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MLA Urges Administrators to Fund Hospital Libraries and Staff

(via Ramune Kubilus, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University, on behalf of the Medical Library Association)

“Hospital libraries and library staff are essential partners in providing excellent health care and achieving optimal patient outcomes,” begins MLA’s new advocacy statement. Titled “Partner with Hospital Libraries to Improve Patient Care”, the Hospital Library Caucus (HLC) collaborated with its members and the MLA Board to develop the statement. The board has recently provided its approval, and the official statement is publicly available on MLANET.

“Partner with Hospital Libraries to Improve Patient Care” was originally developed as a response to the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) document on the importance of hospital libraries and librarians during the pandemic. HLC’s goal was to build on many of the important points made by CHLA and to focus on hospital administrators and other key health system budgetary decision-makers as the primary audiences. In researching and developing the content for the statement, Brian Baker, HLC chair-elect, and Ellen Aaronson sought input and assistance from health sciences librarians with experience in hospital libraries, management, and advocacy.

Several national organizations were initially approached and have quickly signed on. These include the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, the CHLA, and the Special Libraries Association. MLA President Kris Alpi, AHIP, FMLA, and HLC volunteers are currently reaching out to additional institutions to obtain further support. (All co-signing organizations will be added to MLANET.)

Obtaining more support is only part of an ongoing collaboration effort to generate awareness of the importance of hospital librarians. The HLC is also creating a toolkit for administrators who want to build a library in their health care system as well as a toolkit for hospital librarians aiming to help them keep their jobs and libraries open. Further updates will be provided as soon as those are ready.

What You Can Do

We encourage you to read the statement and reach out to those interested in using or supporting this critical document. We’ve created a template cover letter for you to use in contacting organizations you think may be interested in providing support.

Or, if you belong to an organization wishing to endorse your support for the statement, please complete this form asking them to join us as an essential partner in health care excellence.

Several HLC members have added a link to the statement page on their e-mail signatures, which will also help raise awareness of these efforts.

Please share your advocacy outreach ideas with anyone on the HLC.

We are excited to see this work get underway and to share further developments on this important initiative. MLA values you and the work you do to support the profession.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

RAILS has a new tool for libraries to stay connected to the My Library Is… campaign. As part of the campaign, you can subscribe to receive a regular newsletter with links to blog posts, templates, and resources. Anyone who is interested in telling the story of the library and proving the library’s value to stakeholders is encouraged to subscribe. This e-mail arrives on the first Monday of every month.

The first edition of this newsletter is now live. Inside, you’ll find links to recent blog posts about:

  • library partnerships
  • what is means to be a library marketer
  • creating a podcast to tell the library story
  • the value of library marketing plans

And much more! Thank you to the members of the My Library Is… Advisory Team who helped work on this project. We’re excited to see campaign continue to grow!

Posted in Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Reports | No Comments »

(via IACRL)

The ACRL Chapters Council just released the Fall issue of the Chapter Topics Newsletter, available here. The Newsletter includes updates from ACRL chapters around the country, along with a message from Chapters Council Chair Ali Larsen of Siena College.

The Illinois chapter has two articles in this issue, one of which is the “Spotlight on” feature. That article, “IACRL: Illinois Chapter Holds Its First-Ever People’s Choice Award in Scholarly Publishing”, is available here. The recipients were HSLI Secretary JJ Pionke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Elena Carrillo, University of Illinois at Chicago’s Daley Library; and Tina Griffin, University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago. The other article is  “Illinois Chapter Holds Annual Meeting and Other Activities During Illinois Library Association Virtual Conference”, which includes a summary of the speech that ACRL President Dr. Jon E. Cawthorne gave for the IACRL President’s Program. To read the article, please go here.

The Illinois chapter was one of only five chapters nationally to contribute articles for the Fall issue. To view past issues, some of which also include articles on IACRL activities, please go here.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Member News, Reports | No Comments »

(via Mary Konkel, College of DuPage)

In late 2019 OCLC Global Council, in conjunction with OCLC Research and Market Research teams, surveyed librarians around the world on their discovery and fulfillment efforts. The publication Global Perspectives on Discovery and Fulfillment: Findings from the 2020 OCLC Global Council Survey provides an overview of the findings from this global survey.

The key takeaways from more than 1,300 respondents in 68 countries: Librarians believe users employ search engines most frequently to discover resources. Budget constraints were reported as the biggest challenge. And respondents believe “the next big things” that will impact libraries include open access, artificial intelligence, and smart technologies.

