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(via IACRL)

This is a reminder that the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (IACRL) Awards Committee is seeking submissions for the People’s Choice Award in Scholarly Publishing. This award will give academic and research librarians throughout Illinois the opportunity to read and evaluate scholarly works by their peers and then vote on a favorite. It will also present Illinois research and academic librarians with the opportunity to share their findings outside of a conference or other formal setting. IACRL welcomes submissions on all subjects relevant to Illinois academic and research libraries.

The criteria for submissions, along with the process for choosing winners, are below. ​The deadline for submitting a scholarly work is now 5:00 PM Central Time on Friday, July 10. Please send your submission to Eric Edwards, IACRL Awards Committee Chair, at eedwards@ilsos.gov. If possible, send a link to the scholarly work; otherwise, submit it as an attachment, preferably as a PDF or in Word. If the work does not already contain an abstract or summary, please include one in the e-mail (a paragraph would suffice).

Once the Awards Committee has received the submissions and confirmed that they meet the criteria, voting will take place via electronic ballot in July or August. Voting will last for 30 days. The Awards Committee will then announce the winners, and those individuals will have the opportunity to present their work in a special webinar or at a future meeting of the IACRL Journal Club.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards. Thank you very much.


  • ​must be a current employee, full-time or part-time, of an Illinois academic or research library (all staff eligible, regardless of level of education, including whether or not posses a master’s degree in library science)
  • membership in ILA and IACRL not required, as long as affiliated with an Illinois academic or research library or organization

Rules for Submissions

  • ​only one submission allowed per entrant; multiple people may not co-submit a publication (it is, however, acceptable if the actual researching and writing of the submission was a joint effort–see below)
  • each submission must be a single scholarly work, not a series of publications or a full “body” of work (it is acceptable if the submission is a stand-alone work in a larger series or body of research, however)
  • publication or other scholarly communication must have appeared within the last calendar year before the deadline for award submissions (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
  • no rules for word count (either minimum or maximum), as long as the submission meets the criteria
  • publication may take the form of a book chapter, journal article, blog post, or other form of scholarly communication
  • presentations at conferences, symposia, or other events are acceptable, as long as they take the form of a written report or overview, in addition to just an oral presentation or poster
  • pre-publication work acceptable, as long as nominee plans to submit a final version for inclusion in a scholarly journal, monograph, blog, or other means of communication
  • publications for which one is a co-author (as opposed to a solo author) are acceptable, as long as the nominee played a substantial role in researching, writing, and revising the publication;  it is acceptable if the co-author(s) are not Illinois-based, or if they are in Illinois but work in a field other than librarianship, as long as the actual nominee meets the award criteria.​

Process and Criteria for Choosing Winners

  • ​​no limit on the number of entrants; if necessary, will limit number of choices on ballot, to make voting manageable
  • ​voting open to all Illinois academic and research librarians (ballot distributed via IACRL listserv) and will last 30 days
  • ​ballot will include links to scholarly publications, along with an abstract or summary for each one
  • ​ballot will include the following specific criteria for voters to use when selecting the best submission:
    • organization and content of submission(Is it divided into separate sections for the introduction, research question, methodology, results, conclusions, etc.? Do the initial question, the methods for data collection and analysis, and the findings demonstrate a thorough and accurate research process? Are any graphs, tables, or other visual representations clearly related to the information in the text? Does the abstract clearly summarize the main points?)
    • clarity of writing and relevance of sources(Is the information in the submission easy for someone unfamiliar with the topic to understand? Are any technical terms or concepts clearly explained, including in visual representations, as one would expect in a scholarly publication? Are the sources that are cited or listed professional works providing context for the research?)
    • relevance to Illinois libraries(Is this a study you could see recreating at your own library, at least on a certain scale? Could you apply the conclusions of the research to daily operations at your own library, such as improving an existing service or adding a new one? Is this a scholarly publication you would recommend to a colleague?)
  • ​​voters will select one submission; submissions with the three highest vote totals (including ties, if necessary) will be declared winners
  • award will recognize at least three individuals, with first-place, second-place, and third-place recipients (ties for each place are acceptable)
  • winners will have option of presenting their work in a webinar, or having their work be the focus of discussion at a meeting of the IACRL Journal Club
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Legislative News, 07/08/2020

Federal news
Preparing for the Next Pandemic (comments submitted) [MLAConnect, 6/23/20]

Black Caucus lays out legislative priorities for combating systemic racism [Roll Call, 7/1/20]

SB4181/HB7486 The Library Stabilization Fund Act (informational flier) SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR CONGRESSPERSON [ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office, 7/2/20]

Operation Warp Speed’s opaque choices of COVID-19 vaccines draw Senate scrutiny [Science, 7/2/20]

House spending bill counters Trump threat to cut WHO funding [The Hill, 7/6/20]

House spending panels to boost NIH, DOE science budgets [Science, 7/7/20]

Clash looms over next coronavirus relief bill [The Hill, 7/7/20]

High Court Allows Employers To Opt Out Of ACA’s Mandate On Birth Control Coverage [Kaiser Health News, 7/8/20]

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Are you an innovator? Are you taking challenges head on and adapting? Are you establishing, retooling, or redefining programs and initiatives in your organization? Are you creating new services or content and delivering in new and unique ways? We want to hear from you.

