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This is a reminder that the Reaching Across Illinois Library System and the Illinois Heartland Library System are seeking feedback from IACRL members and others on what topics they would like to see covered in continuing-education sessions. Many of the CE programs that the organizations currently offer are intended more for public, school, or special libraries. Both RAILS and IHLS would like to offer some programming that is of specific interest and relevance to academic librarians in Illinois.

If there are any topics, especially areas that you could apply to your daily work, that you or your colleagues would like to see covered in a CE session, please let me know. I will then pass that information along to RAILS and IHLS. As information about additional types of programming becomes available, the IACRL leadership will forward that, also.

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Reminder: IACRL Forming Virtual Journal-Discussion Group

This is a reminder that the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries is seeking to form a virtual journal-discussion club. (Thank you very much to everyone who has expressed interest so far.) The club would meet online once a month (or at a different frequency, depending on member preferences and availability) to discuss journal articles of interest to academic and research librarians in Illinois. The articles could come from any scholarly publication covering topics relevant to academic librarianship. Possible titles that are accessible for free online include College & Research Libraries and College & Research Libraries News. Club members would choose the articles before each meeting and also decide on questions to discuss, related to the topics of the articles.

The club would be an excellent opportunity for IACRL members to engage with colleagues from across the state, while staying current on the latest trends and issues affecting academic and research libraries. ACRL chapters in other states have had success with similar groups. If you would be interested in joining or managing the club, including hosting the meetings online (Google Hangouts is an option, depending on the number of participants), or if you have any questions on what the group’s activities might involve, please contact Eric Edwards, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, at eedwards@ilsos.net.

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This is a reminder about next week’s ACRL webinar viewing at UIC’s Daley Library. In addition to refreshments, there will be some freebies from ACRL. If you are not familiar with Daley Library and the UIC campus, go here for general directions. The interactive map will direct you to the library’s location. Parking nearby is available in the Halsted Street parking structure or the one on Harrison Street. The cost should not exceed $13.00, depending on how long one is parked there. If you are taking public transportation to campus, the Blue Line (UIC Halsted stop) or the CTA bus lines (please see the CTA Trip Planner), will bring you closest to the library. (Thank you to Gwen Gregory for providing this information.)

More information is below.

The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Richard J. Daley Library are pleased to host a viewing of the Association of College and Research Libraries webinar “Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides”, presented by Jason Puckett. This recorded webinar, lasting approximately one hour, will cover the latest tools and strategies for making library research guides as “user-friendly” as possible for students and others. A full description of the webinar and the associated learning outcomes is below.

Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides (Jason Puckett)
Web design, in the form of creating online research guides, has become a big part of many librarians’ jobs, but we’re rarely taught how to do it well. Most of us learn the nuts and bolts of how to make guides, without learning the principles of how to make them usable — the simple techniques of visual and textual design that can help us create guides that users will understand more easily, and stick around to use.

Learning outcomes:

  • How usability design affects library users’ experience
  • What librarians don’t know — but need to — about web usability
  • Easy to use principles of usability that can immediately improve your research guides
  • Free resources to share with your librarians and guide authors to better inform your institutional style plans

The viewing will take place on Thursday, June 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, in Room 1-470 of the Daley Library. Mary Case, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries for the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a brief welcome. Also, following the event, please stay for refreshments and an opportunity to converse with colleagues.There is no charge to attend this event, and registration is not required. If you could RSVP to Eric Edwards (see below for e-mail address), to ensure there are enough refreshments, however, that would be greatly appreciated.

More information, including directions to campus, is forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Gregory (site coordinator), at ggregory@uic.edu, or Eric Edwards (IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect), at eedwards@ilsos.net.

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IACRL Election Results Announced

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL Past President)

The results of this spring’s elections for IACRL office are as follows:

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Michelle Nielsen Ott, Methodist College – Elected
Nestor L. Osorio, Northern Illinois University

SECRETARY
Carl Lehnen, University of Illinois at Chicago- Elected

Mallory Sajewski, Western Illinois University

On behalf of the IACRL Executive Board and the Awards Committee, I’d like thank all of the candidates for their participation, and to welcome Michelle and Carl to the Executive Board!

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The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Richard J. Daley Library are pleased to host a viewing of the Association of College and Research Libraries webinar “Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides”, presented by Jason Puckett. This recorded webinar, lasting approximately one hour, will cover the latest tools and strategies for making library research guides as “user-friendly” as possible for students and others. A full description of the webinar and the associated learning outcomes is below.

Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides (Jason Puckett)
Web design, in the form of creating online research guides, has become a big part of many librarians’ jobs, but we’re rarely taught how to do it well. Most of us learn the nuts and bolts of how to make guides, without learning the principles of how to make them usable — the simple techniques of visual and textual design that can help us create guides that users will understand more easily, and stick around to use.

