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Through the years, Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference receptions provide a venue for attendees, vendors, and guests to relax, network, and enjoy good food. This year’s Nancy’s Reception will take place on Thursday evening, October 26th. The event will follow a full day of continuing education activities at the 2017 conference, providing an opportunity to chat with vendors and poster presenters, enjoy a tasty meal, and bid on items in a silent auction. Now a tradition at the conferences, the annual reception honors Nancy Stump, a longtime, fun-loving, active HSLI member who served as HSLI president from 1990 to 1993. Each year, Nancy’s Reception is unique in its own special way.

A highlight of this year’s reception will be a presentation by experienced Illinois State University chemistry professor Dr. Marjorie Jones, which she calls “Magic Show: Is it Science or Magic?”. This is how she describes the evening’s educational entertainment segment and what attendees can expect:

Since I have always been curious of the physical world in which I live, I have enjoyed doing science as both a researcher and educator and a kid. I especially like to do hands-on experiments with a variety of groups and ages. In this event, we will probe some chemical and biochemical experiments that can have the perception of “magic”, but can be explained using our experience and knowledge of the materials used. I will do some demonstrations of physical and chemical properties of common materials (often obtained from stores), as well as materials from biological sources. For example, what do baker’s yeast and potassium iodine have in common? How can we measure the amount of vitamin C in oranges? We will do a few hands-on experiments, because science is not a spectator sport, in my opinion. I hope that this will be fun, a bit entertaining, and a bit educational. I look forward to this event…

Plan on joining HSLI colleagues and guests at this year’s HSLI Annual Conference and Nancy’s Reception in Bloomington, IL, from October 25-27. For more information, visit the conference website:

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(via Keith Nockels, University of Leicester in England, UK)

Are you a Clinical Librarian, Informationist, Embedded Librarian, or Outreach Librarian? Or, are you a healthcare librarian interested in one or more of the following areas?

  • literature searching
  • working closely with clinicians/healthcare managers to provide the latest evidence
  • providing current awareness services to healthcare staff
  • supporting systematic reviews and writing for publication?

If so, attendance at ICLC will be of use to you. We are now pleased to announce details of our program, which you can view hereRegister for the conference here. We are planning a stimulating conference, where colleagues can share new initiatives and existing good practice, with presentations, workshops and posters, plus indispensable networking experiences including pre conference meet ups and an optional dinner on day one.

The conference will be held at Leicester Racecourse, in the vibrant multicultural city of Leicester. Leicester is only 66 minutes away from London via train, and Stratford Upon Avon is only an hour away by car. Leicester is also the home of world famous sports teams, so you could stay on after the conference for some exciting sports viewing.

The International Clinical Librarian Conference is organized by the Clinical Librarian team at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) in the United Kingdom. To find out more information on the UHL team and what they do, please visit their website at The International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) runs conferences, targeted at Clinical Librarians and any other health librarian who finds the topics covered of interest.

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(via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

This class will cover the topics in the Quick Starter course for the Public Heatlh Digital Library subscribers.

Please note the session will not have captioning on unless specifically requested.

Please see this link for details on how to sign up for My NCBI and Loansome Doc accounts if you do not have them already:
How to create your new My NCBI and Loansome Doc accounts

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Aug 24, 2017
11:00AM – 12:00PM ET

This course is meant to instruct new and current users of the Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) how to access the full-text articles available from the 230+ journals in the collection.

Course topics covered include: conducting basic searches in PubMed, activating the LinkOut icon and filter, creating alerts and using built-in filters.

Intended audience: Public Health Digital Library subscribers Please see this link to confirm that your public health department is subscribed:

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(via Carolyn Martin, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Northwest Region)
We have a great webinar session coming up that you will find lively and informative.

Earlier in the year the new University of Washington course webpage, “Calling Bullshit”<>, went viral. Professors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, wanted a course that would teach students how to critically look at data and understand how it is manipulated.  Jevin will be focusing on the common pitfalls specifically around information visualization and examine the different ways that information can be misrepresented with figures and graphs at the next PNR Rendezvous, the monthly webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR).

