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Archive for 2018

Call for Bloggers: Medical Library Association 2019 Conference

(via Jeanne Sadlik, Loyola University Chicago)

If you are thinking about attending MLA in Chicago next May, please consider being a  blogger.

The Local Area Committee Blog/Social Media Subcommittee is looking for local bloggers for the MLA ’19 conference! Bloggers will create posts about the Chicago, the hotel, tours, events and other activities Chicago offers.

Contact Elizabeth Huggins, Local Area Committee Blog/Social Media Subcommittee Chair, at<>, by Monday, November 5.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

ILA is planning a series of focus groups to understand what creates value for its members and stakeholders. The input received will be factored into creating a dynamic strategic plan with goals that will shape the future of ILA. Reservations to attend the focus groups will open on Monday, November 5, 2018.

Members, non-members and others interested in offering their input are encouraged to attend any (or all) of the focus groups.

  • November 14 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. at RAILS (Burr Ridge)
  • November 19 – Noon-1:30 p.m. Online Session (open)
  • November 26 – Noon-1:30 p.m. Online Session (ALA ethnic affiliates: AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA, REFORMA; affiliate members are welcome to participate in this or any other session of choice)
  • November 28 – 9:00-10:30 a.m. IHLS (Carbondale)
  • November 28 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. IHLS (Edwardsville)
  • November 29 – 10:00-11:30 a.m. IHLS (Edwardsville)
  • December 5 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. ILA Office (Chicago)

Additional information will be posted on the ILA website and social media soon! For questions and more information, please contact Tamara Jenkins, ILA Communication and Engagement Manager, at (312) 644-1896 or

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(via Merinda Kaye Hensley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Do you know the next recipient of the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year Award?

The Dudley Award subcommittee is now accepting nominations for the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year Award, which honors a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment. Winners will receive a $1,000 prize. Read an interview with Sharon Mader, the 2018 Dudley recipient. More information about the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year and the nominating process can be found at
For more information about the award criteria, please see the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award web page:

To nominate someone for the Dudley Award, send nominations to Contact Merinda Kaye Hensley at

•Nominations must include the name, mailing address, email address, and
telephone number of the nominee.
•Include a letter of support detailing the nominee’s qualifications for the
•Additional letters of support (up to three) are encouraged and will be
considered as part of the nomination packet.
•Nominators should include their name, mailing address, email address, and
phone number
•Nominations must be submitted electronically
•Deadline for nominations is Friday. December 7, 2018

Questions?  Contact Merinda Kaye Hensley at

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Call for OCLC Global Council Candidate Nominations (Deadline 11/17)

(via Mary Konkel, College of DuPage)

Did you know that as an OCLC member, your voice matters? You play an important role in the development of products and services and in shaping the direction of the OCLC cooperative. This work is accomplished by the OCLC Global and Regional Councils, which represent your voice and the voices of all member libraries.

As an OCLC member, you can nominate yourself for an open delegate position on your Regional Council. This year, the Americas Regional Council (ARC) is seeking librarians to run for 13 delegate seats. Candidates must currently work in an OCLC member organization that held active OCLC member status as of June 2018, and they must have a leadership position in their institution.

Elected candidates will:

  • Play an active role identifying ways to engage regionally with other OCLC members and channel member feedback
  • Embrace the opportunity to shape the direction of the cooperative by participating in discussions (in English) with and making recommendations to OCLC leadership

Let your voice be heard. Apply for an open ARC delegate position and represent other OCLC members. Submit your applicationby 17 November 2018.

Want to learn more about the Global and Regional Councils? Access the OCLC Global Council Handbook for information on the Global and Regional Councils and delegate roles, responsibilities, and activities. You can also contact the OCLC Member Relations team at with questions.

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(via Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director)

It is with great pleasure that I make the following announcement:

Ex Libris Alma has been chosen for our next I-Share platform! Alma will replace Voyager and SFX in 2020 for the 91 institutions that are part of CARLI’s I-Share resource sharing system. We look forward to Alma helping CARLI extend and expand the resource sharing and collaborative programs that our consortium has offered our members for almost 40 years.

Please join me in expressing deep appreciation and thanks to the tireless and most extraordinary members of the I-Share Next Task Force. Task force members spent four years on this project, shaping member input and aspirations into a highly detailed, thorough, and complex RFP that was issued and awarded through the University’s procurement process. They persevered through many challenges and stayed on course, worked through weekends and holidays, and have now secured a wonderful new service for our membership. We all owe them great praise for their contributions to our consortium, dividends that will be paid for many years to come. I am especially grateful to Kristine Hammerstrand, Chair of the I-Share Next Task Force, for her unfailing devotion to this project and its successful conclusion.

