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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Registration is open for the 2019 ILA Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held October 22-24, 2019, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL.

This year’s conference speakers include Bridget C. Coughlin, President and CEO of the Shedd Aquarium, Eugenia Cheng, Corrie Wallace, multilingual anti-oppression educator and consultant, authors Andrea Beaty and Tracy Clark, and Mark A. Puente, Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at ARL.

Register by Monday, September 16, to get the early bird rate! For additional information on the conference and speakers, please visit the ILA website<>.

Speaker Update

Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Dr. Sadia Warsi will no longer be presenting at this year’s ILA Annual Conference. We look forward to having her present at a future conference.

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(via Elaine Hirsch, Lewis & Clark College)

The CLS Communications Committee invites submissions for the Fall 2019 CLS Newsletter. This is an opportunity to highlight happenings at your library with colleagues across the country.

Did your library launch an innovative program or host a successful event? Did your library receive a grant? Are there any presentations, publications, or other professional accomplishments you’d like to share?

Submissions should be less than 500 words and images are welcome!  Check the CLS Newsletter Archive for ideas:

The deadline for submissions is September 27. Articles can be sent to

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(via RAILS)

Have you thought about conducting an assessment in technical services but weren’t sure where to start? This webinar, presented by Natalie Hall, Library Technical Services Coordinator at Moraine Valley Community College, will examine why and how to conduct an assessment in technical services.

Hall will focus on the kinds of assessments that have previously been done, how e-content impacts the assessments, various methodologies and resources for conducting an assessment, and more! The webinar will be held on September 24, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. See more details and register on L2.<>

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(via Elizabeth Suelzer, Medical College of Wisconsin)

As you get ready to register for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, don’t forget to explore the great slate of CE courses we have lined up. CE courses will be held on Saturday, October 5, and offer 3 or 4 MLA CE credits.

Continuing Education Courses

Discover…scoping reviews and reliable publishing

Connect…with your local community

Collaborate…with partnerships and copyright

Don’t forget about our free CE class on Monday, Finding Leadership and Management Opportunities Where You Are – it’s included with your registration.

For complete course and instructor information, visit the meeting website and follow us on Facebook. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Milwaukee!

Your 2019 Midwest Conference Publicity Committee,

Elizabeth Suelzer, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dora Davis, ProHealth Care
Michele Matucheski, Ascension
Rita Sieracki, Medical College of Wisconsin

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

This fall, in conjunction with the My Library Is campaign, RAILS and IACRL will co-host an online event to help academic libraries promote and articulate their value. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. To help with this event, academic librarians are invited to submit ideas for short presentations (10 min) regarding marketing and/or promotion efforts. These topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Making administrators/deans aware of the library’s value
  • Demonstrating the library’s impact on student success
  • Articulating the ways in which the library advances the missions/goals of your institution
  • Ensuring that libraries are brought to the table when big institutional decisions are being made
  • Making the faculty and other university/college staff aware of what the library can do for them
  • Making students aware of what the library can do for them

If you would like to be considered to present, please email Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, with your idea by Friday, September 13.  

Posted in Calls and Requests, Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Reaching Forward Conference Committee is accepting program submissions for the 2020 Conference, which will be held Friday, May 1, at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Proposals must be submitted using the online proposal form. Incomplete proposals can be saved and revised any time prior to the submission deadline.

All program slots are 60 minutes. The conference programming is organized by the following tracks:

  • Advocacy and Funding
  • Collections and Technical Services
  • Community Engagement and Customer Service
  • Diversity and Special Populations
  • Human Resources
  • Ignite Sessions
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Programming
  • Reference and Readers Advisory
  • Technology
  • Wellness
  • Youth and Young Adult Services

You will be asked to provide the following information about your proposed session:

  • Speaker(s) information
  • Program title and description
  • Program Track
  • Speaker qualifications to speak on topic
  • Learning outcomes for attendees
  • Room setup, preferred time of day
  • Program experience level and format
  • Additional information you’d like to share with the committee

The deadline to submit a program proposal is Friday, October 18.

Reaching Forward provides complimentary registration for conference speakers. Conference speakers who are employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in the State of Illinois are not eligible to receive an honorarium.


To submit a proposal, please go to

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(via Brian Lym, Hunter College)

This deadline has been extended to Monday, September 9.  The editors are especially interested in submissions relating to assessment of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, either as it stands in a particular institution or assessment of DEI efforts; leveraging institutional politics, and working with the community outside of our institutions.

Call for Chapter Proposals

Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries

Chapter proposals are requested for an edited volume titled Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries, to be published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.  Head Editors are Brian Lym (Hunter College) and Corliss Lee (University of California, Berkeley), and Co-Editors are Tatiana Bryant (Adelphi University), Jonathan Cain (University of Oregon), and Kenneth Schlesinger (Lehman College).

We are seeking case studies, qualitative research studies, quantitative research studies, survey research studies, and other research-based solutions that can be implemented in today’s libraries.  A more detailed outline appears below.

Proposals, including a 600-800 word abstract, should be submitted by September 9, 2019 (new date).  Notification of acceptance will occur by the end of September 2019.  Selected authors should expect to submit a full draft of their article no later than January 14, 2020.

