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Archive for 2015

Proposals Deadline for Diversity Conference Extended to 12/15

The proposals deadline for next year’s National Diversity in Libraries Conference has been extended to Tuesday, December 15. The conference will be held from August 10 to August 13, 2016, on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. Proposals should reflect the conference’s theme of “Bridges to Inclusion”, which focuses on issues of diversity and inclusion affecting library staff and users and their broader institutions. Sessions should not just outline a problem, but provide useful skills and strategies, while fostering constructive dialogue. Ideas may fall within (but are not limited to) the following program tracks.
Collection and Access–especially global and multicultural collections covering different language and formats
Programming, Outreach, and Advocacy–engagement with diverse populations, both inside and outside of the library setting, through instruction and digital technologies
Personnel, Management, and Organization–recruiting and retaining a diverse staff, while overcoming cultural difference and biases
Challenging Topics–issues, including freedom of expression, relating to library resources covering controversial subjects
All sessions will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long. They will take the format of a workshop, panel, roundtable, or individual paper or presentation. Individuals whose proposals have been accepted will be notified by February 1, 2016.
To see a more-detailed version of the guidelines, go to http://ndlc.info/NDLC_CFP.pdf. For more information on the conference itself, including registration, go to http://ndlc.info/.

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December 15 Webinar on Data Visualization

The idea of “big data” has been in the news recently, but what does the concept really mean when it comes to libraries? Find out in the “Data Visualization for the Rest of Us: A Beginner’s Guide” webinar. This free presentation, sponsored by OCLC WebJunction, will last from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CST on Tuesday, December 15. Participants will learn the best techniques for clearly presenting library statistics in order to convey an institution’s mission, values, and progress. These methods vary from Excel spreadsheets to advanced infographics. No prior knowledge of graphic design or related topics is presumed.

For more information, and to register, go to https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/data-visualization-for-the-rest-of-us.html. The presenter is Linda Hofschire, who is a Research Analyst in the Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library.

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January 21 Webinar on Mobile Technologies in Libraries

Interested in learning the best strategies for using mobile technology in a library setting? Tune in to the “Mobile Technologies in Libraries-Changing the Way We Work” webinar, which will take place on Thursday, January 21, at 12:30 PM CST. This free webinar, which does not require pre-registration, will explore the ways in which librarians can use the latest mobile technologies not just to make their work easier, but to communicate more effectively with library users. An increasing number of library patrons already use mobile technology in their daily lives, enabling them to access information from anywhere and for any purpose (both work-related and personal). Learn how librarians are harnessing the latest mobile technologies to make library resources available on as many different devices and platforms as possible, thereby reaching the greatest number of people.

For more information on this class-taught by Ann Whitney Gleason, who is Head of the Stony Brook University Health Sciences Library-go to https://nnlm.gov/mar/blog/2015/12/03/mobile-technologies-in-libraries-changing-the-way-we-work-tech-time/.

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Legislative Updates, 12/9/2015


The Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) was discussed in a House Judiciary Committee last week. The act would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which unbelievably allows for text and files stored in the cloud to be subpoenaed by law enforcement authorities after they’re more than six months old without a judicial warrant issued for “probably cause.” Libraries are part of a larger pro-ECPA reform group, while entities such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the FBI, and a group of U.S. prosecutors have sought to water down the bill.

The bill is currently the most heavily-backed legislation in Congress with 305 cosponsors to date. It has been held up in the Judiciary Committee for some time, as Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA6) has continued to have questions about whether agencies like the SEC should be exempted from a full warrant requirement and whether, if passed as now written, H.R. 699 could preclude Congress itself from being able to continue to subpoena documents without a warrant under its own investigatory authorities. The future of the bill is unclear; thus, advocacy for the importance of the Email Privacy Act and its Senate counterpart (S. 356) is important. For more information, see the District Dispatch.

The governor has met with state government leaders a few times in the few weeks. Key sticking points in budget talks have been reforming the pension system, term limits for lawmakers, and union collective bargaining rights. Lawmakers have reportedly agreed to shelve talk of changing the formula Illinois uses to fund public education (though many think it needs to be reformed to be more equitable). Estimates for when a budget will be passed range from January to April 2016.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

ACRL invites you to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at ACRL 2017.

The harbor city of Baltimore evokes the spirit of exploration and discovery as we navigate to new ports through waters deep with history and practice. Librarians are building, responding, acclimating, and adapting to the changing climate of our larger ecosystem, the academic enterprise. Inspired by time-honored principles, yet subject to ever-evolving processes, today’s academic and research librarians are charting new paths to learning and transformation.

Share your expertise Inspire your colleagues in the higher education community with proposals that explore the most dynamic issues and ideas currently facing the academic and research librarians today. ACRL 2017 offers eight session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles. From first-time presenters to seasoned experts, there is a format best suited to your ideas. Consult the conference tags to stimulate your thinking and position your proposal within the conference theme. The tags will serve to create a conference map and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.

Proposal Deadlines May 6, 2016 – Contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops, and preconference proposals due October 14, 2016 – Poster sessions, roundtable discussions, TechConnect presentations, and virtual conference webcasts proposals due

For more information, click here.

