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(via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

This class will cover the topics in the Quick Starter course for the Public Heatlh Digital Library subscribers.

Please note the session will not have captioning on unless specifically requested.

Please see this link for details on how to sign up for My NCBI and Loansome Doc accounts if you do not have them already:
How to create your new My NCBI and Loansome Doc accounts

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Aug 24, 2017
11:00AM – 12:00PM ET

This course is meant to instruct new and current users of the Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) how to access the full-text articles available from the 230+ journals in the collection.

Course topics covered include: conducting basic searches in PubMed, activating the LinkOut icon and filter, creating alerts and using built-in filters.

Intended audience: Public Health Digital Library subscribers Please see this link to confirm that your public health department is subscribed:

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(via Carolyn Martin, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Northwest Region)
We have a great webinar session coming up that you will find lively and informative.

Earlier in the year the new University of Washington course webpage, “Calling Bullshit”<>, went viral. Professors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, wanted a course that would teach students how to critically look at data and understand how it is manipulated.  Jevin will be focusing on the common pitfalls specifically around information visualization and examine the different ways that information can be misrepresented with figures and graphs at the next PNR Rendezvous, the monthly webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR).

Eligible for 1 MLA CE. This session will be recorded but we encourage you to attend the live session.
When: Wednesday, August 16, 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 4:00pm ET
How to Connect:

*   Go to current PNR Rendezvous session <>
*   Enter your name and email address
*   Enter the session password: pacific
*   Click “Join Now”
*   Follow the instructions that appear on your screen
*   Go to the PNR Rendezvous webpage<> for more complete instructions
We hope you can join us!

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Call for Proposals: RSR Special Issue on Emergent Literacies

(via Tammy Ivins, University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Reference Services Review (RSR) is seeking authors to write on the theme of emergent literacies in academic libraries. Articles in this issue will explore emergent literacies, intersections of multiple literacies, and ideas around the language used to describe, implement, and assess these literacies. We are interested in innovative interpretations and intersectional research around ideas, theory, and practice(See complete description below.)

We want this special issue to draw from a variety of perspectives, so we really hope that many members of the Instruction Section will consider submitting proposals!

Proposals/abstracts are due Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to both:

Tammy Ivins (, Transfer Student Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

Sylvia Tag (, Librarian for Colleges/Departments/Programs at Western Washington University

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, ~Tammy and Sylvia

Reference Services Review is seeking authors to write on the theme of emergent literacies in academic libraries. Articles in this issue will explore emergent literacies, intersections of multiple literacies, and ideas around the language used to describe, implement, and assess these literacies. We are interested in innovative interpretations and intersectional research around ideas, theory, and practice. Examples of stand-alone and intersectional topics include, but are not restricted to,:  Cultural Literacies (International, Indigenous, Economic)  Spatial Literacies (How do we create physical and virtual spaces for intellectual pursuits?)  Emotional Literacies (Changing demographics of higher education, Inclusivity)  Life Skill Literacies (Finance, Self-advocacy, Speaking, Privacy)  Narrative Literacies (How do we tell our story? How do students share their stories?)  Oral Literacies (Listening, Speaking)  Written and Expressive Literacies (Writing, Visual, Performance)  Digital & Multimedia Literacies (Social Media, Copyright, Digital media authoring)  Literacies across the arc of K-20 education  Methodology, pedagogy, and assessment of emergent literacies  Forthcoming technologies or developments may create new emerging literacies  Intersection of Emergent Literacies & Digital Humanities Proposed manuscripts may take many forms, including (but not limited to) innovative applications of best practices, literature reviews, or conceptual papers that explore the future of emerging literacies. We wholeheartedly welcome submissions on emergent literacies and/or approaches not listed above. We encourage manuscripts that explore innovative intersections of various literacies, approaches, and pedagogical approaches. The theme issue, Volume 46 Issue 2, will be published in June 2018. Manuscripts must be submitted by February 24, 2018. Submitted manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process. Authors can expect to work on revisions in February and March 2018. Final manuscripts will be due by April 7, 2018. Proposals/abstracts due: October 15, 2017. Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to both: Tammy Ivins (, Transfer Student Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Sylvia Tag (, Librarian for Colleges/Departments/Programs at Western Washington University 2 Reference Services Review Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly refereed journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference services. RSR covers all aspects of reference functions, including automation of reference services, evaluation and assessment of reference functions and sources, models for delivering quality reference services in all types and sizes of libraries, and development and management of teaching / learning activities, promotion of information literacy programs, and partnerships with other entities to achieve reference goals and objectives. RSR prepares its readers to understand and embrace current and emerging technologies affecting reference functions, instructional services and information needs of library users. RSR contributors draw on:  Current research and practice,  Their own considerable expertise, experience and perspectives, and  The expertise of their home communities to identify issues, practices and technologies that are relevant to service design, delivery, management, and assessment. RSR articles include research papers, technical papers, conceptual papers, case studies, literature reviews, and reviews of public previously published research on a number topics. Commentary, including point/counterpoint articles, is also welcome. Mini theme and theme issues support the more detailed exploration of topics. A diverse mix of authors and contributors enhance the journal’s value, as does an international team of editorial advisors. Journal information: Information for authors:

