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Save the Date: HSLI 2020 Conference (September 2-4 at Starved Rock State Park)

Save the Date: September 2-4, 2020

HSLI 2020 conference at Starved Rock State Park

Join us at beautiful Starved Rock State Park for unique and beautiful meeting experience. You’ll see amazing canyons and seasonal waterfalls when you’re not busy networking with your colleagues or gaining continuing education credits.

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Slides From 2019 HSLI Conference Keynote Address Available

The slides from Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe’s keynote address, “From One Big Deal to Another? Libraries in an Open Access Age”, are available here. The talk covered what one can consider an open access age, whether or not libraries benefit from “Big Deal” agreements with publishers, and what alternatives libraries might have in the future.

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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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Information About Outings During This Week’s HSLI Conference

(sent on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee’s Publicity Subcommittee)

We all know how much sitting goes on during a conference and it might be nice to get out for some physical activity during your time at HSLI. Here are a few things to consider:

There will be a Sunrise Walk Thursday morning from 6:30 to 7:00 am and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:00 am. Meet in the iHotel lobby if you would like to participate.

After a long day of attending talks and CEs, wouldn’t it be nice to get out and stretch your legs before Nancy’s Reception? Join us for the Sunset Walk from 5:00 to 5:45 pm. This walk includes a tour of the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Lending Library. Meet in the iHotel lobby if you want to join in.

After lunch on Friday, join us for a tour of the new Carle Clinic Library! Sign up at the registration desk. Transportation is not provided but see Frances Drone-Silvers for directions and parking information, etc. Look for Frances at the conference!

The iHotel is located just on the south end of campus. If you want to venture onto campus, here is a map that will help you find your way. You might to check out the Historical Markers Virtual Campus Tour as well.

If people want one last walk before leaving town, consider the UI Arboretum. The Arboretum is a public garden, located south of the corner of Florida and Lincoln Avenues at 1800 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801.  It is open daily, between the hours of sunrise until sunset and admission is free. Parking is available in the lots near the Noel Welcome Garden. Metered parking along South Lincoln Avenue is also available and is free after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends. Additional parking is available in the lot north of Japan House. And, it’s easy to get to the interstates from there.

And if you plan to stick around town, the undefeated Illini play Eastern Michigan at 11:00 am at Memorial Stadium!

The Mass Transit District offers bus service to the campus and beyond. The four primary campus routes are the Gold, Yellow, Teal, and Silver, creating a box pattern and connecting the four corners of campus with the Champaign and Urbana downtown areas. These are high-frequency routes with 10-minute service. The Illini route and the Green route also serve campus with 10- and 15-minute service frequencies. If you see “hopper” on the bus name, you can hop on and off those buses free of charge. Otherwise, the fare is $1.00.   How to Ride the MTD

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Vendors at 2019 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference

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

Interested in learning more about some of the latest databases and products that vendors offer? Stop by the tables during Nancy’s Reception on Thursday evening. Exhibitors include EBSCO, Elsevier Clinical Key, McGraw Hill, NEJM, NNLM, Ovid, and RAILS.

EBSCO provides a discovery service, full-text and secondary databases, e-books, e-journals & e-packages, print subscriptions and related services for all types of libraries.

Elsevier’s ClinicalKey is a point-of-care clinical information service for physicians and other healthcare professionals. It provides access to a unique combination of medical reference books, medical journals, drug information, and practice guidelines. ClinicalKey helps health professionals locate and use clinical information quickly to answer questions and to keep current with changing healthcare issues.

McGraw-Hill is one of the world’s premier publishers of print and digital medical content including The MD Anderson Manual of Clinical Oncology and Williams Hematology.

NEJM Group creates high-quality medical resources for research, learning, practice and professional development designed to meet the demand for essential medical knowledge among academic researchers and teachers, physicians, clinicians, executives and others in medicine and health care. NEJM Group products include the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Journal Watch, NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Catalyst and NEJM Resident 360. NEJM Group is a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society. For more information, go here.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) supports health information access through training, funding, and outreach and is funded by the National Library of Medicine.  The NNLM office for the Greater Midwest Region is located at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. By collaborating, training, and funding over 1,100 health centers, health departments, community organizations, as well as medical, public, and school libraries in a 10 state region, the office supports the mission of the NNLM to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through access to health information. Linda Walton, Associate University Librarian at the University of Iowa and the director of Hardin Library, will give the GMR update at this year’s Conference.

Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, is a global information solutions provider offering clinicians, professionals, students, and researchers in the medical, scientific, and academic fields customizable solutions of content, tools, and services that make research smarter, faster, and more effective. More information is available here.

RAILS creates continuing education and resource-sharing opportunities for near 1300 libraries of all types in northern/western IL, also providing delivery, e-resources, online catalogs, discounts & more! Learn more here.

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

Are you considering a career in health sciences or medical librarianship? Interested in learning more about the latest trends in the profession? Looking for an opportunity to meet and network with new and experienced library practitioners, while helping the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) organization celebrate its 40th birthday? HSLI would like to extend a warm invitation to students, including those at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s iSchool, to attend the 2019 HSLI Conference! This year’s event, themed “Going Forward, Looking Back”, will take place from Wednesday, September 11, to Friday, September 13, at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

Some of the benefits you will gain from attending include the following:

  • registration at the student rate ($100 for the full Conference, only half of what regular HSLI members pay and less than half of what non-members pay)
  • an opportunity to learn from experts in the field, including UIUC’s very own Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (keynote speaker) and Daniel Tracy and JJ Pionke (continuing-education sessions)
  • plenty of chances to make valuable professional connections, including at Nancy’s Reception the evening of Thursday, September 12

Please register by Wednesday, September 4, to reserve your spot at the Conference. More information about the Conference is available here.

We hope to see you there in a few weeks!

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

Registration is still open for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois 2019 Conference, “Going Forward, Looking Back”, at the iHotel in Champaign, IL, from September 11 to 13. Don’t delay – early-bird registration ends Friday, August 23.

The Conference keynote speaker will be Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University Library, University of Illinois, and also Affiliate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Lisa’s talk is titled “From One Big Deal to Another? Libraries in an Open Access Age”. Lisa is professionally active in many organizations, a recipient of a number of awards, and a productive author. As ACRL President in 2010/2011, Lisa led the launch of the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative. She is currently Editor of Library Trends; a chef for the Society for Scholarly Publishing blog,”The Scholarly Kitchen”; and Chair of the IFLA Information Literacy Section.

And did you know that, when you register for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference, you can attend two CEs of your choice as part of your registration fee?

The following continuing education sessions will be offered on Thursday afternoon, September 12.

(Note: There are no MLA CE credits for Thursday sessions.)

  • “Citation Management Software: Advancing your Expertise with Freely Available Tools”

Presented by Kirstin Duffin

  • “Issues in Scholarly Communication for the Health Sciences”

Presented by Dan Tracy

The following continuing education sessions will be offered on Friday morning, September 13.

  • “Making Your Library Positively Accessible” (4 MLA CE)

Presented by JJ Pionke

  • “Teaching Critical Appraisal to Students in the Health Sciences” (4 MLA CE)

Presented by Laura Menard

For more information on CEs, see

Register by mail or online:

We hope to see you there!

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

There’s still time to register for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference at the early-bird rate, as the deadline is now Friday, August 23.  This year’s theme, Going Forward, Looking Back, celebrates HSLI’s 40th anniversary. The Conference will take place September 11-13 at the iHotel in Champaign, IL.  Highlights of the Conference include lightning talks and poster sessions, Nancy’s Reception, a silent auction, and your choice of 2 CEs. (The cost of the CEs is included in Conference registration.)

Details can be found on the Conference website (

Register by mail or online:

Need a hotel?  The Conference rate is now guaranteed through Friday, August 16.  See hotel information here:

We hope to see you there!

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(via Miranda Shake, HSLI Past President)

The HSLI Conference is almost a month away. We hope to see you there! For more information, please check the Conference website.

In the meantime, if you have not registered yet or are still waiting on approval, please consider getting your hotel room reserved. The group rate was set to expire on Aug 11, but it is now extended through August 16.

From the website:


Phone: 217.819.5000

“Guests may book their reservations here. Click on the orange “attendee code” button Enter the “Attendee Code” which is HSLI19.


Also, if you haven’t registered, please do so as soon as you can. Use the PDF form on the Conference website or the PayPal widget embedded on the site.

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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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