Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

LITA (the Library Information Technology Association) is now accepting proposals for webinars and online courses for Summer/Fall 2019 or 2020. All topics related to the intersection of technology and libraries are welcomed and submissions from underrepresented groups (women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities) are strongly encouraged. The deadline is July 5, 2019. For additional information visit the LITA Blog.

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(via Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries for the University of Illinois Springfield)

The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) and the University of Illinois Springfield’s Brookens Library are pleased to host aFREE viewing of the Association of College and Research Libraries webinar “Be Proactive: Overcoming Biases and Microaggressions in the Workplace.”  This is a recorded webinar, lasting approximately one hour, and is open to all librarians and staff, including academic and public.Membership in IACRL is not required to attend.

A full description of the webinar and the associated learning outcomes is below. There are two articles you can read in preparation, but attend even if you don’t have time to look them over. Also included is a link to an ALA/ACRL information page Keeping Up with Implicit Bias that contains information.

Dalton, S. & Villagran, M. (2018) Minimizing and addressing implicit bias in the workplace: Be proactive, part one. College and Research Library News. 79 (9).

Dalton, S. & Villagran, M. (2018) Minimizing and addressing microaggressions in the workplace: Be proactive, part two. College and Research Library News. 79 (10)

“Be Proactive: Overcoming Biases and Microaggressions in the Workplace.”   

Presenters: Shamika Dalton, interim associate director and professor of legal research at University of Florida Levin College Law; Michele Villagran, assistant professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University.

As human beings, we cannot hide from bias: It is a natural part of our brain. However, it is up to us to recognize how biases in the workplace impact others and our own productivity. This webcast will help attendees identify biases, explore how they affect the work environment, and discuss strategies for reducing these biases within recruitment, hiring, and retention in the library workplace. We will define the various types of microaggressions that can result from these biases and offer practices for addressing and coping with them. Minimizing and addressing implicit bias and microaggressions can help foster a safe and inclusive work environment.

Learning outcomes:

• Identify biases and microaggressions and how they impact the various aspects of the workplace

• Explore effective practices for minimizing biases and microaggressions in the workplace to create a positive and inclusive work environment

• Learn strategies for reducing bias in library recruitment, hiring, and retention

Viewing will take place on Wednesday, June 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, in Room 230A, the library’s new Learning Classroom on the Library’s Main Floor, opened in October 2018. Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries for the University of Illinois Springfield, will give a brief welcome. Also, following the event, please stay for FREE refreshments and an informal opportunity to converse with colleagues on a variety of table topics including Open Educational Resources (OER), imposter syndrome, and others. The event will start at 1:00 with the introduction, then the 1-hour FREE webinar itself, refreshments, and, finally, the discussions afterwards, which will be informal and may last until 4:00 PM. Feel free to attend just the webcast or the discussions (the latter starting at approximately 2:30 PM), or both. It will be a time to get acquainted with new colleagues and re-acquainted with familiar faces in Illinois Libraries.

Directions to campus can be found here:

Please let us know you’re coming by RSVP’ing to or 217.206.6597.

If you have any questions, please contact John Laubersheimer (site coordinator), at, or Eric Edwards (IACRL President), at

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ILA Best Practices Committee Seeking Feedback (Deadline June 30)

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Best Practices Committee has created a survey to collect best practices for topics that are important to the library community. The survey is available here<> and will close on Friday, June 30.

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(via Sarah Dallas, Director of the Southern Adirondack Library System)

Julia Warga, Chair of IFC and Sara Dallas, Chair of COPE, are seeking feedback from the ALA  Council and the library community on a joint committee policy statement regarding the importance of advocating for intellectual freedom.  We are asking you to review and make any comments by  June 6, 2019.

Here is a link to the document:…

We realize this is a very quick deadline. In order for the new policy statement to be included in the Intellectual Freedom Manual‘s publication, a final draft must be completed by Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., approved by both committees, and approved by ALA Council.  Members of the policy statement’s working group are Emily Clasper (co-leader), Andy Harant (COPE, co-leader), Matt Beckstrom, Ray James, Anthony Davis, Bryan Cooper, Geoff Dickinson, and Nancy Bolt (COPE).

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(via CARLI)

CARLI is planning an exciting day-long leadership event for mid-level leaders, “Mid-Level Leaders Symposium: CARLI′s Next Deans and Directors,” from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 25, 2019.  The event will feature Karen S. Goins, executive coach, facilitator, consultant, speaker, and author. Karen will guide attendees to:

·         Understand what leadership is

·         Discuss leadership competencies that increase success in a library environment

·         Have meaningful conversation with each other about senior leadership and upward mobility topics

·         Develop a personal plan to improve leadership competencies

·         Have fun during the day while the group is learning!

