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Archive for 2021

(via the Medical Library Association)

Registration is open for the January MLA webinar, “Expand Your Research Impact Services”. The webinar will take place on Thursday, January 28, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT. More information, including a description and the link to registration, is below.

Want to expand your library’s bibliometric services? In this webinar, you’ll learn the roles librarians can play in performing research impact services, understand the knowledge and skills necessary for each role, know the potential pitfalls of performing services in each role, and be able to identify potential collaborators who could help them fill each role. #MLAExpandUrResearch

The following individuals will present in the webinar.

  • Chris Belter, data scientist at the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Karen Gutzman, MSLS, MLA, Head of the Research Assessment and Communications Department at Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University
  • Tyler Nix, MSLS, an informationist at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and co-leader of the Taubman Research Impact Core
  • Amy Suiter, MS, MLS, a Research Support Librarian at Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

For more information, and to register, please go here. Note that the cost is $65.00 for MLA members and $85.00 for non-members. The webinar is worth 1.5 CE hours from the Medical Library Association.

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(via Emily Gilbert, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)

Join the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries for a viewing of the ACRL webinar “Teaching Online in Plain Language: Creating Clear Research Guides, Library Websites, and Online Instruction”. We will stream the webinar on Zoom and discuss it afterwards. The viewing and discussion will take place on Wednesday, January 27, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT.

Please register here. A brief description of the webinar is below.

“Plain language” is a term from the legal field: federal law requires that government agencies are required to use clear communication that the public can understand and use. As online teachers, we can take advantage of the set of clear guidelines and best practices that has grown up around this requirement. The federal plain language guidelines are fully in line with web usability recommendations, and can help streamline and clarify our online teaching. Whether you’re writing for a library website, a tutorial, a research guide or some other format, you’ll learn how to make your materials more accessible to the widest possible audience without dumbing them down.

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(via Kayleen Jones, University of Minnesota Duluth)

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium, or LSLS, invite breakout session proposals for our ninth conference, which will be held virtually on Friday, June 11. There will be no registration cost for this year’s conference.

This year’s theme, “Mapping Our Identity”, invites attendees to explore the varied identities of libraries and library workers and how those identities shift in response to external events, personal development, changes in communities, and more. At LSLS21, we will ask–and, we hope, start to answer–the questions of “Who are we?”, “Whom do we want to become?”, and “How are we getting there?.

Possibilities for presentation topics are below.

Redefining Boundaries

How have we, as individuals or organizations, broken barriers to create a new sense of who we are? How do we balance our work with our personal lives, especially as many of us now work from home? What do we do – and just as importantly, what don’t we do – to reinvigorate and advance our missions?

Expanding Our Reach

What partnerships have we been involved in, and how have they changed how we position ourselves? How have we reached out in response to recent national and global crises? What types of programming, marketing campaigns, tools, or services have we implemented to reach farther than we used to?

Defining Ourselves

How do our personal identities intertwine with the identity of being a library worker? What happens when we shift jobs or professions partway through our careers? How does learning about our past influence who we are and whom we’re becoming?

Protecting Our Identity

How do we ensure the security of the data we collect, the information and resources we steward, and the systems we use? How do we help our patrons protect their identities? How do we show that we value and advocate for the diverse identities of our communities, despite continued marginalization of and violence against some groups?

Perceiving Libraries

How are libraries perceived, by library workers and by our communities? What do we find helpful about how library workers are perceived, and what might we like to change? How do we capitalize on the positive perceptions or address what’s misunderstood?

Successful breakout session presentations will be applicable to many types of libraries and showcase effective and innovative practices. 60-minute breakout sessions should include 10-15 minutes of question and answer. Panel presentations, particularly those representing a diversity of library types, sizes, and/or locations, are strongly encouraged. LSLS 2021 will be held virtually. The steering committee will provide more information about the virtual format to breakout session presenters upon notice of their presentation’s acceptance.

Breakout session presenters should submit proposals here. All proposals should be submitted by Sunday, March 14. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in April.

LSLS allows library staff to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. Staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend. The event is organized and supported by library staff and educators from Minnesota and Wisconsin; for a full list of our supporters, go here.

For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact Lisa Wheeler, at ljwheele@d.umn.edu. A complete listing of speakers and agenda will be released in April.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

We invite you to join us for the 2021 Institute for Research Design in Libraries (IRDL) Scholars’ Speaker Series, Thinking Critically about Research and Power. This series of presentations is designed to shine a spotlight on voices and ideas that challenge traditional ways of conducting research. It surveys various topics with the intention of inspiring research explicitly rooted in social justice. The series is coordinated by a working group of IRDL Scholars. As librarians, educators, and researchers, we are pleased to share this opportunity to reflect and incorporate what we learn from these speakers into our own research efforts, so that our methodologies integrate anti-racist and anti-colonial practices.

