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(via Daniel Dotson, The Ohio State University)

Please save the date (July 25 – 27, 2018) for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians! This immersive 2.5-day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp will strive to cultivate an ongoing learning community of academic and medical librarians dedicated to providing research support to faculty and graduate students.

The 2018 event will take place on the main campus of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Registration will open in the spring. To learn more, visit the Boot Camp website, or contact Bethany McGowan, at

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(via Barry Grant, Medical Library Association)

Are you a library professional interested in learning to do research? Are you excited at the prospect of being part of an intensive and collaborative program that takes you through a process of learning research design and completing a health information research project? The Medical Library Association (MLA) Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) was designed for you! We are accepting applications from October 6 to December 8, 2017, for our 2018 cohort of RTI Fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form.

RTI 2018 offers an intensive residential experience led by expert faculty that includes  curriculum tailored to participants’ interests and skills, small-group sessions, and individual consultations with faculty. The program is designed to transform library professionals with novice or intermediate research skill levels into researchers able to conduct independently or lead a quality research project. RTI training covers all the stages of designing, implementing, and communicating a successful health information research project. Participants will be able to develop effective research questions, select a research design, identify the components of a research project, collect and manage high quality data, publish and present the results of a research project, and much more.

How will the RTI help participants in their careers? They will acquire a new, marketable set of skills; gain confidence in discussing research and scholarship with teaching faculty and researchers at their institutions; and implement research ideas that transform their libraries and raise their professional profiles. At the same time, participants will develop the capability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, while joining a network of researchers who can help them in making their next step.

The heart of the Institute is a week-long residential immersive workshop held in Chicago, from July 9 to 13, 2018. Pre-Institute learning activities, individual mentoring, a year of post-Institute support, and membership in an ongoing research community of practice supplement the residential component. Institute training is designed for library professionals with novice or intermediate research skills and experience, or who have a strong interest in research but do not possess the skills and
confidence to conduct research on their own. MLA membership is not required.

Admission is competitive. Only 20 applicants will be selected. See the above links for eligibility requirements and selection criteria. We will be accepting applications from October 6 to December 8, 2017. Applicants accepted to the Institute will be notified in March, 2018. For detailed information about the project, including fees, benefits, and housing information, see the RTI website.

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(via Shirley Zhao, University of Utah)

Health science librarians are invited to participate in Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). The course is an 8-week online class with engaging lessons and practical activities, and provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Participants will then complete a capstone project at the end of the course, and the experience will culminate in a Capstone Summit at NIH on April 10-11, 2018.

The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.

Application details are posted here. Applications are due on Wednesday, November 8. Notifications will go out to applicants the week of December 4. The online course will take place from January 8 to March 2, 2018, and the capstone summit will be held April 10-11, 2018. Please direct any questions to Shirley Zhao, at

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(via Aisha Conner-Gaten, Loyola Marymount University)

We are issuing a call for applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2018. We are seeking novice librarian researchers who are employed by academic libraries or research libraries outside an academic 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 year-long experience begins with a workshop held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, from June 3 to 9, 2018, with arrival on campus on Saturday, June 2, and departure on Sunday, June 10. 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 to 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.

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 are below.

  • commitment to the year-long process of participating in the IRDL research community and conducting the proposed study within the 2017-2018 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; and
  • enthusiasm for research and a desire to learn.

We will be accepting applications from December 1, 2017, to January 27, 2018. Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified in early March 2018. Application information may be found here. Please contact Project Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process. They are Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Marymount University (; and Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library, Loyola Marymount University (

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

Hopefully, many people have been able to attend the regional MLA conferences this fall. They provide a great opportunity to network in a smaller group and to also have some longer discussions with vendor and publisher reps.

