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Registration Open for October 3 RAILS Member Update

(via RAILS)

All staff from all types of RAILS libraries are invited to join us for the next member update on Thursday, October 3, from 10 a.m.-noon. You can participate at a scheduled videoconference location or via Zoom. RAILS will be using Zoom (web conference/webinar) for our member updates moving forward.

Choose Zoom as your location when you register in L2, and you will receive an email with instructions for joining the update. Register now.

Topics for discussion include:

  • An update on RAILS census activities, including a possible grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services
  • The latest on our My Library Is… campaign
  • Update on grant project to recreate L2
  • Ways members can engage with RAILS at the October AISLE and ILA conferences
  • Update on RAILS efforts to help the unserved in Illinois, including results of our recent survey of RAILS public libraries
  • The latest news on, a suite of free resources to support local authors that launches October 1
  • Reports from RAILS member libraries: East Moline Public Library’s capital campaign, including video testimonials from library users to support the campaign; the Bike the Trail Library to Library project; and Marist High School’s partnership with Blue Island Public Library to create Escape Room learning games for kids/teens
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The Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (IACRL) seeks a site or sites that would be interested in hosting a viewing of an ACRL webinar this fall. The webinars that ACRL makes available for the statewide chapters to show (a comprehensive listing is forthcoming, but information on recent webinars is available at cover a variety of current issues in academic librarianship. These topics range from diversity to scholarly communications, and the webinars include advice and insights from experienced practitioners in the field. The most recent of IACRL’s ACRL webinar viewings, which Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield hosted this past June, featured “Be Proactive: Overcoming Biases and Microaggressions in the Workplace”.

Each webinar itself lasts usually around an hour. The host site is welcome to incorporate other activities, such as a discussion of the specific issues the webinar raises or related issues in librarianship, networking opportunities, and tours of the library. Members of IACRL who are in attendance can give updates on the organization’s activities and answer any questions. Additionally, IACRL, via the Illinois Library Association, can provide reimbursement for related costs, such as refreshments. Please note that there is no charge to the host library for showing the webinar itself, and membership in IACRL is not required to attend.

If your library would be interested in serving as a host site, or if you would like additional information, please contact Eric Edwards, 2018-2019 IACRL President, at<>. Generally, at least a month’s advance notice is necessary for publicizing the webinar, finalizing the format and schedule, and completing any additional tasks.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

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

The program for the half-day September 20, 2019 CAMA (Chicago Area Medical Archivists) sponsored medical history symposium has been confirmed. A big thanks to all of the speakers who have agreed to share their insights. We look forward to hearing their research findings.

Further in this e-mail is the schedule and list of speakers. The symposium will begin at 1 pm.

Prior to the start of the symposium, everyone is invited to a brief CAMA networking meeting that will begin at 12:30 pm.

Please RSVP <> if you plan on coming. Knowing the attendee count will help in room set-up plans, alert me if we are reaching room capacity, and will provide me with an attendee list (of non-Northwestern Medicine attendees) to submit to our building security desks.

For those not familiar with Northwestern University’s Chicago campus, visit this university website for public transportation and driving options.


Friday, September 20, 2019


Light refreshments; view Galter Library’s 12th General Hospital banner exhibit 

12:30-1 pm

CAMA organizational & business discussion

1-2 pm

From Ward to War: Northwestern as the 12th General Hospital

Gabrielle Barr (National Library of Medicine fellow at Galter Library, 2018/2019)

“Hospital work is war work”:  Northwestern’s Homefront Hospitals 1940 – 1945

Sue Sacharski (Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives)

2-2:15 pm


2:15 – 3:45 pm

Northwestern University’s Traffic Institute:

Over 90 years of traffic safety research and public health outcomes

Rachel Cole (Northwestern University Transportation Library)

Battling for the Honor of ‘Old Rush’: Sports at Rush Medical College, 1892-1904

Nathalie Wheaton (Rush University Medical Center Archives)

Michael Reese and Mercy Hospital

Edward Winslow, MD (Feinberg School of Medicine; independent medical history researcher)

3:45-4:00 pm


Sponsored by:

CAMA (Chicago Area Medical Archivists)–

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the 2020-2021 Executive Board Election. In April 2020, members will vote for the ILA Vice-President/President-elect and for four Executive Board positions: 2 Public Library, 1 Special Library, and 1 Academic library representative. These are three-year terms beginning July 2020 and ending June 2023.

