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CARLI Joins the Open Textbook Network

(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

CARLI has joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives. OTN supports the Open Textbook Library, a searchable online catalog of complete textbooks available for faculty and students to freely use, adapt and distribute to best meet the needs of their courses. Open textbooks can be downloaded at no cost or printed inexpensively. CARLI is thrilled to be a part of this community of schools, universities, and institutions making a difference in higher education by addressing the growing concerns about educational affordability.

Seventeen CARLI Governing member institutions plus two Illinois consortia supported CARLI’s membership in the OTN. Through this collaboratively funded system membership, all 128 CARLI Governing member libraries will realize the benefits of OTN membership. A special thanks to these contributors: Aurora University, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago State University, CODSULI (Council of Directors of State University Libraries in Illinois), College of Lake County, DePaul University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, The John Marshall Law School, Knox College, LIBRAS, Lincoln Land Community College, National Louis University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Oakton Community College, Richland Community College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Waubonsee Community College.

CARLI system leaders selected by the library directors at contributing institutions will attend the OTN Summer Institute in Minneapolis. These leaders are: Anne Chernaik, College of Lake County; Chris Diaz, Northwestern University; Kathy Ladell, Northern Illinois University; Anne Shelley, Illinois State University; and Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CARLI staff member Elizabeth Clarage, will also attend.

Following this initial institute, CARLI’s system leaders, in conjunction with OTN staff, will coordinate full-day “train the trainer” workshops to be offered to CARLI member libraries in 2018. These workshops will focus on developing leaders at Illinois colleges and universities to assist in cultivating strategies for advancing the use of open educational resources, specifically openly licensed textbooks, to lessen the cost of these materials for students on their campuses.The workshops will also help attendees gain expertise in helping faculty understand the negative impact high textbook costs can have on students’ academic performance.

For more information about CARLI’s OTN membership, contact Elizabeth Clarage, or send an email to

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ACRL Releases Updated Scholarly Communication Toolkit

(via Kara Malenfant, Association of College and Research Libraries)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a new version of its popular Scholarly Communication Toolkit. The Toolkit has been updated with new and revised content and is now hosted through Springshare’s LibGuides. The Toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), continues to provide content and context on a broad range of scholarly communications topics and offers resources and tools for the practitioner. ACRL and ReSEC tapped Christine Fruin, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Florida, to completely revise and redesign the Toolkit and migrate it to ACRL’s LibGuides. The new Toolkit now features sections on topics such as fair use, public access mandates, and library publishing in addition to more fully developed sections on open access publishing and repositories.

Since its launch in 2005, the Toolkit has undergone several revisions and migrations. The Toolkit continues to provide links to examples of specific tools, including handouts, presentations, and videos for libraries to use on their own campuses, and for library school students seeking to incorporate these issues into their course work. The Toolkit is also widely used by libraries in conjunction with Open Access Week, an annual global event promoting open models of scholarly communication, which will take place October 24-30. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit is freely available online and licensed through Creative Commons. ReSEC welcomes feedback and suggestions for additions to the Toolkit through the link provided on the home page.

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Call for Submissions–Special Issue of Journal of Access Services

(via David McCaslin, Caltech Library)

What is the role of textbooks in today’s libraries? Like the cost of journal subscriptions, the price for textbooks have been increasing.  Unlike with journals, students feel an immediate financial burden when the time comes to purchase their course textbooks.  Universities and libraries have recognized this and many are doing interesting things to address this issue.  The increased popularity of Open Educational Resources (OER) and other similar endeavors provides us with an opportunity to share those stories.  But I know there are other stories out there to share.  The Journal of Access Services is seeking manuscripts for an upcoming special issue that will address the role and impact of textbooks within libraries.  This special issue will be comprised of case studies from a variety of types of libraries and hopefully a guest editorial.

Submissions may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics.

  • Impact of textbooks on course reserves
  • Designing unique textbook programs within a library
  • Interlibrary loan and textbooks–how do libraries handle this?
  • Assessment studies on textbook use within a library
  • Collaborations/partnerships with faculty/bookstore/student services regarding textbook access
  • OER or similar programs–how were they developed and what was the impact on library users/staff?
  • What is the future of the textbook in libraries?

