Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

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

Northwestern University’s Galter Health Sciences Library will host a group viewing of the Medical Library Association’s upcoming webinar “Scoping Reviews: Mapping Your Course to Success”. The screening will take place on Tuesday, August 15, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CST. The webinar will be shown in the Administrative Conference Room, Level 2, of the Galter Health Sciences Library, which is located at 303 E. Chicago Avenue in Chicago.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. More information about the webinar is available here 

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Call for Proposals: ILA Reaching Forward Conference

(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, on behalf of Patrice Johnson)

On behalf of the ILA Reaching Forward Forum, I personally invite the members of the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Reaching Forward Conference.

The Reaching Forward Conference is the nation’s largest single-day conference for library staff of all areas of service and levels of expertise from public, school and special libraries. We offer over 40 conference sessions covering a wide array of topics, from advocacy and management, to programming (adults, teens and youth), collection development, reference, technical services, serving special populations and so much more.

The planning committee would love to have your forum represented with a speaker panel or program.  Our 29th Annual Conference will be held Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Proposals can be submitted via the online form.  Proposals can be saved and revised at any time prior to the submission deadline of Friday, September 8 at 11:59 PM CST.

If you have any questions, please contact me (Patrice Johnson), at

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(via Kim Copenhaver, President, Florida Chapter of ACRL)

The Florida Chapter of ACRL (FACRL) is seeking proposals for presentations and poster sessions for the 2017 FACRL Annual Conference to explore digital literacy in higher education and the library’s responsibility to lead the charge toward the creation of learners with the requisite skills to engage critically and ethically with information in an open knowledge society. As proven authorities on information literacy, librarians are well positioned to lead learners through a politically and digitally polarized environment and advocate for the development of digital citizenship. The annual conference will be held on Friday, October 20, at the Tampa Bay History Museum, Tampa, FL.

Proposals are due by Monday, August 14, and should be submitted here. Presentations should be 45 minutes in length with additional time provided for questions. Acceptance e-mails will be sent on or before August 25, 2017. Presentations and posters of superior quality may be considered for future publication in a special issue of The Reference Librariana major refereed journal published by Taylor and Francis.

Presentations and posters may address the following, but all proposals relevant to academic librarianship and digital literacy will be considered.

  • institutional initiatives showcasing librarians as leaders, teachers, and supporters of digital citizenship at their respective institutions
  • innovative applications of the ACRL Framework and corresponding instructional strategies that help students explore and understand the concepts of digital literacy
  • case studies highlighting libraries capitalizing on the sensationalism of fake news to convene and lead, insightful community conversations on the moral and ethical implications of digital literacy
  • digital collection development and how using electronic library resources can promote critical thinking, improve reading skills, and help learners better understand the research process
  • legislative advocacy initiatives involving broader campus communities to inform and inspire action supporting the principles of digital literacy, freedom of information and efforts to ensure equal access to information
  • other topics relevant to academic libraries and digital literacy

Need additional information to supplement your proposal? Check out the resources provided by the Digital Citizens Alliance and the Digital Citizenship Institute.

Inquiries may be sent to the FACRL Program Selection Committee Chair, Michelle Demeter at or 850-645-2707.

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Legislative Update, 08/09/2017


Bills promoting open access to federally funded research and electronic communications privacy have been introduced in Congress. Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act, or FASTR, H.R. 3427, would provide public access to research published from every federal agency that significantly funds research. This bill strengthens and expands previous legislation, requiring online access be made available more quickly. In the Senate, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Modernization Act of 2017 would require a warrant for authorities to access emails, geo-location information in cell phones, documents in the cloud, and other electronic communication records. This bill builds on the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 387, passed in the House earlier this year.

More on FASTR and the ECPA Modernization Act of 2017 is available from the District Dispatch.

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

Guest Speaker: Karen Gutzman, Impact and Evaluation Librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University

Description: Faculty are under pressure to “publish or perish” and they may need support to enhance the visibility and dissemination of their research. This presentation will discuss library services to assist faculty, provide examples of good visibility and dissemination practices, and review traditional and alternative metrics for evaluating research outputs. Attendees will gain insight that will inform and reinvigorate their partnerships with faculty.

