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(via Chantelle Swaren, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

Save the Date

The 2022 Southeast Data Librarian Symposium (SEDLS) conference will be held online October 12-14 (Wednesday-Friday). SEDLS provides an opportunity for librarians and other research data specialists to explore developments in the field of data librarianship, including the management and sharing of research data. In addition to learning about new work in the field, attendees will have the opportunity to network and build partnerships with regional colleagues. It is open to all who wish to attend, including students, data managers, and data scientists.

Registration will open soon; please watch for a link and more details in the coming weeks.

Call For Proposals

The conference planning committee invites proposals for virtual workshops, short talks, and poster presentations for SEDLS 2022! Check out last year’s program to view abstracts, posters, and presentation recordings for an idea of content.

Topics of interest include:

  • Using available tools for research data management
  • Using data analysis and data visualization tools
  • Data support for student research
  • Addressing data literacy in the curriculum

Please submit your proposal here by Friday, July 15. Proposal abstracts will undergo blind peer review and proposers will be notified of programming decisions in mid-August.

All questions should be directed to se.datalibrarian@gmail.com. Check the SEDLS 2022 website for continued updates and information about the symposium and please follow @SEDataLibrarian on Twitter.

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(via Rebecca Brown, Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Please join the NNLM National Center for Data Services on Monday, July 18, and Tuesday, July 19, for Library Carpentry Workshop Summer 2022. The class will take place via Zoom.

This is an online, two full-day workshop (14 hours total). Please be mindful about registering. Register if you are committed to attending and actively participating on both days since space is limited.

The workshop will include the following lessons:

1. Regular Expressions
2. Unix Shell
3. Tidy Data
4. OpenRefine
5. Introduction to Git

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and the instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. The course is worth 14.00 CE hours.

For more information, and to register, please go here. An NNLM user account is required for registering. To create one, go here.

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(via Emily Williams, Georgia State University)

The Georgia Library Association Carterette Series Webinars presents “Am I Doing This Right? Advice for First Time Managers”. The webinar will take place at 1:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, June 22.


Becoming a manager is an exciting but also daunting transition. As first-time managers, we are faced with many new opportunities which may seem more like challenges, especially if we are new to the library system, have recently received a promotion, or struggle with imposter syndrome. In this webinar we will discuss strengths-based leadership, how and what to delegate, strategies for self-care, time management tips, and more.

About the Presenters

Kaya Burgin (kaya.burgin@chpl.org) is the Branch Manager at Avondale Branch Library of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. In 2015, Kaya was named an ALA Emerging Leader. Kaya is passionate about the role libraries play in enriching their communities.

Sondra Presley (Sondra.presley@chpl.org) is Senior Branch Manager of the Price Hill Branch Library at the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. In 2021, Sondra was awarded the OLC Diana Vescelius Emerging Leader Award which recognizes Ohio’s library leaders of tomorrow. While she loves books, her focus is supporting and developing staff to ensure they can serve customers of all backgrounds and socio-economic experiences.

To register, follow these steps.

1. Go to the registration page.

2. Complete and submit the form.

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

4. If asked for a password to attend the webinar, use 0000.

Can’t make it to the live show? No worries! The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.

Please contact Emily Williams, at ewilliams63@gsu.edu, or another member of the Carterette Series planning team, at carteretteserieswebinars@georgialibraryassociation.org, with questions or programming suggestions!

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(via Kayleen Jones, University of Minnesota Duluth)

Registration for the tenth Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is open! “LSLS22: Thrive” will be held virtually on Friday, June 10. Library staff, administrators, trustees, and students from the Upper Midwest and beyond are invited to attend and participate. Registration is $20. Register here today!

This event will include a keynote by Nisha Mody, titled “Collective Trauma Meets Collective Care: Thriving in Uncertainty”, and 12 inspiring presentations that help you and your library “Thrive”.

The Symposium will take place virtually from 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM CDT. It will be held on Zoom. Zoom auto captioning will be available in all sessions.

About the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium

The Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is a conference developed by library staff members from Northwestern Wisconsin and Northeastern Minnesota. The Symposium was created to promote resource sharing and communication between organizations and to help librarians develop enhanced professional networks. Our continued operations are thanks to the in-kind and monetary contributions of our supporters.

Have questions? Contact us here.

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(via Liz Chenevey, James Madison University)

​If you are an instruction librarian you are invited to participate in a survey and optional interview on librarians’ perceived roles and pedagogical practices in supporting student mental health. This is part of a research project to better understand students’ emotions around research, their effects on their overall wellness, and ways librarians can be more supportive to students’ emotional needs.

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes of your time. Following the survey you will be invited to an optional follow-up interview that will be scheduled at your convenience.

This study has been approved by the James Madison University Institutional Review Board. Questions about the study can be directed to Liz Chenevey at chenevet@jmu.edu. Thank you for participating!

Click here to begin the survey.

This study has been approved by the JMU IRB, protocol # 22-3462.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Board of Directors of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) unanimously approved the promotion of Cynthia Robinson as the organization’s next executive director. She will succeed current executive director Diane Foote, who is retiring after five years in the position.