I’m very excited to see what is happening in this area and look forward to sharing a great topical issue with all of you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, at, about this particular topic or any other possible submissions. FYI–while this will be an upcoming special topic issue, we are always reviewing submissions for other related topics for other upcoming issues.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its new “Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians”, which reads:

“Scholarship by academic librarians advances the fields of library and information science, influences practices of aligned professions, and informs effective advocacy. In support of broad and timely dissemination of library and information science scholarship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) encourages academic librarians to publish in open access journals. When academic librarians choose to publish in subscription-based journals, ACRL recommends a standard practice of depositing the final accepted manuscript in a repository to make that version openly accessible. The author should be responsible for determining at what date the deposited manuscript becomes openly accessible, taking into account applicable institutional or funder policies, as well as other relevant considerations. ACRL further encourages academic librarians to make other forms of scholarship, such as monographs, presentations, grey literature, and data, openly accessible.

“It is also imperative that publishers of library and information science scholarship explore and implement publishing models to make their content openly accessible as soon as possible. Librarians who are editors, reviewers, and authors should assist with this effort by engaging with their publishers about these models.”

Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors at their meeting on June 25, 2016, the policy statement was developed by ACRL’s research and scholarly environment committee with feedback from members and the broader community then vetted by the ACRL standards committee.

“As our profession adapts to new roles and a changing academic landscape, it is timely to have an official policy statement encouraging academic librarians to model open access publishing decisions for their own work as they advocate for discipline faculty and researchers to choose open access outlets to disseminate their research,” remarked ACRL president Irene M.H. Herold, university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

“This is an important step in affirming widely-held values and norms in the profession regarding open access,” noted Shan C. Sutton, immediate past chair of ACRL’s research and scholarly environment committee and vice dean of university libraries at the University of Arizona. “More broadly, the policy statement could serve as a model for other professional organizations and scholarly societies to emulate in advocating for open access among their own members.”

Find the statement online with ACRL’s other statements, guidelines, standards, and frameworks here.

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Sometimes massive digitization projects happen and it takes a while to notice. Virginia just tipped off Stacey to the existence of the Medical Heritage Library, Founded in 2010, the MHL has quietly grown on to contain over 76,000 items, 3,000 of which are volumes out-of-copyright historical American medical journals published from 1797 to 1923.

Unlike the Hathi Trust documents that many of us encounter through OCLC or I-SHARE, the Medical Heritage Library is not currently included in WorldCat. The Medicine in the Americas subcollection is included in the National Library of Medicine Digital Collections, but in general, you need to go to the MHL collections on  to experience this material. And I strongly encourage you to do so! If you need  something nifty for a Facebook post, a cool image for an exhibit, or a patron needs a great historical image for a presentation, there is tons of stuff here that will fit the bill. Everything from  18th century textbooks to videos the Marlboro Man is included.



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Free webinar on instutitional repositories in health care systems

New Services to Enhance a Health Care Network’s Reputation
Tue, Jan 27, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST
Live for a little over two years, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s repository, LVHN Scholarly Works, has enhanced the Network’s reputation and research credibility by increasing the visibility of its scholarship. In addition to enhancing the Network’s reputation, LVHN Scholarly Works has been instrumental in saving time and easing workflows for several of its residency programs as well as for ACGME accreditation, and has even contributed to filling in missing pieces of institutional history. As the initiative moves forward, the library continues to look for ways to further increase the visibility of LVHN’s scholarship and help to solve other challenges.

Over the course of this webinar, Kris Petre, Senior Medical Librarian at LVHN, will provide an overview of their repository initiative and its importance to LVHN, and then dive into some of the specific projects that they have undertaken, including the results of those projects to date.

Presented by Kristine Petre, MLS, AHIP, CM, Senior Medical Librarian, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Register at:

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Daniel Biss’s Presentation

The video of Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss’s keynote address last Friday at Northern Illinois University’s “Open Access Week” event is linked below.

Eric Edwards took the following notes that answer many frequently asked questions about open access and  the Open Access to Research Articles Act.

Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss’s Presentation During Northern Illinois University’s “Open Access Week”—October 25, 2013

Daniel Biss

First elected as State Representative in 2011—represents 97th District, with office in Skokie

Author of the “Open Access to Research Articles Act”   (hold down “Control”, then click with mouse, to access)


What is open access?

It is a movement built around the core principles of freedom of information.

Its end is for technology to break restraints on information-sharing.


What makes open access valuable?

It creates opportunity for academic discussions among different institutions.

The sharing of ideas, not just information, is what open access promotes.

Open access does this by removing barriers to the sharing of materials.

Being able to share the most current work is very important, especially in the hard sciences.

What are the benefits of open access beyond the sharing of information?

The sharing of information that open access promotes ultimately leads to an intellectual debate.

Related to this, the most current modes of thinking on a subject reach all parts of the globe.

There is a substantial social justice aspect.

In the process of allowing current modes of thinking to reach all parts of the world, open

access increases opportunities for traditionally-underrepresented groups, such as women, to participate in the academic debate.  This is especially true in fields such as medicine and mathematics.

The past limits on access to information amounted to systematic discrimination, in some

instances.  This is related to the digital divide and the lack of high-speed Internet

access—or, in some cases, Internet access, period—in impoverished areas of the

United States and around the world.

Why is open access an issue now?
The faculty senates at top schools nationally have passed resolutions in favor of adopting open


The technology itself has been around for some time, but actually applying that technology has

become more of an issue in recent years.

As of 2013, there is a broad body of research concerning the benefits of, and downsides to, open



What are the current economics of academic publishing?

Right now, scholars conduct research on their own (or with a small group of peers) and then

expect to be paid if that research gets published.

Journals are edited by academics.

Journals are grounded in reputation—prestige is a key factor in how individual journals

are perceived and ranked.

They give academics an opportunity to shape the discourse in a field.

In some cases, serving as an editor or a referee for a journal is a condition of

employment at a college or university.


What kind of competition is there in the market for academic journals?

In some cases, a particular journal must be purchased by a library or another organization.  This

leads to remarkable asking power in terms of the price.

Journals covering the same academic discipline are comparable in the types of articles that they

publish.  Such journals are not trying to put each other out of business, however.


Who ultimately profits from publishing journals?

The publishing companies benefit the most, mainly because of the costs involved.

These costs are passed along to colleges, universities, and other purchasers of the journals.

This is problematic because the costs strain resources that are already tight.

This is also a bad deal for the public sector.

Most universities, including private ones, are supported, at least in part, by federal funds.

Thus, the high costs of journals represent a bad deal for the federal government.


What are the other problems related to high costs?

All types of funding for colleges and universities—federal funding, tuition, endowments—are

threatened by the current economic climate.

On top of this, these limited resources have to be divided among various constituencies, some of

whom are in direct competition with each other for funding.

Library budgets, obviously, are affected.

Even within library budgets, it is hard to devote a significant percentage of funds

to journal purchases.


Where does Illinois stand right now?
No institution of higher education in the state currently has open access.

Illinois lags behind some other parts of the country, as there are nearly 50 institutions nationally

that do have open access.


How will the “Open Access to Research Articles Act” help address these problems?

The ultimate goal is to make information as freely available as possible, in terms of both access

and cost, by having faculty publications put online.

The public, as a whole, will also benefit.

Research will be available to anyone with an Internet connection.


What, exactly, will the task force mentioned in the bill do?

Each public college or university in the state will be required to put one together.

The task force should have representatives from various constituencies on campus, including the administration, the faculty, and the library.

The overall hope is that the policy drafted by the task force will fit the individual institution’s  values.


What are other long-term issues related to open access?

It does not end peer review.

It adds to the current trend of posting information on the Internet without much restriction.

Anyone can write a blog, for instance.

It will supplement the move towards archival pooling, which is done through the sharing of

institutional repositories.

Ultimately, open access presents an alternative to, not a replacement for, the current methods of

exchanging information and ideas.



How does open access fit into broader changes in higher education?

It will help counter the move towards the depersonalization of higher education via MOOCs and

other large online courses.  Some have proposed that all students other than those at the

elite institutions should attend college online, in order to save costs and to allow

standardization of the curriculum.

