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(via the Online Learning Consortium)

The Online Learning Consortium (OCLC) is seeking nominations for its 2017 Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning. OCLC has recognized outstanding work in the field of online education through an annual awards process since 2001. The OLC Nominations, Awards, and Recognition Committee has overall responsibility for overseeing and monitoring all OLC awards, including:

  • existing awards
  • proposing new awards
  • establishing criteria for all awards
  • creating and maintaining all procedures for nominations and selection
  • proposing to the board financial or other considerations for all awards
  • establishing/empaneling review committees as necessary

The OCLC Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning include the following. (Click on the title of each award to learn more about the criteria.)

The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, September 12. For more information about the awards, including past winners, go here.

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(via Hannah Rempel, Oregon State University)

It’s not email déjà vu – STS puts on two great research-based events each year! In case you weren’t able to attend (or even if you did!), here are the links and abstracts from the 2017 STS Research Forum:

Featured Paper:

The Cost of Doing Biology: A Citation Analysis of Freely Available Scholarly Articles

Link to Slides

The changing nature of scholarly publishing has fundamentally altered the relationship between patron, library, and information. One key change in that relationship is the perception of what scholarly resources, namely journal articles, are available without cost from sources outside of the library. This project asks, how much of what biologists cite is available without cost online? Faculty publications from the Department of Biology were collected for the calendar years 2011 to 2016 and their citations extracted from Scopus. Free full-text availability of cited articles was checked using PubMed and PubMed Central, Google and Google Scholar, ResearchGate and, and Sci-Hub. A coding scheme assigned a color representing availability in descending order as: being in PubMed Central, in an Open Access Journal, on ResearchGate or, on an “other” web resource, or in Sci-Hub. Sources were also coded as being available only through the library, as a book in the library, or as neither free online or available in the library.

Initial results based on 9,961 citations from 17 faculty (30% of the department) show that 82% of cited articles are available freely without the use of Sci-Hub. The percentage grows to 98% when Sci-Hub is included. These numbers point to an information ecosystem that runs parallel to traditional library collections. They also hint at a possible paradigmatic shift in how collections are built, managed, and access mediated. Future research based on the data will begin to elucidate user behavior in relation to non-library scholarly resource usage.

Jason Burton, Indiana University Bloomington

Short Papers:

Testing Journal Matching Systems: A Head-to-Head Comparison

Link to Slides

Authors looking for a journal to publish a paper are often confronted with a plethora of journals in their field. Some are published by reputable publishers, but since 2008 many less-than reputable open access journals promising fast peer review have appeared. New researchers are usually familiar with the literature in their field, but may want to establish a scholarly record by publishing in more specialized journals before aiming for the major title in their discipline. They may consult their library’s catalog, journal list or directory, or a librarian for help identifying a potential journal for an article.

Several journal matching systems have been developed to help authors match proposed titles and abstracts to a journal that publishes on a given topic. They include Journal/Author Name Estimator (JANE), Journal Guide, Scientific Journal Finder, Edanz and ResearchGate. Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis and EndNote Online have similar systems. No head-to-head tests have been performed to determine whether and how well they match a published article to the journal where it appeared.

Titles and abstracts of 394 published articles in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology and Physics were identified and submitted to the various journal matching systems. The ability of the systems to match articles to a reputable journal (First Match, Top 5 Matches, or Match Anywhere) was noted. The final results of the head-to-head test of the various journal matching systems will be presented. Of the three systems tested thus far only about 25-30% of the articles matched their respective journals.

Linda Zellmer, Western Illinois University

Science Database Holdings at ARL and Oberlin Group Academic Libraries from 2010 to 2016: a Longitudinal Study

Link to Slides

This paper presents results of an open-ended project to record science and technology (scitech) oriented database holdings at ARL University and Oberlin Group libraries. The study originated from the hypothesis that the combination of drop-offs in higher education funding, pressure on collections budgets, and improvements in Google Scholar and Scopus coverage might lead libraries to consider canceling specialized scitech databases and/or rely on comprehensive databases such as Scopus or Web of Science. The author annually documents the holdings of 74 Oberlin Group Libraries for 24 databases, and 108 ARL Libraries for 22 databases based on library website A-Z database lists. Libraries that do not allow off-campus access to database lists or only provide subject based lists are excluded. All cancellations or additions are verified through the Internet Archive Wayback Machine or personal email. Initial results of the research were presented in poster form at ALA Chicago 2013. This paper session provides an opportunity to get feedback on the project as the author prepares the research for journal publication. A few of the trends found include: Most frequently cancelled databases are the former Wilson science indexes, and INSPEC. Compendex is beginning to see a drop-off. Most frequently added database is Scopus, which went from 25 in 2010 to a current 60 Libraries in ARL. Only two ARL/Oberlin libraries with Scopus have cancelled Web of Science.

