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(via Susan Lessick, University of California – Irvine)

Good news for those interested in learning the right skills to conduct high-quality research. MLA’s Research Training Institute (RTI) has extended the deadline for 2022-23 applicants to Monday, January 31.

RTI transforms library professionals ​with any level of research skills into experts who are able to independently conduct a quality research project. RTI training covers all stages of designing, implementing, and communicating a successful health information research project.
Know anyone who could benefit from this program? Encourage them to apply!

Participants develop effective research questions, select a research design, identify the components of a research project, collect, manage, and analyze data, publish and present the results of a research project, and much more.

Past RTI Fellows report experiencing enhanced career opportunities after participating in the program. Here’s what some of them have said about their RTI experience.

“Participating in the RTI has been like getting a mini-PhD.”

“Excellent instructors, curriculum content, and course readings”

“RTI has helped me approach my research ideas from a place of empowerment instead of apprehension.”

“I now feel confident in my ability to forge forth with a project I’m passionate about.”

“One of the most productive and professional fulfilling milestones of my career.”

For more information, and to apply, please go here.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

The CARLI Preservation Committee is pleased to invite you to join a Professional Development Alliance (PDA) webinar “Working with Fire Professionals”, presented by Chief John High of the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) on Tuesday, January 25, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CDT. This program, described fully below, will look at identifying fire hazards, how to prevent them, and how the fire department will respond to the call. This program supports the CARLI Preservation Committee’s efforts to share information throughout 2021-2022 regarding preparing for and responding to Disasters & Emergencies.

“Working with Fire Professionals” is an introduction to what fire departments do with a special look at Fire Prevention activities. The first step in fighting a fire is to prevent the fire from ever occurring.  Firefighters face a variety of hazards as they battle a burning building besides the heat and smoke. There are collapses of ceilings and walls, holes burned through the floors and live electrical and gas lines.

When a fire occurs, the results are often devastating to a family or business. Many items are not replaceable and for a business to be closed due to a fire can be a permanent closure.

People do not always understand how everyday items can help start a fire and how fast a fire can develop. This program will look at identifying fire hazards, how to prevent them, and how the fire department will respond to the call. The fire service goal is to protect life and property.

Chief John High, Sr., serves as the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Fire Investigation and Fire Prevention Training program manager. John is responsible for scheduling classes, cultivating new instructors and assuring the program continues to meet all state and national training standards. Chief High also oversees an expansion of the prevention component as part of IFSI outreach.

Chief High joined IFSI field staff in 2003. He has been affiliated since 1994 with the Lynch Fire Protection District and currently serves as a Trustee. He retired from that department as Assistant Chief. Concurrently, Chief High served on the Danville Fire Department beginning in 1978 and retiring in 2012 as Assistant Chief.

Chief High is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Fire Protection Association. He attended Parkland College and earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science. Chief High holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Management from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

The Illinois Fire Service Institute is the statutory State Fire Academy for Illinois. In addition to training provided at its Champaign campus, the Institute offers one-day hands-on classes for fire departments at Regional Training Centers and local fire stations across the State. The mission of the Illinois Fire Service Institute is to help firefighters do their work through training, education, information and research.

Please register for the event here. Send any questions to CARLI Support, at support@carli.illinois.edu.

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(via the Network of the National Library of Medicine)

On behalf of the NNLM Reading Club team (Darlene Kaskie, Tess Wilson, Lorin Jackson, Shannon Jones, Stefania Acosta Ramirez and Michele Spatz), we are thrilled to announce the January, 2022, NNLM Reading Club topic, “Health Misinformation”.

We encourage you to learn how to spot health misinformation by reading one of these books and discussing it in your book club. Visit here to get started.

“Health misinformation is a serious threat to public health. It can cause confusion, sow mistrust, harm people’s health, and undermine public health efforts. Limiting the spread of health misinformation is a moral and civic imperative that will require a whole-of-society effort.”–Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. Vice Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, Surgeon General of the United States

Health misinformation always has an audience–from snake-oil salesmen of ages past to savvy social media health “experts” and “fake news” reports of the present. The pandemic leaves people vulnerable and uncertain. As sophisticated misinformation peddlers take advantage of our 24/7 communications torrent, they make it even harder for people to discern health information fact from fiction.

Critically evaluating health information is a crucial skill in today’s media-driven society. So is understanding the tactics that new-age charlatans use to dupe well-meaning individuals. This month, the NNLM Reading Club suggests three books to help uncover health misinformation – the strategies used to make it believable and the critical thinking skills needed to discover its real character.

In It’s Probably Nothing: The Stress-Less Guide to Dealing with Health Anxiety, Wellness Fads, and Overhyped Headlines, experienced health writer and editor Casey Gueren shares tips to build one’s health literacy–such as learning to flex your BS detector when searching online. Her tone is bright and cheery–a “you got this” approach to becoming smarter health readers.

Director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, Emmy-Award winning writer Seema Jasmin, M.D., addresses viral medical myths and why they are so tenacious in her book Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them. Dr. Yasmin shares the science refuting 46 falsehoods and talks about why such persistent health untruths persist.

