HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via the Medical Library Association)

The MLA 2022 Conference is scheduled for May 2-7 (Monday-Saturday). Currently, it will take place in person, in New Orleans! Take this opportunity to Reconnect with friends and colleagues in person once again, Renew your involvement with MLA, and begin to Reflect and celebrate exciting changes to this MLA conference.

Mark your calendars to attend the Open Forum on Thursday, August 5, at 1:00 PM CDT. Join the 2022 National Program Committee co-chairs, Emily J. Hurst and Lisa A. Marks, AHIP, to learn about the first in-person meeting in three years! At the Open Forum, you’ll learn about the following.

  • changes to in-person MLA meetings including virtual options for attendees and presenters
  • information and dates for abstract submissions (website opens Wednesday, August 18)
  • introduction to New Orleans venues (convention center, hotels, etc.)

You’ll also be able to ask questions and learn which MLA ’21 attendees won the raffle prizes.

To register for the Open Forum, please go here. If you do not have an MLA account, you will need to create one before registering.

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(via Charlotte Beyer, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)

Do you have ideas to share? Consider sharing those ideas at the Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois 2021 Annual Conference, which this year is a virtual conference on October 27-29 (Wednesday-Friday). This year you have the option of presenting your ideas as a poster or lightning talk.

Proposal Types

Lightning Talks

The afternoon of Wednesday, October 27, has been set aside for sharing experiences, best practices, or how lemonade was made out of lemons! Each presenter will be allotted 5-10 minutes, depending on the number of abstracts that are accepted. There will be ample time afterward for Q&A and lively discussion.


Ideas can include, but are not limited to, any area of librarianship, such as instruction, leadership, program development, communication, collection development, outreach, and evaluation.

If you have presented, or plan to present, a poster at another meeting this year (such as MLA or Midwest Chapter/MLA), please consider also submitting it for HSLI. Since it is virtual, let our members who can’t travel have the opportunity to see the work you’ve been doing! The posters will be virtual with a Q&A for presenters immediately following the lighting talks on October 27.

Abstract Submission Instructions

Lightning Talks

To apply for lightning talks, fill out the HSLI 2021 Lightning Talk Proposal Form, or submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to Charlotte Beyer at charlotte.beyer@rosalindfranklin.edu, by Friday, August 27.


To apply for posters, fill out the HSLI 2021 Poster Proposal Form, or submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to charlotte.beyer@rosalindfranklin.edu, by Friday, August 27.

Contact Information and Special Instructions

For either submission type, it is expected that presenting author(s) must register for, and plan on attending, the conference. More information about the conference can be found at the HSLI 2021 Conference website.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to charlotte.beyer@rosalindfranklin.edu.

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(via Heather Adair, Sam Houston State University)

We are extending the call for proposals for the 2021 Texas Library Association (TLA) Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Summit.

LIRT Summit is a one-day conference focused on topics related to library and information literacy instruction in academic, public, school, or special libraries. Attendees will interact with other library instruction enthusiasts and learn from one another in a collaborative, intimate, low-stress environment. All with an interest in library and information literacy instruction are welcome to attend and apply to present.

The LIRT Summit will be held in a hybrid format on Friday, October 15, at Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Please consider presenting your work at the LIRT Summit. Proposals–for in-person or virtual sessions–will be accepted until Monday, August 16, at 8:00 AM via this form. Any topics related to library and information literacy instruction are welcome in the following session formats.

  • 50-minute Session
  • 20-minute Session
  •      Poster Session

Registration will open Monday, August 16, with virtual and in-person options. Additional information will be provided at a later date.

For more information about the Summit, please go here. Questions can be directed to Ashley B. Crane, TLA LIRT Chair, at abc064@shsu.edu.

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(via Ruth Slagle, Jackson State Community College)

Registration is open for the ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section webinar “OER: What’s Next? Accessibility”. It will take place on Tuesday, August 3, starting at 11:00 AM CDT. Join Elisabeth Morel and Aura Lippincott for a panel focusing on what is next for OER concerning accessibility.

This one-hour synchronous event will feature two presenters, followed by a Q&A.

