HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Registration is open for the ILA Noon Network webinar “Train the Digital Health Literacy Trainer: Library and Community Partnership”. It will take place on Monday, September 12, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. Please see below for more information, including the link to registration.

Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library partnered with faculty from the Department of  Public Health & Nutrition and the Health Communication program to build a train the trainer program for digital health literacy. Partners that participated included public libraries, a community college, and LGBTQ organizations. A Public Library Collaboration from the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 6 funded the program. The award provided salaries for two digital health literacy coordinators. Coordinators interviewed staff at area libraries and LGBTQ+ groups to produce training specific to their needs.

Training videos and a website were developed and disseminated to partners. By training librarians and LGBTQ advocates to provide digital health literacy training the project has longer and wider impact than direct training. Training videos are available here.

This webinar will discuss the train the trainer program as well as highlight key points that include hiring project staff to shift the burden of work off of partners, having experts in both libraries and public health on the team, interviewing interview partners to determine their needs, and hiring a consultant to review for cultural sensitivity and appropriate language.

For information about the presenters, and to register, please go here.

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(via Library Juice Academy)

Registration is open for the Library Juice Academy asynchronous online course “Accessibility from Legal Compliance to Disability Justice”. It will take place from Monday, September 5, to Sunday, October 2. The cost is $200, and the course is worth 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs. Please see below for more information, including the link to registration.

How do we make our libraries more accessible for people with disabilities? The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, but barriers still exist for both patrons and staff with disabilities. Some activists and scholars have suggested that we need a more radical approach than the rights-based framework of legal compliance, an approach called disability justice. In this course you will learn different frameworks for understanding disability and achieving accessibility, and practice identifying these frameworks in your own work. You will think critically about your own approach to accessibility and make concrete changes to a project or area of work to increase access for marginalized individuals including those with disabilities.

For additional details, and to register, please go here.

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(via the Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Registration is now open for the NNLM Region 1 – sponsored webinar “PBC Living Library Project”. It will take place on Tuesday, August 23, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT. The class is worth 1.50 CHES credits. Please see below for more information, including the link to registration.

The PBC Living Library, modeled after The Human Library, seeks to raise awareness to medical harm through oral storytelling practices. Unlike The Human Library model, The PBC Living Library is an anti-neutral space where individuals who experience health and healthcare disparities volunteer to be “Living Books”. Living Books are “checked out” to “Readers”, most of whom are current and future healthcare providers in Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services. As an anti-neutral space, the PBC Living Library is designed to affirm and validate the lived realities of individuals subjected to medical and healthcare oppression. It also functions as a safe learning space where students can practice active empathy and develop the skills necessary to engage vulnerably with marginalized patients.

In this 90-minute webinar, participants will learn how the PBC Living Library was originally envisioned, how it was put into practice, and how it has changed over time. Participants will also learn how they can develop their own programs and strategies for success, including: marketing outreach, curriculum development, and quality assessment. Opportunities for questions and reflection will be provided.

Speaker Bio.

Catherine Lockmiller (she/her) is a Health Science Librarian and Diversity Fellow at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Arizona). She prioritizes her work by focusing on health information literacy, analyzing the intersections between critical theory and librarianship, and most of all, providing a platform to discuss health inequities faced by transgender and gender diverse populations in the United States.

For additional details, and to register, please go here. Registering requires having an NNLM user account. Create one here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

We are currently conducting an online study to help define the menu structure for the RAILS website, which is being redesigned. We are especially interested in getting more feedback from people working at academic libraries.

The activity should take 15-20 minutes to complete, and it involves placing items from a list into groups and giving each group a label. To participate, go here.

Please direct any questions to Brian Smith, RAILS Applications and Web Developer, at brian.smith@railslibraries.info. Thank you for helping us make our website more useful to members.

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

The Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) planning committee is now accepting proposals for the second MIRL Symposium, a free event that will take place virtually on Thursday, November 17 (time to be determined). MIRL is a platform-neutral conference for IR practitioners and those with an interest in IRs at hospitals, academic medical centers, and other health settings to discuss and share case studies and best practices for digital archiving of institutional content.

MIRL 2022 will feature a keynote by Dr. Lisa Federer, Data Science and Open Science Librarian, Office of Strategic Initiatives, National Library of Medicine, on “The NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy: Roles and Opportunities for Libraries and Institutional Repositories”.

We are accepting proposals for the following session types.

  • Panel discussions (approximately 50 minutes including Q&A)
  • Presentations (approximately 15 minutes including Q&A)
  • Lightning talks (approximately 5-10 minutes including Q&A)

The MIRL planning committee welcomes proposals on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following.