Join us on Wednesday, September 23, for “Like the Ceiling Can’t Hold Us: Sharing Innovations in Libraries”. Registration is now open, with an early-bird deadline of Friday, September 11, and a final deadline of Monday, September 21. To register, please go here.

Share your innovations in reference, technology & content. This Amigos Library Services online conference will explore ways that library organizations and library professionals are innovating services, programs and content in the face of adversity and constant change. Amigos Library Services is now accepting presentation proposals for this conference. Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • establishing or growing a new service
  • innovating workflows in all types of libraries
  • creating new partnerships or programs
  • using new tools and technologies to strengthen or deliver servicesi
  • innovations in library design or function

Please submit your proposal by Wednesday, July 22. Tell us your story and share what registrants can expect to learn from your presentation. In addition to full technical support during your live presentation, Amigos will provide platform orientation/training and an individual practice session prior to the conference. All sessions are 45 minutes with time for questions and answers. Submit your proposal here.

For more information about this conference, contact Erin Gray, at gray@amigos.org or (972) 340-2896.

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(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

“Introduction to Accessibility and Universal Design in Libraries”

Dates: Monday, July 6, through Sunday, August 2
Instructor: Carli Spina
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Price: $175

Approximately 15% of the population worldwide live with some type of disability, making individuals with disabilities an important and often underserved constituency for libraries. Despite this, many libraries overlook simple and affordable measures that could improve their accessibility. In this course, you will learn concrete techniques for improving your library’s accessibility for individuals with a wide range of disabilities. You will learn the meaning of accessibility and universal design and how these apply in a library setting through a combination of readings, hands-on exercises, online discussions, and demonstration videos.

Students who complete the assignments will have concrete ideas for integrating accessibility and universal design principles into library workflows. This four-week course will cover techniques and tools improving the accessibility of digital media content and making your library more inviting and inclusive for individuals with disabilities, with a particular focus on free tools. It also includes an overview of basic web accessibility topics. Participants who are currently working in libraries will leave the course with documents and resources that they can take back to their workplace.

At the end of this course, students will be able to complete the following tasks.

  • define accessibility and universal design
  • integrate accessibility and universal design into workflows at their libraries
  • evaluate and improve online accessibility
  • identify tools that can be used for testing website accessibility
  • write an accessibility policy

Carli Spina is an associate professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the library at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Previously, she was the Head Librarian, Assessment and Outreach at the Boston College Libraries. Carli holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an MLIS from Simmons GSLIS, and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience working on user experience, web design, and technology projects as well as serving as a coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities. She is a member of LITA’s Bylaws and Organization Committee. She was also the inaugural chair of LITA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. She teaches classes and workshops for librarians, academic staff, and students on a range of topics, including accessibility, user experience, and web design.

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.

For registration instructions, payment options, and other information, please go here.

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(via Julie Martin, Northeast Document Conservation Center)

The 2020 Digital Directions Training Conference will now take place online, from Monday, October 19, to Wednesday, October 21. Join us for a comprehensive overview of digital preservation, presented by information professionals with deep experience in the preservation of cultural heritage materials. During three half-days of live, interactive, online training, you will learn about good practices and practical strategies for creating and managing digital collections, and you’ll gain confidence in decision-making for the preservation of your digital assets. Topics will include standards and specifications for digitization and digital preservation, metadata, copyright, selection for digitization, special considerations for audiovisual and born-digital materials, digital storage, and working with vendors and collaborative or consortial organizations.

Total registrants will be limited to 125 people to ensure that participants have opportunities to interact with both faculty and attendees. Each livestreamed session is 45-60 minutes, followed by 15-30 minutes of audio/video enabled Q&A. View the Agenda, faculty list, complete logistics, and registration information on the event website.

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(via Dr. Laura Gariepy, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Have you ever wished that you had more time to engage with teaching faculty and other instructors at your institution about information literacy in a more in-depth way? Register for the free online presentation “Learning together – Case studies in implementing faculty learning communities around information literacy”. In this panel presentation, librarians from four different institutions will share their experiences working with information literacy-focused faculty learning communities.

Jenny Dale is currently leading a learning community for recipients of UNCG’s Information Literacy Faculty Development Awards. Joanna Gadsby and Katy Sullivan facilitated a faculty learning community in 2018-2019 called “Cultivating Critical Thinking: Integrating Information Literacy into Course Content” through UMBC’s Faculty Development Center. Hazel McClure and Debbie Morrow facilitated a faculty learning community in 2017-2018 called “Evaluating Resources, Misinformation, and Fake News: Promoting Advanced Information Literacy in the Classroom ” through GVSU’s Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center.