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ALA Emerging Leader Applications Due Thursday, August 31

(via Andrew Stuart, Ohio University)

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 class of Emerging Leaders (EL).  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the Emerging Leaders Web page.

Apply now. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 31, 2017

The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations

An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or school library media affiliate will sponsor nearly two-thirds of the selected applicants.  Each sponsor will contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference ($500 for each conference).  Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application.

For more information, visit the Emerging Leaders Web page or contact the EL project manager at

The ALA Emerging Leaders program is managed by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR).

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(via Sarah Miles, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – South Central Region)

Good afternoon! Please excuse cross-posting. The SCR office is excited to share about an upcoming webinar, Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library, which will take place next Wednesday, August 16, from 12pm – 2pm CT / 11am – 1pm MT. The class will feature an overview of some of NLM’s consumer-focused databases and discuss to meet the needs of consumers at your library or institution.

This class will be taught by one of our coordinators and is part of an ongoing national effort to ensure you get the classes you  need! The class fulfills the foundational requirement for Level 1 of the Consumer Health Information Specialization<> through the Medical Library Association and can also be counted towards completion of Level 2.

For information on attending, please visit the course listing<> or see the information below. We hope to see you there!

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
Time: Wednesday, August 16 at 12 – 2pm CT / 11am – 1pm MT
Instructor: Sarah Miles
Note: This class counts towards the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Description: This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Objectives: This class teaches you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library. We will cover:

*   History and evolution of consumer health
*   Challenges of providing consumer health information at your library
*   Planning a consumer health service
*   Collection development
*   Consumer health on the internet
*   The reference interview
*   Ethics
*   Outreach
*   Project development / marketing

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Prepare for the Fall Semester with 23 Framework Things

(via Kim Pittman, University of Minnesota Duluth)

The summer is winding to an end and though we are sure you’ve completed “all the things” from your summer to-do list and are perfectly prepared for fall instruction (wink wink), we thought we’d offer something that might give you a boost if you are looking for ways to incorporate the new ACRL IL Framework into your instruction.

23 Framework Things is a free, self-paced, online professional development opportunity that offers readings, activities, and opportunities to connect with your colleagues about the Framework. Complete as many of the things as you choose, in any order, and win prizes! Here are a few of the “Things” that might be especially helpful as you prepare for fall semester:

·         Frame Focus Things: Browse lesson plans & activities on each frame and brainstorm ideas for your own lessons and activities with colleagues

·         Thing #4: Assessment Overview: We all have high hopes about incorporating more assessment into our instruction. This is your year!! In this thing, we ask ourselves, “What would Megan Oakleaf do (with the Framework)?” and explore intentional and achievable ways to assess using the Framework

·         Thing #13: Understanding by Design: Got a few upcoming instruction session/courses? Learn more about the Understanding by Design backward design process and plan your lessons in a way that support student understanding and transfer of knowledge

·         Thing #3: Environmental Scan: Still figuring out how to “frame” the Framework at your institution? Get ideas and inspiration from colleagues and reflect on ways to engage with and embed elements of the Framework into your institution’s curriculum.