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IACRL Listserv Has New Home

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

Welcome to the new home of the IACRL listserv! This list is a forum for any information relevant to academic libraries in Illinois. All subscribers to the old list were migrated, so there is no need to resubscribe. You may submit messages to the new list at iacrl@list.railslibraries.info starting today. The old list at iacrl@lists.oakton.edu will be discontinued soon; please send all messages to this new address. If you know anyone who does not currently subscribe to the IACRL listserv but might be interested in joining, encourage the person to contact iacrl-join@list.railslibraries.info or go to http://list.railslibraries.info/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/iacrl.

Thanks to RAILS for being our new host and to Brian Smith for coordinating list setup. Many thanks to Gary Newhouse and Oakton Community College for serving as the host for a number of years. If you have any questions about the change, please contact the new listserv moderators, Gwen Gregory (ggregory@uic.edu) and Eric Edwards (eedwards@ilsos.net).

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New E-Newsletter for Staff at RAILS Academic Libraries Now Available

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

RAILS has received many requests for a newsletter with information specifically for our academic libraries. The first issue is now available at: https://www.railslibraries.info/news/newsletters/academic.

RAILS plans to issue this e-newsletter periodically in the future. If you would like to receive future issues, please subscribe at:

Please share this information with the staff at your library. All academic library staff members are welcome to subscribe. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director, at mary.witt@railslibraries.info.

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ILA Seeking Program Proposals for 2016 Annual Conference

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

The 2016 ILA Annual Conference theme, “Discovery Advocacy Leadership”, focuses on how libraries and library staff serve as community leaders to support life-long learning and engagement within Illinois communities. Actively share ideas by submitting a conference proposal and joining the conversation!

The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking programs addressing the following topics:

  • Offering strategies to provide communities with methods to discover and explore twenty-first century library services.
  • Encouraging library staff to become active advocates for themselves, their libraries, and their communities.
  • Highlighting opportunities for library staff of all types to serve as leaders and mentors within their profession.

The many different types and sizes of libraries throughout Illinois offer the potential for a wealth of experience and knowledge to be discovered at the conference. We urge those who discover, advocate, or lead in libraries to consider submitting a proposal, either individually or by partnering with others to demonstrate the power of libraries working together.

Proposals are due April 1, 2016.

Please note: Conference speakers who are employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in the State of Illinois are required to register and pay the appropriate registration fee for the conference. Speakers from outside the Illinois library community will receive a one-day waiver of their registration fee. ILA will prepare badges for guest speakers not registered for the conference.

To submit a program proposal, go to https://s4.goeshow.com/ila/annual/2016/index.cfm.

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NN/LM-GMR Webinars on Hospital Libraries (12/8) and PubMed (12/17)

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – MidContinental Region is sponsoring two webinars this month that may be of interest to librarians who work in a hospital setting or who focus on medicine or the biosciences. Both webinars are free, and no pre-registration is required. Each webinar is worth 1 hour of continuing education-credit from the Medical Library Association.

On Tuesday, December 8, at 11:00 AM CST, tune in to the “Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities (Boost Box)” webinar. The presentation, hosted by Heather N. Holmes from Summa Health System in Akron (OH), will cover the key issues that are currently affecting hospital libraries or are likely to have an impact in the near future. Topics include budget cuts, Meaningful Use, and the Affordable Care Act. Participants will learn how hospital libraries can address these challenges, while also aiding the broader institution in keeping costs down.

On Thursday, December 17, also at 11:00 AM CST, Kate Flewelling, the Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM – MidAtlantic Region, will present “Saving Time with PubMed Subject-Specific Queries”. The webinar is intended for librarians who already have experience searching PubMed but need help finding information on specific topics. Participants will learn time-saving strategies, including using preformulated searches, to locate the best sources on such subjects as health-information technology and public health.

For more information about the webinars, and to access the presentations, go to http://nnlm.gov/mcr/news_blog/2015/12/upcoming-webinars-hospital-libraries-pubmed-searches/.

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(via Rhona Kelley, SIU School of Medicine)

*Director, Medical Library*

*Southern Illinois University School of Medicine*


Located in Springfield Illinois, SIU School of Medicine is internationally known for its innovative teaching and testing methods, including a competency-based curriculum and a dedication to training caring and competent physicians.It is a setting rich with opportunities for exploring the leading edge of librarianship.


The Director of the Medical Library is responsible for providing leadership, planning, and management of the School’s Medical Library and the Department of Information and Communication Sciences. The position reports directly to the Dean and Provost of the School of Medicine and works in a collaborative environment with other leaders to develop and execute strategic plans and decisions.

Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program and ten years of professional experience with progressive responsibility in an administrative or supervisory capacity in an academic or health sciences library. The successful candidate must have an understanding of the resources necessary to support medical education, research, and patient care and possess excellent planning, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Membership in MLA Academy of Health information Professionals at the distinguished level and five years management experience is strongly preferred, as is familiarity with current and emerging digital technologies and the design and integration of technology into curricula.

For more-position-specific information, and to complete an online application, click here.

This position will remain open until filled.

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and provides equal employment and educational opportunities for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, protected veteran status or marital status in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

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