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(via Cynthia Romanowski, Governors State University)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group invites presentation proposals for its ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Sunday, June 28, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group seeks speakers to submit proposals for short (15-20 minutes) presentations.  The charge of the Interest Group is “To provide a broad framework for information exchange on current developments and activities related to technical services including, but not limited to, collection development, collection management, acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries; To develop programs and foster and sponsor education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries; To better connect technical services librarians with ACRL and to enhance technical services.”.

We would particularly like to hear from prospective presenters who wish to share their experiences with various issues regarding current developments and activities within the context of Academic Libraries’ Technical Services.

Please complete the online form by Friday, April 3We will select and notify presenters by Friday, April 10.

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

(via Lorelei Rutledge, University of Utah)

The ALA LLAMA (Library Leadership & Management Association) Mentoring Committee is recruiting for both mentors and mentees for our July 2020-June 2021 year. The LLAMA Mentoring Program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders. This year, in the spirit of increased collaboration between LLAMA, ALCTS, and LITA, members of all three divisions are eligible to participate.

For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from your experience.

For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:

  • Explore your leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate leadership in your current position;
  • Acquire the skills, attitudes, and relationships that you will need to move into leadership roles.

Participants must be ALA members and members of ALCTS, LITA, or LLAMA at the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.

The deadline to apply to become a mentor or a mentee is Friday, February 28,.

To apply to become a mentor, go here. To apply to become a mentee, go here.

For more information about the LLAMA Mentoring program, contact Mentoring Committee Chair Mary Moser, at, or Lorelei Rutledge, at

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Professional Development | No Comments »

(via Annie Armstrong, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee of ACRL invites proposals for presentations at their virtual research forum, to be held online in early May, 2020. The Research Forum offers librarians an opportunity to present research that is currently underway through a 10-minute lightning talk format. Participation in the forum offers presenters an opportunity to share their work in a peer-reviewed venue and receive feedback from the ACRL community. Lightning talks are selected via a competitive, blind review process.

Proposals are due Wednesday, March 18. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance the week of March 30.

Selection Criteria

Proposals are evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the following criteria.

  • measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those in Education and Behavioral Sciences.
  • represent innovative, original research.
  • show evidence of carefully planned research design and thoughtful analysis.
  • clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project. (Note: Research may be in progress at the time of proposal, but some results/findings must be available by the presentation date. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication by January 1, 2020 will not be considered.)

Proposal Submission Instructions

To submit a proposal, submit the following as two separate documents (.doc or .pdf) via email to the current committee chair. The proposal document must NOT show your name, institution, or any personally identifying information.

Title page, including:

  • Proposal title
  • The following information for each presenter:
    • name and institution
    • phone number
    • e-mail address

Proposal (250-300 words), including:

  • proposal title
  • statement of the research question(s)
  • research goals and objectives
  • design/methodology
  • results or findings (or potential results or findings, if research in progress)
  • explanation of relevance/value to academic librarians, especially to those in EBSS subject areas
  • discussion of innovation/originality of research

Email submissions to EBSS Research Co-Chair Samantha Godbey at  by Monday, March 18.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, Western Illinois University)

Interested in discussing current topics in librarianship with colleagues in Illinois? Michelle Nielsen Ott is putting together a schedule for the IACRL Journal Club for 2020. Based on feedback, it is switching to bi-monthly and is partnering with the CARLI instruction article club. So far the 2020 schedule is:

  • February 26 at 1:00 PM (Central): We will partner with the CARLI Instruction Committee and discuss Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election” by Stefanie R. Bluemle, Augustana College. Please register here. More information is below.
    • The Instruction Committee has selected the following article for discussion. If you’re interested in participating, please read the article in advance. Instruction Committee members will moderate the discussion, and there will be prepared questions to guide our conversation. We hope you will also come with your own perspectives and queries to offer. We’re excited to share that author Stefanie Bluemle will be on hand to participate in our discussion and answer questions about her work.
    • *Winner of ACRL Instruction Publication of the Year
    • Abstract: “This article addresses the challenge that post-truth politics poses to teaching authority in information literacy. First, it isolates an element of the post-truth phenomenon, an element it calls post-facts, to elucidate why teaching source evaluation is not, by itself, an antidote to fake news or other evidence of Americans’ media illiteracy. Second, it addresses the implications of post-facts politics for the concept of authority as defined by the “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education,” drawing on the work of Patrick Wilson and Max Weber to illustrate which elements of authority librarians must rethink due to recent events.”
    • Link: click here
  • April 23rd at 12:00 PM (Central): Emily Gilbert (Rasmussen College) will lead on the topic of virtual reference. Please register here.

