HSLI Newsletter


Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

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

Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) and the Special Library Association Illinois community (SLA-IL) are excited to offer a new panel presentation, entitled “What We Do To Survive (and Excel) In Our Organizations”. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. The panelists for this event are below.

  • Brenda Stenger, American Hospital Association
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, Governors State University
  • Debra Smith, College of DuPage

The panelists will present strategies for existing and thriving as a librarian or informational manager in a profession setting. They will also discuss challenges and how to navigate the changing priorities in their organizations. Time will be left for questions, comments, and discussion.

This event will not be recorded. Registration is free. Attendees do not need to be members of HSLI or SLA-IL.

To register, please go here (Special Library Association Illinois) or here (Eventbrite).

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(via Jennifer Hart, University of Chicago)

The STEM Librarians Collaborative is seeking proposals for its 2021 meeting. The event will take place virtually on Wednesday, July 21, and Thursday, July 22. (Please note the date change.)

At this online conference we will be offering a mix of sessions in both presentation and interactive formats. All sessions will be on topics related to STEM librarianship and we welcome submissions by those who work in or support these fields, including librarians, informationists, vendors, and publishers.

Session Formats Offered

  • Lightning talks (~5 minutes)
  • Short Presentations (~15 minutes)
  • Roundtable discussions on a topic (~30-45 minutes)
  • Interactive How-To Sessions (~15-30 minutes)

If you are interested, please submit a description of your proposed session (no more than 500 words) and what format you would prefer via this form. Should you have an idea for a sessions format that is different from the ones listed above, please let us know via e-mail. We may match roundtable proposals with each other if more than one person submits a proposal on the same topic.

Meeting participants will have every opportunity to be fully engaged and have equal opportunities to contribute to the conference as both presenters and attendees. This means we will do everything we can to make our conference accessible to all. If you have any accommodation needs with regard to your proposal please let us know when you submit the proposal.

Topics of Particular Interest

  • data skills
  • taking on data librarian roles and responsibilities
  • discipline consolidation
  • traditional library roles in a time of increasing interdisciplinary research
  • job/library reorganizations
  • open access
  • open educational resources (OER)
  • virtual pedagogies
  • supporting international students
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) topics and STEM librarianship
  • DEIA and vendors/publishers
  • publishing
  • research impact and metrics of success
  • STEM subject topics
  • active learning: the good and the bad
  • other exciting STEM-related topics

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 20. If you have any issues submitting your proposal, please e-mail proposal@stemlib.com.

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(via the Medical Library Association)

The Medical Library Association (MLA) invites you to attend the upcoming Summit dedicated to Moving Toward Equitable Health Sciences Knowledge Sharing, the next event in the MLA InSight Initiative. This Summit will feature a keynote speaker and three expert panels who will discuss issues and advances toward equity in scholarly communication, with an emphasis on health sciences publishing. All events will be held virtually via Zoom on May 4-6 (Tuesday-Thursday).

The keynote speaker is Sandra Harris-Hooker, PhD, Vice President and Executive Vice Dean for Research and Academic Administration and Professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomy at Morehouse School of Medicine. Her speech will focus on the Summit’s theme. To learn more about Dr. Harris-Hooker and view the full event schedule, please visit the Summit webpage.

Registration Instructions

To register, please complete the registration form. You will be asked to log into your MLANET account to register. If you do not have a MLANET account, you will be prompted to create a free guest account. The whole process takes fewer than 5 minutes.

Registration closes at 11:59 PM CDT on Tuesday, April 27. Attendance at all Summit events is highly encouraged but not required. Registrants will receive an automated confirmation email upon submitting the form. Zoom links and other details will be sent one week before the Summit.

Please contact Mary Langman, at langman@mail.mlahq.org, with any questions.

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(via Joe Hardenbrook, Director of Library Services at Carroll University)

The 2021 Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) Conference will be held virtually on April 29-30 (Thursday-Friday). We welcome our colleagues from outside of Wisconsin to attend.

Here are a few sessions and talks on the meeting schedule.

  • Keynote: “Taking Risks: Connecting Through Real Stories”–Megan McGee, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ex Fabula
  • “Risky Writing: Ditching the Research Paper and Reaping the Rewards of More Authentic Assignments”
  • “A Risk-Free Introduction to Open Textbooks”
  • “Ready, Set, Engage! Making the Library a Center for Civic Preparation on Campus”
  • “Swim Lanes and Superpowers: Engaging Student Employees”
  • “Extending Digital Collections for Teaching and Research”
  • “The Streaming Video Rocket Sled to Hell: How We Survived the Ride”
  • “Understanding Information Privilege in the Time of COVID-19”

For more information, and to register, go here. Registration is $94 for non-members, $50 for members, and $25 for students. Also, check out the Conference’s Facebook page here.

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(via Dawn Behrend, ACRL North Carolina Chapter Chair)

Registration is now open for the ACRL-NC Chapter biennial virtual conference, “Transforming Our Future: How Our Practices Today Inform Our Future Tomorrow”, to be held on Thursday, May 6, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM CDT. The Conference is hosted in collaboration with CJCLS. Dr. Jon Cawthorne, President of ACRL, will be our keynote speaker. Librarians from across the United States from a variety of institution sizes and types will share presentations on instruction, outreach, human resources, training, equity issues, cataloging, and technology amongst others.

Please go here to register. The Conference program can be viewed here. Registration is free for NCLA members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students. Registration is limited to 500 attendees, so be sure to register soon.

