Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via ACRL)

The ACRL Board of Directors is seeking input on the development of the association’s Signature Initiative on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). During the Leadership Council meeting at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Board solicited comments from leaders across the association regarding equity, diversity, and social justice related concerns within their libraries and institutions, as well as suggestions for how ACRL might better support these efforts. The Board has reviewed and digested those suggestions and encourages you to respond to a new poll to provide additional input.

The poll focuses on a variety of programmatic elements that ACRL could pursue as part of the EDI Signature Initiative, and we would appreciate your help in prioritizing where we should begin. Please complete the 5-to-7 minute poll by June 29, 2018, in advance of the Board’s Fall Strategic Planning Meeting. We hope to also convene a virtual membership meeting to review the results early in the fall.

To complete the survey, click here. Thank you very much for your input in helping us move forward on these vital issues.

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(via David Ward, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Come join the RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee for a lively presentation of exciting new research in the field of reference services.  Our presenters, selected using a blind review process, will discuss findings from their current original research projects. The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference.

The event will take place on Sunday, June 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, in MCP
W180. To register for the Forum, visit the ALA Annual Program.

New Discoveries in Reference: The 24th Annual Reference Research Forum
Saturday, June 23rd
Morial Convention Center Room 289

“Reframing Reference through Participatory Visual Methods”
Eamon Tewell, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Long Island University, Brooklyn

How can academic librarians improve reference services for marginalized students? How can research into these questions center students’ ideas and lived experiences? This study uses Photovoice, a participatory method that combines photography, interviews, and discussion to create change regarding an issue. Attendees will gain insight into how 11 students from historically marginalized backgrounds seek information in their everyday activities, and learn about students’ recommendations and potential implications for the development and redesign of reference services.​

“Reference on Demand: Testing an ‘Uber Reference’ Service in an Academic Library”
Brian D. Moss, Reference Services Manager, University of Kansas Libraries

In an effort to overcome students’ reluctance to approach library staff, we have begun testing an “Uber reference” model that allows patrons to summon library staff to group study areas within the library. This presentation will present the findings of a pilot study within a large academic library, examining the effectiveness of this on-demand reference service. The presentation will conclude with suggestions for how other libraries can implement their own on-demand reference services, drawing upon the lessons learned through this pilot study.

“You Didn’t Say ‘Hola’: What Happens When the Reference Script Is Altered”
Julie Marie Frye, Education Library Head, Indiana University
Maria Hasler Barker, Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University

Grounded in a Critical Theory framework (Habermas, 1984), we used conversation analysis (Schegloff, 2007) to examine 20 hours of digitally-recorded reference desk activity at a public library in a US-Mexico border city. This study contributes to an understanding of how the reference initiation type can affect the efficiency and effectiveness of bilingual transactions. Our findings illuminate cross-cultural communicative differences for scholars and practitioners who seek to improve bilingual patron comfort in libraries.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

What do you think of when you hear the word “advocacy”? Do you immediately think of stumping on Capitol Hill and meeting with local government officials? “Advocacy” is much more than politics. Every day, librarians and staff find themselves in situations where they must advocate for resources, money, and services for their libraries, in addition to advocating for themselves and their career as professionals.

Join us on September 12 for an Amigos Library Services online conference, Speak Up – Advocating for You and Your Library, where we will explore advocacy beyond politics.

Amigos Library Services is now accepting presentation proposals for this conference! Suggested topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • creating the right message about your library
  • identifying and crafting your communication strategy
  • building public awareness
  • responding to a budget crisis
  • self-advocacy-asking for and seeking what you need
  • developing relationships with your administrators and leadership
  • building your network of supporters and advocates in the community
  • dealing effectively with the media
  • working in collaboration with other organizations or departments

If you can speak to one of these topics, or have another idea in mind, please submit your proposal by Friday, June 29. The link for doing so is here. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online. It’s easy, and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation.

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(via Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Come share your thoughts and experiences with privacy and analytics at the Privacy Social Hour on June 24 during ALA Annual in New Orleans.

