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Archive for 2021

(via the HSLI Conference Planning Committee)

The deadline to register for the 2021 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference is quickly approaching! Sign up by Friday, October 22, to attend this year’s meeting. Themed “Between Starved Rock and a Hard Place: Navigating the Age of COVID”, the Conference will take place entirely online, from Wednesday, October 27, to Friday, October 29. The cost to register is free for current HSLI members, $10.00 for non-members, and $5.00 for students.

The Conference will include a keynoter, several continuing-education sessions, and posters. Attendees will also have an opportunity to hear updates from vendors and library organizations.

To view the full Conference schedule, and to register, please go here. We hope to see you next week!

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(via Ellen Rothbaum, St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center–Roslyn, NY)

In these changing times, many upcoming CE courses are offered online. This is a great time to apply for the MLA Continuing Education Grant to receive financial assistance. The MLA Continuing Education Grant Jury would like to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2022 MLA Continuing Education Grant.

The purpose of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education Grant is to provide members with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the theoretical, administrative, or technical aspects of librarianship. More than one continuing education (CE) grant may be awarded per year. The grant may be used either for MLA opportunities offered through MEDLIB-ED, Annual Meeting CE courses, or for other CE activities. Submit your application for these grant awards ranging from $100 to $500.

Information about the award, including eligibility criteria and submission instructions, can be found here.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, December 1.

Past Grant Recipients

  • 2021: Alanna Campbell and Alessia Zanin-Yost, AHIP
  • 2020: Marilia Y. Antunez, AHIP
  • 2019: Heather Edmonds and Alexandria Quesenberry
  • 2018: Natalie Clairoux
  • 2017: Shirley Zhao
  • 2016: Andrea C. Kepsel, AHIP and Nathalie Reid, AHIP

Questions about the MLA Continuing Education Grant? Please contact Ellen Rothbaum, MS, AHIP, MLA Continuing Education Grant Jury Chair, at Ellen.Rothbaum@chsli.org.

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(via Stephanie Sopka, Goucher College)

A forthcoming ACRL publication, Closing A College Library, is now accepting chapter proposals to be included in the edited volume, slated for a Fall/Winter 2022 release date.  We are seeking authors with firsthand experience with some aspect of closing a small college library in the United States.

The United States is facing a crisis in higher education, particularly amongst liberal arts colleges. High tuition prices coupled with extreme amounts of student debt and a decline in the traditional college-age population has resulted in less students enrolling in higher education institutions each year. This, in turn, has led to the closure of a number of small, often liberal arts focused, colleges. The reasons for the closures can vary, from sharply declining enrollment numbers, to unsustainable endowment draw-downs, to accreditation issues, as can the amount of notice before the closure and the fate of the campus, but the end result is the same.

This is not the book we dreamed of writing and it is hard to welcome you to participate in a project about how to close a small college library. But here we are. Even though closing a library was not something any of us wanted to do, we still wanted to do it well. We are here to take our collective misfortune and turn it into something useful, something that will hopefully help librarians do the best they can with the most unenviable task of closing a college library.

Each library and college community is unique; this book aims to cover some of our similarities as well as highlight the many variables that can impact the work of shuttering a college library.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, November 1. Please see our site for further details.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

The MIRL (Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries) symposium planning committee is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the inaugural free virtual event, scheduled to take place via Zoom on Wednesday, November 17, from 11:00 AM to 4:15 PM CDT.

Join us to hear keynote speaker, Kathryn Funk (Program Manager, PubMed Central), who will provide a foundation for the symposium with her presentation, entitled “A CAPTivating Future for Repositories: The vital need for curation, access, preservation, and transparency in scientific communications”. The program will continue with presentations by our colleagues, and time will be left for questions for the speakers.

MIRL is a platform-neutral symposium with a goal of convening institutional repository (IR) practitioners and those with an interest in IRs at hospitals, academic medical centers, and other health settings for spotlights on use cases, analysis, and best practices for digital archiving of institutional content.

To register, please go here or here. Registration is free. The symposium program is available here.

By registering for MIRL, you are agreeing to abide by the MIRL 2021 Code of Conduct.

MIRL 2021 planning group members:

  • Brenda Fay (Advocate Aurora Health)
  • Sara Hoover (Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University)
  • Ramune Kubilius (Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
  • Steven Moore (Henry Ford Health System)
  • Lisa Palmer (Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Chan Medical School)
  • Gayle Williams (Henry Ford Health System)
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(via Merinda Kaye Hensley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

At its January 2021 meeting, the ACRL Board of Directors approved a proposal to pause ACRL’s awards program and appointed a task force to undertake a critical review of the program and make recommendations for its future. This pause presents an opportunity to ensure all ACRL awards align with the Association’s Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and for the awards program to emerge in a stronger position in both solid finances and inspired purpose.​

The task force is charged with addressing the following questions.

  • What value do members derive from the current awards program?
  • Are current funding mechanisms sustainable to support awards into the future?
  • Where is there overlap in awards?
  • Are there professional gaps that the current awards program does not address?
  • Do ACRL awards programs benefit ACRL’s diverse group of members and do they further our Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)?
  • Are there other models ACRL should consider adopting to recognize achievement that would provide value to members of the profession, their libraries, and the communities they serve?

