HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

Legislative News, 06/04/2020

Federal news

MLA and AAHSL recommend FY21 NLM Funding of at least $479.7 million [MLA Connect, 5/29/20]

Trump administration requiring labs to report racial, ethnic information from COVID-19 test results [The Hill, 6/4/20]

Top health lawmakers push HHS on COVID-19 Medicaid payments [Roll Call, 6/3/20]

HEROES Act Stalls in Senate [American Libraries, 5/22/20]

Will Trump White House tear down journal paywalls? Many anxiously await a decision [Science, 5/21/20]

State news

The Illinois legislature was back in session and worked on a number of issues.  They have passed a budget (SB0264).  They are also looking at a number of bills that are prompted by COVID-19, including some related to the unemployment benefits system, emergency management, price gouging, etc.  To scan a listing of recent activity, you can visit Legiscan (results of an Illinois search here).

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(via Michelle Jean Haake, CARLI)

The Open Textbook Network holds a Summit each summer for members to learn from each other and to build community among its members. With direction from the OTN, CARLI’s consortial membership meant that attendance at the Summit was reserved for those working on our statewide programs. However, this year, the free, online Summit is open to anyone interested in attending. Sessions will be held 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00-2:00 PM.

Registration is now open for this year’s OTN Summit (#OTNSummit2020), which will be held virtually across two weeks, each Monday through Thursday between June 15 and 25, with two one-hour sessions per day. Attendees register only for the sessions in which they are interested and will attend.

An important and exciting note: this year, many of the events will be open to audiences everywhere, regardless of OTN membership. This is a great opportunity to include new voices and perspectives and to share the benefits of open education with a larger community.

Spread the word! You are encouraged to extend the invitation to anyone in the higher education community who may be interested in open education.

Please see the OTN Summit website for more details, including a (non-finalized) schedule of programming and event descriptions. Please use this short form to register. Registration will close on Monday, June 1.

The OTN staff are very excited for two weeks of community engagement, connection, and sharing. Now more than ever, as an organization, the OTN looks forward to this opportunity to come together amid such uncertain times.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

This is a reminder that nominations for the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award are due Friday, May 29. The general criteria are below. Additional information, including instructions for submitting a nomination, is available here.

Please direct any questions to ila@ila.org. For more information about other ILA awards and scholarships, go here. The deadline for most other award nominations is also Friday, May 29.

Established in 1985, this award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development.

The recipient must be a personal ILA member or be employed at an institution that is an ILA member. The recipient must have distinguished himself/ herself in notable service to the forum and to the Illinois Library Association, as well as exhibited leadership and exemplary library service in an academic setting.

To assure equitability of representation of awardees among the various types of academic libraries and constituencies represented in the forum’s membership, the awards committee will give consideration, on a revolving basis, to these factors in the selection process. Individuals nominated should have demonstrated achievements in such areas as the following ones.

  • service to the organized profession through ILA, the IACRL Forum, and related organizations;
  • significant and influential academic or research library service;
  • contributions to academic or research library development through research or publications; or
  • planning or implementing a library program of exemplary quality.

Nominees do not have to meet all the above criteria.

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(via Norma Durian, University of La Verne)

Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics 2020 will take place online Thursday, July 16. The program and registration will become available here on Wednesday, June 3. The regular fee for registration is $25 (free for makerspace and LIS students).

The keynote speaker is Dale Dougherty, President of Make:Community. A description of his talk, “The Future We Make”, is below.

Making is fundamental to being human. Using our hands and minds to make tools is something humans have done for millions of years.  New research in neuroscience connects making with cognitive development and the emergence of language in humans. It also reminds us that for as long as we’ve been making tools, we have been a community of learners and teachers sharing technical knowledge and showing each other how to do things.  The rise of the maker movement coincides with the Internet providing new digital ways of teaching and learning, which encourages sharing on a global scale.  Yet this movement is also made up of stories, the very personal journeys for makers who discover their unique gifts and talents as learners and teachers.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are seeking presenters for the Noon Network. The Noon Network is a free professional development resource for Illinois library professionals.

Noon Network webinars are held at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you are interested in presenting a webinar, please complete a webinar submission form or contact Tamara Jenkins (tjenkins@ila.org). Past Noon Network webinars are available on the ILA website, here.

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(via the Online Learning Consortium)

Wherever November finds us, the OLC Accelerate program now offers flexible presentation and attendance options. OLC Invites you to submit a presentation proposal for OLC Accelerate 2020, “20/20 Vision: Envisioning the Future of Online, Blended and Digital Learning”. The conference is currently scheduled for November 17-20 in Orlando, Florida, and a virtual alternative may be available even if the in-person meeting still takes place.

Feeling stuck with your presentation proposal? Learn four key steps for creating a proposal for an OLC conference, and more, in this video, available here. Review the “Presenter Services” page for additional proposal development guides and resources. Submission deadline is now 10:59 PM CDT on Monday, June 1.

