Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Tina Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Are you passionate about sustainability in libraries?  Are you looking for a leadership opportunity?  If you answered “yes” to both questions, consider running for SustainRT Coordinating Council!  We are looking for SustainRT Coordinating Council candidates for the following positions: coordinator-elect, secretary, treasurer, and member-at-large.  Officer position descriptions are in the SustainRT bylaws.  You can read below what the Coordinating Council is proposing at Officer position descriptions *Draft Revision*.

Candidates must be ALA and SustainRT personal members in good standing.  Not a member?  Go to the ALA membership page to join or renew!

If you want to know more about these positions or if you want to nominate yourself, please contact Tina Chan ( by November 20, 2019.

From Officer position descriptions *Draft Revision*:

Coordinator-Elect (Term: 3 years – coordinator-elect, coordinator, immediate past coordinator)

Serves as Liaison from the Board for a SustainRT committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting, appoints committee chairs for the next Board year. Works with ALA Liaison to update Board listserv for coming year, updates org chart for coming year.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual, and preferably attend ALA Midwinter.

Secretary (Term: 2 years)

Records meeting minutes, submits for edits and posts to Connect within one week of each meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter.

Treasurer (Term: 2 years)

Serves as Liaison from the Board to the Membership Committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter.

Member-at-large (Term: 2 years)

Serves as Liaison from the Board for a SustainRT committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual or ALA Midwinter.

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(via Reina Williams, juror on the Librarians without Borders® Ursula Poland International Scholarship jury of the Medical Library Association)

Ursula H. (Anker) Poland (1922-2009) was a distinguished MLA member, recipient of the Marcia C. Noyes Award, Fellow of MLA, and Janet Doe Lecturer.  Poland’s 1982 Doe Lecture is one of MLA’s most important statements about MLA’s international interests and accomplishments. Poland used the Doe Lecture forum, other publications and activities, and her own career as a model to encourage MLA members to enrich their careers and approach to the practice of health sciences librarianship through international connections and experiences.

The Librarians without Borders® Ursula Poland International Scholarship helps fund an international project by a US or Canadian health sciences librarian. Endowed in 2014, this award is designed to enable the MLA to help fund a wide range of individuals whose projects are related to health sciences librarianship in an international context. The scholarship recipient receives a certificate at the MLA annual meeting and a scholarship award of $1,000 to fund expenses associated with an international health sciences library project.

Could you be the next Ursula Poland International Scholarship awardee?

Read more and apply by December 1:

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(via Julie Martin, Northeast Document Conservation Center)

Registration Now Open
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections  —  April  6-7, 2020 — Tucson, Arizona

JOIN US in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, for a comprehensive overview of digital preservation, presented by information professionals with deep experience in the preservation of cultural heritage materials. During the two-day training, you will learn about good practices and practical strategies for creating and managing digital collections, and you’ll gain confidence in decision-making for the preservation of your digital assets.

TOPICS INCLUDE:  Standards and specifications for digitization and digital preservation, metadata, copyright, selection for digitization, special considerations for audiovisual and born-digital materials, digital storage, and more.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?   Are you just getting started in digitization and digital preservation? Trying to bring several digital projects together into a cohesive digital preservation program? Or are you well into a digital collections project and need a refresher on the latest standards and best practices?   The Digital Directions conference is geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, government agencies, corporate archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections. Students are encouraged to attend, and a discounted registration rate is available.

For Complete Information and Registration:

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(via Molly Beestrum, ILA President)

Hello ILA members and friends! We are pleased to present a new aspect of ILA sponsored conferences and events, the goal of which is to enable and enhance the fullest, most productive possible experience for participants: A Statement of Appropriate Conduct.

Following in the steps of many other associations that have adopted such statements or codes, and leading ahead of others, the ILA Executive Board has researched, developed, and approved this Statement, which covers expected standards of behavior and a process for reporting incidents. We hope each of you will take a moment to read the Statement and familiarize yourself with the process.

