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Call for Programs: ILA 2017 Annual Conference

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association is now accepting proposal submissions for its 2017 Annual Conference, themed “Rise Up”. Proposals should reflect how libraries of all types foster diversity, engage community, and champion social justice. The 2017 meeting is a chance for us to come together and share our ideas to better our communities, our institutions, and ourselves. How are you making a difference? What are you doing to improve your library and uplift your patrons? Tell us about it. Illinois libraries of all sizes and types make big impacts on their unique communities. Our conference should represent diversity throughout our state, and we especially encourage submissions from typically underrepresented perspectives.

Share your ideas by submitting a conference proposal. The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking programs addressing anything that makes you want to “Rise Up”, especially the following topics.

  • community and campus engagement and wellness
  • compassionate service
  • internal and external leadership at all levels
  • activism and social-justice initiatives
  • student success and achievement
  • behind-the-scenes work that supports access and the patron experience
  • assessment and data-driven decision making

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 24. For more information about the conference, and to submit your proposals, click here.

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Conference Wrap Up

I’d like to start by thanking all the generous people that have donated to the Syed Maghrabi scholarship fund. Your donations via the membership form and through the silent auction are a lifeline to HSLI members lacking institutional travel support. The fund exists to keep everyone actively involved in the organization. Don’t let lack of travel funds keep you at home! Apply for a scholarship if you don’t have institutional support.

For many years I have served on the HSLI conference planning committee. This year you may have seen me serving as the A/V elf. And we learned that while I’m good with projectors, sound systems are not my strong suit. Apologies for the squealing feedback. Either I’ll get better next year or we will contract with the hotel for house sound.

I also helped with behind the scenes work, running the conference website. Thanks to all presenters that sent in their handouts and posters. I also ran the conference evaluation, and I’m happy to say that everyone rated the conference Excellent or Good. It’s great to see that the work of putting the conference together is valuable to the HSLI membership.

The CE sessions I attended on user experience and assessment were very helpful to me. Both altered how I think about my library, which for me is the sign of a great CE session. Once I got home I summarized the parts of the sessions that were most pertinent to my library’s situation and shared them with my colleagues. Being able to bring new strategies home is one of the best parts of CE for me.

Networking is another critical part of the HSLI conference experience. Hearing stories from other librarians about the state of their nursing programs gives me insight and perspective when working with my own nursing faculty. Being able to see everyone in person once a year also helps when we need to reach out to colleagues. It’s great to be able to put a face with a name when we need to ask a question or put something on the list to get advice.

I was also happy to see so much networking between library organizations this year. Presentations and exhibits from RAILS, IHLS, the GMR, IACRL, and the State Library were a welcome opportunity to learn about what other groups offer. After the conference, HSLI was also invited to provide updates to CARLI and CARLI will provide updates to HSLI as well. I’ve added links to all these organizations on an HSLI website page.

I hope everyone that attended the conference found it as productive as I did, and I hope everyone that was unable to attend in 2016 can join us in 2017.

See you all next year,

Stacey

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“RUSA 101” Webinar on Tuesday, December 20

(via the Reference and User Services Association)

The next “RUSA 101” webinar will be held on Tuesday, December 20, at 1:00 PM CST. RUSA 101 is intended for individuals who are new to the division or want to learn more about opportunities for involvement. Topics to be covered include RUSA and its six sections, which focus on business reference, collection development, emerging technologies, history, reference services, and resource sharing. If you have any questions, please e-mail Amber Prentiss (Chair, RUSA Membership Committee), at amberp@uga.edu. Click here to join the meeting, using phone number 1-888-935-0782 and participant code 94018206#.

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(via Devin Savage, Illinois Institute of Technology)

This is a reminder that the second Annual Meeting of Library UX Chicago will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Thursday, December 15, at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Paul J. Galvin Library. Join us for a review of our past year of work, and to preview and discuss next year’s activities. We will also be holding a “Lightning Rounds” event, so that we may share and celebrate the assessment, user experience, and design-thinking successes of our colleagues this year.

A list of the Lightning Rounds sessions and presenters is below.

  • “Using a Self-Similarity Matrix as a User Research Tool”-John Jung, University of Chicago
  • “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Assessment”-Jennifer Kelley, College of DuPage
  • “Pros and Cons of Running Large-Scale Surveys”-Gina Petersen, Northwestern University, and Elizabeth Edwards, University of Chicago
  • “Ask and Ye Shall Receive: Library Changes from Our Patrons Inward”-Ashley Middleton, New Lenox Public Library
  • “Toasters, Cell Phones, and Sleds: Mobile Testing at UChicago”-Emma Boettcher, University of Chicago

For more information, and to register, go here.