To address these questions, the task force is soliciting feedback from a variety of stakeholders and members of the academic library community and has conducted an environmental scan of other associations to explore alternate models and benchmark effective practices for recognizing achievement. As part of its effort to understand how meaningful ACRL’s awards program is to our communities and our libraries, the task force invites all ACRL members and non-member academic library workers to complete a brief survey by Friday, October 29.

Questions about the survey or the task force’s work should be directed to the task force co-chairs, Merinda Kaye Hensley, mhensle1@illinois.edu, and Erin T. Smith, smithet@westminster.edu, or to Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org.

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(via Dr. Pamela Thomas, Illinois Heartland Library System)

This is a reminder that registration is still open for the next Online with the CMC (Cataloging Maintenance Center) webinar, “Getting Real: Cataloging Realia”. The webinar will take place on Thursday, October 21, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM CDT. It will cover unique MARC fields for realia (three-dimensional real-world objects), and attendees will be able to view full MARC bibliographic records.

​For more information, and to register, please go here. We encourage everyone to register, even if you are unable to attend the live session, since a link to the recording will be sent to all registrants after the event. Registration is open through the day of the event.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Pamela Thomas, Bibliographic Project Coordinator for the Illinois Heartland Library System, at pthomas@illinoisheartland.org.

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(via Dr. Emily Knox, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society (Beta Phi Mu) invites applicants for Professional Membership. This membership category is intended for those who meet all requirements for Regular Membership (GPA of at least 3.75 upon graduation from an ALA-accredited or approved LIS program, and professional recommendations), but for whatever reason did not join at the point of graduation.

Applicants for Professional Membership are also asked to provide evidence of their contributions to the field of library and information science. More information about this  category of membership, and a link to the application form, can be found at: http://www.betaphimu.org/membership.html.

Beta Phi Mu, established in 1948, is a formal Affiliate of the American Library Association and has been a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) since 1969. The ACHS provides recognition for legitimate college and university honor societies, setting standards for organizational excellence and for scholastic eligibility. Many ACHS-certified honor societies offer professional memberships or similar membership categories.

​Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the Beta Phi Mu website for more information, or to contact Beta Phi Mu Headquarters with any questions they may have.

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(via Dr. Amanda Nichols Hess, Oakland University)

Organizers of the 50th Annual LOEX Conference are now seeking proposals for breakout sessions. The meeting is currently scheduled to take place in person from May 5 through 7 (Thursday-Saturday), 2022, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The theme of the meeting is “We Can Do It!: Retooling Library Instruction for Today’s Learning Environments”.

LOEX is returning in person and going back to its Michigan roots in May 2022 — the home of Rosie the Riveter and the assembly line. Just as Rosie stepped up to the production line, we invite you to share how you’re pushing the boundaries of information literacy instruction in your work. Meet with like-minded colleagues to discuss how both instructional ingenuity and tried-and-true successes can impact 21st century student learning. There may be bumps in the road or breaks in the line, but we can do it!

Next year’s LOEX tracks are below.

  • Pedagogy: Instructional Nuts and Bolts
  • Assessment: Building in Quality Control
  • Innovation: R&D in Information Literacy Instruction
  • Leadership: Stepping Up to the Line
  • Failures and Problem-Solving: Overhauling and Reinventing
  • Collaboration and Outreach: Assembling Diverse Production Teams

Proposals for 50-minute long presentations and interactive workshops can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Monday, November 29, 2021. The primary contact for the proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by Monday, January 17, 2022.

For more details and to submit a proposal, please visit here.

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(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

Earlier this year, Research Solutions/Reprints Desk introduced a brand-new platform to complement its award-winning document delivery service. Article Galaxy Scholar (AGS) was built specifically with the academic librarian in mind. It has gained attention for its ability to provide richer and comprehensive usage data, allowing universities to make smarter purchasing decisions based on real-time information across titles.

This robust platform ensures that your patrons have fast and reliable access to scholarly content, filling any gaps you may have in your existing collection. It goes further by prioritizing open access as a preferred delivery option and working with your existing library workflows to reduce the strain on library resources and that you get the most out of your budget. The platform is incredibly easy to use and implement making it a win for librarians and patrons.

Join us on Friday, October 22, at 11:00 AM CDT, to learn how CARLI members and other libraries can continue to provide the best service to their patrons while maintaining control of their budgets and processes. We will be joined by Mitchell Scott, Collection Management Librarian, from St. Norbert College who will share with us how he implemented the platform and some best practices on onboarding and adoption.

To register, visit here.

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(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, Western Illinois University)

The next meeting of the IACRL Virtual Journal Club will take place on Thursday, November 11, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. Please see below for more information, including a link to the article that the group will discuss at this month’s meeting.

Join the IACRL Virtual Journal Club for a laid-back lunchtime chat about academic librarianship. We’ll provide an article, a brief summary of the piece, and a discussion leader; you bring your sandwich, your tea, and your appetite for a conversation with your peers about the article and the profession. Check in with your colleagues from across the state and learn about the state of scholarship centered on topics relevant to your work in college or university libraries.

Register here.

Article: Spencer ME, Watstein SB. Academic Library Spaces: Advancing Student Success and Helping Students Thrive. portal: Libraries and the Academy. 2017;17(2):389-402. Access here.

Discussion Leader: Shelly McDavid, Coordinator for Access, Services, & Spaces and STEM Librarian, SIUE

If you are unable to access the article at the link above, please contact the discussion leader at smcdavi@siue.edu.

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