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(via Keith Nockels, University of Leicester in England, UK)

Are you a Clinical Librarian, Informationist, Embedded Librarian, or Outreach Librarian? Or, are you a healthcare librarian interested in one or more of the following areas?

  • literature searching
  • working closely with clinicians/healthcare managers to provide the latest evidence
  • providing current awareness services to healthcare staff
  • supporting systematic reviews and writing for publication?

If so, attendance at ICLC will be of use to you. We are now pleased to announce details of our program, which you can view hereRegister for the conference here. We are planning a stimulating conference, where colleagues can share new initiatives and existing good practice, with presentations, workshops and posters, plus indispensable networking experiences including pre conference meet ups and an optional dinner on day one.

The conference will be held at Leicester Racecourse, in the vibrant multicultural city of Leicester. Leicester is only 66 minutes away from London via train, and Stratford Upon Avon is only an hour away by car. Leicester is also the home of world famous sports teams, so you could stay on after the conference for some exciting sports viewing.

The International Clinical Librarian Conference is organized by the Clinical Librarian team at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) in the United Kingdom. To find out more information on the UHL team and what they do, please visit their website at The International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) runs conferences, targeted at Clinical Librarians and any other health librarian who finds the topics covered of interest.

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Call for Proposals: ILA Reaching Forward Conference

(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, on behalf of Patrice Johnson)

On behalf of the ILA Reaching Forward Forum, I personally invite the members of the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Reaching Forward Conference.

The Reaching Forward Conference is the nation’s largest single-day conference for library staff of all areas of service and levels of expertise from public, school and special libraries. We offer over 40 conference sessions covering a wide array of topics, from advocacy and management, to programming (adults, teens and youth), collection development, reference, technical services, serving special populations and so much more.

The planning committee would love to have your forum represented with a speaker panel or program.  Our 29th Annual Conference will be held Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Proposals can be submitted via the online form.  Proposals can be saved and revised at any time prior to the submission deadline of Friday, September 8 at 11:59 PM CST.

If you have any questions, please contact me (Patrice Johnson), at

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(via Kim Copenhaver, President, Florida Chapter of ACRL)

The Florida Chapter of ACRL (FACRL) is seeking proposals for presentations and poster sessions for the 2017 FACRL Annual Conference to explore digital literacy in higher education and the library’s responsibility to lead the charge toward the creation of learners with the requisite skills to engage critically and ethically with information in an open knowledge society. As proven authorities on information literacy, librarians are well positioned to lead learners through a politically and digitally polarized environment and advocate for the development of digital citizenship. The annual conference will be held on Friday, October 20, at the Tampa Bay History Museum, Tampa, FL.

Proposals are due by Monday, August 14, and should be submitted here. Presentations should be 45 minutes in length with additional time provided for questions. Acceptance e-mails will be sent on or before August 25, 2017. Presentations and posters of superior quality may be considered for future publication in a special issue of The Reference Librariana major refereed journal published by Taylor and Francis.

Presentations and posters may address the following, but all proposals relevant to academic librarianship and digital literacy will be considered.

  • institutional initiatives showcasing librarians as leaders, teachers, and supporters of digital citizenship at their respective institutions
  • innovative applications of the ACRL Framework and corresponding instructional strategies that help students explore and understand the concepts of digital literacy
  • case studies highlighting libraries capitalizing on the sensationalism of fake news to convene and lead, insightful community conversations on the moral and ethical implications of digital literacy
  • digital collection development and how using electronic library resources can promote critical thinking, improve reading skills, and help learners better understand the research process
  • legislative advocacy initiatives involving broader campus communities to inform and inspire action supporting the principles of digital literacy, freedom of information and efforts to ensure equal access to information
  • other topics relevant to academic libraries and digital literacy

Need additional information to supplement your proposal? Check out the resources provided by the Digital Citizens Alliance and the Digital Citizenship Institute.

Inquiries may be sent to the FACRL Program Selection Committee Chair, Michelle Demeter at or 850-645-2707.

