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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 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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(via Ramune Kubilius, Northwestern University)

Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge” is the theme of the 2018 HSLI (Health Science Librarians of Illinois) Annual Conference that will take place September 26-28 in Rockford, IL at the newly renovated Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center. Visit the website to see photos of the hotel, located above the scenic Rock River, and to read about the amenities the hotel offers (complimentary WiFi, a fitness center, and an indoor pool!).

First settled in 1834, a mere 16 years after Illinois became a state, (and 3 years after Chicago was incorporated), the city was originally called Midway, because it was midway between Chicago and Galena. It later became Rockford because of the Rock River’s rocky ford bubbling near the original settlement. Home to universities and hospitals where some of our HSLI members work, Rockford is a wonderful place to visit, with much to see and do. Leave time to explore.

A number of cultural institutions share Riverfront Museum Park campus park real estate not far from the hotel.  Rockford Art Museum (RAM) houses a collection of works by Illinois artists and in 2018 began a new Pop-Up Restaurant Series. Discovery Center Museum is a family-oriented museum with a science bent, focusing on geological and life science topics relevant to the Rockford region. Burpee Museum of Natural History is home to a juvenile T. rex named Jane. Locals also recommend visiting the nearby Tinker Swiss Cottage that sits on the limestone bluff overlooking Kent Creek.

Across the Rock River, if time permits, visit Anderson Japanese Gardens, one of the top Japanese gardens in North America. Also consider visiting  Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Since it will be fall, you may also enjoy a 30-minute drive to an apple orchard, such as Edwards Apple Orchard.

More information about the aforementioned and so much more can be found in the site of the Rockford Visitors and Convention Bureau.

As it becomes available, more information about the Conference program and speakers will be posted in the Conference website. For any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Chair for the 2018 HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at

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(via Peg Burnette, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

We hope you will join us for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2018 Annual Conference on September 26, 27, and 28 at the beautiful Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford, Illinois!

This is a wonderful opportunity to present on your latest project or research and network with other librarians. Mark your calendars and stay tuned as we finalize the theme and continuing-education opportunities. Program and registration details will be coming soon. We hope to see you there!

Go here for information about the HSLI organization, and be on the lookout for our e-mails informing you of the Conference opportunities to come!

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at

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2017 Annual Conference Report: Ann Zettervall

I had the honor of being selected as a Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship recipient to the 2017 HSLI Annual Conference. As an MSLIS student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, I am relatively new to the field of health science librarianship. This conference not only marked my first health science conference, but also, it was my first-ever library conference. One requirement in the Scholarship” application was to explain why I am interested in receiving the scholarship. I wrote about my desire to build connections in regional health science librarianship to support a health outreach program in the Vermillion County public libraries and to be shown what and who I need to know to further my studies and future career. The connections I made created more opportunities than I imagined possible.

With degrees in music performance, I approach librarianship as a change in career. I could easily try to follow my education into music librarianship, but I prefer a career where my work can make more significant difference in people’s lives. As a student, I am still constantly learning about aspects of librarianship, but the conference session on emerging technologies showed me new resources for health education and clinician usage, such as virtual reality technology, that I never have the opportunity to experience in the classroom. In the session on infographics, I was able to create a basic design for a health information poster with more flair than anything I have experienced in my coursework. In school, I am learning the broad strokes of what librarianship is. The HSLI conference showed me how to apply those concepts and how librarianship works in the real world.

I feel confident that I can create an infographic to effectively describe information to use in an outreach program. I also am more aware of the tools available to users, both as health professionals and the public. But most of all, I saw the breadth of knowledge of individuals across medical and academic libraries. I made connections for future job opportunities and for research and practicum work while I am still in school. I learned about career options and about how fulfilling working to support doctors and students with disabilities can be. I even learned that hospitals have interlibrary loan systems! I admit that realization may be due to my own naivet, but the passion and years of study from the librarians I met inspired me. I now have the basic skills to create educational marketing materials and to present them effectively to an audience. I also know who to contact when I need more help, and ultimately, knowing where and how to get more information is the hallmark of a successful librarian. Thank you to the scholarship committee for the opportunity to attend the conference and to all the attendees for welcoming me and showing me the way to my future. I hope to see you all again in 2018!

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(via Roy Jones, Health Science Librarians of Illinois President-Elect)

The HSLI board was very pleased with the quality and outstanding number of posters presented at our recent annual conference. In an effort to encourage continued involvement in this important professional activity, the board has approved a 2 year experiment intended to provide financial support to members presenting posters. This program will provide a conference registration discount for those attendees that submit and present posters. The suggested target amount is a $50.00 discount to each presenter; but scalable depending on the amount of funding available.

Funding will depend on donations made by members in support of this activity, much as donations are made to the 2 existing scholarship funds. The board will match the total of poster contributions up to a maximum of $200 for any one conference. The conference planning committee will then determine the level of support available based on the amount of contributions, matching funds and number of posters submitted.

When filling out the HSLI renewal form, consider checking the box for Poster Support and include a contribution along with annual dues. While the Board knows not everyone will be able to donate, it does encourage those who can to support this initiative.

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Thank you to the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship Committee for selecting me to receive a full scholarship to the 2017 HSLI Conference “The Times are Changing.” As a new health sciences librarian, I attended my first HSLI conference excited with the prospect learning more about health science librarianship and meeting peers from around the state (as a solo librarian, I needed to develop a network). Both of these expectations were met and exceeded.

Gabe Rios presented on several new and developing technologies in the “Emerging Technologies for the Busy Librarian” session. I was not aware of all the library and non-library apps available for health and how to select and evaluate them. This session really opened my eyes to the possibilities apps (and technology in general) have to enhance learning and research in the health sciences. I have already downloaded several NLM apps and will be promoting the HIV/AIDS related apps when the Methodist College Library hosts the NLM traveling exhibit “Surviving and Thriving” in 2018. I also made a note to actively seek an IT staff member to join the library advisory committee (once I have a library advisory committee).