It will allow a continued to sharing of ideas, which will help overcome the depersonalization of

education caused by large online courses.




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HSLI Supports Illinois Senate Bill 1900

HSLI President Stacey Knight-Davis has sent a letter to Governor Quinn encouraging him to sign Illinois Senate Bill 1900 into law.  Titled
the Open Access to Research Articles Act, this bill outlines the creation of task forces at Illinois public universities to consider how universities can  further open access goals.  Full text of SB 1900 is available at the link below.

The letter also encouraged Governor Quinn to support increased  funding for libraries at public universities so that resources would be available for new open access initiatives.


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Open Access video




Fran Kovach

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HSLI President’s Message Summer 2012

The summer of 2012 is one for the record books indeed. Last summer, HSLI presented a Consumer Health Education resources class for public librarians at LaSalle Public Library after the board meeting. Encouraged by the attendance of the event last summer, HSLI sponsored a MLA CE “Disasters in an International Context” before the semiannual Board Meeting at SIUSM, Springfield on July 10. The board members met at SIUSM in Springfield and at Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, or by teleconference call after the MLA CE. By teleconferencing the board meeting we almost achieved perfect attendance. Our President-Elect, Stacey Knight-Davis delivered a baby boy, Lucian on July 3. Congratulations to the proud parents! In this report, some recent activities and follow-ups will announce our progress so far this year.

Action: The future of Open Access task force is examining the role of hospital libraries in creating digital repositories. A survey to assess open access and scholarly publishing views to members, hospitals, and physicians is planned to determine interest and contributions to maintenance costs. Discussions of the growth and development of Open Access should be ongoing to monitor trends and application to our organization. During October, National Medical Librarians month would be a perfect opportunity to promote Open Access educational events.

An idea about promoting involvement of new members in committee work was discussed by the board. In the future, recipients of the Syed Magrabi scholarship should be invited to serve on the conference planning committee.

Announcements: Holly Ann Burt, GMR, announced that they are recruiting a Technology Coordinator and that Max Anderson, previous Technology Coordinator will be missed. The group purchasing options were presented by Virginia Gale. If any hospital library is unfamiliar with group purchasing, I would suggest contacting Virginia to learn about the advantages. Thanks to her for working with EBSCO and OVID this year. Dianne Olson, treasurer, reported that our 501 (c) (3) non-profit status was reinstated for our organization.

Appointments: Two changes of appointments occurred in 2012. Linda Feinberg is the current HSLI list moderator. Please contact Linda with any change of email address requests. Daneen Richardson was appointed as the new Midwest/MLA liaison. Since HSLI is hosting the Midwest/MLA conference in 2013, we look forward to increasing our communication with Midwest. GMR and HSLI will share an exhibit booth at ILA.

Archives:  Progress in organizing the HSLI archives was reported by Miranda Shake, archives chair. The UIUC archive staff is locating our original contract and an inventory of the contents of the files is under development.

Conferences: The Board received updates for three Annual Conferences. The final report for 2011 was given by Virginia Gale, conference chair. Laura Wimmer, current conference chair, opened registration for the 2012 annual conference, “Shaping Our Future”, to be held November 1-2 at the Spring Hill Suites Chicago O’Hare, 8101 West Higgins Road Chicago, Illinois 60631. The continuing education classes will be conducted at Resurrection Medical Center’s Marian Conference Center, 7435 W Talcott Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60631. A shuttle bus is available for transportation between the Hotel and Hospital.  Nancy’s Reception will be held at the Hotel complete with poster session and vendors. The Syed Magrabi scholarship is open to attend this conference. Roy Jones, conference coordinator of the joint Midwest. /MLA conference reported that the planning for, “Navigating a River of Information” to be held in East Peoria in 2013 is underway.

Illinois State Library report: Representatives from the Illinois State Library, Anne Craig, Director and Kathy Bloomberg, Associate Director attended the Board meeting and reported on the RFP progress of the statewide delivery contracts and competitive grants including the popular ILEADU.

Lastly, I would like to wish two of our members a happy retirement. Joy Kennedy and Carol Scherrer entered retirement in 2012. I am looking forward to seeing everyone, networking, and shaping the future at the fall conference.

See you in Chicago.

Fran Kovach

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