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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

The Resource Sharing Committee is seeking people to share their expertise at the upcoming forum at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

We are seeking additional proposals for either portions of, or entire, 50-minute afternoon breakout sessions.

*         If you have experience in one of the areas described below, but would prefer to be a part of a small panel discussion/shared presentation on the topic rather than present the full breakout session on your own, please indicate that in your proposal and the Committee can pair similar presenters together for a shared session.

*         We are also seeking moderators to help lead guided discussions of selected topics; please let us know if you are interested in participating in this way.

Please submit your proposal here before Friday, August 31st:

Thank you. Your knowledge and willingness to share with colleagues is important to the life of the consortium.

Some questions that the CARLI Resource Sharing Community is interested in hearing more about are listed below. If you could answer yes to any of them (or related questions), please consider submitting a proposal.

-Are you responsible for compiling statistics and reports for your ILL services? Do you have any hints, tricks, or best practices you could share with others to aid them in this task? If you write a report, could you share information about it: what statistics you include, who you share your report with, what happens with the data from you report?

-Do your users know what Interlibrary Loan can do for them? How do you tell them?

-Are you in communication with your Collection development department so they know what kind of requests are coming through the library? Do you have a method or regular reporting system to keep them informed?

-How do you educate your student workers & staff to keep an eye out for damaged items & know what to do if they find them?

-Are there other topics related to resource sharing that you would be interested in presenting on?

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(via Margaret Phillips, Purdue University, on behalf of Julie Cook, University of Washington)

2019 Call for Papers:

The Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is seeking abstracts for consideration for presentation at the 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition in Tampa, Florida, June 16th to June 19th.

ELD accepts abstracts for full-length presentations and posters and welcomes abstracts from or joint presentations with members of other divisions. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Assessment
• Collaboration
• Collection Development
• Diversity
• Instruction
• Scholarly Communication
• Technology in Engineering Librarianship
• Marketing and outreach activities

Papers on inclusion are also always welcome; to qualify for the Society’s Best Diversity Paper, diversity and inclusion must be the focus of the paper. In addition, suggestions/proposals for “Special Sessions”, e.g., panel discussions, workshops, and cross-divisional sessions are welcome.

Special Sessions: A proposal for a special session should include:
• description of the intended audience
• summary of the ideas to be explored and discussed
• outline of the session format, including strategies to engage those attending
• vision for the type of individuals who would present
• expected outcomes for the session

All paper submissions are publish-to-present. Papers submitted to technical sessions are peer reviewed through the Engineering Libraries Division review process, and those accepted will appear in ASEE Proceedings. ASEE Author Kit: Please make sure to follow the abstract and paper submission guidelines, available at the Society website: The first step in proposing a paper is to submit an abstract (250-500 words) for approval into the ASEE paper management system between Tuesday, Sept. 4 and Monday, October 15, 2018.

• Abstract Submission Opens: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
• Abstract Submission Closes: Monday, October 15, 2018
• Notification on Acceptance/Rejection of Abstracts: Monday, November 5, 2018

For questions regarding paper submission and review, and also suggestions for panels, workshops, or other non-traditional sessions or interdivisional sessions, please contact the 2019 ELD Program Chair, Julie Cook, at

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Registration for 2018 Midwest Data Librarian Symposium Open

(via Erin Thomas, Iowa State University)

Registration for the 2018 Midwest Data Librarian Symposium is now open!

Registration is $30 for professionals and free for students.

Start registration<

MDLS18 will take place in Ames, IA on October 8-9 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. Due to space limitations, registration is capped. We anticipate that spots will fill up quickly. If you miss your chance please sign up for the waitlist<>.

Now in its fourth year, the Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) is intended to provide Midwest-located library professionals who support research data services the chance to network and expand their data-related knowledge base and skill sets. The symposium is open to all who wish to attend, including those from the Midwest and beyond as well as librarians in training. MDLS 2018 is sponsored by the Iowa State University Library.

Contact us at<> or on Twitter at @MW_DataLibSym<> if you have any questions about registration or other event details.

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(via Kara Malenfant, ACRL)

2018-19 Value of Academic Library Travel Scholarships Applications – Due August 31

Applications for the current round of the Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships<> are due August 31. The ACRL Board of Directors has allocated $10,000 in fiscal year 2019 to offer travel scholarships of up to $2,000 each for librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee<> to support librarians in their efforts to communicate to our partners in higher education including administrators, scholars, and teachers working in all disciplines. These travel scholarships support the community in taking up a recommendation from the ACRL report<> Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared by OCLC Research and released in September 2017 for download<> or purchase<>) that academic librarians effectively communicate their contributions both up to institutional stakeholders and out to other departments.

