HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

Reminder: IACRL and ILA Elections Run from April 1 to 30

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Biographical statements for candidates for the ILA Board are available here in advance of the voting period. Polls open on Wednesday, April 1, and close on Friday, April 30. All personal members of the association are eligible to vote. Paper ballots will be sent to persons requesting one.

Your personal membership must be current and active as of March 31, 2020, to receive a ballot. E-mail ila@ila.org if you are not sure about the status of your membership, or if you have any additional questions.


The IACRL Nominating Committee has announced the 2020 candidates for election to the IACRL Board. Biographical statements are available hereThe polls will open electronically Wednesday, April 1, and close Friday, April 30. Please note: You must be a personal member of ILA, including belonging to IACRL, in order to vote. Be sure your membership is current no later than March 31. E-mail ila@ila.org​ if you are not sure about the status of your membership, or if you have any additional questions.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

The Medical Library Association is launching a series of free, live, online conversations, Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID. These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help share ideas and to address professional and personal pain points related to the current crisis.

Look for a wide range of sessions, even musical ones (what better for lifting spirits)!

We are experimenting with a new format designed to foster sharing on an ongoing basis, without overloading your e-mail inbox:

  • Thirty-minute online gatherings, using Webex, no registration, free to attend, recorded
  • Online discussion using a new MLA Slack channel, during and after the gathering; the idea is for you to ask questions, provide support, and share experiences by creating new threads and replying to existing ones

MLA member Rachel Keiko Stark, AHIP, leads the first interactive gathering, How to Be with Others When You Are Alone. Rachel will share tips and engage with participants on how to connect with friends, colleagues, family, and strangers when you are socially isolated.

Day: Tuesday, March 31

Time: 11:00 AM CDT

Audience: Introverts who are reluctant to reach out and extroverts who are eager to reach out but don’t know how!

Immediate action item 1: Click Join the Slack workspace for the Medical Library Association and use your browser or download the Slack application on your phone.

Immediate action item 2: Join the Slack conversation on Covid19-coping-and-caring or select the conversation directly on the Slack browser window or phone application.

On Tuesday, March 31, at the scheduled time: Join the WebEx gathering:

  • Password: MLACOVID
  • No registration. No cost.

For questions and support, please contact Kate Corcoran.

Next topics:

  • Lori Harris on Librarians Combating COVID and Boosting Morale: Providing N95 Masks
    • When: Tuesday, April 7, Time: 10:00 a.m., pacific time; 11:00 a.m., mountain time; noon, central time; 1:00 p.m., eastern time (an hour later than the March 31 session)
  • Other themes under consideration: Mental Health & COVID, Music: Merriment and Motivator

Spread the word! Share ideas for topics and presenters! Volunteer to present!

One last thought: as we experiment with new formats and ideas (and have no idea how many of you will join), we welcome your feedback and will adjust offerings accordingly.

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(via Tracy Ruppman, Loyola University Chicago)

Help us recognize recognize outstanding contributions in defending intellectual freedom or the advancement of these principles as espoused and promulgated by both the Illinois Library Association and the American Library Association by nominating an individual or a group. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 15.

More information about the Intellectual Freedom Award can be found here.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Kayleen Jones, University of Minnesota Duluth)

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic currently affecting the world, we will not be holding the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium in June 2020. We are postponing this event until next year, June 2021, and we look forward to exploring our theme of Mapping Our Identity then. Stay safe and healthy in the meantime!

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(via Jack Fritts, University Librarian at Benedictine University – Lisle and CLA President)

2020 CLA (Catholic Library Association) Spring Virtual Conference Presents “Leading the Way: 2020 National Section Awards”
Thursday, April 2 | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM CDT

Registration is now free for both members and non-members. With so many people in the librarianship field working from home right now, we decided to waive the registration fee for the 2020 Spring Virtual Conference. We invite all to join us for this valuable professional development opportunity available virtually via Zoom. Anyone who is not a member of CLA will need to create an account in order to register.

For more information, including instructions for registering and the Conference schedule, please go here. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail the CLA Office, at cla2@cathla.org.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services will host “Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collection” on Monday, March 30, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. The free webinar will give an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections.

Registration is required. Please go here.

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Legislative News, 03/27/2020

Federal news

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration [Federal Emergency Management Agency release on 3/13/2020]
On March 13, 2020, the President declared the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency declaration for all states, tribes, territories, and the District of Columbia…

H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act [became Public Law No. 116-127 on 3/18/2020]
This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak by providing paid sick leave, tax credits, and free COVID-19 testing; expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits; and increasing Medicaid funding.

H.R. 748 CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act [passed Senate on 3/25/2020, awaiting vote in House]

Massive U.S. coronavirus stimulus includes research dollars and some aid to universities [Science, 3/25/2020]

Affordable Care Act Turns 10 Amid Coronavirus Outbreak [NPR, 3/23/2020]

Hoping That Insurance Expansion Will Help Tamp Outbreak, 9 States Reopen Marketplaces [Kaiser Health News, 3/20/2020]

Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act [The Hill, 3/26/2020]

MLA and AAHSL comments to NLM addressing ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization [3/16/2020]

MLA and AAHSL comments on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research [3/16/2020]

State News

If you need information about Illinois’ COVID-19 response, here are some helpful links:

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(via Kristen Garlock, ITHAKA)

We’d like to invite you to a free webinar on Thursday, March 26, that focuses on leveraging students’ life skills for teaching information literacy. We are sensitive to the disruptions we are all experiencing from the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, but considering the great interest this webinar has received, we have decided to continue with it as originally scheduled. Please feel free to register even if you can’t attend the live session, the webinar will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to all registrants.

“Flip the Deficit Script!: How to Build Strengths-Based Information Literacy Instruction and Programs”

Thursday, March 26 (12:30-1:30 PM CDT)

Register here.

We have an exciting group of scholar-librarians addressing this question: What if we made students’ life-research experiences the focus of curriculum design for information literacy?

Panelists: Liz Kocevar-Weidinger, Head of Research & Instruction Services at Virginia Military Institute. Mark Lenker, Teaching and Learning Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol, Undergraduate Research and Instruction Librarian at Millersville University, PA. Emily Cox, Collections and Research Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Digital Media at NC State University.

The panel will discuss strengths-based strategies they’ve developed and integrated into their learning environments. They’ll also present their findings about teaching research skills to students and the connections between students’ real world information-seeking experiences and academic research.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA 2020 Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking program proposals for this year’s conference.

This year’s theme — “Many Libraries, One State — We Are ILA” — focuses on what brings us together and how we can remove barriers to collaboration.  Therefore, we highly encourage you to widen the scope of your presentation by bringing multi-size or multi-type libraries together.

We are asking presenters to take a different approach to developing program proposals. Preference will be given to programs that go beyond reporting on initiatives in your library and focus on the processes of developing, implementing, and measuring success.

  • Why did you choose to implement the initiative?
  • How did you navigate the planning phase?
  • What were the intended outcomes and were you able to meet them?
  • What obstacles did you face and how did you manage to overcome them?
  • How can this be scaled for larger or smaller libraries?
  • How has the initiative impacted your patrons and/or staff?

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 23. If you have questions about submitting a program proposal, visit the ILA website.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, University of South Carolina Lancaster)

I’ve created an informal survey to document if and how library responses to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are intersecting with ongoing Low-Morale Experiences (repeated and protracted exposure to workplace abuse or neglect – Kendrick, 2017). The survey is open to librarians and archivists working in all kinds of libraries who perceive they have been experiencing low morale before the COVID-19 pandemic.

To access the survey, please go here.

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