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(via Linda Feinberg, NorthShore University HealthSystem) 

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference Planning Committee invites poster proposals for the HSLI 2018 Annual Conference, be held September 26-28 at the Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford, Illinois. The Conference theme is “Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge”. 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, any area of librarianship, such as instruction, leadership, and program development, in addition to communication, collection development, outreach, and evaluation. Posters from last year covered a wide variety of topics, ranging from collaboration, technology programs, and data fluency, to disabilities, bookplates and even tattoos.  

If you have presented a poster at another meeting this year (MLA), or plan to present one (Midwest Chapter/MLA), that you have not shown at a past HSLI Conference, please consider submitting it here, also. Let our members who can’t travel have the opportunity to see the work you’ve been doing!  

The posters will be presented during Nancy’s Reception on the evening of Thursday, September 27, starting at 6:00 PM. Presenters may set up their posters starting at 5:00 PM.  Posters can remain up until the break after breakfast on Friday morning. The actual poster session will be from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday evening, during which time the poster presenters need to be present to discuss their posters with Conference attendees.    

Please submit a proposal abstract, no longer than 300 words, describing your poster.    

  • Include your name, position title, address, phone number and e-mail address on all submissions.  
  • Poster sizes – let us know which one you will be using (we need to know this for spacing considerations during our review – if not sure, give an estimate)
    • poster board 24″ x 36″
    • tri-fold poster 36″ x 48″ (for setup on a table)  
    • wall posters – various sizes allowed (including 45″ x 45″)  
  • E-mail your abstracts to Linda Feinberg (  
  • The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, August 17 
  • Notification of poster acceptance will be made Labor Day week, after review by the poster committee.  
  • Posters must be made available to post electronically on the HSLI website after the meeting.  
  • Each poster presenter must register for the HSLI conference (which includes each author attending)  
  • NEW THIS YEAR! Each poster will receive a stipend to help offset printing costs.  One presenter per poster will receive a stipend, and an individual presenter can receive a maximum of only one stipend, even if submitting multiple posters.   

Want another opportunity to present? Also new for HSLI 2018 are Lightning Talks, which are short presentations, 5-10 minutes in length, on various topics. Watch for the call for proposals.   

For more information on the HSLI meeting, see the Conference website. Please refer to the “Posters” section for more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Subcommittee Chair on the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at

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(via Kelly Grossmann, Eastern Michigan University)

Registration is now open for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians! This immersive 2 ½ day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp will strive to cultivate an ongoing learning community of academic and medical librarians dedicated to providing research support to faculty and graduate students.

Click here to register. For more details, please visit the Boot Camp website. Contact Bethany McGowan ( or Sarah Huber ( with any questions.

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Registration Open for DataONE Users Group Meeting (July 16)

(via Bob Sandusky, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The DataONE Users Group meeting is just over a month away. Register today!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join us for the 2018 DataONE Users Group Meeting. Co-located with the with the ESIP Summer Meeting, we will have one full day of talks, break-out sessions, community presentations and an evening poster reception on Monday July 16th. This is a great opportunity to learn more about DataONE, to network with colleagues and to share your perspectives on the future of DataONE and the DUG. There is no cost to register and we are still accepting abstracts for talks and posters.

On July Tuesday 17th you may also join us for two half-day workshops offered by DataONE as part of the ESIP agenda (separate registration required). Details below:

For information on the DUG meeting, please go here.

Please also consider forwarding the DUG meeting information with colleagues and networks that are interested in DataONE.

Building a Community of Scientific Data Repositories in an Open Science Landscape

Monday July 16th 2018
Marriott University Park, Tucson AZ; co-located with the ESIP meeting

  • Bringing together repository managers and users in support of open science
  • Community contributed talks and posters
  • DataONE updates and visioning
  • Topical breakout sessions and workshops

There is no registration fee to attend and participate in the DUG meeting.
Information, registration and group hotel rates can be found at:

Meeting Theme and Objectives
The 2018 meeting theme, “Building a Community of Scientific Data Repositories in an Open Science Landscape” will bring together repository managers, users and other stakeholders to explore achievements and future work in the open science landscape. Community talks and posters that explore broad topics of interoperability, preservation, data discovery, reproducible research and sustainability are invited.

DataONE encourages DataONE Member Nodes, data scientists, researchers, scientists, students and others to submit abstracts for posters and talks.