I thoroughly enjoyed the poster sessions as I had the opportunity to speak to several librarians about their research and what they were doing at their institutions. From this experience, I am now planning to pilot a journal club. Before the HSLI conference I had never heard of journal clubs. My hope is that this pilot is successful and the college can produce and sustain several journal clubs. The resources I received about journal clubs will also help me collaborate with nursing faculty members to redesign a journal analyzing assignment which many of the students struggle with.

My biggest take away from this conference is that I am not alone, even as a solo librarian. I shared my struggles and successes with many attendees and they exchanged insights and ideas. My first HSLI conference was a very valuable experience and I am looking forward to participating in the next conference.

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Thank You for Supporting the HSLI 2017 Annual Conference!

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference Planning Committee would like to express its sincere appreciation to all who contributed time, energy, financial support, etc., to the 2017 Annual Conference. This includes (and is in no particular order):

CE Presenters & Facilitators: Susan Fowler, Gabe Rios, Sarah Isaacs, Merinda Hensley

Reception Presenter: Dr. Marge Jones

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emily Knox

Student Volunteers: Chelsea, Jeanie, and Peggy

Vendors: American Academy of Pediatrics, EBSCO Information Services, Greater Midwest Region of the NN/LM, RAILS – Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and Wolters Kluwer.

Silent Auction Contributors: Baker & Taylor, Electric Avenue, Ex Libris, Illinois Library Association, Roy & Marge Jones, Fran Kovach, Ramune Kubilius, The Library Store, Mackin, Kate Meader, Miranda Shake, Today’s Business Solutions, Inc. & More.

Hotel & Conference Center: The Chateau of Bloomington, IL

And, finally, last but certainly not least, all of the attendees! Thank you for attending the Conference, and we hope to see you next year.


The HSLI Annual Conference Planning Committee for 2017

Co-chairs: Miranda Shake & Roy Jones
Members: Frances Drone-Silvers,Eric Edwards,Sandra Engram,Linda Feinberg, Emily Johnson,Stacey Knight-Davis,Fran Kovach,Ramune Kubilius,Jacqueline Leskovec,Nina Pals,Michelle Quinones,Cynthia Reynolds,Daneen Richardson, &Laura Wimmer.

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Vendors at Nancy’s Reception (Thursday, October 26)

Are you planning to attend Nancy’s Reception at this year’s Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference. In addition to eating great food, browsing poster sessions, and watching a chemistry “magic show”, you will have the opportunity to speak with vendors from five library-related organizations and companies. More information about each one is below. (Click on the bold name of the vendor to access its website.) Representatives from some vendors may also be available to answer questions between 8:00 and 10:00 AM on Friday.

American Academy of Pediatrics–professional organization offering certification and professional development opportunities in pediatrics-related fields, in addition to acting as a legislative advocate

EBSCO–commercial vendor specializing in journal databases covering a range of topics related to the health sciences, including nursing and public health

Greater Midwest Region–a division of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the GMR serves a 10-state region (including Illinois) and offers numerous continuing-education webinars and meetings in conjunction with the Medical Library Association


Reaching Across Illinois Library System–serving approximately 1,300 libraries of all types in northern and west-central Illinois, RAILS offers interlibrary loan delivery, cooperative purchasing, catalog support, and continuing education

Wolters Kluwer–commercial vendor specializing in productivity tools and integrated solutions for health care professionals and students, especially those working or studying in a clinical setting

The HSLI Conference Planning Committee would like to thank all of the vendors for their time and generosity in assisting with this year’s Conference.

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If you are planning to attend the Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference in Bloomington this week, remember that two sessions will take place the afternoon of Thursday, October 26. More information is below.

From 1:00 to 2:45 PM, first watch a recording of the National Library of Medicine’s webinar “Infographics: Communicating Information Visually” (the recording will last one hour), and then participate in a live discussion.The presenter in the recording is Rose Turner, Research & Instruction Librarian, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System. In the webinar, learn to make your raw data more appealing and consumable with infographics. You will discover what infographics are and how they can make data easier to understand and share. Finally, Ms. Turner will wrap up by demonstrating an online resource (Piktochart), so you’ll be ready to create your own infographics. (A photo of Ms. Turner is below.)

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Sarah Isaacs from the IllinoisEarly Intervention Clearinghouse will facilitate a discussion of infographics after the webinar viewing. This course does not carry CE credit from the Medical Library Association.

From 3:00 to 5:00 PM, Merinda Kaye Hensley,Associate Professor and Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give the presentation “Designing Instructional Materials”.With the approval of the ACRL Framework, everyone is talking about learning theory. This session will be practical and hands-on, breaking down the instructional design process in order to apply our understanding for how people learn, and also how to prove it (or not!).


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Hensley is part of the team in the Scholarly Commons, a digital scholarship center that serves the emerging research and technology needs of scholars in data services, digital humanities, digitization, and scholarly communication. She teaches, coordinates and provides leadership for the Savvy Researcher, an open workshop series addressing advanced research and information management needs of graduate students and faculty. Hensley has taught for the School of Information Sciences at Illinois, LIS 590AE: Information Literacy and Instruction and Practice. She is active in ACRL, currently serving as Vice Chair of the Instruction Section. Hensley presents nationally and internationally on her research, incorporating scholarly communication into information literacy instruction and improving teaching skills of new librarians.

This course will not offer MLA CE credit, but participants can add it as an “External Training” to their transcript for the new Medlib-Ed portal if they choose. Therefore, it will still be part of their record and will count toward AHIP.

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