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EIU’s Stacey Knight-Davis Receives ILA Reference Services Award

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Stacey Knight-Davis, Head of Library Technology Services at Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library, receives the 2019 Illinois Library Association (ILA) Reference Services Award, which is awarded annually for excellence in providing assistance to library users as they seek and use information. The award is sponsored by Ancel Glink.

One example of Knight-Davis’ dedication to assisting users is her work with STEP (Students with Autism Transitional Education Program), a specialized support program for students with Autism. Knight-Davis began this project by interviewing Autistic students to learn if the library was effective in assisting them with their informational needs. She then took the feedback provided in those interviews to improve library services and spaces.

Providing cultural and educational value, Knight-Davis has spearheaded a number of exhibits, including a Quidditch display for “Twenty Year of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon” and “Designs of Duty,” a traveling exhibit on Illinois veterans and theirservice-related tattoos that received national recognition.

Students, faculty and community members rely on Knight-Davis technical acumen to assist in troubleshooting software, equipment and other technology-related services. Furthermore, she routinely visits courses to ensure students are locating the information they need, and she is always eager to provide support.

Knight-Davis has published a chapter in the book The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment on faculty-library collaboration without assigned textbooks. This publication speaks to the campus-wide program she plannedand developed called “The Flu Then and Now.” Professional roles include committee work for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Great Midwest Technology Working Group and serving as president of Health Science Librarians of Illinois. Because of her commitment to providing specialized services for library users, Stacey Knight-Davis is extremely deserving of this year’s ILA Reference Services Award.

The Reference Services Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, October 22, during the 2019 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

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UIUC’s JJ Pionke Receives ILA Crosman Memorial Award

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) announces JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian & Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UICU), as the 2019 Crosman Memorial Award Winner. The Crosman Award is named in memory of Alex Crosman, director of the Peoria Public Library at the time of his death in 1986. The award recognizes the achievements of library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession. Other awards honor those who have accomplished a great deal over a long period of time; this award honors someone who has accomplished a great deal in a short time.

JJ has worked at the UIUC libraries since 2014 and prior to that worked at Wichita State University. In the last six years Mr. Pionke’s accomplishments have been many, making him a great choice for the Crosman Award. Mr. Pionke’s work has had an impact on thelibrary, campus, regional, and national level. Since 2013, he has received numerous grants and awards including the Arnold O. Beckman Research Award and an American Library Association (ALA) Carnegie Whitney Grant. He has co-edited a book, written or co-written ten chapters in other books, published or co-published thirteen peer- reviewed articles in journals, and has numerous other presentations and publications to his name.

He has worked tirelessly in support of diversity and inclusion. Mr. Pionke is currently the secretary of the Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois and serves as the chair of both, the Annual Meeting Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Medical Library Association. He has previously served on two ALA committees and numerous other committees and task forces in other professional associations for people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and veterans. He has done this by working with the University Facilities department to improve accessibility in library facilities; creating library resource guides on disabilities; developing, in conjunction with the University Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, an LGBT Ally Network; and working closely with the campus Veteran Center to improve library collections to better reflect veterans’ needs.

The Crosman Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday October 22, during the 2019 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

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UIUC’s Lynne Thomas Wins Two Hugo Awards

(via the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences)

Lynne M. Thomas (MS ’99), head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library and an iSchool adjunct professor, has won two Hugo Awards-science fiction’s most prestigious award. Thomas, now a seven-time Hugo Award winner, joined the University Library in July 2017.

Hugo Award winners were announced at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, CA, on August 19, 2018. Thomas won for Best Editor, Short Form and Best Semiprozine (a non-professional periodical publication) for Uncanny Magazine. Thomas is the co-editor-in-chief and publisher of Uncanny Magazine with her husband Michael Damian Thomas.

Past Hugo Award wins for Thomas include Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It (Best Related Work) in 2011; SF Squeecast (Best Fancast) in 2012 and 2013; and Uncanny Magazine (Best Semiprozine) in 2016 and 2017. A comprehensive list<> of her awards is found in the Science Fiction Awards Database.