Abstract Submission for Posters and Talks

Abstracts for talks and posters are solicited during the registration process. Talks will be approximately 10-20 minutes in duration, to be confirmed with development of the agenda. Submissions for talks will be accepted until June 10th, 2018. Oral presentations are not guaranteed. Those not accepted as oral presentations will be given the option to present a poster. Poster submissions will remain open until the close of registration.

A shareable flyer and postcard are available online.  We would be grateful if you could circulate widely in your networks.

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(via Victoria Gruzynski–Indiana University, Bloomington)

The journal Currents in Teaching and Learning, a peer-reviewed electronic publication that fosters exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars across the disciplines, welcomes submissions for its Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 issues (Volume 10, Numbers 1 and 2).  We consider all submissions that address new approaches to theories and practices of teaching and learning.

Each year we release two issues of Currents, an open-ended Fall issue and a themed issue in the Spring.  We welcome all teaching and learning-related submissions for the Fall Issues.

The theme for the Spring 2019 issue is “globalizing learning”. With the intensifying clash between nationalism and globalization, the issue of how to incorporate consciousness of global issues and trends into college education has become ever more critical.  For this issue, we invite submissions that address this issue from theoretical and/or practical perspectives. Some questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to) the following.

  • What constitutes “global learning”, and what implications might this have for the nature, substance, content, and methods of tertiary education?
  • What kinds of approaches can be used to integrate global knowledge and skills into teaching and learning across the disciplines?
  • In what ways can global and local forms of knowledge construction be related in classroom and extra-curricular modes of teaching and learning?

Looking ahead, the theme for the Spring 2020 issue is “Digital Pedagogies.” With their proliferation, diversification, and ever-growing importance in students’ lives, digital technologies present a limitless horizon of opportunities and challenges for educators.  As emerging technologies disrupt established spaces, dynamics, and institutions of learning, it becomes ever more urgent for instructors to reflect critically on how to incorporate digital tools and mediums into pedagogical practices.

Some questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to) the following.

  • How do digital technologies inform issues of accessibility, inclusiveness, and diversity in higher education?
  • In what ways do digital pedagogies shape or reshape dynamics, structures, and hierarchies that are embedded in the academic learning environment?
  • Are there strategies and concepts that can guide instructors in aligning the bewildering array of emerging technologies with fundamental principles of rigorous learning?
  • How do we pedagogically navigate the intersection of digital media and information literacy?
  • Are there demonstrably effective ways to integrate face-to-face with digital learning environments?
  • What considerations should inform the selection and use of digital technologies in online, hybrid, and/or course design?

Submissions may take one of the following formats.

  • teaching and program reports: short reports from different disciplines on classroom practices (2850-5700 words)
  • essays: longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today (5700 – 7125 words)
  • book reviews: send inquiries attn: Kisha Tracy, Book Review Editor (no unsolicited reviews, please)

We welcome both individual and group submissions.  All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work and, if based in a particular academic discipline, must explicitly consider their relevance and applicability to other disciplines and classroom settings.

Submissions Deadlines:
Fall 2018 issue: Wednesday, August 15
Spring 2019 issue: Saturday, December 15

Submissions received after these dates will be considered on a rolling basis and for the following issue.

Currents in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters non-specialist, jargon-free exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars. Published twice a year and addressed to faculty and graduate students across the disciplines, Currents seeks to improve teaching and learning in higher education with short reports on classroom practices as well as longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles, and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today.

For essays and teaching and program reports, send all inquiries to Editor Martin Fromm. at  For book reviews, send all inquiries to Book Review Editor Kisha Tracy, at For submission guidelines, visit our website.

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(via Veronica Arellano Davis, St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

CFP: Deconstructing Service in Libraries: Intersections of Identities and Expectations

Call for Chapter Proposals

Working Title: Deconstructing Service in Libraries: Intersections of Identities and Expectations
Editors: Veronica Arellano Douglas and Joanna Gadsby
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2018
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Note: We use the term “librarian” in this call, but we do not mean to limit submissions to those with an MLS degree. All library workers are encouraged to submit chapter proposals.

