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Archive for 2019

Legislative Update, 11/21/2019

Federal news

Democrats face a number of hurdles in order to enact a Medicare for All-type health care system, including recreating the health care insurance industry. This Roll Call story covers the complications of this central campaign issue.

State news

HB3888 – EPA-Ethylene Oxide Phase Out : This bill may be of interest to some. It is an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act and involves a compound that is used in medical equipment sterilization.   It has now passed the House and moved into the Senate.   Read a summary from Lexology here or read a different summary and find out the bill’s progress courtesy of Legiscan here.

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(via RAILS)

The RAILS My Library Is… Grant program provides an opportunity for libraries to focus on projects that help tell the library story and that increase visibility and support for all types of libraries.

Libraries, working alone or with partner organizations, can apply for up to $5,000. RAILS is especially interested in innovative programs that can be replicated by other libraries. Potential grant project areas may include (but are not limited to) paid advertising, partnering with other libraries/community organizations for promotion, video production, or working with a marketing consultant.

Learn more and apply by Friday, November 22.


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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Join Amigos Library Services for The Library’s Role in Supporting Open Educational Resources Online Conference.

Have you noticed the cost of textbooks and other educational materials exponentially increasing? Many institutions of higher education and PK-12 schools are experiencing the impact of this trend and are adopting open educational resources (OER) as alternatives for their students. Thus, libraries are starting to see OER as part of a trickle-down effect. Join us as we explore the roles libraries of all types play in supporting OER. Throughout the day, a variety of peers and experts will present on a diverse range of OER topics. Register now for an action-packed day of information and knowledge and gain access to all presentations post-conference for later viewing.

13 Sessions, including:

  • Open Educational Resources: Build a Lesson Using Free Government Resources
  • Holistic OER: Identifying the Gaps
  • Working with Student Advocacy Groups to Raise Awareness of OER
  • Perfecting the Art of the Reference Interview in OER Support Roles

Registration required

  • Registration closes on Sunday, December 1
  • Early bird ends Wednesday, November 20 

Registration Fees

Amigos Member – FREE

Early-bird Non-Member – Individual – $129 | Group – $249

Library School Student – $45

To view the entire schedule, session descriptions, and to register, visit

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) is now accepting proposals to present at the 11th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL), August 5-9, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Additional information, including proposal instructions, submission guidelines, and selection criteria, are available on the conference website.

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(via Kris Johnson, Montana State University)

The Designing for Digital (D4D) program committee ( has opened the 2020 Call for Proposals and is currently seeking 3-hour workshops, 90-minute seminars, 45-minute sessions, and 20-minute short talks in the following tracks:

  • Tools & Methods
  • UX in Practice
  • Service & Physical Space Design
  • Trends, Emerging Issues, and the Future of Design
  • Leadership & Organizational Strategies

D4D ( is a design conference that aims to approach the library digital experience from a holistic point of view. We consider library services, physical layout, and overall strategy starting with a variety of users and use cases. The conference is meant to bring together UX professionals, web designers, managers, researchers, strategists and librarians of all types to examine the current user’s experience of the library and design the future of libraries in the modern, digital world.

To learn more, and submit a proposal, please go to ( The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 22, 2019. D4D 2020 is March 9-11, 2020, at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center at UT Austin.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

ACRL invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2021 Conference, “Ascending into an Open Future,” to be held April 14-17, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. Today’s higher education environment calls for innovative ways to support student, faculty, and institution success. Through the efforts of talented library workers, today’s academic and research libraries are providing more open and inclusive collections and services.

ACRL 2021 offers a variety of options for participation and features nine session formats, available at, to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due May 8, 2020. Lightning talk, digital poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and virtual conference webcast proposals are due October 9, 2020.

For more information, go to

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(via Lisa Romero, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Library Collections, Acquisitions & Technical Services (LCATS) is now accepting manuscript submissions.

LCATS is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal provides a forum for the international exchange of ideas and experiences among members of the library collection management, technical services, vendor and publishing communities throughout the world. The journal focuses on many of the specializations within the broad areas of library collection management and technical services including acquisition of materials in academic, public, school and special libraries; cataloging and authority control; outsourcing of technical services operations; electronic publications; gifts and exchanges.

Please consider LCATS as the journal for your publication.

To submit your manuscript submission and for instructions to authors:

E-mail any questions to the interim editor at:

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Join Natalie Furlett, Executive Director, Campus Compact Illinois; and Katherine Paterson, Civic Engagement Librarian, Loyola University Chicago Libraries; who will discuss: “CARLI Member Libraries and the 2020 Census: Promoting the Count“, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 11. During this webinar, participants will learn how to promote census. The webinar is free and registration is required.

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Call for Applicants: ALA Policy Corps (Deadline Dec. 11)

(via Susanne Caro, North Dakota State University)

This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in policy.

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library advocates to apply online to join the ALA Policy Corps before December 11. The Corps initiative aims to strengthen advocacy related to key national library policy areas-ranging from broadband equity and copyright/licensing to federal funding and privacy and cybersecurity.

Applications are due Wednesday, December 11. Please apply at

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(via ACRL)

Higher education is experiencing unprecedented change, providing academic libraries with tremendous opportunities to define new roles related to learning, teaching and research. ACRL is dedicated to enhancing the ability of library and information professionals to dream big and shape our new future. Be a part of shaping that future. The ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) encourages members to nominate themselves or others to run for the position of ACRL vice-president/president-elect and director-at-large in the 2021 elections. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2020.

To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the nomination form, at LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates. More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available on the association website,

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