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2017 Annual Conference Report: Ann Zettervall

I had the honor of being selected as a Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship recipient to the 2017 HSLI Annual Conference. As an MSLIS student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, I am relatively new to the field of health science librarianship. This conference not only marked my first health science conference, but also, it was my first-ever library conference. One requirement in the Scholarship” application was to explain why I am interested in receiving the scholarship. I wrote about my desire to build connections in regional health science librarianship to support a health outreach program in the Vermillion County public libraries and to be shown what and who I need to know to further my studies and future career.  The connections I made created more opportunities than I imagined possible.

With degrees in music performance, I approach librarianship as a change in career. I could easily try to follow my education into music librarianship, but I prefer a career where my work can make more significant difference in people’s lives. As a student, I am still constantly learning about aspects of librarianship, but the conference session on emerging technologies showed me new resources for health education and clinician usage, such as virtual reality technology, that I never have the opportunity to experience in the classroom. In the session on infographics, I was able to create a basic design for a health information poster with more flair than anything I have experienced in my coursework. In school, I am learning the broad strokes of what librarianship is. The HSLI conference showed me how to apply those concepts and how librarianship works in the real world.

I feel confident that I can create an infographic to effectively describe information to use in an outreach program. I also am more aware of the tools available to users, both as health professionals and the public. But most of all, I saw the breadth of knowledge of individuals across medical and academic libraries. I made connections for future job opportunities and for research and practicum work while I am still in school. I learned about career options and about how fulfilling working to support doctors and students with disabilities can be. I even learned that hospitals have interlibrary loan systems! I admit that realization may be due to my own naiveté, but the passion and years of study from the librarians I met inspired me. I now have the basic skills to create educational marketing materials and to present them effectively to an audience. I also know who to contact when I need more help, and ultimately, knowing where and how to get more information is the hallmark of a successful librarian. Thank you to the scholarship committee for the opportunity to attend the conference and to all the attendees for welcoming me and showing me the way to my future. I hope to see you all again in 2018!

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Thank you to the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship Committee for selecting me to receive a full scholarship to the 2017 HSLI Conference “The Times are Changing.” As a new health sciences librarian, I attended my first HSLI conference excited with the prospect learning more about health science librarianship and meeting peers from around the state (as a solo librarian, I needed to develop a network). Both of these expectations were met and exceeded.

Gabe Rios presented on several new and developing technologies in the “Emerging Technologies for the Busy Librarian” session. I was not aware of all the library and non-library apps available for health and how to select and evaluate them. This session really opened my eyes to the possibilities apps (and technology in general) have to enhance learning and research in the health sciences. I have already downloaded several NLM apps and will be promoting the HIV/AIDS related apps when the Methodist College Library hosts the NLM traveling exhibit “Surviving and Thriving” in 2018. I also made a note to actively seek an IT staff member to join the library advisory committee (once I have a library advisory committee).

I thoroughly enjoyed the poster sessions as I had the opportunity to speak to several librarians about their research and what they were doing at their institutions. From this experience, I am now planning to pilot a journal club. Before the HSLI conference I had never heard of journal clubs. My hope is that this pilot is successful and the college can produce and sustain several journal clubs. The resources I received about journal clubs will also help me collaborate with nursing faculty members to redesign a journal analyzing assignment which many of the students struggle with.

My biggest take away from this conference is that I am not alone, even as a solo librarian. I shared my struggles and successes with many attendees and they exchanged insights and ideas. My first HSLI conference was a very valuable experience and I am looking forward to participating in the next conference.

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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Silent Auction for HSLI Scholarships

Each year at HSLI annual conferences, Nancy’s Receptions are unique in their own special way and also include traditional events that continue from year to year. The receptions feature the conference poster session, a brief entertaining program, an opportunity to network, and enjoy a good meal. Last but not least, attendees each year look forward to the silent auction. The 2017 HSLI conference silent auction will take place at Nancy’s Reception on Thurs, Oct. 26, 2017. There is something for everyone. Items include those with library themes or featuring items liked by many librarians.

