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(via Charlotte Beyer, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)

Do you have ideas to share? Consider sharing those ideas at the Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois 2021 Annual Conference, which this year is a virtual conference on October 27-29 (Wednesday-Friday). This year you have the option of presenting your ideas as a poster or lightning talk.

Proposal Types

Lightning Talks

The afternoon of Wednesday, October 27, has been set aside for sharing experiences, best practices, or how lemonade was made out of lemons! Each presenter will be allotted 5-10 minutes, depending on the number of abstracts that are accepted. There will be ample time afterward for Q&A and lively discussion.


Ideas can include, but are not limited to, any area of librarianship, such as instruction, leadership, program development, communication, collection development, outreach, and evaluation.

If you have presented, or plan to present, a poster at another meeting this year (such as MLA or Midwest Chapter/MLA), please consider also submitting it for HSLI. Since it is virtual, let our members who can’t travel have the opportunity to see the work you’ve been doing! The posters will be virtual with a Q&A for presenters immediately following the lighting talks on October 27.

Abstract Submission Instructions

Lightning Talks

To apply for lightning talks, fill out the HSLI 2021 Lightning Talk Proposal Form, or submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to Charlotte Beyer at charlotte.beyer@rosalindfranklin.edu, by Friday, August 27.


To apply for posters, fill out the HSLI 2021 Poster Proposal Form, or submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to charlotte.beyer@rosalindfranklin.edu, by Friday, August 27.

Contact Information and Special Instructions

For either submission type, it is expected that presenting author(s) must register for, and plan on attending, the conference. More information about the conference can be found at the HSLI 2021 Conference website.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to charlotte.beyer@rosalindfranklin.edu.

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(via Heather Adair, Sam Houston State University)

We are extending the call for proposals for the 2021 Texas Library Association (TLA) Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Summit.

LIRT Summit is a one-day conference focused on topics related to library and information literacy instruction in academic, public, school, or special libraries. Attendees will interact with other library instruction enthusiasts and learn from one another in a collaborative, intimate, low-stress environment. All with an interest in library and information literacy instruction are welcome to attend and apply to present.

The LIRT Summit will be held in a hybrid format on Friday, October 15, at Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Please consider presenting your work at the LIRT Summit. Proposals–for in-person or virtual sessions–will be accepted until Monday, August 16, at 8:00 AM via this form. Any topics related to library and information literacy instruction are welcome in the following session formats.

  • 50-minute Session
  • 20-minute Session
  •      Poster Session

Registration will open Monday, August 16, with virtual and in-person options. Additional information will be provided at a later date.

For more information about the Summit, please go here. Questions can be directed to Ashley B. Crane, TLA LIRT Chair, at abc064@shsu.edu.

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(via Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University, on behalf of Aubrey Iglesias, New Mexico State University)

Dear colleague,

Are you 18 years of age or older, earned a graduate degree in Library and Information Science (LIS) from an institution in the United States during the academic years 2009/2010 – 2018/2019 while living in the U.S. (including U.S. territories), and have applied for librarian positions in academic or research libraries? We would love to hear about your job search pathway whether or not your search has so far resulted in an academic librarian position.

I am Aubrey Iglesias, Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University Library in Las Cruces, NM. I finished my LIS degree at the end of 2008 during the Great Recession. It took me 8 years and relocating my family several times to transition into my first academic librarian position. I know some of the challenges LIS graduates face in finding academic jobs. This is why I, along with my colleague, are conducting this study on the academic and pre-professional experiences of recent LIS graduates to better understand what variables may significantly influence either an unsuccessful or successful job search outcome in order to help colleagues navigate entry into academic librarianship.

We need your help! We ask that you please take our survey (link provided below), which takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and includes demographic as well as multiple choice questions with options to write in additional information. All study participants will remain anonymous. We would also like to ask you to please distribute the link to this survey widely.

By participating in this survey, you can enter into a drawing for a chance to be randomly selected to receive one of five Amazon gift cards worth $25 each. We are also looking for interview participants for the second part of this study, which is focused on graduates who had a mentor during their LIS studies. This would be another chance to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. (Note: per NMSU policy, employees of NMSU in addition to people who were born outside the U.S. and are not considered permanent residents of the U.S. are ineligible to be awarded a gift card. Also, multiple gift cards should not be given to the same individual.)

