Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

Archive for 2019

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The last day to secure the early bird rate to attend the ILA Annual Conference is Monday, September 16. Single-day registration is also available. The Conference will be held October 22-24, 2019, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL. To register, and to learn more about the Conference, please go to the ILA website. If you need to convince your manager that you should attend, we have an attendee justification form you can use to help you case!

Also, join us for programming created just for academic library professionals.IACRL (Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries) @ ILA sessions were created with academic librarians in mind, with opportunities to network throughout the conference, including the IACRL Luncheon and Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 23. Pre-registration is required for the luncheon.For more information on the sessions, please go here.  

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(via Diane Foote, ILA Executive Director)

Campus Compact is potentially interested in hosting a webinar in early November targeted at campuses to address how they can use their libraries as complete count partners for the upcoming census. As we know, Illinois stands to lose at least one, and possibly two, Congressional seats following the 2020 census, so a complete count is critical. Campuses will be important for the following reasons:

1) College students are identified as a “hard-to-count” population; likely due to confusion over where they’re supposed to be counted if they live on campus.

2) Not all areas of Illinois are served by a public library, where people can go to complete the census if they don’t have broadband at home, but everyone IS served by a community college.

The webinar’s organizers are seeking input from Illinois academic librarians on the following.

  • suggestions for presenters
  • questions academic librarians might have about the census that the webinar should cover

If you would be interested in presenting, or if you know of someone else who would be a good presenter, please let Diane Foote know, at, as soon as possible (by Wednesday, September 11, if possible–apologies for the short turnaround time). Similarly, if you have any census-related topics of special interest to academic librarians that you would like the webinar to address, please send those to Diane Foote by September 11.

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Information About Outings During This Week’s HSLI Conference

(sent on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee’s Publicity Subcommittee)

We all know how much sitting goes on during a conference and it might be nice to get out for some physical activity during your time at HSLI. Here are a few things to consider:

There will be a Sunrise Walk Thursday morning from 6:30 to 7:00 am and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:00 am. Meet in the iHotel lobby if you would like to participate.

After a long day of attending talks and CEs, wouldn’t it be nice to get out and stretch your legs before Nancy’s Reception? Join us for the Sunset Walk from 5:00 to 5:45 pm. This walk includes a tour of the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Lending Library. Meet in the iHotel lobby if you want to join in.

After lunch on Friday, join us for a tour of the new Carle Clinic Library! Sign up at the registration desk. Transportation is not provided but see Frances Drone-Silvers for directions and parking information, etc. Look for Frances at the conference!

The iHotel is located just on the south end of campus. If you want to venture onto campus, here is a map that will help you find your way. You might to check out the Historical Markers Virtual Campus Tour as well.

If people want one last walk before leaving town, consider the UI Arboretum. The Arboretum is a public garden, located south of the corner of Florida and Lincoln Avenues at 1800 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801.  It is open daily, between the hours of sunrise until sunset and admission is free. Parking is available in the lots near the Noel Welcome Garden. Metered parking along South Lincoln Avenue is also available and is free after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends. Additional parking is available in the lot north of Japan House. And, it’s easy to get to the interstates from there.

And if you plan to stick around town, the undefeated Illini play Eastern Michigan at 11:00 am at Memorial Stadium!

The Mass Transit District offers bus service to the campus and beyond. The four primary campus routes are the Gold, Yellow, Teal, and Silver, creating a box pattern and connecting the four corners of campus with the Champaign and Urbana downtown areas. These are high-frequency routes with 10-minute service. The Illini route and the Green route also serve campus with 10- and 15-minute service frequencies. If you see “hopper” on the bus name, you can hop on and off those buses free of charge. Otherwise, the fare is $1.00.   How to Ride the MTD

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ILA is seeking contributors for a new pilot program: a member-led blog, the ILA Connecter! We invite you to join us in this collaborative effort in connecting, communicating and engaging across Illinois libraries. We hope that this blog will serve as a medium to not only offer resources and support, but also to foster professional relationships and a sense of community among Illinois library colleagues.

Possible blog topics or themes could include (but are not limited to) conferences and events, historical essays pertaining to the library world, book or other material challenges, programming ideas, information for job seekers, local author interviews, local library staff or trustee interviews, celebration days or weeks, library instruction, social media, mentorship, marketing, networking, MLIS courses/programs, book reviews, privacy & censorship, work/life balance, and more.

The details:

  • Posts should be around 500-1000 words
  • Posts will be reviewed/edited prior to publishing
  • Images are encouraged, but not necessary

We ask that regular contributors be able to commit to a minimum of 2 posts per month

If you’re interested, please send the following information to Kendall Harvey at

  • Your name
  • Your title and organization
  • How frequently would you like to contribute? (i.e. once a week, once every two weeks, etc.)
  • Are there any specific topics that you’d like to write about?
  • An author bio, if you’d like

Additionally, if you have any other comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them to us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Read the ILA Connecter here.

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(via Rita Sieracki, Medical College of Wisconsin)

Greetings from Milwaukee!

Photo credit: VisitMilwaukee

Register now!

Early bird registration for the conference is ending this Friday, September 13, along with the conference hotel rate. Book your hotel room now in order to get the special conference rate!

