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(via Catherine Soehner, University of Utah)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Association of Academic Health Sciences Library (AAHSL) are pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2021/2022 Leadership Fellows Program. The Leadership Fellows Program recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching and supporting academic health sciences libraries’ mission and actively seeks applications from individuals with varying identities and backgrounds.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 15. Please see the application for additional information.

With that in mind, we invite you to attend a panel discussion featuring five librarians who completed the Leadership Fellows Program and who are also from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Panelists will share their experiences from applying to participating to the impact on their career post-fellowship. Our panelists include Tara Douglas-Williams, Shannon Jones, Jean Song, Philip Walker, and Hongjie Wang.

Please join us for this discussion as you consider applying for the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellow Program. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, May 4, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. To register, please go here.

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(via IACRL)

This is a reminder that the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (IACRL) Awards Committee is seeking submissions for the People’s Choice Award in Scholarly Publishing. This award will give academic and research librarians throughout Illinois the opportunity to read and evaluate scholarly works by their peers and then vote on a favorite. It will also present Illinois research and academic librarians with the opportunity to share their findings outside of a conference or other formal setting. IACRL welcomes submissions on all subjects relevant to Illinois academic and research libraries.

The criteria for submissions, along with the process for choosing winners, are below. ​The deadline for submitting a scholarly work is 5:00 PM Central Time on Wednesday, July 1. Please send your submission to Eric Edwards, IACRL Awards Committee Chair, at eedwards@ilsos.gov. If possible, send a link to the scholarly work; otherwise, submit it as an attachment, preferably as a PDF or in Word. If the work does not already contain an abstract or summary, please include one in the e-mail (a paragraph would suffice).

Once the Awards Committee has received the submissions and confirmed that they meet the criteria, voting will take place via electronic ballot in July or August. Voting will last for 30 days. The Awards Committee will then announce the winners, and those individuals will have the opportunity to present their work in a special webinar or at a future meeting of the IACRL Journal Club.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards. Thank you very much.


  • ​must be a current employee, full-time or part-time, of an Illinois academic or research library (all staff eligible, regardless of level of education, including whether or not posses a master’s degree in library science)
  • membership in ILA and IACRL not required, as long as affiliated with an Illinois academic or research library or organization

Rules for Submissions

  • ​only one submission allowed per entrant; multiple people may not co-submit a publication (it is, however, acceptable if the actual researching and writing of the submission was a joint effort–see below)
  • each submission must be a single scholarly work, not a series of publications or a full “body” of work (it is acceptable if the submission is a stand-alone work in a larger series or body of research, however)
  • publication or other scholarly communication must have appeared within the last calendar year before the deadline for award submissions (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
  • no rules for word count (either minimum or maximum), as long as the submission meets the criteria
  • publication may take the form of a book chapter, journal article, blog post, or other form of scholarly communication
  • presentations at conferences, symposia, or other events are acceptable, as long as they take the form of a written report or overview, in addition to just an oral presentation or poster
  • pre-publication work acceptable, as long as nominee plans to submit a final version for inclusion in a scholarly journal, monograph, blog, or other means of communication
  • publications for which one is a co-author (as opposed to a solo author) are acceptable, as long as the nominee played a substantial role in researching, writing, and revising the publication;  it is acceptable if the co-author(s) are not Illinois-based, or if they are in Illinois but work in a field other than librarianship, as long as the actual nominee meets the award criteria.​

Process and Criteria for Choosing Winners

  • ​​no limit on the number of entrants; if necessary, will limit number of choices on ballot, to make voting manageable
  • ​voting open to all Illinois academic and research librarians (ballot distributed via IACRL listserv) and will last 30 days
  • ​ballot will include links to scholarly publications, along with an abstract or summary for each one
  • ​ballot will include the following specific criteria for voters to use when selecting the best submission:
    • organization and content of submission (Is it divided into separate sections for the introduction, research question, methodology, results, conclusions, etc.? Do the initial question, the methods for data collection and analysis, and the findings demonstrate a thorough and accurate research process? Are any graphs, tables, or other visual representations clearly related to the information in the text? Does the abstract clearly summarize the main points?)
    • clarity of writing and relevance of sources (Is the information in the submission easy for someone unfamiliar with the topic to understand? Are any technical terms or concepts clearly explained, including in visual representations, as one would expect in a scholarly publication? Are the sources that are cited or listed professional works providing context for the research?)
    • relevance to Illinois libraries (Is this a study you could see recreating at your own library, at least on a certain scale? Could you apply the conclusions of the research to daily operations at your own library, such as improving an existing service or adding a new one? Is this a scholarly publication you would recommend to a colleague?)
  • ​​voters will select one submission; submissions with the three highest vote totals (including ties, if necessary) will be declared winners
  • award will recognize at least three individuals, with first-place, second-place, and third-place recipients (ties for each place are acceptable)
  • winners will have option of presenting their work in a webinar, or having their work be the focus of discussion at a meeting of the IACRL Journal Club
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Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, MS, MLIS, is the Health and Human Services librarian at Governors State University (GSU).  Her report about her experience at the HSLI 2019 Conference is shared.

