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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Registration Now Open!

The conference and hotel registration are now open for the Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois!  Please mark your calendars to join us in Bloomington, IL at the Chateau Hotel from Wednesday, October 25th to Friday, October 27th.

Please follow this link for online conference registration using PayPal or you may download the PDF form to mail in with a check payable to HSLI.  You will be able to sign up for your conference CE’s, the mentor/mentee program, food choices, and dietary restrictions.  Registration fees for the conference are: $200 for members, $220 for non-members, $100 for students/retiree/unaffiliated, and $150 for one-day-only registration.

To book your hotel stay at The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, you must call (309) 662-2020 to make your reservation.  By mentioning that you are part of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois group, you will receive the lodging rate of $79 per night plus taxes/fees and be part of the HSLI official block of hotel rooms.  The hotel is located at 1621 Jumer Dr, Bloomington, IL 61704.  For more information on the hotel, visit their website.

Make sure you register soon; early conference registration ends October 10th and the hotel room block expires September 25th. 

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Emily Johnson, chair of the HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Committee, or visit the HSLI Conference Website.

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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Nancy’s Reception to Include Magic Show

Through the years, Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference receptions have provided a venue for attendees, vendors, and guests to relax, network, and enjoy good food. This year’s Nancy’s Reception will take place on Thursday evening, October 26th. The event will follow a full day of continuing education activities at the 2017 conference, providing an opportunity to chat with vendors and poster presenters, enjoy a tasty meal, and bid on items in a silent auction. Now a tradition at the conferences, the annual reception honors Nancy Stump, a longtime, fun-loving, active HSLI member who served as HSLI president from 1990 to 1993. Each year, Nancy’s Reception is unique in its own special way.

A highlight of this year’s reception will be a presentation by experienced Illinois State University chemistry professor Dr. Marjorie Jones, which she calls “Magic Show: Is it Science or Magic?”. This is how she describes the evening’s educational entertainment segment and what attendees can expect:

Since I have always been curious of the physical world in which I live, I have enjoyed doing science as both a researcher and educator and a kid. I especially like to do hands-on experiments with a variety of groups and ages. In this event, we will probe some chemical and biochemical experiments that can have the perception of “magic”, but can be explained using our experience and knowledge of the materials used. I will do some demonstrations of physical and chemical properties of common materials (often obtained from stores), as well as materials from biological sources. For example, what do baker’s yeast and potassium iodine have in common? How can we measure the amount of vitamin C in oranges? We will do a few hands-on experiments, because science is not a spectator sport, in my opinion. I hope that this will be fun, a bit entertaining, and a bit educational. I look forward to this event…

Plan on joining HSLI colleagues and guests at this year’s HSLI Annual Conference and Nancy’s Reception in Bloomington, IL, from October 25-27. For more information, visit the Conference website.

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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship.  The scholarship, named in honor of dedicated HSLI member Syed Maghrabi (1945-2000), supports Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) members’ participation in the HSLI annual conference. The scholarship will provide reimbursement for a free 2017 HSLI conference registration and one night at the conference hotel. To apply, the applicant must be a current member of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (2017 dues paid) and write a brief essay explaining why she or he is interested in receiving the scholarship. Recipients are responsible for registering and making hotel arrangements on their own. After the conference, each recipient will write an article for the HSLI Newsletter blog, explaining how she or he plans to professionally apply the knowledge gained at the conference.

Applications are due: September 13th

Please fill out the application form and submit to Miranda Shake, HSLI President. More information about previous scholarship recipients and about librarian Syed Maghrabi (1945-2000) after whom the scholarship was named can be found at the HSLI site.

More information about the 2017 HSLI conference October 25-27, Bloomington, IL) can be found at the conference website.

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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Call for Poster Abstracts

The Program Committee of HSLI invites proposals for posters for the HSLI Conference to be held October 26-27 in Bloomington, Illinois. The conference theme is “The Times are Changing.” We encourage you to take a literal or figurative approach to our theme (use your productive imagination).

Ideas can include, but are not limited to the following areas of librarianship:

  • Instruction or curricular activities
  • Leadership and management
  • Program or service implementation
  • Scholarly communications
  • Collection development
  • Outreach activities
  • Evaluation processes (surveys, statistical analysis, validation studies)

If you have presented a poster at another meeting this year (that hasn’t been shown at HSLI previously), please consider also submitting it here. Let our members who can’t travel have the opportunity to see the work you’ve been doing!

Please submit your proposal to Linda Feinberg (, including:

  • Title of poster
  • A 300-words-or-less abstract describing your poster
  • Author information of name, position title, address, phone number and email address of all authors on poster.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday August 25th. Notification of poster acceptance will be made by mid September after review by the poster committee. Each poster presenter must register for the HSLI conference, which includes each author attending.

The posters will be presented during Nancy’s Reception on Thursday evening, October 26 starting at 6pm. Setup will be available at 5pm. Posters will remain up until the break after breakfast on Friday morning. The actual poster session will be from 6pm-7pm on Thursday evening where the poster presenters need to be present to discuss their posters with conference attendees.

Appropriate poster sizes for display at the conference:

  • poster board 24in x 36in
  • tri-fold poster 36in x 48in (for setup on a table)
  • wall posters – various sizes allowed (including 45in x 45in)

For more information on the HSLI meeting, see the conference website.

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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Prepping for Your Travels to Bloomington!

Bloomington-Normal are the host cities for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference this year, October 25th to 27th.  As you are planning out your library budget for the new fiscal year, think about requesting travel funds to attend this fall’s conference.  The conference will host many professional networking and presentation opportunities, as well as continuing education sessions for health sciences librarians. Below are some important numbers and links in helping you plan your trip.


The HSLI Conference fee is set to be $200 for full conference registration for members of HSLI. The conference hotel will be the Chateau in Bloomington, with a room rate of $78 plus taxes and fees. Activities are scheduled for conference attendees from Wednesday evening to early Friday afternoon, so please make your hotel reservation accordingly to partake in all that the conference has to offer.


The Constitutional Trail in Bloomington-Normal

Bloomington-Normal is located off of the major interstate highways of 39, 55, and 74.  There is also an Amtrak station located in downtown Normal with quick bus, taxi, Lyft, or Uber access to the hotel.  For transportation travel reimbursement rates to estimate your budget,  check the Illinois CMS Reimbursement Schedule for mileage, per diem rates, etc.


Finally, Bloomington and Normal are beautiful cities with many activities, shopping spots, and events. Think about attending a tour of the Beer Nuts factory, taking a walk on the Constitution Trail, or enjoying shopping in the area’s many boutiques.  To learn more, take a look at the Bloomington-Normal Visitors Bureau website to help in planning your trip to the area.


For any questions about the HSLI Annual Conference, please contact Emily Johnson,, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee.



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