The fan-nominated Hugo Awards<> are sponsored by the World Science Fiction Society.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) announces Emily Johnson, Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries as the 2018 Crosman Memorial Award winner. The Crosman Award is named in memory of Alex Crosman, director of the Peoria Public Library at the time of his death in 1986. The award recognizes the achievements of the library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession. Other awards honor those who have accomplished a great deal over a long period of time; this award is to honor someone who has accomplished a great deal in a short time.

Emily Johnson has been working at the UIC Libraries since 2013 and demonstrated her leadership skills when she served as Interim Head of the Library of Health Sciences in Peoria from May 2015 to January 2016. Both at the UIC Libraries of Health Science and in her previous position at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Ms. Johnson has taken the lead in building relationships with faculty in order to improve access to library resources while also developing innovative, curricular design programs, such as the NExT Target Outreach Project. Ms. Johnson has volunteered or been appointed to professional leadership positions at the state, regional, and national levels. Her enthusiasm and commitment to users, colleagues, and health sciences librarianship continues to be recognized by professional colleagues outside UIC, opening the door to increasing levels of engagement throughout the profession. Ms. Johnson has contributed to and furthered the knowledge base of the profession, publishing on topics of audience response systems, mobile point-of-care tools, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Crosman Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, October 9, during the 2018 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria. The luncheon starts at 12:00 PM.

For further information, contact the Illinois Library Association. Congratulations, Emily!

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HSLI 2017 Annual Conference Report: Daneen Richardson

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for sponsoring my attendance to the 2017 Health Science Librarians of Illinois conference: The Times are Changing. Attending the conference is generally my one opportunity for health science continuing education where I can interact with those presenting as well as other attendees. I find it hard to express the value that I have received through the HSLI conferences over the years. I hope that I have been able to express that through my work on the planning committee to assist with the organizing so others can benefit as I have through the years.

I found a number of interesting technologies that Gabe Rios discussed in his session on Emerging Technologies for the Busy Librarian. The afternoon session Infographics: Communicating Information Visually introduced the concept of infographics. I personally find pictures to often assist in trying to teach and understand a concept. “A picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind as an accurate portrayal of why we should include infographics in our presentations or displays. While totally not related to the instruction we did an exercise: Genie stretch which I have shared many, many times among colleagues, friends and family. While we provide access to information to any that request it I think anytime we can also provide information to assist the person holistically we should.

Nancy’s reception is my busy time with being involved with the vendors/exhibiting, food and entertainment as part of my responsibilities with the planning committee. I believe that the reception and all events including the silent auction were well received among the attendees. The addition of Marg Jones and her wit and science were not only entertaining but informative as well.

Friday morning was filled with information. I missed part of the keynote speaker as I was busy networking in the breakfast room and lost track of time. I thoroughly enjoy the updates from RAILS, Illinois Heartland Library System, GMR, Illinois State Library and ICRL. It is good to know what is new and reminded of services that they provide that sometimes we forget about in our busy professional lives. It is also uplifting to see how many organizations there are that continue to assist us as librarians and in general the population of Illinois and beyond.

Thank you again for the financial assistance that assisted me in attending so I could not only have the opportunity learn new skills, network with colleagues but to also oversee my conference responsibilities.

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UIUC’s Ann Zettervall is ACRL Member of the Week

(via ACRL)

Ann Zettervall is a MSLIS Student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign<> in Champaign, Illinois<,-88.2153136,10z>. Ann first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 18, 2018.

Describe yourself in three words: Thorough, Inquisitive, Patient.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? Right now, I’m reading two books. I’m rereading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins<>on my Kindle for fun while also reading Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, 11th Edition<> by Daniel N. Joudrey, Arlene G. Taylor, and David P. Miller for my summer class.

Describe ACRL in three words: Educational, Innovative, Inclusive.

What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? As soon as I was accepted to the MSLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I searched for professional organizations I could join in order to learn as much as possible beyond the classroom. I joined ACRL  because I always planned to work as a librarian in higher education. By joining ACRL, I hoped to learn about current issues and trends in academic libraries and the associated research as well as to make connections with current librarians.

What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? My goal is to work as a health sciences librarian at a large research university. I also have a strong interest in instructional design. I would like to be able to combine these interests by working closely with faculty and students to integrate information literacy and library resource education into the curriculum. ACRL provides educational online programs, librarian profiles, and research and information trends that will help me guide my learning throughout my program. Making professional connections can provide me with mentorship and guidance on how the field is developing and how I can develop my skills to support my passions and career goals.