I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the HSLI 2019 Conference, Going Forward, Looking Back, in Champaign, IL. I would like to thank the Conference Planning Committee and all members of HSLI.

The conference included presentations, posters, and discussions on scholarly publishing, physical space and collection considerations, citation management, accessibility, critical appraisal, and updates from NNLM/GMR, IACRL, RAILS, IHLS, CARLI. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe presented the keynote address entitled, “From One Big Deal to Another? Libraries in an Open Access Age.” There were also presentations by Kirstin Duffin entitled “Citation Management Software: Advancing your expertise with freely available tools” and by JJ Pionke entitled “Making your Library Positively Accessible.” After heading home, I spent the next days processing all that I have learnt while at the conference. While I have many ideas for new opportunities that I’d like to implement, I will highlight three that I believe are realistically possible and that will help me engage more deeply with the faculty, students, and staff at Governors State University Library.

First, I want to begin a reading club at GSU. GSU is a comprehensive public university offering degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. When I heard the presentation from NNLM/GMR about the Reading Club, I knew this would be a hit with students, faculty, and staff at GSU. The NNLM Reading Club provides the structure of “ready-to-use” book titles and free discussion guides to promote health information discussions. The selected award-winning and national bestseller books, including fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, and young adult titles, align with the NIH All of Us Research Program.  Applications for free NNLM Reading Club Book Kits including books and discussion guides are available online. Health topics include LGBTQ Health, Mental Health, Heart Health, Family Health, ADA Health, Immunization Health, and Healthy Aging. This program offers the opportunity to receive a free kit including books and discussion guides that I believe will be of interest to patrons.

Second, I want to offer a workshop to faculty and graduate students on scholarly publishing. I attended Dan Tracy’s presentation entitled,”Issues in Scholarly Communication for the Health Sciences.” He discussed types of open access publishing, various types of metrics used, and the confusion that often exists between the different terminologies. I plan to create a research guide that covers key journals within my liaison areas and includes considerations for authors before they submit an article to a journal. I will include open access journals that may be important within a specific subfield regardless of the impact factor. Dan Tracy warned against trying to maintain a list of all open access journals within a field.

Third, I am very inspired by Laura Menard’s presentation entitled, “Teaching Critical Appraisal to Students in the Health Sciences”, to develop critical appraisal information sessions for students in the health sciences. She covered the importance of these skills and how to critically appraise the following three study types: therapy, diagnosis, and systematic/meta-analysis reviews. I learned how to identify best practices in study design, methodology, and outcome reporting. We used both well and poorly designed journal articles to improve our own critical appraisal skills. After the session, I understand therapy calculations (e.g., relative risk reduction), harm calculations (e.g., absolute risk increase), and diagnosis calculations (e.g., sensitivity and specificity). I am looking forward to sharing this information with colleagues and developing workshops for students in the health sciences.

I want to thank everyone who presented a talk or a poster. The conference has introduced me to so many new ideas. I hope to use the knowledge I have learned and share it with fellow colleagues, faculty, and students. Thank you again to all who made this conference such a positive learning experience for me.


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(on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee’s Silent Auction Subcommittee)

Join us at the HSLI Annual Conference’s Silent Auction, where you will be able to bid on many interesting and unique items.

Available in the Silent Auction will be gift baskets and bags (with books, toiletries, Illinois beer, a pet mug, and other goodies), travel technology, jewelry, pottery, home decorative items, homemade jam, and much more. (Please see below for a photo of a few Auction items.)