Each speaker session is free to attend via Zoom; anyone interested is welcome. Directly following each presentation, there will be an opportunity to discuss the topic further together.

Speakers include the following individuals.

  • Kim TallBear, Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment
  • Emily Ford, Associate Professor and Urban & Public Affairs Librarian, Portland State University
  • Kakali Bhattacharya, Professor, College of Education, University of Florida
  • Verónica N. Vélez, Founding Director, Education and Social Justice Minor & Program; Associate Professor, Secondary Education, Western Washington University
  • Ana Ndumu, Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland College Park

Click here for additional information on the speakers, the dates and times of their presentations, and to register.

This series is sponsored by IRDL, a continuing-education program for academic and research librarians designed to prepare novice researchers for careers as librarian-researchers. Learn more here. If you have questions regarding the Speaker Series or IRDL, please contact Marie Kennedy, at marie.kennedy@lmu.edu.

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(via Emily Gilbert, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)

IACRL is seeking panelists for a Spring Semester Town Hall, (official title to be determined) on Friday, March 12, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are interested in sharing how your library has adapted its physical operations or adapted its online instruction and services, we invite you to be a panelist!

We are looking to put together two panels:
1.  A panel discussing adapting physical spaces–10:00-11:00 AM
2.  A panel discussing adapting online library instruction and services–11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Each section will last one hour with 30 minutes dedicated to panelist presentation and 30 minutes for audience questions and discussion. We are hoping to have 3-5 panelists for each section with a roughly 5-10 minute presentation depending on number of panelists.

If you would like to be a panelist, please fill out this brief questionnaire letting us know your interests. Please note that the deadline for submissions will be Sunday, February 21.

Please contact Emily Gilbert, at Emily.Gilbert@rasmussen.edu, with any questions or concerns.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

CARLI invites you to attend the free Zoom performance Meet Harriet Tubman, presented by Kathryn Harris, on Tuesday, February 16, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

If you could step back in history, with whom would you like to have a conversation and lunch?

If Harriet Tubman is your choice, please join Kathryn Harris as she presents her first-person presentation as “Harriet Tubman”. Harriet Tubman is perhaps the most famous Conductor on the Underground Railroad and Ms. Harris tells her life story, including not only her own escape to freedom, but also the trips she made back South to free her family and others so that they could also experience the “sweet taste of freedom”.

For more information on Ms, Harris, who is retired as Library Services Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, and to register, please go to here.

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(via Jennifer Schwartz, DePaul University)

The 19th Annual Information Literacy Summit will take place on April 29 (Thursday) and April 30 (Friday). The event-presented by College of DuPage Library, DePaul University Library, and Moraine Valley Community College Library-will be free and virtual, featuring two very special keynote addresses, two days of breakout sessions, and a week of virtual posters. The theme will be “Challenging the status quo: Rethinking information literacy theories and practices with a special focus on responding to the concerns of 2020”.

The keynote speakers are Dr. Laura Saunders, Associate Professor at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science, and Fobazi Ettarh, Undergraduate Success Librarian, Rutgers Newark. More information on them is available here.

Interested in submitting a program or poster proposal? Please see below for details.

Call for Proposals

This year, the Summit will be a virtual two day conference with synchronous and asynchronous events. We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions as well as poster sessions that specifically address how library instruction and/or information literacy has been impacted by the issues of 2020, including race and equity; online teaching and learning; the election; COVID-19. This track is in addition to the breakout sessions accepted for last year’s Summit. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be 40 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Practical takeaways are encouraged. Submissions should include a 200-300 word description of your session, learning outcomes, a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away, and abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

Poster Sessions

All posters will be available asynchronously and digitally for one week on the Summit website.

Your poster session can contain images, video, include audio clips, or anything else you’d like to share. Please limit embedded media to less than five minutes in length and the media should stand alone with no presenter explanation required. Please consider accessibility options for your poster such as closed captioning, transcripts, image descriptions. Viewers will be able to post questions about your posters and you will be able to respond via the commenting feature.

Accepted posters will need to be submitted a few weeks in advance of the Summit, and further details will be shared upon acceptance.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a poster.

The deadline to submit proposals is Sunday, January 31.

For more information, please contact a Summit organizer.

College of DuPage Library

Jason Ertz, ertzja@cod.edu

Jennifer Kelley, kelleyj@cod.edu

Christine Kickels, kickels@cod.edu or 630-942-2313

DePaul University Library

Jill King, jking25@depaul.edu

Jennifer Schwartz, jennifer.schwartz@depaul.edu

Moraine Valley Community College Library

Tish Hayes, hayesL45@morainevalley.edu or 708-974-5734

Troy Swanson, swanson@morainevalley.edu or 708-974-5439

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Nominating Committee has announced the 2021 candidates for election in the spring of 2021. (The names of HSLI members are in bold.)

President-Elect Candidates
(three-year term beginning July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024)
Michelle Nielsen Ott (Methodist College)
Heather Jagman (DePaul University)

Board of Directors (candidates in each pairing listed below)
(three-year term beginning July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024)
A candidate from each pairing will be elected in accordance with the ILA bylaws as amended at the 1998 ILA Annual Conference; a total of four directors will be elected to serve three-year terms on the ILA Executive Board.

Director at Large
Mary Jo Matousek (Aptakisic-Tripp School District, retired)
Kara Thorstenson (Chicago Public Schools)

Director at Large
Michelle Oh (Northeastern Illinois University)
Qiana Johnson (Northwestern University)

Director at Large
Julie Milavec (Downers Grove Public Library)
Andrea Telli (Chicago Public Library, retired)

Director at Large
Jordan Neal (Champaign Public Library)
Randi Sutter (Normal Public Library)

ALA Councilor
Paul Mills (Fountaindale Public Library)
Aaron Skog (SWAN Libraries)

Any ILA member wishing to be added to the ballot by petition shall be added to the slate and placed in the paired candidate group that most clearly matches the affiliations of the petitioner as determined by the Nominating Committee. Petition candidates for vice president/president-elect will be added to the presidential slate as requested.

Nominations by petition for an elective office shall be proposed in writing by at least one hundred (100) personal members of the association and delivered to the Executive Office by Monday, March 1. Candidates nominated by petition shall be added to the slate and placed in the candidate group that most clearly matches the affiliation of the petitioner. The determination of placement on the slate is the responsibility of the Nominating Committee.

The polls will open electronically April 1, 2021. In addition, paper ballots will be sent to persons requesting one. The return deadline is thirty days after the ballot is postmarked. The electronic polls will close April 30.

Serving on the Nominating Committee are Molly Beestrum (chair), Karen B. Brown, Deborah Campbell, Edith G. Craig, Paul Mills, M.C. Neal, and Susan Palmer.

Information on each candidate will be available on the ILA website in March. Please e-mail the ILA office at ila@ila.org or call 224-698-1728 with any questions.

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(via Abbie Basile, Old Dominion University)

The ACRL Academic Library Services for Graduate Students Interest Group‘s Notable Works for Library Support of Graduate Students Working Group seeks nominations for our inaugural annual Notable Works List. Our goal is to recognize and showcase excellent professional contributions that inform the work of library colleagues who support graduate students.  Submissions can include projects and publications by library workers or by researchers in related fields who shed light on important elements of serving graduate students.

Categories of work to be considered include the following.

  • journal articles/conference proceedings
  • websites
  • blog posts
  • library resources/research guides
  • digital learning objects/tutorials/instruction videos
  • conference program/presentation/panel
  • media/multimedia/video
  • game/software
  • other

Please nominate work here. You are encouraged to submit both your own work and that of colleagues. We are especially interested in projects that meet the criteria in our rubric.

The submissions deadline is Friday, March 5. Please direct any questions to Abbie Basile (abasile@odu.edu), Geoff Johnson (geoff.johnson@ucdenver.edu), or Mark Lenker (mark.lenker@unlv.edu).

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Legislative News, 01/22/2021

Federal news

Biden uses executive orders to address COVID-19, other health care issues [Roll Call, 1/21/21]

Early signings indicate a desire to quickly reverse Trump administration policies and outline his own priorities

READ: Biden administration’s COVID-19 response and pandemic preparedness strategy [The Hill, 1/21/21]

Democrats aim to move health care agenda despite slim majorities [Roll Call, 1/7/21]

COVID-19 aid, health insurance and prescription drug issues are priorities

Health groups’ push to end donations may lack political punch [Roll Call, 1/21/21]

Trade groups stop donations to Republicans who voted against certifying election results

ALA Condemns Violence on Capitol Hill, Calls for Advocacy [American Libraries, 1/7/21]

MLA affirmed ALA’s statement in an email sent Jan. 12, 2021.


Laws passed

The No Surprises Act to prevent surprise medical bills is in H.R.133/Public Law 116-260 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (which was previously highlighted in the 1/7/21 Legislative News post). Find it on p. 1576+.

H.R.4704 – Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide Act [became Public Law No. 116-339 on 1/13/21]

Directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award competitive, merit-reviewed grants to institutions of higher education (or their consortia) to support multidisciplinary, fundamental research with potential relevance to suicide, including potential relevance to prevention and treatment.

H.R.3153 – EFFORT (Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment) Act [became Public Law No. 116-335 on 1/13/21]

Directs the National Science Foundation to support merit-reviewed and competitively awarded research on the science of opioid addiction.

H.R.1418 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2020 [became Public Law No. 116-327 on 1/13/21]

Declares that nothing in the McCarran-Ferguson Act modifies, impairs, or supersedes the operation of antitrust laws with respect to the business of health insurance, including the business of dental insurance.

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