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(via Kate Silfen, Boston University)

This is just a reminder that the Medical Library Association is still seeking nominations for recipients of the Research Advancement in Health Sciences Librarianship Award. Honorees will have created and sustained a culture of research that enables and recognizes the research engagement of health sciences librarians whose involvement has contributed significantly to clinical, educational, research, or administrative outcomes in their institutions.

Applications for the award are due by November 1st.  You will the nomination forms and more information about eligibility here:

Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your application! Please feel free to nominate your own institution.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA) | No Comments »

(via the Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Students, staff, faculty, library staff and members of the public are welcome to attend this important event on Monday, October 21, from 6 to 7 PM. Every Illinois resident needs to be counted so our state population accurately reflects our needs. If you are worried about confidentiality, are afraid of participating, or want to learn more, please come to this presentation to get your questions answered. Be sure you are counted on April 1, 2020!

The event will be in-person at Joliet Junior College and will stream from other locations. Register on L2. Spanish-language speakers will be available to answer questions. Program flyers and bookmarks are available.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

ILA is seeking contributors for a new pilot program: a member-led blog, the ILA Connecter! We invite you to join us in this collaborative effort in connecting, communicating and engaging across Illinois libraries. We hope that this blog will serve as a medium to not only offer resources and support, but also to foster professional relationships and a sense of community among Illinois library colleagues.

Possible blog topics or themes could include (but are not limited to) conferences and events, historical essays pertaining to the library world, book or other material challenges, programming ideas, information for job seekers, local author interviews, local library staff or trustee interviews, celebration days or weeks, library instruction, social media, mentorship, marketing, networking, MLIS courses/programs, book reviews, privacy & censorship, work/life balance, and more.

The details:

·         Posts should be around 500-1000 words

·         Posts will be reviewed/edited prior to publishing

·         Images are encouraged, but not necessary

·         We ask that regular contributors be able to commit to a minimum of 2 posts per month

If you’re interested, please send the following information to Kendall Harvey at

·         Your name

·         Your title and organization

·         How frequently would you like to contribute? (i.e. once a week, once every two weeks, etc.)

·         Are there any specific topics that you’d like to write about?

·         An author bio, if you’d like

Additionally, if you have any other comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them to us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Read the ILA Connecter here.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via IACRL)

Interested in additional opportunities to network with your fellow academic librarians at next week’s Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, while unwinding after a long day of presentations? Don’t miss dinner with colleagues on the evening of Tuesday, October 22, and the pub stroll on the evening of Wednesday, October 23.

From 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, October 22, enjoy a meal and conversation with other Illinois academic librarians at The Alehouse in Tinley Park (9501 West 171st Street in Tinley Park). For more information, including a menu, click here. Need a ride to the restaurant? Meet in the lobby of the Conference hotel, the Holiday Inn Tinley Park, at 6:45 PM. Please note that sign-up is required to attend dinner with colleagues, regardless of how one plans to travel to and from the restaurant. Sign up here to reserve your spot at The Alehouse.

The following evening, Wednesday, October 23, join your fellow Conference attendees on the pub stroll, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Make sure to stop by The Primal Cut Steakhouse, at 17344 South Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park, which the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries is hosting. More information, including a menu, is available here. Need transportation to the pub stroll? A trolley service will run between the Tinley Park Convention Center (meet at the South Lobby entrance) and the Tinley Park Metra station’s parking lot on North Street at Oak Park Avenue. For more information, including a map of the locations on the pub stroll, please see page 58 of the Conference book. No registration is required to attend the pub stroll.

Please direct any questions to Cyndi Robinson, Illinois Library Association Deputy Director, at We hope to see you at these gatherings!

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Professional Development | No Comments »

(via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has released Calls for Applications with performance period for the funding, May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021. Awards include:

*   Research Data Award: Up to $20,000
*   Health Information Outreach Award: Up to $20,000
*   Expert Speaker Award: Up to $2,500

Join us October 23rd from 1:00 to 2:00pm CT for an informational webinar and question session regarding the funding. Register here!

The Greater Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For more information on funding opportunities, and to apply, please visit our funding page. If you have questions please feel free to send an email to<> or call 319-353-4479.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Greater Midwest Region NN/LM, Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via ACRL)

Academic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. Whether helping researchers meet their funder’s mandates for public access and data sharing, guiding responsible copyright practice, or supporting new types of scholarship and instruction, librarians are leading change across campus and around the world. ACRL empowers our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system with the popular workshop Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.