The nomination process begins with an open call for nominations for these positions. All ILA members are invited to nominate a colleague or self-nominate. Submission of a nominee suggestion form does not guarantee the nominee will appear on the slate; the Nominating Committee will review all nominations and may also seek additional individuals to meet identified needs, in order to develop the strongest possible slate. According to ILA bylaws, nominees selected to appear on the slate “must be members of ILA at the time of nomination;” that is, by the time the slate is finalized.

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates who have strategic skill sets to govern a professional, nonprofit association. Duties and expectations of Executive Board members can be found on the ILA website. For the 2020 election, skills especially needed include: a big picture focus/global outlook; the ability to act as a change agent; a commitment to actively participate and serve for three years; and the ability to implement ILA’s new strategic plan.

The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019. To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form online. Please direct any questions to Cynthia Fuerst, ILA Past-President and Chair of the Nominating Committee, at

Thank you in advance for taking an active role in the Association’s nomination process and for encouraging individuals to apply.

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(via Amanda Peters, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor)

Do you know the next ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year winner? 

ACRL is now accepting nominations for the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development.

The award, sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, comes with a plaque and a $5,000 award.

Electronic submissions are required. Applicants must submit a nomination form and supporting documents via email to Chase Ollis, Nominations must be received by December 6, 2019, to receive full consideration.

For more information about the criteria and nomination process, visit  For questions, contact ACRL staff liaison, Chase Ollis at, or committee chair, Jeannette Pierce at

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Vendors at 2019 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference

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

Interested in learning more about some of the latest databases and products that vendors offer? Stop by the tables during Nancy’s Reception on Thursday evening. Exhibitors include EBSCO, Elsevier Clinical Key, McGraw Hill, NEJM, NNLM, Ovid, and RAILS.

EBSCO provides a discovery service, full-text and secondary databases, e-books, e-journals & e-packages, print subscriptions and related services for all types of libraries.

Elsevier’s ClinicalKey is a point-of-care clinical information service for physicians and other healthcare professionals. It provides access to a unique combination of medical reference books, medical journals, drug information, and practice guidelines. ClinicalKey helps health professionals locate and use clinical information quickly to answer questions and to keep current with changing healthcare issues.

McGraw-Hill is one of the world’s premier publishers of print and digital medical content including The MD Anderson Manual of Clinical Oncology and Williams Hematology.

NEJM Group creates high-quality medical resources for research, learning, practice and professional development designed to meet the demand for essential medical knowledge among academic researchers and teachers, physicians, clinicians, executives and others in medicine and health care. NEJM Group products include the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Journal Watch, NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Catalyst and NEJM Resident 360. NEJM Group is a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society. For more information, go here.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) supports health information access through training, funding, and outreach and is funded by the National Library of Medicine.  The NNLM office for the Greater Midwest Region is located at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. By collaborating, training, and funding over 1,100 health centers, health departments, community organizations, as well as medical, public, and school libraries in a 10 state region, the office supports the mission of the NNLM to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through access to health information. Linda Walton, Associate University Librarian at the University of Iowa and the director of Hardin Library, will give the GMR update at this year’s Conference.

Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, is a global information solutions provider offering clinicians, professionals, students, and researchers in the medical, scientific, and academic fields customizable solutions of content, tools, and services that make research smarter, faster, and more effective. More information is available here.