I-Share Next Task Force

*   Cindy Fuller, Millikin University
*   Tom Goetz, William Rainey Harper College
*   Kristine Hammerstrand CARLI, chair
*   Tammy Kuhn-Schnell, Lincoln Land Community College
*   Tami Luedtke, DePaul University
*   Michael Norman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
*   Ted Schwitzner, CARLI
*   Matthew Short, Northern Illinois University
*   Connie Walsh, CARLI
*   Suzanne Wilson, Illinois Wesleyan University
*   Pat Boze, Illinois State Library (retired, May 2017)
*   Anita Foster, Illinois State University (left ISU, December 2015)

We will have a 25-30 minute presentation about I-Share Next at the CARLI Annual Meeting on November 2, and will provide regular updates as we move through the implementation process. To register for the CARLI Annual Meeting, visit the event page by October 25 at

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Call for Nominations: Oberly Award (Deadline Dec. 7)

(via Sara Scheib, University of Iowa)

The Association of College and Research Libraries – Science & Technology Section – Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural and Natural Sciences for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science.

Eligible works include English-language print or electronic bibliographies in any format in the field of agriculture or a related science published during 2017-2018. Bibliographies may be a monograph, a completed series viewed as a body of work, or an ongoing publication. Submissions will be judged on accuracy, scope, usefulness, format, and special features such as explanatory introductions, annotations, and indexes.

Recipients of the Oberly Award will receive a cash award and a plaque, funded by an endowment created by individuals and vendor contributions.

Nominations for the 2019 award will be accepted until December 7, 2018. Submissions should be made in the form of a letter pointing out the reason the bibliography should be considered. A copy of the bibliography should accompany the submission.

Questions and submissions should be sent to the Awards Committee co-chairs: Sara Scheib ( or Zoe Unno ( For more information, including previous recipients, see

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(via Megan Hodge, Virginia Commonwealth University)

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2019

Poster Session & Social on Thursday, June 6 and Conference on Friday, June 7, 2019

William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

“TILC is the best. Small, focused, and always full of great ideas and great librarians.”- past attendee

“This was one of the most useful library conferences I’ve attended; the small size of the conference, and its laser focus on instruction in librarianship, resulted in conversations that were universally useful and relevant to me and my work. Thank you so much!”- another participant’s feedback

We are now accepting proposals for TILC 2019. Inspired by this year’s location, we have chosen the theme Revolutions & Revelations. We hope this phrase will help you brainstorm proposals, but don’t let the theme limit you. Anything about innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries is welcome.

Proposals are invited for three different session types:

•       Posters (presented at the Thursday evening social)

•       50-minute presentations

•       7-minute lightning talks

Proposals will be peer reviewed.

Submission deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Acceptance notification: Friday, January 4, 2019

We expect registration costs to be about $45.

Full details and a link to the proposal form are available at:

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(via Jodie Borgerding, AMIGOS Library Services)

Registration is OPEN for the Thursday, November 8 online conference, The Future of Cataloging: RDA, Linked Data, and More. This one-day conference is packed with exciting and informative sessions!

Kicking off the conference is  Kathy Glennan, Chair-Elect of the RDA Steering Committee. Her keynote, Evolution of the RDA Toolkit and Its Impact on Catalogers, will provide information about the external and internal factors that have driven the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project, and will discuss what catalogers need to do to get ready for the new Toolkit.

During the day, learn from a variety of peers and experts – each time slot offers two or three different programming options. A sampling of the sessions include:

  • The Community College Perspective: RDA Conversion in a Small Academic Library
  • Planning for Linked Data
  • What Google can Teach us About Cataloging
  • Cartographic Cataloging

Don’t forget, as a benefit of Amigos Library Services membership, attendance is FREE at all online conferences! If you’re not a member, register by October 26 for discount pricing.

Check out the conference website for complete session descriptions and registration information. Registration closes on Tuesday, November 6 at 5pm CDT.

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(via Jennifer Hunter, Pennsylvania State Abington College)


The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 25th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research around serving diverse patrons.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website: The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Washington, DC.

Criteria for selection:

  • Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
  • Quality: Research design and methodologies
  • Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Friday, January 4th. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 18th, 2019. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents

SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information
Please include the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

SUBMISSION PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:

  1. Title of the project
  2. Explicit statement of the research problem
  3. Description of the research design and methodologies
  4.  Findings or results if available
  5. Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected. 

Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2018-2019 committee chairs:

Joseph Yue ( and Qiana Johnson (

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Reminder: HSLI Member Survey–Conference Feedback

(via Miranda Shake, HSLI Past President)

The conference planning committee is surveying all HSLI members for feedback on conferences.

If you attended the 2018 meeting, the survey includes questions specific to the 2018 conference. The survey should take about 7 minutes to complete.

If you did not attend the 2018 conference we still want you to take the survey! There are questions about what you want in future CE and how to make the conference more useful to you. The survey should take 3 minutes or less if you did not attend the 2018 conference

Go to the survey:

Please try to complete the survey by October 17th so your voice can be heard.
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