Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

Archive for 2018

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

Just a reminder that the deadline to apply for the travel stipend to attend the free “Data Management for Librarians” CE course in Minneapolis is this Friday, June 22. The half-day workshop takes play on Monday, August 6 and is designed to introduce participants to key elements of research data management in the health sciences, including best practices for documentation, metadata, backup, storage, and preservation.

Twelve stipends, each for up to $1,000, will be awarded to help offset travel costs!

Additional details, and registration information, can be found on the GMR’s Midwest Matters Blog. Please note that one must belong to a GMR member institution in order to be eligible.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

We anticipate over 260 ACRL members will be attending their first ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. We’d like to help our first-time attendees make the most of their conference experience.

Experienced conference-goers attending ALA Annual 2018 are invited to be a buddy for a first-time ACRL attendee by providing advice and guidance before or during the conference. It’s easy — you don’t have to have all the answers, just be willing to help a newbie out. If you’ve ever been to an ALA Annual conference before and are willing to commit some time to helping a new person navigate the conference and learn more about ACRL, that’s all it takes

You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 on Saturday, June 23, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Marriott Convention Center in room Blaine-Kern A-D (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans), the Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, June 22, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., or meet for coffee. You might meet up with your buddy just once, or a few times throughout the conference. The intent is primarily for helping orient the new person to the event and helping them feel comfortable (we were all new once!).

It’s easy to sign up!  Just go here. Read new attendee profiles, and click “sign up” to be a buddy to that person. The deadline to sign up is June 20.

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(via Linda Feinberg, NorthShore University HealthSystem) 

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference Planning Committee invites poster proposals for the HSLI 2018 Annual Conference, be held September 26-28 at the Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford, Illinois. The Conference theme is “Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge”. We encourage you to take a literal or figurative approach to our theme (use your productive imagination).    

Ideas can include, but are not limited to, any area of librarianship, such as instruction, leadership, and program development, in addition to communication, collection development, outreach, and evaluation. Posters from last year covered a wide variety of topics, ranging from collaboration, technology programs, and data fluency, to disabilities, bookplates and even tattoos.  

If you have presented a poster at another meeting this year (MLA), or plan to present one (Midwest Chapter/MLA), that you have not shown at a past HSLI Conference, please consider submitting it here, also. Let our members who can’t travel have the opportunity to see the work you’ve been doing!  

The posters will be presented during Nancy’s Reception on the evening of Thursday, September 27, starting at 6:00 PM. Presenters may set up their posters starting at 5:00 PM.  Posters can remain up until the break after breakfast on Friday morning. The actual poster session will be from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday evening, during which time the poster presenters need to be present to discuss their posters with Conference attendees.    

Please submit a proposal abstract, no longer than 300 words, describing your poster.    

  • Include your name, position title, address, phone number and e-mail address on all submissions.  
  • Poster sizes – let us know which one you will be using (we need to know this for spacing considerations during our review – if not sure, give an estimate)
    • poster board 24″ x 36″
    • tri-fold poster 36″ x 48″ (for setup on a table)  
    • wall posters – various sizes allowed (including 45″ x 45″)  
  • E-mail your abstracts to Linda Feinberg (  
  • The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, August 17 
  • Notification of poster acceptance will be made Labor Day week, after review by the poster committee.  
  • Posters must be made available to post electronically on the HSLI website after the meeting.  
  • Each poster presenter must register for the HSLI conference (which includes each author attending)  
  • NEW THIS YEAR! Each poster will receive a stipend to help offset printing costs.  One presenter per poster will receive a stipend, and an individual presenter can receive a maximum of only one stipend, even if submitting multiple posters.   

Want another opportunity to present? Also new for HSLI 2018 are Lightning Talks, which are short presentations, 5-10 minutes in length, on various topics. Watch for the call for proposals.   

For more information on the HSLI meeting, see the Conference website. Please refer to the “Posters” section for more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Subcommittee Chair on the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at

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(via Kelly Grossmann, Eastern Michigan University)

Registration is now open for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians! This immersive 2 ½ day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp will strive to cultivate an ongoing learning community of academic and medical librarians dedicated to providing research support to faculty and graduate students.

Click here to register. For more details, please visit the Boot Camp website. Contact Bethany McGowan ( or Sarah Huber ( with any questions.

