Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Gabrielle (Abby) Annala, Lewis University)

Calling all librarians and library staff with an interest in marketing!

Inspired by ACRL? Didn’t get to go and want to share your project related to marketing and outreach? ACRL’s Library Marketing and Outreach Interest group (LMOIG) is hosting an inaugural Chicago area meetup for librarians interested in forming a community and discussing ideas related to library marketing, events, promotion, and outreach. The event will be Thursday, May 30th from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at DePaul University Library in Chicago, happy hour to follow. Participants do NOT need to be members of the interest group or ACRL to attend or present at the event. RSVP now to attend the event or express interest in future events.

We are now accepting proposals for lightning talks related to the topics:

  • Marketing/Outreach plans
  • Events and programming
  • Marketing materials

Lightning talks are 10-15 minute presentations that introduce the audience to a topic or project and are a great way to present in an informal setting.

To apply, please submit the following information:

  • Your name, title, and institution
  • Which topic your presentation relates to
  • A short description of the presentation (300 words or less)

Questions? Contact the planning group at

See you there!

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via RAILS)

The Cataloging 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.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

DPLAFest2019 will be held April 17-18, 2019, at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. This event will explore how libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations across the country leverage technology to serve, inform, and empower communities. The complete program is now available on the event website. Cost to attend is $150 and registration is required.

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(via Amanda Makula, University of San Diego)

Last Call: Final Registration<> for the 2019 Digital Initiatives Symposium<>!
– Six Pre-conference Workshops:

– Collections as Data: Digital Collections for Emerging Research Methods by Stewart Varner, University of Pennsylvania
– Two Peas in a Pod: On Information Literacy and Open Educational Resources by Michelle Reed, University of Texas at Arlington
– Text Mining with HathiTrust: Empowering Librarians to Support Digital Scholarship Research by Eleanor Dickson Koehl, HathiTrust
– Results-Driving OER Programs by Nicole Finkbeiner, Rice University
– Metadata for Digital Projects: An Overview of Practical Issues and Challenges by Murtha Baca, Getty Research Institute and UCLA
-Strategies and Tools for Digital Repository Selection and Migration by Todd Crocken and Anne Washington, University of Houston

– Outdoor Wine and Cheese Welcome Reception held on Day 1


Keynote speakers:

Virginia Steel, Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian, UCLA
“Open, Equitable, Affordable, and Transparent: Progress on the Road to True Open Access”

Leslie Chan, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
“Platform Capitalism and the Governance of Knowledge Infrastructure”

Featured speaker:

Yasmeen Shorish, Data Services Coordinator / Associate Professor, James Madison University
“Centering Humanity in Digital Scholarship”
Deans’ Panel:

David Lewis, Dean Emeritus, IUPUI University Library
“Digital Infrastructure: Paying for the Pipes”

with responses from:
Adriene Lim, Dean of Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair, University of Oregon Libraries
Alexia Hudson-Ward, Director of Libraries, Oberlin College and Conservatory
Shan Sutton, Dean of University Libraries and Katheryne B. Willock Endowed Chair, University of Arizona

-10-Minute “Lightning Talks”:
“Lever Press: A Game Changer for Scholarly Publishing” by Jennifer Nutefall, Santa Clara University
“Re/Mapping the Archives: Repository Content for the Digital Humanities and Cartographer” by Michael R. Howser, SDSU
“Can This Be Redacted? Developing an Institutional Repository and Addressing Privacy Issues” by Pamela Pierce, OHSU
“The Language Archive: Migrating to an Easier, Sustainable Open-Source Solution” by Jeroen Geerts, Max Planck Institute Nijmegen
“Pushing PCP and Dismissing Diversity: Platforms, Competition, and Profit” by Paige Mann, University of Redlands

Plus, 12 Concurrent Sessions and 4 User Groups (Digital Commons, DSpace, Fedora and Islandora)


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The April 29 event at Methodist College has only four registrants so far. If you know of any academic librarians in the Peoria area who might be interested in attending, please share this announcement with them.

