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Archive for 2019

(via the National Information Standards Organization)

Final Opportunity to Register for this NISO Virtual Conference!

Long Form Content: Ebooks, Print Volumes and the Concerns of Those Who Use Both

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:00 Noon – 4:00pm (Eastern Daylight, US & Canada)

It’s a muddled area for libraries, content providers and readers. Long-form content has traditionally been contained in printed volumes both for reasons of consumption as well as convenient access. With the arrival of ebooks, some aspects of engaging with long-form content became a bit easier – searchability, mobility, etc. Still, neither form seems to fully satisfy. Each user learns his or her own best practices for reading and referencing book content. Is it any wonder then that those whose scholarship relies on long-form content are suspicious of proposed changes to book production, delivery and access?

This virtual conference will consider from a variety of perspectives issues associated with creation, publication, and distribution of The Book. Speakers may explore metrics of usage (downloads, duration of reading session, etc.) as well as questions of reader behavior, assignment of metadata, and long-term access to licensed digital content.

All speaker abstracts have now been posted to the NISO Event page.

In order of appearance, the list of speakers includes:

  • Catherine Ahearn, Senior Product Editor, PubPub, MIT Knowledge Futures Group
  • Jaclyn Kovach, Product Manager, ASTM
  • Kara Laufer Levesque, Digital Content Project Manager, ASTM International
  • Tzviya Siegman, Information Standards Lead, Wiley
  • Kathryn Conrad, Director, The University of Arizona Press
  • Melissa Milazzo, Product Manager, Science & Technology Books, Elsevier
  • Gina Donato, Director, Content Transformation, Elsevier
  • Kevin Hawkins, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, University of North Texas Libraries

Registration Costs:  NISO Members & NASIG Members (Worldwide) $190.00; Non-Member: $255.00;  Student: $85.  Registration allows unlimited number of staff to gather to view the event and access to an archived recording of the event, should other obligations prevent individuals from viewing on the day of the live broadcast.

Want to Register Using A Credit Card? Use this form.

Want to Use Alternative Form of Payment? Use this form.

Have questions? Get in touch:


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Legislative Update, 03/19/2019

Federal news:

An international group of scientists call for a moratorium on human germline gene editing in this commentary to Nature, and NIH files their support in this follow-up correspondence, also published in Nature.

While Congress is unlikely to implement his recommendations, President Trump’s proposed budget includes a 13% cut to NIH funding. Read more in this coverage from Science.


State news:

There are a few pieces of legislation in Illinois right now that might generate some health related reference questions.

SB 1659 – IDPH-HPV Vaccination ( Currently ‘Tabled’ as of 3/13/2019

HB 0902 – Cannabis Legalization ( Currently ‘Assigned to Judiciary – Criminal Committee’ as of 3/12/2019

HB 2604 – Safe Patient Limits ( Currently ‘Assigned to Labor & Commerce Committee’ and adding sponsors as of 3/12/2019

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(via Michelle Jean Haake, CARLI)

CARLI is seeking nominations for candidates to fill seats on the CARLI Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the governing authority of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

CARLI Governing Members will elect one Board member from each of three specified constituencies (public universities, community colleges, and private colleges and universities). Candidates receiving the most votes for each constituency will serve three-year terms, July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.

A Board member will also be elected to fill a mid-term opening in the public university constituency to a one-year term, July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Only the director of a CARLI Governing Member institution is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. The director is defined as the person who is operationally responsible for the staff, services, and budget of the library, with titles that include, but are not limited to, Director, Dean, Chair, or Head Librarian.

Members of the CARLI community may nominate themselves or others (permission of the nominee is required when nominating others) by filling out the online nomination form<

All nominations will be reviewed and a slate of candidates developed by the CARLI Nominating Committee comprising Rebecca Donald (Trinity International University), Tammy Kuhn-Schnell (Lincoln Land Community College), John Pollitz (Southern Illinois University Carbondale),  Anne Craig (CARLI), and Margaret Chambers (CARLI).

The nomination period will close at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

If you have any questions or if you have problems submitting a nomination, please email CARLI support<> with the subject line: Board Nominations.

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(via Joel Burkholder, Penn State York)

Is your library incorporating the Framework for Information Literacy into your First Year programs in innovative ways?

The ACRL Instruction Section Best Practices Committee ( wants to hear from you!

The committee would like to showcase how different institutions (e.g., community colleges, four-year colleges or universities, etc.) engage with first-year students.  In particular, we are interested in integrated or distributed approaches to information literacy instruction. These approaches typically offer non-credit bearing experiences (e.g. course-related instruction, badges, co-curricular activities, etc.) that intentionally develop research skills by engaging faculty as partners to blend concepts into a college or university curriculum.

If you’d like to showcase your program, please e-mail me a brief description of it, at A member of the Committee will follow up with you in early 2019.

Thanks so much for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you!

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

The CARLI Preservation Committee invites you to attend the workshop “Choosing and Constructing Protective Enclosures for Library Materials”. This all-day program on protective enclosures will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield on May 8, 2019.

The workshop will include a presentation about protective enclosures, and two hands-on sessions to learn how to make book wrappers for thin books and boxes for thicker books.

Registration is available to those from CARLI member libraries and is free. Due to the hands-on nature of this program, space is limited.

Registration will be first come and will initially be limited:

March 12 – March 26: registration is limited to 1 person per CARLI member library; March 27 – April 10: registration is limited to 2 people per CARLI member library; April 11 – April 23: if space remains, CARLI will open registration to any members on the waitlist.