Robinson currently serves as deputy director and has been with ILA for nearly 22 years. Arriving in 2000 to work on the association’s annual conference, Robinson rose through the ranks as conference and continuing education manager and, since 2018, deputy director. Her dedicated service, effective work with member volunteers, and long tenure with ILA have earned her the respect and trust of members and partners across the state. Beyond Illinois, Robinson is involved on the national level, particularly regarding intellectual freedom advocacy, in such leadership roles as trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation, chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table, member of the ALA Presidential Advisory Committee, and member of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy.

“I am excited to bring my years of experience on the state and national level to bear for the benefit of Illinois libraries,” she explained. “My entire career has focused on issues core to libraries: intellectual freedom, equity, and access to information; and helping Illinois library staff develop to their fullest potential. I am eager to work with Illinois librarians, library staff, and library trustees and advocates on a new level.”

Robinson has a BA in History from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest. She was selected for the position after a process of discovery led by a subcommittee of the ILA Executive Board with guidance from HR Source, a not-for-profit employers’ association serving more than 1,100 companies and organizations that provides human resources, compensation, legal, training, and employee benefits services.

The Illinois Library Association is a professional membership 501(c)3 organization whose mission is “Leadership, advocacy, partnerships, and learning for the benefit of Illinois libraries.” Founded in 1896, it is the third-largest state library association and a chapter of the American Library Association. More than 2,500 personal and institutional members belong to ILA, including public, academic, school, and special libraries, and librarians, library assistants, trustees, students, and library vendors.

ILA Executive Board President Jeanne Hamilton commented, “The ILA Executive Board is pleased and proud to have identified the ideal candidate to take the association forward right here in ILA. Cyndi has a keen understanding of Illinois libraries and has demonstrated her expertise and knowledge via her work with us for the past two decades. We look forward to working with her in this new role!”

Robinson will officially assume the role on August 1, 2022.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois is pleased to share upcoming Professional Development Alliance (PDA) offerings.

“Learning with LOUIS: The Nuts & Bolts of Libguides part 3: ‘Managing the LibGuides System'”

Wednesday, June 8, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT

In this Learning with LOUIS three-part series, we will be exploring the nuts and bolts of LibGuides. Each session will feature how-to presentations on a specific LibGuides task, as well as demonstrations of successful guides. In part 3, Sarah Mazur from Louisiana State University Shreveport will present on “Managing the LibGuides System”.

Register here.

“Creating Healthier Productive and More Inclusive Workplaces

Tuesday, June 14, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

What makes one organization thrive and excel to new heights while another organization barely treads water with apathetic employees and average productivity? What habits do successful, diverse, and engaged workplaces have in common? These questions and more were the focus of the 14-month research project which looked at some of the most successful profit and nonprofit organizations worldwide. After hundreds of interviews, the research results are guaranteed to be “aha” moments that participants can take back to their organization, especially the work on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Register here.

“Cultivating Antiracist, Antibias Workplaces through the Development of Cultural Competence”

Wednesday, June 15, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT

Cultural competence has been suggested as an approach to combating issues surrounding racism and bias within library and information organizations. But what does cultural competence look like in the cultivation of antiracist and anti bias workplaces? This session will use the cultural competence continuum to identify specific actions or behaviors that both individuals and organizations can implement in order to both develop cultural competence and combat issues of racism and bias within library workplaces.

Register here.

“The Power of Presentation: Enhancing Your Slides for Engagement”

Tuesday, June 21, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT

Throughout your life you will, almost certainly, give presentations. We’ve all sat through presentations that were boring, confusing, and drab. How do you communicate your message most succinctly? What visuals will captivate and inform your audience the best? Is it only about your slide design or are there other techniques that leave a lasting impression? In this session, Jamie Nelson will distill the magic that just might take your next presentation from bland to grand.

​ Register here.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois is pleased to share upcoming Professional Development Alliance (PDA) offerings.

“Learning with LOUIS: The Nuts & Bolts of Libguides part 2: ‘Embedding Media in LibGuides’ and ‘Creating Eye-Catching Virtual Displays'”

Wednesday, June 1, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT

In this Learning with LOUIS three-part series, we will be exploring the nuts and bolts of LibGuides. Each session will feature how-to presentations on a specific LibGuides task, as well as demonstrations of successful guides. In part 2, Caitlin Cooper from Delgado Community College will present on “Embedding Media in LibGuides”, then Rob Stephens from LOUIS will present on “Creating Eye-Catching Virtual Displays”.

Register here.

“Inclusive Leadership for Social Impact”

Thursday, June 2, 10:00-11:00 AM CDT

The realities of racism and inequity in our world have left a large part of the population wondering what is next. With the collective consciousness of citizens of the world awoken, libraries are in a unique position to lead the hard conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in their respective communities. This session will challenge cultural norms while empowering you to be a fearless agent of change in your community.

Register here.

