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(via Ramune Kubilius, Northwestern University)

Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge” is the theme of the 2018 HSLI (Health Science Librarians of Illinois) Annual Conference that will take place September 26-28 in Rockford, IL at the newly renovated Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center.  Visit the website to see photos of the hotel, located above the scenic Rock River, and to read about the amenities the hotel offers (complimentary WiFi, a fitness center, and an indoor pool!).  

First settled in 1834, a mere 16 years after Illinois became a state, (and 3 years after Chicago was incorporated), the city was originally called Midway, because it was midway between Chicago and Galena. It later became Rockford because of the Rock River’s rocky ford bubbling near the original settlement.  Home to universities and hospitals where some of our HSLI members work, Rockford is a wonderful place to visit, with much to see and do.  Leave time to explore.

A number of cultural institutions share Riverfront Museum Park campus park real estate not far from the hotel.  Rockford Art Museum (RAM) houses a collection of works by Illinois artists and in 2018 began a new Pop-Up Restaurant Series. Discovery Center Museum is a family-oriented museum with a science bent, focusing on geological and life science topics relevant to the Rockford region. Burpee Museum of Natural History is home to a juvenile T. rex named Jane. Locals also recommend visiting the nearby Tinker Swiss Cottage that sits on the limestone bluff overlooking Kent Creek.

Across the Rock River, if time permits, visit Anderson Japanese Gardens, one of the top Japanese gardens in North America. Also consider visiting  Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Since it will be fall, you may also enjoy a 30-minute drive to an apple orchard, such as Edwards Apple Orchard.

More information about the aforementioned and so much more can be found in the site of the Rockford Visitors and Convention Bureau.

As it becomes available, more information about the Conference program and speakers will be posted in the Conference website. For any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Chair for the 2018 HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at

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(via Suzanne Schriar, Illinois State Library)

The Targeting Autism Forum will be held on May 17-18, 2018 in the atrium of the State Library in Springfield. The full agenda for the forum is available at the State Library’s website. To register, send an email to Suzanne Schriar with a subject line that reads, “Registration for the forum”. Please include your name, job title, name of your library or other professional affiliation and a brief statement about your interest in the topic of autism and libraries. As in previous years, there is no registration fee to attend. Lodging for May 16-17 will be provided at no additional charge at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registrations will be accepted now through Friday, April 20.

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(via Allison Brungard, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania)

Please join us Wednesday, April 18, 1-2 pm CDT (2-3 pm EDT) for the monthly discussion hosted by the ACRL STS Information Literacy committee. This month Courtney Mlinar, Head Librarian (Elgin Campus) / Associate Professor at Austin Community College, will lead our discussion: “”Active and Engaged Teaching in the Sciences: Building a Community of Practice”.

Discussion Description:

This session will discuss engaged learning practices, project based learning and collaborative learning activities to increase the impact of library instruction within the sciences. Increased awareness of active teaching techniques will help build a community of practice at librarian institutions.

Recommended Readings:
Barkley, Elizabeth F. et al. 2014. Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Major, Claire Howell. 2016. Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.


When: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 1:00 PM -2:00 PM (CDT)

Participants must pre-register here:

Only registered users may enter the room (guest access is blocked). Limit of 100 attendees (including speakers) per our license.

Event Login Page:

Note: Please do not access the meeting link above prior to 15 minutes before the start time, as you may interrupt another meeting.

You will get an email confirmation with this meeting link as well.

Archive of all chats can be found here:

Interested in leading an STS monthly chat on a relevant science and information literacy topic? Have any questions about the STS-IL chats? Please send your inquiries to Kristen Cooper, Chair, at

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Engaging Students Through Images: Visual Literacy as Active Learning in Library Instruction

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)

Register: <>

Description: In this webinar, the presenter will share ways to integrate images to enhance student engagement and learning. From using politically charged images to fake images, these active learning techniques can engage with students and support their critical thinking skills and research processes through visual literacy. The presenter will also describe how to gamify library instruction through the act of drawing and concept-mapping. Attendees will learn how to include such activities to expand their students’ user experiences and learning, and will be inspired to apply these techniques into their next library workshop in all subject matters, particularly for one-shot library research instruction.

About the Presenter:

Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian at Fresno State where he coordinates and organizes the first year information literacy program and student engagement programs on campus. He has presented and published extensively including edited volumes such as The First Year Experience Cookbook and Asian American Librarians and Library Services. An active member of ALA, ACRL, APALA and CALA, Ray also blogs for Credo Reference on the first year experience trends and instructional services <>  and tweets at @raypun101.

Can’t make it to the live show? That’s okay. The session will be recorded and available <>  on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.

To register for the online event

1. Go to registration page: <>

2. Complete and submit the form.

3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration.

