Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee’s Publicity Subcommittee)

There’s still time to register for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference at the early-bird rate, as the deadline is now Friday, August 23.  This year’s theme, Going Forward, Looking Back, celebrates HSLI’s 40th anniversary. The Conference will take place September 11-13 at the iHotel in Champaign, IL.  Highlights of the Conference include lightning talks and poster sessions, Nancy’s Reception, a silent auction, and your choice of 2 CEs. (The cost of the CEs is included in Conference registration.)

Details can be found on the Conference website (

Register by mail or online:

Need a hotel?  The Conference rate is now guaranteed through Friday, August 16.  See hotel information here:

We hope to see you there!

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Registration is open for the 2019 ILA Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held October 22-24, 2019, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL.

This year’s conference speakers include Bridget C. Coughlin, President and CEO of the Shedd Aquarium, Eugenia Cheng, Corrie Wallace, multilingual anti-oppression educator and consultant, authors Andrea Beaty and Tracy Clark, and Mark A. Puente, Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at ARL.

Register by September 16 to get the early bird rate! For additional information on the conference and speakers, please visit the ILA website.

Speaker Update

Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Dr. Sadia Warsi will no longer be presenting at this year’s ILA Annual Conference. We look forward to having her present at a future conference.

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(via Brian Lym, Hunter College)

Chapter proposals are requested for an edited volume titled Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries, to be published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.  Head Editors are Brian Lym (Hunter College) and Corliss Lee (University of California, Berkeley), and Co-Editors are Tatiana Bryant (Adelphi University), Jonathan Cain (University of Oregon), and Kenneth Schlesinger (Lehman College).

We are seeking case studies, qualitative research studies, quantitative research studies, survey research studies, and other research-based solutions that can be implemented in today’s libraries.  A more detailed outline appears

Proposals, including a 600-800 word abstract, should be submitted by August 19, 2019.  Notification of acceptance will occur by the end of September 2019. Selected authors should expect to submit a full draft of their article no later than January 14, 2020.

Call for Proposals:

Send questions to Head Editors Brian Lym ( and Corliss Lee (

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(via RAILS)

During our strategic planning listening tours, you told us that you’d like ideas on how to gather meaningful testimonials showing how people benefit from using your library. You can start by encouraging patrons and others to share their positive experiences on your website.

RAILS has developed an easy way for all our members to do this by adding our “Tell Your Library Story” submission form link to the library website. Bonus: your library’s name will already be filled in! After patrons have started to post testimonials, you’ll be able to display them on your library’s website by retrieving them as a feed.

For HTML code, the method for inserting the feed content, and more specifics, visit the MyLibraryIs… blog article on this topic.

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(via Elizabeth Clarage, CARLI, on behalf of The Library Publishing Coalition Directory Committee)

Does your library publish journals, monographs, conference proceedings, or technical reports? Do you provide hosting and support services for digital humanities projects, data, or ETDs? Help us to document the range of activities that libraries are undertaking in “publishing” (broadly defined) through their work in scholarly communications, digital humanities, digital sciences, and institutional repositories.

To promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing, and to raise the visibility of the unique contributions of libraries as publishers, the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is compiling its sixth edition of the Library Publishing Directory.

To have a profile of your library included in the Directory, please complete our questionnaire at:

The call for entries will close on August 23. 

The questionnaire takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete. You can save your progress and return later, but we recommend previewing the questions before you begin. If your library has had an entry in a previous edition of the Directory, you should have received an email with instructions on how to update it. Email contact@librarypublishing.orgwith questions.

About the Directory

The Library Publishing Directory is an important tool for libraries wishing to learn about this emerging field, connect with their peers, and align their practices with those of the broader community. Last year’s edition featured 138 libraries in almost a dozen nations.

The Directory is published openly on the web and will include contact information, descriptions, and other key facts about each library’s publishing services. The Directory is published openly online in PDF, EPUB, and database versions. The 2020 edition will be published in early 2020.

The Directory is made possible by the generous donation of services from Purdue University Libraries and Bookmasters.

Please e-mail with questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you.

