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(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, Methodist College)

As a member of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference Planning Committee, I would like to invite your graduate students to attend the Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois this fall.  Can you please pass this invitation on to them? It will be held in Champaign, IL at the iHotel on Wednesday, September 11 to Friday, September 13.  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 your 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 form ( and attach their resume to the form.  Applications are due July 26, 2019.  Applicants will be informed of the decision by August 5, 2019. If lodging may pose an issue, applicants can apply for the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship  HSLI membership is a requirement of the scholarship and applications are also due July 26.

Should you have any questions about our annual conference, the HSLI organization, or the student volunteer opportunity, please contact me, Michelle Nielsen Ott (<>) or explore the HSLI website ( ).

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(via Miranda Shake, HSLI Past President)

The Syed Maghrabi Scholarship committee would like to welcome HSLI members to submit their application for the 2019 scholarship.

  • Applicants must be current members of HSLI (2019 dues paid)
  • Applicants must write a short essay entitled, “I would like a Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship because…”
  • Each scholarship recipient must write an article for the HSLI Newsletter discussing the plan to implement knowledge gained at the conference in his or her institution.
  • If awarded a scholarship, hotel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Reimbursement expenses will be processed upon submission of receipts and after submission of the Newsletter article to the HSLI Newsletter editors.

The Word doc of the application is here:

PDF is here:

Winners will be notified by August 1st.

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The Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference Planning Committee’s Program Subcommittee invites proposals for posters for the 2019 HSLI Annual Conference, to be held September 11-13 in Champaign, Illinois. This year’s Conference theme, “Going Forward, Looking Back”, celebrates HSLI’s 40th anniversary. 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, program development, communication, collection development, outreach, and evaluation.

Posters from last year included such topics as collaboration, technology programs, data fluency, disabilities, bookplates, and even tattoos.

If you have presented, or plan to present, a poster at another meeting this year (such as MLA or Midwest Chapter/MLA), please consider also submitting it for HSLI. 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 Thursday evening, September 12, starting at 6:00 PM. Setup will be available later Thursday afternoon, as the poster session is that evening. Poster authors need to be present Thursday evening to discuss their posters with Conference attendees.  Posters can remain up until the break after breakfast on Friday morning.

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.
  • E-mail your abstracts to Charlotte Beyer, (
  • The deadline for abstract submission is Friday July 26..
  • Notification of poster acceptance will be made by August 5, after review by the poster committee.
  • Posters must be made available to post electronically on the HSLI website after the Conference. Each poster presenter must register for the HSLI Conference (which includes each author attending).
  • Stipends available! Each poster presenter will receive a stipend to help offset printing costs or other meeting expenses. Stipends are limited to only one presenter per poster, and an individual presenter can receive a maximum of only one stipend, even if submitting multiple posters.
  • Poster sizes – let Charlotte Beyer know which one you will be using
    • 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″)

For more information on the HSLI meeting, see the Conference website: Please refer to the section on poster presentations for more information as it becomes available.

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(on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee)

Have something you want to share? By popular demand, lightning talks are back for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2019 Annual Conference, which will take place from Wednesday, September 11, to Friday, September 13, at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL. The afternoon of Thursday, September 12, has been set aside for sharing experiences, best practices, or how lemonade was made out of lemons! Each presenter will be allotted 5-10 minutes, depending on the number of abstracts that are accepted. There will be ample time afterwards for Q&A and lively discussion.

Lightning talks are guaranteed to spark creative ideas that we can all borrow and adapt to our own libraries. Please consider sharing your expertise or story. To apply, submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to Charlotte Beyer ( by Friday, July 26. Notification of acceptance will be sent by Monday, August 5, after the Lightning Talk Subcommittee reviews the submissions. Co-authored presentations are acceptable, though there should be no more than two presenting authors. The presenting author(s) must register for, and plan on attending, the Conference.

More information about the Conference is available at Watch for upcoming announcements on Conference and hotel registration, among other topics.

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Do you have a poster that you will be presenting at MLA? If so, you might consider submitting a poster proposal for the 2019 Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference. This year’s Conference, “Going Forward, Looking Back”, will be held at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL from Wednesday, September 11, to Friday, September 13, 2019. The Conference celebrates HSLI’s 40th anniversary.

More details about poster and lightning talk proposal submissions, along with other program details, will be forthcoming. Please check the Conference website for updates.

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Are you interested in learning about, or presenting on, the latest trends and practices in librarianship, while networking with colleagues from across the state? Do you have a special interest in health and medical librarianship? Please join the Health Science Librarians of Illinois for their 2019 Annual Conference. The event will take place from Wednesday, September 11, to Friday, September 13, at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL. The Conference theme will be “Going Forward, Looking Back”, as HSLI celebrate its 40th anniversary. Watch for additional information soon about the Conference program, along with calls for presentations and poster sessions.

For background on the Health Science Librarians of Illinois as an organization, please go here. Information on last year’s Conference is available here. The Conference Planning Committee will update the page with information for this year’s event as it becomes available.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at We hope to see you in Champaign this September!

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