Scott Young (Montana State University) and Lisa Hinchliffe (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) are hosting this community engagement event as a part of the IMLS-funded National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics. This project aims to critically address library values and practices related to third-party tracking on the web. We want to hear from you to learn how we can achieve privacy in the age of analytics.

Please RSVP here by Friday, June 22.

Sunday, June 24, 4-5pm
Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen

748 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

(5 blocks from the convention center)

We hope to see you in New Orleans!

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(via Harriett Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Join us on Tuesday, June 12, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT, for the next webinar hosted by the IMLS-funded “Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine HathiTrust Digital Library” initiative.

Guest speaker Ashley Hetrick from the University of Illinois Library’s Research Data Service will lead a discussion on research data management in libraries. She will discuss key strategies for how to work with faculty and students in their research data management practices, with a particular focus on textual data and supporting related research data needs for text data mining.

This and all of the webinars are held here.

This event is part of an summer webinar series hosted by the IMLS-funded “Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine HathiTrust Digital Library” project.  All are welcome to attend these webinars that build upon the “Text Mining with the HathiTrust” workshops, and cover various topics related to computational text analysis and data skills relevant for librarians.

Upcoming Webinar dates: July 17 and August 7, both from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT

More information and recordings can be found on the DDRF website.

This project is funded in part by IMLS award #RE-00-15-0112-15.

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(via Laine Thielstrom, Colby College)

ALA Annual in New Orleans is right around the corner. Don’t miss these great ALA Video Round Table programs running June 23rd-25th!

21st Century Collection Development Strategies for Media

Saturday, June 23, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM   

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 278

Are you involved in media collection development in your library? Join us as a panel of librarians representing both academic and public libraries discuss the unique film-to-library user ecosystem and its import for collection development and services. Specific topics addressed will include collaborative approaches to building effective streaming video collections, such as developing relationships with multiple vendors to license streaming video content, educating library users about relevant format and licensing options, collaborating with institutional diversity initiatives, and implementing streaming video initiatives at branch or satellite locations.

NEW! Streaming Video Open Forum

Saturday, June 23, 4 PM – 5 PM   

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 298

Large-scale streaming video platforms are making more video content directly available to our users than ever before.  How do librarians plan for and navigate issues of funding and access in a seemingly ever-expanding sea of offerings?  Topics include: funding models, implications for immediate and long-term access, the effect of large-scale streaming collections on independent distributors, and opportunities for collaboration.  Moderated by Gisèle Tanasse, Film & Media Services Librarian, University of California, Berkeley.

Empowering Youth through Video Storytelling

Saturday, June 23, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Hilton New Orleans Riverside Fulton

NOVAC has been teaching young people to tell their stories through video since the 1970s. Currently, NOVAC leads programs in partnership with public libraries that allow children and teens to connect and learn from professional filmmakers. Every summer their highly successful workshop culminate in a family-friendly red carpet event celebrating the success of program participants. Join us to discuss what makes this library program so successful and meet some of the people involved in making it happen as well as participants. Moderated by Erin Miller, Head, Media Library, University of North Texas.

The State of Independent Filmmaking in New Orleans

NEW! Featured speakers

Sunday, June 24, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 213

Join VRT and representatives from the New Orleans Film Society to discuss the state of independent film making in New Orleans. Hear directly from local filmmakers featured in the Now Showing @ALA film series, including: Zandashé Brown (Dir. Summer 16), Victoria Greene, (Dir. Forgotten Bayou: Life on the Sinkhole), Zibby Jahns (Artist/Costume Designer featured in The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium), Cam-Thanh Tran (Assistant Director, Tulane Center for Studies of Displaced Populations featured in Echoes of Vietnam), and Fallon Young (Exec. Dir., New Orleans Film Society).  Moderated by Michele McKenzie, Immediate Past Chair VRT, Media Librarian, City College of San Francisco.

Multimedia Discussion Group

Sunday, June 24, 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 296
The Multimedia Production Discussion Group serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas on supporting media production in multi-type libraries. Topic coverage is diverse, including the equipment, computing and on demand support for audio/video creation to 3D printing, Virtual Reality and related technologies often associated with the makerspace movement.  Moderated by Scott Spicer, Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian, University of Minnesota.