Contact a member of the Carterette Series planning team with questions or suggestions: <>

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(via Jennifer Lau-Bond, Oakton Community College)

Join us for the DLS Instruction Section Webinar “Using Open Educational Resources for Information Literacy Instruction”. Ru Story Huffman will discuss the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) as pedagogy for teaching information literacy in this presentation. The information literacy classroom is ripe for transformative instruction. Using free and open resources including textbooks, websites, free access journals and ebooks, and Web 2.0 tools, allows the instructor to tailor content and instructional techniques to best fit student learning outcomes.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 24, from 11:00 to 12:00 PM CST. To register, go to If possible, have a mic available for discussion. A recording of the event will be sent out via the DLS Listserv. Space is limited, so please register only if you plan to attend the live event.

For questions about the webinar or issues with registration, please contact Anjali Bhasin ( or Michelle Keba (

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(via Peg Burnette, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

We hope you will join us for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2018 Annual Conference on September 26, 27, and 28 at the beautiful Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford, Illinois!

This is a wonderful opportunity to present on your latest project or research and network with other librarians. Mark your calendars and stay tuned as we finalize the theme and continuing-education opportunities. Program and registration details will be coming soon. We hope to see you there!

Go here for information about the HSLI organization, and be on the lookout for our e-mails informing you of the Conference opportunities to come!

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at

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(via Nina Exner, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Please join us for the 4th annual Empirical Librarians conference. See for more information, a list of presentations, and to register. Empirical Librarians is a mini-conference on librarians and research, and will be held on February 16,  2018, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, TN.

We have a wide range of presentations on how to work with researchers and how to do research, as well as great conversation on all things research. And, our keynote speaker is Dr. Carol Tenopir!

Empirical Librarians is a small conference focused on librarians doing research and librarians supporting researchers. EmpLibs18 will be a one-day conference with a half-day preconference. The conference will be held at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Friday, February 16th, 2018. An optional writers’ preconference will be included for interested librarians on Thursday afternoon from 1-5pm.

Registration is open at along with a list of our excellent line-up of sessions.

For questions or more information, please contact Nina Exner at or Chris Eaker at Empirical Librarians is co-sponsored by the UT University Libraries and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) library.

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(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL President)

This workshop is open to everyone, not just law enforcement, and is appropriate for educators and librarians.

Grants Training in Springfield, IL  –  February 15-16, 2018

The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Springfield, February 15-16, 2018.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you’ll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

Click here for full event details.

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

We are excited to offer IACRL members and their staff a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that’s packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Please use discount code “ILASSN” to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration.

Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are also available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here.


Tammy Pitts
at Grant Writing USA
888.435.7281 toll free

Tim Eggleston
The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office

More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.

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Reminder: ALA New Members Round Table Seeking Mentors and Mentees

(via Sarah Wade, Campbell University)

Do you have over 5 years of librarian (library) experience and looking for new ways to engage with other librarians? Use your wealth of knowledge to connect new librarians to their career path by applying to be a mentor!

NMRT Mentoring Committee is seeking both Mentors and Mentees for Career Mentoring from December 2017 to July 2018.
Membership in ALA is required, and NMRT membership is encouraged. E-mails of interest are due ASAP, with the committee aiming to match pairs in early 2018. If interested, please contact for more information. Thanks for your interest!

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(via the Association of College and Research Libraries)

Join us in the Mile High City for the day-long workshop “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices,” offered at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting. The event will take place on Friday, February 9, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. More information about the program’s content and structure, including learning outcomes, is below.


The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education – with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging – has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. The Framework‘s vision of information literacy education as a shared responsibility of all educators suggests both opportunities and challenges for teaching librarians, as we expand pedagogical approaches and partnerships. This workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions.

Throughout this workshop participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to their own instructional work. Attendees will apply their learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for their local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Recognize the overarching goals and the major components of the Framework and what theories influenced the document’s creation.
  • Reflect on their personal perspectives on and experiences with the Framework and how these influence their engagement with the document.
  • Examine their unique institutional and instructional contexts and the possibilities and constraints these contexts present for their pedagogical work,
  • Apply principles of instructional design to develop instruction that is centered on the Frames and that fosters learning transfer and metacognition.
  • Explore the unique knowledge and experiences that librarians bring to teaching and learning and their implications for expanding librarians’ instructional roles and partnerships.
  • Explore how the Framework can be used to foster dialogue and collaboration among educators.


Samantha Godbey is Education Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is liaison to the College of Education and Department of Psychology. In this role, she has worked directly with faculty to integrate research-based assignments and information literacy concepts into their courses. Samantha’s research focuses on the Framework as well as information literacy instruction and assessment, and she is co-editor of Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts (ACRL, 2017). She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lindsay Matts-Benson is the Instructional Designer for the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis, where she collaborates and consults with librarians and library staff on building accessible, thoughtful and creative instructional material, such as online tutorials, websites, videos and in-person presentations. Lindsay has designed online learning modules and developed semester-long courses ranging from insurance law and trial advocacy skills to library research skills and job searching using library databases. Lindsay holds a Master of Arts in Learning Technology with a certificate in e-learning from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Along with Andrea Baer and Brittney Johnson, Lindsay co-designed this workshop curriculum.

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