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(via Jennifer Hart, University of Chicago)

The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp 2020 is postponed to 2021 for the in-person format. The planning committee is, however, putting together a free slate of virtual meetings for Thursdays in June and July (with a few exceptions–see below), all lasting from 10:00 to 11:00 AM CDT.

  • June 4–Open Discussion on libraries/librarians dealing with services during COVID-19
  • June 11–No GLSBC event – consider New England Science Boot Camp
  • June 18–Psychology issues related to COVID-19
  • June 25–Open Discussion on issues related to reopening our spaces
  • July 2–No GLSBC event – July 4 holiday
  • July 9–3D printing and medicine – PPE and more
  • July 16–Lightning Talks
  • July 23–Lightning Talks
  • July 30–Epidemiology and modeling

The planning committee is requesting participants register ahead of time, so that the committee can send out Zoom access information. To register, please go here. The deadline is Monday, June 1. After registration closes, each participant will receive a link and a password to use for access to all of the above events one wishes to attend.

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(via Anne Doherty–Project Editor, Resources for College Libraries)

The database Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the Choice/ACRL bibliography of essential titles for undergraduate teaching and research, seeks experienced library subject selectors and faculty to serve as peer reviewers. We are currently seeking referees for the following RCL Arts and Humanities subjects.

  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Classical Languages and Literatures
  • Dance
  • Drama and Theater
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Music
  • Other Literatures in English
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Russian and Eastern European Languages and Literatures
  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
  • Visual Arts

Reviewers are tasked with assessing the subject collection comprehensively, providing recommendations for editorial improvement and constructive feedback on how well the core title selections support the college curriculum. The RCL peer review can strengthen collection development skills, inform local projects, and build subject expertise. This is a one-time professional service opportunity that can be performed remotely, so it may be a rewarding way to contribute professionally while campus is closed. For further details and FAQs, please visit here.

To apply, submit a current CV and a brief description of your qualifications, particularly developing or evaluating core collections, or also teaching in the subject area, to Anne Doherty, RCL Project Editor, at adoherty@ala-choice.org. Preference will be given to those who apply by Monday, June 1. We are committed to pursuing equity and inclusion and seek reviewers with diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to the RCL work. Learn more about RCL here.

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(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

The National Alliance of Mental Illness estimates that one in five children, teens, and adults suffer from a mental illness. With libraries functioning as a hub of the communities they serve, librarians must be prepared to serve patrons struggling with mental health issues. This course will provide librarians with the necessary knowledge and skills to address common mental disorders, as well as ways in which librarians can balance their own mental health needs in a demanding profession.

The instructor has a unique background in being a second career librarian after having worked as a psychologist for 20 years.

By the end of the course, students will have met the following goals.

  • develop a better understanding of the most common mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • improve sensitivity in interacting with patrons with a mental disorder with an emphasis upon awareness of the stigma of mental illness, implementing library policies to address the needs of patrons with a mental disorder, and providing accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • learn effective ways of managing interactions with patrons struggling with a mental disorder including: deescalating emotional clients; conflict resolution skills; maintaining appropriate boundaries; and managing requests for sensitive information about mental health topics
  • work with community partners to develop potential referral sources, training opportunities, mental health programming, and assistance with crisis intervention.
  • apply self-care strategies to balance the mental health needs of librarians who may be struggling with a mental health disorder and/or common job and life stressors.

Dawn Behrend an Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she serves as the liaison for psychology, counseling, mathematics, computer science, and business and manages the library’s social media platforms. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Library Science. Ms. Behrend has worked for 20 years in North Carolina as a Licensed Psychological Associate and is a second career librarian. Ms. Behrend continues to work in private practice where she completes psychological evaluations in addition to her work as an academic librarian.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional synchronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment. The “Register” button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants us to send a billing statement or wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us by email to make arrangements: inquiries@libraryjuiceacademy.com<mailto:inquiries@libraryjuiceacademy.com>

For additional information on the course, and to register, please go here. To see a list of all of the courses being offered next month, click here.

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(via Kristin Cole, Otterbein University)

I am conducting a survey on academic library employees and their work during the transition to online classes in Spring 2020 due to COVID-19. The purpose of this study is to determine the percentage of academic library employees who performed instructional design duties during this transition, which may include tasks such as training faculty to transition their courses to Blackboard, Canvas, or another LMS. I am looking for a wide range of responses from institutions of all types. Even if you think you did not perform instructional design duties during Spring 2020, please consider completing this survey.

To access the survey, please go here. Participation in the survey is voluntary and completely anonymous. There are no incentives or inducements for completing the survey. You may withdraw consent at any time by closing the survey.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact me, at cole1@otterbein.edu. This research has been approved by Otterbein University’s Institutional Review Board. The IRB, also, is able to answer questions regarding the survey, at IRB@Otterbein.edu.

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