We are proud to have taken this proactive step toward enhancing the conference and event experience for everyone. If you have concerns or questions about this, please do reach out to me at or ILA Executive Director Diane Foote at We look forward to seeing those of you planning to attend the ILA Annual Conference in Tinley Park!

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(via Meg Galasso, Indiana University Kokomo)

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 26th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research around serving diverse patrons.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.

Criteria for selection:

1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Friday, January 3, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 17th, 2020. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents:

SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information
Please include the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

SUBMISSION PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:

1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.      Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected. 

Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2019-2020 committee chair:

Qiana Johnson (

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Legislative Update, 10/18/2019

Federal news:

Trump suspends entry for migrants who will ‘financially burden the United States healthcare system’ [The Hill, 10/4/2019]

“Migrants will be considered people who will burden the system if they are not covered by approved health insurance within 30 days of entering the country unless they have enough money to ‘pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs.'”

Trump admin shifts family planning funds from Planned Parenthood to other providers [The Hill, 9/30/2019]

“The Trump administration says it has reallocated $34 million in federal funds given up by Planned Parenthood and other providers that did not want to comply with new abortion restrictions on a federal family planning program.”

Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How’s That Going? [NPR, 10/14/2019]

Summarizes “five of the biggest changes to the federal health law under President Trump.”

CBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare $345 billion [The Hill, 10/11/2019]

“A preliminary analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finds that the core provision of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) signature bill to lower drug prices would save Medicare $345 billion between 2023 and 2029.”

Trump executive order to focus on modernizing Medicare [Roll Call, 10/3/2019]

“An executive order President Donald Trump will sign this afternoon will focus on modernizing Medicare by increasing access to telehealth and innovative therapies, according to senior officials.”

Federal health officials propose loosening anti-kickback laws [Roll Call, 10/9/2019]

“The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled plans to loosen two anti-corruption laws for doctors, in a bid to promote new ways of delivering coordinated health care while attempting to preserve the laws’ core aim of combating fraud and abuse.”

Dismissed EPA science advisers gather in ‘unprecedented’ challenge to Trump administration [Science, 10/10/2019]

“Its 20 members, almost all of them from academia, had previously served on a comparable advisory panel for EPA, only to be summarily fired last fall by the agency’s then-acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler.” The meeting will address air quality standards for fine particulate matter, which are tied to health-related issues of the heart and lungs.

State news:

1.3% hike in Bloomington Public Library tax levy proposed [Pantagraph, 10/15/2019]

“The Bloomington Public Library again will seek a tax levy increase as it continues to face $2 million in needed repairs while awaiting a financial commitment from the city to expand at its current site.”

ALPLM gets book collection of Lincoln biographer [State Journal-Register, 10/15/2019]

Video and article about the recent acquisition.

Info on the Chicago Public Schools Strike [Chicago Teacher’s Union website]

They were offered a raise but what do the teachers really want: a full time librarian in every school for one thing!


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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the 2020-2021 Executive Board Election. In April 2020, members will vote for the ILA Vice-President/President-elect and for four Executive Board positions: 2 Public Library, 1 Special Library, and 1 Academic library representative. These are three-year terms beginning July 2020 and ending June 2023.

The nomination process begins with an open call for nominations for these positions. All ILA members are invited to nominate a colleague or self-nominate. Submission of a nominee suggestion form does not guarantee the nominee will appear on the slate; the Nominating Committee will review all nominations and may also seek additional individuals to meet identified needs, in order to develop the strongest possible slate.

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates who have strategic skill sets to govern a professional, nonprofit association. Duties and expectations of Executive Board members can be found on the ILA website. For the 2020 election, skills especially needed include: a big picture focus/global outlook; the ability to act as a change agent; a commitment to actively participate and serve for three years; and the ability to implement ILA’s new strategic plan.

The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019. To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form online. Please direct any questions to Cynthia Fuerst, ILA Past-President and Chair of the Nominating Committee, at

Please note: ILA bylaws state nominees selected to appear on the slate “must be members of ILA at the time of nomination;” that is, by the time the slate is finalized.