This unique ongoing research provides an important perspective on trends in selected scitech database holdings that was previously unavailable.

Timothy Klassen, University of Alberta

Again, if you were inspired by these research projects, submit your own proposal for next year! The call will come out in December.

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(via the American Library Association)

Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognizes outstanding libraries and museums that have made significant contributions to improve the wellbeing of their communities. The winning museums and libraries are presented with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for community service. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2018 awards.  Anyone–an employee, a board member, a member of the public, or an elected official–can nominate an institution. To be considered, the institution must complete and return a nomination form by Monday, October 2.

This year, IMLS is particularly interested in museums and libraries with programs that build community cohesion and serve as catalysts for positive community change, including programs that provide services for veterans and military families, at-risk children and families, the un- and under-employed, and youth confronting barriers to STEM-related employment. All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, associations and consortia are eligible, including academic, school, digital, tribal, and special libraries or archives. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline are eligible, including general, art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history and anthropology, historic houses and sites, arboretums, nature centers, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and planetariums.

The ten winning institutions are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., are spotlighted in the news media and on social media, and are invited to host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories. As part of the selection process, approximately thirty finalists are chosen and are featured by IMLS during a six-week social media and press campaign. Winning the medal elevates an institution’s profile and can positively impact fundraising, programming, and partnership and outreach activities.

Institutions interested in being considered should read the nomination form carefully and contact the designated program contacts with questions. Program contacts for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are, for museums, Mark Feitl, Program Specialist, who can be reached at (202) 653-4635; and, for libraries, Laura McKenzie, Administrative Specialist, who can be reached at (202) 653-4644. You may also submit your question by e-mail, to

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Nominations Sought for I Love My Librarian Award (Deadline Sept. 18)

(via the American Library Association)

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

Nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award are open through Monday, September 18. Winners will be announced on November 30. Each year, 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Sign up here to be notified about future I Love My Librarian Award activity.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school. The link for nominating a librarian from a college, community college, or university is here.

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(via Helen Spielbauer, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is Friday, July 28.

The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-nine fellows and 65 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2017. To date, 39 fellows have received director appointments and over 58 percent have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a year-long fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library.

The program is designed to benefit participants in the following ways.

  • introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels
  • introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries
  • develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support
  • expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors
  • examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows
  • create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers
  • promote diversity in the leadership of the profession
  • offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions

Application Process

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the July 28, 2017 deadline for potential fellows for the 2017-2018 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting the Leadership Fellows Program Director at the address below by Friday, July 28. The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available on the AAHSL website. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, at

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UIUC’s Ruan Named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Dr. Lian Ruan is the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Forum, recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

Dr. Ruan’s service record is most impressive. Of particular note are her contributions as past President (2015-2016) and current Executive Director of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). She has also recently served on the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, the Special Library Association’s Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Council, the ACRL 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force, and as a member of the Joint Council of Librarians of Color Steering Committee.

Dr. Ruan has been an academic librarian for twenty-seven years and Head of the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library (IFSI) since 1999, earning the directorship of IFSI’s international programs in 2006. Under Dr. Ruan ‘s leadership, the IFSI Library has been a finalist for a National Medal for Museum and Library Service award for the last two years. The IFSI is considered one of the top three fire services libraries in the nation. This past year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized her Firefighter Line of Duty Death Digital Image Collection, which was awarded funding through the Illinois State Library (ISL).

Since 2002, Dr. Ruan has been an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UIUC, supporting and mentoring the work of graduate and Ph.D students in the library science, she has also organized and coordinated training programs with partners in the area of emergency management, including training for Chinese emergency responders. In 2015-2016, she also helped Korean firefighters train at the IFSI.