So, if you’re looking for ways to engage with the new ACRL IL Framework, check out 23 Framework Things!

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(via Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

A memory cafe is a safe and fun social opportunity for those living with memory loss, as well as their families and caregivers. Memory cafes have been offered in the Netherlands since 1997, but only in the US since 2013. Learn how your library can start a memory cafe and collaborate with key players in the community for the perfect fit.

A memory café is a social gathering place for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementia and their family and friends. Library memory cafes meet once per month in a safe and comfortable space to facilitate connections of persons living with memory loss. Each café is as unique as the library that hosts it and offers a program or activity that is engaging and fun. Community partners and aging specialists provide guidance and respond to questions or requests for resources. If your library wants to get involved with the local community while doing health outreach and programming, this webinar will provide you with the essential first steps to get started.

Presenter Bio: Angela Meyers is the Coordinator of Youth and Special Needs Services at the Bridges Library System in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Meyers has previous work experience in public libraries and area non-profits. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree (2002) and a Master of Library & Information Science degree (2008) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017
10:00AM – 11:00AM CT
Continuing Education Credits:

Register now! <

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HSLI Members, Present and Past, Presenting at ALA

One current member of HSLI and one past member will be presenting at this year’s American Library Association conference, to be held in San Francisco from June 25 to June 30.

Current member Mary Beth Riedner, of the Gail Borden Public Library District in Schaumburg, is one of the organizers for the session “Hearing on Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dementia”. Attendees will have the opportunity to make suggestions for how to improve library services for people with dementia, a group that is too often overlooked. The session will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 AM on Saturday, June 27, in Room 133 (N) of the Moscone Convention Center. More information is available here.

Immediate-past member Lian Ruan, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Illinois Fire Service Institute, will be giving a poster session titled “The Role of Chinese Americans in Library and Information Science Diversity”. The poster will discuss a project, funded by the 2014 ALA Diversity Research Grant, studying the ways in which Chinese-American librarians have contributed to services for diverse populations, and it will also examine strategies for improving recruitment and promotion of Chinese-American LIS professionals. The poster will be on display from 2:30 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 28, at the Westin St. Francis hotel’s Tower Salon A. For more information, click here.

Congratulations, Mary Beth and Lian! If there are any other current or recent HSLI members who are presenting at ALA this year, please let me know.

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ACRL Report on Library Trends, Part III

A summary of the remainder of ACRL’s 2015 Environmental Scan is below. The full report can be read at


Discovery Services

Shared Integrated Library Systems (ILS)/Resource Management Systems (RMS)

*         In an effort to make all parts of the collection as accessible as possible, regardless of the type of item (print, electronic, media, etc.), libraries are increasingly putting “discovery services” into place, which will require having staff with the relevant training. Additionally, with the growth of consortia, institutional repositories, and other forms of sharing across institutions, opportunities abound for sharing of resources on an ever-larger scale. (The Illinois Heartland System is an example.)

*         Since this sharing of resources involves many stakeholders (individual libraries, the institutions of which they are a part, consortia, individual patrons), the differing expectations and information-seeking habits among users need to be taken into account when designing discovery services. In particular, options for sorting and organizing results should be flexible enough to accommodate various types of users.


*         With discovery services becoming increasingly common and diverse, resource-sharing is occurring on an even larger scale than before, with partnerships between national organizations and private companies substantially increasing the amount and variety of information that is available to the public. This includes sources that are not in “traditional” format, such as tweets; an agreement between the Library of Congress and Twitter will create a searchable database of them.

*         As the different organizations involved in these large-scale collaborations often have incompatible computer systems, making them “information silos”, combining their databases while ensuring ease of access is an ongoing challenge. Open-source programs are allowing searching across databases, while saving organizations the trouble of integrating their computer infrastructure.

User-Driven Research: Linked Data, Data Mining, and Analytical Tools

*         With research increasingly being directed by individual interests and skill levels, libraries need to provide users with the tools for effectively locating and evaluating information on their own. These include platforms for data mining, such as HathiTrust.