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(via Eloise Stevens, Bucknell University)

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 26, and that for submissions is Monday, May 10. Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available here.

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission Form rather than the Nomination Form. For further information, please contact Committee Co-Chairs Eloise Stevens, at tes025@bucknell.edu, and Rachel Cooke, at rcooke@fgcu.edu.

Important Note: All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

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(via Dr. Patrice-Andre “Max” Prud’homme, Oklahoma State University)

The ACRL Digital Scholarship Section Virtual Professional Development Program for Spring 2021, “Digital Integrator & Transdisciplinary Research Partner” will be held on Wednesday, April 28, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT. The panel will highlight the University of Cincinnati’s Digital Scholarship Center’s unique model as a digital integrator on campus, working as part of teams in journalism and medicine focused on misinformation and missing information.

All four presenters from the University of Cincinnati are as follows: Kristen Burgess (Operational Manager for the Digital Scholarship Center), Dr. Jeff Blevins (Professor and Head of Journalism Department), Don Jason (Clinical Informationist), and Dr. Lindsay Nickels (Program Coordinator for the Digital Scholarship Center)

This program is presented by the ACRL DSS Professional Development Committee, in collaboration with the Outreach Committee and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.

The program is free to attend. ACRL membership is not required.

To register, please go here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. A program recording will be distributed to registrants after the conclusion of the session.

Questions may be directed to Patrice-Andre “Max” Prud’homme, DSS Professional Development Committee Chair, at pprudho@okstate.edu.

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(via Melissa Johnson, Augusta University)

Are you building a graphic novel collection? Do you integrate movie clips and memes into library instruction? Do you use video games for library programming?

We invite chapter proposals for a forthcoming book from Rowman & Littlefield, Integrating Pop Culture into the Academic Library. This book will explore how popular culture is used in academic libraries for developing collections, providing instruction, and presenting outreach programs. This book will describe the foundational basis for using popular culture and discuss how popular culture promotes conversations between librarians and students, making information and library personnel relatable. The editors are librarians who utilize popular culture in various ways to provide instruction and reinforce information literacy concepts.

The focus of this book is to provide a theoretical basis for the use of pop culture and practical examples of how others can integrate it into their own libraries. We invite chapters on topics including, but not limited to, the following ones.

  • defining popular culture
  • popular culture pedagogy
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion in popular culture pedagogy
  • critical information literacy and popular culture
  • institutional culture and popular culture use
  • copyright and popular culture
  • examples of popular culture collections in academic libraries (e.g., movies, video games, comics, popular novels, etc.) and their use
  • case studies of developing popular culture collections (particular interest in emerging areas such as comics, zines, memes, social media, popular music, etc.)
  • issues surrounding popular culture collections, such as use, need, budget, copyright, storage, etc.
  • how to integrate popular culture into information literacy instruction
  • student reactions to popular culture in the classroom
  • case studies of popular culture-infused lessons (music, movies, television, video games, memes, etc.)
  • challenges accessing popular culture in the classroom
  • how to integrate popular culture into programming
  • student reactions to popular culture programming
  • case studies of popular culture programs (music, movies, television, video games, memes, etc.)
  • challenges accessing and using popular culture for programming

Proposals are due Thursday, April 15. E-mail an abstract (300-500 words) and author bios (up to 100 words) as a Word document to librarypopculture@gmail.com. Notifications of acceptance will go out by Saturday, May 15. Final chapters will be between 4,000-6,000 words and due by Wednesday, September 1. Projected publication is in 2022.

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(via Becky D’Amato, HEDS Consortium)

There is still time to register for an end-of-spring-term administration of the HEDS (Higher Education Data Sharing) Research Practices Survey. The survey asks students about their research experiences and tests their skills in finding, evaluating, and citing sources.

With a spring administration of the survey, you can assess the following information.

  • first-year students’ research skills and experiences after one year of college
  • senior students’ research skills and experiences after four years of college
  • students’ research skills and experiences compared with those of students at other institutions

Librarians have used this survey to help focus their instruction time on the most needed skills, and it could be useful this year for assessing if your first-year students were able to learn these skills regardless of their learning environment. Your spring results could help your library plan curriculum to better support your students in acquiring these vital skills.

For administration details, to view the survey instrument, or to register, please visit the HEDS Consortium’s website. Please contact Rebecca D’Amato, at rebecca.damato@hedsconsortium.org, with any questions.

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(via ACRL)

Registration for the ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference, “Ascending into An Open Future”, which will take place from April 13 (Tuesday) to April 16 (Friday), is still available!

Today’s higher education environment calls for continually innovative ways to advance student, faculty, and institution success. If you are part of the academic and research library community; value sustainable, open scholarship and education; embrace equity, diversity and inclusion; and want to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills you need now-this event is for you.

ACRL 2021 features a mix of more than 300 live and on-demand programs, interactive discussion groups, eye-popping posters, a social wall, fun connections and prizes, and content on demand for 30 days. The conference also features author Tressie McMillan Cottom and journalist Mona Chalabi as keynote speakers along with invited presentations from Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and We Here administrators Jennifer Brown, Jennifer Ferretti, and Charlotte Roh.

Learn more about Brown, Ferretti, and Roh’s invited presentation “Systemic Oppression Requires Systemic Change: Recasting the Roles of Academic Libraries in Contemporary Contexts” in this video.

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