Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via the Illinois Library Association)

This spring, ILA will launch a new member learning resource, ILA Noon Network. The ILA Noon Network will offer afternoon micro-learning webinars on various topics designed to help members with their professional development goals.

Webinars will be twenty minutes, and consist of a 10-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question and answer session.

We are seeking universal topics that will resonate with all library professionals. Examples of topics include:

  • New ideas with storytimes
  • Marketing to patrons
  • What’s new in social media
  • How to submit a program proposal
  • How to become an ILA Board Member

Please submit your topic suggestions to Tamara Jenkins and include in the subject line ILA Noon Network Topic. Please submit topics by January 17, 2020.

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(via Jennifer Schwartz, DePaul University)

Deadline extended to Friday, January 24

The 19th Annual Information Literacy Summit at Moraine Valley is now accepting proposals for breakout sessions.

19th Annual Information Literacy Summit

Challenging the status quo: Rethinking information literacy theories and practices

Friday, April 3, 2020, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address

Dr. Laura Saunders, Associate Professor at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science.

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: Challenging the status quo: Rethinking information literacy theories and practices. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 24, 2020

Some possible topics for sessions include:

  • Social Justice
  • The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Information literacy practices
  • Privacy
  • Literacy
  • Learning analytics
  • Neutrality
  • News and Media Literacy
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Service Learning
  • Student Curiosity and Creativity
  • Student Centered Teaching and Learning
  • Students as creators
  • Reflective Practice
  • Communities of Practice
  • Programmatic assessments

For more information, please contact a Summit organizer:

DePaul University Library

Jill King,, 773-325-7274

Jennifer Schwartz,, 773-325-7830

Moraine Valley Community College Library

Tish Hayes,, 708-974-5734

Troy Swanson,, 708-974-5439

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(via Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, Governors State University)

The purpose of this research is to understand the educational backgrounds of science/STEM librarians and why they entered the field. I invite you to take the survey if you work or have worked as a science/STEM librarian. Please feel free to share. This survey will close in two weeks on January 21, 2020.

Survey Link: Educational Background and Motivations of Science/STEM Librarians


This research study is being conducted by Elizabeth Sterner, Health and Human Services Librarian, at Governors State University (IRB Exempt – FY2020-78). Your voluntary participation in the online survey is expected to take less than six minutes and is anonymous. You may quit without penalty at any time. There is no compensation for your participation. No identifiable personal information will be collected or retained. No risks are anticipated. The results will be shared in the forms of journal articles and/or presentations. Please contact Elizabeth Sterner (708-235-7517, if you have questions.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Has your library undergone renovations or new building in 2019? Share the news with the library community by submitting the project for the ILA Reporter “Library Buildings 2019” article in the March 2020 issue. Submissions should include:

  • At least one high-resolution image of the exterior
  • At least one high-resolution of the interior
  • Name of the architect or architectural firm
  • Type of project; either “Renovation/expansion” or “New building”
  • Total cost
  • Service population
  • Name of the library director
  • 2-3 quotes from patrons or users for a “What people are saying” section

Examples from past issues are available on the ILA website. The deadline for submission is Monday, January 20, and submissions should be sent via email to ILA Reporter assistant editor Kendall Harvey. We look forward to showcasing your project, large or small, from any type of library!

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(via Rashelle Nagar, Yale University)

Mark your calendars now. Beyond the Numbers is coming back in 2020.

Save the date!

Beyond the Numbers

November 18-20

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Call for papers coming soon!

Beyond the Numbers is a *free conference* to address the challenges of economic information. We are bringing together experts to share their experiences at the frontier of economic data and information, discuss problems and potential solutions, and identify ways to improve access to and understanding of economic information.

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

The CARLI Instruction Committee is seeking presenters for a panel discussion on fresh approaches to evaluating information, to be presented via webinar on Wednesday, April 1. More information is available here.

As our students grapple with various forms of alternative facts, what tools or frameworks can instruction librarians employ to help them effectively determine what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what’s somewhere in between?

Interested presenters (either individuals or groups) should submit an approximately 100-word description of the approach or strategy they’d like to discuss.
Submit your proposal here.

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, February 11.

Please contact the Committee Co-Chairs, Amy Hall ( or Marielle McNeal (, or the CARLI Office ( with any questions.

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(via Dr. Amanda Folk, The Ohio State University)

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 17.  Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-February 2020.

Description of the Session

This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.

Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

  • Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design
  • Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research

Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2020 cannot be considered.

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.

The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

  • The paper title
  • A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress)
  • A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

Send submissions via e-mail to Audrey Church,, with the subject line: LRRT Research Forum Proposal

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(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL President)

Free IACRL Webinar
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Libraries Are Open for Learning: Using OER to Support Students and Faculty

Open Educational resources (OER) have quickly become an answer to addressing higher education affordability, increasing student completer success raters and reducing equating gaps, and increasing pedagogical innovations. As libraries support the very essence of “open”, librarians and library staff are primed to lead OER efforts at colleges and universities. After setting baselines, including definitions and efficacy of OER, this webinar will discuss some OER and Open program opportunities your library can select to implement and support, no matter where you’re at in the OER adoption process. We encourage you to bring your ideas for OER programs that others can adapt, and your questions and concerns.

Register here. Please direct any questions to Michelle Nielsen Ott, 2019-2020 IACRL President, at

Posted in Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Open Access, Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association is now accepting nominations for its 2020 awards. The ILA Awards honor and recognize excellence in librarianship in Illinois. Now is the time to nominate a colleague, manager, mentor, or yourself for an ILA Award.

The complete list of ILA Awards, including criteria and eligibility for each award, is available on the ILA website. The deadline for all award nominations is Friday, May 15. If you have any questions regarding the ILA Awards, please contact the ILA office.

To nominate someone, please go here.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois Library Association)

Interested in getting involved in statewide professional service? Consider serving on an ILA committee! Appointments are now being considered for the coming program year.

Appointments begin July 1, 2020, and most committee members serve two-year terms. More information is available here.

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