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(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 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 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 »

(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 »

(via Sara Scheib, University of Iowa)

The ACRL Digital Scholarship Section Open Research Discussion Group is inviting proposals for virtual presentations. Possible formats might include either lightning talks (10-15 minutes), full session talks (30-45 minutes), or panel discussions (45-60 minutes. You do not need to be a DSS member in order to present, so please share this opportunity widely. We would love to feature your open research-related work and ideas!

Possible topics might include (but aren’t limited to) the following.

  • COVID-19 and open research
  • Open research projects or programs related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Open tools and workflows
  • Examples of open science and open scholarship projects
  • Incorporating open research into teaching and the curriculum
  • Ethical questions around open research
  • Funding for open projects and initiatives
  • Developing open-focused library services
  • Staffing models to support open research
  • Open research and reproducibility
  • Open peer review
  • And more!

Please submit your proposal by Friday, October 1, via our submission form for initial consideration.

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

Join the ILA Marketing Forum for its monthly roundtable this Friday, September 17, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

John Knirr, Web & IT Administrator at the Illinois Heartland Library System, and Nicole Zimmerman, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, are the guest speakers for this month’s topic on file storage and sharing. Attendees will be asked to share their most useful resources for file sharing and storage.

This event is free to attend. Registration is required.

Posted in Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

RAILS will rely heavily on member input as we develop our new strategic plan, and member contributions will greatly influence our final product. To hear from as many members as possible, we will hold two rounds of virtual town halls via Zoom in October and November, with four different times available to participate in each round. Please choose only one session from each round to attend. Each town hall will be two hours long and will include plenty of time to engage with your library colleagues to help shape the future direction of RAILS.

All staff from all types and sizes of libraries are encouraged to attend a town hall. Each session is limited to 100 attendees. Please come prepared to share your ideas and feedback! For more information, including town hall dates, times, and registration information, go here. If you have questions, contact Monica Harris, at monica.harris@railslibraries.info.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

Call for Submissions: New ILA Voices Blog

(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are excited to announce the launch of our new blog, ILA VoicesILA Voices was created in response to what ILA perceived to be a need for a thoughtful outlet for the Illinois library community’s thoughts and opinions.

We’d like to thank Kate Hall, Executive Director of the Northbrook Public Library and the 2021 ILA Librarian of the Year Award recipient, for contributing our first blog post.

We ask that submissions connect content to the 2019-2022 ILA strategic plan, as well as the ILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement. As an organization that believes in free expression and speech, we encourage candid commentary; however, ILA reserves the right to reject or edit submissions that are deemed inaccurate or derogatory, have previously been covered in the blog, or contain promotional content.

ILA Voices submissions should be sent to Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org. Please contact Tamara Jenkins if you would like to discuss a topic before submitting it.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Professional Development | No Comments »

(via the Medical Library Association)

Abstract submissions are officially open! The 2022 National Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts for immersion sessions, papers, posters, and lightning talks. There will be two rounds for submissions:

  • Round 1: Contributed papers and immersion sessions (Wednesday, August 18 – Wednesday, October 13, 2021)
  • Round 2: Posters and lightning talks (Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – Wednesday, January 26, 2022)

Acceptance notices for papers and immersion sessions will be sent on December 6. Abstracts that are not accepted in Round 1 can be resubmitted for poster and lightning talks in Round 2. Acceptance notices for posters and lightning talks will be sent on February 21, 2022.

To submit an abstract, go here. If you do not have an MLA account, you will need to create one first.

Abstract Guidelines

Your abstract will be categorized into one of seven MLA Areas of Practice:

  • Clinical Support
  • Education
  • Global Health & Health Equity
  • Information Management
  • Information Services
  • Innovation & Research Practice
  • Professionalism & Leadership

Contributed papers are 10-15 minute presentations that are program description abstracts related to products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, and services conducted by librarians and information professions or are research abstracts on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.

Immersion sessions are up to 75 minutes of “deep dives” into a single topic. The format may include interactive panel presentations, role-playing, gamification, discussions, working groups, and other activities engaging with the audience.

Additional FAQs are available here.

The 2022 meeting is currently scheduled to take place in person from May 2 to 7 (Monday-Saturday) in New Orleans, LA. Please check here for additional information and updates as they become available.

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