HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

Archive for 2020

Reminder: College & Research Libraries News Seeking Cover Art

(via ACRL)

The publication College & Research Libraries (C&RL) News is looking for images from library collections to feature on upcoming covers. If you have items in your collections that you think would make attractive C&RL News covers, we would love to see them.

To submit images (or image collections), send URLs for Web-based images or images directly as attachments to David Free, at dfree@ala.org. Please include a brief description of the item and your collection. Images selected to appear as C&RL News covers will require a high-resolution electronic image (300 dpi or higher) to be submitted prior to the publication date.

Complete guidelines for the submission of cover illustrations are available on the C&RL News website.

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(via Qiana Johnson, Northwestern University)

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 27th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2021 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research about serving diverse patrons.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website.

The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three proposals for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of proposals. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.

Criteria for selection:
1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates

Proposals are due by Monday, January 4, 2021. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 15th, 2021. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents.

SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information
Please include the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

SUBMISSION PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:
1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.      Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research (if you use semicolons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected.

Submissions and questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2020-2021 committee chair:
Qiana Johnson (q-johnson@northwestern.edu).

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

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Interested in serving on an ILA committee? ILA Vice President/President-Elect Jeanne Hamilton (Bloomington Public Library) will begin making appointments early in 2021, so now is the time to start thinking ahead.

Appointments begin July 1, 2021, and most committee members serve two- or three-year terms. You must be a personal member of ILA to serve on a committee. The deadline to submit a committee interest form is Monday, March 15, 2021.

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(via ACRL)

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Julie Garrison invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2021-22 division or section committee. The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open! If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by Friday, February 12, 2021. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, please go here.

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

Call for IACRL Officer Nominations (Deadline Fri., Feb. 5)

(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL Past President)

The IACRL Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the 2021-2022 Executive Board Election. In April 2021, members will vote for the IACRL Vice-President/President-elect and Secretary. Vice-President/President-elect is three-year terms beginning July 2021 and ending June 2024. Secretary is a one-year position beginning July 2021 and ending June 2022.

More information is available here. The submission deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, February 5, 2021. To submit a nomination, complete the online nomination form, available at the link above. Please direct any questions to Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL Past-President and Chair of the Nominating Committee, at mnieslenott@methodistcol.edu.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Kris Johnson, Montana State University)

Registration is now open for the webinar “To Open or Not Open: Academic Library Building Management and Decision-making During a Pandemic”, which will take place on Wednesday, December 16, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. A description of the webinar is below.

Closing, opening, and/or reopening academic libraries during a pandemic requires library decision-makers to take on new roles, learn new things, and apply new knowledge to decision making for their facilities and employees. These decision-makers find themselves in need of real-time information – not only about their own institution’s practices, but also how other libraries are responding. Some are thrust into leadership positions on their own campuses. Others struggle for guidance.

This webinar will present strategies used on several campuses during COVID-19 to manage risk in the face of uncertainty – on campuses that have reopened their libraries. The presenters will discuss the resources referenced, experts engaged, processes undertaken both external and internal to the library to support the decision to reopen, preparations to reopen and staying open. The architect on the panel will also explain COVID-19 planning and design strategies for campus learning environments, including campus-specific variables that may impact strategies as well as how these planning strategies may be applied to library environments.

This academic library-specific discussion is meant to help participants in their own planning, synthesizing generalized information that is out there, and making it applicable to libraries, considering space, building systems, health protocols, custodial support, security, staff and student employee safety and other topics. The webinar isn’t intended as best practices, more of a guide to decision-making and planning, combined with some lessons learned and a primer for the future.

For additional information, and to register, please go here. Direct any questions to Kris Johnson, Montana State University, at krisjohnson@montana.edu.

Posted in Professional Development, Webinars | No Comments »

UIUC’s Sara Holder is ACRL Member of the Week for November 30

(via ACRL)

Sara Holder is the director of reference and research services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sara has been a member of ACRL for 22 years and is the ACRL Member of the Week for November 30, 2020.

Sara recently brought together subject experts in wellness programing as an editor of the ACRL publication, Student Wellness and Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Activities for Promoting Health and Success, which includes case studies, commentary, and research on student wellness initiatives in academic libraries.

To read the full interview, please go here.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Anne Casey, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)

The ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section (DOLS) Strategic Planning Committee invites you to complete the following brief survey to inform our work on the next version of the Section’s strategic plan. Every three years, the strategic plan is reviewed and revised by the Strategic Planning Committee, and your feedback is invaluable to this process. We appreciate responses from members and nonmembers of DOLS. Distance and online librarianship is more relevant than ever, and we value feedback from all of you.

The survey is open now and the deadline to complete is Friday, December 18. You may access the survey here.

Please feel free to reach out with questions. You may contact Victoria Raish (vrc112@psu.edu) or Michael Courtney (micourtin@iu.edu<mailto:micourtin@iu.edu>), who are the Co-Chairs of the DOLS Strategic Planning Committee.

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

(via RAILS)

Registration is open for ALA Midwinter Virtual. Current ALA Student Members are invited to register at no cost. ALA Members who have recently been furloughed, laid off, or are experiencing a reduction of paid work hours are invited to register at no cost. Registration closes on Friday, January 15, 2021.

The conference will take place on January 22-26 (Friday-Tuesday). The featured speaker is actor and author Ethan Hawke. Visit the Midwinter webpage for session details and more.

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

Legislative News, 12/11/2020

Federal News

Trump Administration Finalizes Rule Requiring Health Insurers to Disclose Price and Cost-Sharing Information [HHS.gov, 10/29/20]

“Under this final rule, more than 200 million Americans with private-sector insurance (both individual-market and employer-based) will have access to a list of real-time price information, including cost-sharing, enabling them to know how much care will cost them before going in for treatment.”

Bipartisan, bicameral group unveils $908 billion coronavirus proposal [The Hill, 12/1/20]

“The bill’s price tag is about double the $500 billion being pushed for by McConnell and roughly half of the $2.2 trillion viewed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) as the starting point for negotiations.”

House Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana; Bill To Stall In Senate [NPR, 12/4/20]

“Branded as the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, the bill removes cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances and facilitates canceling low-level federal convictions and arrests related to marijuana.”


State News

Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, and state House Assistant Majority Leader Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, have filed bills in the House and Senate requiring that Managed Care Organizations return unused funds to the state for redistribution (SB4207 and HB5867.)  Koehler and Crespo state that this need for a redistribution of funds is in response to lower use of elective and outpatient services and an increase in COVID-19 related expenses.  Read a Capital Fax posting with an MCO response.


Update on the Graduated Income Tax Failure and the Illinois Budget

Illinois Budget Forecast (Peoria Journal Star Nov 16)

Commentary from Ralph Martire at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (Dec 8th)

Opinion article by Samuel D. Brunson (Nov 10th)



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