This study has been approved through NMSU’s IRB approval (#21263), and we anticipate publishing the aggregated study results in an open access academic journal. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at aiglesia@nmsu.edu. Thank you for your time!

With much appreciation,

Aubrey Iglesias, MA, MLS

Assistant Professor/Cataloging Librarian

New Mexico State University



Tiffany Schirmer, MLS

Library Specialist, Sr.

New Mexico State University


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(via Michelle Jean Haake, CARLI)

The following programs from the Professional Development Alliance are currently on the schedule. Programs are offered on a wide variety of subjects. Check out everything the alliance is making available to our libraries in August!

  • Tuesday, August 3, 1:00-2:00 PM: Fostering Community and Students’ Creativity with Online Library Programming (registration currently open–see below for link)
  • Thursday, August 5, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Enhancing DEIA in Digital Collections Symposium (registration currently open–see below for link)
  • Thursday, August 19: What’s the Big Deal? How Researchers Are Navigating Changes to Journal Access (details and registration forthcoming)

For more details and registration as they become available, please check the CARLI Event Calendar for August. Recordings of past CARLI-sponsored PDA events are available on the Professional Development Alliance website where permitted by the presenter.

We want to hear from you! If you have a topic you would like to see as a continuing education program, send your idea to CARLI Support, at support@carli.illinois.edu.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

You may have seen the My Library Is… blog from RAILS. The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) developed the My Library Is… campaign to help member libraries tell your stories and prove your library’s value to stakeholders, including current and potential library users, funders, governing boards, parent institutions/companies, colleagues, elected officials, and more. On this website, you’ll find tools and resources created or curated by RAILS and others, for all sizes and types–academic, public, school, special–of libraries. You can also share your library’s (and see other libraries’) best practices, ideas, tools, templates, media, and experiences in the Sharing Showcase area.

I am looking for academic librarians to contribute to the blog! Do you have a marketing, PR, or communications story to share? Have you implemented a new service or collection? E-mail me at ggregory@niu.edu and tell me about it.

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(via Holly Robinson, American Library Association)

ALA President Patty Wong and ALA President-Elect Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada are pleased to announce a call for volunteers for the newly formed ALA Code of Conduct Committee and expanded Policy Monitoring Committee and Council Orientation Committee, as by ALA Council at the 2021 Annual Conference. All interested volunteers should submit an interest form no later than Saturday, July 31.

Committee terms will begin immediately for both one and two-year terms.

The new Code of Conduct Committee Membership will consist of seven (7) members, including Co-Chairs appointed annually.

ALA is currently seeking all 7 members (including Co-Chairs) for the initial term.

The new Code of Conduct Committee’s charge is to administer and apply the ALA Online Code of Conduct. This committee will provide transparent, consistent, and context-sensitive accountability to ensure mutual respect and community safety.

The Council Orientation Committee’s membership will expand to 10 members, including Chair.

ALA is currently seeking 4 new members.

The Council Orientation Committee’s charge is to develop and carry out a mentoring and orientation program for new and continuing councilors and schedule and organize Council Forums to be held in conjunction with Council Sessions, and to select and arrange training for Council Forum Facilitators.

The Policy Monitoring Committee’s membership will expand to 10 members, including Chair.

ALA is currently seeking 8 new members.

The Policy Monitoring Committee’s charge is to monitor the accurate documentation and codification of ALA policy, as determined by formal action of council; to prepare additions or changes in the ALA policy manual following each Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting as may be required by motions and resolutions adopted by council; and to review and advise on all unit organization policies to ensure that they are in compliance with council approved association-wide policies.

For more information on each committee’s composition and responsibilities, go here. Please reach out to Holly Robison, Governance Associate, at hrobison@ala.org with any questions.

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Registration Open for 2021-2022 HEDS Research Practices Survey

(via Camella Ashment, HEDS Consortium)

The 2021-2022 HEDS (Higher Education Data Sharing) Research Practices Survey is open for registration. Fall administrations can begin as soon as Sunday, August 1. The link to registration is here.