(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

In April, RAILS and IACRL will host two more networking events for academic librarians. These events are open to any staff from any Illinois academic library. MLIS and LTA students with an interest in academic libraries are encouraged to register as well. For more information, please contact Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement, at 630-734-5152 or


RAILS/IACRL Networking Event

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, Illinois

Thursday, April 25

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Focus: Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in academic libraries



RAILS/IACRL Networking Event

Methodist College

Peoria, Illinois

Monday, April 29

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Focus: Telling your story in academic libraries


Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Professional Development, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Reaching Forward South, an annual professional development conference for library support staff in central and southern Illinois, is now accepting conference <> proposals<>. The theme is The Future is Always Beginning Now, and proposals should consist of ideas and practices in strategic planning, forward-thinking programming, and current events or endeavors that could change the way libraries and their staff will function in the future. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, April 15.

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, in Carbondale, IL. For additional information or questions regarding Reaching Forward South, visit the website<> or contact Ryan Franklin<> at the Illinois State Library.

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(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

The Alexandre Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries

Given annually by Library Juice Press, the Vattemare Award recognizes contributions in the LIS field that are marked by originality, creative energy, and novel combinations of ideas. Considerations in selecting the awardee are their creation of new possibilities for libraries and library workers, the creation of new means of benefiting the community that the library serves, and the ultimate success of these efforts. The award is open to librarians, other library workers, and community members (in any country). The award may be given to an individual or a group, based on a particular project or creative work over an extended period.

The award consists of $1000 and a framed certificate.

Nominations should include a letter and sufficient materials for evaluation; more is better. Nominations are due on May 1st of each year. Materials may be sent to

Alexandre Vattemare, the remarkable 19th century ventriloquist and pioneer of library resource sharing, is the inspiration for the award.

Previous Winners

2018: Betsy Diamant-Cohen, in recognition of her work as the creator and Executive Director of the early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests | No Comments »

(via Sarah Houghton, California Digital Library)

I was recently appointed to the ALA Working Committee on Eliminating Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Justice. This group was formed as a result of the passage of a Resolution on Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity at ALA Midwinter 2019.

We are working to create a toolkit for libraries of all types with information resources, strategies, and tips for libraries wishing to eliminate fines. As this trend continues to build throughout the U.S., there is a growing demand from library staff and stakeholders on how to successfully transition to a fine-free library environment.

And that’s where you come in! We are seeking feedback from a broad range of ALA divisions, round tables, and committees to find out what type of information you and your membership would find helpful in this toolkit. What do you want to make sure we cover? What topics are the most relevant to your membership when it comes to fines?

Please send any feedback or questions to by Friday, April 12th (apologies in advance for the tight timeline).

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Surveys | No Comments »

(via Elizabeth Clarage, CARLI)

The CARLI Open Educational Resources Task Force invites you to attend an OER Workshop at Loyola University Chicago at their Water Tower Campus on Monday, April 29. Please register by Wednesday, April 24, for this program.

The workshop will include a keynote from Rebel Cummings-Sauls from the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative on building support for a campus OER program. Members of the CARLI OER Task Force will share their experience with different aspects of campus OER programs.

Registration: Registration is free and is available to those from CARLI member libraries.
For the full agenda and to register, please visit:

If you have any questions about this program, please contact the CARLI Office at<>.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations, Open Access | No Comments »

(via Mark Lenker–University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Call for Proposals – ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group ALA Annual 2019

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group meeting will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. in Washington D.C. Presentations will be given in person.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group welcomes proposals that address graduate student needs, librarian approaches to serving those needs, or collaborative projects with other campus stakeholders to address graduate student needs. The presentations will be 10-minutes long. Please include a proposal title and 200-300 word abstract, along with a statement about the practical implications for other libraries via the submission link below.

Proposals are due April 26. 


Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:

1. Measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those working with graduate students.

2. Represent innovative projects

3. Show evidence of a carefully planned research project or program with implications for other librarians.

Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication will not be considered.

Please submit your proposal via this link. 

If you have questions please email Hannah Gascho Rempel, Convener of the ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group, at

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »