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The Illinois Heartland Library System is seeking feedback from academic librarians in Illinois, regarding what topics related to cataloging they would like to see IHLS cover in future training sessions. To gain an idea of the types of training IHLS currently offers through its Cataloging Maintenance Center, please go to (The recordings of past sessions are also available on L2.) Additionally, IHLS in the process of putting together two RDA training sessions, one covering books and the other focusing on video and sound recordings. Registration details will be forthcoming. All IHLS cataloging sessions are open to staff from member and non-member libraries.

If there are any topics of interest to academic librarians, including staff at your own library, for which you would like Illinois Heartland Library System to provide training, please contact Eric Edwards, IACRL President, at He will then pass the ideas along to Dr. Pamela Thomas, Bibliographic Project Coordinator for the Cataloging Maintenance Center.

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(via the American Library Association)

The LLAMA Mentoring Committee is recruiting for both mentors and mentees for our July 2019 – June 2020 year. The LLAMA Mentoring Program,,  pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders.

Mentor application:

Mentee application:

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 and LLAMA members 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 February 8, 2019.

For more information about the LLAMA Mentoring program, contact Mentoring Committee co-chairs Mary Moser at or Richard Guajardo at

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In a news release on November 19,2018, the ECRI Institute announced the opening of the ECRI Guidelines Trust™  to fill the void left by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s defunded National Guideline Clearinghouse™.  The healthcare community has free access to the website.

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Continuing-Education Opportunities Available from UIUC’s iSchool

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Karla Lucht, UIUC School of Information Sciences)

The School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce a limited number of openings in several online graduate credit courses in Spring 2019. Formal admission to the University is not necessary, but a bachelor’s degree is required.

If you would like to determine if the Library and Information Science profession is for you, or you’d like to update your skill sets, consider enrolling in one of our online courses!

The courses include the following (not a complete list).

Our online courses meet synchronously, central time.
Please see this web page<> for the list of available courses and information on how to register for a course.
Information regarding cost and other details can be found here:<>

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(via Dana Statton, Murray State University)

We are issuing a call for applications  for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2019. We are seeking novice librarian researchers who are employed by academic libraries or are librarians in a research setting, in the United States to participate in the Institute. We define “novice” broadly; if you feel that you would benefit from being guided throughout the entire research design process, we encourage your application. Librarians of all levels of professional experience are welcome to apply.

The yearlong experience begins with a workshop held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, from June 2-8, 2019, with arrival on campus on Saturday, June 1, and departure on Sunday, June 9. The William H. Hannon Library has received a second three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer this continuing education opportunity (this grant, IRDL-2, is from 2016-2019). Each year 20 librarians will receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions; the learning experience, travel to and from Los Angeles, CA, accommodations, and food will be supplied to Scholars free of charge.

We seek librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. IRDL is designed to bring together all that the literature tells us about the necessary conditions for librarians to conduct valid and reliable research in an institutional setting. The cohort will be chosen from a selective submission process, with an emphasis on enthusiasm for research and diversity from a variety of perspectives, including ethnicity and type and size of library.

Selection criteria.

  • Commitment to the year-long process of participating in the IRDL research community and conducting the proposed study within the 2019-2020 academic year;
  • Significance of the research problem to the operational success of libraries or to the profession of librarianship;
  • Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of the research proposal;
  • Enthusiasm for research and a desire to learn.

We will be accepting applications from December 1, 2018 to January 27, 2019. Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified in early March 2019. Application information may be found at

Please contact Project Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process:
Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Marymount University (<>)
Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library, Loyola Marymount University (<>)

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(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria campus)

The UIC Library of the Health Sciences Peoria will be hosting the ACRL Webinar Recording: “Teaching Online in Plain Language: Creating Clear Research Guides, Library Websites, and Online Instruction” presented by Jason Puckett on Wednesday, October 24th at 1 PM to 3 PM.

Please RSVP by clicking or copying/pasting this link:

The schedule will begin with brief introductions. We will then start the webinar, which will last about an hour. The other reserved time will allow for discussion and networking with your peers. Light refreshments will be served.

The Library of the Health Sciences Peoria is located on 1 Illini Dr., Peoria IL, 61605 in the University of Illinois College of Medicine building. Parking is available in the visitors’ lot for $1.

Please contact IACRL President Eric Edwards, EEdwards@ILSOS.NET, or the host, Emily Johnson,, with any questions you have about this event

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(via Reina Williams, Rush University Medical Center)

Please join us for the next Community Engagement Networking Group meeting, to be held Thursday, November 8, 9:30-11:30am at the Naperville Public Library, 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr., Room C.

Dr. Raj Shah, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and David J. Kelsey, Outreach Services Manager, St. Charles PL, and co-founder of the RAILS Serving Patrons with Dementia Group, will join us for a discussion about the disease, it’s effects on patrons and care partners, and creative ways for libraries to support and serve. Q & A will follow presentation.

To register, go here. (Registration is recommended, but not required.)

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

Connect with academic library colleagues in your area! On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 9:30-noon, RAILS and IACRL will host a networking event at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

This event is open to all academic librarians and will feature more information on RAILS and IACRL programs and services, as well as a structured discussion and a tour of the Northwestern University Library. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

More opportunities for academic library networking will be announced soon.

To register, please use L2:

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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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(via Melissa Jadlos, St. John Fisher College)

Are you, or do you know a new College Library Director?

If you are a new Library Director at a small college library, please consider joining the College Library Director Mentoring Program. The program, now in its 26th year, is designed to enhance leadership capabilities of new college  library directors, and to help them meet the unique challenges involved in directing libraries in small colleges.  First year directors are assigned a mentor to listen and provide support throughout the year.  There is also a series of webinars and a 3 day seminar in April before ACRL.  Topics are based on participants’ needs and may include planning, campus politics, and leadership issues.

A previous participant said:

Thanks to interactions with my mentor, the faculty of the program, and fellow participants I am better able to identify ways to move my institution forward in regard to assessment, policy making, and programming to better serve my college. Though it sometimes feels as if I’m scaling a mountain, it’s encouraging to know that others have similar experiences and can testify to the fact that there are moments in which I’ll be able to reach a vista and enjoy the beauty of the work that has been done.

Applicants must be new directors at a small, college library (fewer than 3500 undergraduate FTE) and cannot have previously been a director at a small college library.  Additional information about qualifications and the application process is available on the Program website:

If you are interested in applying for the 2018-2019  cohort, please fill out the application form on the website.


Robert Fleming

CLDMP co-director/cohort 2007-08

Iwasaki Library

Emerson College

Boston, MA

617 549 3485


Melissa Jadlos

CLDMP co-director/cohort 2006-07

Lavery Library

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY


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