The survey assesses students’ research experiences and their skills in finding, evaluating, and citing sources. The two-part survey first evaluates your students’ self-perceived proficiency in these skills, and then tests their skills to see how those perceptions line up with reality. Librarians can use this knowledge to develop pedagogies and materials to strengthen students’ research skills. It is very useful for determining where to focus limited instruction time.

You can administer the survey at three points during the year, depending on what you wish to learn.

  • the upcoming fall administration is intended for your incoming first-year students; to help identify their pre-college research skills and experience
  • a winter administration is available to measure how these first-year students’ research skills improved over their first term
  • a spring administration can be used to assess the research skills and experience for both first-year students after one year of college, and for graduating seniors after four years of college

You will receive a summary report comparing your students to students at all other participating institutions and a real-time report that allows you to monitor results as they come in. A single administration is $2,000 for institutions not in HEDS and $500 for HEDS members. Membership is not required to participate in our surveys, but all institutions are welcome to join the HEDS community!

Please visit our website at the link above for more information about the survey, to view the instrument, or register. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Jessica Deemer at jessica.deemer@hedsconsortium.org or (765) 361-5771.

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Call for Mentors and Mentees: ACRL STS Mentoring Program

(via Alyssa Young, James Madison University)

Would you like to expand your views on a science technology librarianship? Are you a library student or new librarian with lots of questions, and looking to find some insight into the profession and hear more advice? Are you considering a career change switching to STEM librarianship or looking to proceed with your career development and take it to another level: managerial or supervisory?

Do you consider yourself a seasoned librarian who has gained experience and insight into the profession and could share it with a novice colleague?

If either idea works for you, consider joining the Association of College & Research Libraries Science & Technology Section (STS) Mentoring Program. Prospective mentees should go here, and prospective mentors should check here. If you volunteered to become a mentor in previous years, please confirm your availability for the year 2021-2022.

Once you fill out the form, we will do our best to match prospective mentees with their mentors, and then help you establish goals and expectations with a provided worksheet and send you some discussion prompts along the way.

Participants should be STS members or interested in becoming STS members. Once matched in the program, mentees are expected to join STS.

Find full details here. Direct any questions to mentoring.sts@gmail.com.

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(via Hillary Richardson, Mississippi University for Women)

The DLF (Digital Library Federation) Digital Library Pedagogy group invites all interested digital pedagogy practitioners to contribute to a literacy and competency centered #DLFteach Toolkit, an online, open resource focused on lesson plans and concrete instructional strategies.

The toolkit will emphasize the teaching of literacies and competencies foundational for digital scholarship and digital humanities work or literacies acquired through the act of engaging in such work. Literacies may include visual literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, information literacy among others. Competencies are foundational digital skills that provide both a practical and critical understanding of digital technologies (See Bryn Mawr’s Digital Competencies to learn more).

The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, September 1. Proposals are limited to 250 words.

For additional information, see the CFP. If you are interested in contributing a lesson to the toolkit or being a peer reviewer (or both), please complete the intent to contribute form.

Questions can be sent to dlfteach.toolkit3@gmail.com.​

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(via Mallory Jallas, Illinois State University)

We have a few spaces left for the last of our focus group sessions, on Tuesday, July 27; Wednesday, July 28; and Friday, July 30. Please consider participating.

Academic librarians in the United States and Canada who are currently working as a Student Success Librarian are invited to participate in an hour-long focus group on student success in academic libraries. In appreciation for your participation in the focus group you will be provided with a $20 gift card to Amazon.

The research project is an examination and analysis of student success initiatives in academic libraries. The researchers seek to find out how academic libraries support student success, how resources (positions, spaces, and programming) are being allocated to and developed for student success, what university-wide partnerships or collaborations are being created, and how they assess these efforts.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to participate in an approximately hour-long virtual focus group via Zoom. The focus group interview is voluntary and confidential. The questions are of a non-sensitive nature. You may decline to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty or risk.

If you would like to participate in the focus group, please use this link to access available timeslots.

The following investigators are available for questions about this study:

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