If you would like to lead a session in June, August, October, or December, let Michelle know, at at

Posted in Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director)

You may know that CARLI Digital Collections along with many other members’ collections are part of the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub (IDHH). The IDHH is the Digital Public Library of America’s Illinois Service Hub . Please see the following about a proposal for the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conference.

Call for ILA 2020 panel speakers

The IDHH is looking for speakers for a panel presentation at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, October 20-22, 2020. The theme for the conference is “Many Libraries, One State. We Are ILA.”

We would like to propose a panel to share with attendees real-life usage examples for IDHH. If you’ve used IDHH resources for any of the following (or something we haven’t thought of!), we’d love to hear from you:

  • Library programming
  • Local history or genealogy research
  • History Fair projects
  • Primary resources examples
  • Classroom and research instruction

If you would like to join our panel, please contact Joshua Lynch ( and Keri Cascio ( by Monday, February 24.

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

(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, Western Illinois University)

This is from Dan Bostrom at RAILS, but the event is free and open to anyone, including non-RAILS members.

“Methods for Creating and Assessing Library Outreach Initiatives” Webinar, February 25

This webinar will describe methods for creating library outreach goals that make a measurable impact on your institution’s mission, as well as strategies and tools for library outreach assessment. This presentation will focus on academic library outreach, but the strategies can be applied to any library type and setting. Participants will leave with tools that will aid their own outreach planning. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 25, from noon to 1:30 PM. Register via L2.

Posted in Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Penny Scott, University of San Francisco)

Call for Proposals

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of ALA’s BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section) seeks proposals for engaging presentations to be part of an online symposium via Zoom on Friday, April 24. Proposals may be submitted by anyone, but priority consideration will be given to proposals from BRASS members. Proposals should describe a 45-minute session (30 minutes for presentation with 15 minutes for facilitated discussion and/or question-and-answer) that relates to some aspect of business librarianship in an academic library setting. We seek proposals that will be interactive and provide practical takeaways for participants.

Proposal Components

Title (50 words or less): Interesting and descriptive
Abstract (250 words or less): Summary of your presentation
Session outcomes (2-3): Describe what participants will learn during your session that they can apply at their library or in their role as a business librarian
Long Description: Describe how you will engage participants in an online session and make your presentation interactive. Detail the practical components of your presentation — what will you teach attendees that will enrich their professional practice? What materials will you share (LibGuides, Lesson Plans, etc) with attendees that can be used as a reference or model?
Suggested topics should fall under the broad heading of interdisciplinary collaborations, and should include, but are not limited to:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Data literacy and/or data visualization
  • The business information literacy one-shot
  • Creating effective online instruction for business information literacy
  • Building liaison relationships/instruction programs with difficult-to-reach departments (which may include: accounting, finance, human resources management, and business technology)
  • Developing business programming at your library
  • Advocating for new resources or program funding

The call for proposals will close on Friday, March 6. Please click here to submit proposals.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Jen Masciadrelli, CARLI)

The CARLI Office is seeking volunteers to serve on a short-term advisory group to help develop initial workflows and best practices for Acquisitions in Alma. We are interested in documenting workflows for both print and electronic acquisitions in Alma, for both monograph and serial ordering. We have heard anecdotal feedback at training and through support that people are interested in a workflow perspective for Acquisitions, and are hoping volunteers can help us document those in the following areas:

  • Manual ordering
    • searching and selecting bibs in the Network Zone, Worldcat, and Community Zone
  • Automated functionality
    • EOD
    • EDI
    • PDA/DDA workflows
  • Other functionality and workflows as time allows

This advisory group will meet once a week from approximately February 24-April 10, but requires a time commitment outside of the meeting time for each member to work on experimenting and documenting their experiences. Meetings will be recorded and available for review each week.

If you are interested in volunteering please send a note to<> indicating your availability for an hour meeting during the following times:

  • Tuesday Mornings
  • Wednesday Mornings
  • Wednesday Afternoons
  • Friday Mornings

Deadline to Volunteer: February 17.

Notifications: February 19-20.

First meeting: Week of February 24.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Barry Grant, Medical Library Association)

Count on MLA in February and March for powerful, practical webinars on statistics basics. Purchase both one and a half hour webinars as part of the Basic Statistics Webinar Series<> and receive the recorded webinar, Getting Started with Statistics for Librarians<>, at no additional cost.

Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal<>

Thursday, February 13, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., central time.

You don’t need to take years of statistics to gain a significant amount of useful knowledge. With a basic understanding of the core concepts and principles of statistics, you’ll gain the confidence to tackle a wide range of statistics questions and to critique articles in light of the statistical analysis they used.

