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(via RAILS)

Join the U.S. Census Bureau for “Census Bureau Data for Librarians” on Monday, May 3, at 1:00 PM CDT. Designed for the novice data user, the series will present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist libraries, schools and organizations identify data-driven solutions to challenges encountered.

This summit is a free virtual webinar that will teach users more about the demographics and economics characteristics of the patrons you serve. Featuring data from decennial censuses and various other census surveys, this training will take a deeper dive into demographic, social and economic tabulations and how you can access them using the Census Bureau’s enterprise-level data-access tools.

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will have accomplished the following.

  • have an increased awareness of the vast data products available through the U.S. Census Bureau
  • be better equipped to utilize some of the free on-line tools available on Census.gov
  • have resources and toolkits to assist with navigating data available through Census.gov

Please note: due to high interest by librarians for this topic, and limited webinar portal capacity, please register early to ensure your spot for this highly anticipated session.

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

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Register now for the  HSLI Community Session on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from noon to 1:00 PM CST for HSLI and SLA-IL networking. The topic is, “What We Do To Survive (and Excel) in Our Organizations”. Panelists will be: Brenda Stenger (American Hospital Association); Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner (Governors State University);  Debra Smith (College of DuPage). For event information and registration, click here.

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HSLI Community Session Re-cap: NNLM Contract Cycle (2021-26)

On Friday, April 16th, HSLI sponsored an online community session about the new NNLM contract (2021-2026). Thank you to Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, GMR, for providing an update and introducing her colleague, Nora Barnett, GMR Outreach Coordinator.  

Slides are available for those who missed the session and/or would like to review them.

Re-cap of some changes and transitions with the new NNLM contract cycle that will begin Saturday, May 1st.

  • In the new arrangement, there will be seven regions.  Our region, formerly called GMR (Greater Midwest region), will be called Region 6. Three states: (Kentucky, North Dakota, and South Dakota) are being moved to other regions. NOTE: The NNLM regions are not related to the Medical Library Association chapters and the Midwest Chapter/MLA should not be confused with Region 6.
  • As the GMR region transitions to being Region 6, watch for a new logo, new website identity, etc. No one will have to re-subscribe to the Region’s weekly digest, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).  If you don’t already subscribe to the e-newsletter, you are invited to do so. To view the most recent issue with other news mentioned during the community session, click here.
  • Region 6  will be seeking persons for a variety of roles.
    • Emergency and Preparedness Coordinator from Illinois as the program is expanding in the new cooperative agreement.  Region 6 will sponsor the MLA Disaster Information Specialist Certificate. Contact Jacqueline Leskovec if you are interested: <Jacqueline-leskovec@uiowa.edu>
    • Positions on a state advisory group
    • Coordinator for the Region 6 office, telecommuting optional from the Region.
  • The HSLI listserv is hosted by the region and will be transitioning.  Look for announcements from HSLI listserv moderator, Linda Feinberg, as that transition is completed. The new listserv address will be: <hsli@uiowa.edu>.  No action is needed by those already subscribed.

Illinois has the largest number of members as we transition to Region 6.  HSLI looks forward to working with Jacqueline in her role as Network Coordinator of Region 6 (continuing her roles in Membership, the Partner Outreach Program (renamed from Partner Outreach Libraries), and Emergency Preparedness, and others). We welcome Nora to the region. We also await further updates from the NNLM.

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

Have you ever thought of using comics as part of your job? The Ohio Health Sciences Library Association invites you to Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship, a virtual CE course with instructors Kathryn Houk and Ariel Pomputius. The course will take place on Friday, April 30, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM CDT. The registration fee for OHSLA’s offering of this course is only $20 and 1.5 MLA CE credits are available.

This course offers an introduction to skills that can form the basis for innovative library services. These skills can be used to engage a wide range of library users, even during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

To register and view the complete program description, course objectives, and presenter bios, please visit go here. We hope you to see you online April 30 for the live course with Kathryn and Ariel, but if you have a conflict with the live course time, there will be a separate registration to earn CE credit for watching the recording. The registration link to view the recording and receive CE credit will be posted after April 30, and the same registration fee will apply.

This program is made possible through the generous support of an NNLM-GMR Expert Speaker Award.

Contact OHSLA Program Chair Ximena Chrisagis (ximena.chrisagis@wright.edu) if you have questions about the program, CE, or accommodation needs. Reach out to OHSLA Treasurer Liz Lyman (Elizabeth.Lyman@nationwidechildrens.org) with questions about payment.

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(via Ashley Weinheimer, McGraw Hill)

Registration is now open for the webinar “Lessons Learned from the 1918 Influenza and COVID-19 Pandemics”, with Dr. Teri Shors of University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh. The event will take place on Thursday, April 22, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM CDT. A description is below.