Speaker Bio: Karen Gutzman is the Impact and Evaluation Librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University. Karen works within the library’s Metrics and Impact Core to support individuals and groups in their understanding, assessment, visualization, and reporting of impactful outcomes of research and clinical care efforts.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

No registration is required for this class. Details for accessing the webinar can be found here:

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Aug 9, 2017
10:00AM – 11:00AM CT

SCR CONNECTions is a monthly web conference presented by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region on various topics of interest to health sciences librarians and others. The webinar highlights topics such as NLM databases, subject specific resources and technology topics.

Sessions will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

Click here for more details.

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Choice Launches Authority File Podcast

(via Laura Mullen, American Library Association)

Choice launched The Authority File, a new sponsored podcast featuring conversations about academic libraries and librarianship, on Monday, July 31. The Authority File will feature weekly episodes in formats to include author/editor conversations about new books and products, thought-leadership interviews and discussions, and technology and product case studies. Hosted by Choice Editorial Director Bill Mickey, The Authority File is part of the suite of new content marketing options Choice offers to sponsors and advertisers through Choice Custom Studios.

The first four Authority File episodes center on an hour-long conversation with Raymond Pun and Meggan Houlihan, editors of “The First-Year Experience Cookbook” (ACRL 2017). The discussion ranges widely, covering each of the speaker’s careers and the general state of first-year experience librarianship. The Authority File is now available in the librarianship section of Choice’s website and directly via iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. It will also be accessible through the free ACRL-Choice app, available at the App store and Google Play.

To discuss becoming an Authority File sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at


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(via the American Library Association)

ALA Connect, the online space where ALA groups collaborate, is being upgraded to a new and more flexible system that will be powered by Higher Logic. The launch is scheduled for Aug. 31.

ALA Connect gives communities of interest within the library profession the opportunity to connect, learn, express and engage on a variety of topics.

With the upgrade, ALA Connect will enhance the user experience with such features as a branded space where Divisions and Round Tables can communicate, search and collaborate.

Other new features will include a more stable platform, a more uniform system that will be easier to maintain and the ability to add features in the future such as badging and ribbons.

As part of the upgrade, to maintain the integrity of the information within our current system and transfer it to the new system, a “Gray-Out” period will occur, beginning Aug. 10 and ending on Aug. 31. During this time, users will not be able to make any edits or new posts to the system, although they will be able to view public content.

Beginning next week, ITTS will be providing information and updates on the upgrade. Materials will include weekly updates and reminders, links to short videos showcasing the new features and emails with tips and links to instructional videos.

If you have any questions, please feel free to view our videos or contact Pam Akins at

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Upcoming NISO Virtual Conference:  **Don’t Miss This Outstanding Lineup of
Speakers!**Research Information **Systems**: The Connections Enabling Collaboration**Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017**Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Eastern)*Many in the academic community have heard about research information
systems (RIS); these are increasingly sophisticated systems that capture
various data surrounding the funding, workflow, and final output of the
research process for purposes of analysis and assessment. The next phase of
development for RIS is to create a network of researchers in the interest
of building strategic research initiatives and effective collaborations.
This conference will look at the vision for and the progress being made in
various initiatives. How might research information systems become more
tightly integrated with workflow applications? The data captured in an RIM
or CRIS (Current Research Information System) is significant and should
drive increased functionality and accruing value. The event will spotlight
entities that foster–through the development of resources or networks–the
ability of researchers to identify and connect with collaborators for their

*Final Agenda*  (Speaker abstracts are available on the NISO event page

*11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Welcome*

*Todd Carpenter*, *Executive Director, NISO*

*11:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Making Sense of the Confusing World of
Research* *Information
*Rebecca Bryant*, *Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research, OCLC*

*11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Creating a Culture of Research Reputation through
Research Information Management Systems Scott Warren*, *Associate Dean for
Research and Scholarship, Syracuse University Libraries*, and *Anne
Rauh*, *Collection
Development and Analysis Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse

*12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Enabling and Encouraging Use of the RIS/CRIS
*Christine Gillis Bilton, **Manager, Research Information Systems,
University of Waterloo*

*12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break*

*1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. VIVO (Open Source RIS Tools)*

*Muhammad Javed, **Ph.D., Ontology Engineer/Tech. Lead (Scholars@Cornell),
Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University*

*2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Commercial RIS Systems: Benefits, Costs, and
Considerations of Use*

*Daniel Calto*, *Director of Solution Services, Research Intelligence,

*2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. The RIS as a Part of a Larger Environment of Systems*
*Andi Ogier, **Director for Data Services, Virginia Tech, **Virginia
(Ginny) Pannabecker**, Associate Director, Research Collaboration and
Engagement, Virginia Tech University Libraries, *and *Peggy Layne**,
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, Virginia Tech*