Book Description

Research into the construction of librarians’ professional identities indicates a strong emphasis on our work as service providers, from both within the profession and the larger environment in which we exist. When taken to its most extreme conclusion, the service ethos that informs librarianship can turn into what some some in the field informally refer to as “Handmaiden Syndrome”- the expectation that librarians be at the beck and call of faculty, students, patrons, and administrators. This is most visible in traditional, patriarchal constructions of service that rely on hierarchical power structures, such as those present in academia and other educational and cultural institutions. But Roma Harris argues that librarianship has the potential to transform the ideal of service from one that exploits those in service roles toward a more democratic and potentially empowering exchange. To do so means an acknowledgement of the high level of emotional labor on the part of the librarian, who is constantly negotiating her sense of personal worth and professional value in pursuit of “good service.” It also raises questions about what components of identity we ignore or devalue when focusing on service as a defining feature in our profession.

This book will unpack the ways in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and ability combine with an “ethic of service” to create, stagnate, or destruct librarians’ professional identities, sense of self, and self worth. We would like to examine the power structures, values, and contexts that influence our personal, professional, and institutional conceptions of service in libraries, as well as the costs and consequences (to ourselves and our institutions) of these very personal identity negotiations.

Possible Topics

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

Section 1: Situating Service in Librarianship
This introductory section will include a history of service values and behaviors in librarianship. It will examine the ways in which this value has been internalized by practitioners without a clear, agreed upon definition across the different subfields of librarianship.

Section 2: Intersecting Identities & Service
This section will include contributed chapters on the intersections of the ethos of service and personal identity. Questions explored may include:

• How do librarians’ personal identities influence their conception of service in libraries?
• What does service in libraries mean to you?
• In what ways do gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and/or ability influence service expectations of librarians; the ways in which service is performed/carried out; and the ways in which service is perceived by others?
• How do definitions and expectations of service shape professional identities of librarians?
• What are the consequences of not meeting service expectations? How do these consequences differ based on personal identities?
• What is the role of power in service roles and how is influenced by intersectional identity?

Section 3: Reworking the Concept of Service in Libraries
This section will attempt to redefine the concept of service in libraries through a variety of critical theoretical lenses. Contributed chapters may, for example, rework service through a feminist, critical race, or critical disability framework. We also welcome theories and perspectives from other fields. Questions explored may include:

• Do we need a new shared definition of service in libraries?
• Should we abandon the ethos of service in libraries altogether?
• If so, what other professional values should take precedence?
• How can service be redefined to promote a critical, just, and inclusive work and patron environment in libraries? Can it do this?

A variety of traditional and nontraditional scholarship methods are welcome, including but not limited to rhetorical analysis, critical analysis, lyric scholarship, autoethnography, ethnography, phenomenological research, interviews, and other methods of exploring personal and collective identity and the ethos of service.

• CFP distributed: April 2, 2018
• Deadline for Chapter Proposals: July 15, 2018
• Notification of Accepted Chapter Proposals: October 1, 2018
• First drafts due: January 15, 2019
• Second drafts due: March 15, 2019
• Final drafts due: June 1, 2019
• Editing: June-August 2019
• Submission of final manuscript: September 1, 2019


Please email abstracts of up to 500 words to

Abstracts should briefly describe your topic and how your chapter examines the ethos of service in libraries in relation to identity, and/or a larger theoretical framework. You are welcome to submit multiple abstracts about different possible topics. If your submission is tentatively accepted, the editors may request modifications. Material cannot be previously published.

Final chapters will be in the 2000-5000-word range. Abstracts that discuss service in tribal college libraries, HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, community colleges, archives, special libraries, and libraries outside the United States are especially welcome.

Please direct any questions to Veronica Arellano Douglas and Joanna Gadsby, editors, at or

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(via Laureen Cantwell, Colorado Mesa University)

Library Instruction West 2018 approaches!
July 19th & 20th
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
Keynoter: Maria Konnikova (more information is available here)
You can register here. Please view the Conference schedule here.

Want “funtivities”?

  • Mix & Mingle event Weds evening 7.18 (Free; A custom cocktail!? Whaaaat?)
  • All-Conference Cocktails & Dinner Thursday evening 7.19 (Free; Can you say photo booth?!)
  • Brewilery Tasting Tour Friday night 7.20 ($35; only 10 spots left! Brewilery = Brewery + Winery + Distillery! = YUM!; Charcuterie provided!)
  • Morning Hike on the Colorado National Monument Saturday morning 7.21 ($15; only FOUR spots left!