In your own words: Academic librarianship is the cornerstone of research and education in higher education. While librarians maintain resources and access to these resources, academic librarians go a step beyond by collaborating with faculty for teaching and research needs. As I focus on a career in health sciences librarianship, I am excited to have the opportunity to educate users to efficiently and effectively evaluate and navigate resources throughout their careers. I hope to encourage faculty and students to see academic librarianship as a resource for educational collaborations. I hope to constantly improve my ability to educate, serve, and collaborate with users by reflecting on my teaching and reference successes and failures through research.

The interview is also available at

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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:

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

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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(via Carl Lehnen, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archive of Holocaust Testimonies now available at UIC Library

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library is pleased to announce that it is now a partner site of the Fortunoff Video Archive of Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University Library. It is one of twelve partner sites in North America and the first partner site located west of the Appalachians. The Archive contains over 4,500 digitized interviews and over 10,000 hours of testimony from those with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including survivors, bystanders and liberators.

As a partner site, UIC makes these recordings available for viewing in the Special Collections and University Archives department at the Richard J. Daley Library. To prepare for a visit, researchers must first request access to particular testimonies via Yale’s library catalog, receive confirmation, and then make an appointment with the UIC Library’s Special Collections department to view. Detailed instructions for searching and requesting access can be found on the UIC Library’s guide to using the Fortunoff Archive:

About Yale University Library’s Fortunoff Video Archive of Holocaust Testimonies

The Archive traces its beginnings to a grassroots project started in 1979 to gather testimonies of Holocaust survivors. In 1981, this seed collection of 183 recordings was deposited at Yale, and since then the Archive has grown from a local New Haven project into a worldwide effort involving 37 affiliated projects across North America, South America, Europe and Israel, including Northwestern University’s Holocaust Educational Foundation. Excerpts from the testimonies have appeared in award-winning documentaries; “Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory” (1995), which was named one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century by the New York Times Book Review; and the Grammy-award-winning “Different Trains” by Steve Reich. In 2016, the Archive completed a multi-year digitization project that ensured the long-term preservation of the testimonies.

About the University of Illinois at Chicago Library’s Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives houses rare books and printed materials, manuscript collections and university archives, specializing in the history of Chicago. For more information, visit or call (312) 996-2742.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

RAILS published a new edition of our periodic e-newsletter for academic libraries on December 4. If you are not currently subscribed, you can view the issue here:

The e-news has the latest information about e-resources especially for academic libraries, including open educational resource collections (OERs) available for unlimited use and download through RAILS’ partnership with BiblioLabs. You’ll also learn about continuing education offerings for academic libraries (including recorded webinars), and much more!

If you would like to receive future issues of the e-newsletter, you can subscribe here:

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HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Prepping for Your Travels to Bloomington!

Bloomington-Normal are the host cities for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference this year, October 25th to 27th. As you are planning out your library budget for the new fiscal year, think about requesting travel funds to attend this fall’s conference. The conference will host many professional networking and presentation opportunities, as well as continuing education sessions for health sciences librarians. Below are some important numbers and links in helping you plan your trip.

The HSLI Conference fee is set to be $200 for full conference registration for members of HSLI. The conference hotel will be the Chateau in Bloomington, with a room rate of $78 plus taxes and fees. Activities are scheduled for conference attendees from Wednesday evening to early Friday afternoon, so please make your hotel reservation accordingly to partake in all that the conference has to offer.

Bloomington-Normal is located off of the major interstate highways of 39, 55, and 74. There is also an Amtrak station located in downtown Normal with quick bustaxi, Lyft, or Uber access to the hotel. For transportation travel reimbursement rates to estimate your budget, check the Illinois CMS Reimbursement Schedule for mileage, per diem rates, etc.

Finally, Bloomington and Normal are beautiful cities with many activities, shopping spots, and events. Think about attending a tour of the Beer Nuts factory, taking a walk on the Constitution Trail, or enjoying shopping in the area’s many boutiques. To learn more, take a look at the Bloomington-Normal Visitors Bureau website to help in planning your trip to the area.

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

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