The book Hype: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice was written by Nina Shapiro, M.D., & collaborator Kristin Loberg. In addition to her clinical practice at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital, Dr. Shapiro is a noted health writer and commentator. She wrote Hype to “wake [people] up to the truth about popular health advice and offer a thoughtful, reliable guide for becoming a smart health consumer and patient.”

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(via the National Library of Medicine)

The National Library of Medicine seeks recent graduates, including early- and second-career librarians, interested in advancing equitable and innovative futures for biomedical libraries to participate in a one-year fellowship that fosters the development of aspiring library leaders.

Position(s): National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows

Fellows will:

  • ​select and participate on projects ranging from o​perations to research and development; project opportunities are in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, common data elements
  • grow professionally and learn in a cohort, participating in an established set of workshops
  • develop skills in data science, foundations for leadership
  • receive support from experienced mentors
  • attend professional conferences

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a series of workshops in library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development, and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services, and the extensive engagement and education program. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with NLM staff over a six-month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Li​brary of Medicine.

How many: between 3 and 6 Associate Fellows selected each year

Fellowship: one-year to learn about the National Library of Medicine, its products and services

Where: National Library of Medicine, campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. The Fellowship may be virtual in 2022-2023.

When: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Stipend: $60,129; additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance; up to $1,500 in relocation funding

Eligibility: recent graduate (within the past five years) with a master’s in information science/library science

Deadline for applications: Friday, January 28, 2022

Apply online here. Applications and additional information are available online at “Associate Fellowship Program: How to Apply”.

Contact information: Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator, at 301-827-4284 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov

Who is eligible?

All U.S. citizens who will have earned an MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by June 2022. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.

The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. NLM is committed to recruiting and developing a workforce that is inclusive of a broad range of underrepresented people, including racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. NLM’s commitment to workforce diversity extends to advocating for diversity of thought and plurality of methods. A commitment to diversity is grounded in the belief that full participation of a diverse workforce improves team performance, engendering robust array of knowledge representations as well as culturally appropriate means of supporting discovery and delivering health information.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

Registration is now open for the CARLI Professional Development Alliance webinars taking place in January. Please see below for more information.​​

“Libraries Within the Ecosystem of Digital Equity: A Panel on Practical Advice and the Bigger Picture”

Thursday, January 20, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Digital equity is not a new concept. Library workers have been tasked with addressing this issue since the dawn of personal computers, decades ago. However, the pandemic has thrown obstacles in the end game of making sure our communities are digitally equitable. A recent influx of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is also now on the table. Panelists will share how working towards digital inclusion requires a strong ecosystem of collaboration, how libraries fit within this ecosystem, and practical guidance on what the future holds for digital equity initiatives.

Register here.

“If You Have Emotions and You Know It Shout Hooray: Presenting Social Emotional Learning in Storytime”

Tuesday, January 25, 12:00-1:30 PM CDT

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has always been an important part of education and human development. With the ongoing pandemic and shocking headlines, now, more than ever, we are prompted to help caregivers and young children learn how to express and understand their emotions. With the overwhelming amount of books in this genre, this webinar will help us choose books that involve SEL learning and also use (just about) any books, music and other storytime material to decipher feelings.

Register here.

“Working with Fire Professionals”

Tuesday, January 25, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT

Chief John High, Sr., from the Illinois Fire Service Institute, will look at identifying fire hazards, how to prevent them, and how the fire department will respond to the call. Learn how everyday items can help start a fire and how fast a fire can develop. Firefighters face a variety of hazards as they battle a burning building besides the heat and smoke. There are collapses of ceilings and walls, holes burned through the floors and live electrical and gas lines. When a fire occurs, the results are often devastating.

Register here.

“Creating Self-Led Foundational Literacy Kits for Child Care Centers”

Thursday, January 27, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Learn the basic steps and components to create early literacy kits for childcare centers in your area. With many outreach services put on hold, these boxes are an accessible tool for childcare providers to use in their centers. This session will walk participants through revamping existing outreach materials, or creating a new partnership initiative. You’ll leave this webinar with examples, ideas, and an excitement to get started on your library’s own Literacy Kits!

Register here.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

Registration is now open for the CARLI Professional Development Alliance webinars taking place in January. Please see below for more information.

“Using Your Data to Make Decisions” (Collaborative Literacy Learning Series)

Tuesday, January 11, 9:30-11:00 AM CDT

Libraries have access to a considerable amount of data: from statistics about library use (circulation, program attendance, website, and online resources use), to data about their communities. The hardest part is often determining what data are needed to answer operational questions or how to turn those data into evidence-based decisions.

Participants will leave this session with an understanding of how to create better visualizations for decision-making, and how to ask the questions to collect actionable data through community and staff surveys.

Register here.

“Data Literacy in the Library” (Collaborative Literacy Learning Series)

Tuesday, January 11, 12:30-2:00 PM CDT

This 90-minute workshop will explore teaching the skill of data literacy in the library, and include practical programming ideas that can be adapted for a range of spaces and audiences. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to communicate data literacy principles and implement data literacy activities in their space.

Register here.