To register, visit the event page. A registration fee of $50 will be charged. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. A special room rate will be available for lodging on September 24 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. To make a reservation, call 217-398-3400 and ask for the CARLI Leader Symposium. You can also book online and enter the code CRL with the date.

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(via Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director)

Reminder to join us Tuesday, June 4, 1:30 p.m. for the webinar about the Career Fair!

The School of Information Sciences + CARLI Networking and Career Fair will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:30-5:30 p.m. The Career Fair is a result of CARLI’s partnership with the iSchool<> at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and will be held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center<>, 101 Trade Center Drive, in Champaign on the day before the CARLI Directors Meeting and the Annual Meeting<>.

Career Fair registration is available online and is open to Illinois libraries, museums, archives, and businesses that hire information profession graduates. The Career Fair will be followed immediately by a mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m., for networking, socializing, and to learn about an initiative to commemorate a special CARLI resource sharing 40th anniversary. CARLI Governing Members who would like to participate as an employer will not pay a registration fee.

Our fabulous partners at the iSchool provide an online tool called “Handshake” to assist both employers and job seekers. Employers will be required to use Handshake to register for the fair<>. Instructions<> for using the platform are available online, and we’ve arranged for a webinar to demonstrate Handshake and to chat about the Career Fair. The webinar will be held Tuesday, June 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m. To attend the webinar go to (registration is not required to attend the webinar).

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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RAILS Announces Board Election Results

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Thanks to all who voted in the May 2019 RAILS Board Election. A special welcome to our colleague Sarah McHone-Chase of Northern Illinois University! I look forward to working with all the board members as the academic library representative on the board. Please contact me if you have ideas or suggestions for RAILS.


Successful candidates are:

At-Large Seats

·        Scott Pointon, White Oak Library District

·        Selina GomezBeloz, Waukegan Public Library

·        Sarah McHone-Chase, Northern Illinois University

(Note: Originally, two at-large seats were available. RAILS Board member Liza Campbell resigned her at-large seat effective June 1, 2019. The RAILS Nominating Committee voted to have Sarah McHone-Chase fill the remainder of Liza’s term, since Sarah was the third highest vote getter in this category.)

Public Library Trustee Seats

·        Dianne Hollister, Bloomington Public Library

·        Susan Busenbark, Kewanee Public Library

Special Library Seat

·        Halle Cox, Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center

New board members will be seated in July. Thanks to all candidates who ran in the election. We appreciate your interest in RAILS!

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Reminder: Registration Open for RDA Training Courses

(via RAILS)

The Cataloging and Maintenance Center (CMC) is providing RDA training for library staff in any Illinois library. The courses are six weeks and use Moodle software. Registered participants will be emailed passwords.

It is strongly encouraged that participants take the RDA Book Training course before the RDA Video and Audio Recording course. Participants should have basic cataloging knowledge and experience. Contact Dr. Pamela Thomas at Illinois Heartland Library System with questions. Also, please let her know if there are specific topics you would like to see future CMC training courses cover.

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(via CARLI)

“Internationalizing the Community College Library” is a project supported by the International and Area Studies Library and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Funding is available to support a one-day workshop for librarians from community colleges in Illinois on July 26, 2019. The workshop will provide opportunities for librarians to share and explore strategies for internationalizing your library. Through this one-day workshop, community college librarians will have the opportunity to present institutional self-assessment reports, share expertise on user services, outreach and engagement initiatives, and discuss ways to form linkages with international counterparts.  Participants will receive a $100.00 stipend and free overnight lodging on July 25.

Please see the Center for Global Studies web site for more information and to apply.

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(via the Online Learning Consortium)

Is imposter syndrome keeping you from submitting a conference proposal?

“We might be doing important, meaningful work, but impostor syndrome convinces us otherwise…The Accelerate conference needs unique and new perspectives to keep the program alive and organic. It needs you to share your work!” Engagement Co-Chair Tina Rettler-Pagel shares in a recent blog post. (The post includes instructions for submitting a proposal.) Don’t let impostor syndrome hold you back!

Now is your chance to own your confidence and submit your proposal to present at the 25th annual OLC Accelerate 2019, to be held November 19-22 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida! Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on June 3, 2019. More information about the Conference is available here.

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