Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via ACRL)

 Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

This is an invitation for volunteers to serve on ACRL’s committees and sections. I ask you to consider volunteering with enthusiasm and with acknowledgement of the diversity of skills, perspectives, and experiences of our members. ACRL’s work is vital to the audiences we support, the librarians and libraries that make up our organization, and the communities we serve. Please consider sharing your expertise and experiences with ACRL. I hope that you will volunteer to work with ACRL and share in making a difference, supporting lifelong learners, and contributing to an informed society.

Thank you,

Lauren Pressley 

ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

The appointment process
Appointments are made at the division and section level, and through the editorial board process (see editorial board section below). Section vice-chairs are responsible for committee appointments for the year they will serve as chair. The ACRL vice-president is responsible for committee appointments at the division level for the year she serves as president. The ACRL Appointments Committee assists the vice-president in an advisory capacity. Division-level committees are created to conduct the work of the Board, and each committee crafts an annual work plan in consultation with their Board and Staff liaisons to accomplish their charged activities and responsibilities.

Current committee members whose terms conclude at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference should submit a new volunteer form if they wish to be considered for re-appointment. The online volunteer form closes February 15 and most committee appointment offers will be sent in April and May 2018.

Onsite attendance at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the ALA Annual Conference is not a requirement of committee service. However, members of all ACRL committees, task forces, and similar bodies are expected to fully participate in the work of the group whether it be working virtually or face-to-face.

How to apply

Visit (Internet Explorer is the preferred browser for accessing the form). You will be asked to login using your ALA member ID and the password you created. The form should be completed by February 15, 2018. Be sure that you are a current ALA/ACRL member before attempting to login, as the form is tied directly to the ALA membership system. Need to renew? Please renew online here

If you have any questions about using the volunteer form, please contact ACRL Program Officer Allison Payne for division committees at or ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin for section committees at

Questions about the ACRL appointment process?  Please join the ACRL Membership Committee on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 1 pm CST, for an online discussion on how the ACRL appointment process works for division-level committees, sections, interest groups, and discussion groups.  Access information for the session is available here.

ACRL division-level committee appointments
ACRL committees (and their charges) can be found on the ACRL website at

Appointments to ACRL standing committees are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. The Appointments Committee sends appointment recommendations to the ACRL president-elect. The president-elect makes the final appointments for the committees.

Questions about division-level appointments may be directed to the chair of the Appointments Committee, Catherine B. Soehner, Associate Dean, Research & User Services, University of Utah,

ACRL section appointments

ACRL sections help members customize their ACRL experience through newsletters, electronic discussion lists, specialized programming, preconferences, recognition, and focused activities. 

Section vice-chairs appoint members to section committees. Most appointments are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. For more information about section appointments, please contact section vice-chairs. Contact information is available by logging in at

Editorial boards
ACRL has eight editorial/advisory boards for its publications: Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board; Choice Editorial Board; College & Research Libraries Editorial Board; College & Research Libraries News Editorial Board; New Publications Advisory Board; Publications in Librarianship Editorial Board; RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage Editorial Board; and Resources for College Libraries Editorial Board.

Appointments to editorial boards are made after the Midwinter Meeting for terms that begin immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. The editors recommend the names of individuals to fill vacancies. The Publications Coordinating Committee approves the recommendation and the ACRL vice-president/president-elect makes the appointment.

If you would like to be considered for appointment to an editorial board, contact the editor of the editorial board early in the fall or indicate your interest on the ACRL online volunteer form.

Representatives Assembly

The ACRL Representative Assembly consists of the current ACRL representatives to other ALA units. Appointments are made at the discretion of the ACRL president-elect. Questions about representative appointments may be directed to ACRL President-Elect Lauren Pressley at

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Kimberly Boyd, Brenau University)

From Information Literate to Information Fluent: The Role of Libraries in Preparing 21st Century Citizens 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018  

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central) 


Description:   Librarians are increasingly important in helping students, pre-K through 20 and beyond, to move beyond the skills of Information Literacy and become Information Fluent in order to successfully navigate the Knowledge Economy.  In this session, Dr. Alan Bearman will discuss how, with the help of a Lyrasis Catalyst Grant, the Washburn University librarians are collaborating with other regional librarians to develop a culture of Information Fluency in their service region.  