ACRL invites practicing librarians and information professionals to apply for funding to present their work at higher education conferences or disciplinary conferences where they will reach audiences outside the library field. The presentations may be based on practice-based work or formal research projects. Two rounds of applications will be reviewed in the coming year. The first are due August 31, 2018. The second round of applications will be due February 15, 2019.

Complete details on the Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships, including how to apply, are available on the ACRL website<>.

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Call for Applicants: ACRL 2019 Scholarships (Deadline October 5)

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Apply for ACRL 2019 Scholarships by October 5 // ACRL Insider — News and information from the Association of …

ACRL is offering approximately 150 scholarships worth more than $100,000 for the ACRL 2019 Conference to be held April 10-13, 2019, in Cleveland. Scholarship applications ( to attend the conference are due on Friday, October 5.

Scholarships are available in the following categories:

Early-career Librarian Scholarships- provide opportunities for librarians with less than six years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.

Mid-career Librarian Scholarships- provide opportunities for librarians with more than six and less than fifteen years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.

Library Support Staff Scholarships- provide opportunities for library support staff to attend the premier event for academic and research libraries and expand their professional horizons.

Library School Student Scholarships- provide opportunities for library school students to learn more about current issues and developments in academic and research libraries.

Spectrum Scholar Travel Grants- provide opportunities for Spectrum Scholars to attend the ACRL conference for professional development and networking with colleagues or mentors through the ACRL E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.

The ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund makes it possible to award scholarships to academic and research librarians and library staff to attend the ACRL Conference, and your donations help support these opportunities. Consider investing in the future leaders of the profession by donating to the fund.

To apply, visit the scholarships section of the ACRL 2019 website. For more information about ACRL 2019, contact Tory Ondrla at or (312) 280-2515.

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UIUC’s Dr. Clara M. Chu is ACRL Member of the Week

(via ACRL)

Clara Chu is the Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign. Clara has been a member of ACRL for two years and is your ACRL member of the week for August 13, 2018.

Describe yourself in three words: Conscientious, thoughtful, constructive.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I just finished reading an advanced reader’s edition of Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. I am always tuned in to my local NPR affiliate, and about to do some extended listening to Canadian radio host and humorist Stuart McLean.

Describe ACRL in three words: Influential, responsive, accessible.

What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has been open to engaging diversity and international issues. I have had the opportunity to address as President and an active member of ALISE, in the collaborative efforts of both associations to address issues of accreditation, educational preparation and diversity, and as co-founding editor of the International Insights column of “College & Research Libraries News”, in enhancing understanding of global academic and research libraries matters.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Through our Mortenson Center programs we introduce international librarians to library practices on campus and invite our library staff to share their expertise internationally. As an affiliated faculty member of the iSchool of Illinois, I teach, serve on thesis or dissertation committees, host internships and volunteers, and collaborate in many activities, including the webinar series “Minitalks.” Additionally, I serve on campus-wide committees, currently co-chairing the Illinois International Advisory Committee.

In your own words: Academic libraries are experiencing a changing landscape, which has opened up new opportunities to work with and serve our communities. While the transformations in our spaces, collections and information systems are clearly observable, it is my hope that libraries are equally willing to tackle the social, economic and political complexities to advance a noticeably accessible, diverse and inclusive environment.

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(via Theresa Kline, Cleveland Clinic)

The “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” Midwest Chapter MLA Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, provides a great opportunity to explore Cleveland. If you arrive on Friday or Saturday, consider purchasing tickets for Lolly the Trolley, while registering for the conference!

Did someone say, “Magic Carpet Ride?!” Not really, but close!  Join your friends and colleagues for a one hour, fully narrated city sightseeing tour on Cleveland’s iconic Lolly the Trolley.  Let Lolly show you how “Cleveland Rocks!”  The tours are on Saturday, October 6th.  There is a 10am-11am morning tour, repeated by a 2pm-3pm afternoon tour.  Take a ½ day CE class and still have time to see Cleveland.  No walking required once you have boarded the trolley.  Sights include:

·         The Flats & Cuyahoga River area

·         Downtown & Public Square

·         North Coast Harbor

·         The Warehouse District

·         Ohio City & the West Side Market

·         Gateway Sports Complex with the “Q” & Progressive Field

·         By special request, the World’s Largest Outdoor Chandelier at Playhouse Square

You will be picked up and returned to The Westin on the E. 6th Street side.  See the Conference registration form for ticket purchase!

Perhaps you prefer to walk instead of taking a ride around the city? Join us for “Walk This Way” morning walks!  Kick off your day right… Walk This Way… See historic landmarks and other popular sites around Cleveland.  A different route each morning.  Meet in The Westin lobby at 6am.  Walking begins promptly at 6:05am, walking just under 2 miles for 45-50min at approximately 2.4mi/hr.  Not an overly fast pace, but not a sightseeing stroll either.