Elizabeth Morrell has been the Director of AccessAbility Services at Western Connecticut State University for the last nine years and is a member of a systemwide Accessibility Council where she co-chaired an effort to create a systemwide accessibility policy. Prior to her arrival at WCSU, she was a Program Coordinator at the Center for Students with Disabilities at her alma mater, University of Connecticut. Throughout her professional career she has been an advocate for equal educational access and an active member within the system to enhance the support provided to students with disabilities.

Aura Lippincott is Instructional Designer at Western Connecticut State University where she partners with faculty to develop online, hybrid and on-ground graduate and undergraduate courses. Prior to this, Aura was Instructional Designer at Post University, Director of Instructional Technology Solutions at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Information Literacy Librarian at the UCLA Anderson School’s Rosenfeld Management Library. Aura coordinates the WCSU Libraries’ OER Initiative and serves on the CSCU OER Coordinating Council and the Connecticut Open Educational Resources Coordinating Council

Attendance is free. Register here.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Open Access, Webinars | No Comments »

Legislative News, 07/30/2021

Federal News

Biden bid for federal workers to get COVID-19 shots prompts debate [Roll Call, 7/28/21] See also from Roll Call: As COVID-19 cases rise, CDC urges masks indoors, including schools: Republicans criticize new guidelines, saying agency can no longer be trusted  [7/27/21]

ALA applauds FY 2022 federal funding for libraries in House Appropriations bill, looks to Senate for support [ALA news, 7/15/21]

The National Library of Medicine saw an increase of $23 million. A summary of the bill is available from the House Committee on Appropriations.

Senate Democrats’ Plan Boosts Spending on Medicare, ACA Subsidies, Long-Term Care [Kaiser Health News, 7/15/21]

Virtual care becomes a common cause in a divided Congress [Politico, 6/30/21]


Illinois News

Governor Pritzker signed several bills on July 23rd. Among these are many related to mental and physical health care. To see a quick summary of the highlights, check out “Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed 56 measures Friday, upping total from this session to 160” from the State Journal-Register.

To see a full list of recently passed legislation in Illinois, use this link to Legiscan.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Register today to attend this year’s ILA Annual Conference! The conference, scheduled for October 12-14 (Tuesday-Thursday), will include virtual networking, an exhibit hall, sessions on the latest topics in librarianship, and incredible speakers. All live sessions will be recorded and available for viewing later.

Awarding-winning author Clint Smith will be our keynote speaker and the first 190 people to register for the conference will receive a free copy of his #1 New York Times Bestseller How the Word is Passed: a Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America.

Additional speakers include ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall; St. Louis based cartoonist, editor, and professor Steenz; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian at the University of Florida Libraries Twanna K. Hodge.

The early-bird rate deadline is Monday, September 13, so don’t wait. View the schedule on the ILA website and register today!

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(via Library Journal)

Registration is open for the webinar “Resource Sharing: What Will We Keep from the Pandemic?​”. Jointly sponsored by Ex Libris and Library Journal, the webinar will take place on Tuesday, August 3, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM CDT.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated several trends in academic libraries, including the shift from print to digital collections and the rethinking of subscriptions and licensing agreements with journal publishers. Partnerships with peer institutions and enhanced resource sharing programs have helped college and university libraries manage these challenges. In this webinar, librarians will discuss ideas and innovations that emerged during the pandemic, and how resource sharing can continue to help libraries adapt as the field continues to evolve.

Immediately following the introductory panel, attendees are invited to attend two sessions. One will offer panelists and participants the opportunity to take a deeper look into resource sharing through partnerships, and the other will feature academic librarians discussing their experiences as partners with the new Rapido automated resource sharing platform.

