Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via ACRL)

To make the appointments process more transparent, the ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us on Monday, December 3 at 1:00 pm CST for a free online forum explaining how the ACRL committee appointment process works. Moderator Jodie Borgerding, along with panelists ACRL Past President Irene M. H. Herold, Peter Hepburn (ACRL Community and Junior College Section chair), Sabine Dantus (ACRL Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group convener) and Laura Bonella (ACRL Balancing Baby and Book Discussion Group convener), will explain how to volunteer for division-level committees, section committees, and Interest and Discussion Groups. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the many opportunities to serve, influence, and contribute to the profession. The session will be archived and made available on the ACRL website.

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(via RAILS)

This one-day conference will be held at Skokie Public Library, Friday, March 8, 2019. Morning sessions will consist of panels meant to situate the problems and raise awareness of the complicating factors. After lunch, the afternoon sessions will consist of interactive sessions designed to elicit solutions and strategies. Register and get more information<> about this day of challenging discussion and brainstorming.

This event is being organized by Nicole Cooke and Amy Koester, and is being sponsored by Skokie Public Library<>, School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois<>, the American Library Association (ALA)’s Office for Diversity, Outreach, and Literacy Services, and In the Library with the Lead Pipe<>, an open access, open peer-reviewed journal.

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

The CARLI Instruction committee is excited to be hosting our first Twitter Chat!

Join us on Friday, December 7th @ 12pm, CST in conversations around cultivating learning environments for students with diverse identities #inclusiveinfolit

What is a Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat is a public Twitter conversation around one unique hashtag! Use the #inclusiveinfolit hashtag to follow the discussion and participate in it.

For more on participating in this twitter chat, see instructions on this guide:

If you don’t have twitter but still want to follow the conversation, you can search for the hashtag here:

Feel free to share + invite colleagues that may be interested!

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(via Melissa Atkinson, Abilene Christian University)

Do you know or could you be the next recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award?

If so, the Distance Learning Section (DLS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) wants to hear from you!

This prestigious award, sponsored by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, honors an ACRL member who has made valuable contributions to the field of distance librarianship. The winner receives:

·  $1,200 to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC (June 20-25, 2019)

·  A commemorative plaque presented at an awards luncheon during ALA Annual

Nominees should demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas:

·  Support for distance learning librarianship and library services (e.g., service to students and faculty, innovation, and/or leadership)

·  Participation in the creation and/or implementation of distance library programs or services of exemplary quality

·  Successful collaboration with faculty in support of information literacy and/or other aspects of library instruction or services for distance students

·  Significant research, publication, and/or presentations in areas related to distance learning librarianship

Submissions are due by Friday, December 7, 2018.  Self-nominations are welcome.

For more information about this award (including a list of previous winners) and the application form, please visit

Questions? Contact DLS Awards Committee Co-Chairs:

Melissa Atkinson:

Cynthia Thomes:

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(via Susan Schreiner, Pittsburg State University)

The ACRL College Libraries Section Innovation in College Librarianship Award

Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

Why should I apply for an innovation award in college librarianship?  you may ask.

College libraries across the land are coming up with new and innovative ways to connect with their students and faculty and demonstrate their continued value to college administrators.  What have you done that could serve as a model for other college libraries?  Apply for the CLS Innovation College Librarianship Award and shine a light on your library and help colleagues at other institutions learn how they may meet similar goals.

Here’s what you need to know and do:

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.


$1,000 award and plaque, donated 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.

Nomination Process & Submissions

Electronic submissions are required. All electronic attachments should be emailed to Nominations should include the following:

1.       Name, address, e-mail and phone number of self-applicant or the person you are nominating.

2.       Letter of nomination (including self-nomination) (no more than 1,000 words)

3.       Written description of 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. Describe the impact that it has had (or is anticipated to have) on the library and how it supports the college’s mission. Describe what other librarians can learn from the experience and how it could be replicated in other libraries.

4.       CV is required.

5.       Letter of recommendation, if appropriate.

6.       Completion of the online form.

At the completion of their project, the selected recipient will provide a statement describing the impact that the project has had on their library.

If possible, please submit a high resolution photo of the nominee(s) (at least 300 dpi). The photo will be used to make the official winner announcement immediately after the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

Information and Assistance

Questions or requests for assistance in compiling a nomination should be directed to Susan Schreiner, Pittsburg State University, T: (620) 235-4888 E-mail: or Chase Ollis,

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Reminder: APA Travel Award Applications Due Friday, November 30

(via Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Illinois Wesleyan University)

Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend next spring?

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! Through Friday, November 30, 2018, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from January – April 2019. This includes – but is not limited to – the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, ALA Midwinter, Electronic Resources & Libraries, Code4Lib, and the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience. The award recipient will be selected in early to mid-January.

The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS. Three cash awards are distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

Please see our website for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials. Applicants should note that the essay is the heart of the application and use it to make a compelling case for attending the conference selected. The essay should describe what the applicant expects to learn from the conference, and how this knowledge will impact the work the applicant does with, or on behalf of, students, faculty, and other constituents.

