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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The IHLS Nominating Committee is preparing for the 2020 election cycle and has opened the nomination process. The open seats include one academic library representative, who will serve a three-year term.

If your library is part of the IHLS service area and you are interested in appearing on the election ballot, complete the nomination survey by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 11.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Illinois Heartland Library System, Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Melissa Harden, University of Notre Dame)

Is there an instruction issue you wish more folks were talking about?

The Instruction Section (IS) Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum is an opportunity for library workers to explore and discuss pressing topics related to library instruction and information literacy. The IS Discussion Group Steering Committee welcomes topic proposals from individuals who are interested in facilitating the discussion. We strongly encourage proposals that promote participant reflection and discussion.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • clarity of focus
  • how well the topic lends itself to meaningful discussion
  • observed significance of the proposed issue for library workers and learners

The Discussion Group Steering Committee will support the selected facilitator by issuing a second call for panelists in addition to hosting and publicizing the forum.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT

To submit a proposal, please use the online submission form,

Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2020.

To see examples of past discussion topics, view the digests of past discussions online (


Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Melissa Harden ( or Vice-Chair, Kristy Nowak (

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

(via Tana Petrov, Fountaindale Public Library)

I am seeking responses for a survey being used to collect information for an upcoming article appearing in the Illinois Library Association’s ILA Reporter magazine. The topic of the article is “community engagement through makers and the maker movement”. I am interested in learning about maker programs from both inside and outside the library building. I am seeking examples from all types, sizes, and locations of libraries across the state. Examples from outside of the Chicago area, including central and southern Illinois, are especially welcome. The deadline to submit responses is Saturday, Feb 15, 2020.

To access the survey, please go to Please direct any questions to

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

Call for Volunteers: IACRL Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee

(via IACRL)

IACRL is seeking volunteers for an ad-hoc bylaws committee. The committee’s tasks are to review and amend the IACRL bylaws in 2020. The chair is Rob Morrison, National Louis University.

If interested, please contact Rob, at

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

UIUC’s Benson is ACRL Member of the Week

(via ACRL)

Sarah Benson, Copyright Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is ACRL’s Member of the Week. Some of her responses to interview questions are below. To read the full interview, please go to

Describe ACRL in three words: Connecting, network, colleagues.

What do you value about ACRL? I really value the opportunity to collaborate with others during webinars and in person conferences. I co-chair the Copyright Discussion Group and we always have fascinating discussions about current copyright issues facing libraries during the ALA meetings. Come join us!

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I help librarians, faculty, staff, students and library patrons with copyright issues they face daily such as fair use, author’s rights, teaching with copyrighted materials and more. The questions are rarely, if ever, the same and it is a fascinating job because I learn something new almost every single day.

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

(via the Illinois Library Association)

This spring, ILA will launch a new member learning resource, ILA Noon Network. The ILA Noon Network will offer afternoon micro-learning webinars on various topics designed to help members with their professional development goals.

Webinars will be twenty minutes, and consist of a 10-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question and answer session.

We are seeking universal topics that will resonate with all library professionals. Examples of topics include:

  • New ideas with storytimes
  • Marketing to patrons
  • What’s new in social media
  • How to submit a program proposal
  • How to become an ILA Board Member

Please submit your topic suggestions to Tamara Jenkins and include in the subject line ILA Noon Network Topic. Please submit topics by January 17, 2020.

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

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Has your library undergone renovations or new building in 2019? Share the news with the library community by submitting the project for the ILA Reporter “Library Buildings 2019” article in the March 2020 issue. Submissions should include:

  • At least one high-resolution image of the exterior
  • At least one high-resolution of the interior
  • Name of the architect or architectural firm
  • Type of project; either “Renovation/expansion” or “New building”
  • Total cost
  • Service population
  • Name of the library director
  • 2-3 quotes from patrons or users for a “What people are saying” section

Examples from past issues are available on the ILA website. The deadline for submission is Monday, January 20, and submissions should be sent via email to ILA Reporter assistant editor Kendall Harvey. We look forward to showcasing your project, large or small, from any type of library!

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

(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

The CARLI Instruction Committee is seeking presenters for a panel discussion on fresh approaches to evaluating information, to be presented via webinar on Wednesday, April 1. More information is available here.

As our students grapple with various forms of alternative facts, what tools or frameworks can instruction librarians employ to help them effectively determine what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what’s somewhere in between?

Interested presenters (either individuals or groups) should submit an approximately 100-word description of the approach or strategy they’d like to discuss.
Submit your proposal here.

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, February 11.

Please contact the Committee Co-Chairs, Amy Hall ( or Marielle McNeal (, or the CARLI Office ( with any questions.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Dr. Amanda Folk, The Ohio State University)

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 17.  Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-February 2020.

Description of the Session

This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.

Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

  • Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design
  • Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research

Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2020 cannot be considered.

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.

The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

  • The paper title
  • A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress)
  • A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

Send submissions via e-mail to Audrey Church,, with the subject line: LRRT Research Forum Proposal

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

(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL President)

Free IACRL Webinar
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Libraries Are Open for Learning: Using OER to Support Students and Faculty

Open Educational resources (OER) have quickly become an answer to addressing higher education affordability, increasing student completer success raters and reducing equating gaps, and increasing pedagogical innovations. As libraries support the very essence of “open”, librarians and library staff are primed to lead OER efforts at colleges and universities. After setting baselines, including definitions and efficacy of OER, this webinar will discuss some OER and Open program opportunities your library can select to implement and support, no matter where you’re at in the OER adoption process. We encourage you to bring your ideas for OER programs that others can adapt, and your questions and concerns.

Register here. Please direct any questions to Michelle Nielsen Ott, 2019-2020 IACRL President, at

Posted in Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Open Access, Webinars | No Comments »