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(via Nastasha Johnson, Purdue University)

Save the date for a new STEM librarian professional development conference! The event, which does not officially have a name yet, will take place online Thursday, July 22, and Friday, July 23, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM CDT each day. Check here for updates as they become available.

Why is there a need for a new conference, you ask?

  • Science librarianship is changing. We need opportunities for professional development and networking that change with us. Help us create these for each other.
  • We want to address the many aspects of STEM librarianship, and will focus on STEM subjects from a librarianship perspective
  • Our STEM librarian conference focus will allow us to connect with a dedicated community of peers, combining professional development opportunities with collegiality and the energy of an unconference.
  • Did we mention that it’s free?

Ways to Become Involved

  • Help us name the conference! We are holding a naming contest–you could win bragging rights and a $25 gift card to bookshop.org. Email your proposed name to stemlibconf@acmescience.com. The winner will be announced at the conference.
  • Volunteer to help us plan! Send an e-mail to stemlibconf@acmescience.com for more information.
  • Propose a session. Look for a call for proposals in March.

The (as of yet unnamed) STEM librarians conference planning committee members are listed below.

Kayleigh Bohemier, Yale University
Sharice Collins, IOP Publishing
Leslie Eager, Duke University Press
Samuel Hansen, University of Michigan
Jenny Hart, University of Chicago
Nastasha Johnson, Purdue University
Laura Palumbo, Rutgers University
Donna Thompson, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard
Alyssa Young, James Madison University

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Elevate Illinois Libraries Leadership Program. The event will take virtually on Saturday, April 24, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This year’s program will explore the concept of judging versus joining behaviors and explore the types of behaviors that lead to inclusion as well as those that exclude people. Utilizing an organization development framework called “Conscious Actions for Inclusion,” attendees will learn how to integrate specific actions – characterized as “joining behaviors” – into a workplace environment and to identify judging behaviors that can be distancing and damaging.

Illinois libraries of all sizes and types make a big impact on their unique communities and Elevate should represent this diversity. Future leaders from all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special) and all parts of Illinois are encouraged to apply. Applicants are not required to hold any specific positions in their library, but should have an interest in developing as a leader. An MLIS is not required. Past Elevate participants may apply to attend this year.

Elevate will offer approximately four professional development hours to school librarians who attend. The registration fee for the program is $50 per participant.

The program will be held on Zoom and will include small group conversations in breakout rooms. Attendees will need to utilize a microphone and webcam to fully participate in the program. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 5. Notifications on status of applications will be sent by March 12. If you have questions about your application, please contact Cyndi Robinson, at robinson@ila.org.

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(via the Medical Library Association)

The 2021 National Program Committee invites abstract submissions that support the annual meeting theme, “Transforming Our Diversifying Communities”. The MLA ’21 “Call for Poster and Lightning Talks” has been extended to Monday, February 15.

Posters and lightning talks are great ways to share information about research or programs. Submitters must choose a primary area of practice that relates to the submission. MLA Areas of Practice are Clinical Support, Education, Global Health & Health Equity, Information Management, Information Services, Innovation & Research Practice, and Professionalism & Leadership.

Like papers, posters and lightning talks can be submitted as program descriptions or as research submissions. They require a structured abstract, and more information about structured abstracts can be found at “The Structured Abstract: An Essential Tool for Researchers“.

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(via ACRL)

Did you know that in-person attendance at conferences isn’t required to serve on ACRL division and section committees? Learn more about the process in this video from the ACRL Membership Committee explaining how the ACRL committee appointment process works for ACRL division-level committees, section committees, interest, and discussion groups. The webcast recording, freely available on the ACRL YouTube channel, provides an opportunity to learn more about the many opportunities to serve, influence, and contribute to the profession.

The volunteer deadline is Friday, February 12.

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(via Maggie Albro, Clemson University)

We invite you to participate in a survey designed to explore academic library work environments. To participate, you must be 18 years of age or older and employed by an academic library in the United States. The survey should take approximately 25 minutes to complete. Participants who complete the survey will have the option to enter in a drawing to receive one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.

Participation is voluntary and participants will remain anonymous. No identifying information will be collected that could connect an individual with their survey responses. Raw data will only be accessible to the project investigators. The survey results will be used in an aggregate manner when disseminated in publications or presentations.

Access the survey here. The survey will close at 11:00 AM CDT on Friday, February 12.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

Join the Wednesday, March 24, Wikipedia edit-a-thon on the history of the health sciences. If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more, please contact Megan Rosenbloom, at meganrosenbloom@gmail.com. She will share the working document with the names and more instructions.


Some of you may be MLA members who participated in the MLA History of the Health Sciences Caucus fun lunchtime virtual BINGO session on February 3, as part of a MLA virtual events month and coinciding with African American History Month.  It was a prelude to a March 24 Wikipedia edit-a-thon to which all are invited, not just MLA members.

Some Information

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 24, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM CDT. We invite medical library workers to improve the Wikipedia entries for these names and other people of color important to the history of medicine. No prior experience is necessary, but attendees must register here by Wednesday, February 24. This will give participants time to create their Wikipedia accounts, enroll in our edit-a-thon, and watch a short asynchronous training in advance. The event will focus on citation improvement, with the possibility of future events doing more in-depth text editing if there is interest.