About the Presenter: 

A first-generation student and a native of London, England, Dr. Alan Bearman holds a Ph.D. in History from Kansas State University, along with undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Murray State University and the University of Kentucky.  He is a Professor in the History of Christianity and Early American History at Washburn University where he is also the founding Dean of the combined University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention.  

Can’t make it to the live show? That’s okay. The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing. 

To register for the online event 
1. Go to registration page: 

2. Complete and submit the form. 

3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration. 

Contact a member of the Carterette Series planning team with questions or suggestions:

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(via the American Library Association)

In Episode 22Dewey Decibel features two people who are bringing more diverse voices and representation to the comic book world and libraries.

First, Dewey Decibel host and American Libraries Associate Editor Phil Morehart talks with G. Willow Wilson, the writer of the Ms. Marvel series. She discusses the inspiration behind the character Kamala Khan, the first Muslim-American superhero at Marvel to have her own comic, and why diverse comics are essential to creating a true representation of the world.

Next, American Libraries Associate Editor Terra Dankowski speaks with Mara Thacker, a librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) who curates the library’s collection of South Asian comics. Thacker discusses the UIUC comics and tips librarians can use to diversify their own collections.

The recording of the episode is available at

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

Registration is open for the upcoming resource sharing webinar: “Using Data to Assess and Communicate Improvements in Resource Sharing” on Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 10:00am to 11:00am.

Description: This webinar will focus on how North Park University (NPU) used data to assess changes in their resource sharing workflows and staffing, and then communicated those changes.

Andy Meyer will share how NPU changed their policies to improve their I-Share workflows, how you can use Tableau to explore and assess your data, and some best practices and strategies for communicating data through graphs and visualizations.

Presenter: Andy Meyer is the Head of Electronic Resources and Interlibrary Loan at North Park University in Chicago. He holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a specialization in data curation. He is interested in developing and sharing resources that help libraries of all sizes manage and use data, and in improving resource sharing among libraries.

To register, visit:
This webinar will be recorded and posted to the CARLI website.

Please send any questions to

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Call for MLA 2018 Twitter Correspondents (Deadline April 1)

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

Official Meeting Twitter Correspondents engage attendees by promoting and live tweeting MLA’18 activities, events, and more. As a correspondent, you provide a unique perspective about the MLA’18 meeting and begin a larger conversation of the event. You can Tweet before and during the meeting.

Blog correspondents earn a maximum of 1 AHIP point upon completion of 3 Tweets.  This year, MLA’18 Twitter correspondents are asked to promote or live tweet MLA’18 meeting events and their unique perspectives in Atlanta. 

The MLA’18 hashtag is #mlanet18 and the official MLA Twitter account can be found viewed here

Sign up using our online application by April 1st, 2018

Contact Tallie Casucci, Emily Johnson, and Skye Bickett, MLA ’18 Blog Editors if you have questions.
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Northwestern’s Qiana Johnson ACRL Member of the Week

(via ACRL)

Qiana M. Johnson is a collection and organizational data analysis librarian at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Qiana first joined ACRL in 2003 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 6, 2018.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Unconventional, persistent, kind.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Ben Aaronovitch’s Whispers Under Ground. This book is part of a series about a London police constable who, after learning he has an aptitude for magic, is assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department in charge of investigating magical crimes. A very important lesson from the series is cell phones and magic do not mix.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Reflective, responsive, informed.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I’ve always appreciated the ways in which ACRL engages with and helps librarians stay abreast of issues within higher education. I regularly read the Keeping up With… series and benefit from learning about topics that are immediately beneficial to my position as well as topics that are just new to me. I recently read “Keeping Up With Systematic Literature Reviews” to help with a reference question that came to me. ACRL has also provided formal and informal learning opportunities through listservs, conference programming, and preconferences. Early in my career, following the discussion on IL-L helped me reflect on how and what I wanted to teach.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I contribute to my campus by helping to evaluate the resources we purchase and subscribe to as well as gauging how well we are using our budget to support our different constituencies. My work helps us to spot trends in changing patron demographics and changing patron needs. I’m also the subject specialist for global health and public policy and that allows me to work with students and faculty members on their research in these areas. My work with patrons allows me to see how they use and access information which can sometimes answer questions about why a particular resource is not getting the type of use we expected and why another resource seems to get more use than we expect. My contribution to campus involves a lot of spreadsheets and statistics, but I think I’m able to help transform those numbers into better patron experiences.