To emphasize scholarly communication’s critical importance to the profession, ACRL is once again underwriting the cost to bring this workshop to five locations in 2020. This subsidized program is offered using a cost-sharing model where ACRL covers the bulk of the expense for delivering the workshop, leaving a cost of only $2,000 for successful host institutions. The application to host is now available and applications are due Friday, November 15, 2019. See the workshop webpage for full details and FAQs about applying to host the subsidized version of the workshop.


Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director)

Please register for the November 14 CARLI/iSchool Career Fair (registration will close on October 25).

Don’t forget to sign up for the CARLI/iSchool Mixer immediately following

If you have any trouble registering for the Career Fair, please don’t hesitate to contact Michele Plante at the iSchool:

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations, Professional Development | No Comments »

(via Tina Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Are you passionate about sustainability in libraries?  Are you looking for a leadership opportunity?  If you answered “yes” to both questions, consider running for SustainRT Coordinating Council!  We are looking for SustainRT Coordinating Council candidates for the following positions: coordinator-elect, secretary, treasurer, and member-at-large.  Officer position descriptions are in the SustainRT bylaws.  You can read below what the Coordinating Council is proposing at Officer position descriptions *Draft Revision*.

Candidates must be ALA and SustainRT personal members in good standing.  Not a member?  Go to the ALA membership page to join or renew!

If you want to know more about these positions or if you want to nominate yourself, please contact Tina Chan ( by November 20, 2019.

From Officer position descriptions *Draft Revision*:

Coordinator-Elect (Term: 3 years – coordinator-elect, coordinator, immediate past coordinator)

Serves as Liaison from the Board for a SustainRT committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting, appoints committee chairs for the next Board year. Works with ALA Liaison to update Board listserv for coming year, updates org chart for coming year.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual, and preferably attend ALA Midwinter.

Secretary (Term: 2 years)

Records meeting minutes, submits for edits and posts to Connect within one week of each meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter.

Treasurer (Term: 2 years)

Serves as Liaison from the Board to the Membership Committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter.

Member-at-large (Term: 2 years)

Serves as Liaison from the Board for a SustainRT committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual or ALA Midwinter.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Reina Williams, juror on the Librarians without Borders® Ursula Poland International Scholarship jury of the Medical Library Association)

Ursula H. (Anker) Poland (1922-2009) was a distinguished MLA member, recipient of the Marcia C. Noyes Award, Fellow of MLA, and Janet Doe Lecturer.  Poland’s 1982 Doe Lecture is one of MLA’s most important statements about MLA’s international interests and accomplishments. Poland used the Doe Lecture forum, other publications and activities, and her own career as a model to encourage MLA members to enrich their careers and approach to the practice of health sciences librarianship through international connections and experiences.

The Librarians without Borders® Ursula Poland International Scholarship helps fund an international project by a US or Canadian health sciences librarian. Endowed in 2014, this award is designed to enable the MLA to help fund a wide range of individuals whose projects are related to health sciences librarianship in an international context. The scholarship recipient receives a certificate at the MLA annual meeting and a scholarship award of $1,000 to fund expenses associated with an international health sciences library project.

Could you be the next Ursula Poland International Scholarship awardee?

Read more and apply by December 1:

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA) | No Comments »

(via Molly Beestrum, ILA President)

Hello ILA members and friends! We are pleased to present a new aspect of ILA sponsored conferences and events, the goal of which is to enable and enhance the fullest, most productive possible experience for participants: A Statement of Appropriate Conduct.

Following in the steps of many other associations that have adopted such statements or codes, and leading ahead of others, the ILA Executive Board has researched, developed, and approved this Statement, which covers expected standards of behavior and a process for reporting incidents. We hope each of you will take a moment to read the Statement and familiarize yourself with the process.

We are proud to have taken this proactive step toward enhancing the conference and event experience for everyone. If you have concerns or questions about this, please do reach out to me at or ILA Executive Director Diane Foote at We look forward to seeing those of you planning to attend the ILA Annual Conference in Tinley Park!

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Professional Development | No Comments »