VRT Membership and Executive Board Meeting

Monday, June 25, 8:30PM – 12:30PM

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 296
Please join the Video Round Table’s (VRT) Executive Officers and Board in this open business meeting and learn how you can become involved! VRT members and nonmembers are both welcome.  Moderated by Andrew Horbal, VRT Chair.

Now Showing @ ALA

The Now Showing @ ALA Film Program offers a variety of films and documentaries throughout the conference from Saturday through Monday. Several of these films are being screened in conjunction with the panel of representatives from the New Orleans Films Society and local filmmakers (Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am-11:30am).

Sunday, June 24

Forgotten Bayou — 8:00am-9:15am, Theater C

On August 3, 2012 a sinkhole swallowed a swath of swamps in Bayou Corne, Louisiana. Residents were left with an impossible choice: start their lives over elsewhere, or stay and face the risks. This film is being screened in conjunction with the panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am featuring the director, Victoria Greene.

Echoes of Vietnam — 9:15am-9:45am

A group of Vietnamese refugees from New Orleans find an unlikely source of strength after traumatic events like post-war relocation and Hurricane Katrina.  This film is being screened in conjunction with the panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am featuring Cam-Thanh Tran, Assistant Director, Tulane Center for Studies of Displaced Populations.

The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium — 9:45am-10:05am, Theater C

A celebratory look at the cherished tradition of costuming during Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the place where it all begins–Jefferson Variety, a family-owned local fabric and craft store. This film is being screened in conjunction with the panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am featuring artist and costume designer, Zibby Jahns.

Summer16 — 10:10am-10:30am, Theater C

A look at the Baton Rouge flooding of 2016 and the incidents of police brutality in Louisiana that created an intense summer in 2016 for Louisiana residents.  This film is being screened in conjunction with the panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am featuring the director, Zandashé Brown.

Jackson — 10:30am-12pm, Theater C

Wrought with the racial and religious undertones of the Deep South, the lives of two women are deeply affected by the director of the local pro-life crisis pregnancy center and the movement she represents.

Monday, June 25

Kedi — 2:30pm-4:00pm

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Recipient of the “Dewey the Cat’s favorite” honorable mention for Video Round Table’s Notable Videos for Adults list in 2018, Kedi is noteworthy for being an purely entertaining and absolutely adorable documentary.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, on behalf of Michelle Nielsen Ott, Methodist College)


If you are a library hosting a graduate assistant this semester, or if you know of a graduate student interested in health science librarianship, we hope you will forward this e-mail to that person. We are accepting applications until Monday, August 20.  Applicants will be informed of the decision by Monday, August 27.

Thank you!

HSLI 2018 Publicity Subcommittee


Dear Student:

As a member of the HSLI Annual Conference Planning Committee, I invite you to attend the 2018 Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois this fall. It will take place in Rockford, IL, at the Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center from Wednesday, September 26, to Friday, September 28. The Conference will feature continuing-education opportunities, invited speakers, poster sessions and talks, and a vendor showcase, along with networking opportunities for library and information science students to learn about health sciences librarianship from professionals in the field.

We also encourage students to consider volunteering at the Conference. We are currently seeking two volunteers to help with registration, taking photos of events, taking down displays, and delivering messages between sessions. In return for their assistance, students will receive a waiver for the Conference registration fee, with the added benefit of being able to include the experience on their professional resume.

To apply, students need to fill out this form and attach their resume.  Applications are due Monday, August 20.  Applicants will be informed of the decision by Monday, August 27.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact me, at  For general questions about the Annual Conference or the Health Science Librarians of Illinois organization, please e-mail Eric Edwards, Chair of the 2018 HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Subcommittee, at You may also learn more on the Conference page of the HSLI website.


Michelle Nielsen Ott, MLIS

Director, Library Services

Methodist College of UnityPoint Health

7600 N. Academic Drive

Peoria, IL  61615

Phone: (309) 672-4937

Fax: (309) 671-3141


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(via Emory Maiden, Appalachian State University)

We have begun planning our summer conference, and I have some exciting news to share, as well as an early invite to you.

