Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Rachel Helbing, University of Houston)

The Medical Informatics Section (MIS) awards up to $1,500 to support a career development activity that will contribute to the advancement of the field of medical informatics.  If you’ve been wanting to take a course or attend a conference related to medical informatics but haven’t had the funds, then this is an opportunity worth exploring! MIS membership is preferred but not a requirement.

The deadline is Friday, December 1.  For further information or to apply, go here.

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(via Matt Hoy–Associate Director, Mayo Clinic Libraries)

The Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award is presented annually by the Medical Library Association (MLA) in recognition of outstanding contributions in the use of technology to deliver health sciences information, in the science of information, or in facilitating the delivery of health sciences information. The recipient receives a certificate at the association’s annual meeting and a cash award of $500 after the annual meeting.

If you would like to nominate an individual or group for this award, please go here for complete details.  Self-nominations are also encouraged. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, November 1, in order to be considered.

If you have questions about this award or the nomination process, please contact Matt Hoy, Jury Chair, at

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(via Keri Cascio–Executive Director, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is offering registration grants to encourage library support staff and library school students to participate in the ALCTS 2018 Midwinter Symposium to be held Feb. 9, 2018 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO.

The day-long symposium “Empowering Access and Ensuring Accessibility: Connecting People to Information and Collections” will explore how libraries and cultural institutions provide access to materials, and ensure that those materials are accessible to all populations.  These concepts are particularly important for those working in collections and technical services, where responsibility for identifying, selecting, acquiring, organizing, managing, digitizing, and preserving recorded knowledge resides. The symposium explores the landscape and horizon of collections and technical services work as it contributes to access and broad accessibility to stimulate knowledge creation, to foster innovation, and to empower libraries to have a transformative role in society.

The registration grant committee consists of members of the ALCTS Membership Committee. At least five grants will be awarded in each category, additional grants may be available contingent on additional funding. Grants will be awarded competitively based on the committee’s ranking of applications received by Oct. 27, 2017.


Library School Student Grant applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at least part-time at an ALA-accredited institution (part-time status as defined by your institution)
  • Submit a brief summary of the applicant’s progress towards their degree
  • Provide a description of how attending the ALCTS Midwinter Symposium will support their career goals
  • Submit a completed application by the due date

Library Support Staff Grant applicants must:

  • Be currently employed in a library
  • Submit a brief summary of the applicant’s current position responsibilities as well as a description of how attending the Midwinter Symposium will support their career goals
  • Submit a completed application by the due date

In awarding the grants, preference will be given to:

  • Applicants from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds
  • Applicants who show an interest in actively contributing to the mission and goals of ALCTS
  • Stated reasons for wanting to attend the 2018 ALCTS Midwinter Symposium
  • Responses to open-ended questions

ALCTS or ALA membership is not required to apply or attend. Additional registration for the ALA Midwinter Meeting is not required to attend the ALCTS Midwinter Symposium. Applicants must secure permission from their supervisors to attend the Symposium in advance of applying for the registration grants. Those selected for the registration grants will be notified no later than Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Program Officer, Continuing Education, at

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Dinner with (IACRL) Colleagues at ILA Annual Conference

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL President)

Are you attending the ILA Annual Conference in Tinley Park? Join your academic library colleagues for dinner at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 10, at Gatto’s Italian Restaurant! Sign up hereThose who would like to carpool can meet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn at 6:45 PM.

We hope to see you there!

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(via Mariana Lapidus, MCPHS University)

Do you know a recent graduate (past 18 months) or intern who has written an unpublished paper or created a web-based project? Nominate the person for the Rittenhouse Award. Recipients receive complimentary student registration to MLA’s annual meeting, a certificate, and a cash award of $500.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 1. Complete information and nomination forms can be found here. If you have questions, please contact Kim Mears, Jury Chair, at

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IACRL@ILA — Programming for Academic Librarians

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL President)

I hope to see many of you next week at the ILA Annual Conference in Tinley Park! In addition to our Unconference and Luncheon on Wednesday, please don’t forget that IACRL is sponsoring IACRL@ILA-a track of programming for academic librarians that includes more than 20 presentations given by and for academic librarians. Click here to download the complete IACRL@ILA program schedule

These programs are open to all Conference attendees, and academic librarians are free to attend programs outside the IACRL@ILA track. As a reminder, IACRL@ILA will take the place of an IACRL Conference in 2018. A similar track of programming will be offered at the 2018 ILA Annual Conference. Offering this programming at the ILA Annual Conference is more cost-effective while providing opportunities for collaboration across library types.