Dr. Ruan has done extensive work as a researcher. Most notable is her recent co-edited book, Academic Library Development and Administration in China ( 2016), which is the first major work on Chinese academic libraries written in English. Three years ago in a spotlight interview for ACRL Insider, Ruan described herself as “Passionate, determined, [and] goal-oriented.” Her exemplary service to librarianship and learning demonstrates the application of each of these qualities to the work that makes her worthy of this honor.

The Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 10, during the 2017 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

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(via Sara Scheib, University of Iowa)

Do you know someone who is an amazing teaching librarian? If yes, consider nominating them as a Featured Teaching Librarian! If you’re an amazing teaching librarian, consider nominating yourself.

The ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee wants to highlight excellent teaching librarians. Several times during the year, the committee selects and interviews a librarian who demonstrates a passion for teaching, innovation, and student learning. This feature provides a way to showcase amazing teaching librarians and share their best teaching practices with others in the field.  Consider nominating yourself or someone you think is amazing!

Nominations are due by Friday, August 4.

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(via Helena VonVille, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)

Is your position related to public health or a public-health-related field? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public-health field for a few days?  Then you need to apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend the 2017 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, in early November.  We anticipate funding approximately 8 non-local librarians ($1,235) and 2 local librarians ($730).  The award will reimburse you for the cost of APHA membership and early-bird conference registration. Non-local librarians receive additional funds to help offset the cost associated with travel.

The eligibility requirements are below.

  • be a librarian or information specialist with an MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree;
  • work with or have accepted a librarian/information specialist position that now includes, or will include in the near future, working with public health practitioners or PH/PH-related students, staff, and faculty; and
  • be a United States citizen or have permanent resident status (i.e., a holder of a “green card”)

To apply, visit the Sewell Stipend LibGuide. The deadline is Sunday, July 16, at 11:00 PM CST. If you have any questions, please send them to Helena VonVille, at To see a list of past recipients, including essays they wrote on how attending the Conference benefitted them professionally, go here.

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(via the American Library Association)

The iSchool at Illinois seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, October 1. Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.

The Downs Award was established in 1969 by the iSchool’s faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Robert B. Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the School. Previous winners have included Wendy Campbell (2016) for her work in increasing cultural awareness in her community; HP Kids Read (2015) for its work in support of freedom to read at the Highland Park (TX) High School; the staff and board of trustees of the Orland Park (IL) Public Library (2014) for the defense of their policy to not filter adult Internet access in the library; DaNae Leu (2013) for her efforts to keep a controversial picture book on the shelves of her elementary school library; and Librotraficante (2012) for its efforts to oppose the censorship of ethnic and cultural studies materials in Arizona.

Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO Publishing Company, provides an honorarium to the Downs Award recipient and co-hosts the reception held in honor of the recipient. The reception and award ceremony for the 2017 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award will take place in February 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Letters of nomination and documentation about the nominee should be sent by October 1 to Associate Professor Terry Weech, either by email at, with a copy to, or in paper form to:

Associate Professor Terry Weech
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 East Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Please e-mail any questions to Associate Professor Terry Weech.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering two $1,000 travel awards to attend the National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL), August 9-13 in Atlanta, Georgia; and two $1,000 travel awards to attend the Reforma National Conference, September 7–9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Funds from the travel awards may be used to cover the cost of registration, travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals. One award for each conference will be designated for a current ARL diversity programs participant.

Eligible applicants must be one of the following.

  • current students or recent graduates of library and information
    science (LIS) programs
  • library employees in roles that do not require the MLIS
  • library professionals within the first three years of their careers; or
  • others who exhibit financial need.

 The Association’s goal is to encourage conference participation and engagement of LIS students and library staff and faculty who might not have the financial resources to attend the NCAAL and Reforma National Conference. Applicants are asked to submit a statement of financial need along with their application essay. Each travel awardee will receive a single payment of $1,000 directly from the Association of Research Libraries. Awardees will be responsible for registering for the conference, making arrangements for travel, and reserving hotel accommodations.

Apply here by Tuesday, June 13. (More information about the required content of the application is available there.) The selection committee will be composed of alumni of ARL diversity and leadership programs. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by July 10.

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