Starting bids will be posted near each item. Thanks to all donors and all bidders! All proceeds will benefit the HSLI Scholarship Fund.

Please direct any questions to Ramune Kubilius, Silent Auction Subcommittee. More information on the 2019 HSLI Annual Conference (September 11-13 in Champaign, IL) is available here.

(Click on the photo for a larger and clearer image.)

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The deadline to apply for this years Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship has been extended until Sunday, August 4, at midnight.


The Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Committee would like to welcome HSLI members to submit their applications for the 2019 Scholarship.

  • Applicants must be current members of HSLI (2019 dues paid).
  • Applicants must write a short essay entitled, “I would like a Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship because…”.
  • Each Scholarship recipient must write an article for the HSLI Newsletter discussing the plan to implement knowledge gained at the Conference in his or her institution.
  • If awarded a Scholarship, hotel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Reimbursement expenses will be processed upon submission of receipts and after submission of the Newsletter article to the HSLI Newsletter editors.

The Word doc of the application is here: http://hsli.org/conference/scholarship_form_2019.docx

PDF is here: http://hsli.org/conference/scholarship_form_2019.pdf

Winners will be notified by Wednesday, August 7.

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(via Miranda Shake, HSLI Past President)

The Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Committee would like to welcome HSLI members to submit their application for the 2019 Scholarship. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 26. More information is below.

  • Applicants must be current members of HSLI (2019 dues paid).
  • Applicants must write a short essay entitled, “I would like a Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship because…”.
  • Each Scholarship recipient must write an article for the HSLI Newsletter discussing the plan to implement knowledge gained at the Conference in the person’s institution.
  • If awarded a Scholarship, the attendee must take sole responsibility for hotel arrangements. Reimbursement expenses will be processed upon submission of receipts and after submission of the Newsletter article to the HSLI Newsletter editors.

The Word doc of the application is here: http://hsli.org/conference/scholarship_form_2019.docx

Winners will be notified by Thursday, August 1.

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(via Miranda Shake, HSLI Past President)

The Syed Maghrabi Scholarship committee would like to welcome HSLI members to submit their application for the 2019 scholarship.

  • Applicants must be current members of HSLI (2019 dues paid)
  • Applicants must write a short essay entitled, “I would like a Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship because…”
  • Each scholarship recipient must write an article for the HSLI Newsletter discussing the plan to implement knowledge gained at the conference in his or her institution.
  • If awarded a scholarship, hotel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Reimbursement expenses will be processed upon submission of receipts and after submission of the Newsletter article to the HSLI Newsletter editors.

The Word doc of the application is here: http://hsli.org/conference/scholarship_form_2019.docx

PDF is here: http://hsli.org/conference/scholarship_form_2019.pdf

Winners will be notified by August 1st.

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Evelyn Cunico, MA, MS/LIS, is the creator and editor of the monthly blog at https://chimeconsumerhealth.wordpress.com  Her report about her experience at the HSLI annual conference is shared.

Thank You

As a recipient of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2018 Syed Maghrabi Scholarship, I would like to thank the HSLI 2018 Conference Planning Committee, the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Committee, and everyone who participates in the Silent Auction, whose proceeds benefit the HSLI Scholarship Fund.

2018 HSLI Annual Conference Highlights Collaboration and Data Management

Collaboration, Communication, and Data Management are among the most important skills across all fields according to the Association of College and Research Libraries 2016 and 2018 Reports on Top Trends in Academic Libraries.

The HSLI 2018 Annual Conference, with its theme Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge, invited Continuing Education Presenters who targeted these skills.

Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians, and other Stakeholders was presented by Gwen Wilson, MLS, Health Informatics Librarian, Mabee Library, Washburn University, Topeka, KS.

Encouraging her audience to think strategically about building partnerships, Gwen discussed Key Factors for Successful Partnerships. For example, Gwen reminded us that Establishing Common Ground is a winning strategy.

Barriers to successful partnerships may include limited time, silos (tight-knit groups), or lack of clear direction. Success relies on patience and persistence.

Gwen recommended the following article.  Giesecke, Joan. The Value of Partnerships: Building New Partnerships for Success. Journal of Library Administration. Volume 52, Issue 01 (2012), pages 36-52.