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Registration Open for DataONE Users Group Meeting (July 16)

(via Bob Sandusky, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The DataONE Users Group meeting is just over a month away. Register today!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join us for the 2018 DataONE Users Group Meeting. Co-located with the with the ESIP Summer Meeting, we will have one full day of talks, break-out sessions, community presentations and an evening poster reception on Monday July 16th. This is a great opportunity to learn more about DataONE, to network with colleagues and to share your perspectives on the future of DataONE and the DUG. There is no cost to register and we are still accepting abstracts for talks and posters.

On July Tuesday 17th you may also join us for two half-day workshops offered by DataONE as part of the ESIP agenda (separate registration required). Details below:

For information on the DUG meeting, please go here.

Please also consider forwarding the DUG meeting information with colleagues and networks that are interested in DataONE.

Building a Community of Scientific Data Repositories in an Open Science Landscape

Monday July 16th 2018
Marriott University Park, Tucson AZ; co-located with the ESIP meeting

  • Bringing together repository managers and users in support of open science
  • Community contributed talks and posters
  • DataONE updates and visioning
  • Topical breakout sessions and workshops

There is no registration fee to attend and participate in the DUG meeting.
Information, registration and group hotel rates can be found at:

Meeting Theme and Objectives
The 2018 meeting theme, “Building a Community of Scientific Data Repositories in an Open Science Landscape” will bring together repository managers, users and other stakeholders to explore achievements and future work in the open science landscape. Community talks and posters that explore broad topics of interoperability, preservation, data discovery, reproducible research and sustainability are invited.

DataONE encourages DataONE Member Nodes, data scientists, researchers, scientists, students and others to submit abstracts for posters and talks.

Abstract Submission for Posters and Talks

Abstracts for talks and posters are solicited during the registration process. Talks will be approximately 10-20 minutes in duration, to be confirmed with development of the agenda. Submissions for talks will be accepted until June 10th, 2018. Oral presentations are not guaranteed. Those not accepted as oral presentations will be given the option to present a poster. Poster submissions will remain open until the close of registration.

A shareable flyer and postcard are available online.  We would be grateful if you could circulate widely in your networks.

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(via Victoria Gruzynski–Indiana University, Bloomington)

The journal Currents in Teaching and Learning, a peer-reviewed electronic publication that fosters exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars across the disciplines, welcomes submissions for its Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 issues (Volume 10, Numbers 1 and 2).  We consider all submissions that address new approaches to theories and practices of teaching and learning.

Each year we release two issues of Currents, an open-ended Fall issue and a themed issue in the Spring.  We welcome all teaching and learning-related submissions for the Fall Issues.

The theme for the Spring 2019 issue is “globalizing learning”. With the intensifying clash between nationalism and globalization, the issue of how to incorporate consciousness of global issues and trends into college education has become ever more critical.  For this issue, we invite submissions that address this issue from theoretical and/or practical perspectives. Some questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to) the following.

  • What constitutes “global learning”, and what implications might this have for the nature, substance, content, and methods of tertiary education?
  • What kinds of approaches can be used to integrate global knowledge and skills into teaching and learning across the disciplines?
  • In what ways can global and local forms of knowledge construction be related in classroom and extra-curricular modes of teaching and learning?

Looking ahead, the theme for the Spring 2020 issue is “Digital Pedagogies.” With their proliferation, diversification, and ever-growing importance in students’ lives, digital technologies present a limitless horizon of opportunities and challenges for educators.  As emerging technologies disrupt established spaces, dynamics, and institutions of learning, it becomes ever more urgent for instructors to reflect critically on how to incorporate digital tools and mediums into pedagogical practices.

Some questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to) the following.

  • How do digital technologies inform issues of accessibility, inclusiveness, and diversity in higher education?
  • In what ways do digital pedagogies shape or reshape dynamics, structures, and hierarchies that are embedded in the academic learning environment?
  • Are there strategies and concepts that can guide instructors in aligning the bewildering array of emerging technologies with fundamental principles of rigorous learning?
  • How do we pedagogically navigate the intersection of digital media and information literacy?
  • Are there demonstrably effective ways to integrate face-to-face with digital learning environments?
  • What considerations should inform the selection and use of digital technologies in online, hybrid, and/or course design?

Submissions may take one of the following formats.