“Embedding Social Justice within the First Year Experience Program at Winston-Salem State University”

Thursday, June 2, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Presenters Wanda Brown-Director of the C.G. O’Kelly Library, Dr. Kathy Stitts, Associate Provost, and librarians Sharnette Evans and AlTonya Washington will discuss the ways in which Winston-Salem State University equips its students with a solid understanding of the five pillars of Social Justice: diversity, educational equity, health equity, community sustainability, and community empowerment. The panelists will also discuss the curriculum creation process and the library’s participation within course instruction. The presenters will highlight the University’s history of social justice activism and discuss the student assigned Signature Project that culminates the first-year experience course.

Register here.

“Be Intentional, Not Identical: Creating DEI Strategies for the Library that Serves Your Community”

Tuesday, June 7, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Join us for a discussion on navigating your library’s strategy for DEI and learn about best practices and training that are authentic to your staff and communities. When we incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizations, we understand that it is not one size fits all. What works for one organization and community will not work for all. During the discussion, you will learn about Forsyth County Public Library’s ongoing work to incorporate DEI into its culture, programs and services.

Register here.

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(via Jason Lilly, Indiana University Health Medicine Library)

Greetings from your Hoosier Colleagues,

Planning is progressing rapidly for the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association’s Midwest Chapter. This year’s event, themed “2022 in Bloom”, will take place in person from Saturday, October 22, to Monday, October 24, in Bloomington, Indiana. You will be hearing more frequently from our Promotion Committee now that we have the Conference website established. While going through our planning, one question which keeps popping up is how many attendees can we expect. Obviously, that expected number is important for budgeting, choosing venue spaces, setting registration rates, hotel blocks, etc.

Generally, you’d look at recent past conferences and gauge it would be around the same ballpark, but our past two Conferences have been virtual and our most recent physical Conferences were pre-pandemic. While things are opening up again to more in person, we certainly are mindful that we’re still in the midst of COVID and that could definitely affect people’s comfort levels, and certainly could have affected institutional budgets for professional development. The Conference Planning Committee wants to assure everyone that we take your safety seriously and currently plan to follow the same process from the in-person aspect of this year’s MLA Conference.

With all this in mind, the Conference Planning Committee requests that you take this quick survey, available here. Please complete the survey by Tuesday, May 31, whether you plan to attend or not or are undecided. Reasons given will help Midwest with future planning.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Bloomington. It’s been too long.

On behalf of the Midwest Conference 2022 Planning Committee,
Jason Lilly, #2022inBloom Co-Chair​

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(via Leeanne Romane, McMaster University)

Registration is open for the webinar “Introducing Conversations About Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility to Personnel at a Mid-Sized Academic Library”. This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Wednesday, June 15, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT via Zoom.

During the spring 2021 semester, librarians and instructional designers at W Frank Steely Library facilitated a series of focused conversations with library personnel centered on introducing ideas of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (IDEA) related to different workflows and functions in our library (collections, hiring/leadership, customer service, and teaching). Each facilitator focused on one library function and provided short readings, resources, and guided questions to engage participants over the course of three to four group sessions. Groups had conversations unique to their area, for example, one group focused on diverse collection management strategies and vocabularies, while others discussed fostering an inclusive work environment through diverse hiring practices, teaching pedagogy, and customer focused spaces and services.

Prior to the conversations, all library personnel completed a university mandated online DEI training. The training grounded some of the conversations around power and privilege.  At the conclusion of the conversation series, a list of actionable items was generated and shared with the entire library.

Presenters will describe their experience, as four white women, facilitating these conversations, including their challenges and share best practices for creating safe spaces for meaningful discussion. Presenters will discuss next steps and how we are turning these conversations into actionable and measurable library wide projects. The program will conclude with a brief discussion on  initiating these challenging, but crucial conversations when your organization has historically lacked diversity.

Presenter Bios

Andrea Brooks (she/her) is the Pedagogy & Assessment librarian at Northern Kentucky University and the former chair of the library’s Inclusive Excellence committee. She has long held roles relevant to teaching and leading information literacy efforts at her campus. Her research interests most recently include the application of critical and digital pedagogies to her teaching and assessing learning in ways that ground student voices.

Georgia Knuehl (she/her) is the instructional designer for the College of Health and Human Services at NKU, also serves as the chair of the Staff of the Steely Library and is a serving member of the inclusive excellence and training and engagement committees. Also, she is currently a graduate student in the pursuit of a masters in communications.

Crissy Ross (she/her) is the Director of the Johnnie Mae Berry Library at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She has worked in libraries for over 25 years in various roles and is passionate about open content, social justice, IDEA, information literacy, and access to higher education.

Stephanie Korslund (she/her) is the senior instructional designer for the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She has over a decade experience in working with teachers on the development and design of quality learning experiences. Her current research revolves around the intersection of instructional design and open education, and creating accessible learning spaces online.

To register, please go here. If you can’t make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so you’ll receive an e-mail that includes a link to the video of the presentation.

Please direct questions and concerns to Laura Gariepy (lwgariepy@vcu.edu) or Sam Harlow (slharlow@uncg.edu), Co-Chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. A full list of the Committee’s past and future programs is available here.

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