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(via the Illinois Library Association)

This is a reminder that the final deadline to nominate someone for a 2022 award is Friday, May 27. We urge you to visit here, view the list of awards, and nominate someone today! If you submitted a nomination in 2021 or 2020, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org, to find out how to resubmit for this year.

Especially relevant to academic and research librarians is the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. Presented by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries and Library Juice Academy, the Award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. For more information, including criteria, please go here.

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

(via Michael Saar, Lamar University)

Have you ever found yourself weighed down as a result of saying “Yes!” too often at work? Join us for a virtual conversation on “Resisting Overcommitment”! Register for the ACRL Instruction Section VEC Current Issues Discussion Forum, featuring discussion moderator Katrina Spencer, Librarian for African American & African Studies at the University of Virginia. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 15, from 1:00 to 2:15 PM CDT.

As ours is a service role which incorporates instruction and engagement with a variety of publics, library workers can find ourselves committed to a broad swath of projects and stretched a bit too thin. This session will invite participants to discuss recognizing signs of overcommitment and strategies for avoiding it. This discussion is important in a profession in which burnout is rampant in the best of times and as we enter the third year of a pandemic whose uncertainties challenge our mental health. The session is aimed at teaching each other to exercise boundary-setting practices that preserve our wellness, capacities for compassion, and work-life balance.

This virtual discussion is free and open to all. Please be aware that the speaker is seeking financial support; for more details, see the full announcement here. A recording will be made available after the session to all registrants.

Register here now, as space is limited. To prepare for the discussion, please review this document.

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

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

Five Midwestern communities of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) are partnering to host an online symposium on Friday, June 10, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT. The keynote speakers will be Gary Price and Catherine Lavallée-Welch. The SLA Midwest Symposium is an annual, online event co-hosted by the Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Saint Louis communities of SLA. This year’s event will focus on the theme of the “Transformation of Librarianship”.

The closing keynote will be given by Gary Price, a librarian, writer, consultant, and founder of infoDOCKET. SLA President and academic librarian Catherine Lavallée-Welch will be providing the opening keynote. The event will also feature three educational sessions, lightning talks, and opportunities for networking.

Please register here. We invite all librarians and students to join us for a cross-disciplinary look at the transformation of librarianship. SLA members are $10 and nonmembers $20. For more information, please contact Valerie Moore, SLA-IL President-Elect, at slailpresidentelect@gmail.com.

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

(via Library Juice Academy)

Registration is now open for the Library Juice Academy online course “Assisting Patrons with Mental Disorders Across Library Settings”. It will take place from Monday, June 6, to Sunday, July 3. The instructor is Dawn Behrend, Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Lenoir-Rhyne University. More information, including the link to registration, is below.

The National Alliance of Mental Illness estimates that one in five children, teens, and adults suffer from a mental illness. With libraries functioning as a hub of the communities they serve, librarians must be prepared to serve patrons struggling with mental health issues. This course will provide librarians with the necessary knowledge and skills to address common mental disorders, as well as ways in which librarians can balance their own mental health needs in a demanding profession.

The instructor has a unique background in being a second career librarian after having worked as a psychologist for 20 years.

By the end of the course, students will be able to accomplish the following.

  • develop a better understanding of the most common mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • improve sensitivity in interacting with patrons with a mental disorder with an emphasis upon awareness of the stigma of mental illness, implementing library policies to address the needs of patrons with a mental disorder, and providing accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • learn effective ways of managing interactions with patrons struggling with a mental disorder including: deescalating emotional clients; conflict resolution skills; maintaining appropriate boundaries; and managing requests for sensitive information about mental health topics
  • work with community partners to develop potential referral sources, training opportunities, mental health programming, and assistance with crisis intervention
    apply self-care strategies to balance the mental health needs of librarians who may be struggling with a mental health disorder and/or common job and life stressors

This course is worth 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs. The cost is $200.00

To register, please go herePlease note that the number of seats are limited. For a list of all the courses Library Juice Academy will offer in June, check here.

Posted in Continuing Education, Webinars | No Comments »

(via María Emerson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Please join the ALA NMRT (New Members Round Table) Online Program Committee for its June program, “Caregiving and Working During the Pandemic”. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 8, at 12:00 PM CDT. This program will be a panel of librarians that discuss caregiving and working during the pandemic. Please find a more detailed program description and panelist information below.

There are many ways we can find ourselves as caretakers and many individuals we can find ourselves caretaking: our children, our parents, our partners, etc. When COVID-19 first hit and the shutdown happened, many people found themselves juggling work in addition to caregiving at the same time. The NMRT Online Program Committee is hosting a panel of librarians and HR library staff to share their experiences of caregiving during the shutdown while still working and providing services to their library users.

The webinar will be recorded. If you require accommodations to fully participate in the webinar, please contact Kimberly Redd at KLredd@ala.org.