12:00-12:30 PM: Introductory Panel
K. Zdepski, Resource Sharing Librarian, University of Massachusetts
Gail Williams, Library Information Specialist, Resource Sharing, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Moderated by: Robyn Weisman, Director of Resource-Sharing Services, Vanderbilt University Libraries

12:30-1:00 PM: Resource Sharing Through Partnerships
Mike Richins, Director Product Development, Ex Libris, A ProQuest Company
Jalesia Horton, Head of Access Services, Southern Methodist University
K. Zdepski, Resource Sharing Librarian, University of Massachusetts
Alison O’Grady, Interlibrary Loan Supervisor, Williams College
Moderated by: Robyn Weisman, Director of Resource-Sharing Services, Vanderbilt University Libraries

1:00-1:30 PM: New Rapid Automated Resource Sharing Platform
Mark Paris, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources & Discovery, Brandeis University
Dan Taylor, Library Systems Specialist, Ithaca College
Moderated by: Judith Fraenkel, Director of Product Management, Ex Libris, A ProQuest Company
To register, please go here.

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(via Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University, on behalf of Aubrey Iglesias, New Mexico State University)

Dear colleague,

Are you 18 years of age or older, earned a graduate degree in Library and Information Science (LIS) from an institution in the United States during the academic years 2009/2010 – 2018/2019 while living in the U.S. (including U.S. territories), and have applied for librarian positions in academic or research libraries? We would love to hear about your job search pathway whether or not your search has so far resulted in an academic librarian position.

I am Aubrey Iglesias, Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University Library in Las Cruces, NM. I finished my LIS degree at the end of 2008 during the Great Recession. It took me 8 years and relocating my family several times to transition into my first academic librarian position. I know some of the challenges LIS graduates face in finding academic jobs. This is why I, along with my colleague, are conducting this study on the academic and pre-professional experiences of recent LIS graduates to better understand what variables may significantly influence either an unsuccessful or successful job search outcome in order to help colleagues navigate entry into academic librarianship.

We need your help! We ask that you please take our survey (link provided below), which takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and includes demographic as well as multiple choice questions with options to write in additional information. All study participants will remain anonymous. We would also like to ask you to please distribute the link to this survey widely.

By participating in this survey, you can enter into a drawing for a chance to be randomly selected to receive one of five Amazon gift cards worth $25 each. We are also looking for interview participants for the second part of this study, which is focused on graduates who had a mentor during their LIS studies. This would be another chance to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. (Note: per NMSU policy, employees of NMSU in addition to people who were born outside the U.S. and are not considered permanent residents of the U.S. are ineligible to be awarded a gift card. Also, multiple gift cards should not be given to the same individual.)

This study has been approved through NMSU’s IRB approval (#21263), and we anticipate publishing the aggregated study results in an open access academic journal. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at aiglesia@nmsu.edu. Thank you for your time!

With much appreciation,

Aubrey Iglesias, MA, MLS

Assistant Professor/Cataloging Librarian

New Mexico State University



Tiffany Schirmer, MLS

Library Specialist, Sr.

New Mexico State University


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(via Michelle Jean Haake, CARLI)

The following programs from the Professional Development Alliance are currently on the schedule. Programs are offered on a wide variety of subjects. Check out everything the alliance is making available to our libraries in August!

  • Tuesday, August 3, 1:00-2:00 PM: Fostering Community and Students’ Creativity with Online Library Programming (registration currently open–see below for link)
  • Thursday, August 5, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Enhancing DEIA in Digital Collections Symposium (registration currently open–see below for link)
  • Thursday, August 19: What’s the Big Deal? How Researchers Are Navigating Changes to Journal Access (details and registration forthcoming)

For more details and registration as they become available, please check the CARLI Event Calendar for August. Recordings of past CARLI-sponsored PDA events are available on the Professional Development Alliance website where permitted by the presenter.

We want to hear from you! If you have a topic you would like to see as a continuing education program, send your idea to CARLI Support, at support@carli.illinois.edu.

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(via Dr. Rebecca Croxton, University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

The ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee is sponsoring a free ACRL Online Discussion Forum on Monday, August 9, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM CDT. The purpose of the webinar is to share findings from a survey asking what protocols academic libraries used during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure safe library operations (services, resources, spaces, personnel interactions). While the survey findings are specific to academic libraries, they are relevant to public and other libraries and other academic entities. The forum will present survey findings followed by questions from participants.

To register, please go here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registered attendees will later receive a link to the recorded webcast, along with access to the full report and the de-identified data set.

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