*         Libraries need to keep in mind that, for those conducting independent research, the goal is not just uncovering hard data, but making the connections necessary for creating new knowledge. Such efforts can be aided by text-analysis tools, such as Voyant Tools and Google Books N-Gram Viewer, and the new information that is uncovered can be conveyed not just in written format, but also visually.


Library Facilities

Making New Use of Space

*         Libraries continue to be seen as crucial to students’ success, but their role has changed from being repositories for information to acting as “learning commons” fostering collaboration and active learning. As print items take up less physical space in the library, it will need to be transformed into a user-friendly environment that accommodates different learning styles and provides various services, from tutoring assistance to cutting-edge technology. Creative use of space will be especially critical for those libraries that do not have the funding for a renovation, or that have limited space to begin with because they have to share the building with other departments on campus.

*         As libraries make these changes, they will need to be certain that the modifications meet curricular needs and help the institution as a whole achieve its mission. One area in which the new technology might be able to play a particularly relevant role is digital scholarship. At the same time, however, libraries will also need to ensure that they don’t disregard the “traditional” library services, such as circulating books and providing a space for quiet study and research.

3-D Services, Makerspaces, and Technology Services

*         Many libraries are going beyond just the “usual” high-tech services and are providing devices and programs, such as makerspaces (workshops for hands-on activities, such as building a robot), that have generally not been associated with libraries in the past. Having this new technology not only enhances library services, but it also increases the library’s profile on campus and makes it even more of a “hub” of student and faculty learning and interaction. Even when some students do not need to incorporate technology into their assignments, it can still act as a “draw”, since students may not have experienced the technology before and are interested in learning how it works.

*         In the process of implementing these changes, libraries will need to make certain that they have adequate support services for the new technologies, such as multimedia labs and 3-D printers. Since existing staff don’t always have the time to maintain the new technology, even with training, libraries may need to hire additional staff, or, if that is not possible, seek assistance from the IT department on campus. Given that much of the equipment is quite expensive and fragile, libraries will also need to have policies in place that clearly explain proper use and list fines or other penalties for damaging or misplacing equipment.


Scholarly Communication

Academic Library as Publisher

*         In recent years, libraries have played an increase role in scholarly publishing, and even those libraries that are not currently involved have expressed an interest in becoming so. Most of the materials that libraries have produced are journals (the majority of which are open-access), although libraries have also put out monographs and technical reports.

*         In addition to providing libraries with an opportunity to work with scholars in various fields and build campus relationships, publishing also gives different libraries another opportunity to collaborate on a project of shared interest. The Library Publishing Coalition, a member-backed organization that was formed in 2014 and provides support for research and publishing by libraries, is an example of this kind of cooperation.

Copyright Issues and Fair Use

*         Since the forms of technology and scholarly communication that libraries use are changing rapidly, copyright law is not always able to keep pace. As a result, libraries are often forced to rely on best practices, particularly the guidelines for fair use. There have been efforts in recent years to devise a universal set of rules, such as those drawn up by the CMSI (Center for Media and Social Impact) at the American University School of Communication.

*         It is necessary for libraries to have staff members (either through training existing staff or, when possible, by hiring new staff) who are conversant in the main issues related to copyright, including fair use and authors’ rights. Having this expertise available puts libraries into an ideal position to develop institution-wide policies on these issues.


*         With an increasing amount of scholarly communication taking place online, including in “nontraditional” formats (i.e., comments made on social-media websites), “alternative” metrics are being used to measure research output and keep track of scholarly communication. These measurements are in addition to the traditional ones, such as citation counts.

*         A standard set of altmetric measures is still in the planning stages, although several major initiatives have been undertaken, including the NISO’s (National Information Standards Organization) “Alternative Assessment Metrics Initiative”. So far, altmetrics has received broad support from the scholarly community, especially since using altmetric measures would likely increase the reputation of a journal and, by extension, the papers published in it.

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2015 ACRL Report on Library Trends, Part II

An overview of the middle section of ACRL’s 2015 Environmental Scan is below. (The full text of the document can be found here.) I’ll have an overview of the last part of the report later this week.

