Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

Archive for 2017

(via Derek Johnson, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites you to participate in “Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles”. This course will be primarily held via the Moodle platform with optional WebEx discussions. The class is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

The course will take place between Monday, July 24, and Sunday, September 24. The class size is limited to 25 students, so, please register early if interested. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating. More information is available here.

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(via Ariel Orlov, Adler University)

The Chicago Distance Library Services Group is calling for presenter submissions for a Tech Tools Lightning Round to be held on Thursday, July 13, at Adler University in Chicago, IL. Share the free or inexpensive tech tools you use to reach distance or online library users! Tell us about the problems these tools have helped you solve, and share examples of your process or projects.

 Speakers should expect to speak for no longer than 10 minutes, with a few minutes reserved for questions. For consideration, submit proposals to our online submission form by Friday, June 30.

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Please excuse any cross-postings.

(via Kelly McCallister, Appalachian State University)

The North Carolina Library Association’s College & University Section is hosting a free webinar, “Collaborating on Course Design: Part II”, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CST on Wednesday, June 28. (This builds on an earlier webinar, “Collaborating on Course Design: Part I”, which is available for viewing here.) To register for next Wednesday’s webinar, go here. More information about the content and the presenters is below.

Does starting an embedded librarian program seem impossible? The Central Piedmont Community College Library has started on a path to integrate information literacy competencies and outcomes at the curriculum-level. CPCC is doing this through sustainable instructional design by partnering with faculty (and others) to develop and implement course-level content that supports course, program, college, and national outcomes. Librarians coordinate with appropriate faculty and collaborate in three main areas: content, assignments and rubrics, and support. This webinar is a follow-up to the previous CUS Virtual Conference Webinar panel discussion and will provide attendees with specific tips and examples of how to collaborate with faculty to create content.

Mollie Peuler is the eLearning Librarian at Central Piedmont Community College. She received her MLIS from Florida State University. Mollie’s professional interests are in distance learning strategies and instructional design. Outside of the library, Mollie enjoys running, traveling, and checking off lists.

Mark Coltrain is Assistant Director for Instructional and Research Services at Central Piedmont Community College. He graduated with his MLIS from UNC-Greensboro in 2012. Mark’s professional interests are in distance librarianship and instructional collaborations both inside and outside of the library. In his spare time, Mark enjoys craft beer, a good barbecue sandwich, riding his bike, and collecting vinyl records.

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(via Sara Scheib, University of Iowa)

Do you know someone who is an amazing teaching librarian? If yes, consider nominating them as a Featured Teaching Librarian! If you’re an amazing teaching librarian, consider nominating yourself.

The ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee wants to highlight excellent teaching librarians. Several times during the year, the committee selects and interviews a librarian who demonstrates a passion for teaching, innovation, and student learning. This feature provides a way to showcase amazing teaching librarians and share their best teaching practices with others in the field.  Consider nominating yourself or someone you think is amazing!

Nominations are due by Friday, August 4.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Seangill Peter Bae, Princeton University)

The IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section Standing Committee is revising the International Resource Sharing and Document Delivery: Principles and Guidelines for Procedure. The document was last revised in 2009, and we believe it is the time to review the contents to reflect the current international or global resource-sharing landscape. As the first step of the revision process, we wish to ask your comments and suggestions on the current version of the document. To facilitate the process, we have prepared an online survey form in which you can provide us your thoughts, section by section.  The form is available here, until Friday, June 30.

Once the committee collects the suggestions, we will work on a draft of revised guidelines and later we will have a second public survey on the draft. Please feel free to the Information Coordinator or the Standing Committee members, if you have any question or concerns on the Guidelines. In addition, if the online survey form does not work with you, you can always send us your comments via e-mail.

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(via Daniel Dotson, The Ohio State University)

This is a reminder that the deadline to register for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp 2017 is Friday, June 30. The program will take place from Wednesday, July 19, to Friday, July 21, on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Librarians from all library types are welcome. This yearly boot camp includes talks from scientists and librarians, activities, and tours of science facilities. It is an opportunity for librarians working with science researchers to learn more about science researchers and their spaces.

