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(via Dr. Shannon Oltmann, University of Kentucky)

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy announces a special call for papers focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries, and privacy concerns.

With this special issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy, we seek contributions that explore issues of privacy in various types of libraries, stemming from new and modified services during the COVID-19 pandemic and, especially, the privacy implications for future library work.

Suggested topics include the following.

  • protecting patron privacy in the virtual setting
  • the library’s role in educating about digital privacy
  • contact-tracing and patron privacy
  • library employee privacy
  • how to evaluate library technology for privacy and security risks
  • exposed problems with existing services
  • patron privacy and online learning
  • equality of access during the pandemic
  • freedom of speech versus misinformation in the context of COVID-19

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy publishes two kinds of articles.

Features: Original research articles submitted for peer review. Submissions should be 4,000-8,000 words (references included), formatted in Chicago Style (author-date), and anonymized for double-blind peer review.

Commentaries: Shorter essays, think pieces, or general commentary on topical issues, controversies and emerging questions for the field. Commentaries are typically 500-1000 words (references included) and formatted in Chicago Style (author-date). Commentaries will be reviewed by the editorial staff.

Submission details:

  • Submissions due: Friday, December 31, 2021
  • Deadline for decisions: March 05, 2022
  • Publication of special issue: Spring 2022

To submit, follow Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy guidelines, using the “SUBMISSIONS” button at the top right of the home page. Please note “SPECIAL ISSUE SUBMISSION: COVID-19” in the “comments to the editor” section during submission. Questions should be addressed to the editor, Dr. Shannon M. Oltmann, at shannon.oltmann@uky.edu.

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(via Sarah Wade, Campbell University)

Registration is open for the next NISO (National Information Standards Organization) virtual conference, on the important and timely topic of effective data management. It will last from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, September 29. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Kristi Holmes, Director of Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University.

Data management is increasingly seen as an essential component of scholarly and scientific research. This includes the need for robust data collection strategies, and for the appropriate management, handling, and preservation of data. But is this being achieved? What practices are seen as worthwhile and fit for purpose? Which processes need improving? Do researchers have access to the right tools and services? What new challenges are emerging?

Registration (discounted for NISO members) includes an unlimited number of attendees from your organization, so sign up now–and spread the word to your colleagues!

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

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Diversity Committee is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors for the 2021-2022 ALA Spectrum Scholars/ILA Sylvia Murphy Williams Awardees. Volunteers should be members of ILA and experienced library professionals. Volunteers must commit to mentoring for six months and provide monthly status updates to Sophie Kenney, the Diversity Committee Mentorship Liaison.

If you are interested in being a mentor, please fill out the interest form by Friday, September 24, 2021. Please direct any questions to Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org.

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

(via Linda Feinberg, NorthShore University HealthSystem)

We invite you to come together again for the 2021 joint conference of the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters of the Medical Library Association! The conference will be held October 13-15 (Wednesday-Friday) and will be completely virtual. Attend from work or home!

The conference will feature the following types of presentations.

  • ​live-streamed programs
  • 12 Research Papers
  • 12 Posters
  • 16 Lightning Talks
  • Exhibitor Showcase

Presentation topics will include the following.

  • Career Development & Recruiting
  • Collaboration & Outreach
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

The keynote speakers and their talks are Nisha Mody, “How Can We Foster ‘Access Intimacy’ and Slow Down?: Reflections from COVID-19”, and Ashley Ritter, “Those Nerdy Girls: Translating Science via Social Media during the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

Some of the other benefits of attending the conference are below.

  • attending exhibitor showcases where you can learn about new offerings and tools
  • participating in fun and interactive events
  • connecting and networking with other conference attendees

More information about the event is available here. To register, please go here. The rate is $25.00 for both members and non-members.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), Midwest Chapter MLA, Webinars | No Comments »
(via Evelyn Cunico)

The National Library of Medicine has posted the following Medical History exhibition. So, What’s New in the Past?: The Multiple Meanings of Medical History explores how the history of medicine has told different stories and different truths over time depending on the questions asked and concerns raised. A 1997 collaboration between Elizabeth Fee, who was newly appointed chief of the History of Medicine Division and historian of medicine Ted Brown, the National Library of Medicine, featured the exhibition in the lobby of the building lobby July 7, 1997- September 30, 1997.

In 2004, Young Rhee and Roxanne Beatty, staff of the History of Medicine Division, adapted the script and images of the assets that were on display in 1997 to an online exhibition. In 2021, the Exhibition Program refreshed the earlier online exhibition.