  • teaching and program reports: short reports from different disciplines on classroom practices (2850-5700 words)
  • essays: longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today (5700 – 7125 words)
  • book reviews: send inquiries attn: Kisha Tracy, Book Review Editor (no unsolicited reviews, please)

We welcome both individual and group submissions.  All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work and, if based in a particular academic discipline, must explicitly consider their relevance and applicability to other disciplines and classroom settings.

Submissions Deadlines:
Fall 2018 issue: Wednesday, August 15
Spring 2019 issue: Saturday, December 15

Submissions received after these dates will be considered on a rolling basis and for the following issue.

Currents in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters non-specialist, jargon-free exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars. Published twice a year and addressed to faculty and graduate students across the disciplines, Currents seeks to improve teaching and learning in higher education with short reports on classroom practices as well as longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles, and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today.

For essays and teaching and program reports, send all inquiries to Editor Martin Fromm. at  For book reviews, send all inquiries to Book Review Editor Kisha Tracy, at For submission guidelines, visit our website.

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(via Veronica Arellano Davis, St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

CFP: Deconstructing Service in Libraries: Intersections of Identities and Expectations

Call for Chapter Proposals

Working Title: Deconstructing Service in Libraries: Intersections of Identities and Expectations
Editors: Veronica Arellano Douglas and Joanna Gadsby
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2018
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Note: We use the term “librarian” in this call, but we do not mean to limit submissions to those with an MLS degree. All library workers are encouraged to submit chapter proposals.

Book Description

Research into the construction of librarians’ professional identities indicates a strong emphasis on our work as service providers, from both within the profession and the larger environment in which we exist. When taken to its most extreme conclusion, the service ethos that informs librarianship can turn into what some some in the field informally refer to as “Handmaiden Syndrome”- the expectation that librarians be at the beck and call of faculty, students, patrons, and administrators. This is most visible in traditional, patriarchal constructions of service that rely on hierarchical power structures, such as those present in academia and other educational and cultural institutions. But Roma Harris argues that librarianship has the potential to transform the ideal of service from one that exploits those in service roles toward a more democratic and potentially empowering exchange. To do so means an acknowledgement of the high level of emotional labor on the part of the librarian, who is constantly negotiating her sense of personal worth and professional value in pursuit of “good service.” It also raises questions about what components of identity we ignore or devalue when focusing on service as a defining feature in our profession.

This book will unpack the ways in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and ability combine with an “ethic of service” to create, stagnate, or destruct librarians’ professional identities, sense of self, and self worth. We would like to examine the power structures, values, and contexts that influence our personal, professional, and institutional conceptions of service in libraries, as well as the costs and consequences (to ourselves and our institutions) of these very personal identity negotiations.

Possible Topics

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

Section 1: Situating Service in Librarianship
This introductory section will include a history of service values and behaviors in librarianship. It will examine the ways in which this value has been internalized by practitioners without a clear, agreed upon definition across the different subfields of librarianship.

Section 2: Intersecting Identities & Service
This section will include contributed chapters on the intersections of the ethos of service and personal identity. Questions explored may include:

• How do librarians’ personal identities influence their conception of service in libraries?
• What does service in libraries mean to you?
• In what ways do gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and/or ability influence service expectations of librarians; the ways in which service is performed/carried out; and the ways in which service is perceived by others?
• How do definitions and expectations of service shape professional identities of librarians?
• What are the consequences of not meeting service expectations? How do these consequences differ based on personal identities?
• What is the role of power in service roles and how is influenced by intersectional identity?

Section 3: Reworking the Concept of Service in Libraries
This section will attempt to redefine the concept of service in libraries through a variety of critical theoretical lenses. Contributed chapters may, for example, rework service through a feminist, critical race, or critical disability framework. We also welcome theories and perspectives from other fields. Questions explored may include:

• Do we need a new shared definition of service in libraries?
• Should we abandon the ethos of service in libraries altogether?
• If so, what other professional values should take precedence?
• How can service be redefined to promote a critical, just, and inclusive work and patron environment in libraries? Can it do this?

A variety of traditional and nontraditional scholarship methods are welcome, including but not limited to rhetorical analysis, critical analysis, lyric scholarship, autoethnography, ethnography, phenomenological research, interviews, and other methods of exploring personal and collective identity and the ethos of service.