RAILS creates continuing education and resource-sharing opportunities for near 1300 libraries of all types in northern/western IL, also providing delivery, e-resources, online catalogs, discounts & more! Learn more here.

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(via Kimberley Edwards, George Mason University)

Telling the Technical Services Story – Call for chapters

ALCTS Monographs is seeking proposals from authors for a new monograph of case studies exploring methods to improve communication in technical services departments.


In an era of increased cross-departmental collaboration and decreased budgets, it has become more and more important for technical services departments to be able to communicate their story and demonstrate their positive impact on users – whether to their administration, their colleagues in other areas of the library, or even within their own departments.  The case studies in this monograph will highlight such projects from a range of libraries.

Intended Audience: Technical services managers, administrators, and deans in all types of libraries.

Chapter length: 4,000-5,000 words (Approx. 8-10 pages)

Preliminary Table of Contents:

The monograph is expected to be separated into five sections:

  • Communication within technical services
  • Communication with colleagues outside of the department
  • Communication with library administration
  • Communication with outside stakeholders
  • Communication to promote yourself

Chapter author(s), please provide:

  • A brief abstract of your proposed chapter (600-800 words)
  • A brief biographical statement of the author(s)

Please submit proposals by October 1, 2019 to Notification of acceptance will occur by December 31, 2019. Selected authors should plan to submit the final draft of their chapter no later than May 18, 2020.

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(via CARLI)

Registration is now open for the Great Lakes User Group conference. GLUG represents Ex Libris product users in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, but all are welcome to attend.

The conference, hosted by the Northwestern and Loyola libraries, will be held October 17-18. Events will be held between the two campuses, on October 17 in Evanston and October 18 in Chicago, with a more exact schedule forthcoming.

The early registration fee for the conference is $80.

More information about the conference, including deadlines and hotel information, can be found on the GLUG website.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Join us for programming created just for academic library professionals at this year’s ILA Annual Conference. The conference will be held October 22-24, 2019, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL.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. 

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. If you need to convince your manager that you should attend we have an attendee justification form you can use to help you case! Don’t wait, review the programming, register to attend, and plan your very own IACRL conference!

For more information on the sessions, please go to

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(via Courtney McAllister, Yale University)

The time has come!  It’s that exciting time of year again. Do you know a rising star in the library and information world? Would you like to see them recognized for their stellar and innovative achievements? Look no further! ATG Media and Kanopy are thrilled to announce the third annual round of nominations for The Charleston Conference’s Up and Comers.

Who exactly is an “Up and Comer”, you ask? They are librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants, and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of their profession. An Up and Comer can be someone you work with, someone you’ve presented with or shaken hands with at a conference, or someone whose accomplishments and potential you admire. They are passionate about the future of libraries and the enormous impact library services have on communities around the globe. They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks. They are future library leaders and change makers. And they all have one thing in common: they deserve to be celebrated.

We are particularly pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Kanopy for the 2019 class of Up & Comers! Our friends at Kanopy will sponsor the registration costs for the top 10 Up & Comers to attend the 2019 Charleston Conference. As the Up & Comers program grows each year, we are proud to partner with Kanopy on this terrific opportunity.

The 2019 Up and Comers will be recognized in the December/January issue of Against the Grain, and 10 of these brilliant rising stars will be profiled in the same issue. They will also be honored at the First Time Attendees and Up & Comers Reception at the Charleston Conference.

In other exciting partnership news, the Charleston Conference and The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) are partnering to provide a scholarship exchange program for Up & Comers and SSP Fellows. 2019 Up & Comer winners will be eligible to participate in a themed essay competition to win a free registration for the 2020 SSP Annual Meeting to be held May 27-29 in Boston, MA.

Nominations for the inaugural round of Up and Comers is open through September 20th and winners will be notified by October 1st. Don’t wait, participate! Spread the good news, tell your friends and colleagues, and nominate your favorite Up and Comer here.

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