Eligible for 1 MLA CE. This session will be recorded but we encourage you to attend the live session.
When: Wednesday, August 16, 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 4:00pm ET
How to Connect:

*   Go to current PNR Rendezvous session <>
*   Enter your name and email address
*   Enter the session password: pacific
*   Click “Join Now”
*   Follow the instructions that appear on your screen
*   Go to the PNR Rendezvous webpage<> for more complete instructions
We hope you can join us!

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Call for Proposals: RSR Special Issue on Emergent Literacies

(via Tammy Ivins, University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Reference Services Review (RSR) is seeking authors to write on the theme of emergent literacies in academic libraries. Articles in this issue will explore emergent literacies, intersections of multiple literacies, and ideas around the language used to describe, implement, and assess these literacies. We are interested in innovative interpretations and intersectional research around ideas, theory, and practice(See complete description below.)

We want this special issue to draw from a variety of perspectives, so we really hope that many members of the Instruction Section will consider submitting proposals!

Proposals/abstracts are due Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to both:

Tammy Ivins (, Transfer Student Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

Sylvia Tag (, Librarian for Colleges/Departments/Programs at Western Washington University

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, ~Tammy and Sylvia

Reference Services Review is seeking authors to write on the theme of emergent literacies in academic libraries. Articles in this issue will explore emergent literacies, intersections of multiple literacies, and ideas around the language used to describe, implement, and assess these literacies. We are interested in innovative interpretations and intersectional research around ideas, theory, and practice. Examples of stand-alone and intersectional topics include, but are not restricted to,:  Cultural Literacies (International, Indigenous, Economic)  Spatial Literacies (How do we create physical and virtual spaces for intellectual pursuits?)  Emotional Literacies (Changing demographics of higher education, Inclusivity)  Life Skill Literacies (Finance, Self-advocacy, Speaking, Privacy)  Narrative Literacies (How do we tell our story? How do students share their stories?)  Oral Literacies (Listening, Speaking)  Written and Expressive Literacies (Writing, Visual, Performance)  Digital & Multimedia Literacies (Social Media, Copyright, Digital media authoring)  Literacies across the arc of K-20 education  Methodology, pedagogy, and assessment of emergent literacies  Forthcoming technologies or developments may create new emerging literacies  Intersection of Emergent Literacies & Digital Humanities Proposed manuscripts may take many forms, including (but not limited to) innovative applications of best practices, literature reviews, or conceptual papers that explore the future of emerging literacies. We wholeheartedly welcome submissions on emergent literacies and/or approaches not listed above. We encourage manuscripts that explore innovative intersections of various literacies, approaches, and pedagogical approaches. The theme issue, Volume 46 Issue 2, will be published in June 2018. Manuscripts must be submitted by February 24, 2018. Submitted manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process. Authors can expect to work on revisions in February and March 2018. Final manuscripts will be due by April 7, 2018. Proposals/abstracts due: October 15, 2017. Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to both: Tammy Ivins (, Transfer Student Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Sylvia Tag (, Librarian for Colleges/Departments/Programs at Western Washington University 2 Reference Services Review Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly refereed journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference services. RSR covers all aspects of reference functions, including automation of reference services, evaluation and assessment of reference functions and sources, models for delivering quality reference services in all types and sizes of libraries, and development and management of teaching / learning activities, promotion of information literacy programs, and partnerships with other entities to achieve reference goals and objectives. RSR prepares its readers to understand and embrace current and emerging technologies affecting reference functions, instructional services and information needs of library users. RSR contributors draw on:  Current research and practice,  Their own considerable expertise, experience and perspectives, and  The expertise of their home communities to identify issues, practices and technologies that are relevant to service design, delivery, management, and assessment. RSR articles include research papers, technical papers, conceptual papers, case studies, literature reviews, and reviews of public previously published research on a number topics. Commentary, including point/counterpoint articles, is also welcome. Mini theme and theme issues support the more detailed exploration of topics. A diverse mix of authors and contributors enhance the journal’s value, as does an international team of editorial advisors. Journal information: Information for authors:

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ALA Emerging Leader Applications Due Thursday, August 31

(via Andrew Stuart, Ohio University)

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 class of Emerging Leaders (EL).  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the Emerging Leaders Web page.

Apply now. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 31, 2017

The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations

An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or school library media affiliate will sponsor nearly two-thirds of the selected applicants.  Each sponsor will contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference ($500 for each conference).  Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application.