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Upcoming NISO Virtual Conference:  **Don’t Miss This Outstanding Lineup of
Speakers!**Research Information **Systems**: The Connections Enabling Collaboration**Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017**Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Eastern)*Many in the academic community have heard about research information
systems (RIS); these are increasingly sophisticated systems that capture
various data surrounding the funding, workflow, and final output of the
research process for purposes of analysis and assessment. The next phase of
development for RIS is to create a network of researchers in the interest
of building strategic research initiatives and effective collaborations.
This conference will look at the vision for and the progress being made in
various initiatives. How might research information systems become more
tightly integrated with workflow applications? The data captured in an RIM
or CRIS (Current Research Information System) is significant and should
drive increased functionality and accruing value. The event will spotlight
entities that foster–through the development of resources or networks–the
ability of researchers to identify and connect with collaborators for their

*Final Agenda*  (Speaker abstracts are available on the NISO event page

*11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Welcome*

*Todd Carpenter*, *Executive Director, NISO*

*11:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Making Sense of the Confusing World of
Research* *Information
*Rebecca Bryant*, *Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research, OCLC*

*11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Creating a Culture of Research Reputation through
Research Information Management Systems Scott Warren*, *Associate Dean for
Research and Scholarship, Syracuse University Libraries*, and *Anne
Rauh*, *Collection
Development and Analysis Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse

*12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Enabling and Encouraging Use of the RIS/CRIS
*Christine Gillis Bilton, **Manager, Research Information Systems,
University of Waterloo*

*12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break*

*1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. VIVO (Open Source RIS Tools)*

*Muhammad Javed, **Ph.D., Ontology Engineer/Tech. Lead (Scholars@Cornell),
Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University*

*2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Commercial RIS Systems: Benefits, Costs, and
Considerations of Use*

*Daniel Calto*, *Director of Solution Services, Research Intelligence,

*2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. The RIS as a Part of a Larger Environment of Systems*
*Andi Ogier, **Director for Data Services, Virginia Tech, **Virginia
(Ginny) Pannabecker**, Associate Director, Research Collaboration and
Engagement, Virginia Tech University Libraries, *and *Peggy Layne**,
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, Virginia Tech*

*3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break*

*3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Case Study I: GTScholar: Lessons learned in RIM/CRIS
*Marlee Givens*, *Librarian for Modern Languages and Library Learning
Consultant, Georgia Tech*

*4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Case Study II: From Researcher Profiling to System
of Record*
*Jan Fransen*, *Service Lead for Researcher and Discovery Systems,
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities*

*4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion *
*Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO*

*About Registration:* Purchase of a single registration entitles you to
gather an *unlimited* number of staff from your organization/institution in
a class- or conference-room setting to view the event on the day of the
live broadcast. It also includes access to an archived recording of the
event to allow those with conflicting obligations to still benefit from the
day’s content.

NISO Virtual Conferences draw upon the expertise of information industry
professionals who work in a variety of settings and each bring to the
discussion a different perspective on the complexities of the modern
information environment. Our 11 a.m. start time and two additional breaks
provided during the course of the six-hour event allow registrants to
listen to and benefit from a professionally developed agenda while still
being within call of daily workplace responsibilities.

For details on registration costs as well as additional information
provided by our speakers, please see the NISO event page

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(via Alicia Navarro, American Library Association)

The program proposal submission deadline for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, June 21-26, 2018, has been extended to 12:00 AM CST (midnight) on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Programs at the Annual Conference are one-hour educational sessions on a topic relevant to the library profession, and submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. For the first time, proposals will be accepted through one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. 

Your ALA account information will be required to access the submssion site. Final decisions will be made on Wednesday, October 11, and the schedule of sessions will be announced on Wednesday, November 8. Inquiries and additional details regarding the submission form, subjects and content types can be found by visiting the submission site. Take a look back at the 2017 Annual Conference here.

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(via Julie Martin, Northeast Document Conservation Center)

Registration is open for the 2017 Digital Directions Conference. The meeting will take place from Monday, August 21, to Wednesday, August 23. The theme of this year’s event, “Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections”, will cover everything from digital project planning, rights and responsibilities, and digitizing A-V materials, to metadata basics and digital-storage considerations. The agenda is available here.

The Digital Directions Conference is geared toward professionals at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, town and city clerks and other government agencies, tribal entities, corporate archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections. Students and independent professionals welcome! Whether you are just getting started on a digitization project or need a refresher on best practices, this two and a half day program will give you the big picture.

The deadline to register is Thursday, August 10. Go here to reserve your seat.