Data Management: Why It Matters and What You Can Do about It was presented by Erin Foster, MSLS, Data Services Librarian, Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library. Erin is a former National Library of Medicine (NLM) fellow.

As Information Specialists, we have a key role in helping practitioners and the public manage and share data they produce and use.

Erin discussed national and state level initiatives that inform local data management efforts. One initiative is the National Institutes of Health CD2H Initiative. The National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) aims to promote data reuse and collaboration.

To build a workforce for data-driven research, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) enhances Workforce Development opportunities by offering data management courses for medical librarians, providers, researchers, and staff. In general, I find NLM courses on information topics to be very useful.

Erin recommended the following website.  NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery

Managing Your Online Scholarly Identity was presented by Peg Burnette, Assistant Professor and Biomedical Sciences Librarian, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and her team, which included Erin Kerby, UIUC Veterinary Medicine Librarian, and Amada Avery, a UIUC iSchool graduate student

Peg’s session served as an overview of options available to professionals for sharing ideas and publications. It was meant to get people thinking strategically about how they are represented online.

Peg and her team discussed Tools for Scholarship (such as Mendeley), Identity Tools (such as ORCID), Social Media Tools (such as blogs), and Research Information Management (such as Pure). For example, this HSLI Newsletter blog is a good way to share ideas and manage a professional identity.

Peg recommended the following article.  Barbour, Kim and David Marshall. The Academic Online: Constructing Persona through the World Wide Web. First Monday, Peer Reviewed Journal on the Internet. Volume 17, Number 09 (September 03, 2012).

Dissemination in Action: Communicating in a Digital World was presented by Karen E. Gutzman, MA, MSLS, Digital Innovations Specialist, Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago.

Increasingly, librarians are involved in tracking research dissemination and impact. Karen’s session provided a background on dissemination and demonstrated the practical application of a variety of tools.

The session included details such as, exploring social media platforms used to disseminate research, writing plain language research summaries, optimizing outputs for discoverability by search engines, and exploring tools that track alternative metrics. This information prompted me to browse the Galter website on Altmetrics.

Browse the following website.  Galter Health Sciences Library. Using Alternative Metrics to Tell Your Science Story.


Eric Edwards presented the Illinois State Library Update and the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries Update. Eric, who is the new IACRL President for 2018-19, said that IACRL is looking for opportunities to collaborate with other library organizations, including HSLI. Eric asked that we contact him with ideas at EEdwards@ilos.net.

Joining us by Skype, Jacqueline Leskovec presented the NNLM/GMR Update. Staff from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) presented in-person updates.

Lightning Talks 

Although I did not attend the Lightning Talks, I appreciated Nancy’s Reception, as it gave me an opportunity to network. By chance, I chatted with Liesl Cottrell from Resurrection University about how librarians came to the rescue when a fire extinguisher exploded. Whew!


Before Nancy’s Reception, I took a group Sunset Walk along the river. I also enjoyed the Burpee Museum presentation during the reception.

What a terrific 2018 HSLI Annual Conference! Thank You, Everyone!

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The Conference Process, the Return of the A/V Elf, and the Importance of Shims

The Conference Planning Process

The HSLI conference planning process starts a few weeks after the last conference ends. The past year’s committee looks over the feedback on the conference to make decisions on the next conference. This is why it is important to submit your evaluation.

Sometimes we pick the city based on the conference survey. Sometimes we pick a place close to the current president. Sometimes the tourism board from a city will reach out to HSLI. We try to alternate between sites north of I-80 and south of I-80. Once a city is selected, the search for a hotel begins. The overworked souls that will lead the planning effort self-select early in the process. In 2018, Miranda and Roy, who both have years and years conference committee experience, led the effort.

For the past several years, members of the planning committee have traveled to review potential hotels in person. Our goal is to get the membership a comfortable space with good food at a low cost. We also interrogate hotel staff on special diet options and allergy notices on food.  We ask about options for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, and ingredient labels. We ask to make sure our vegan friends won’t be served the same meal several times in a row.  We tour the meeting spaces and guest rooms. We ask about audio visual costs, get meeting room rental rates, and get catering menus. We ask about available dates to book the space. We ask about what kinds of tape we can use on the walls and floor.

Daneen has been our specialist on food for years. She works up a menu and gets food costs. The committee then considers the meeting facilities, guest room rates, A/V costs and rules, dates the hotel is available, and dates of other conferences. The date of the conference is in sometimes  determined by available dates at the chosen hotel.

