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HSLI 2018 Annual Conference: Nancy’s Reception and Other Activities for the Evening of Thursday, September 27



Although most of the 2018 HSLI Annual Conference will consist of CE sessions and other formal activities, there will also be opportunities to relax and network, especially during the evening of the Conference’s first full day, Thursday, September 27. 

After the end of the day’s CE sessions and lightning rounds, meet in the hotel for a sunset walk. The walk will last 20-30 minutes. Watch the Conference website for more details on where walkers will meet at the hotel. 

Nancy’s Reception will follow the walk. (Check the Conference program for details on the start and finish times as they are posted.) Enjoy food, visit your fellow attendees’ poster presentations, learn about a local museum from a staff member, visit exhibitor booths, and bid on items in the Silent Auction. See below for more information on each. 

Interested in what projects or research your colleagues have undertaken recently? The poster session lasts from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. During this time, attendees will be able to speak with the posters’ authors. The posters will remain up through breakfast on Friday morning. If you are interested in learning about the posters ahead of time, the abstracts will be up on the website shortly before the Conference, and they will also be included with the materials attendees will pick up when they sign in on-site. 

Never visited Rockford before, or have been but missed an opportunity to see the Burpee Museum of Natural History? Betsy Carlson, a member of the Museum’s Education staff, will present on the state’s geological history over the past 450 million years, including the state fossil, the Tully Monster. The Burpee Museum has been a vital part of the Rockford community since 1942 and is known for, among other things, the most complete juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the world, nicknamed “Jane”.  

Interested in learning more about some of the latest databases and other products that the Conference exhibitors and sponsors offer? Stop by their tables during the Reception. Exhibitors and sponsors based in Illinois or the Midwest include the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region (NNLM – GMR) and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). There will also be several commercial vendors, including Wolters Kluwer, Thieme, and Elsevier.  

Want to support the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship, while also bidding on unique items? Take part in the Silent Auction. Donated items include a basket of goodies related to Illinois’s 200th anniversary, a portable DVD player, and numerous pieces of artwork. All proceeds go toward the Scholarship’s fund. Watch the Conference website for a complete list of items, along with photographs. 


The 2018 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference will take place from Wednesday, September 26, to Friday, September 28. The Conference, with its theme, “Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge”, will feature continuing-education opportunities, invited speakers, poster sessions and lightning talks, and a vendor showcase, along with networking opportunities for library and information science professionals and students alike.  

Other dates to remember: 

  • August 31:  Poster proposal deadline 
  • September 3: Deadline to reserve hotel rooms at Conference rate (Note: This is an extension of the previous deadline of August 31.) 
  • September 12:  Early bird registration deadline 

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Eric Edwards, Chair of the HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Subcommittee, or visit the HSLI Conference website 

–The 2018 HSLI Conference Publicity Subcommittee 


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