Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

Greetings from the STM RA21 Hospital Clinical Access Library Working Group!

We are conducting a study to learn the particular challenges and needs of hospital, health systems, and/or health center/clinic libraries with regard to authentication, technical support, and library resource access. This link leads to an important survey comprised of about 20 questions. Can you help us?

Please participate in the survey If you are a librarian serving a hospital or health care institution or in academia serving any type of health care institution.

If you choose to participate, you can also leave your contact information to be entered in a raffle to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards. The data you enter in the survey will be anonymized and will be used to inform: the final report of the “RA21 Hospital Clinical Access Library Working Group,” the work of the “NISO RA21 Outreach Committee” and a paper for MLA’s annual meeting in May, 2019.

Many stakeholders are working to set up best practices, a new authentication standard and guidelines that addresses the needs of 21st century information seekers.  We need to hear from you, your perspective is vitally needed!

Thank you for your participation. There is no deadline, but the Working Group will need to compile and review the responses well before the MLA 2019 conference in May.

Please feel free to forward this message to your medical librarian colleagues or regional discussion lists in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or South or Central America, or Africa. We welcome assistance with distribution.


Michelle Brewer, Librarian/Manager Market Intelligence, Wolters Kluwer (<>)
Don Hamparian, Senior Product Manager, OCLC
Catherine Dixon, MSLIS, Product

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

Assessing Journal Legitimacy. Roles for Librarians and Researchers
Thursday, Mar 14, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
(Need to convert to your time zone? Go here.)

Webinar Details

The Zoom link for the webinar is available here.
Please note – this is for March 14th, 2019. (Register for the recording link further in the e-mail.)

Lilian Hoffecker, MS, PhD, MLS, Research Librarian and Assistant Professor
Lilian Hoffecker is a research librarian at the Strauss Health Sciences Library of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She has been involved with in scholarly communication for over ten years including co-facilitation of an open access fund that allowed her to directly observe some devious and dubious practices in academic publishing. Lilian is the current chair of the MLA Scholarly Communications committee and has a forthcoming co-authored book chapter entitled, “Challenging Library Support of Article Processing Charges,” to be published in Open Praxis, Open Access (ALA Editions).

Wladimir Labeikovsky, PhD, Bioinformationist
Wlad is a bioinformationist at the Strauss Health Sciences Library of the University of Colorado. He’s trained as a biochemist, completing both a PhD and a stint as a postdoctoral researcher in addition to experience as a data scientist/curator before joining the library world in 2017.

Description: The open access movement has unlocked research information that was previously inaccessible to many including patients and community clinicians. Various OA business models have been proposed but the best known is one in which authors are charged an “article processing charge,” or APC, to substitute for the subscription fee traditionally charged to libraries and their readers. But the transition has not been smooth and one consequence, with easy journal software and a market of eager-to-publish academics, was the emergence of a scam publishing industry. These enterprises are only interested in collecting the APC while foregoing many expected services especially proper peer-review, the most important step that adds credibility to any scholarly work.

In this webinar, the presenters will give brief background to the rise of predatory publishing and introduce a checklist that librarians and researchers can use to evaluate the legitimacy of a journal. Lists of “safe” or “unsafe” journals may be easy to consult but in doing so the author depends on the criteria of the list-maker, while the checklist from this presentation provides the tools but leaves the decisions to the author.

Learning Outcomes:

*       Understand the background to the rise of dubious publishers

*       Understand how to assess journals and publishers for legitimacy

*       Understand email marketing ploys used to hook customers

*       Understand that authors have different levels of risk assessment in selecting new or unfamiliar journals

*       Understand how to collaborate with authors in assessing risks and legitimacy
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(via the American Library Association)

The application<> process for the 2019 Leadership Institute is now open. Applications will be accepted through March 8, 2019. Selected participants will be notified in mid-May. Applicants may nominate<> themselves or be nominated by their employer.

Cost per participant is $1,650 which includes training, materials, lodging, breakfast and lunch on all four days, dinner on Wednesday, and a free one-year membership to the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA).

The 2019 Leadership Institute will take place August 5-8, 2019 at the Hilton Oak Brook/Chicago Conference Center and Resort<> in Oak Brook, Illinois.  A welcome reception will be held on Sunday evening, August 4.

Nearly 100% of attendees rated the 2018 ALA Leadership Institute a “very positive” experience-the top rating possible! “This was the best professional development I have had related to leadership! The leaders were very knowledgeable and guided us in making our own decisions as they related to our personal situations.”