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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 Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions at the 2017 ILA Annual Conference at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 12. Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards (4 x 8 feet) with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text and more and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during an assigned 90-minute time period.

The Poster Session Committee will consider the quality of the research, program or project as presented in the abstract in making its decisions. Applications are due by Monday, July 31. To submit a poster application, click here. Advice for putting together an effective poster session is available here.

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(via the National Information Standards Organization)

Register now for the upcoming NISO Virtual Conference. The event, themed “Research Information Networks: The Connections Enabling Collaboration”, will take place on Wednesday, August 16, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST. The Conference sessions and speakers are below.

“Making Sense of the Confusing World of Research Information Management”–Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research, OCLC

Research Information Management (RIM) is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of metadata about institutional research activities, and represents growing resource allocation by research institutions worldwide. As institutions, consortia, and nations attempt to solve different problems, their systems, workflows, infrastructure, and nomenclature are developing in different ways. In this presentation, Dr. Bryant will provide an introduction to the RIM landscape and offer a model for understanding RIM activities, developed in collaboration with OCLC Research Library Partnership member institutions from three continents. She will talk about the key drivers for RIM adoption, and how these have influenced RIM adoption and scaling in EMEA, North America, and the Asia-Pacific region.

“Creating a Culture of Research Reputation through Research Information Management Systems”–Scott Warren, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Syracuse University Libraries, and Anne Rauh, Collection Development and Analysis Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse University

Research institutions have increasingly strong needs to manage the reputations of their research portfolios. From primary investigator activities to awarded grants, scholarly output, and related media mentions, universities need to be able to retrieve and integrate information about their research endeavors in order to successfully showcase impact at an institutional level. However, all too often this information is siloed and not easily discoverable, retrievable, or reusable. Syracuse University Libraries traditionally provide research reputation services to individual researchers, but recently collaborated with the Office of Research to expand this work in a systematic, scalable manner throughout the university via a pilot implementation of a Research Information Management System (RIMS). This partnership helped the Libraries demonstrate value in a new way to different stakeholders as an important member of the university research enterprise. The presenters will give an overview of RIMS, discuss the implementation of such a system at Syracuse University, outline challenges to implementing such systems, and articulate why libraries should be involved in their operation. The speakers will also address impacts of the use of these systems, and their complex data needs, on the broader information community.

“Case Study: From Researcher Profiling to System of Record”–Jan Fransen, Service Lead for Researcher and Discovery Systems, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

One look at the home screen of the University of Minnesota’s Experts@Minnesota shows that this is a sprawling institution: Experts@Minnesota includes public profiles for 6,400 faculty and staff organized into almost 300 research units. At last count, it held almost 230,000 research outputs. Such a near-comprehensive data set brings
benefits as well as challenges. Ms. Fransen will review those challenges, both initial and ongoing, and discuss the rationale for the 2012-15 pilot project as well as the current (often unexpected) benefits of the service. She will also discuss key partnerships and review the Experts@Minnesota roadmap.

For details on registration costs and additional information provided by speakers, please see the NISO event page.

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(via Mark Aaron Polger, College of Staten Island)

The Library Marketing and Communications Conference can finally announce some big things! The schedule of sessions is ready, our newly redesigned web site is ready (and working again!), and early-bird pricing is ending soon. As our Conference grows and we continue working to become an organization that will bring you the best education and training on marketing and communications specifically for libraries, we’ve taken a few steps to improve our own marketing. We have a whole new look, including the logo, colors, and website.

And, we’ve been working to review all the proposals we received. We now have a schedule with seven curated tracks and 36 sessions for this November’s conference. We have two excellent keynotes, which we hope to confirm and announce soon. You can see the conference schedule, plus details on each session and presenter, at our newly-redesigned website. Also, make sure to book your rooms at the InterContinental Dallas in the suburb of Addison quickly, since rooms are going fast.  Get your flights booked to either DFW or DAL. Most importantly, be e sure to register now to get the best price before early-bird registration ends. We have extended the deadline through Monday, August 7.

For those who have waited to register until sessions were announced, thanks for being patient with us as our small volunteer team has been scurrying in the summer heat. We’ve been working to get all the details of another info-packed Library Marketing and Communications Conference set up to share with you.

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