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Special Webcast: ACRL Committee Volunteer Opportunities (Dec. 14)

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Have you considered serving on an ACRL committee? Find out more next week with this free webinar:

‘Tis the season to volunteer! If you’re interested in opportunities to connect and network with others in the field or want to gain leadership experience by serving on an ACRL committee, now is the time to submit your volunteer application for 2017-18.

The ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 1:00 PM CDT for an online forum explaining the ACRL volunteer process. We will explain how to volunteer for ACRL division-level committees, ACRL section committees, and ACRL Interest and Discussion Groups. Participants are encouraged to come with any questions they have about ACRL and how to serve. The session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Session Moderator:

Katie Gibson
Chair, ACRL Membership Committee

Guest Panelists:

Steven Bell
Past Co-Convener, Digital Scholarship Center Interest Group
Member, ACRL Membership Committee

Erin Ellis
Chair, ACRL Appointments Committee

Katie Gibson
Chair, Western European Studies Section

Connecting to the forum:

Name: ACRL Membership Committee: Getting Involved in ACRL
Start Time: 12/14/2016 1:00PM CST
Duration: 01:00 hour
URL: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r1n9ne13i1q/
Access: Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room

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HSLI 2016 Annual Conference Report: Eric Edwards

I would like to thank the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship Committee for granting me a full scholarship to attend the 2016 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference. My involvement with HSLI has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career, and attending the conference is one of the highlights of my participation in the organization. The event gives me an opportunity not only to strengthen and expand my connections with fellow HSLI members, but also to learn about new perspectives and tools in the library and information science profession. I am especially appreciative of the opportunity to receive a scholarship for this year’s conference, given the challenging economic times facing the state of Illinois. HSLI’s ongoing generosity (I received the scholarship in 2011 and 2014, also) clearly demonstrates the organization’s commitment to the professional growth of its members.

I found all of the sessions at this year’s conference interesting and engaging. There were a few that particularly stood out, however, as providing ideas for my work as Interlibrary Loan Librarian at the Illinois State Library. One was Jacqueline Leskovec’s “Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community”. The focus of the presentation was the ways in which libraries can reach out to underserved patron groups. While the State Library’s main user group is state government employees, the ISL provides a variety of services, including interlibrary loan, to libraries of all types throughout the state, in addition to sponsoring programs for members of the general public, such as veterans. Through discussions with fellow attendees and feedback from the presenter, I identified several groups that do not use the ISL regularly but could clearly benefit. One is local high school students, especially those who are researching current issues related to local, state, or federal government. Another is tourists, who sometimes stop by the ISL to learn more about the various historical sites in and around downtown Springfield. The ISL has a large number of items, including historical documents, that would likely be of interest to those groups and could perhaps be part of a display in the public browsing areas.

Another session that I found particularly thought-provoking was Laura Alagna’s keynote speech, “From Surviving to Thriving in the Digital Era”. Her talk explored the impact of the digital revolution on the role of librarians, especially in managing and preserving electronic resources. As libraries continue to downsize their print collections, while expanding patron access to e-books and online journals, librarians must increasingly adapt their knowledge and skills. Furthermore, the preservation of electronic materials has now extended not just to items that were originally in a print format and have since been digitized, but also to documents that were “born digital” and so present their own unique set of preservation challenges. I have not been directly involved with the digital preservation efforts in which the State Library has participated recently, but I have had an opportunity to learn much about them while searching for documents. One initiative is the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA), which contains digital materials related to Illinois history from libraries throughout the state. These items include not just photographs, but also letters, maps, and videos. Another project is a collaboration, with HathiTrust and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to digitize copies of books and other documents by Illinois authors and make them available in the public domain. This includes not just “classic” works, but also more recent materials.

Once again, I would like to thank the Scholarship Committee, along with those individuals who have donated to the fund. I greatly enjoyed this year’s HSLI Annual Conference, and I am confident that some of the ideas presented by the speakers will prove useful in my work. I look forward to future HSLI conferences and the variety of interesting speakers and other learning opportunities that they are sure to include.

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(via the Association of College and Research Libraries)

If you’re interested in opportunities to connect and network with others in the field or want to gain leadership experience by serving on an ACRL committee, now is the time to submit your volunteer application for 2017-18.

The ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 12:00 MDT / 11:00 AM PDT for an online forum on the ACRL volunteer process. We will explain how to volunteer for ACRL division-level committees, ACRL section committees, and ACRL interest and discussion groups. Participants are encouraged to come with any questions they have about ACRL and how to serve.

