Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Starr Hoffman–University of Nevada, Las Vegas)


My colleague James Cheng and I are soliciting participants for a survey related to our ACRL Impact Grant-funded research study: Researchers on Academic Library Impact: Characteristics and Perspectives. This is a research study; its purpose is to explore the perspective and experience of academic library professionals related to library impact, particularly around their experiences conducting research in this area.  If you are an academic library professional and have either conducted, will conduct, or used research on the impact of academic libraries on student success, you meet the criteria for this study.

About the Study

By exploring the perspective and experience of academic library professionals related to library impact, we aim to enrich the information provided in ACRL’s 2017 Academic Library Impact (ALI) Report. The individual perspectives sought through interviews for the ALI report primarily consisted of library administrators and provosts, not librarians. However, the perspective and experience of library professionals who perform the research upon which the ALI report relies is an overlooked but valuable area of research.

This project will survey and interview professional librarians and researchers, particularly those who are directly conducting research on the academic library impact of student success, to understand their perspective and research experiences. This project seeks librarians’ perspectives on the six ALI priority areas and selected ALI research questions (e.g. “What factors influence librarian communication with academic library users and potential users?” or, “What factors affect librarian decisions regarding the level of confidentiality or privacy of student data?”). This study will also ask how prepared librarians felt to perform this research and how confident they are in the meaningfulness and rigor of their results, to provide a nuanced context for digesting and using this research. Lastly, this project will give insight into this population by defining their demographics and working habits.

About the Survey

This online survey should take approximately 15-30 minutes, and you will have the opportunity at the end to indicate whether you would be interested in participating in a follow-up interview at a later date by phone or video chat. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary, and you may exit the survey at any time.

You may complete the survey at this link:

If you have any questions about the survey or this research project, please contact us:

·         Starr Hoffman, Principal Investigator, <>, 702-895-4369

·         James Cheng, <>, 702-895-1964

This study has been deemed exempt by UNLV’s Institutional Review Board [1288276-1].

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(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria campus)

The UIC Library of the Health Sciences Peoria will be hosting the ACRL Webinar Recording: “Teaching Online in Plain Language: Creating Clear Research Guides, Library Websites, and Online Instruction” presented by Jason Puckett on Wednesday, October 24th at 1 PM to 3 PM.

Please RSVP by clicking or copying/pasting this link:

The schedule will begin with brief introductions. We will then start the webinar, which will last about an hour. The other reserved time will allow for discussion and networking with your peers. Light refreshments will be served.

The Library of the Health Sciences Peoria is located on 1 Illini Dr., Peoria IL, 61605 in the University of Illinois College of Medicine building. Parking is available in the visitors’ lot for $1.

Please contact IACRL President Eric Edwards, EEdwards@ILSOS.NET, or the host, Emily Johnson,, with any questions you have about this event

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(via Jessica Brangiel, Swarthmore College)

ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter

Librarians as Advocates: Leading Activism on Your Campus and Beyond

Fall 2018 Program 

October 26, 2018

Library Learning Terrace at Drexel University

This program seeks to provide insight into the activism and advocacy work being done in libraries in higher education across the Delaware Valley region and into the methods and lessons of prominent librarian activists.  In times of inequity, discrimination, and social injustice, libraries have the opportunity to be institutions of resistance, understanding, and hope.  This program will include a panel presentation, chapter meeting, lightning round presentations, and unconference-style round table discussions.  Participants will have an opportunity to share their own work and will be inspired by the work of their peers to apply methods of activism to create more equitable, inclusive, and diverse library services.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

9:30-10:00AM Registration and networking

10:00–11:30AM Panel Discussion

Moderator: Justin Hill, Department HeadAccess and Media Services, Temple University Libraries

·  Yvette Davis, Director of Outreach and Organizational Development, POWER Interfaith

·  Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division, Columbia University Libraries

·  Titus Moolathara, Branch Manager, Free Library of Philadelphia

·  Emily Wagner, Assistant Director, Knowledge Management &  Communications, American Library Association

11:30AM-12:30PM Lunch

12:30-12:45PM Business Meeting

12:45-2:00PM Lightning Round: Presentations on action, preservation, partnerships, and privacy.

2:00-2:50PM Roundtable Unconference

2:50PM Closing Remarks

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Kirstin Duffin, MS, MLIS, is a reference librarian in Booth Library of Eastern Illinois University.  Her report about her experience at the HSLI annual conference is shared.

As a recipient of the 2018 Syed Maghrabi Scholarship to attend the HSLI conference this year, I would like to offer my thanks: to the scholarship review committee, to those who donate to the scholarship fund, and to the memory of Syed Maghrabi. HSLI 2018: Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge was the third HSLI conference I’ve attended. To me, the highlights of HSLI Annual are: (1) the ease with which I am able to connect with librarians, and (2) the programming that is relevant across sectors – as an academic science liaison librarian, I feel like I fit right in. The theme of this year’s conference – data management – proves this cross-sector relevance.

Librarians, myself included, are needing to add familiarity with data management to our jack-of-all-trades skill set. To this end, Dr. Kristi Holmes’ keynote address discussed ways librarians can assist in the research life cycle. Her suggestions both to set incremental goals (today, next week, this year) to advance one’s awareness about data management and to develop a communication plan resonated with me. I am a firm believer in articulating goals to help focus my work. Today, I might read an article about data management; next week, I might talk with a science faculty member about how they manage their data and whether our institutional repository would be of use to their needs.

In both break-out sessions that I attended, participants were asked to write down our goals. (Yay, more goal setting! I have found that this time for self-reflection really helps in my ability to bring home what I learn at conferences.) In Data Management in the Wild, Erin Foster asked us to consider where there are gaps in the data services we provide and what resources we might need to develop the services we provide. For a more comprehensive view of data management services, I will be browsing the book she recommended, Margaret Henderson’s Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2017).

In Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians and Other Stakeholders, Gwen Wilson helped attendees develop an action plan to take back to our own institutions. Participants brainstormed opportunities for partnerships and considered suggestions for overcoming barriers and sustaining partnerships. The goals I set for myself are to be strategic and intentional in fostering partnerships. Our teaching faculty are overwhelmed by their workload. Not everyone has the time to devote to developing a relationship with their librarian. By serving on relevant committees, making myself visible by roaming the halls of the departments or attending departmental events, and reaching out to new faculty and faculty developing new programs and courses, I see where I can target my efforts to improve my successes in building partnerships. By engaging faculty in conversations, I can offer more targeted recommendations for appropriate library services for their needs. I also valued our discussion about self-care and recognizing when we’ve burned the candle at both ends; as librarians, we don’t have to overburden ourselves with outreach, but we do need to participate.

New to the conference program this year, four librarians provided quick tips in rapid succession during their lightning talks. Thanks to Cynthia Ehret Snyder, Liesl Cottrell, Emily Gilbert, and Ramune Kubilius for energizing us late in the day on Thursday. I especially enjoyed hearing Emily’s experience in working exclusively with online programs and her suggestions for reaching out to faculty.

This year, I presented a poster, “Improve ILL Workflows with this OA Search Tool,” and I was grateful to have the chance to talk with so many colleagues who stopped by to learn about this research. I will be using feedback from our discussions to inform the manuscript that I’ll be writing on the same topic. As the Legislative Committee co-chair, I presented this year’s legislative report during the board and business meetings. Tracking legislative news isn’t something I’m naturally inclined to do, so serving as co-chair has been a nice incentive to intentionally browse headlines every few weeks and report on pressing legislative issues.

Thanks to the members of the conference planning committee. Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge was yet another enjoyable HSLI conference.

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Are you planning to attend the IACRL activities (particularly the Unconference, along with the Luncheon and Annual Meeting) at this year’s Illinois Library Association Annual Conference? Would you be interested in sharing what you learn from these events with your academic-librarian peers in other states? Consider writing an article for ACRL’s Chapter Topics Newsletter. The Newsletter is published twice annually and highlights the latest activities and initiatives of ACRL chapters across the country.

The deadline for submitting the article to ACRL is Wednesday, October 31. (IACRL would need to have received the article no later than Friday, October 26.) If you would be interested, please contact Eric Edwards, incoming IACRL President, at<>.

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(via Reina Williams, Rush University Medical Center)

Please join us for the next Community Engagement Networking Group meeting, to be held Thursday, November 8, 9:30-11:30am at the Naperville Public Library, 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr., Room C.

Dr. Raj Shah, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and David J. Kelsey, Outreach Services Manager, St. Charles PL, and co-founder of the RAILS Serving Patrons with Dementia Group, will join us for a discussion about the disease, it’s effects on patrons and care partners, and creative ways for libraries to support and serve. Q & A will follow presentation.

To register, go here. (Registration is recommended, but not required.)

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Call for Nominations: Up and Comers (Deadline Extended to Oct. 12)

(via Ramune Kubilius, Northwestern University)

Do you know a rising star in the library and information world?  Would you like to see them recognized for their promising achievements?  Look no further!  ATG Media is thrilled to announce the second annual round of nominations for Up and Comers.

Who exactly is an “Up and Comer”, you ask?  They are librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants, and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession.  An Up and Comer can be someone you work with, someone you’ve presented with or shaken hands with at a conference, or someone whose accomplishments and potential you admire.  Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries.  They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks.  They are future library leaders and change makers.  And they all have one thing in common: they deserve to be celebrated.

The 2018 Up and Comers will be recognized in the December/January issue of Against the Grain and at the First Time Attendees Reception at the Charleston Conference, and 15 of these brilliant rising stars will be profiled in the same issue.  In addition, they will be featured in a series of scheduled podcast interviews that will be posted on the website.

Nominations for the second round of Up and Comers has been extended through October 12th.  Don’t wait!   Spread the good news, tell your friends and colleagues, and nominate your favorite Up and Comer here.





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The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries is holding an ACRL webinar viewing at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria. The event will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Wednesday, October 24. In addition to watching the webinar, attendees will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and also discuss the webinar’s content.

The IACRL Executive Board is seeking feedback on which webinar potential attendees would be most interested in viewing. Please take a few minutes to complete the poll that is linked to below. If you could do so by Monday, October 8, that would work well. Once IACRL has finalized the webinar choice, an official announcement, including registration instructions and directions to UIC-Peoria, will go out on the listserv.

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CARLI Survey on Library Use of Social Media

Are you using social media to promote your library created digital collections or other library materials? The CARLI Created Content Committee is interested in your activities and what social media platforms you use! Please complete the following brief survey about your library′s social media activities:

Deadline to fill out the survey is Friday, October 12, at 5:00 pm.

Thank you,

CARLI Created Content Committee

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Legislative Action Item: Support the Reauthorization of IMLS

From our friends at ALA, bills supporting the reauthorization of the IMLS have been introduced in the House and Senate.

Please contact your House and Senate representatives to ask for their support of this legislation (H.R. 6988; S. 3530).

As reported in American Libraries:

“The 2018 act continues to support the stated mission of IMLS to inspire libraries to ‘advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement,’ and largely mirrors the previous authorization, with several improvements, including:

  • explicit allowance for grant funds to be used to help libraries prepare for and provide services after a disaster or emergency
  • additional provisions to enable more Native American tribes to participate in IMLS grant programs
  • greater use of data-driven tools to measure the impact and maximize the effectiveness of library services”
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