“Crafting Your Story with Data Visualizations”

Thursday, January 13, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

What story are you telling with your data? What story do you want to tell with your data? This webinar on chart design for storytelling with data will introduce core design elements based on accepted best practices grounded in current visualization research. Webinar presenters will model strategies for designing and redesigning visualizations that tell stories, including chart selection, intentional use of color, and strategic use of text.

Register here.

“Tools You Can Use — Tools for Teaching Digital Literacy and Increasing Staff Confidence”

Tuesday, January 18, 1:30-3:00 PM CDT

Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world – providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy. Attendees will learn the importance of and best practices for digital literacy, as well as useful digital literacy tools and resources for library staff to employ when working with patrons and technologies.

Register here.

“The Before and After: Returning to Work with COVID Restrictions Still in Place”

Wednesday, January 19, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT

While it was challenging to work from home for 18 months, many feel returning to work with COVID restrictions still in place to be even more difficult. In this session, Joan Schuitema will explore some of the reasons for this such as continued isolation, the loss of workplace traditions and rituals, and grief associated with the loss of colleagues, friends, and family members. We will also try to identify ways to address these issues so as to improve our workplace experience.

Register here.

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(via Library Juice Academy)

Registration is now open for Library Juice Academy’s asynchronous online course “Evaluating Service Quality and Patron Satisfaction”. It will last from Monday, January 3, to Sunday, January 30. The course is worth 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs.

How well do your front line staff serve your clientele? Your reputation for great service is critical for growing support for your organization. This four-week, online course teaches participants about understanding, measuring, and improving service quality from the ground up. Participants from all types of libraries will benefit from articles, visual examples, hands-on exercises, online resources, and discussion. Participants will discover how to pinpoint service quality issues and how to correct typical problems.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to accomplish the following tasks.

  • define service quality and client satisfaction in libraries
  • measure service quality three different ways
  • analyze data to pinpoint service problems
  • use data to improve service quality

Required text: Peter Hernon, Ellen Altman, Robert E. Dugan. (2015). Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers. 3rd edition. Chicago: ALA Editions. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1308-6 (paper). PDF, ePub and Kindle editions also available.

For more information, and to register, please go here. A full list of the upcoming courses that Library Juice Academy will offer is available here.

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(via Kimberly Shotick, Northern Illinois University)

​Are you interested in exploring issues related to student success with colleagues in Illinois? The Student Success Interest Group of Illinois (SSIGI) is an informal group that discusses, learns, and shares how academic libraries support student success around the state. Student success is an increasing focus for academic libraries, with positions, spaces, and work devoted to advancing library and institutional goals. Efforts in this area encompass activities like outreach, instruction, programming, assessment, and campus partnerships.

The group will convene via Zoom on Thursday, January 20, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  If you are interested in attending, please fill out the form to RSVP and indicate your interest in topics for the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Mallory Jallas (mrjalla@ilstu.edu) and Kimberly Shotick (kshotick@niu.edu).

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(via Susan Lessick–University of California, Irvine)

Are you a library professional who wants to take your research skills to the next level? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you want to pursue but do not know where to start and need support to carry it through? The MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) is a unique, highly effective, and collaborative online research and support program. RTI assessment findings show that the RTI learning model is sound, effective, and increases the research skills, confidence, and productivity of participants. Librarians of all levels of professional experience who provide health information services, collections, and support, and want to contribute to improving library and health care outcomes, are encouraged to apply to the RTI program.

The Institute is a one-year online program that consists of a series of online modules in advanced research methods, along with mentoring by faculty experts and peer coaches, including Northwestern University’s Karen Gutzman. Participants will prepare and implement a research project, and they will have an opportunity to present findings at the MLA 2023 Annual Conference. RTI 2022 features an expanded research curriculum and greater affordability and flexibility for participants.

Applications re now being accepted through Wednesday, January 12, for the 2022 cohort of RTI research fellows. Accepted applicants will be notified in March 2022. See the RTI website for eligibility requirements and selection criteria, along with additional information on the Institute. The Institute offers many scholarship opportunities for professionals from small libraries, engaging in DEI research, and for those with limited financial means.

Please contact Projector Director Susan Lessick, at slessick@uci.edu, with any questions.

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(via CARLI)

CARLI is pleased to invite you to attend the Professional Development Alliance (PDA) event “The ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey”, presented by Devin Savage, Janine A. Kuntz, and Jeannette E. Pierce. It will take place on Wednesday, December 15, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM CDT.

Each year thousands of academic libraries complete ACRL’s Trends and Statistics Survey. Libraries across the country use the survey for benchmarking, understanding trends, advocating for better resources, assessment, and conducting deeper research. In this session, Devin Savage, Janine A. Kuntz, and Jeannette E. Pierce, members of ACRL’s Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board, will present selected results from the 2020 survey by looking at how the data can be used with the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. ACRL has recently migrated the survey to the new platform, Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends, which provides comparative data. Presenters will also share responses to common questions from those who complete the survey, discuss recent changes to the survey, and demonstrate how librarians can access and use the data.

To learn more and register, go here. Please send questions about this program to CARLI Support, at support@carli.illinois.edu.

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