To register, please go here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar Speakers

DoMonique Arnold (@University High School Library)

DoMonique Arnold joined the University High School Library in August 2016, and in her work there she wears many hats. She is constantly brainstorming ways to further engage students and staff in the mission and vision of their library (not to mention she loves handing books to teenagers). Before that, she worked in the non-profit sector after graduating with her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

Kristina Vela Bisbee (Associate Director of Assessment, Communications, and Engagement @Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries of Vanderbilt University)

Kristina Vela Bisbee is the Associate Director of Assessment, Communications, and Engagement at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries of Vanderbilt University. She holds an MSLIS and an MA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An AmeriCorps alum, Kristina worked in community media and education before becoming a librarian.

Lizzette Guerra (Librarian @Orange Public Library)

Lizette Guerra is currently a Librarian at the Orange Public Library. She has close to 17 years of experience working in archives and libraries including the Citrus College, the California Institute of the Arts, the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, the Autry National Center, and various institutions in Mexico and Guatemala. Today her work continues to focus on social justice, community engagement, literacy, and preservation of material and oral histories.

Wendy Williams-Clark (Director, Human Resources for the Division of Student Affairs @University of California, Riverside)

Wendy Williams-Clark is the Director of Human Resources for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.  She holds an MBA and is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Phoenix.  Wendy previously served as the Interim Director of Library Human Resources and Organizational Design in the University Library at UC Riverside before transitioning into Student Affairs, where she provides management and oversight of all human resources services for 3 Organizations with 40+ units.

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

(via Peggy Carey, National University of Health Sciences LRC)

On Thursday, June 30, at 3:00 PM CDT, please join the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) via Zoom for a virtual discussion of the article below.

“Can Reading Tolstoy Make Us Better Physical Therapists? The Role of the Health Humanities in Physical Therapy”, from Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal  (2020 Jun 23;100(6):885-889)​

We’re looking forward to an answer to this question!

Please note that this article is not available via open access. To aid you in locating a copy, the PMID is 32128573, and the DOI is 10.1093/ptj/pzaa027.​

​This meeting is open to all; membership in HSLI is not required.

Register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any questions, or if you need assistance obtaining a copy of the article, please contact Peggy Carey, at pcarey@nuhs.edu.

Posted in Journal Clubs, Scholarly Publishing, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions during the 2022 ILA Annual Conference at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Conference will take place from Tuesday, October 18, to Thursday, October 20. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards (4 x 8 feet) with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text and more and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during an assigned 90-minute time period.

The Poster Session Committee will consider the quality of the research, program or project as presented in the abstract in making its decisions. Applications are due by Friday, July 29.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, please go here. For more information on the Conference itself, please check here.

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

(via Sam Zelick, University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Join the ACRL Science and Technology Section’s Information Literacy Committee at 3:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, May 25, for a virtual idea exchange.

At our last event, a journal club discussion focused on the article “A Noteworthy Next Class: Making Learning Objectives Work for You”. Participants expressed an interest in trading ideas, tips, stories, and strategies for aligning learning outcomes with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in a STEM context. This session is a continuation of that discussion and will provide opportunities for participants to drop into different breakout rooms based on Frame to exchange ideas. No need to have attended the previous session in order to participate.

Registration is required. Please go here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please bring your own teaching tip, activity idea, or learning outcome to share. We’re looking forward to chatting with you all!

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

(via Brittany O’Neil, Louisiana State University)

We are pleased to announce that after a two-year hiatus, the Louisiana Virtual Academic Library Conference will be held from Thursday, November 10, to Friday, November 11, 2022. The Conference will be held via Zoom and is free to all attendees.

Submit your proposal for blind peer-review on any topic of keen interest to academic librarians, including library archives, instruction, public services, technical services, leadership, management, and more. All proposals are welcome, although preference may be given to Louisiana-based institutions, presenters, and themes. Most sessions will last 45 minutes, and time for discussion should be factored into planning. Welcome formats include workshops, panel and group discussions of key issues, academic paper presentations, and 10-minute lightning talks.

New to the Conference this year are virtual poster sessions and exhibits.

Learn more about the Conference, and submit your proposal, here. The deadline is 11:00 PM CDT on Friday, July 8. The Conference Planning Committee will review all submissions and respond by Friday, August 12.

Questions? Send them via e-mail to lavirtualacademic@gmail.com.

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

(via Laura DeLancey, Western Kentucky University)

We are conducting a study on partnerships between academic libraries and undergraduate Living Learning Communities (LLCs), hoping to identify best practices and common challenges. Whether or not your library partners with LLCs, we want to hear from you! Please take 10-20 minutes to complete our survey.

To access the survey, please go here. The survey will remain open until Friday, June 10, 2022.

Thank you for your time and participation!

Laura DeLancey (Western Kentucky University)

Katherine Howell (Western Kentucky University)

Sara McCaslin (Western Kentucky University)

Posted in Calls and Requests, Studies on Library Trends, Surveys | No Comments »