HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

IACRL is pleased to announce a second Spark event for 2020. Join us for “Spark: Trial by Fire – Lessons Learned from a Pandemic”. Spark will be held online Wednesday, December 9, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, via Zoom. Librarians from all libraries in Illinois are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The planning committee is now seeking proposals that feature the theme “Trial by Fire – Lessons Learned from a Pandemic”. Share your innovations with your colleagues. What has changed at your library since March 2020? How did you stay motivated? What successes do you want to share?

Topics to consider include the following.

  • online library instruction
  • OER developments
  • virtual planning
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • marketing and social-media innovations
  • library assessment
  • community-building
  • unique student-engagement projects
  • making services safe

Speakers will share their experience with participants in 15-minute lightening rounds. After a set of lightening rounds, attendees will go into breakout rooms to network and discuss lightening round topics. Participants will be able to discuss their own experiences and ideas with one another.

Share your innovations and survival skills with others. Submit a proposal here by Friday, October 23.

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(via Alyssa Koclanes, FACRL President)

We are excited to announce that registration for the ACRL Florida Chapter’s 2020 Virtual Conference is open.

This year’s Conference will be FACRL’s first-ever virtual meeting and will be focused on Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This year’s FACRL Virtual Conference will include the following events and activities.

  • 12 live presentations
    • four sessions with three concurrent tracks: Administration, Instruction, and Outreach
  • interactive poster session with six poster presentations
  • lightning-round session with five lightning talks
  • and more

2020 FACRL Virtual Conference Details 


Friday, October 16, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 2:45 PM CDT

Registration Costs:

FACRL members = $15.

Non-FACRL members = $45 (includes a 1-year FACRL membership!)

Register here.

Conference Agenda:

For the conference schedule and a list of the presentations, visit the Conference Agenda page.

There are still Sponsorship Opportunities available. Contact the Sponsorship Committee Chair, Craig Amos, at camos@broward.edu for more details.

Additional information on the Conference is available here. Please contact FACRL President Alyssa Koclanes (koclanan@eckerd.edu) with any questions.

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Election for HSLI Treasurer is Now Open

(via Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, Nominating and Elections Committee Chair)

HSLI Members,

It is time to vote for your next HSLI Treasurer. We have two outstanding candidates running for office, Charlotte Beyer and Goeff Pettys. Please check your e-mail for their bios and the link to the ballot. The online ballot is quick and easy, so please cast your ballot by 5:00 PM CDT on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Please let me know if you have any trouble with the link. My e-mail address is esterner@govst.edu.

Thank you!

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Legislative News, 09/21/2020

Federal News

Senate Democrats block Republican Covid relief proposal [Politico, 9/10/2020]

“Senate Democrats blocked a scaled-down, $500 billion Republican coronavirus relief measure Thursday, weakening the chances that Congress will approve another package before the November election.” (S.178)

Pushing for Action on LSFA [American Libraries, 9/14/2020]

“[The Library Stabilization Fund Act] (S. 4181/H.R. 7486) would establish a $2 billion emergency fund to address financial losses and bolster library services for libraries of all types, with priority given to the hardest-hit communities.”

State News

Pritzker orders agencies to start looking at cuts [State Journal-Register, 9/15/2020]

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

Previous updates noted that the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association was in the process of providing feedback to NNLM for a free advanced PubMed CE live webinar course, to be held on Friday, November 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM CDT. Registration is now open for the November 6 live webinar. A registration link and more information are now on the OHSLA website.

IMPORTANT: The link on the Events page will redirect you to the NNLM site, which requires that you sign in or create an NNLM account to complete the registration process.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from NNLM with the login information you will need to access the course on November 6. NNLM emails sometimes go to spam, so be sure to check your e-mail spam filter if you don’t get a registration confirmation. You will not be able to access the course without the NNLM login information.

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(via Dr. Pamela Thomas, Illinois Heartland Library System)

Registration is now open for the next Cataloging Maintenance Center Online with the CMC webinar. More information is below.

  • Thursday, October 8, 2020: “Punctuate the Positive, or Eliminate the Negative”
    • Cheri Schuler-Faust will discuss options regarding the use of punctuation when newly authenticating bibliographic records. Fully punctuate any field when descriptive cataloging form is recorded as “ISBD punctuation included,” Desc i. Omit final punctuation and punctuation between subfields, when descriptive cataloging form is recorded as “ISBD punctuation omitted,” Desc c. Register here.

The CMC typically holds its Online with the CMC webinars on the third Thursday of the month, but it has had to move the October session up a week, since the OLAC conference is being held Oct. 13-16 and all the CMC will be attending. All webinars take place from 10:00 to 11:00 AM CDT.

A list of the remaining Online with the CMC webinars for FY 2021 is below. Please direct any questions to Dr. Pamela Thomas, Bibliographic Project Coordinator for the Illinois Heartland Library System, at pthomas@illinoisheartland.org.

