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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 Illinois Early 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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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Silent Auction for HSLI Scholarships

Each year at HSLI annual conferences, Nancy’s Receptions are unique in their own special way and also include traditional events that continue from year to year. The receptions feature the conference poster session, a brief entertaining program, an opportunity to network, and enjoy a good meal. Last but not least, attendees each year look forward to the silent auction. The 2017 HSLI conference silent auction will take place at Nancy’s Reception on Thurs, Oct. 26, 2017. There is something for everyone. Items include those with library themes or featuring items liked by many librarians.

This year’s silent auction features a book, a souvenir cup, pottery, t-shirts and leggings, a wearable Fitbit for fitness monitoring, gift baskets, a hotel stay, and a scanner… Check out the images below to see some of the auction items:

All items in the auction were donated by HSLI members and supporters. Starting bids will range from $5 – $100. Nancy’s Reception attendees are invited to participate in this year’s silent auction (cash or check only). Proceeds go to a good cause, the HSLI Scholarship Fund. We thank all, donors and participants, for your generosity!

For more information about the HSLI 2017, visit the conference website or contact Emily Johnson, chair of the conference publicity committee

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(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria)

The early-registration and hotel reservation period for the Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois will end Tuesday, October 10.  After that date, there will be a $25 late fee assessed to registration, and your hotel reservation will not be part of the HSLI hotel block. Please follow this link for online conference registration using PayPal or you may download the PDF form to mail in with a check payable to HSLI.  You will be able to sign up for your conference CE’s, the mentor/mentee program, food choices, and dietary restrictions.

To book your hotel stay at The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, you must call (309) 662-2020 to make your reservation.  By mentioning that you are part of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois group, you will receive the lodging rate of $79 per night plus taxes and fees, and you will be part of the HSLI official block of hotel rooms.  The Chateau Hotel is located at 1621 Jumer Dr, Bloomington, IL 61704.

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Emily Johnson, Chair of the HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Committee, or visit the HSLI Conference Website.

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The 2017 Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois will offer two days of professional activities, but if you need a break, consider taking advantage of the places and spaces of host cities Bloomington and Normal. The Conference hotel, The Chateau, is an ideal location, with easy and convenient access to places around both communities.

Either Wednesday evening or Friday afternoon would an ideal time to go out and try one or more of the following activities:

The Bloomington-Normal Visitors Bureau website has many other listings and coupon deals to plan your own venture. We hope you will take advantage of what Bloomington-Normal has to offer.

For any questions about the HSLI Annual Conference, please contact Emily Johnson, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at, or visit the Conference website.

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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Nancy’s Reception and Networking

Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference receptions provide a wonderful opportunity for Conference attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and guests to relax, network, and enjoy good food. Now a tradition at the Conferences, the annual Reception honors Nancy Stump, a longtime, fun-loving, active HSLI member who served as HSLI President from 1990 to 1993.  Each year, Nancy’s Reception is unique in its own special way.  This year’s Nancy’s Reception will take place on Thursday evening, October 26, in the congenial ambiance of The Chateau, the Conference hotel.

What can attendees expect to do at the 2017 Conference reception? They can examine 10 professional posters and discuss them with their peers, the presenters. They will have an opportunity to watch a presentation by Illinois State University chemistry professor Dr. Marjorie Jones, called “Magic Show: Is it Science or Magic?”, and chat with the “magician professor” afterwards. They can bid on items donated by vendors and their colleagues in the Silent Auction, which benefits the HSLI scholarship fund. Last, but not least, they can enjoy a good meal at the end of a busy Conference day.

Plan on joining HSLI colleagues and guests at this year’s HSLI Annual Conference and Nancy’s Reception in Bloomington, IL, from October 25 to October 27. For more information, visit the Conference website.

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(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria)

If you are a health sciences library hosting a graduate assistant this semester or know of a graduate student interested in health sciences librarianship, we hope you will forward the message below to the person. We are accepting applications until Friday, September 22.

Thank you!

Dear Student,

As a member of the HSLI Annual Conference Planning Committee, I would like to invite you to attend the Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois this fall.  This conference will feature continuing education, invited speakers, and networking opportunities for Library Science students to learn about health sciences librarianship from professionals in the field.

We would also encourage students to consider volunteering at the conference.  We are currently seeking two volunteers to help with registrations, take photos of events, tear down displays, and be a communication runner between sessions.  In return for their assistance, students will receive a waiver for the conference registration fee and be able to add this to their professional resume.  To apply, students need to fill out this Qualtrics form and attached their resume to the form.  Applications are due Friday, September 22.  Applicants will be informed of the decision by September 27.

Should you have any questions about our annual conference, the HSLI organization, or the student-volunteer opportunity, please contact Emily Johnson, Chair of the HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Committee, at, or explore the HSLI website.

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(via the Publicity Subcommittee of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee)

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference organizers are pleased to announce that Emily Knox, Ph.D., M.S.L.I.S., will be the 2017 Conference keynote speaker. An Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the keynoter will speak on Friday morning, October 27, addressing the timely and thought-provoking topic “Providing Ethical Services in Changing Times”. Aligning with the 2017 Conference theme, “The Time Are Changing”, the talk will focus on the following issues. Librarians and other information professionals have long relied on codes of ethics and other guidelines for providing ethical services to all. In a time of rapid political, social, and technological change, do these codes still make sense? How should they be interpreted during a time of radical change? Is it time to update them?

Professor Knox received her Ph.D. form the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communications & Information. Her Master’s in Library and Information Science is from the iSchool at UIUC. She also hold a B.A. in Religious Studies from Smith College an A.M. in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School. Prior to her current roles, she worked as both a reference librarian and an associate library director. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her teaching, research, and publication activities are focused on information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team.

Professor Knox is Editor of the recently-published Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context and the author of Book Banning in 21st Century America (the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series), both published by Rowman & Littlefield. In 2015, she received the Illinois Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) Instructor of the Year. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Association for Information Science & Technology, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria, and Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

This is a reminder of the opportunity to apply for the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship, to attend the 2017 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference in Bloomington, IL, on October 26 and 27. The deadline to apply is this Wednesday, September 13, so do not delay in submitting an application. More information, including instructions for completing the application, is below.

The Scholarship, named in honor of dedicated HSLI member Syed Maghrabi (1945-2000), supports Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) members’ participation in the HSLI Conference. The Scholarship will provide reimbursement for a free 2017 HSLI Conference registration and one night at the Conference hotel. To apply, the applicant must be a current member of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (2017 dues paid) and write a brief essay explaining why she or he is interested in receiving the Scholarship. Recipients are responsible for registering and making hotel arrangements on their own. After the Conference, each recipient will write an article for the HSLI Newsletter blog, explaining how she or he plans to apply professionally the knowledge gained at the Conference.

Please fill out the application form and submit to Miranda Shake, HSLI President. More information about previous scholarship recipients, and also on librarian Syed Maghrabi (1945-2000)–after whom the scholarship is named–can be found at the HSLI site.

Additional information on the 2017 HSLI Conference (October 25-27, in Bloomington, IL) can be found at the Conference website.

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