Learning outcomes:

  • How usability design affects library users’ experience
  • What librarians don’t know — but need to — about web usability
  • Easy to use principles of usability that can immediately improve your research guides
  • Free resources to share with your librarians and guide authors to better inform your institutional style plans

The viewing will take place on Thursday, June 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, in Room 1-470 of the Daley Library. Mary Case, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries for the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a brief welcome. Also, following the event, please stay for refreshments and an opportunity to converse with colleagues.

More information, including direction to campus, is forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Gregory (site coordinator), at ggregory@uic.edu, or Eric Edwards (IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect), at eedwards@ilsos.net.

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(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL Past President)

Do you know an Illinois academic librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development? Nominate them for the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year award!

The award is presented annually by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries Forum and sponsored by Library Juice Academy.

Nomination guidelines and requirements can be found here and include the following ones.

The recipient:

  • must be a personal ILA member or be employed at an institution that is an ILA member
  • must have distinguished himself/ herself in notable service to IACRL and to the Illinois Library Association
  • must have exhibited leadership and exemplary library service in an academic setting

Individuals nominated should have demonstrated achievements in such areas as:

  • service to the organized profession through ILA, the IACRL Forum, and related organizations;
  • significant and influential academic or research library service;
  • contributions to academic or research library development through research or publications; or
  • planning or implementing a library program of exemplary quality.

The recipient will receive a certificate and a financial award totaling $500 and will have their name added to the plaque at the Illinois State Library.

Nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, May 15. For more information, please feel free to contact Lindsay Harmon, at harmonli@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5672.

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Call for Proposals: IACRL@ILA 2018 in Peoria (Deadline March 16)

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL Past President)

Academic library colleagues:

The deadline for proposals for this year’s ILA Annual Conference is coming up on Friday, March 16! This conference will include an IACRL@ILA programming track that will take the place of a standalone IACRL conference. Please see the email below for details, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best regards,

Lindsay

Lindsay Harmon

IACRL Past President

ILA 2018 Conference Program Committee Co-Chair

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As a member of the 2018 ILA Annual Conference Program Committee, I invite you to submit a conference program proposal for next year’s conference at the Peoria Civic Center, October 9-11. The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on Friday, March 16.

Libraries of all types are places of refuge for members of our communities and institutions. The 2018 Illinois Library Association Conference, Libraries: All Inclusive, is a chance for us to come together and share our ideas about promoting inclusivity in our communities, among our patrons, and within our staffs. How are you welcoming underserved populations into your library? What can we do to build community, inside and outside the library walls?

Share your ideas by submitting a conference proposal. The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking programs including (but not limited to) the following topics

  • Reaching underserved populations and/or segments of your community
  • Building communities
  • Small and rural libraries
  • Staff inclusion (support staff, etc.)
  • Library leadership – staff, trustees, and the community
  • Services to new Americans, refugees, ESL
  • Neurodiversity
  • Passive programming (library card not required)
  • Fandom
  • Gaming

Have an idea for a program that’s not fully formed? Looking for a co-presenter to bring in additional perspectives? Are you a first-time presenter and need/want some assistance putting together your first session? You can submit a request for speaker support and the committee will help you develop your program.

Financial assistance is available to offset registration fees for a limited number of speakers who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference.

Full information on submitting a proposal, a link to the online submission form, and links to the speaker support form and speaker scholarship application can be found on the ILA website.

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Dinner with (IACRL) Colleagues at ILA Annual Conference

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL President)

Are you attending the ILA Annual Conference in Tinley Park? Join your academic library colleagues for dinner at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 10, at Gatto’s Italian Restaurant! Sign up here. Those who would like to carpool can meet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn at 6:45 PM.

We hope to see you there!

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IACRL@ILA — Programming for Academic Librarians

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL President)

I hope to see many of you next week at the ILA Annual Conference in Tinley Park! In addition to our Unconference and Luncheon on Wednesday, please don’t forget that IACRL is sponsoring IACRL@ILA–a track of programming for academic librarians that includes more than 20 presentations given by and for academic librarians. Click here to download the complete IACRL@ILA program schedule.

These programs are open to all Conference attendees, and academic librarians are free to attend programs outside the IACRL@ILA track. As a reminder, IACRL@ILA will take the place of an IACRL Conference in 2018. A similar track of programming will be offered at the 2018 ILA Annual Conference. Offering this programming at the ILA Annual Conference is more cost-effective while providing opportunities for collaboration across library types.

I hope that you’ll support your colleagues from Illinois academic librarians and attend these programs. I’ll see you there!

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IACRL@ILA Offers Academic-Library Programming at ILA 2017

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) is sponsoring IACRL@ILA–a track of programming for academic librarians at the 2017 ILA Annual Conference.

IACRL@ILA will take the place of an IACRL Conference in 2018. A similar track of programming will be offered at the 2018 ILA Annual Conference. Offering this programming at the ILA Annual Conference is more cost-effective while providing opportunities for collaboration across library types.

Click here download the complete IACRL@ILA program schedule. These programs are open to all conference attendees and academic librarians are free to attend programs outside the IACRL@ILA track.

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