  • Sat Oct 6:  E. 9th St. to Prospect
  • Sun Oct 7:  E. 9th St. to Huron
  • Mon Oct 8:  North Coast Harbor

Feel free to walk only as much of the route as you like!

Maps available as PDFs and as print copies at the conference Hospitality Table.

For more information on the conference or to register go to

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(via Laine Thielstrom, Colby College)

Thinking about attending the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC (June 20-25, 2019)?

Have you worked on any projects or activities involving film or video at your institution?

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) would like to encourage you to submit program proposals for one-hour informational sessions at ALA Annual on just about anything related to video and libraries! Please note that you will not be submitting directly to the VRT Program Committee but through the ALA Program Proposal Submission Site (login or create a new account to enter).

The deadline to submit a proposal is August 31, 2018! Instructions are available online.

Sample ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Are you finding new ways to promote films to your community?
  • Are you doing anything interesting in curating your film collections?
  • Have you made library promotional videos?
  • Have you created video tutorials?
  • Are you using film clips (or gifs) in instruction?
  • Have you created a media center for your patrons?
  • Do you work with your patrons in video creation?
  • Are you involved with film or video preservation?
  • Have you offered special film programming/events at your library?

ALA is especially looking for program ideas that encourage collaboration and support diversity and submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, academic, special) are welcome.

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The Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference Planning Committee invites poster proposals for the HSLI 2018 Annual Conference, be held September 26-28 in Rockford, Illinois. Please note that the deadline is now Friday, August 31.

Ideas may interpret the Conference theme, “Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge”. In doing so, they may 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 MLA or another meeting) this year, or plan to present one (at Midwest Chapter/MLA or elsewhere), that you have not shown at a past HSLI Conference, please consider submitting it.

E-mail your proposal abstract (no more than 300 words) to Linda Feinberg <>.

  • The deadlinefor abstract submission is Friday, August 31.
  • Notification of poster acceptance will be made Labor Day week, after review by the Posters Subcommittee of the Conference Planning Committee.
  • The posters will be presented during Nancy’s Reception on the evening of Thursday, September 27, starting at 6:00 PM.
  • 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.

For more information about poster proposals, including the submission requirements, please see the full announcement.


The 2018 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference will take place from Wednesday, September 26, to Friday, September 28 in Rockford, IL at the Cliffbreakers Hotel & Conference Center [also known as: Riverview Inn & Suites, an Ascent Hotel Collection Member]. The Conference, with its theme, “Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge”, will feature continuing-education opportunities, invited speakers and updates, sessions for posters and lightning talks, a vendor showcase, along with networking opportunities for library and information science professionals and students alike.

Dates to remember: deadline

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Eric Edwards, Chair of the HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Subcommittee, or visit the HSLI Conference Website.

-HSLI Annual Conference 2018 Publicity Subcommittee

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If you are a library hosting a graduate assistant this semester, or if you know of a graduate student interested in health science librarianship, we hope you will forward this e-mail to that person. We are accepting applications until Monday, August 20.  Applicants will be informed of the decision by Monday, August 27.

Thank you!

–HSLI 2018 Publicity Subcommittee


Dear Student:

As a member of the HSLI Annual Conference Planning Committee, I invite you to attend the 2018 Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois this fall. It will take place in Rockford, IL, at the Cliffbreakers Hotel & Conference Center (also known as: Riverview Inn & Suites, an Ascent Hotel Collection Member) from Wednesday, September 26, to Friday, September 28. The Conference will feature continuing-education opportunities, invited speakers, poster sessions and talks, and a vendor showcase, along with networking opportunities for library and information science students to learn about health sciences librarianship from professionals in the field.

We also encourage students to consider volunteering at the Conference. We are currently seeking two volunteers to help with registration, taking photos of events, taking down displays, and delivering messages between sessions. In return for their assistance, students will receive a waiver for the Conference registration fee, with the added benefit of being able to include the experience on their professional resume.

To apply, students need to fill out this form and attach their resume.  Applications are due Monday, August 20.  Applicants will be informed of the decision by Monday, August 27.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact me: <>.  For general questions about the Annual Conference or the Health Science Librarians of Illinois organization, please e-mail Eric Edwards, Chair of the 2018 HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Subcommittee: <>. You may also learn more on the Conference page of the HSLI website.



Michelle Nielsen Ott, MLIS

Director, Library Services

Methodist College of UnityPoint Health

7600 N. Academic Drive

Peoria, IL  61615

Phone:  (309) 672-4937

Fax:      (309) 671-3141




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