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Archive for 2011

HSLI 2011 Conference – Poster Proposals Request

Poster proposals are requested for the 2011 HSLI “Reach, Balance, and Achieve” conference, October 13-14 at Starved Rock State Park, Utica, Illinois.

Have you implemented a new service, partnered with constituents, or just held onto your job in the past year? What are you doing and how have you changed your practice recently? Tell us all about it! Posters on all topics related to library projects, services and research are welcome for submission from all types of health science libraries. This will be a venue for sharing ideas and networking with colleagues, and a great opportunity for those presenting their first poster session. Don’t worry if you’ve never submitted a poster before – this is a great time to start!

Typical HSLI poster format is landscape, 48″ x 36″. Posters should be no more than 48 inches long. Poster presenters may bring in easels or stands for their poster. Table space is also available.

Send an e-mail to Paul Blobaum at pblobaum@govst.edu
by September 13, 2011 that includes the following information:

* First and Last Name of presenter(s)
* Email address
* Phone number
* Library, Hospital, or Other Affiliation

* Title of Poster
* Abstract
* Poster size
* Do you need a table or easel?

Submissions will be due by September 13, please.

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President’s Message

HSLI President, Fran Kovach, M.L.I.S, is the reference and education librarian at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

The summer Board meeting was held on July 26, 2011 at La Salle Public Library. We had an opportunity to see the facilities for the Annual Conference to be held in the Fall at Starved Rock State Park. Laura Frizol, Director, La Salle Public Library was our host. Ten members attended the meeting and two by teleconference.

The Board is at work on the following: (1) Reinstatement of the non-profit status, (2) Revision of the consortiulists, (3) Conference planning, (4) Inventory of the archives, (5) Scholarship opportunities, (6) Bylaw revisions, (7) Updating the website, (8) Elections of President-Elect and Secretary, (9) Consortial purchasing, (10) Advocacy, (11) Membership recruitment, (12) Advisory capacity, (13) Keeping the membership informed, and (14) Communicating with the State Library.

The reinstatement of the non-profit status is due to a change in the 2006 tax laws. We were not required to file for three years unless we received a notice by the IRS to file. We did not receive the postcard from the IRS in 2010 informing us to do so. In 2011, we were informed that because we did not file in 2010, our non-profit status had been revoked.

“Reach, Balance, Achieve” is the conference theme this year and the conference planning committee has invited a host of speakers, educators, and vendors to Starved Rock State Park, October 13-14, 2011. Please join your colleagues to reach goals, to advance your knowledge, to network, and to relax. The details are on the HSLI conference website hsli.org/Conference and online registration is available through Acteva.

The bylaws were under review again this year by the board. Later, the membership will be approached with the proposed changes to the bylaws. Joy Kennedy, Bylaws chair and Linda Feinberg served in this capacity to scrutinize this document for the organization. Thank you both for your effort.

The consortial agreements, Virginia Gale is working with two vendors this year, Ovid and EBSCO. We appreciate that Virginia is willing to undertake this task again. Discounts for group purchases are crucial due to the current economic conditions.

Stay cool, the Fall is just around the corner. Hope to see everyone at Starved Rock.
Fran Kovach

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HSLI 2011 Conference: Reach, Balance, Achieve

Please join us at the 2011 Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference, Reach, Balance, Achieve.

The meeting site is in Utica, IL at beautiful Starved Rock State Park http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/ on Thursday, October 13th and Friday, October 14th. Anyone interested in health sciences librarianship and learning is welcome to attend. Information professionals working in all types of libraries can benefit from the continuing education sessions offered during the conference.

For information about the program and registration visit the HSLI conference site at http://hsli.org/conference/Deadline for hotel registration is July 31, 2011.

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HSLI Starfish Thrower Award 2011: Call for Nominees

Do you know someone who has made an important contribution of time and/or talent to our organization? Would you like to recognize a fellow member for their participation in HSLI? Nominate the person for 2011 Starfish-Thrower Award!

This award is based on the story of the child who “makes a difference” by throwing stranded star fish back into the ocean one at a time. Thus, the award recognizes the efforts and contributions of an individual HSLI member toward the good of the organization.

If you would like to nominate a colleague for the award, please download the Star-Thrower Award nomination form from the HSLI website http://www.hsli.org

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HSLI Congratulation Message to NLM on 175 Years of Service

Check out the message Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois sent, congratulating NLM on 175 years of service, by clicking on link below.