• CFP distributed: April 2, 2018
• Deadline for Chapter Proposals: July 15, 2018
• Notification of Accepted Chapter Proposals: October 1, 2018
• First drafts due: January 15, 2019
• Second drafts due: March 15, 2019
• Final drafts due: June 1, 2019
• Editing: June-August 2019
• Submission of final manuscript: September 1, 2019


Please email abstracts of up to 500 words to

Abstracts should briefly describe your topic and how your chapter examines the ethos of service in libraries in relation to identity, and/or a larger theoretical framework. You are welcome to submit multiple abstracts about different possible topics. If your submission is tentatively accepted, the editors may request modifications. Material cannot be previously published.

Final chapters will be in the 2000-5000-word range. Abstracts that discuss service in tribal college libraries, HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, community colleges, archives, special libraries, and libraries outside the United States are especially welcome.

Please direct any questions to Veronica Arellano Douglas and Joanna Gadsby, editors, at or

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(via Laureen Cantwell, Colorado Mesa University)

Library Instruction West 2018 approaches!
July 19th & 20th
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
Keynoter: Maria Konnikova (more information is available here)
You can register here. Please view the Conference schedule here.

Want “funtivities”?

  • Mix & Mingle event Weds evening 7.18 (Free; A custom cocktail!? Whaaaat?)
  • All-Conference Cocktails & Dinner Thursday evening 7.19 (Free; Can you say photo booth?!)
  • Brewilery Tasting Tour Friday night 7.20 ($35; only 10 spots left! Brewilery = Brewery + Winery + Distillery! = YUM!; Charcuterie provided!)
  • Morning Hike on the Colorado National Monument Saturday morning 7.21 ($15; only FOUR spots left!

A few notes

  • campus housing is still available ($55/night, with linens), and local hotels will have room for you too ($99-$119/night). More information is available here.
  • Unfortunately, the pre-conference with Maria Konnikova is sold out, so you won’t see the option to register for that.
  • If you have special institutional circumstances/policies preventing you from registering, please let us know–we want to make sure we have that noted for headcount purposes!
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(via Jill Hallam-Miller, Bucknell University)

Bucknell University will host its fifth annual digital scholarship conference (#BUDSC18) from October 5th-7th. The theme of the conference is “Digital Scholarship: Expanding Access, Activism, and Advocacy.”

#BUDSC18 will bring together a community of practitioners-faculty, researchers, librarians, artists, educational technologists, students, administrators, and others-committed to promoting access to and through digital scholarship. We consider “access” in the broadest possible terms: accessible formats and technologies, access through universal design for learning, access to a mode of expression, access to stories that might not otherwise be heard or that might be lost over time, access to understanding and knowledge once considered beyond reach.

We encourage proposals that explore or critique digital scholarship as it relates to access, broadly conceived. Topics may include, but should not be limited to, the following:

  • accessibility of digital platforms and technology
  • access to resources to engage in or produce digital scholarship
  • digital scholarship and social change
  • sustainability and future access to digital scholarship
  • digital scholarship and multimodal/interdisciplinary access
  • access to digital scholarship beyond the academy
  • the public mission of digital scholarship
  • creating opportunities for diverse voices and perspectives
  • designing for access, activism, and advocacy

Submissions may take the form of interactive presentations, project demos, electronic posters, panel discussions, work-in-progress sessions, workshops, lightning talks, or other creative formats.

We look forward to building on the success of the last four years, in which we have come together to discuss challenges, share working models, reflect on projects, and inspire new avenues for actively including students in public scholarly pursuits. For more information, please view our highlights from the 2017 meeting, the conference website and this year’s call.

Proposal Submission Form

Proposals are due: Saturday, June 30, 7:00 PM CDT
Notifications will be sent by July 15th.
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to

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(via Kim Copenhaver, Eckerd College)

Ready to climb the leadership ladder within ALA? Interested in increasing your involvement with the Association? Not sure where to start?

Embark on the path to leadership as an ALA or Council Committee Intern. Join ALA’s Training, Orientation & Leadership Development Committee (TOLD) to learn more about the application process, expectations and benefits of participation. Members of the ALA TOLD Committee, current Interns and Intern program alumni will share their experiences, application tips and more at the Your path to ALA leadership! ALA & Council Intern Discussion Group at 2018 ALA Annual.

9-10 a.m.Sunday, June 24

Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

Sign-up for this session on the 2018 Annual Conference Scheduler at ALA & Council Intern Discussion Group.

Follow TOLD on Twitter here.

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