Call for Proposals:

Send questions to Head Editors Brian Lym ( and Corliss Lee (

Book Outline

The well-documented lack of diversity in the academic library workforce remains problematic, especially given growing expectations that the overall academic workforce be more representative of the increasingly diverse student bodies at our colleges and universities.  That the lack of diversity is especially notable among the professional ranks (librarians, library leadership, and administrators) is indicative of inequity of opportunities for people of color and “minoritized” ethnic groups.

Further, remediation of racial and ethnic diversity in the academic library workplace raises broader diversity issues, including individuals with identities outside the gender binary and other individuals who face discrimination due to their sexual orientation, disabilities, religious affiliation, military status, age, or other identities.

Emerging efforts to diversify the academic library workplace are pointedly raising issues of inclusion in libraries where demographic homogeneity has historically prevailed.  With Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we hope to capture emerging research and practice that demonstrate ways academic libraries and librarians can work with and within their institutions to create a more equitable and representative workforce.

Part 1:  Leveraging and Deploying Systemic and Bureaucratic/Structural Solutions Since colleges and universities are hierarchical and complex systems with centralized and bureaucratic controls that can effect or impede transformative change, academic library leaders need to leverage and deploy formal structures and administrative resources to achieve DEI excellence.


  • Recruitment and Hiring
  • Retention and Advancement
  • Professional Development and Support
  • Assessment: Tracking DEI Progress

Part 2:  Leveraging Collegial Networks, Politics, and Symbols:

Strengthening and Deepening Change for DEI Excellence; Acknowledging and deploying collegial networks, leveraging informal and formal political power, and symbolic resources to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in academic libraries.


  • Navigating Collegial Networks and Normative Expectations Leveraging the Politics of Organizational Behavior (formal and informal power)
  • Reinforcing the Message: Deploying Change Through Deployment of Symbolic Activities
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(on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee’s Publicity Subcommittee)

Are you considering a career in health sciences or medical librarianship? Interested in learning more about the latest trends in the profession? Looking for an opportunity to meet and network with new and experienced library practitioners, while helping the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) organization celebrate its 40th birthday? HSLI would like to extend a warm invitation to students, including those at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s iSchool, to attend the 2019 HSLI Conference! This year’s event, themed “Going Forward, Looking Back”, will take place from Wednesday, September 11, to Friday, September 13, at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

Some of the benefits you will gain from attending include the following:

  • registration at the student rate ($100 for the full Conference, only half of what regular HSLI members pay and less than half of what non-members pay)
  • an opportunity to learn from experts in the field, including UIUC’s very own Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (keynote speaker) and Daniel Tracy and JJ Pionke (continuing-education sessions)
  • plenty of chances to make valuable professional connections, including at Nancy’s Reception the evening of Thursday, September 12

Please register by Wednesday, September 4, to reserve your spot at the Conference. More information about the Conference is available here.

We hope to see you there in a few weeks!

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Legislative Update, 08/27/2019

Federal news

New Law Will Require Breastfeeding Rooms in Federal Buildings (

“The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (H.R. 866) … stipulates that these lactation rooms will be hygienic places provided in addition to the restrooms that are ‘shielded from view’, ‘free from intrusion’ and ‘contains a chair, a working surface, and, if the public building is otherwise supplied with electricity, an electrical outlet.’ ”

Trump abortion rule could hit rural communities hard (The Hill)

“Planned Parenthood, government agencies in blue states and other health providers are expected to tell the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday that they will not comply with its new rules banning recipients of Title X family planning funds from referring women for abortions.”

House Democratic chairman launches probe of e-cigarette makers (The Hill)

“…officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with state health officials are currently investigating 94 possible cases of severe lung illnesses linked to vaping among young people in 14 states…”

Senate bill aims to protect taxpayers from costly drugs (Roll Call)

“The proposed changes reflect the fact that drugs are more expensive than when the Medicare drug benefit was first enacted.”

Senate GOP plans to divert health, education funds to border wall (Roll Call)

“Senate Republicans are looking to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall in part by putting about $5 billion less in the largest domestic spending bill, several people with knowledge of the process said.”

State news

New Illinois laws take aim at high maternal death rates, racial disparities (The State Journal-Register)

This article provides a brief summary of the package of new laws regarding maternal health that were just signed into law.  According to the article, “Women also have the right to receive medical information in a language they understand, and to receive information about breastfeeding.”

Pharmacists encouraged by new law regulating pharmacy benefit managers (The State Journal-Register)

Among the provisions of this new law: “The new law will eliminate PBM “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from informing patients how they can obtain prescription drugs more cheaply, Reynolds said.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs 129 bills, vetoes three (The Center Square Illinois)

A quick run down of all the bills that were recently signed or vetoed.

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(via Cathy Mayer, Trinity Christian College)

On October 18th, faculty, staff, & librarians are invited to the campus of North Park University for the inaugural Chicago Research Summit! A registration fee<> of only $30 will provide access to a wealth of information, including:

  • Keynote: David Van Zytveld, Director of Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL)
  • Morning & Afternoon Breakout Sessions featuring faculty & librarians from across Chicagoland
  • Lunch & “Taste of Chicago Collections” provide a sampling of rich resources available in our region

Curious to know more?  Check out the line-up of sessions on our website<>!

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