This year’s silent auction features a book, a souvenir cup, pottery, t-shirts and leggings, a wearable Fitbit for fitness monitoring, gift baskets, a hotel stay, and a scanner… Check out the images below to see some of the auction items:

All items in the auction were donated by HSLI members and supporters. Starting bids will range from $5 – $100. Nancy’s Reception attendees are invited to participate in this year’s silent auction (cash or check only). Proceeds go to a good cause, the HSLI Scholarship Fund. We thank all, donors and participants, for your generosity!

For more information about the HSLI 2017, visit the conference website or contact Emily Johnson, chair of the conference publicity committee

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Nominations Sought for 2017 Starfish Thrower Award

(via Miranda Shake, HSLI President)

Annually, we nominate a member of HSLI for the Starfish Thrower Award. The Award recognizes the efforts and contributions of an HSLI member toward the success of the organization. The Starfish Thrower Award is based on the story of the child who “makes a difference” by throwing stranded starfish back into the ocean, one at a time.

The nomination form can be found on the Awards page. Any HSLI member may nominate any other HSLI member. Nominations are due by Friday, October 13.

 

 

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(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria, and Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

This is a reminder of the opportunity to apply for the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship, to attend the 2017 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference in Bloomington, IL, on October 26 and 27. The deadline to apply is this Wednesday, September 13, so do not delay in submitting an application. More information, including instructions for completing the application, is below.

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 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 apply professionally the knowledge gained at the Conference.

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

Additional information on the 2017 HSLI Conference (October 25-27, in Bloomington, IL) can be found at the Conference website.

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(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria, and Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

This is a reminder of the opportunity to apply for the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship, to attend the 2017 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference in Bloomington, IL, on October 26 and 27. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 13, so do not delay in submitting an application. More information, including instructions for completing the application, is below.

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 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 apply professionally the knowledge gained at the Conference.

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

Additional information on the 2017 HSLI Conference (October 25-27, in Bloomington, IL) can be found at 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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Conference Wrap Up

I’d like to start by thanking all the generous people that have donated to the Syed Maghrabi scholarship fund. Your donations via the membership form and through the silent auction are a lifeline to HSLI members lacking institutional travel support. The fund exists to keep everyone actively involved in the organization. Don’t let lack of travel funds keep you at home! Apply for a scholarship if you don’t have institutional support.

For many years I have served on the HSLI conference planning committee. This year you may have seen me serving as the A/V elf. And we learned that while I’m good with projectors, sound systems are not my strong suit. Apologies for the squealing feedback. Either I’ll get better next year or we will contract with the hotel for house sound.

I also helped with behind the scenes work, running the conference website. Thanks to all presenters that sent in their handouts and posters. I also ran the conference evaluation, and I’m happy to say that everyone rated the conference Excellent or Good. It’s great to see that the work of putting the conference together is valuable to the HSLI membership.

The CE sessions I attended on user experience and assessment were very helpful to me. Both altered how I think about my library, which for me is the sign of a great CE session. Once I got home I summarized the parts of the sessions that were most pertinent to my library’s situation and shared them with my colleagues. Being able to bring new strategies home is one of the best parts of CE for me.

Networking is another critical part of the HSLI conference experience. Hearing stories from other librarians about the state of their nursing programs gives me insight and perspective when working with my own nursing faculty. Being able to see everyone in person once a year also helps when we need to reach out to colleagues. It’s great to be able to put a face with a name when we need to ask a question or put something on the list to get advice.

I was also happy to see so much networking between library organizations this year. Presentations and exhibits from RAILS, IHLS, the GMR, IACRL, and the State Library were a welcome opportunity to learn about what other groups offer. After the conference, HSLI was also invited to provide updates to CARLI and CARLI will provide updates to HSLI as well. I’ve added links to all these organizations on an HSLI website page.