Once the date is set, I set up the  bare bones of the conference website. At this point, all we have is a date, location, and hotel information. The committee picks the theme and a design logo draft is made. For the past few years I’ve designed the logo and the conference committee suggests changes until we get a mutually agreeable logo. The logo and theme go to Daneen so she can start recruiting exhibitors and vendors. They publicity committee sends out “save the date” notices.

The Continuing Education and Program committees begin working on possible speakers. They look at MLA CE  offerings and conference survey feedback for ideas. Again, it is very important to do the conference survey, especially if you chose not to attend because you didn’t find the programs interesting. We need members to make suggestions so we can find programs that are useful to them. Several rounds of brainstorming, phone calls, and scheduling ensue. Travel costs for speakers must be considered.

Once there is a rough idea of costs, the conference fee is set. The registration form is designed and I fight with PayPal to get the online payment system set up.  Michelle has done an amazing job managing registration for many years. Cynthia joined the registration committee with the 2017 conference. Registration payments are forwarded to Laura to deposit into the HSLI account.

The call for posters and the call for scholarships goes out and the publicity committee pushes announcements to many listservs and newsletters.  A/V needs for speakers and exhibitors are collected. Program information is added to the website. The committee holds conference calls to make sure everything is on track. The silent auction committee solicits donations and gets publicity out. Fran and Ramune found an amazing assortment of items this year.  All this happens in the months and weeks before the conference.

As you can see, there is a great deal of work that goes into the conference every year. Many conference committee members have served in the same role for many years. I encourage all HSLI members to consider serving on the conference planning committee. HSLI survives on members volunteering their time to keep the organization running.

Serving on the planning committee provides valuable event planning experience. If there wedding planning or large party planning in your future, conference planning committee experience is extremely valuable. You will learn how to effectively negotiate with hotels, do meal planning for large groups, wrangle audio visual needs, and possible even how to create table decorations. The beautiful table centerpieces for 2018 were supplied by Miranda. The vases were from her personal collection.

Running the Conference

The first night of the conference involves fine tuning arrangements with the hotel on room setup, getting the registration table set up, and unpacking all the stuff required to run the conference. Many years ago Jerry DeWitt created a conference emergency box that holds an array of office supplies, fasteners, and tape. This year Miranda upgraded the box to a rolling toolbox. The box lets us solve many problems on the fly without tracking down hotel staff.

In the original negotiations with the hotel for 2018, we planned to contract out the audio visual equipment. The hotel did not get a contractor, so Daneen borrowed all the A/V equipment from Western and personally transported it to Rockford. Reprising my role as the A/V elf from 2016, I did the most of the A/V setup. The hotel only had tall tables available to put the projectors on, so all the projectors had to be propped up in the back with impromptu shims. We used stacks of post-it notes and soup bowls. Additionally, some of the tables were missing a foot, so the tables were shimmed up with stacks of napkins.


My Take-Aways from the Conference

The conference committee does all this work so we can learn from each other and from our invited speakers. I greatly enjoyed Liesl’s fire extinguisher presentation. I’ve forwarded a summary to my library’s emergency committee and preservation committee.

From the keynote, I learned that there is tons of stuff happening at the national level that I knew nothing about. Further, from Erin’s presentation, I learned that I had personally defined data management was extremely narrow. Erin did an excellent job explaining how data management is a part of the research cycle.

I enjoyed seeing the creative social media messages that my classmates produced in Karen’s session. There was great information provided on dissemination methods. If you were not able to attend, check out her slides at https://digitalhub.northwestern.edu/files/89543ba0-fb1d-4691-93b1-e19772b577c7

And of course I greatly enjoyed getting to visit with everyone and meeting some new people!


The Conference Committee

Here is the full conference committee roster, give them all a big thank you!