Are we living through unprecedented times? Perhaps so, but pandemics of the past have much in common with today’s experiences. There are amazing similarities between the 1918 Influenza and the COVID-19 pandemics, and we can apply lessons learned from 1918 and 2019 to future pandemics and responses.

This presentation will compare and contrast these century events from several perspectives such as the disease, epidemiology, prevention and control responses at a global level. Additional focus will be on U.S. education, vaccine hesitancy and the COVID-19 vaccine, social media and disinformation, the need for continued SARS-CoV-2 research, and leadership by experts and government authorities involved in coordinating COVID-19 control measures and disseminating up-to-date, transparent and accurate information as it unfolds through science.

To register please go here.

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

Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) and the Special Library Association Illinois community (SLA-IL) are excited to offer a new panel presentation, entitled “What We Do To Survive (and Excel) In Our Organizations”. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. The panelists for this event are below.

  • Brenda Stenger, American Hospital Association
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, Governors State University
  • Debra Smith, College of DuPage

The panelists will present strategies for existing and thriving as a librarian or informational manager in a profession setting. They will also discuss challenges and how to navigate the changing priorities in their organizations. Time will be left for questions, comments, and discussion.

This event will not be recorded. Registration is free. Attendees do not need to be members of HSLI or SLA-IL.

To register, please go here (Special Library Association Illinois) or here (Eventbrite).

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University, on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries)

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2021-2023 cohort of the Kaleidoscope Program. The program recruits master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups into careers in research libraries and archives.

Benefits of the Kaleidoscope Program include the following.

  • a tuition stipend of up to $10,000 over two years in support of MLIS education
  • leadership and career development training
  • a site visit to an ARL member library
  • financial support for skills development
  • a formal mentorship program

The Kaleidoscope Program is funded by ARL member libraries. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse workforce that will better reflect the changing demographics of higher education and society and will advance the Association’s goals of creating more inclusive, equitable, and just organizations.

Program Goal and Objectives

The Kaleidoscope Program seeks to accomplish the following goals.

  • attract MLIS students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to careers in research libraries and archives
  • strengthen participants’ leadership and job-searching skills via the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium
  • develop a network of peers and mentors who will guide and nurture the career development of the participants

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants will meet the following criteria.

  • identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada or Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) people classifications
  • be a resident of the US or Canada
  • be accepted into an ALA-accredited MLIS program
  • have a strong interest in pursuing a career in a research library or archive, especially one that is a member of the Association of Research Libraries

To Apply

All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 PM CDT on Thursday, May 13.

  • online application form
  • résumé
  • essay (400 words maximum) describing what attracts you to a career in a research library or archive
  • unofficial undergraduate transcripts including last academic semester completed
  • unofficial graduate transcripts including last academic semester completed OR official letter of acceptance into a graduate-level program in library and information science (either at the time of application or before being accepted into the Kaleidoscope Program)
  • two letters of recommendation (See the application requirements for details.)

For more information about the program and the application process, go here.

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(via CARLI)

On Friday, April 23, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM , the CARLI Public Services Committee invites you to “Oops! The Pandemic Made Me Do It Again: Escape Rooms, Digital Displays, and More”, their ongoing informal discussion via Zoom about how public services have changed over the past year.

We’ll begin with two topics that had great interest during the committee’s January discussion; Escape Rooms and Digital Displays, with presenters Leslie Starasta and Amy Chellino. An informal chat will follow so attendees may share successes and challenges from the past year.

Please register here. Registration is open through Thursday, April 22. Connection details for Zoom will be shared with registrants the week of April 18.

This event will not be recorded.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project is hosting a free webinar to explore the topic of COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and ongoing operations plans for organizations. Presenters will provide information on vaccine education, including resources available to help address vaccine misinformation in the community. They will also share aspects of what is known and unknown in the scientific community about vaccines, along with a general update about the REALM project.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, April 15, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM CDT. For more information, and to register, please go here.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

This is the last chance to register for “Library Research: Tips for Starting a Research Project at Your Library” from Amigos Library Services. The class will take place on Thursday, April 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM CDT. A description of the course’s content is below.

Research is necessary to understand cause and effect relationships, the best strategies for working with communities, how to teach, and so much of life. Research makes sense of things that are opaque. All research projects start with curiosity and a clear question. In this course, you will be introduced to various research methods. The instructor will then walk through how to select the best research method for your question(s). You will leave the course with ideas for how to start a research project at your library. Attendees will write research questions, discover different research methods, and align research questions with research methods.

The deadline to register is Monday, April 5. Click here to do so. The cost is $95.00 for Amigos members and $155 for non-members.

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