Heather Snapp facilitated an “Integrating Information Literacy ” Faculty Learning Community while serving as a Lucas Center Faculty Fellow at FGCU in Spring and Fall 2019. All panelists will share how their faculty learning communities came to be, how they have been funded or otherwise supported, how they set goals and outcomes for their communities, how they selected content and developed activities for learning community participants, how they assessed these projects, and other lessons they learned along the way. Participants will leave the session with several different faculty development learning community models to consider and a plan for investigating potential opportunities at their own institutions.

This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Tuesday, July 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT, via Zoom. Register here.

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(via CARLI)

The 2020 CARLI Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, November 13, at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Staff at any CARLI member library is invited to attend. A meeting of the CARLI Governing Directors will precede the Annual Meeting.

Registration is available is available from the CARLI Calendar here.

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(via OCLC)

OCLC invites ILL professionals and users of OCLC’s resource-sharing solutions to join us online for a series of five sessions that starts on Wednesday, July 8. We’ll discuss how we’re all moving forward together, including best practices and better ways to connect your users with the information they need as your libraries reopen.

This unique series offers an opportunity to learn about the latest resource-sharing advancements and interact with others in the ILL community. You’ll also learn how to improve your operational efficiency, save time, and elevate user services.

To learn more and register, please go here.

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(via Courtney McAllister, Yale University)

After 39 years, the Charleston Conference regrets to announce we are unable to meet in person as planned this year. We are committing ourselves to providing a top-notch, interactive, and immersive online experience for our attendees. We want to do our best to bring what you know and love about Charleston to you remotely! The event platform we’re using will provide a virtual vendor showcase, several networking opportunities, and a user-friendly interface for conference sessions. We’re working on schedule details now but plan to bring a mix of our usual high quality keynote and plenary speakers, along with concurrents and some fun social options.

We are extending the proposal deadline for our Call for Papers to Friday, July 17. Remote presentations will include a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions, and both options will include live Q&A for attendees. Submit your proposal now for our virtual event here.

Moving to an online-only event was not an easy decision to make, and we appreciate all the feedback and suggestions we’ve received. We sent a survey to conference attendees from the past five years, and received a huge return rate of over 900 librarians, publishers, vendors and more. The overwhelming response was that although attendees love and value the conference, they’re simply not able to come this year. We all know budgets have taken an enormous hit this year as colleges and universities struggle to determine how to re-open in the fall, and publishers and vendors are therefore also feeling the crunch. Beyond those budgetary constraints, however, there is real and valid concern over travel safety as the majority of our attendees are coming from out of state, or even internationally, to attend. Even with following all of the recommended social distancing, protective policies, and disinfecting protocols, the travel to the venue and the hotel stays are problematic for attendee safety. For all of these reasons, we agree that it is the best to move to an online-only conference.

We’re sad that we can’t be with you in person for 2020, but we look forward to hopefully going back to an on-site event for 2021. Contact Leah Hinds, Executive Director, with questions at leah@charlestonlibraryconference.com.

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(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

The intention of this contest is to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition. The contest is open to librarians, library students, academics, and others. Acceptable paper topics cover the full range of topics in the field of library and information studies, loosely defined.

Papers submitted may be pending publication or published (formally or informally) in the past year. Unpublished papers are acceptable if they are publicly accessible (informally published) and written in the past year. Single and multiple-authored papers will be accepted. Any type of paper may be entered as long as it is not a report of an empirical study. Examples of accepted forms would be literature review essays, analytical essays, historical research, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not be essentially a report of a study. Submitted papers may be part of a larger project.

The minimum length is 2,000 words. The maximum length is 10,000 words. Criteria for judgment are below.

  • clarity of writing
  • originality of thought
  • sincerity of effort at reaching something true
  • soundness of argumentation (where applicable)
  • relevance to our time and situation

The award shall consist of $1000 and a certificate suitable for framing. Entries must be submitted by Saturday, August 1, to inquiries@libraryjuicepress.com. The winning paper, and possibly a number of honorable mentions, are announced on Thursday, October 1. Papers will be judged by a committee selected for their accomplishments in the field. The jury uses a blind process in which identifying information is removed from the submitted papers. Although we are a publisher, submission of a paper for this award in itself does not imply any transfer, licensing, or sharing of your publication rights.

Past Winners

2019 – Karen Nicholson, for “On the Space/Time of Information Literacy, Higher Education, and the Global Knowledge Economy,” published in the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies in 2019.

2018 – Gracen Brilmyer, for “Archival assemblages: applying disability studies’ political/relational model to archival description,” published in Archival Science in 2018.

2017 – David James Hudson, for “On ‘Diversity’ as Anti-Racism in Library and Information Studies: A Critique,” published in the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies in 2017.

2016 – Lisa Sloniowski, for “Affective Labor, Resistance, and the Academic Librarian,” published in Library Trends in 2016.

2015 – James Lowry, for “Information and the Social Contract,” unpublished at the time of award.

2014 – Michelle Caswell, for “Inventing New Archival Imaginaries: Theoretical Foundations for Identity-Based Community Archives,” published as a chapter in Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the United States and Canada, Litwin Books, 2014.

2013 – Ryan Shaw, for “Information Organization and the Philosophy of History,” published in JASIST in June 2013.

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