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(via Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) holds a monthly webinar series titled, Kernel of Knowledge. This month, the session will feature Stephanie Morrison, MPH, the Team Coordinator for the National Library of Medicine’s Genetics Home Reference resource. This resource is intended to provide consumers with information about genetic conditions. To learn more about this resource, please go here.

This webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 22, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CST. This one-hour course provides participants with 1 hour of Medical Library Association continuing education credit. To register, go here.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Kiscaden, at

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(via Dr. Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Join us in a discussion on How can libraries better serve refugees and asylum seekers?

Web-conference sessions:

  • November 28, 2016, noon-1:00 pm CT
  • December 2, 2016 10:30-11:30 am CT

Participant link:

  • Best used with headset and high speed internet on the Chrome browser, or another browser with Flash Player

Twitter chat sessions:

  • November 29, 2016; 1:00-2:00 pm CT
  • December 5, 2016; 8:00-9:00 pm CT

Join the Twitter discussion @MortensonCenter using the hashtag #libraries4refugees

  • Use the hashtag #welcomepitch to share announcements, resources, CFPs, etc relevant to chat topic or refugees and asylum seekers

Use to determine your local time.

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs has partnered with ALA on the IMLS-funded “Project Welcome: Libraries and Community Anchors Planning for Resettlement and Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers”.   Project Welcome is a one-year planning grant (May 2016 – April 2017) that aims to learn about and articulate ways libraries can address the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers in order to support and empower them in their resettlement and integration process.  We are assessing the information needs and gaps in library services by learning from US and international librarians, international and national governmental agencies, and domestic resettlement and social services to develop recommendations and an action agenda on information resources, services, training, and research needed to support the resettlement and integration of refugees and asylum seekers in the United States.

As part of the planning grant, we are holding listening sessions to learn from the library and information community: How can libraries better serve refugees and asylum seekers?  The input will be incorporated into a thought paper, that will be used to provide background for the 2-day collaborative learning space/meeting to explore library and information solutions, including a 1-day public summit (February 6, 2017; Cambria Chicago Hotel)

If you have questions, please e-mail

Project Coordinators: Clara M. Chu and Susan Schnuer, Mortenson Center for International Library Program

Project Partners: Michael Dowling and Jody Gray, American Library Association


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The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) are partnering to offer seven scholarships for librarians to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The scholarship allows more librarians to take advantage of the opportunities for continuing education, meetings and interactions with colleagues at the meeting, which will take place from June 22 – 27, 2017.

Each scholarship will provide up to $1,000 to defray the cost of for conference registration, travel and expenses. One of the seven scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee.  The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a breakfast on Sunday, June 25.

The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2016 and entries will be judged by a jury designated by ALA.  Candidates must submit an essay that answers the question:  How will attending this ALA Conference contribute to my professional development?

To apply or learn more about the scholarships, click on this link

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its 18th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Complete proposals must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. More information is available at

AASL seeks proposals for 60-minute-long concurrent sessions to be held on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. Proposals should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL strategic plan, the AASL “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner,” and/or “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.” Additionally, concurrent session proposals should focus on one of the content strands, including authors; leadership; literature, literacy and reading; program administration; or teaching and learning.

The AASL national conference program review committee will conduct a blind review evaluating proposals for clarity, originality and timeliness. Consideration will be given to submissions that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and/or new perspectives;
  • Presents strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology;
  • Incorporates at least one active hands-on learning exercise;
  • Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles;
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes will be achieved.

Submissions will only be accepted via online form. Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. All questions regarding programming at the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition should be directed to or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4382.

The AASL National Conference & Exhibition is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. The 18th National Conference & Exhibition, “Beyond the Horizon,” taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the profession.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library)

News item:

A new and exciting exhibit opened November 21st at Galter Health Sciences Library and is available for viewing through December 22nd. “Every Necessary Care and Attention”: George Washington & Medicine explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of those under his care.  Washington’s story illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice ofmedicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Galter Library has also put together a companion display, “The State of Medicine at the Start of the Nation.” The display highlights a selection of holdings from Special Collections to contextualize the western world at the time of George Washington, with an emphasis on medicine’s contemporary practices and developments.

Mark your calendars! A reception for the exhibit will be held on November 30th, 2016 at 12 noon in Dollie’s Corner, Level 2 of the library, and will feature Dr. Kelly Wisecup, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Programs in American Studies and Science and Human Culture, Northwestern University. Dr. Wisecup will present on: Medicine at Home: Early American Botanical Colonization and Native American Herbal Resistance.

“Every Necessary Care and Attention”: George Washington & Medicine was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens. More information about the exhibit can be found on the exhibition website.

For questions about the exhibit at Galter or the reception, please contact Stephanie Thor:

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Slides/handouts are available for the following presentations.

“Trends in Complementary and Integrative Health: Web Resources for Health Science Librarians”
Download Presentation

“Technology to Enhance User Experience”

Download Slides

“Third-Party PubMed Tools”

Download Slides
Download Handout

One poster is available. More may be added later.

“Support From the Inside Out: An Embedded Librarian in a Dementia Support Group for Caregivers”

Photos are posted to Facebook and are linked to from the conference website ( Additional photos may be posted later.

Finally, don’t forget to do the evaluation! Even if you did not attend!

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Recording and Slides from 2016 CARLI Annual Meeting Now Available

A link to the recording of the morning session of the CARLI Annual Meeting, held on Friday, November 18, along with the slides from the presentations, are available from the event page at

The recording will be available until December 17, 2016.  Viewers will see a short advertisement before the video begins to play.

Please contact if you have any questions.

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Chicago Area Medical Archivists Meeting on December 7

All those interested in the history of the health sciences are invited to attend the upcoming Fall 2016 Chicago Area Medical Archivists meeting.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 1:00-4:30 p.m.


UIC Library of the Health Sciences Special Collections and Archives (Room 320), 1750 W. Polk St, Chicago


Business meeting: 1:00 – 2:00

Break and setup: 2:00 – 2:15

Presentation 1: 2:15 – 3:00 “Rush Time Capsules: Advocating for Archives and History in a Corporate Environment” Nathalie Wheaton, Archivist for Rush University Medical Center.

Presentation 2: 3:00 – 3:45 Cook County Hospital surgical groups, Edward Winslow MD

Optional walking tour 3:45-4:30: Federal Art Project artworks on the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Campus

Parking (fee):

Paulina Street Parking Structure (enter on Paulina or Marshfield)

Public Transportation:
CTA Pink Line Polk St stop, CTA Blue Line Medical Center stop; #7 Harrison Bus; #157 Bus

To assist us in anticipating the number of attendees, please RSVP to Megan Keller (

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We need your input! Please take a few minutes to complete our Educational Needs Assessment. The GMR is increasing outreach to all types of libraries and health professionals, so we need your input so we can better meet your educational needs. Access the questions here.

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Reminder: Nominations Sought for ACRL Awards

In addition to the ACRL Librarian/Researcher of the Year Award (I am on the committee), all of the ACRL award deadlines are rapidly approaching in early December.  I encourage you and urge you to please encourage your groups to consider making nominations.  It would be unfortunate to leave an award “on the table,” not because there were not worthy nominees, but because someone failed to be nominated (or self-nominated).  This is one of the ways we can honor our hard-working and deserving colleagues, so let’s take advantage of the opportunity.

See for the complete listing of available awards, criteria, and deadlines.

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