To view the latest version of the exhibition, please go here.

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(via Emily Ford, Portland State University)

Registration is open for the ACRL Presents webcast “Opening Peer Review in LIS”​. It will take place on Tuesday, September 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. More information is below.

What does it mean to peer review in library and information science? What does it mean to be reviewed? How do our professional identities intersect with this vital research and publishing role? And what does it mean when peer review is opened to reveal these identities? In celebration of Peer Review Week 2021, this free webcast with Emily Ford will share insights into peer review in LIS as discussed in Stories of Open: Opening Peer Review through Narrative Inquiry, a newly published book from ACRL.

To register, please go here.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Library Organizations, Open Access, Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Library of Congress)

Registration is open for the webinar “Discovering Science Collections Virtually at the Library of Congress”. It will take place on Tuesday, September 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

The Library of Congress collections are robust in both the history of science and the history of technology. Both collections comprise two major elements: the seminal works of science and technology themselves and historiographies on notable scientific and technological works. Science subject specialists will provide an overview of these collections with an emphasis on those that are available online. Instruction will cover research strategies, library search tools, and online resources to discover these rare and seminal scientific works.

For more information, and to register, please go here.

Posted in Professional Development, Webinars | No Comments »

(via ALA)

The American Library Association’s Executive Board has announced that LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience, originally scheduled for San Antonio, Texas, will take place virtually. The meeting will still last from January 21 to 24 (Friday-Monday).

“Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and surge of its variants coupled with the size, scope and location of LibLearnX, it is necessary to cancel the in-person portion of the event,” said ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong. “As such, the Executive Board voted to transition the in-person portion of LLX in January 2022 to a virtual-only conference.”

LibLearnX, ALA’s all-new January event, is a member-focused conference designed to motivate, inspire, and engage discussions that will shape the future of libraries and their communities. LibLearnX will feature active and applied learning, networking opportunities for library professionals, and celebrations of the positive impact libraries have on society.

Registration for Virtual LibLearnX opens on Friday, October 15. For more information on the meeting, please go here.

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

Registration Open for Chicago Research Summit (Online Fri., Oct. 15)

(via Arlie Sims, Columbia College Chicago)

Mark your calendars for the second Chicago Research Summit. Themed Exploring Chicago’s Stories: Enhancing Student Learning Through Chicago-Based Research​, this year’s event will take place online Friday, October 15.

Here’s a unique opportunity to learn from over 50 speakers across Chicago who will be discussing best practices in place-based research and pedagogy. Learn about team-based research projects that foster student engagement using Chicago as a rich resource tool and listen to presenters share their efforts in enhancing research based curricula focused on Chicago.​

The 2021 Chicago Research Summit is free and will be hosted virtually on Zoom. Registration is required to attend. To register, please go here.

Direct any questions to Arlie Sims, Head of Reference and Instruction at the Columbia College Chicago Library, or Jeanne M. Long, Executive Director of the Chicago Collections Consortium. Please see below for contact information.

Arlie Sims
Head of Reference and Instruction
Columbia College Chicago

Jeanne M. Long
Executive Director
Chicago Collections Consortium
P 773.325.7587
T @ChiCollections
W chicagocollections.org

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

(via Cecilia Smith, University of Chicago)

The ACRL DSS Numeric & Geospatial Data Services Discussion Group and the editors of the forthcoming ACRL Data Literacy Cookbook are hosting a virtual panel on data literacy on Tuesday, October 19, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. The ACRL Data Literacy Cookbook features chapters written by librarians describing practiced lesson plans, curricula, activities, and events designed to promote and teach data literacy through library instruction and outreach.


  • Rebecca Renirie: “Ethics and Biodiversity Data”
  • Adrienne Canino: “Getting Messy For Ourselves: An experiential Learning Curriculum for Subject Librarians to Engage with Data Literacy”
  • Tess Wilson: “Data Zines: A Hands-On Approach to Community Curiosities”
  • Ameet Doshi: “Anyone can cook (R)!” (co-author Jay Forrest)

Register in advance for this webinar here. To request accommodations, please contact the discussion group convener, Cecilia Smith, at ceciliasmith@uchicago.edu. Participants should be prepared to engage in anti-oppressive behavior during the session, as articulated in the DSS Community Agreement.

Please e-mail any questions to asklar@ucsd.edu.

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