*3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break*

*3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Case Study I: GTScholar: Lessons learned in RIM/CRIS
*Marlee Givens*, *Librarian for Modern Languages and Library Learning
Consultant, Georgia Tech*

*4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Case Study II: From Researcher Profiling to System
of Record*
*Jan Fransen*, *Service Lead for Researcher and Discovery Systems,
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities*

*4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion *
*Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO*

*About Registration:* Purchase of a single registration entitles you to
gather an *unlimited* number of staff from your organization/institution in
a class- or conference-room setting to view the event on the day of the
live broadcast. It also includes access to an archived recording of the
event to allow those with conflicting obligations to still benefit from the
day’s content.

NISO Virtual Conferences draw upon the expertise of information industry
professionals who work in a variety of settings and each bring to the
discussion a different perspective on the complexities of the modern
information environment. Our 11 a.m. start time and two additional breaks
provided during the course of the six-hour event allow registrants to
listen to and benefit from a professionally developed agenda while still
being within call of daily workplace responsibilities.

For details on registration costs as well as additional information
provided by our speakers, please see the NISO event page

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(via Barry Grant, Medical Library Association)

MLA has two upcoming webinars. More information is below.

Scoping Reviews: Mapping Your Course to Success

Tuesday, August 15

1:00pm-2:30pm (CT)

In this webinar for expert and aspiring expert searchers, you will learn what a scoping review is, how to work with research teams on the scoping review process, and when to recommend a scoping review. This informative, lively, discussion-based webinar focuses on practical solutions to data management and search challenges of scoping reviews, enabling you to improve the quality of your search services and raise your profile in your environment. Participants will be invited to submit scoping review questions prior to the webinar.

Who should attend: All health information professionals with some searching experience who want to learn about scoping reviews as alternatives to systematic reviews.

Whitney A. Townsend is an informationist in the Taubman Health Sciences
Library at the University of Michigan. She has been a member of numerous
systematic and scoping review teams, instructs on systematic review
searching and methodology for residents, fellows, and faculty, and is an
instructor for the systematic review workshop funded by the NNLM Greater
Midwest Region, “Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians.” She was
a panelist on the MLA Webcast “Beyond Systematic: The Librarian’s Role in
Shaping Reviews,” and she spends a lot of time directing researchers to
different review methodologies better suited to their questions, including
scoping reviews.

Kate M. Saylor works at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences
Library. She is the informationist for the School of Nursing, School of
Public Health’s Health Behavior and Health Education department, and the
Office of Public Health Practice. Kate has advised on numerous systematic
and scoping review projects, is an instructor for the “Systematic Reviews:
Opportunities for Librarians” workshop, and teaches systematic review
methodology and advanced searching for the research synthesis courses in
the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD programs at the School of

Register here for Scoping Reviews

Helping Patients and Health Care Consumers Understand Precision Medicine

Thursday, September 28

1:00 – 2:30 PM (CT)

As precision medicine grows in popularity, so too does the demand on health
information professionals to communicate complex information about genetics
to lay audiences. This webinar introduces health information professionals
to recent research on learning styles, health and genetic literacy, and
precision medicine communication, so that they can effectively assist
patients and health care consumers in understanding precision medicine
treatments. The websites and tools introduced during the webinar will be
immediately very useful to all attendees.

Taneya Koonce, Helen Naylor, Sheila Kusnoor, and Nunzia Giuse, FMLA are
affiliated with the Center for Knowledge Management, Vanderbilt University
Medical Center as researchers, administrators, or faculty. Collectively,
they bring knowledge and years of experience in genetics, consumer
health/patient informatics, patient communication, biochemistry, and using
health literacy and learning style preferences to create patient health
communication models for complex health and genetic information.

Who should attend: All health information professionals; no previous
knowledge or experience required.

Register here for Precision Medicine.

To learn more about the Medical Library Association and the benefits of
membership, including reduced prices on webinars, visit us here

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(via Melissa Tracy, American Library Association)

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the Fall, 2017, issue.  RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services. The decision to move RUSQ from subscription based to open access was based on many factors, most notably the open access movement strongly supported by librarians. Other factors include ensuring a continued pool of strong authors and articles, ease of access for readers as well as broader worldwide access as the cost for professional journal subscriptions is extremely prohibitive.

RUSA represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need.

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