To register for this year’s event, click here. The cost is $145 for commuters, $195 for overnighters, and $250 for early arrivers. To follow the Boot Camp on social media, check Facebook and Twitter (follow @greatlakessbc).

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“ACRL 101” Recording for ALA Annual First-Timers Now Available

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Going to ALA Annual for the first time this summer? Not sure what to expect? Check out the “ACRL 101” webcast to make the most of your first ALA Annual Conference experience. This one-hour interactive session provides tips and personal recommendations on how to prepare for your trip to Chicago, what to bring, planning your schedule, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more.

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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Prepping for Your Travels to Bloomington!

Bloomington-Normal are the host cities for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference this year, October 25th to 27th.  As you are planning out your library budget for the new fiscal year, think about requesting travel funds to attend this fall’s conference.  The conference will host many professional networking and presentation opportunities, as well as continuing education sessions for health sciences librarians.  Below are some important numbers and links in helping you plan your trip.


The HSLI Conference fee is set to be $200 for full conference registration for members of HSLI. The conference hotel will be the Chateau in Bloomington, with a room rate of $78 plus taxes and fees.  Activities are scheduled for conference attendees from Wednesday evening to early Friday afternoon, so please make your hotel reservation accordingly to partake in all that the conference has to offer.


The Constitutional Trail in Bloomington-Normal

Bloomington-Normal is located off of the major interstate highways of 39, 55, and 74.  There is also an Amtrak station located in downtown Normal with quick bus, taxi, Lyft, or Uber access to the hotel.  For transportation travel reimbursement rates to estimate your budget,  check the Illinois CMS Reimbursement Schedule for mileage, per diem rates, etc.


Finally, Bloomington and Normal are beautiful cities with many activities, shopping spots, and events. Think about attending a tour of the Beer Nuts factory, taking a walk on the Constitution Trail, or enjoying shopping in the area’s many boutiques.  To learn more, take a look at the Bloomington-Normal Visitors Bureau website to help in planning your trip to the area.


For any questions about the HSLI Annual Conference, please contact Emily Johnson,, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee.



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Several Illinois librarians have articles featured in the ALA Library Instruction Roundtable Top Twenty Articles for 2016. Every year, the American Library Association’s LIRT Top Twenty Committee reviews the library instruction literature from the previous year and identifies the 20 best instruction articles for that year. Sue Franzen of Illinois State University was recognized for her article “Merging Information Literacy and Evidence-Based Practice in an Undergraduate Health Science Curriculum Map” (co-authored with Colleen Bannon). The article appeared in the Communications in Information Literacy journal. Paula Dempsey (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Heather Jagman (DePaul University) also made the list, for their article “‘I Felt Like Such a Freshman’: First-Year Students Crossing the Library Threshold”, which appeared in portal: Libraries and the Academy. Additionally, Steve Brantley (Eastern Illinois University) served on this year’s Top Twenty Committee.

To see the full list of articles, go to the June issue of the LIRT News.

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(via Helena VonVille, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)

Is your position related to public health or a public-health-related field? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public-health field for a few days?  Then you need to apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend the 2017 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, in early November.  We anticipate funding approximately 8 non-local librarians ($1,235) and 2 local librarians ($730).  The award will reimburse you for the cost of APHA membership and early-bird conference registration. Non-local librarians receive additional funds to help offset the cost associated with travel.

The eligibility requirements are below.

  • be a librarian or information specialist with an MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree;
  • work with or have accepted a librarian/information specialist position that now includes, or will include in the near future, working with public health practitioners or PH/PH-related students, staff, and faculty; and
  • be a United States citizen or have permanent resident status (i.e., a holder of a “green card”)

To apply, visit the Sewell Stipend LibGuide. The deadline is Sunday, July 16, at 11:00 PM CST. If you have any questions, please send them to Helena VonVille, at To see a list of past recipients, including essays they wrote on how attending the Conference benefitted them professionally, go here.

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