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(via Rebecca Starkey, University of Chicago)

Registration is open for the 6th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium at the University of Chicago Library on Friday, September 6.
“High Impact Collaboration: Libraries and Undergraduate Research Partnerships”

Undergraduate research is a growing focus of higher education, as colleges and universities seek ways to involve students in experimental learning outside the classroom. Research experiences allow students to participate in knowledge creation, develop disciplinary skills, make impactful connections with faculty, and contribute to scholarly conversations. Substantive research opportunities have a lasting impact beyond graduation, inspiring careers and lifelong learning. As campuses identify new ways to support student research, what role can academic libraries play in these efforts? This symposium will explore different ways that librarians, faculty, and administrators can collaborate to help undergraduates engage and succeed in meaningful research experiences during their college years.

Our keynote speaker is Doreen Bradley, Director of Learning Programs and Initiatives at the University of Michigan Library.
View the Symposium Program<>

Registration is $100.00 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Register here<>.

If you have any questions, please contact the symposium organizers at<>.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

CARLI, in partnership with the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will host its first-ever Networking and Career Fair from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. on November 14, 2019, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Champaign, IL.  All library types are welcome to attend.  A mixer with students and employers will follow the fair. Registration is required to attend the mixer.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Reaching Forward Conference Committee is accepting program submissions for the 2020 Conference, which will be held Friday, May 1, at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Proposals must be submitted using the online proposal form. Incomplete proposals can be saved and revised any time prior to the submission deadline.

All program slots are 60 minutes. The conference programming is organized by the following tracks:

  • Advocacy and Funding
  • Collections and Technical Services
  • Community Engagement and Customer Service
  • Diversity and Special Populations
  • Human Resources
  • Ignite Sessions
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Programming
  • Reference and Readers Advisory
  • Technology
  • Wellness
  • Youth and Young Adult Services

You will be asked to provide the following information about your proposed session:

  • Speaker(s) information
  • Program title and description
  • Program Track
  • Speaker qualifications to speak on topic
  • Learning outcomes for attendees
  • Room setup, preferred time of day
  • Program experience level and format
  • Additional information you’d like to share with the committee

The deadline to submit a program proposal is Friday, October 18.

Reaching Forward provides complimentary registration for conference speakers. Conference speakers who are employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in the State of Illinois are not eligible to receive an honorarium.


To submit a proposal, please go to

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(via the Academic Library Association of Ohio)

Our new website is now live! Check it out and register for our annual conference while you’re there!

Registration is underway for the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) annual conference Academic Libraries Speak Up! Advocate. Collaborate. Educate. The conference will be held on Friday, October 18th at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, OH, with a preconference workshop and training on Thursday, October 17th.

Thursday events include:

  • An afternoon workshop on intergroup dialogue in academic libraries with facilitators Ione Damasco, Mérida Allen, and Chanel P. Wright from the University of Dayton.
  • A FREE evening active allyship training with facilitators Petey Peterson and Dr. Nicole Carter from Wright State University.

Friday events include:

  • A keynote address by Char Booth with a theme of justice-based advocacy in leadership.
  • 28 breakout sessions from your colleagues in Ohio and surrounding states (program available soon).
  • Nearly 30 posters and roundtable discussions.

Registration is required for all events.



  • $85 ALAO/MiALA Members
  • $115 Non ALAO Members

Ally Training
FREE (Registration required)

Conference Early Bird (until August 23):

  • $135 ALAO/MiALA Members
  • $165 Non ALAO Members
  • $100 ALAO Student Members/Retirees
  • Regular Rates (After August 23):
  • $165 ALAO/MiALA Members
  • $195 Non ALAO Members
  • $100 ALAO Student Members/Retirees

For registration and more information, please visit:

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(via Dr. Jennifer Sweeney, JK Sweeney & Associates LLC)

Conference registration and housing are open! Navigate to to register. Conference attendance is limited, so don’t delay.

Applications are still being accepted for the poster session. The new deadline is Friday, September 6. Consider sharing your work in-progress or completed research! Poster applications can be submitted on the Call for Proposals page on the above site.

If you have any questions about the registration site, contact Tom Ferren at Thomas Ferren

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