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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

The Society of American Archivists’ Science, Technology, and Health Care Section Steering Committee invites you to join us for our next virtual coffee chat on Tuesday, July 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT, to discuss conducting research on science, technology, and health care-related topics in corporate archives.

Our invited speakers will include the following people.

  • Scott Grimwood (Archives Manager, SSM Health & Franciscan Sisters of Mary Archives)
  • Jamie Martin (Corporate Archivist, IBM)
  • Bonnie Smith (Corporate Archivist, The Aerospace Corporation)
  • Meghan Turney (Archives Supervisor, Rochester Electronics)

To access the chat at the scheduled time, please go here.

Discussion topics will include balancing the interests of researchers with those of the organization, collection development concerns, professional development, and tips for conducting research in a corporate or business archives.

You do not need to be an SAA member to attend. We hope to have a robust discussion and look forward to seeing you on July 12!

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

Calling all solo librarians!

RAILS is re-launching the Chicago Area Solo Librarians (CASL) Networking Group. The first meeting will take place virtually on Friday, June 24, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT.

The purpose of this group is to connect solo librarians from around the RAILS region by encouraging support, ideas, peer-to-peer learning, advocacy, and networking. This group is open to anyone who identifies as a solo professional library worker. No other credentials are needed.

Please register here. Direct any questions to Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, at dan.bostrom@railslibraries.info.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Professional Development, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Pat Thibodeau–Program Director at NLM/AASHL Leadership Fellows Program)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL (Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries) seek applicants for the 2022/2023 Leadership Fellows Program. The application deadline is now Friday, June 24.

The Program seeks candidates who are emerging leaders in health sciences libraries and who are passionate about the importance of leadership skills and knowledge to the future of academic health sciences libraries. As a Leadership Fellow, you will join a cohort of like-minded colleagues and become part of a network of Fellows and Mentors who have gone through the Program since 2002. You also belong to the larger community of academic health sciences library directors. The Program raises your visibility as an emerging leader within AAHSL and the profession.

The Leadership Fellows Program recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching and supporting the mission of academic health sciences libraries, and actively seeks applications from individuals with varying identities and backgrounds.

Both Fellows and Mentors have reported how valuable the Program has been to them for their own personal growth as a leader and for shaping their career as an academic health sciences library director. The Program has also had a high success rate with 54% of fellows being hired as academic health sciences library directors or interim directors, and many others being promoted to positions with higher administrative responsibilities.


Candidates for Fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. The Program welcomes applications from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.  In its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Program actively seeks applicants from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

The Program welcomes “self-nominations”, in addition to nominations from directors and colleagues.

More information on Program design, the Program schedule, and the application are available here.

Please help us continue this successful program by sharing this information with prospective applicants you know; and consider sharing your expertise as a Mentor.

Please contact the Program Director if you have any questions or need more information: Patricia (Pat) L. Thibodeau, Program Director, NLM/AASHL Leadership Fellows Program, at plthibodeau@gmail.com, or(919) 619-6906.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, National Library of Medicine (NLM), Professional Development | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

Applications are now open for the next Evidence Synthesis Institute for librarians. This will be an opportunity to enhance your database searching skills and learn about the possibilities for collaborating with researchers in conducting evidence syntheses across academic areas.

On August 2-5 (Tuesday-Friday), the 4th of 6 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded Institutes will occur in a virtual environment. Applications will be accepted until Monday, June 13. The application e-form is linked on this page.

This institute will be fully funded by the IMLS and at no charge for accepted applicants. The Institute is aimed at library staff supporting evidence syntheses in topics outside of the health sciences and will cover the following areas.

  • overview of systematic reviews and similar methodologies
  • guidelines and standards
  • search strategy development
  • software tools
  • quality assessment
  • systematic review services

Applicants should anticipate addressing the following questions in their application.

  • Why is this training relevant to your current work or career development?
  • How will you use specialized evidence synthesis skills in your job?
  • How do you anticipate sharing what you learn at this workshop with colleagues, researchers, and/or students?

We are able to accept 50 participants in this Institute. Applications will be screened and prioritized based on urgency of need, existing knowledge gap, disciplines supported by applicant, and potential impact of training.

Questions about the Evidence Synthesis Institute can be sent to sysreview@umn.edu. More information on the IMLS proposal and the partnership between University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon University is available at IMLS.gov, RE-246347-OLS-20.

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(via Emily Williams, Georgia State University)

The Georgia Library Association Carterette Series Webinars presents “Am I Doing This Right? Advice for First Time Managers”. The webinar will take place at 1:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, June 22.


Becoming a manager is an exciting but also daunting transition. As first-time managers, we are faced with many new opportunities which may seem more like challenges, especially if we are new to the library system, have recently received a promotion, or struggle with imposter syndrome. In this webinar we will discuss strengths-based leadership, how and what to delegate, strategies for self-care, time management tips, and more.

About the Presenters

Kaya Burgin (kaya.burgin@chpl.org) is the Branch Manager at Avondale Branch Library of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. In 2015, Kaya was named an ALA Emerging Leader. Kaya is passionate about the role libraries play in enriching their communities.

Sondra Presley (Sondra.presley@chpl.org) is Senior Branch Manager of the Price Hill Branch Library at the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. In 2021, Sondra was awarded the OLC Diana Vescelius Emerging Leader Award which recognizes Ohio’s library leaders of tomorrow. While she loves books, her focus is supporting and developing staff to ensure they can serve customers of all backgrounds and socio-economic experiences.

To register, follow these steps.

1. Go to the registration page.

2. Complete and submit the form.

3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration.

4. If asked for a password to attend the webinar, use 0000.

Can’t make it to the live show? No worries! The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.

Please contact Emily Williams, at ewilliams63@gsu.edu, or another member of the Carterette Series planning team, at carteretteserieswebinars@georgialibraryassociation.org, with questions or programming suggestions!

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois is pleased to share upcoming Professional Development Alliance (PDA) offerings.

“Learning with LOUIS: The Nuts & Bolts of Libguides part 3: ‘Managing the LibGuides System'”

Wednesday, June 8, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT

In this Learning with LOUIS three-part series, we will be exploring the nuts and bolts of LibGuides. Each session will feature how-to presentations on a specific LibGuides task, as well as demonstrations of successful guides. In part 3, Sarah Mazur from Louisiana State University Shreveport will present on “Managing the LibGuides System”.

Register here.

“Creating Healthier Productive and More Inclusive Workplaces

Tuesday, June 14, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

What makes one organization thrive and excel to new heights while another organization barely treads water with apathetic employees and average productivity? What habits do successful, diverse, and engaged workplaces have in common? These questions and more were the focus of the 14-month research project which looked at some of the most successful profit and nonprofit organizations worldwide. After hundreds of interviews, the research results are guaranteed to be “aha” moments that participants can take back to their organization, especially the work on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Register here.

“Cultivating Antiracist, Antibias Workplaces through the Development of Cultural Competence”

Wednesday, June 15, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT

Cultural competence has been suggested as an approach to combating issues surrounding racism and bias within library and information organizations. But what does cultural competence look like in the cultivation of antiracist and anti bias workplaces? This session will use the cultural competence continuum to identify specific actions or behaviors that both individuals and organizations can implement in order to both develop cultural competence and combat issues of racism and bias within library workplaces.

Register here.

“The Power of Presentation: Enhancing Your Slides for Engagement”

Tuesday, June 21, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT

Throughout your life you will, almost certainly, give presentations. We’ve all sat through presentations that were boring, confusing, and drab. How do you communicate your message most succinctly? What visuals will captivate and inform your audience the best? Is it only about your slide design or are there other techniques that leave a lasting impression? In this session, Jamie Nelson will distill the magic that just might take your next presentation from bland to grand.

​ Register here.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois is pleased to share upcoming Professional Development Alliance (PDA) offerings.

