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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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UIUC’s Cooke Receives ALA 2017 Diversity Research Grant

(via the American Library Association)

The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grant for 2017-2018. The grants consist of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. Recipients will conduct their research over the course of the year, are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and/or publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association.

The first grant is awarded to Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-­Champaign and Dr. Miriam E. Sweeney, assistant professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, for the project, “Minority Student Experiences with Racial Microaggressions in the Academic Library.” This study uses surveys and focus groups to garner further insight into the specific experiences surrounding racial microaggressions directed at racial and ethnic minority students in the context of accessing library spaces and services on campus.

To see the full announcement, go here.

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(via Matt Hoy, Mayo Clinic)

Are you a library science student? Are you interested in medical libraries? Would you like to attend the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Ypsilanti, MI, from October 13 to 16? Apply for the Midwest MLA Student Annual Meeting Grant for FREE conference registration and $500 in expenses. There are two grants available–so, tell your friends to apply, too!

For an application and more information, visit the Midwest Chapter’s Awards page. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 26. Completed applications can be sent to Nicole Theis-Mahon (Chair, Awards and Scholarships Committee, Midwest Chapter/MLA), at

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UIUC’s Knox Reelected to Freedom to Read Foundation Board

(via the Freedom to Read Foundation)

Six people were elected to terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held in April. Reelected to their second of two-year terms were Charles Brownstein, (Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), Mario M. Gonzalez (Executive Director of the Passaic Public Library in New Jersey, and past Treasurer of ALA), and Dr. Emily Knox (Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Elected to their first two-year terms were Robert P. Holley (Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University), Katie Chamberlain Kritikos J.D. (Ph.D. Student, School of Information Studies R.A., Center for Information Policy Research University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Valerie Nye (Library Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.).

The six  will join Kathy Ishizuka, Martin Garnar, Herbert Krug, and Candace Morgan to form the FTRF Board for 2017-2018, which will be seated at the end of the FTRF Annual Board meeting on June 22 in Chicago, IL. There will be four additional members of the board, who serve as a function of their positions at the American Library Association: Jim Neal, incoming ALA president, Loida Garcia-Febo, incoming ALA president-elect; Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director; and Helen Adams, incoming ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee chair. James LaRue serves as FTRF executive director and board secretary.

“Once again, the Freedom to Read Foundation board brings deep financial, professional, and marketing expertise to our work,” said LaRue. “We are grateful to have their counsel as we litigate, advocate, educate, and fundraise to defend the fundamental rights of free expression, privacy, and access to information.”

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Deadline for ILA Award Nominations Extended to May 22

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

There is still time to submit a nomination for the ILA Awards. The nomination deadline has been extended to Monday, May 22. Please click here to learn about the awards and to submit a nomination. Take advantage of this opportunity to let your colleagues know about innovative programs and ideas and the hard-working librarians, staff, and trustees throughout Illinois who have created them. Inspiration and good ideas should be shared!

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ISU’s Brunsdale Featured in AL’s The Bookend

(via the American Library Association)

Maureen Brunsdale, Special Collections and Rare Books Librarian at Illinois State University’s Milner Library, is featured in the latest issue of The Bookend, put out by American Libraries. The brief article discusses her work with ISU’s Circus and Allied Arts Collection, which is one of the largest and most noteworthy of its type in the country. The collection includes circus-related books, photographs, programs, correspondence, and other materials. In the article, Brunsdale discusses her favorite item in the collection (it’s actually the stories that come with the items), along with why Bloomington-Normal has played such a central role in circus history.

To read the article, which includes a picture of Brunsdale with some of the more unique materials in the collection, go here.

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(via Nicole Theis-Mahon, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

Please consider nominating one of your amazing colleagues for the Midwest Chapter/MLA 2017 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award. The Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award recognizes chapter members who have made outstanding professional contributions to health sciences librarianship and the Chapter. This award will be announced and presented at the business meeting of the Joint Conference of the Midwest Chapter and the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA), October 16, 2017. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and a check for $500.

To qualify, nominees must be current members of the Midwest Chapter and have belonged to it for three years prior. Also, the nominator must be a member of the Midwest Chapter. Nominations should include a completed nomination form, a current resume or CV, a letter of nomination stating why the nominee should be recognized, and two additional letters of support for the nomination. Criteria used to evaluate nominees include but are not limited to, the following: leadership, advocacy, scholarship, research, publications, presentations, teaching, training, mentoring, outreach, professional activities, and meaningful and measurable service to the Chapter.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 4. Contact Nicole Theis-Mahon, the Committee Chair for this award, at for more information.

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