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(via Sarah Smith, St. Louis Community College)

Join us in 2021 for the virtual Library Instruction Tennessee (LIT) Conference! The theme for LIT 2021 is “Persistence & Resilience”. The meeting will take place virtually during the week of June 7-11 (Monday-Friday). Registration will open in later April. This year’s event is free.

The call for proposals is now open. To submit a proposal, please go here. They are currently due on Wednesday, February 10, but the meeting planners are considering extension to Wednesday, February 17). Submitters will receive acceptance notifications by Friday, March 5.

We are all looking forward to seeing the LIT community again in June! Please think about and prepare proposals engaging with the theme of “Persistence & Resilience”. How are  persistence and resilience characteristics of your practice?  What strategies do you employ to adjust and surmount unexpected or great challenges? What pedagogies, tools, or practices have you considered (or discarded) on your path? What successes resulted from your persistence and/or resilience? How have you been resilient in the face of a perceived failure or setback?

We’d love to see proposals about the following topics.

  • engagement and outreach
  • critical information literacy
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion in instructional services
  • assessment
  • pedagogy/andragogy
  • hiring, onboarding, and management in instructional services
  • professional tips for new instruction librarians
  • reflective practice, morale, and self-care
  • technology

We are considering hosting roundtables for the first time. Is there something you’d like to discuss informally with a group of peers?

If you have any questions, please send them via e-mail (libraryinstructiontn@gmail.com), Twitter, or Facebook.

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(via Annie Armstrong, University of Illinois at Chicago’s Daley Library)

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee of ACRL invites proposals for presentations at their virtual research forum, to be held online in early May, 2021. Our charge is to investigate and propose ways for education and behavioral science librarians to share ideas about new directions in education and behavioral science librarianship, research in progress or recently completed, and other current topics of interest.

The Research Forum encourages and supports researchers of all levels and offers an opportunity to present research that is currently underway through a 10-minute lightning talk format. Participation in the forum offers presenters an opportunity to share their work in a peer-reviewed venue and receive feedback from the ACRL community. Lightning talks are selected via a competitive, open peer review process.?Those who are not selected will receive formative feedback from the EBSS Research Committee.

Proposals are due Friday, March 19. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance the week of March 29.

Proposal Submission Instructions

To submit a proposal, e-mail the information below in a document (.doc or .pdf) to the EBSS Research Committee Chair, Annie Armstrong, at annie@uic.edu.

Proposals should be approximately 250-300 words, and will be evaluated via rubric by the extent to which they address the following elements:

  • Proposal Title
  • Presenter Information:
    • Names and institutional affiliations of presenter(s)
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address
  • Relevance & Value: The proposal clearly articulates relevance and value of the research project to academic librarians, and has broad appeal to academic librarians and/or relevance to an education, behavioral, or social sciences subject area.
  • Innovation & Originality: The proposal makes a clear and compelling case for the innovation and originality of the research and its contribution to the field. The research explores novel ideas, approaches, or concepts or offers new approaches to common topics.
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Lens: The proposal clearly explains how the research relates to Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) and/or provides evidence of how research affects diverse communities. If the research is not specific to EDI, the proposal acknowledges the  implications of the project’s limited perspective or scope in this regard.
  • Research Design & Analysis: The proposal describes research questions, objectives, methodology, and results/findings. Project design/methodology is appropriate to the stated research question(s) and objectives and there is evidence of carefully planned research design and thoughtful analysis (i.e., results/findings).
  • Project Status/Timeline: ?The proposal clearly identifies what stage of the project has been completed and estimates a timeline for the remainder of the project. (Note: Research may be in progress at the time of proposal submission, but some results/findings must be available by the presentation date. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication by January 1, 2021, will not be considered.)

Please direct any questions to Annie Armstrong.

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(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL Past President)

The IACRL Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the 2021-2022 Executive Board election. In April of 2021, members will vote for the IACRL Vice-President/President-elect and Secretary. The Vice-President/President-elect will serve three one-year terms, beginning in July of 2021 and ending in June of 2024. Secretary is a one-year position, beginning in July of 2021 and ending in June of 2022.

For more information and submit your nomination, please go here. Self-nominations are accepted. The nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, February 12. Please direct any questions to Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL Past President and Nominations Committee Chair, at mnieslenott@methodistcol.edu.

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(via Dawn Behrend, ACRL North Carolina Chapter Chair)

The ACRL NC Chapter and the Community & Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) of the North Carolina Library Association invites you to submit a proposal for their biennial virtual conference on Thursday, May 6. Proposals should align with our conference theme, Transforming Our Future: How Our Practices Today Inform Our Futures Tomorrow. We encourage proposals from all institution types and sizes in higher education. Example topics include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • evolving technological advancements and needs
  • impact of remote learning strategies
  • changing best practices
  • assisting students and faculty at the service desk
  • how outreach looks in a distanced world
  • onboarding challenges and opportunities
  • diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • information literacy strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners

Presentations will be 30-40 minutes in length followed by 10-15 minutes for questions, and will take place over Zoom. Selected presenters will have the opportunity to schedule a training session if they would like to familiarize themselves with Zoom.

Please submit your proposal here by Sunday, March 7. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday, March 16.

Contact Dawn Behrend with any questions about the proposal process, at dawn.behrend@lr.eduAcademic and research librarians who are not North Carolina-based are welcome to submit proposals.

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