  • Unusual medical and health sciences institutional repository (IR) content, collections, use cases, collaborations, or challenges
  • Migrating repository platforms: stories, processes, and lessons learned
  • IRs in a time of budget cuts: ROI and justifying the cost
  • Finding your champions: marketing your IR
  • Reporting out: telling your IR story with statistics and metrics
  • IR harvesting and support tools, workflow
  • Strategies for management of faculty/researcher publications, conference posters, student collections, digital exhibits, digital archives, preprints, datasets
  • Promoting open access (OA) initiatives
  • Supporting promotion and tenure using your IR
  • Accessibility policies and practices
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Submit your proposal here.


Deadline for submitting proposals: Friday, September 2
Acceptance e-mails will be sent no later than Friday, September 16.
Registration is free for all attendees and will open on Friday, September 16.

Please contact Steven Moore (smoore31@hfhs.org) for any questions about the proposal process or about MIRL.

MIRL 2022 Planning Group Members

Lisa Buda (Rochester Regional Health)
Anthony Dellureficio (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
Brenda Fay (Advocate Aurora Health)
Sara Hoover (Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University)
Ramune Kubilius (Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Steven Moore (Henry Ford Health)
Lisa Palmer (Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Chan Medical School)

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(via Samantha Thompson-Franklin, University of Idaho)

We are interested in learning more about the experiences of librarians who have made the move from public services to technical services work. If you have ever changed positions from a public services librarian role to a technical services librarian role, we invite your participation in a short survey.  


The researchers acknowledge that the lines between public services and technical services work in libraries are sometimes blurry, and in recent years, some scholars have even recommended doing away with the terms because of the changing nature of many library roles.  We also recognize that some librarians may have had or currently have responsibilities in both areas. We therefore invite survey participants to use their best judgement in self-identifying as public or technical services librarians.  The following examples of these terms may be of assistance in this process.

Public Services: reference, instruction, circulation/access services, outreach, public programming, research assistance, liaison work, reader’s advisory

Technical Services: electronic or digital resource management, cataloging or classification, discovery systems, ILS configuration, database management, acquisitions

To read the informed consent statement and complete the survey, please visit here.

Additional Information

Participation in this survey is voluntary and is expected to take between 10 and 15 minutes.

Participants may choose to participate in a follow-up interview conducted via Zoom and will be invited to provide contact information if they would like to do so. Interviews will be recorded with Zoom Cloud Recording so that transcriptions will be obtained. Recordings will not start until introductions have been completed. Participants may end the interviews at any time and decline to answer any questions. Interviews are expected to take no more than one hour.


Survey responses will be completely anonymous unless participants willingly share their contact information for follow-up interviews. Interviewers will know the identity of interview participants but will not share identifying information with anyone. Responses may be cited–without names attached–in reports, presentations, or publications referencing the survey. Zoom recordings will be saved to researchers’ personal computers; however, participants should be aware that interviews will be recorded initially to the Zoom cloud.

For More Information

Please contact one of the librarians involved with this study.

Attebury, Rami – 208-885-2503, rattebur@uidaho.edu

Thompson-Franklin, Samantha – 208-885-2531, sthompsonfranklin@uidaho.edu

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(via Michelle Flinchbaugh–University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

“Biz of Digital” is a column in Against the Grain. It features discussions by working librarians on digital collections, digital repositories, digital scholarship, data services, and technology. Its audience is librarians in all types of libraries and vendors of products, services, and systems that support library digital services. Its focus is on current practices, techniques, processes, and information on events in the field. Against the Grain is a down-to-earth, practice-orientated library journal.

Ideas for upcoming “Biz of Digital” articles include the following.

  • Open access, open peer review, open educational resources (Open Textbooks) open research, open science
  • An overview of your library’s activities in digital collections, digital repositories, and/or digital scholarship
  • Re-structuring to better manage digital collections, digital repositories, and/or digital repositories.
  • Promoting digital collections, digital repositories, and/or digital scholarship via digital media, e.g. social networks, blogs, etc.
  • Copyright for digital services
  • Digitization
  • System migrations
  • Workflows
  • Outreach
  • Implementing and supporting research profile systems (e.g. Vivo)
  • Supporting author identifiers and/or author profiles (ORCID, ResearcherID, Academia.edu, etc.)Selecting, implementing and promoting an altmetrics service

Feel free to choose any of these topics, or one of your own. Theoretical articles, research reports, “how-to” articles, case studies, literature reviews and conceptual or opinion pieces are welcome. Article length should be approximately 1200-1500 words (4-5 pages, double-spaced).

Contributions may be written by individuals or co-authored.

If you are interested in writing for the “Biz of Digital” column, please contact the editor, Michelle Flinchbaugh, at flinchba@umbc.edu or (410) 455-3544.