The American Library Association (ALA) Leadership Institute is a unique 4-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders led by past ALA President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

The institute includes a structured learning track and the opportunity for individual development.

“Wonderful atmosphere and congeniality among participants and between participants and facilitators. Great, nonthreatening learning environment.”

To see the full announcement, including the expected outcomes and the requirements for applying, please go here<>.

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(via Megan Griffin, Association of College and Research Libraries)

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 2020 elections. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2019, but we are in need of nominations for director-at-large with past or current history with the Chapters Council, so are willing to extend our deadline to 2/22.

To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the nomination form. The LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates. If you have any questions about the nominating or election process, please feel free to contact LRNC Chair Amanda Peters at More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available on the ACRL website.

To view the full announcement, please go to Nominations Sought for ACRL Board of Directors.

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(via Rita Sieracki, Medical College of Wisconsin)

Are you making travel plans for next school year? Milwaukee is a great place to be in the fall!

Join us in Milwaukee for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association where you will have the opportunity to discover, connect and collaborate with your colleagues.

The conference will be held in Milwaukee, Oct. 4 – 7, 2019. Mark your calendars!

Our keynote speaker is MK Czerwiec, RN, MA, aka the Comic Nurse.  Our social event will be dinner and  exploration at the Harley Davidson Museum®, a Milwaukee  icon.

For more information, visit

Looking forward to seeing you 2019!

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 the Illinois Library Association)

Applications are open for Elevate Illinois Libraries Leadership Program that will be held on April 27, 2019, at the Illinois State Library. Elevate is a statewide library initiative to recruit and nurture future Illinois library leaders. This year’s program will focus on how to build effective teams. Through case studies and small group discussion, participants will learn how to help teams get off to a great start and build toward success as well as how to diagnose and solve common team problems.

The application deadline is Friday, March 1. Notifications on status of applications will be sent by March 11. If you have questions about your application, please contact Cyndi Robinson at or 312-644-1896.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois Library Association)

Interested in serving on an ILA committee? Appointments are now being considered for the coming program year. Appointments begin July 1, 2019, and most committee members serve two-year terms.

ILA’s committees provide major support services for ILA membership, leadership, special interest groups, and the Executive Board. Committee chairs are appointed by the current ILA president with the approval of the Executive Board. Terms of office vary and include a single one-year term for most committees. The opportunity to serve on or chair an ILA committee is a benefit of ILA membership; committee members and chairs are expected to maintain current personal membership in ILA. To access the committee volunteer form, please go here.

Not sure which committee is right for you? View the list of ILA committees. The list includes the names of the committee’s current Chair(s) and members as well as the committee’s responsibilities.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Karen Munro invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2019-2020 division or section committee.

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2019.  For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

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(via Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

Class Details

Financial health literacy occurs at the intersection of managing personal finances and health literacy. In this hour-long webinar we’ll explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Guest Speaker

Heidi Beke-Harrigan, MLS, CPL is the Member Services Librarian at OhioNET, where she coordinates, promotes and co-develops continuing education opportunities and member services that support librarians in their work. From teaching systematic reviews to working with nursing students and faculty, the health sciences have always been an integral part of her library journey. Her current research interests focus on consumer health and healthcare equity. In addition to completing the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization and a certificate in medical writing and editing, Heidi is an RYT-200 yoga teacher specializing in yoga nidra. She co-facilitates the Day of Mindful Living (1), a program at River’s Edge in Cleveland that introduces law enforcement to mindfulness practices. When not in libraries she hikes in Ireland and dreams of her own Mary Reynolds inspired wild space.

Class Date:

Region/Office: National
Feb 21, 2019
2:00PM – 3:00PM CT


Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist


Bobbi Newman

For more information, and to register, please go here.

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(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, on behalf of Peggy LaSalle, Milwaukee Area Technical College)

Have you heard about Open Educational Resources (OER)? What are they? How can librarians participate in (or lead) OER discussions at their institutions and in the academic community? Join us to learn more about OER in community college libraries! We will have the opportunity to learn from two librarians working closely with OER. Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Tacoma Community College, will share experiences from a single-institution implementation. Brittany Dudek, Colorado Community Colleges Online, will share the statewide efforts in Colorado. We welcome all community college librarians to join us for this FREE informative and exciting program!

Please contact Kristin Heathcock, , with any questions.

Registration Information

Meeting Title: ACRL CJCLS: OER in the Community College Library – Experiences from Two


Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST ( time zone converter )

Registration URL:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing your specific link to

join the live meeting.

Dial-in option available upon login.

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