I hope that you’ll support your colleagues from Illinois academic librarians and attend these programs. I’ll see you there!

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(via Beth Fuchs, University of Kentucky)

The ALA Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) welcomes your submissions for two awards created to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction. Submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, special, academic) are encouraged. Winners will receive a $1,000 award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, where the awards will be presented.

The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award honors a librarian for her or his contributions to information literacy and instruction. The LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award honors a library for their innovative approach to information literacy and instruction.

Submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2018. For full details on how to apply for these awards or to nominate someone to receive them, please see the LIRT Awards site.

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(via JoAnne Kempf, American Library Association)

Interested in running for ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-Large but weren’t approached by the Nominating Committee? You can still get your name on the 2018 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members for president-elect and 25 signatures for councilor-at-large. A petition form may be created by logging into the ALA website and following these instructions.

In addition to the petition itself, members must complete the Candidate Biographical Information Form as follows.

  • If you wish to run for President-elect, please go here
  • If you wish to run for Councilor-at-Large, please go here.

You will be asked to create an account before you can access the form. Once the petition process is completed, petition candidates and nominated candidates are treated the same. They are not differentiated on the ballot because they are on equal footing and are all viable candidates for these positions.

The petition form for the 2018 election will become available on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  This form, along with the biographical information form, must be filed with the ALA Executive Director no later than 4:30 PM CST on Wednesday, December 6.

Ballot mailing for the 2018 ALA election will begin on March 12, 2018 and will run through April 4, 2018 with the results being announced on Wed., April 11, 2018.  Individuals must be members in good standing as of Jan. 31, 2018 to be eligible to vote in the ALA election. Additional information about the ALA election process can be found here

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(via Chase Ollis, American Library Association)

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education – with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging – has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. The Framework’s vision of information literacy education as a shared responsibility of all educators suggests both opportunities and challenges for teaching librarians, as we expand pedagogical approaches and partnerships. This course supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions.

In this online course, participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to their own instructional work. Participants will apply their learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for their local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on their personal perspectives on and experiences with the Framework and how these influence their engagement with the document.
  • Examine their unique institutional and instructional contexts and the possibilities and constraints these contexts present for their pedagogical work,
  • Apply principles of instructional design to develop instruction that is centered on the Frames and that fosters learning transfer and metacognition.
  • Explore the unique knowledge and experiences that librarians bring to teaching and learning and their implications for expanding librarians’ instructional roles and partnerships.
  • Explore how the Framework can be used to foster dialogue and collaboration among educators.


Lindsay Matts-Benson is the Instructional Designer for the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis where she collaborates and consults with librarians and library staff on building accessible, thoughtful and creative instructional material, such as online tutorials, websites, videos and in-person presentations. Lindsay has designed online learning modules and developed semester-long courses ranging from insurance law and trial advocacy skills to library research skills and job searching using library databases. Lindsay holds a Master of Arts in Learning Technology with a certificate in e-learning from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

How to Register

  • Go to the ALA Online Learning registration page.
  • Scroll down to the month when the course is offered.
  • Select the “Register” link next to the course name.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

More information on the course, including registration costs, is available here.

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The 2017 Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois will offer two days of professional activities, but if you need a break, consider taking advantage of the places and spaces of host cities Bloomington and Normal. The Conference hotel, The Chateau, is an ideal location, with easy and convenient access to places around both communities.

Either Wednesday evening or Friday afternoon would an ideal time to go out and try one or more of the following activities:

The Bloomington-Normal Visitors Bureau website has many other listings and coupon deals to plan your own venture. We hope you will take advantage of what Bloomington-Normal has to offer.

For any questions about the HSLI Annual Conference, please contact Emily Johnson, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at, or visit the Conference website.

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