Research Data Services

Responses to U.S. Government and Funding Agencies’ Policies

  • Recent years have seen increased efforts by the federal government, in particular the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), to provide as much access as possible to scientific research. The goal is for the public, businesses, and members of the scientific community to be able to view the direct results of federally-backed scientific research, via peer-reviewed publications and electronic data. In making such a large amount of research publically available, the government will need to take into account the confidentiality and privacy issues that will likely arise.
  • As curators of information in all its formats, libraries will have a significant role in making this research available. Collaboration will be essential for developing top-notch digital platforms that can make scholarly research available in multiple formats and to users at different institutions.
  • At the same time, libraries will need to balance institutional needs and resources with broader pressures in academia and government, not to mention international competition. With their expertise in managing and preserving information, libraries are positioned to play a key role in helping government agencies make as much of their own information available to the public as possible.

Understanding Researchers’ Data Sharing and Management Practices

  • As large a role that libraries can play in making scholarly research more-broadly available, that role will be restricted if researchers are limited by institution-wide rules affecting the ways in which research data can be managed and shared. Even if researchers are not hindered by institutional regulations, their work can still fall by the wayside, in terms of accessibility and online preservation, if individual researchers and their colleagues are not aware of the latest trends and procedures regarding data sharing.
  • At the same time, libraries and other actors within the organization do need to familiarize themselves with researchers’ specific needs. Although programs for disseminating data and research may already be in place, these may not meet the specific requirements for making work in a particular field more accessible. The ways in which data are collected, analyzed, and shared may vary from discipline to discipline, especially between the hard sciences and the humanities.

Advances in Data-Curation Services

  • Even though academic libraries are have long been a key player in collecting and preserving data, the changing amounts and types of information being produced require that libraries reach out to other departments, and even institutions, in order to manage those data as effectively as possible. Libraries may have to form partnerships with departments or institutions with which they have not collaborated in the past, especially to gain access to information on the standards used in various fields to collect and preserve data.
  • That having been said, libraries still have a major role to play in deciding which curation practices that are created or modified will ultimately have the largest impact in the long run. It will be crucial to train library staff, through continuing education and other professional-development activities, to keep them up to speed on the latest policies and programs, especially those related to specialized areas of research in the hard sciences. At the same time, library schools will need to incorporate instruction on the latest data-curation practices into their curricula.

Data Information Literacy: National and Regional Projects

  • Ensuring data literacy among students and other library users has long been one of the main goals of broader information-literacy efforts. The ongoing relevance of data literacy was recently underscored by a new list of core competencies for information literacy that includes skills in data management.
  • To make data literacy and data management a significant part of information literacy, data librarians will need to make their library colleagues aware of the vital role that data literacy plays in successful library use. At the same time, data librarians will need to familiarize themselves with broader standards for information literacy, so that they can shape data-literacy programs to match those requirements.
  • Data librarians should also educate themselves on programs that have worked at the national level. so that they can determine which aspects of those programs would be most useful at the institutional or regional level. Such broader programs include the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC), among various medical and scientific libraries in the Northeast.

Data-Management Services: New Specialties for Subject Librarians

  • Libraries are playing an increasing role in locating, recording, and managing data, not just in the hard sciences, but in the humanities. With data-management services therefore becoming an area of increasing importance to libraries, it is crucial that, whenever possible, libraries hire individuals to specialize as data-management librarians, rather than assigning the duties to existing staff members.
  • Due to the broad reach of data-management services, however, some existing staff members may need to be retrained, regardless, in order to fill gaps in knowledge of the latest trends in collecting and sifting through data. Surveys show that library administrators need to become more aware that staff may not have all of the skills and experiences needed for managing such large and diverse amounts of data. Providing ongoing professional-development opportunities in this area will be critical.
  • Due to these changes, it may even be necessary for libraries to restructure themselves organizationally, so that they will be better-equipped to meet the needs of data researchers. For such a reorganization to be successful, increased collaboration among departments within the library will be essential, as librarians from different backgrounds will need to pool their knowledge into data-management projects.
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