“Learning with LOUIS: The Nuts & Bolts of Libguides part 2: ‘Embedding Media in LibGuides’ and ‘Creating Eye-Catching Virtual Displays'”

Wednesday, June 1, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT

In this Learning with LOUIS three-part series, we will be exploring the nuts and bolts of LibGuides. Each session will feature how-to presentations on a specific LibGuides task, as well as demonstrations of successful guides. In part 2, Caitlin Cooper from Delgado Community College will present on “Embedding Media in LibGuides”, then Rob Stephens from LOUIS will present on “Creating Eye-Catching Virtual Displays”.

Register here.

“Inclusive Leadership for Social Impact”

Thursday, June 2, 10:00-11:00 AM CDT

The realities of racism and inequity in our world have left a large part of the population wondering what is next. With the collective consciousness of citizens of the world awoken, libraries are in a unique position to lead the hard conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in their respective communities. This session will challenge cultural norms while empowering you to be a fearless agent of change in your community.

Register here.

“Embedding Social Justice within the First Year Experience Program at Winston-Salem State University”

Thursday, June 2, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Presenters Wanda Brown-Director of the C.G. O’Kelly Library, Dr. Kathy Stitts, Associate Provost, and librarians Sharnette Evans and AlTonya Washington will discuss the ways in which Winston-Salem State University equips its students with a solid understanding of the five pillars of Social Justice: diversity, educational equity, health equity, community sustainability, and community empowerment. The panelists will also discuss the curriculum creation process and the library’s participation within course instruction. The presenters will highlight the University’s history of social justice activism and discuss the student assigned Signature Project that culminates the first-year experience course.

Register here.

“Be Intentional, Not Identical: Creating DEI Strategies for the Library that Serves Your Community”

Tuesday, June 7, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Join us for a discussion on navigating your library’s strategy for DEI and learn about best practices and training that are authentic to your staff and communities. When we incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizations, we understand that it is not one size fits all. What works for one organization and community will not work for all. During the discussion, you will learn about Forsyth County Public Library’s ongoing work to incorporate DEI into its culture, programs and services.

Register here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The ILA Students and New Professionals Forum is hosting its final Career Pathway Talk Series webinar of the season, “How to Retain BIPOC Students and New Professionals in Librarianship”. It will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, May 18, as part of the Illinois Library Association’s Noon Network series. Library professionals will discuss key issues that present barriers for BIPOC library workers, strategies for fostering an inclusive workplace, and offer advice on recruiting and retaining BIPOC library workers. We will take questions from the audience throughout the program. As always, the Talk Series is free for all participants.

Registration is still open, here. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Anjelica Rufus-Barnes, Past Co-Manager of the ILA Students and New Professionals Forum, at rufuanje@icloud.com​. We hope to see you there!

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(via ACRL)

Register by Friday, May 27, to join the next cohort of institutional teams planning their change process. ACRL’s Fostering Change Cohort is a 12-week program designed for teams from institutions planning any type of organizational change. Each team can be made up of 2-to-5 library workers, and a full scholarship will be awarded to one team from a minority-serving institution. The 2022 Cohort will run from Monday, June 6, through Friday, August 26.

To get the most out of this cohort, we recommend that your team enters with a clear idea of an initiative that will have change implications for your organization. Examples of possible changes could range from altering an existing service model to developing new organizational structures; creating a communication toolkit to implementing a new technology or platform.

Complete details., including registration, are available here.

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(via Jenay Solomon, U​niversity of Iowa)

Want to help someone new to the profession, or more experienced but seeking your wisdom? Sign up to be a mentor!

The University Library Section (ULS) Membership Committee will be providing “On-the-Fly” Mentoring services on site during ALA Annual 2022 in Washington, D.C. Mentees will have the opportunity to meet with a mentor for a twenty-minute session, on a drop-in basis. We need experienced librarians to help those new to the profession or looking for career advice.

If you are attending ALA Annual 2022 and are willing to act as a mentor, please sign up using the online form. We are looking for all kinds of librarians–public, special, school, and academic!


ALA JobList Placement & Career Development Center, Renaissance DC Hotel–Rock Creek Ballroom

Dates & Times

  • Saturday, June 25, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
  • Sunday, June 26, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Professional Development | No Comments »