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President’s Message

HSLI President, Fran Kovach, M.L.I.S, is the reference and education librarian at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


Here is a greeting to wish everyone a new beginning as spring arrives and winter departs. Also, as we celebrate National Library Week April 10 – 16 think about how we can prove our value as medical libraries and librarians. Illinois Snapshot Day April 13, shows how our libraries make a compelling impact in our communities. Visit the website for ideas of how to collect statistical data, photographs, videos, etc. for the day. Furthermore, using this data develop convincing arguments to influence lawmakers to keep funding intact.

A new study is underway, the Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study to understand the value of the health library, information services and the librarian. The study will investigate 1) the use and value of the print and electronic resources provided by the library and 2) the information services (mediated or assisted information requests/searches) provided by the librarian that aid in the clinical decision-making. The Value Study is a partnership of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Impact on Patient Care summarizes Value statistics of the Rochester study (Marshall, 1992). An article, Value of hospital libraries: the Fuld Campus study (Cuddy, 2005) is also a study on the contribution to patient health care.

Another bibliography is the Value of Library and Information Service a Bibliography/Webliography by VALINET, VA library net. Recently, ACRL published the Value of Academic Libraries Report: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report (Oakleaf, 2011). The report is a review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries. By applying these best practices, we must endeavor to be invaluable.

Finally, click here to watch a video I created about the value of medical librarians.

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Name for the Merged Illinois Library Systems

The Merger Transition Team for the merger of MLS and NSLS confirmed March 22, 2011 the new name for the merged library systems. The new name is: Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). The creativity of the library community is applauded. Watch for more info from RAILS!

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HSLI 2010 Conference: Review of Roundtable Discussions

The roundtables held at the 2010 HSLI Annual Conference were-well received; participants were lively and very much involved with the topics under discussion. This outcome supports the likelihood that these discussion groups will become a permanent feature of future conferences. The  results of recording and photographing the sessions were mixed, and continued experimentation with these efforts is indicated.  Appointment of a scribe for all sessions is recommended for any future sessions because the sessions that employed a scribe presented a much clearer picture of the course of the discussion. Also, moderation by the scribe or another participant is recommended.

As a theme for the 2011 conference is developed, members are encouraged to give some thought to topic selection for roundtable discussions. Your input will be most appreciated by the Planning Committee.

Thank you to Roy Jones, MSLS, AHIP, Manager of the Library & Resource Center at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois for providing the information for this story.

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President’s Message

Wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2011!

As I reflect on Winter, it’s the time to plan projects, meetings, presentations, read and connect. The newsletter highlights upcoming conferences, continuing education and networking opportunities for all our members. HSLI members who volunteer to exhibit for HSLI state or local exhibits will receive mileage reimbursement.

2011 will be the year to revise the bylaws governing HSLI. The bylaws committee expects to recommend any changes by the summer board meeting.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for this year’s HSLI Conference. The HSLI Annual Conference will be held at October 13-14, 2011 at Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, Utica. http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/ Virginia Gale and Linda Feinberg are co-chairing the conference and looking for volunteers. AHIP points or tenure track points are earned through committee service.

Check-out the new publications page on our website and catch-up with members activities in the newsletter. Let’s celebrate with all our Health Science Colleagues the 175th anniversary of the National Library of Medicine in 2011.

Final thoughts for now, please share any of your thoughts or ideas with the Board members or myself.

The best to all in this New Year.


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New ‘Member Publications Page’ on HSLI Website: Calling for Contributions

The HSLI Member Publications Page is in development for the HSLI website. If you have published articles, chapters, reviews, books, posters, presentations or obtained grants. Please send your bibliography to Stacey Knight-Davis at slknight@eiu.edu. Below are the guidelines to follow for submissions.

HSLI Member Publications Listing – Inclusion Guidelines

Citations shall be retained in the listing according to the schedule below:

Grants – Five years

Posters – Five years

Publications – Five years

Presentations – Three years

For book reviews, only the name of the publication for which the member reviews shall be included. Individual reviews will not be listed as publications, unless they are article-length.

Publications from retired members shall be retained for the lifetime of the member so long as they maintain an active membership.

Citations shall be removed from the list if a member is more than two years overdue on dues payments.

Citations from deceased members shall be removed within one year of the member’s death.

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