CE News

Attend the Libraries as a Disaster Recovery Resource CE classes for free! The GMR still has some slots available for sponsorship. For more information and to apply, visit the GMR webpage.

We are looking forward to seeing you next month!

Your 2019 Midwest Conference Publicity Committee,

Elizabeth Suelzer, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dora Davis, ProHealth Care
Michele Matucheski, Ascension
Rita Sieracki, Medical College of Wisconsin

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(via Lori DuBois, Williams College)

The IS Newsletter is soliciting content for the Fall issue! The Newsletter editors would love to have your content that addresses:

  • Active learning techniques
  • Learning object creation
  • Student learning outcomes & pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Instructional design (universal, backward, accessibility, etc.)
  • Instruction for special populations (e.g., faculty, international students, administrators, etc.)
  • and more!

Please follow the Instruction Section Newsletter Submission Guidelines. Membership in the ACRL Instruction Section is not required for making a submission.

Submission Deadline: September 18, 2019

Send questions and submissions to:

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

This fall, in conjunction with the My Library Is campaign, RAILS and IACRL will co-host an online event to help academic libraries promote and articulate their value. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 10:00 – 11:30 AM. To help with this event, academic librarians are invited to submit ideas for short presentations (10 min) regarding marketing and/or promotion efforts. These topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Making administrators/deans aware of the library’s value
  • Demonstrating the library’s impact on student success
  • Articulating the ways in which the library advances the missions/goals of your institution
  • Ensuring that libraries are brought to the table when big institutional decisions are being made
  • Making the faculty and other university/college staff aware of what the library can do for them
  • Making students aware of what the library can do for them

If you would like to be considered to present, please email Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, with your idea by Friday, September 13.  

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(via Cathy Mayer, Trinity Christian College)

On October 18th, faculty, staff, & librarians are invited to the campus of North Park University for the inaugural Chicago Research Summit! A registration fee of only $30 will provide access to a wealth of information, including:

  • Keynote: David Van Zytveld, Director of Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL)
  • Morning & Afternoon Breakout Sessions featuring faculty & librarians from across Chicagoland
  • Lunch & “Taste of Chicago Collections” provide a sampling of rich resources available in our region

Curious to know more?  Check out the line-up of sessions on our website!

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(via Dr. Pamela Thomas, Illinois Heartland Library System)

The following upcoming sessions are available through the Cataloging Maintenance Center. A general description of the series, along with more detail on each individual session, is below. Please direct any questions or comments, including ideas for topics that future sessions could cover, to Dr. Pamela Thomas, SHARE Bibliographic Project Coordinator at the Illinois Heartland Library System, at

A one-hour chat session with staff from the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC). Each session will begin with a short presentation on a general cataloging topic. The session will then be opened for questions on the presentation as well as on any cataloging topic. Interactive discussion, after the presentation, is encouraged!

The presentations will not focus on any ILS, or on local practices of any library or consortia.

Register in L2 for these webinars.

September 19, 2019: To be a Series or not to be a Series
This month’s topic: Series: A series statement for a series title, statement of responsibility, will be discussed. How to format the 490 and the 8xx fields will be covered. Register at:

October 17, 2019: Subject Analysis
This month’s topic: Subject Analysis: Subject analysis can be complicated. Subject headings or topics that match the item being cataloged need to be determined. The 20% rule, which recommends assigning headings only for topics that comprise at least 20% of the work, is still applicable. Register at:

November 21, 2019: Cataloging Kits
This month’s topic: Cataloging Kits: Multiple items cataloged as one unit, kits, can be challenging. MARC fields and RDA guidelines for kits will be discussed. Register at:

December 19, 2019: Language, Idioma, Sprache, La Langue: Cataloging Foreign Language Materials

This month’s topic: Cataloging Foreign Language Materials: Cataloging materials in a foreign language can be challenging. Tips, tricks, and resources for cataloging foreign language materials will be shared. Register at:

January 16, 2020: Cataloging Rare Books
This month’s topic: Cataloging Rare Books: Printed materials in special collections require additional details of description in order to identify significant characteristics (bibliographical format, typeface, etc.), which help identify a resource (editions, impressions, or issues), and provide a more exact description of the resource. Register at:

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(via Lindsay Lowry, University of Alabama)

Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, 2020

Proposals Deadline Monday, September 9

A note from the Workshop Chair:

“The Workshop Committee aims to match the diverse interests and experience of conference attendees by offering a wide selection of hands-on, practical sessions. Whether you lead a 101 session on a fundamental of the profession or delve into an advanced topic, leading a workshop is a unique opportunity to capitalize on your own expertise and really engage with colleagues as part of an active learning community.  I encourage you to submit a workshop proposal!”

— Angela Sidman, 2020 ER&L Workshop Chair

The ER&L Workshop Planning Committee is accepting proposal submissions through September 9, 2019. A workshop is a 4-hour intensive course designed to take the attendee deep into the subject matter with a knowledgeable, experienced instructor(s). Click the button below to submit.


ER&L 2020, the 15th Annual Electronic Resources and Libraries is in Austin, Texas at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center March 8-11, 2020. Housing and Early Registration are currently open. Visit

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