A few notes

  • campus housing is still available ($55/night, with linens), and local hotels will have room for you too ($99-$119/night). More information is available here.
  • Unfortunately, the pre-conference with Maria Konnikova is sold out, so you won’t see the option to register for that.
  • If you have special institutional circumstances/policies preventing you from registering, please let us know–we want to make sure we have that noted for headcount purposes!
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(via ACRL)

The ACRL Board of Directors is seeking input on the development of the association’s Signature Initiative on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). During the Leadership Council meeting at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Board solicited comments from leaders across the association regarding equity, diversity, and social justice related concerns within their libraries and institutions, as well as suggestions for how ACRL might better support these efforts. The Board has reviewed and digested those suggestions and encourages you to respond to a new poll to provide additional input.

The poll focuses on a variety of programmatic elements that ACRL could pursue as part of the EDI Signature Initiative, and we would appreciate your help in prioritizing where we should begin. Please complete the 5-to-7 minute poll by June 29, 2018, in advance of the Board’s Fall Strategic Planning Meeting. We hope to also convene a virtual membership meeting to review the results early in the fall.

To complete the survey, click here. Thank you very much for your input in helping us move forward on these vital issues.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

What do you think of when you hear the word “advocacy”? Do you immediately think of stumping on Capitol Hill and meeting with local government officials? “Advocacy” is much more than politics. Every day, librarians and staff find themselves in situations where they must advocate for resources, money, and services for their libraries, in addition to advocating for themselves and their career as professionals.

Join us on September 12 for an Amigos Library Services online conference, Speak Up – Advocating for You and Your Library, where we will explore advocacy beyond politics.

Amigos Library Services is now accepting presentation proposals for this conference! Suggested topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • creating the right message about your library
  • identifying and crafting your communication strategy
  • building public awareness
  • responding to a budget crisis
  • self-advocacy-asking for and seeking what you need
  • developing relationships with your administrators and leadership
  • building your network of supporters and advocates in the community
  • dealing effectively with the media
  • working in collaboration with other organizations or departments

If you can speak to one of these topics, or have another idea in mind, please submit your proposal by Friday, June 29. The link for doing so is here. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online. It’s easy, and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation.

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(via Harriett Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Join us on Tuesday, June 12, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT, for the next webinar hosted by the IMLS-funded “Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine HathiTrust Digital Library” initiative.

Guest speaker Ashley Hetrick from the University of Illinois Library’s Research Data Service will lead a discussion on research data management in libraries. She will discuss key strategies for how to work with faculty and students in their research data management practices, with a particular focus on textual data and supporting related research data needs for text data mining.

This and all of the webinars are held here.

This event is part of an summer webinar series hosted by the IMLS-funded “Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine HathiTrust Digital Library” project.  All are welcome to attend these webinars that build upon the “Text Mining with the HathiTrust” workshops, and cover various topics related to computational text analysis and data skills relevant for librarians.

Upcoming Webinar dates: July 17 and August 7, both from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT

More information and recordings can be found on the DDRF website.

This project is funded in part by IMLS award #RE-00-15-0112-15.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, on behalf of Michelle Nielsen Ott, Methodist College)


If you are a library hosting a graduate assistant this semester, or if you know of a graduate student interested in health science librarianship, we hope you will forward this e-mail to that person. We are accepting applications until Monday, August 20.  Applicants will be informed of the decision by Monday, August 27.

Thank you!

HSLI 2018 Publicity Subcommittee


Dear Student:

As a member of the HSLI Annual Conference Planning Committee, I invite you to attend the 2018 Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois this fall. It will take place in Rockford, IL, at the Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center from Wednesday, September 26, to Friday, September 28. The Conference will feature continuing-education opportunities, invited speakers, poster sessions and talks, and a vendor showcase, along with networking opportunities for library and information science students to learn about health sciences librarianship from professionals in the field.

We also encourage students to consider volunteering at the Conference. We are currently seeking two volunteers to help with registration, taking photos of events, taking down displays, and delivering messages between sessions. In return for their assistance, students will receive a waiver for the Conference registration fee, with the added benefit of being able to include the experience on their professional resume.

To apply, students need to fill out this form and attach their resume.  Applications are due Monday, August 20.  Applicants will be informed of the decision by Monday, August 27.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact me, at  For general questions about the Annual Conference or the Health Science Librarians of Illinois organization, please e-mail Eric Edwards, Chair of the 2018 HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Subcommittee, at You may also learn more on the Conference page of the HSLI website.


Michelle Nielsen Ott, MLIS

Director, Library Services

Methodist College of UnityPoint Health

7600 N. Academic Drive

Peoria, IL  61615

Phone: (309) 672-4937

Fax: (309) 671-3141


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