Another fall conference tradition is the Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisitions. The next one will be November 6-10, 2017. There are a number of health sciences librarians speaking on health sciences collection management and scholarly publishing topics sprinkled in the Charleston Conference program this year, in concurrent sessions, poster sessions, lightning rounds: <>…Here’s a sampling:

Where Are We? Providing Information for the Clinical Enterprise (17th Health Sciences Lively Lunch) <> – please RSVP
If you will be at the Charleston Conference and interested in attending the 17th Health Sciences Lively Lunch on Friday @ 12:30 pm, please RSVP. The session is open to all conference goers; the RSVP is so our lunch host, Rittenhouse, can get an accurate head count for the boxed lunch. Come join panelists from three different academic health science libraries and the no holds barred discussion that is an integral part of the session. The RSVP link is embedded in the online schedule: <> (this year, we’ll cover the academic health sciences library perspective on issues, challenges in serving the information needs of affiliated hospitals and the clinical enterprise…)

Other sessions

*         Check out the panel on publication ethics in which the president of MLA, Barbara Epstein (University of Pittsburgh) will be speaking: <>

*         There will be 2 health sciences librarians’ presentations in this lightning round session: <> (Prelude to a Health Sciences Library Assessment: Introducing the Woodward Model (Jean Gudenas; Creative acquisition practices for funding clinical resources in an academic health sciences library (Pamela Bradigan, Joe Payne))

*         Here are two sample poster sessions topics <>: 21 Impact of Joining EAST on our Health Sciences Library (Frances Foret; Siamak Samiean<>) and <> First Aid for Student Costs: Helping Nursing Faculty Reduce Textbook Purchase Requirements (Lea Leininger<>)

STM (Scientific, Technical, Medical) publishers actively participate in presentations, too. And so much more.

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(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL Past President, on behalf of Andrew Adler, Georgetown College)

2018 Joint Spring Conference – User Experience: Where the Library and Patrons Meet 

The planning committee of the 2018 KLA/SLA Joint Spring Conference is pleased to announce the call for proposals for mini-sessions and poster presentations is now open.  Built around the theme of User Experience, roughly defined as the measure of your end user’s interaction with your library: its brand, its product, and its services, the committee welcomes submissions from presenters based on this topic and any topics that may apply. A list of these topics includes, but is not limited to:

·         User design

·         Usability

·         Website management

·         Space assessments

·         Signage

·         Data collection

·         Accessibility

·         Information Architecture

·         Visual Design

·         Information Literacy

·         Leadership/Management

Scheduled for April 4 – 6 at General Butler State Resort Park, the Joint Spring Conference is a collaboration between the Academic and Special Library Sections of the Kentucky Library Association and the Kentucky Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.

The deadline to submit abstracts is December 15, 2017. To submit your abstract, please click the following link: Your abstract should include:

·         Presenter(s) name

·         Institution name

·         Library name

·         Title of your presentation

·         Presentation type: Mini-session or Poster

·         Short (250 word) abstract of your presentation or poster

Mini-sessions will be 50-minute formal presentations by the presenter. Poster presentation submissions are also welcome for display and discussion during our poster reception on Thursday evening.

All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and all submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about user experiences. All accepted presenters will be required to register for the conference, but may do so at the member rate.

Important Dates:

Friday, December 15, 2017 – Submission Deadline
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Acceptance Notification
Friday, March 2, 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline
Friday, March 30, 2018 – Registration Deadline

Registration Fees:

Full Conference –

Member 115 / 145

Non-Member 155 / 185

Student 25 / 25

One Day –

Member 80 / 100

Non-Member 105 / 125

Student 25 / 25

*Members include those individuals who are members of any of the following: KLA – Academic Library Section, KLA – Special Library Section, SLA – Kentucky Chapter

*Conference registration will open soon. Be on the lookout for that upcoming announcement!

On behalf of the planning committee, we thank you for your interest in the conference and look forward to your submissions.

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(via Chase Ollis, American Library Association)

Join us in Denver, CO,  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 workshop will take place from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018. A description of what the workshop will cover follows.