Since 2011 AppState has hosted the Free-Learning Conference as a f2f conference in Belk Library in Boone, NC. It’s always been a rewarding experience, but we would like to try something new this year.

This July I’d like to explore the possibilities for taking this conference online and I’d like to invite you to participate. I know holding this as an entirely online, virtual conference using Zoom is a big move, and we’re hoping to remain true to the vision for this free online conference on the topic of teaching and learning with technology while opening this up to a broader audience.

My team and I are in conversations now about how to keep what has been best about this conference while seeing some of the potentials in a move to online. One of the areas I think we most need will be excellent presenters and sessions in Zoom.

We are now accepting proposals here. If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, July 20. If you’re not interested in presenting but you’d still like to attend, please register here.

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(via Rachel Borchardt, American University)

Applications are now being accepted through Wednesday, August 1.

JoVE is proud to support the professional development of academic librarians. To enable you to attend the Charleston Library Conference, we will pay for (and organize) your travel, accommodation and conference registration. We will sponsor two librarians from North America and two librarians from Europe or the Middle-East.

Submission Guidelines

Library outreach continues to be one of the most important (yet challenging) facets of the academic librarian profession. The Award will recognize librarians who have established an effective and sustainable practice of communication with their institution’s STEM students and faculty. Interested librarians should submit an essay (1,000 words or less) and examples of outreach materials.

For more information on the Award, and to apply, visit here. More background on the 2018 Charleston Library Conference, including registration deadlines, is available here.

Any questions? Contact

As a side note, Ms. Borchardt serves on the JoVE Library Advisory Board, and she will also serve as a reviewer of applications. Therefore, she recommends sending any questions to the e-mail above, rather than to her own address.

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(via Megan Lowe–Director of the Library, University of Louisiana at Monroe)

The title Violence in Libraries has been changed and expanded to Crisis Management and Aversion in Modern Libraries. Please find the updated, expanded, and extended “Call for Chapters” below.


Librarians are no strangers to crises of all sorts. Drug overdoses, tornadoes, domestic violence, and riots have all touched libraries; these are not events that happen in other places. And public libraries are not the only libraries affected by such events. How can librarians, library staff, and library administration across the spectra of libraries – public and academic, school and special, law and medical – ensure and enhance the safety of their patrons and their spaces while preventing or mitigating crises?

This publication will seek to identify and report, through well-researched chapters, case studies and examples of how crises have affected libraries of all types and how those libraries have responded to these events. It will seek to identify solutions and ways of preventing or mitigating the risk of various crises in the context of the library. It seeks to cover a wide range of libraries, acknowledging that different types of libraries serve different types of populations, though none are immune to the unexpected crisis. Furthermore, different types of libraries may well experience different types of crises, so it is useful to examine this phenomenon from multiple perspectives.


Not only do different types of libraries serve different types of populations, the old real estate adage about the importance of “location, location, location” cannot be ignored. What doe crises look like in urban libraries versus rural ones? What do crises look like in libraries in developed countries versus developing ones? What do crises look like in public libraries versus academic ones? It is critical to understand this phenomenon from a variety of perspectives to (1) gain a better understand of the phenomenon itself as well as (2) to identify solutions that are working which could be of use to other libraries with similar problems and (3) help libraries develop policies and procedures that make the library safe for patrons and employees alike.

Target Audience

Librarians, researchers, administrators, advanced-level students, information technology professionals, and library staff will find this title useful for both understanding the phenomenon of crises in libraries and identifying approaches for prevention and mitigation which can underpin library policies and procedures to enhance safety for employees and patrons alike.

Recommended Topics

Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics related to crises in libraries and active approaches towards prevention and mitigation. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Case studies, library reactions, policy and procedure analyses of any type of library crisis, such as acts of violence and terrorism, civil unrest, natural disasters and weather emergencies, catastrophic budget cuts, public health hazards, and accidents.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 30, 2018, a chapter proposal of 1,000-2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by July 15, 2018, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 28, 2018. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted through the “Propose a Chapter” link.

Inquiries may be directly to either:

Megan Lowe
University Library
University of Louisiana at Monroe
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209
Phone: (318) 342-3041


Lindsey Reno
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122
Phone: (504) 280-6499

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