To access the full text of the report, please click here or here.

Posted in Library Organizations, OCLC, Reports | No Comments »

(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, IACRL Communications Committee Chair)

The IACRL Communications Committee is highlighting recent career changes and publications by Illinois academic librarians in the next IACRL Newsletter.

If you have:

  • changed positions since February of 2020
  • been published since February of 2020

and would like to be included in the Fall, 2020, IACRL Newsletter, please send your career or publication information (or, if relevant, both) to Krista Bowers Sharpe, at KA-Bowers-Sharpe@wiu.edu. The deadline to do so is Friday, September 18.

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(via IACRL)

The Spring, 2020, edition of the ACRL Chapter Topics Newsletter is now available. (Publication was delayed due to a number of factors.) The Newsletter contains updates from ACRL chapters around the country, including conferences and meetings, along with continuing education and professional development events. This issue also includes statements on social justice, particularly academic libraries’ role in addressing racial inequality and other barriers to equal access to library resources.

The Illinois chapter has an article on the IACRL-related events at last year’s ILA Annual Conference in Tinley Park, including the Unconference and the Luncheon and Annual Meeting. Thank you very much to Illinois State University’s Sue Franzen, who is the current IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, for writing the article, and to the Illinois Library Association for providing the photos. To read the article, please go here.

To view other articles in this issue, including a message from new ACRL Chapters Council Chair Ali Larsen of Siena College, please go to the homepage for the Spring, 2020, issue. Past issues, some of which also contain contributions from IACRL, are available here.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Reports | No Comments »

(via RAILS)

RAILS is very interested in hearing about all of our member libraries’ activities related to EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) so we can share this information with other libraries via our new EDI Pulse Page on the RAILS website. We’re interested in anything and everything you’re doing. It doesn’t have to be a big multiple-year initiative (although, that’s fine too). It can be a program you ran, a workshop you held, a meeting with community leaders, a booklist you created, or something else. We are looking for all things big and small to help give your peers ideas and jumping-off points for their own EDI activities.

You can add your EDI activities through this form in the Library Examples section of the RAILS’ EDI Pulse Page. Please share. Here are a couple of examples already on the page.

We would also love to hear your suggestions for making the page even more helpful and informative for our members. Contact RAILS Communications (communications@railslibraries.info).

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

Results of the HSLI Newsletter Survey 2019

HSLI members were invited to complete an online HSLI Newsletter Survey between June 11th and June 28th, 2019.  The survey was intended to estimate the percentage of members who use the Newsletter, the ways members access the content, and whether content meets members’ information needs.

Participation in the survey was excellent.  The number of completed surveys represented approximately 41% of the membership (44 of 108) at the time of the survey. Results and analysis are available at HSLI Newsletter Membership Survey 2019 Results Report 20200820.

The Newsletter editors thank the membership for participating in the survey!

Posted in Reports, Surveys | No Comments »

Call for Submissions: ILA Reporter and ILA Connector

(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are accepting submissions for the ILA Reporter and the ILA Connector.

For the ILA Reporter, we are seeking the following types of pieces.

  • articles that explore an issue, rather than promoting a particular initiative or program, with examples from more than one library or type of library
  • writing that considers a “how to think about . . .” approach rather than “how to do . . .”
  • submissions from all geographic areas of the state
  • submissions that relate to ILA’s strategic goal area of a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in the profession and the association.

For the ILA Connecter blog, we are seeking blog topics or themes on (but are not limited to) conferences and events, historical essays pertaining to the library world, book or other material challenges, programming ideas, information for job seekers, local author interviews, local library staff or trustee interviews, celebration days or weeks, library instruction, social media, mentorship, marketing, networking, MLIS courses/programs, professional or otherwise pertinent book reviews, privacy & censorship,  work/life balance, and more.

Submission guidelines for the ILA Reporter are available here, and for the ILA Connectorhere, . If you have any questions regarding submissions for either publication, please contact Kendall Harvey, at kharvey@ila.org.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

With most Illinois library buildings closed to the public, it’s more important than ever to convey the message that libraries are still working to serve their communities. Our patrons, as well as decision-makers, need to know that we’re bigger than our buildings.

Illinois Library Association’s Bigger Than A Building campaign is designed to help the library community quickly convey information to its constituencies during the Illinois Stay at Home executive order. Resources are growing. Please check often.

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