vernon Area Public Library District

·         Thursday, June 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at RAILS Coal Valley Service Center

·         Thursday, June 28, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at Lake Bluff Public Library

·         Thursday, July 12, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at Chillicothe Public Library District

RAILS Member Meetups are in-person, multitype library events for all levels of library professionals. Want to host a RAILS Member Meetup in the future? Please contact RAILS Member Engagement Manager, Dan Bostrom, 630.734.5152.

As a reminder, RAILS members are also invited to request a member visit. Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, will come to your library to chat with you (and your staff if desired) about what RAILS has to offer of specific interest to you. Simply fill out the Request a Site Visit form on our website.

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