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(via Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger, Virginia Military Institute)

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) is pleased to announce the William & Mary Libraries Travel Grant to attend the 2020 conference, held at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA on June 4 and 5. The grant will help someone from an underrepresented and/or marginalized group attend the conference by providing funding for travel, registration, and accommodations at a nearby hotel. Multiple applicants may be awarded the grant.

Thanks to the generosity of William & Mary Libraries, we are able to increase funding to include transportation to this year’s conference, with a total reimbursement up to $1,000 per recipient.

To be eligible to apply for the travel grant you must:

  • ​Be working in librarianship (professional or paraprofessional), pursuing a job in librarianship, or enrolled in an ALA accredited post-graduate program.
  • ​Identify as a member of a racial or ethnic minority in the United States, the LGBTQ+ community, or as a person with a disability. Underrepresented and/or marginalized groups are identified in accordance with the ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach recruitment resources.

Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 24, 2020. For more details and to apply, go here.

Applicants will be notified of the decision of the grant committee before general registration for the conference opens on Monday, March 30. Applicants who are not awarded a grant but would still like to attend the conference must participate in general registration on March 30.

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(via Cynthia Romanowski, Governors State University)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group invites presentation proposals for its ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Sunday, June 28, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group seeks speakers to submit proposals for short (15-20 minutes) presentations.  The charge of the Interest Group is “To provide a broad framework for information exchange on current developments and activities related to technical services including, but not limited to, collection development, collection management, acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries; To develop programs and foster and sponsor education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries; To better connect technical services librarians with ACRL and to enhance technical services.”.

We would particularly like to hear from prospective presenters who wish to share their experiences with various issues regarding current developments and activities within the context of Academic Libraries’ Technical Services.

Please complete the online form by Friday, April 3We will select and notify presenters by Friday, April 10.

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

(via Lorelei Rutledge, University of Utah)

The ALA LLAMA (Library Leadership & Management Association) Mentoring Committee is recruiting for both mentors and mentees for our July 2020-June 2021 year. The LLAMA Mentoring Program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders. This year, in the spirit of increased collaboration between LLAMA, ALCTS, and LITA, members of all three divisions are eligible to participate.

For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from your experience.

For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:

  • Explore your leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate leadership in your current position;
  • Acquire the skills, attitudes, and relationships that you will need to move into leadership roles.

Participants must be ALA members and members of ALCTS, LITA, or LLAMA at the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.

The deadline to apply to become a mentor or a mentee is Friday, February 28,.

To apply to become a mentor, go here. To apply to become a mentee, go here.

For more information about the LLAMA Mentoring program, contact Mentoring Committee Chair Mary Moser, at, or Lorelei Rutledge, at

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(via Annie Armstrong, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee of ACRL invites proposals for presentations at their virtual research forum, to be held online in early May, 2020. The Research Forum offers librarians an opportunity to present research that is currently underway through a 10-minute lightning talk format. Participation in the forum offers presenters an opportunity to share their work in a peer-reviewed venue and receive feedback from the ACRL community. Lightning talks are selected via a competitive, blind review process.

Proposals are due Wednesday, March 18. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance the week of March 30.

Selection Criteria

Proposals are evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the following criteria.

  • measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those in Education and Behavioral Sciences.
  • represent innovative, original research.
  • show evidence of carefully planned research design and thoughtful analysis.
  • clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project. (Note: Research may be in progress at the time of proposal, but some results/findings must be available by the presentation date. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication by January 1, 2020 will not be considered.)

Proposal Submission Instructions

To submit a proposal, submit the following as two separate documents (.doc or .pdf) via email to the current committee chair. The proposal document must NOT show your name, institution, or any personally identifying information.

Title page, including:

  • Proposal title
  • The following information for each presenter:
    • name and institution
    • phone number
    • e-mail address

Proposal (250-300 words), including:

  • proposal title
  • statement of the research question(s)
  • research goals and objectives
  • design/methodology
  • results or findings (or potential results or findings, if research in progress)
  • explanation of relevance/value to academic librarians, especially to those in EBSS subject areas
  • discussion of innovation/originality of research

Email submissions to EBSS Research Co-Chair Samantha Godbey at  by Monday, March 18.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, Western Illinois University)

Interested in discussing current topics in librarianship with colleagues in Illinois? Michelle Nielsen Ott is putting together a schedule for the IACRL Journal Club for 2020. Based on feedback, it is switching to bi-monthly and is partnering with the CARLI instruction article club. So far the 2020 schedule is:

  • February 26 at 1:00 PM (Central): We will partner with the CARLI Instruction Committee and discuss Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election” by Stefanie R. Bluemle, Augustana College. Please register here. More information is below.
    • The Instruction Committee has selected the following article for discussion. If you’re interested in participating, please read the article in advance. Instruction Committee members will moderate the discussion, and there will be prepared questions to guide our conversation. We hope you will also come with your own perspectives and queries to offer. We’re excited to share that author Stefanie Bluemle will be on hand to participate in our discussion and answer questions about her work.
    • *Winner of ACRL Instruction Publication of the Year
    • Abstract: “This article addresses the challenge that post-truth politics poses to teaching authority in information literacy. First, it isolates an element of the post-truth phenomenon, an element it calls post-facts, to elucidate why teaching source evaluation is not, by itself, an antidote to fake news or other evidence of Americans’ media illiteracy. Second, it addresses the implications of post-facts politics for the concept of authority as defined by the “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education,” drawing on the work of Patrick Wilson and Max Weber to illustrate which elements of authority librarians must rethink due to recent events.”
    • Link: click here
  • April 23rd at 12:00 PM (Central): Emily Gilbert (Rasmussen College) will lead on the topic of virtual reference. Please register here.