Thank you in advance for taking an active role in the Association’s nomination process and for encouraging individuals to apply.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Don’t miss the Amigos Library Services’ online conference, Healthy Habits: Cultivating Health and Wellness in Libraries and Communities on Thursday, October 10 featuring keynote speaker Jenn Carson. Healthy habits matter. Unfortunately, navigating accurate health information to develop and practice suitable healthy habits is often difficult. Both as information professionals and centers of the community, libraries are in a unique position to inform their communities, students, and staff about health and wellness as well as encourage and aid its implementation.

Carson will kick off the conference with “Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff.” While attending this session, you will learn how to de-stress at your desk, maintain proper posture, avoid injury, and regulate your emotions through breathing, stretching, and other techniques. Director of the L.P. Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, Carson is an internationally recognized expert in physical literacy, award-winning author, and yoga teacher. The creator of the popular website [], Carson also blogs for the American Library Association.

Throughout the rest of the day, a variety of peers and experts will present on a diverse range of health and wellness topics.

13 Sessions, Including:

  • Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff
  • Feed All the People: Farm-2-Library Food Initiative
  • Community Collaboration and Capacity Building
  • Bikes + Libraries: Healthy Communities

Registration Fees: Registration closes on Monday, October 7.

Amigos Member: FREE

Early-bird Non-Member:

  • Individual – $149
  • Group – $269
  • Library School Student – $45

For more information about the conference and to register, visit:

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(via Kate Silfen, Boston University)

The Medical Library Association is now seeking nominations for recipients of the Research Advancement in Health Sciences Librarianship Award. The MLA Research Advancement in Health Sciences Librarianship Award recognizes organizations whose exemplary actions have served to advance health information research and evidence-based practice in health sciences libraries. Honorees will have created and sustained a culture of research that enables and recognizes the research engagement of health sciences librarians whose involvement has contributed significantly to clinical, educational, research, or administrative outcomes in their institutions.

Applications for the award are due by November 1st.  You will the nomination forms and more information about eligibility here:

Please let me know, at, if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your application.

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(via Susan Schreiner, Grays Harbor College)

CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award

Nomination Deadline: December 6, 2019

The purpose of the CLS Innovation Award is to recognize college librarians and staff who demonstrate successful introduction of innovation in their library through a new idea, method, project, or device that enhances student learning and/or faculty development and overall works to promote the library as integral to the achievement of the college’s mission.

The award is administered by the College Libraries Section of ACRL and will be presented at the CLS Friday Night Feast at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.


$1,000 award and plaque, sponsored by SCELC.


As nominee(s), the librarian(s) must have demonstrated a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services, and operations; or creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community.


At least one of the nominees must be an ALA member to be eligible for this award.
Nominees must be in an academic library setting at institutions fitting the Carnegie classifications of Baccalaureate or Masters Colleges and Universities. Canadian academic libraries are eligible if at least one nominee is an ALA member and if the nominee(s) can demonstrate their institution’s status is comparable to the Carnegie classification of Baccalaureate or Masters Colleges and Universities.

To determine if your institution qualifies under the Carnegie classifications of Baccalaureate or Masters Colleges and Universities please search your school at:

Nomination Process & Submissions

Electronic submissions through the online nomination form are required. Nominations should include the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (including self-nomination) (no more than 1,000 words)
  2. Letter of recommendation, if self-nominating. Otherwise, the letter of nomination will serve as the letter of recommendation.
  3. Written description (maximum 1,000 words) of a new idea, method, project or device that enhances student learning and/or faculty development and works to promote the library as integral to the achievement of the college’s mission.
  4. Describe (maximum 500 words) the impact that it has had (or is anticipated to have) on the library and how it supports the college’s mission.
  5. Describe (maximum 500 words) what other librarians can learn from the experience and how it could be replicated in other libraries.
  6. Include evidence of work or a link to the project (i.e. what does the project look like?). This could be a syllabus, slide presentation, photos of event, a LibGuide on the project, etc.

The selected recipient will provide a statement describing the impact that the project has had on their library. This statement will be used in the announcement for the following year’s award call for nominations.

Information and Assistance

Questions or requests for assistance in compiling a nomination should be directed to Susan A. Schreiner, or Chase Ollis,

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