For more information, visit the Emerging Leaders Web page or contact the EL project manager at

The ALA Emerging Leaders program is managed by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR).

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(via Sarah Miles, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – South Central Region)

Good afternoon! Please excuse cross-posting. The SCR office is excited to share about an upcoming webinar, Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library, which will take place next Wednesday, August 16, from 12pm – 2pm CT / 11am – 1pm MT. The class will feature an overview of some of NLM’s consumer-focused databases and discuss to meet the needs of consumers at your library or institution.

This class will be taught by one of our coordinators and is part of an ongoing national effort to ensure you get the classes you  need! The class fulfills the foundational requirement for Level 1 of the Consumer Health Information Specialization<> through the Medical Library Association and can also be counted towards completion of Level 2.

For information on attending, please visit the course listing<> or see the information below. We hope to see you there!

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
Time: Wednesday, August 16 at 12 – 2pm CT / 11am – 1pm MT
Instructor: Sarah Miles
Note: This class counts towards the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Description: This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Objectives: This class teaches you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library. We will cover:

*   History and evolution of consumer health
*   Challenges of providing consumer health information at your library
*   Planning a consumer health service
*   Collection development
*   Consumer health on the internet
*   The reference interview
*   Ethics
*   Outreach
*   Project development / marketing

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Prepare for the Fall Semester with 23 Framework Things

(via Kim Pittman, University of Minnesota Duluth)

The summer is winding to an end and though we are sure you’ve completed “all the things” from your summer to-do list and are perfectly prepared for fall instruction (wink wink), we thought we’d offer something that might give you a boost if you are looking for ways to incorporate the new ACRL IL Framework into your instruction.

23 Framework Things is a free, self-paced, online professional development opportunity that offers readings, activities, and opportunities to connect with your colleagues about the Framework. Complete as many of the things as you choose, in any order, and win prizes! Here are a few of the “Things” that might be especially helpful as you prepare for fall semester:

·         Frame Focus Things: Browse lesson plans & activities on each frame and brainstorm ideas for your own lessons and activities with colleagues

·         Thing #4: Assessment Overview: We all have high hopes about incorporating more assessment into our instruction. This is your year!! In this thing, we ask ourselves, “What would Megan Oakleaf do (with the Framework)?” and explore intentional and achievable ways to assess using the Framework

·         Thing #13: Understanding by Design: Got a few upcoming instruction session/courses? Learn more about the Understanding by Design backward design process and plan your lessons in a way that support student understanding and transfer of knowledge

·         Thing #3: Environmental Scan: Still figuring out how to “frame” the Framework at your institution? Get ideas and inspiration from colleagues and reflect on ways to engage with and embed elements of the Framework into your institution’s curriculum.

So, if you’re looking for ways to engage with the new ACRL IL Framework, check out 23 Framework Things!

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(via Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

A memory cafe is a safe and fun social opportunity for those living with memory loss, as well as their families and caregivers. Memory cafes have been offered in the Netherlands since 1997, but only in the US since 2013. Learn how your library can start a memory cafe and collaborate with key players in the community for the perfect fit.

A memory café is a social gathering place for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementia and their family and friends. Library memory cafes meet once per month in a safe and comfortable space to facilitate connections of persons living with memory loss. Each café is as unique as the library that hosts it and offers a program or activity that is engaging and fun. Community partners and aging specialists provide guidance and respond to questions or requests for resources. If your library wants to get involved with the local community while doing health outreach and programming, this webinar will provide you with the essential first steps to get started.

Presenter Bio: Angela Meyers is the Coordinator of Youth and Special Needs Services at the Bridges Library System in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Meyers has previous work experience in public libraries and area non-profits. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree (2002) and a Master of Library & Information Science degree (2008) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017
10:00AM – 11:00AM CT
Continuing Education Credits:

Register now! <

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(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria campus)

Please join us at the UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago to view the upcoming MLA webinar “Scoping Reviews: Mapping Your Course to Success” on Tuesday, August 15, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. Site sponsorship is being generously provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region. The class will be worth 1.5 MLA continuing-education hours for the first 25 interested individuals who register for the webinar. To register, go here. The deadline is 12:00 PM on Monday, August 14.

If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Hanneke, at

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