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. Information about the workshop presenters is below.

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 the forthcoming 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.

Access the ALA Annual Conference registration materials to submit your registration. The workshop code is ACR1. The registration fee is $255 for ACRL members, $295 for ALA members who do not belong to ACRL, and $325 for individuals belonging to neither organization.

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(via Bobbi Newman,

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting members for a public-libraries-only offering of the class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This provides 12 CE credit, which is the amount needed for the Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from the Medical Library Association. The certificate is good for three years. In addition to completing the coursework, participants will be asked to provide feedback on the platform, course content, and the cohort experience. The NNLM will cover the application cost for the CHIS certificate for all participants who complete the coursework and the surveys. We will use your feedback on the class to ensure our courses meet the unique needs of public libraries.

The course will last from October 30 through November 5 and will take the form of an online asynchronous class. To registers, please e-mail Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region, at Please note there is a waiting list for this class, so please take a careful look at your schedule during the class dates. Plan to spend 3-5 hours a week on course. Only submit your name if you are committed to completing the course work and evaluations.

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Call for Posters: Open Up Conference on Open Educational Resources

(via Lucy Bungo, Director of Library Services at Villa Maria College)

Has your library designed open educational resources (OERs) for faculty?  Have you partnered with faculty on the curation of OERs for classroom use in specific subjects? Are you hosting OERs at your library?  Have you done anything else with OERs that you want to share with others?

The Resource Sharing Committee of the Western New York Library Resources Council is hosting the Open Up: Embracing Open Educational Resources and the Library’s Role In It conference on Friday, October 20, at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY. The conference will focus on what librarians can do to create, curate, distribute, and promote the use of OERs by the communities they serve. Beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM, there will be presentations, a set of breakout sessions, lightning round sessions, and a poster session. There are still slots available for poster sessions and we invite anyone working with OERs and an interest in sharing their work to submit a proposal.

To have your poster session considered for the conference, please complete this form. More information about the conference is available here.

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(via Brian Gray, Case Western Reserve University)

Proposals are now being accepted for the 3rd National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference, a 2-day event focused on all aspects of the first year experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students. The conference will be hosted by Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) on March 21-22, 2018. It will focus on starting library initiatives to support first year students, assessing outcomes of services and resources, and building the collaborative relationships throughout the organization to prepare a holistic approach to student success and retention. More information is available here.

The two days will feature keynotes, panel discussions, and lightning talks, surrounded by a number of concurrent sessions organized around proposed tracks of interest. Participants are welcomed from all types of organizations and levels of staffing. Programming will be offered to improve established programs or prepare for a new initiative.

We are accepting proposals for concurrent sessions organized by tracks, panel discussions, lightning presentations, and poster presentations. We welcome all proposals for consideration, but are particularly interested in sessions that consider any of the following topics.

  • how to measure impact & success; assessment methods
  • relationship building (internal and external to the library)
  • the “future” and next generation programs
  • focus on international students
  • focus on underserved communities or at risk communities
  • transition to second-year support
  • strategic ways for engagement and increased participation with FYE Students

Other topics may include the following.

  • “personal librarian” services such as direct interactions, custom experiences, etc.
  • starting new programs or initiatives
  • views and goals of campus administrators
  • student stories and testimonies
  • staffing models
  • overall role within a larger information literacy instruction program
  • events, programs, orientations, etc.
  • challenges and concerns
  • marketing and communication
  • diversity issues and approaches
  • developing relationship with parents

Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance the thinking about personal librarian programs and first-year experiences. Acceptance will be competitive and conducted by a conference committee consisting of Kelvin Smith Library employees and virtual committee members from several university libraries involved in personal librarian and/or FYE programs. Registration costs will be the responsibility of each attendee and presenter, and will not be covered by the conference organizers.

Proposals are due by Friday, October 6. Please use this web form. You may direct any questions to Brian Gray, at

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