Conference Co-Chairs 
Miranda Shake   Lakeview College of Nursing
Roy Jones   Retired

Continuing Education
Frances Drone-Silvers   Carle Foundation Hospital

Eric Edwards   Illinois State Library
Daneen Richardson   Western Illinois University

Laura Wimmer   Presence Resurrection Medical Center

GMR Liaison
Jacqueline Leskovec NNLM GMR

Linda Feinberg   Northshore University HealthSystem – Evanston Hospital
Charlotte Beyer Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Mary Pat Gordon FHN Memorial Hospital

Linda Feinberg   Northshore University HealthSystem – Evanston Hospital

Eric Edwards   Illinois State Library
Peg Burnette University of Illinois a t Urbana- Champaign Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
Ramune Kubilius   Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Daneen Richardson   Western Illinois University
Miranda Shake   Lakeview College of Nursing

Michelle Quinones   Graham Hospital School of Nursing
Cynthia Reynolds   University of Illinois at Chicago

Silent Auction
Fran Kovach   Retired
Ramune Kubilius   Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Michelle Nielsen Ott Methodist College Library
Julie Dietrich Blessing Hospital Blessing Health Professions Library
Ramune Kubilius Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Stacey Knight-Davis  Eastern Illinois University


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Kirstin Duffin – 2018 Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Recipient: Conference Report

Kirstin Duffin, MS, MLIS, is a reference librarian in Booth Library of Eastern Illinois University.  Her report about her experience at the HSLI annual conference is shared.

As a recipient of the 2018 Syed Maghrabi Scholarship to attend the HSLI conference this year, I would like to offer my thanks: to the scholarship review committee, to those who donate to the scholarship fund, and to the memory of Syed Maghrabi. HSLI 2018: Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge was the third HSLI conference I’ve attended. To me, the highlights of HSLI Annual are: (1) the ease with which I am able to connect with librarians, and (2) the programming that is relevant across sectors – as an academic science liaison librarian, I feel like I fit right in. The theme of this year’s conference – data management – proves this cross-sector relevance.

Librarians, myself included, are needing to add familiarity with data management to our jack-of-all-trades skill set. To this end, Dr. Kristi Holmes’ keynote address discussed ways librarians can assist in the research life cycle. Her suggestions both to set incremental goals (today, next week, this year) to advance one’s awareness about data management and to develop a communication plan resonated with me. I am a firm believer in articulating goals to help focus my work. Today, I might read an article about data management; next week, I might talk with a science faculty member about how they manage their data and whether our institutional repository would be of use to their needs.

In both break-out sessions that I attended, participants were asked to write down our goals. (Yay, more goal setting! I have found that this time for self-reflection really helps in my ability to bring home what I learn at conferences.) In Data Management in the Wild, Erin Foster asked us to consider where there are gaps in the data services we provide and what resources we might need to develop the services we provide. For a more comprehensive view of data management services, I will be browsing the book she recommended, Margaret Henderson’s Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2017).

In Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians and Other Stakeholders, Gwen Wilson helped attendees develop an action plan to take back to our own institutions. Participants brainstormed opportunities for partnerships and considered suggestions for overcoming barriers and sustaining partnerships. The goals I set for myself are to be strategic and intentional in fostering partnerships. Our teaching faculty are overwhelmed by their workload. Not everyone has the time to devote to developing a relationship with their librarian. By serving on relevant committees, making myself visible by roaming the halls of the departments or attending departmental events, and reaching out to new faculty and faculty developing new programs and courses, I see where I can target my efforts to improve my successes in building partnerships. By engaging faculty in conversations, I can offer more targeted recommendations for appropriate library services for their needs. I also valued our discussion about self-care and recognizing when we’ve burned the candle at both ends; as librarians, we don’t have to overburden ourselves with outreach, but we do need to participate.

New to the conference program this year, four librarians provided quick tips in rapid succession during their lightning talks. Thanks to Cynthia Ehret Snyder, Liesl Cottrell, Emily Gilbert, and Ramune Kubilius for energizing us late in the day on Thursday. I especially enjoyed hearing Emily’s experience in working exclusively with online programs and her suggestions for reaching out to faculty.

This year, I presented a poster, “Improve ILL Workflows with this OA Search Tool,” and I was grateful to have the chance to talk with so many colleagues who stopped by to learn about this research. I will be using feedback from our discussions to inform the manuscript that I’ll be writing on the same topic. As the Legislative Committee co-chair, I presented this year’s legislative report during the board and business meetings. Tracking legislative news isn’t something I’m naturally inclined to do, so serving as co-chair has been a nice incentive to intentionally browse headlines every few weeks and report on pressing legislative issues.

Thanks to the members of the conference planning committee. Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge was yet another enjoyable HSLI conference.

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