6. In your own words: I had a hard time deciding on an undergraduate major because I had so many and such disparate academic interests and being an academic librarian has let me play to that strength. My work first as a reference librarian let me foster my varied interests–in the course of a few days I could answer questions about global health, public policy, and literature. Now in my collections work, having a broader focus gives me the opportunity and the responsibility to advocate for users across a number of disciplines. Academic librarianship has given me the opportunity to be an important part of the teaching and research life on campus.

The link to the announcement is

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(via Lauri Rebar, Florida Atlantic University)

Do you have a project that is just waiting for the right funding?  Are you thinking about ways that libraries can improve services to users?

The American Library Association (ALA) gives an annual grant for those conducting research that will lead to the improvement of services to users.  The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

·      The research problem is clearly defined, with a specific question or questions that can be answered by collecting data. The applicant(s) clearly describe a strategy for data collection whose methods are appropriate to the research question(s). A review of the literature, methodologies, etc. is not considered research (e.g., methodology review rather than application of a methodology) for purposes of the award, except where the literature review is the primary method of collecting data.

·      The research question focuses on benefits to library users and should be applied and have practical value as opposed to theoretical.

·      The applicant(s) demonstrate ability to undertake and successfully complete the project. The application provides evidence that sufficient time and resources have been allocated to the effort. Appropriate institutional commitment to the project has been secured.

Any ALA member may apply, and the Jury would welcome projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher.

Deadline Extended to February 19, 2018.

Procedures and an application form are available at: See the section on How to Apply

Also see related documents linked near the bottom of the page for:

·      Schedule and Procedures

·      Proposal Requirements and Application Cover Sheet:

The full press release is available at:

Questions?   Contact Billie Peterson-Lugo, Baylor University, at

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Chad Kahl, Illinois State University)

Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, and the Consortium of Illinois Academic and Research Libraries (CARLI) are partnering to bring the Engaging with the ACRL Framework Workshop to Normal on May 14. This one-day workshop focuses on engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions. Throughout this workshop participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to their own instructional work. Attendees will apply their learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for their local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships. The workshop will be led by Jenny Dale (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and Kate L. Ganski (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

Cohorts from the same institution are encouraged to attend and work together on their information literacy curriculum.

For more details on the workshop and presenters bios see:

When? May 14, 8AM-5PM

Where? ISU Alumni Center (1101 North Main, Normal, Illinois 61761) Cost? $50 for CARLI member librarians (Cost subsidized by CARLI, Limit 45 attendees) What’s included? Light breakfast, lunch, and printed workshop materials Registration?

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The University of Minnesota Libraries is pleased to offer the 11th biennial Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups.  The Institute focuses on the development of library leaders from diverse backgrounds who are in the first three years of their professional careers. Participants will develop specific leadership abilities proven to be critical for organizational success, including knowledge and skills for successful program leadership and collaboration. The Minnesota Institute has over 250 graduates to date, including a notable number of luminaries in librarianship.

Consultants Kathryn Deiss and DeEtta Jones will co-lead the Institute.  They will be joined by Trevor Dawes (University of Delaware), Harriett Green (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), and a number of University of Minnesota leaders.

Program and application details are available at: The application deadline is Saturday, March 10, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Mueller, ACRL Senior Production Editor, at

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(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL President, on behalf of Andrew Adler, Georgetown (KY) College)

Registration is now open for the 2018 KLA/SLA Joint Spring Conference being held at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, KY on April 4 – 6, 2018. The theme of this year’s Conference is “User Experience: Where the User and the Library Meet”. Attendees can register here: You may register for the Joint Spring Conference using this form whether you are paying by check or credit card. If paying by credit card make sure to go to the SLA – Kentucky Chapter website and use the PayPal options there: Credit card payments will include a $4 processing fee.

The Conference Planning Committee has blocked off lodge rooms and cottages for conference attendees at General Butler State Resort Park. We encourage attendees to make their reservations as soon as possible. In order to reserve a room, call the Main Lodge at 502-732-4384 and identify yourself as being with the Kentucky Library Association Conference. You can also provide them with our group number – 2494 – in order to receive the conference discount rate. Reservations can be made 24/7 by calling the number above. We have also included an informational flier which provides highlights about the park and its amenities.

Should you have any questions, including if you are interested in viewing a draft schedule of the Conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Coordinator, Andrew Adler, at We thank you for your interest in the Conference and look forward to seeing you in Carrollton.

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