I hope everyone that attended the conference found it as productive as I did, and I hope everyone that was unable to attend in 2016 can join us in 2017.

See you all next year,

Stacey

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HSLI 2016 Annual Conference Report: Eric Edwards

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I would like to thank the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship Committee for granting me a full scholarship to attend the 2016 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference. My involvement with HSLI has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career, and attending the conference is one of the highlights of my participation in the organization. The event gives me an opportunity not only to strengthen and expand my connections with fellow HSLI members, but also to learn about new perspectives and tools in the library and information science profession. I am especially appreciative of the opportunity to receive a scholarship for this year’s conference, given the challenging economic times facing the state of Illinois. HSLI’s ongoing generosity (I received the scholarship in 2011 and 2014, also) clearly demonstrates the organization’s commitment to the professional growth of its members.

I found all of the sessions at this year’s conference interesting and engaging. There were a few that particularly stood out, however, as providing ideas for my work as Interlibrary Loan Librarian at the Illinois State Library. One was Jacqueline Leskovec’s “Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community”. The focus of the presentation was the ways in which libraries can reach out to underserved patron groups. While the State Library’s main user group is state government employees, the ISL provides a variety of services, including interlibrary loan, to libraries of all types throughout the state, in addition to sponsoring programs for members of the general public, such as veterans. Through discussions with fellow attendees and feedback from the presenter, I identified several groups that do not use the ISL regularly but could clearly benefit. One is local high school students, especially those who are researching current issues related to local, state, or federal government. Another is tourists, who sometimes stop by the ISL to learn more about the various historical sites in and around downtown Springfield. The ISL has a large number of items, including historical documents, that would likely be of interest to those groups and could perhaps be part of a display in the public browsing areas.

Another session that I found particularly thought-provoking was Laura Alagna’s keynote speech, “From Surviving to Thriving in the Digital Era”. Her talk explored the impact of the digital revolution on the role of librarians, especially in managing and preserving electronic resources. As libraries continue to downsize their print collections, while expanding patron access to e-books and online journals, librarians must increasingly adapt their knowledge and skills. Furthermore, the preservation of electronic materials has now extended not just to items that were originally in a print format and have since been digitized, but also to documents that were “born digital” and so present their own unique set of preservation challenges. I have not been directly involved with the digital preservation efforts in which the State Library has participated recently, but I have had an opportunity to learn much about them while searching for documents. One initiative is the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA), which contains digital materials related to Illinois history from libraries throughout the state. These items include not just photographs, but also letters, maps, and videos. Another project is a collaboration, with HathiTrust and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to digitize copies of books and other documents by Illinois authors and make them available in the public domain. This includes not just “classic” works, but also more recent materials.

Once again, I would like to thank the Scholarship Committee, along with those individuals who have donated to the fund. I greatly enjoyed this year’s HSLI Annual Conference, and I am confident that some of the ideas presented by the speakers will prove useful in my work. I look forward to future HSLI conferences and the variety of interesting speakers and other learning opportunities that they are sure to include.

 

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(via Miranda Shake, Lakeview College)

Applications are now being accepted for the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship, for the 2016 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference. The scholarship provides up to $320.00 in reimbursements for conference registration and one night at the conference hotel. Recipients are responsible for registering and making hotel arrangements on their own. To apply, one must be a current member of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (2016 dues paid) and write a brief essay explaining why she or he is interested in receiving the scholarship. (There is no set length.) After the conference, each recipient will write an article for the HSLI Newsletter blog, explaining how she or he plans to apply the knowledge gained at the conference to one’s own institution.

All applications must be received by the end of business on Tuesday, October 11. The form is available here. Winners will be notified by Friday, October 14. Completed applications may be sent either via e-mail, to mshake@lakeviewcol.edu, or by snail mail to Miranda Shake, Lakeview College of Nursing, 903 N. Logan Ave. in Danville, IL, 61832. Any questions should be directed to Miranda Shake.

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