If you would like to lead a session in June, August, October, or December, let Michelle know, at at

Posted in Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Jennifer Schwartz, DePaul University)

19th Annual Information Literacy Summit

“Challenging he Status Quo: Rethinking Information Literacy Theories and Practices”
Friday, April 3, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library
Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus (Palos Hills, IL)

Registration is Open

Keynote Address:
Dr. Laura Saunders, Associate Professor at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science

$45 for attendees or $25 for presenters (includes breakfast, lunch and materials) and no cost for graduate students.

You may either pay by credit card or send a check payable to Moraine Valley CC Library to the following address:
Moraine Valley CC Library
Information Literacy Summit
9000 W. College Pkwy.
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Who should attend?
• Librarians who are involved with teaching and learning in almost any aspect.
• Academic, school, public and special librarians
• Teachers and other educators who want to discuss information literacy, student research and student use of information.
• Professional Development Credits available

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

(via Rashelle Nagar, Yale University)

Beyond the Numbers: Hindsight is 20/20

November 18, 19 & 20, 2020

Call for Proposals

Submission deadline: Tuesday, June 30

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis seeks submissions for its fourth biennial conference on economic information: “Beyond the Numbers: Hindsight is 20/20.”

Looking back, what lessons have you learned when working with economic data and information? What future trends will impact your work in 2020? This conference brings together librarians, instructors, information professionals, data researchers, and data managers to improve understanding of economic resources and how to find, use, and share them. We encourage users, educators, creators, curators, and managers of economic, business, and financial information to share their expertise and provide insights into the challenges they face. If you have attended before, consider presenting and sharing your expertise!

Possible topics include:

  • Lessons learned, best practices, or common missteps in using economic data
  • New, misunderstood, or underused economic information tools and sources
  • Deep dives into the construction of economic and financial data
  • Interdisciplinary or novel use of economic and financial data by researchers
  • Curating data for access, preservation, sharing, and re-use
  • Research data management for economics and related disciplines
  • Open data and reproducibility
  • Supporting faculty with Open Educational Resources in economics
  • New and existing methods of visualizing economic data and information
  • Overviews of sources of economic information – national, international, historical

Presentation types include:

  • Lightning talks: 5-7 minutes
  • Short sessions: 20 minutes
  • Sessions or Panels:  45-minute full sessions
  • Hands-on workshops: 90 minutes

Abstracts for each proposal should be no more than 250 words. For presentations and panel discussions, clearly state the aim of the presentation, the topic, and the specific knowledge attendees will gain. For tutorials and workshops, explain what resource you will demonstrate and how the tutorial will benefit attendees. Workshops based on software resources should also include a brief description of necessary skills and tools required for participants. All proposals will be reviewed by the conference organizing committee.

Please submit your proposals by Tuesday, June 30, via e-mail to

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • Title:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Presenter affiliation:
  • Presenter email(s):
  • Presentation type:
  • Abstract:
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(via Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director)

You may know that CARLI Digital Collections along with many other members’ collections are part of the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub (IDHH). The IDHH is the Digital Public Library of America’s Illinois Service Hub . Please see the following about a proposal for the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conference.

Call for ILA 2020 panel speakers

The IDHH is looking for speakers for a panel presentation at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, October 20-22, 2020. The theme for the conference is “Many Libraries, One State. We Are ILA.”

We would like to propose a panel to share with attendees real-life usage examples for IDHH. If you’ve used IDHH resources for any of the following (or something we haven’t thought of!), we’d love to hear from you:

  • Library programming
  • Local history or genealogy research
  • History Fair projects
  • Primary resources examples
  • Classroom and research instruction

If you would like to join our panel, please contact Joshua Lynch ( and Keri Cascio ( by Monday, February 24.

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

(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, Western Illinois University)

This is from Dan Bostrom at RAILS, but the event is free and open to anyone, including non-RAILS members.

“Methods for Creating and Assessing Library Outreach Initiatives” Webinar, February 25

This webinar will describe methods for creating library outreach goals that make a measurable impact on your institution’s mission, as well as strategies and tools for library outreach assessment. This presentation will focus on academic library outreach, but the strategies can be applied to any library type and setting. Participants will leave with tools that will aid their own outreach planning. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 25, from noon to 1:30 PM. Register via L2.

Posted in Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Penny Scott, University of San Francisco)

Call for Proposals

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of ALA’s BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section) seeks proposals for engaging presentations to be part of an online symposium via Zoom on Friday, April 24. Proposals may be submitted by anyone, but priority consideration will be given to proposals from BRASS members. Proposals should describe a 45-minute session (30 minutes for presentation with 15 minutes for facilitated discussion and/or question-and-answer) that relates to some aspect of business librarianship in an academic library setting. We seek proposals that will be interactive and provide practical takeaways for participants.

Proposal Components

Title (50 words or less): Interesting and descriptive
Abstract (250 words or less): Summary of your presentation
Session outcomes (2-3): Describe what participants will learn during your session that they can apply at their library or in their role as a business librarian
Long Description: Describe how you will engage participants in an online session and make your presentation interactive. Detail the practical components of your presentation — what will you teach attendees that will enrich their professional practice? What materials will you share (LibGuides, Lesson Plans, etc) with attendees that can be used as a reference or model?
Suggested topics should fall under the broad heading of interdisciplinary collaborations, and should include, but are not limited to:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Data literacy and/or data visualization
  • The business information literacy one-shot
  • Creating effective online instruction for business information literacy
  • Building liaison relationships/instruction programs with difficult-to-reach departments (which may include: accounting, finance, human resources management, and business technology)
  • Developing business programming at your library
  • Advocating for new resources or program funding

The call for proposals will close on Friday, March 6. Please click here to submit proposals.

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