Questions about the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award should be directed to Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with colleagues and friends who may be eligible!

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From the ALA Advocacy Office:

With only a few weeks left in this congressional session, we are facing serious threats focused on the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress.

Next Tuesday [12/4/18], the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (S. 1010), a Senate companion to House bill (H.R. 1695) will be voted on by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, in spite of previous concerns by committee members.

This legislation removes the hiring authority of the Copyright Register from the Librarian of Congress to the president. It would politicize the Register’s position to the public’s detriment and slow the critically needed modernization of the Copyright Office. The bill also grants the president power to fire the appointee at any time. Further, while the Senate would at least retain the power to confirm the nominee, the House would no longer have any influence on the selection process.

ALA strongly opposes this bill. We need you to contact your U.S. Senators to express your personal opposition and ask them to vote against it.

While the Senate Rules and Administration Committee might not vote in our favor on Tuesday, we must make sure they hear from us. Please send an email today.

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Legislative Update – 11/30/2018

Federal news

Some post-election headlines include focus on news related to health care:

Psychiatric nurse-turned politician, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) will chair the House science committee. Nurse Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and pediatrician Kim Schrier (D-WA) are both eyeing seats on one of two health care policy panels.

With control of Congress split (Democrats control the House; Republicans the Senate), no dramatic changes in health policy are anticipated, accepting the veto of Republican-backed initiatives (repealing the ACA, converting Medicaid into block grants, and making significant changes to Medicare). Medicaid will likely expand in several states that have not yet offered this ACA coverage. Lowering prescription drug prices might be up for negotiation.

State news

There are a few items of interest to libraries moving through the State Legislature right now.  You may want to keep your eye on SB3242 which Amends the Property Tax Code regarding homestead exemptions and SB2365 which makes a technical change in the Freedom of Information Act.

ILA’s Top Ten Quick Advocacy Tip #2: Do your homework.

ILA Annual Conference “Learn Effective Advocacy to Legislators from Legislators” Session Insights: State Congressman Spain and State Senator Weaver agreed that you should do your homework before approaching them on an issue.  You should:

  • Know the name and number of the legislation but give context to the issue too.  Don’t expect them to remember all of the bill, act, and resolution numbers.
  • Think about where they are on the issue and look for points on which you can agree with them.
  • Be able to explain the arguments against your point of view and help them understand how to respond to those arguments.
  • Always be as concise as possible.

Bonus tip: At the session, Senator Weaver explained that he likes to use the “citizen legislator” model.  When he finds a committed and passionate citizen and agrees with their stance on an issue, he is willing to provide the support that they need.  However, this means that the citizen does hours of research, drafting, promoting, and other background work.  He meets with them to review, point out holes, approve, walk them through the process, etc.  All of his work is done in meetings with the citizen. Each meeting you’ll likely go home with homework to present the next time you meet with him.  And be forewarned, this is a major commitment.  It takes a long time and a lot of work to draft legislation and move it through the State Congress.

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In a news release on November 19,2018, the ECRI Institute announced the opening of the ECRI Guidelines Trust™  to fill the void left by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s defunded National Guideline Clearinghouse™.  The healthcare community has free access to the website.

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(via Sam Harlow, University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

The ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee invites you to:

Policy and Communications for an Accessible Library

Presented online via Zoom by Angie Brunk, MLS, MA

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, 1pm CST

Register here

You want your library to be a welcoming place for all students, including students with disabilities. What are you doing on the administrative end to ensure your policies and public communication, such as information on your website, work in harmony with your good intentions? This workshop will be the delivered from the perspective that policies are a tool of communication. They communicate culture to internal constituents and offer practical information to external constituents. Learn about the social justice model of disability and its practical application for policy makers and those charged with public facing communication. How do you provide services for students when you may have to deal with the reality of an older building that is “grandfathered in” and not yet ADA compliant? How should the social justice model of disability affect the policies we create from collection development to instruction? Unfortunately, some libraries are not able, due to various institutional constraints, to change policy. The information in this presentation can also be used to create public communications on your website, such as an FAQ that would communicate your good intention as well.

Angie Brunk, MLS, MA is an experienced public service librarian and is nearing completion of an MAS in Human Factors and Usability testing (think user experience design) and has been specializing i n accessibility. She has taught basic graphic design courses for communications majors and incorporated basic graphic design into her practice as a librarian. Ms. Brunk has published conference proceedings and presentations on various aspects of accessibility and libraries. Her most recent was a poster and short paper for the Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology. Other recent projects include accessibility audits for a library software vendor and a museum. In addition to being born with a visual impairment, she has served on disability services advisory boards at three universities and worked with numerous students with disabilities. She is currently an Instruction Librarian at Missouri Western State University.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 1pm CST via Zoom. Register here: e3a0852778c34be5db4a05ad8

Please direct questions and concerns to Laura Gariepy (, Chair of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee.

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