Session Moderator:

Katie Gibson — Chair, ACRL Membership Committee

Guest Panelists:

Steven Bell — Past Co-Convener, Digital Scholarship Center Interest Group and Member of the ACRL Membership Committee

Erin Ellis — Chair, ACRL Appointments Committee

Katie Gibson — Chair, Western European Studies Section

Connecting to the Forum:

Name: ACRL Membership Committee: Getting Involved in ACRL

Start Time: 12/14/2016 1:00PM CST

Duration: 01:00 hour

URL: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r1n9ne13i1q/

Access: Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

NASIG is pleased to announce the application cycle for its 2017 grants, awards, and scholarships to be awarded at the Annual Conference being held June 8-11, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Please visit the Awards page on the NASIG website for full descriptions and applications. The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 10, 2017. A list of awards, including brief descriptions, is below.

Professional/Para-professional Awards

Birdie MacLennan Award

An award for a mid-career professional in information management, covering conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel costs within North America.

Capstone Award

An award to recognize an individual who has made significant and distinguished contributions to the field of information resource management through recruiting and mentoring new professionals, service to NASIG or other professional organizations, notable research, or participation in organizations that advance innovation in the field.

First Timer Award

An award to a first time attendee, professional or paraprofessional, working in the information resources management field, covering conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel costs within North America.

John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award

This award supports two people, one from each association, and consists of travel to the sister conference, and accomodatons for the duration of the conference and paid registration for the conference.

Paraprofessional Specialist Award

Awards for promising paraprofessionals, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.

Marcia Tuttle International Grant

A $3,000 grant for an individual working in the information management chain to fund appropriate activities in fostering international communication and education.

Horizon Award

Awards for promising new information management professionals, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. Recipients will also be invited to serve on a NASIG committee.

Rose Robischon Scholarship

A scholarship awarded to an information management professional lacking funds for travel. The scholarship covers the cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.

Student Awards

John Riddick Student Grant

Grants for qualifying students to attend the NASIG annual conference, covering cost of registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. Winners will be offered the opportunity to share a 10-15 minute presentation during the conference at the Student Spotlight Session.

Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship

A $3,000 scholarship and conference travel grant for a graduate student demonstrating excellence in scholarship and the potential for accomplishments in a serials career. The winner will be offered the opportunity to share a 10-15 minute presentation during the conference at the Student Spotlight Session.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Employees in ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services are hosting a gathering of Chicago area LIS/Archives and Info Workers committed to upholding the professional ethics of diversity, inclusion, information preservation and access, equitable representation, individual privacy, and support of marginalized communities. The gathering will be from 4:00-6:30pm on Tuesday, Dec. 20. The sponsors are inspired by the CA and NY groups that have organized after the election, and they welcome hearing from IL individuals and organizers to support existing local groups and learn from one another.

The private room at the restaurant around the corner from ALA has been reserved. Please join the discussion on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/238369276575769/) to talk about what questions that attendees might want to discuss.

The meet-up will be from 4:00-6:30pm CT at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 (www.jakemelnicks.com) to RSVP, and to contribute to the discussion, please see the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/238369276575769/.

For more information, please contact John L. Amundsen (Program Officer, Outreach and Communication, at ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services), at jamundsen@ala.org.

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Call for Proposals: 2017 Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

(via Margaret Chambers, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois)

Mark your calendars for the 4th annual GLRSC:

Harnessing the Winds of Change on June 8-9, 2017

at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook, IL

This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to trade information and network with other colleagues. Watch for updates on the conference website at http://glrsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have a new idea or success story to share? We are accepting program proposals through January 13, 2017 on any of the following topic areas:

  • Resource Sharing Best Practices
  • Marketing Services
  • Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
  • Workflow Improvements
  • Cooperative Collection Development
  • Consortial or Group Purchasing
  • Purchase on Demand
  • Reciprocal Borrowing
  • Shared Staffing and Training
  • Shared Discovery Layers
  • E-Books
  • Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
  • Shared Print Projects
  • Open Educational Resources

Proposed presentations can take the form of either a break-out session (45 minutes in length) or a lightning talk (15 minutes in length each including time for questions).

CLICK HERE for the online submission form. Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to publish a version of their conference presentation in the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserve in a special issue, but will not be obligated to do so. More information about this opportunity is available at http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/bes/jildder-cfp-glrs.

Each proposal should include a title, description (75 word max), and abstract (250 word max). Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, with selected presenters notified by February 17, 2017. Please direct any questions to Shelly Miller (shellym@ohionet.org) and Mark Sullivan (sullivm@geneseo.edu).

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