To register, please visit:

If you have any questions about this program, please contact the CARLI Office<>.

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(via Erin Burns, Pennsylvania Library Association)

Mapping Your Journey: Steps for Beginning a Librarianship Diversity Residency

presented by Amanda Leftwich

March 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST (12:00 PM CST)

Register here for a Zoom link

You’ve gotten a residency, now what? This webinar will highlight a diversity residency located at the Montgomery County Community College to outline the steps of entering a residency based on this experience. Amanda M. Leftwich is the Online Learning Librarian Diversity Fellow at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania. This discussion will include advice for those applying, a checklist for beginning your residency journey, and practical tips for creating a timeline for residencies. Join Amanda  as she discusses these aspects to help prepare future residents to be better equipped for their residencies.

Amanda M. Leftwich, MSLS is the Online Learning Librarian Diversity Fellow at Montgomery County Community College. Leftwich earned her M.S.L.S from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is the Creator of #mindfulinlis, a Twitter hashtag dedicated to mindful practice and techniques for LIS professionals. The hashtag, #mindfulinlis has generated over 20,700 unique impressions in October 2018 alone. She has presented and written on diversity, equity, and mindfulness since 2017. Leftwich delivers the training, has written the materials, and actively engages the audience in issues relevant to her work. She’s written articles for Letters to a Young Librarian and INALJ. She tweets @thelibmaven.

Can’t make the session? No worries! As always, session will be recorded and made available in closed captioning when available. After recording, registrants will be given links to the session and to an evaluation form.

If you would like to present a C&CS session, please contact Erin Burns or any member of the C&CS team. The team graciously thanks PaLA and the CRD and members for supporting us and these important professional development opportunities.

Information about our team, a session proposal form, and past and future sessions can be found on the CRD blog site here:

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Libraries in the RAILS service area: you can attend at a videoconference site or live stream to your desktop.


April 11 RAILS Member Update Features Something for Everyone
All staff members at all RAILS libraries are invited to join us for the next RAILS Member Update on Thursday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-noon. Attend at an available RAILS videoconference location or via one-way streaming video (RAILS Live). Agenda items include:

  • A discussion of the increase in the minimum wage in Illinois and options for libraries moving forward. Diane Foote, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association, will join us for this discussion.
  • An update on system membership standards and how it will benefit all RAILS libraries to complete our data collection form.
  • How libraries can get involved with SimplyE, an open source e-reader app that makes it possible for patrons to access all of a library’s different e-book collections in one place. Matt Hammermeister from the Pinnacle Library Cooperative will also talk about Pinnacle’s participation as a beta-tester in the SimplyE for Consortia project.
  • Latest news about our campaign to help all RAILS libraries to tell their stories and promote their value to their different stakeholders.
  • An update on Explore More Illinois, our new online cultural attractions pass program that debuts April 1. No joke!

You will also hear about these RAILS multitype collaborative grant projects:

  • Eureka Public Library District and Congerville-Goodfield-Eureka CUSD 140 “Book Bundles” project
  • Lisle Public Library and Naperville School District 203 “Families Together: Reading Enrichment for Social/Emotional Learning” project
  • Harper Community College and Prospect Heights Public Library District collaboration to provide 21st-century technology to students and patrons, ages 5-12

Attendees will also have the opportunity to share the latest news from their libraries. Register today!

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APA Librarian Conference Travel Award Applications Due March 31

(via Yu-Hui Chen – University at Albany, State University of New York)

Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend this summer?

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA (American Psychological Association) Librarian Conference Travel Award (! Through March 31, 2019, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from May to August 2019. This includes – but is not limited to – LOEX 2019 (, the Medical Library Association Conference 2019 (, ALA Annual 2019 (, the ACRL Immersion Program ( and Teacher Tracks, and the APA Annual Convention (

The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS. Three cash awards are distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

Please see the website ( for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials.

Applicants should note that the essay is the heart of the application and use it to make a compelling case for attending the conference selected. The essay should describe what the applicant expects to learn, and how this knowledge will impact the work the applicant does with, or on behalf of, students, faculty, and other constituents.

Questions about the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award should be directed to Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with colleagues and friends who may be eligible!

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

In April, RAILS and IACRL will host two more networking events for academic librarians. These events are open to any staff from any Illinois academic library. MLIS and LTA students with an interest in academic libraries are encouraged to register as well. For more information, please contact Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement, at 630-734-5152 or

RAILS/IACRL Networking Event

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, Illinois

Thursday, April 25

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Focus: Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in academic libraries


RAILS/IACRL Networking Event

Methodist College

Peoria, Illinois

Monday, April 29

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Focus: Telling your story in academic libraries


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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, on behalf of Corinne Miller, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, and Jeanne Link, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago campus)

Being shared at the request of MLA 2019 LAC members. If you wish to volunteer, fill out the online forms, linked in this notice. If you have questions about volunteering for MLA 2019 in Chicago (or in general), contact the persons listed at the end:

Hello, everyone!

As you may know, MLA’s annual meeting will be in Chicago this year, from May 3-8, and we are recruiting volunteers to stuff meeting bags, monitor the Career Planning Center, and staff the Hospitality booth.

Non-MLA members who volunteer for a minimum of four hours will receive a free day pass, which grants access to all non-ticketed exhibits and sessions.

Interested? Follow the links below to volunteer:

Headquarters hotel and location for meetings and the Hall of Exhibits:

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

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