Learn more about and purchase Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal<>.

Basic Statistics for Research Design<>

Thursday, March 25, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., central time.

Do you have a basic understanding of research or assessment, but are confused by statistics? This webinar will help you identify the statistical analysis that best fits your data and questions and help you make your analysis ready for a journal or final report.

Learn more about and purchase Basic Statistics for Research Design<>

Basic Statistics Webinar Series<>

Join our presenters for a two-part series on basic statistics and receive the recorded webinar, Getting Started with Statistics for Librarians<>, at no additional cost.

That’s three webinars for the price of two!

Coming in April

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success<>

Wednesday, April 15, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., central time.

Posted in Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director)

I am pleased to announce the availability of the Fiscal Year 2021 CARLI Research Funding Program. Approved by the CARLI Board of Directors at their December 2019 meeting, this program provides funding to CARLI Governing Member Library staff and faculty with the intention of spurring research and innovation that support the CARLI Strategic Priorities.

Maximum award:

$4,990; funds are paid to the CARLI Governing Member Library.

Minimum award:

$1,000; funds are paid to the CARLI Governing Member Library.

Funding pool:

$49,900 is available for the Fiscal Year 2021 Program.


Projects can be for 12-24 months.

Important Dates and Deadlines: Fiscal Year 2021 Program


May 15

Application deadline

June 1

Scoring of proposals

June 15

Announcement of funded projects

July 1

Projects’ official start date

August 15

Disbursement of all funds to Governing Member Libraries


June 15

Deadline for expenditure of funds for one-year projects

June 30

Progress and financial reports due for 13-24 month projects

October 15

Final reports due including evaluation


June 15

Deadline for expenditure of funds for 13-24 month projects

June 30

Proof of scholarly activity for all projects

October 15

Final reports due for 13-24 month projects

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Research Funding Program is to encourage innovation of benefit to CARLI by assisting members with funds for research and publication that support the CARLI Strategic Priorities. Projects should have the potential to positively affect libraries and the library profession; have the potential to provide a useful addition to the existing literature; and results of the research should be of interest to or of use by other CARLI Governing Member Libraries.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be currently employed by a CARLI Governing Member Library.
  • The project must be conducted in the library and information science field.
  • Proposals will be accepted from both individuals and those working collaboratively with others in their own organization or other CARLI Governing Member Libraries.

Application and Selection

  • The program does not have an application form.
  • To apply, the applicant must submit a complete proposal to CARLI at
  • Proposals will be read, scored, and ranked by a task force of CARLI Board of Directors members and CARLI staff.

o   Following application submission but before final selection, CARLI may request a revised proposal.

o   Final selection of funded proposals rests with the CARLI Board of Directors.

  • A complete proposal must include:

1.      A ten-page maximum proposal narrative with these components:

o   project title

o   description of the proposed research project including methodology and scope;

o   work plan for accomplishing this project;

o   projected outcomes in support of the CARLI Strategic Priorities;

o   evaluation plan;

o   statement describing how this project fits into the existing literature;

o   statement outlining how this project will benefit the Illinois library community and the broader profession;

o   dissemination plan for how the results of the project will be shared; and

o   name and complete contact information for the primary project liaison.

§  For collaborative projects, name and complete contact information for one primary contact at each participating Governing Member Library.

2.      A brief statement by the Governing Member Library Director or Dean in support of the project proposal.

3.      A detailed budget.

4.      An abstract (200 words maximum).

5.      A timeline targeting dates for major activities, deliverables, and stakeholder involvement as appropriate.

6.      Additional requirements for 13-24 month projects only:

o   A budget for years one and two, and a summary budget.

o   A timeline for years one and two with benchmark goals to be completed by which progress will be measured.

o   Annual progress reports, including progress on benchmark goals and budget reports for each participating institution, due by June 30 of year one.

Evaluation and Funding

  • Proposals will be reviewed for thoroughness; potential to positively impact CARLI member libraries and the library profession; and potential to provide a useful addition to the existing literature.
  • Up to $1,000 may be included for travel to present research findings at a conference. Specific details about the conference and cost estimates for travel must be included within the budget portion of the proposal.
  • Indirect costs, such as college/university administrative costs, will not be covered by the program.

Conditions of Award

  • The recipient must show proof of scholarly activity (e.g., manuscript to post on CARLI website, conference program where presentation was made, webinar for members) by the end of the second year (June 30) after award is given.
  • If, for any reason, the recipient is unable to complete the research, the recipient must refund the total amount of money received.
  • Final reports that do not include an evaluation will be noted when considering future proposals for funding.
  • Funded proposals will be made publicly available on the CARLI web site.
Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »