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Archive for 2021

(via Nora Barnett–Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 6)

The Medical Library Association’s Public Health/Health Administration Caucus and Asian Diaspora Coalition of Medical Librarians invite you to an upcoming webinar/workshop on microaggressions and the API (Asian/Pacific Islander) community, led by Alanna Aiko Moore. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. More information on the webinar’s content and the presenter is below.

What: Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to people from marginalized groups, oftentimes by well-meaning people who are unaware of the underlying messages they are sending. These everyday insults, slights, and indignities can result in negative emotional, psychological, and physical outcomes. This webinar will define microaggressions, and cover both racial microaggressions and microaggressions toward LGBTQ folks. Special attention will be paid to the everyday prejudice and discrimination faced by API folks in the current climate of “othering” immigrants, and strategies for interrupting microaggressions will be shared.

Who: Alanna Aiko Moore is the Librarian for Ethnic Studies, Critical Gender Studies, and Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Alanna is the Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and has served on the ALA Steering Committee for Organizational Effectiveness, the Task Force for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and has chaired the Committee on Diversity. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color II. She has published and presented widely on microaggressions, intersectionality, LGBTQ identity, emotional and invisible labor, mentoring, self-care, and issues affecting women of color librarians. Prior to librarianship, she worked at social justice centered non-profits and community organizations.

To register, please go here.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Join the ILA Marketing Forum for its next virtual roundtable discussion on Friday, January 21, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Do you have a marketing or promotion idea or initiative about your library’s experiences with welcoming and attracting patrons? Share your knowledge with your Illinois library marketing colleagues. Register for this roundtable here, and bring your ideas, initiatives, and strategies for welcoming patrons back to the library.

This event is free to all Illinois libraries and, you do not need to be a member of the ILA Marketing Forum to attend. This event will be recorded. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org.

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(via the Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Registration is now open for the NNLM 2022 MeSH Highlights Webinar. It will take place on Wednesday, January 12, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. The course is worth 1.00 hour of CE credit. More information is below.

Every year, updates are made to MeSH, the NLM controlled-vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed and for cataloging books and other resources. This annual webinar aims to introduce those changes and provide examples of how the changes may affect you as a PubMed searcher.

For more information about MeSH, see the MeSH homepage.

Upon completing the webinar, participants will be able to accomplish the following tasks.

1. List some new or updated MeSH terms, such as terms related to COVID-19.
2. Describe any structural changes to MeSH for 2022.
3. Find detailed information about MeSH and PubMed and other helpful resources on the NLM website.

​For more information, and to register, please go here. To register, one must have an NNLM account. Set up an account here.

Posted in Continuing Education, National Library of Medicine (NLM), Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Network of the National Library of Medicine)

Registration is now open for the free NNLM CE “Data Literacy for the Busy Librarian”. This self-paced class runs from Monday, February 14, to Monday, February 28. The course is worth 4 MLA CE credits.

​The class looks at foundational data-management skills, with an emphasis on key topics relating to Data Management Plans (DMPs). These topics include understanding standards and metadata in a biomedical context, identifying appropriate biomedical data repositories, understanding data sharing and data citation, and knowing and applying best practices in data visualization.

​For more information, and to register, please go here. Note that having an NNLM account is required to register. To create an account, go here.

Posted in Continuing Education, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), National Library of Medicine (NLM), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Megan Fitzgibbons, Concordia University in Montréal​)

Proposals are now being accepted for the 20th Library Research Forum at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). This year’s Research Forum will again be held virtually, in the afternoon of April 26 and 27 (Tuesday and Wednesday).

The annual Research Forum provides an opportunity for librarians, archivists, graduate students, teaching faculty, and information professionals to describe and promote their completed or in-progress research, practical case studies or projects. The Forum also provides a venue for researchers to seek suggestions for enhancing their research interests, to identify potential new partners for projects, to test the effectiveness of their undertakings, and to promote research in academic libraries. Registration is free.

This year’s plenary session will be a conversation with David James Hudson, an award-winning writer, a library and information studies scholar, and an associate librarian at University of Guelph. David’s creative and scholarly work is primarily concerned with race, racism, and anti-racism, especially with the ways in which these phenomena have come to be conceptualized (both historically and in the present day) and the interests such conceptualizations have served. He explores such questions with particular attention to contexts of library and information work, Black diasporic life, colonialism, and capitalism. His writing has appeared in such publications as up//root*Journal of Critical Library and Information StudiesJournal of Information Ethics, and the edited collections Topographies of Whiteness and Information Ethics and Global Citizenship. Information about these and other works can be found at his website.


Proposals are invited on research or case studies in any area of library and information science, including, but are not limited to, the following ones.

  • equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • social justice
  • decolonization and indigenization
  • universal design and accessibility
  • community engagement and outreach
  • scholarly communication and publishing
  • assessment and impact
  • digital and information literacy
  • special collections and preservation

Session Formats

Presentation – A 20-minute formal presentation, followed by a 10-min Q&A
Poster – A visual summary of the project (e.g. digital poster, infographic) to be discussed in small interactive groups


Presentations and posters can be in English or French.


To submit a proposal, please fill out this form. The deadline is Friday, February 4. The Forum Committee will notify presenters who are selected by Monday, February 28.

For more information, please visit here. Questions? Please contact Chloe Lei, Chair of the Forum Committee, at chloe.lei@concordia.ca.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Katie Stewart, Johns Hopkins University)

The 2022 Distance Library Services (DLS) Conference is currently scheduled to occur from July 26 to 28 (Tuesday-Thursday) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Conference will take place in person, with a hybrid virtual option. Registration is $295 for the in-person option and $195 for the virtual option. Need travel funding assistance? Funding awards are available here.

The call for proposals is now open, with an extended deadline of Monday, January 10. The DLS 2022 planning committee invites all interested parties (including researchers, practitioners, students) to submit proposals for the 2022 Distance Library Services Conference. Presentation formats can include the following.

  • full paper presentations (50 mins)
  • panel (50 mins)
  • poster sessions (30 mins Q&A)
  • lightning talks (10 mins including Q&A)
  • workshops (50 mins or 100 mins)
  • virtual presentations

For further details and a link to the submissions form, please see the call for proposals.

First-time attendees and student presenters are also invited to apply for our First-timer and Student Presenter travel awards.

Important Dates:

  • call for proposals: Oct 1, 2021
  • submission deadline: January 10, 2022
  • notification of proposals acceptance: March 1, 2022
  • registration open: March 1, 2022
  • early registration deadline: June 10, 2022
  • registration deadline: July 28, 2022
  • conference: July 26-28, 2022

More information about the meeting is available here. Questions? E-mail the planning committee at dls2022@purdue.edu.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Conference & Continuing Education Committee is pleased to announce the rescheduled date for its Spark event! Join IACRL for Spark: Open Pathways – Exploring the Intersections of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Open Educational Resources on Friday, April 1, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The event will be held via Zoom. Library workers from all libraries in Illinois are welcome to attend!

Registration is now open. To register, please go here.

The call for proposals is also open. Proposals should be in the theme of diversity, equity, and inclusion in OER and Open Pedagogy. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a proposal via this Google form by Friday, February 25.

Additional information on submitting a proposal is available here. The schedule will be finalized no later than Friday, March 11. Student are encouraged to submit proposals.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact ILA’s Cyndi Robinson, at robinson@ila.org.

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

(via Mary Beth Riedner, retired)

Applications are now being accepted for a new grant to encourage libraries to begin or expand their services to those living with dementia. Two $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2022.

The grant, entitled the Stephen T. Riedner Grant for Life Enhancing Library Programs for People Living with Dementia, is being administered by ALA’s RUSA Division. You do not need to be a member of ALA or RUSA to apply, however. More information about how to apply can be found here.

Grant submissions could include, but are not limited to, the following topics.

  • ​inclusion – welcoming this population into the library/community
  • staff dementia awareness training
  • person-centered focus – address their unique needs as individuals with their own interests, abilities, and history
  • literacy activities that promote the use of books and reading as at least one component of programming (which of course can include art, music, exercise, nature, etc. as well)
  • academic research into reading and dementia
  • developing partnerships with local organizations that also serve those living with dementia

The grant nomination process is simple, but there is a deadline of Friday, February 11. Please feel free to apply for this seed funding to help turn your creative ideas into reality!

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Elizabeth Clarage and Jen Masciadrelli, CARLI, on behalf of the CARLI Collection Management Committee)

The CARLI Collection Management Committee is seeking examples from members’ collection-development policies that incorporate language that acknowledges historical, structural, and systemic injustice, or that incorporates the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

If your collection-development policy includes this language, we encourage you to share that information with the committee. We’d like to share examples of how members are incorporating these topics into their collection policies.

Here’s a brief form to share your collection-development policy language. Please complete and submit the form by Friday, January 14.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are pleased to announce registration is now open for ILA’s 2022 Library Legislative Meet-ups. This annual series of events provides an opportunity to meet with your state and federal legislators and hear their thoughts firsthand about issues affecting libraries in your area. The ILA President will bring welcoming remarks; ILA Legislative Consultant Derek Blaida and ILA Executive Director Diane Foote will speak about Springfield and Washington legislative priorities.

Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate. Our legislative events will look a little different this year as they will all be held virtually through Zoom. We’ll miss the interactive give-and-take that gathering over a meal allows in this webinar format, but there will still be opportunities for Q&A. What won’t change is our commitment to advocating for Illinois libraries!

​The first Meet-up will take place on Monday, January 24, while the last one will occur on Monday, February 28Advance registration is required, and events will not be recorded (primarily due to the rapid pace of legislative developments, and content may change), so don’t wait! If you have questions regarding registration or you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at ila@ila.org.

This year’s Virtual Meet-ups will be free for ILA members, including staff and trustees from ILA institutional member libraries. For non-members who wish to attend, registration will be $15. 

To see the list of Virtual Meet-ups and register for one, please go here.

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