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(via Taylor Davis-Van Atta, University of Houston)

The ACRL Digital Scholarship Section’s Professional Development Committee (PDC), in collaboration with both the Outreach Committee and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, seeks proposals for its 2022 DSS virtual professional development series.

The Committee accepts proposals on a rolling basis, with the following review dates remaining this season.

Monday, August 22, 2022
Monday, September 19, 2022
Monday, October 17, 2022

Accepted proposals are expected to present 12-16 weeks after acceptance.

This series aims to convene professionals from a variety of institution types and at different stages of their career to discuss digital scholarship practices, principles, and approaches across the profession. We are looking for both individuals and teams who can speak to novel and innovative models of practice across a variety of institution types. We encourage proposals from all backgrounds and levels of experience, whether you are part of a team within a center or an individual working with digital or data-centric materials.

Based on the results of a recent survey of the DSS community, the committee is particularly interested in proposals that explore one or more of the following elements of digital scholarship but the committee welcomes all proposals that engage the broader spectrum of digital research and practice.

1) Digital project management (e.g., materials management, preservation, project assessment)

2) Collections as data

3) Intersections of social justice and digital scholarship / humanities

4) Ethics (security, privacy, bias, etc.) in digital scholarship / humanities.

Proposals for either collaborative panel presentations or lightning talks should explore a case study or model of digital scholarship work and address collaboration (internal and/or external), challenges, opportunities, and failures, issues of sustainability, and any best practices you may have developed.

Interested panelists should consider how their digital scholarship practices align with the Digital Scholarship Section’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Panelists should be prepared to engage in anti-oppressive behavior during the session, as articulated in the DSS Community Agreement.

Submission Types

Panels: (60 minutes): Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives, with a strong preference for participants from multiple institutions. Collaborative proposals may include 2-4 presenters.

Lightning talks: (10-12 minutes): Presentations from individuals or small teams that explore a use case or aspect of local programming or a novel approach to a common challenge in digital scholarship.

Time will be allocated at the end of the session for Q & A.

Submit a Proposal

All proposals will be reviewed by the program committee on an ongoing, monthly basis. Complete proposals must include a title, full abstract (fewer than 300 words), and information for each speaker, including name, title, institution, brief bio, and email address.

Submit your proposal here.

Questions: Please e-mail the DSS PDC chair, Taylor Davis-Van Atta, at tgdavisv@central.uh.edu.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Professional Development, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Dr. Michele Leigh, CARLI)

I just wanted to take a minute to remind everyone of our upcoming Illinois SCOERs workshops. While these were designed for the Illinois SCOERs awardees, they are open to ALL CARLI members. We hope you will join us.

“Illinois SCOERs: Copyright Basics and Creative Commons Licensing”

Tuesday, August 16, 10:00-11:30 AM CDT

CARLI is pleased to offer a course with Sara Benson, the Copyright Librarian at the University of Illinois. This course is designed for the Illinois SCOERs grantees and is open to all CARLI members.

Learn how copyright is formed, licensed, and how to find copyright free or openly licensed images and articles.

Register here.

“Illinois SCOERs: Print your first 3D object”

Tuesday, August 23, 10:00-11:00 AM CDT (rescheduling of earlier workshop)

Come with any questions you have based on your experience so far with your 3D printers. In addition, you will learn how to “slice” your 3D models into 3D printable objects using the free and easy to use Cura software. You will receive a demo of the slicing software as well as on finding free 3D printable objects online. We will end the session with information on your first printing assignment to help get you started.

Register here.

“Illinois SCOERs: What is Accessibility and Why is it Important?”

Wednesday, August 24, 2:00-3:30 PM CDT

CARLI is pleased to offer a course on accessibility with Ann J. Fredricksen, the Coordinator of Accessible Media Service at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ann will discuss what accessibility is and why it is important for the creation of Open Educational Resources.

Register here.

Additionally, every Thursday, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM CDT, we have an Open Illinois SCOERs office hour, come with questions about the Round 1 projects, applying for Round 2, or anything OER related. Registration is not required. Click here to access the session.

Please contact Dr. Michele Leigh, Open Illinois Senior Coordinator at CARLI, at mleigh@uillinois.edu with any questions.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via ACRL)

Join ACRL from Monday, September 12, to Friday, October 7, for the Online Learning Course “Developing Signature Pedagogies in Information Literacy”. Throughout the four weeks of the course, participants will spend time in conversation to deepen their understanding of the mental processes they go through when they work with information, while also discussing commonly used pedagogies to teach information literacy. Participants can expect to engage in readings and discussion about signature pedagogies. The end product in the course will be a lesson plan that includes the use of an identified pedagogy that teaches habits of mind necessary to be literate in information.

Learn more here and register today.

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