  • November 19, 2020: “Well Isn’t That Special?: Archival Materials & Special Collections”
    • A look at finding aids, common cataloging schemas including Dublin Core and MARC21, crosswalks, and a brief look at XML/EAD/DACS, and how these can apply to cataloging archival and special collections materials. Register here.
  • February 18, 2021: “The Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Weird: A Short Guide to Cataloging Oddly Bound Books”
    • In this session we will discuss when and how to include important physical descriptions of oddly bound materials. This could include anything from a unique binding, an artist’s book, or a periodical bound out of order. Register here.
  • March 18, 2021: “Braille: Decoding the Dots”
    • How to catalog braille books, specific MARC fields that should be included in a bibliographic record, and how to code the fixed-field elements will be covered. Register here.
  • April 15, 2021: “Mixing It Up: Mixed Materials”
    • While kits contain multiple items issued as one unit intended for instruction, collections of mixed materials contain two or more forms that are most often related by being about or accumulated by a body or person. MARC fields and RDA guidelines for mixed materials will be discussed. Register here.
  • May 20, 2021: “Cheerios, Rice Krispies, or The Directory of Overseas Summer Jobs?”
    • Discusses what a serial is, the differences in cataloging a single item vs. cataloging serials, and demonstrates the fixed-field differences and variable fields that apply to serial records. Register here.
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(via the Illinois Library Association)

On behalf of the Illinois Library Association Diversity Committee, we ask that those currently employed in a library setting complete this survey to let us know what your professional training needs are during this time of extraordinary change. These trainings are to help libraries explore the different dimensions of diversity (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, education, disability, etc.) in a safe and nurturing workplace. It is important that we value and embrace the differences between us all, creating a conducive and cohesive environment for exploration and inclusivity.

To complete the survey, please go here. This survey will close on Friday, September 25. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives and practices have been at the forefront of library services for several years. However, now we need to ask ourselves, are we not only talking the talk, but walking the walk when it comes to EDI. Are the EDI initiatives and plans we developed years ago actually working? Are we seeing an impact from these efforts in our communities and among our staff?

Join Amigos Library Services on Wednesday, December 2, for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Progress and Promise? We will take a closer look at EDI and explore what initiatives in your library have worked, ones that have not.

We are now accepting presentation proposals for this online conference. Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to, the following ones.

  • diversity audits and assessments of your library’s collection
  • implementation of universal design best practices in your library’s digital and physical spaces
  • successful strategies on engaging your library’s staff, community, and/or campus with EDI education and training
  • lessons learned in managing controversial EDI issues within your library’s workplace, community, and/or campus
  • archival and special collections management of materials from underrepresented and/or historically marginalized groups
  • ways to reduce biases in cataloging
  • proven best practices for inclusive library instruction and critical information literacy
  • next steps in recruiting, retaining, and leading a diverse library workplace

Please submit your proposal here by Tuesday, September 29. Tell us your story and share what attendees can expect to learn from your presentation. Amigos staff will provide all the training for our platform and full technical support during your presentation. All sessions are 45 minutes with time for questions and answers.

For more information about this conference, contact Jodie Borgerding, at borgerding@amigos.org or (972) 340-2897.

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IACRL at the 2020 ILA Virtual Conference

(via the Illinois Library Association)

IACRL is sponsoring IACRL @ ILA–a track of programming for academic librarians at the 2020 ILA Virtual Conference. IACRL @ ILA programming is open to all conference attendees and academic librarians are free to attend programs outside the IACRL @ ILA track.

In lieu of its traditional luncheon and membership meeting, IACRL is holding its membership meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. All IACRL members (and potential members) are invited to attend our virtual annual meeting. At the meeting, the IACRL president and committee chairs will give the annual report and our new officers will be installed. If time allows, we will also discuss ideas for the upcoming year for IACRL. This is a great opportunity to learn more about IACRL and get involved. Pre-registration is required to attend the meeting.

The IACRL President’s Program will feature Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D., President of ACRL and the dean of the Wayne State University Library System and the University’s School of Information Sciences. Before joining Wayne State University, Cawthorne was privileged to lead West Virginia University Libraries as dean. While at WVU, Cawthorne’s commitment to diversity among academic librarians led to founding in 2015 of the Library Diversity Alliance, a four-institution residency program comprising WVU, American University, the University of Iowa, and Virginia Tech. In 2016, an inspired Association of College & Research Libraries Board voted to sponsor and support the Alliance under the ACRL aegis; today, Cawthorne chairs the ACRL Diversity Alliance program, which unites over 50 academic libraries that share a commitment to growing the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

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(via Courtney McAllister, Yale University)

The Charleston Conference traditionally hosts preconference workshops and seminars on the days immediately preceding the main Conference. This year, since the conference has moved online, we’re hosting our pre- and post- conference workshops and seminars online as well. We’ve spread these sessions out during the month of October and November to avoid scheduling burnout during the week of the conference. Each session is jam-packed with hands-on activity and breakout discussions for the attendees, and will include several breaks. These are intended to be active learning sessions, not just another webinar to sit through. We have sessions on a wide range of topics–see this link below for more details.

Pricing: Unless otherwise indicated on the session description page below, half day sessions are $50 and full day sessions are $95.

Bulk Discount: Register for 2 or 3 sessions at the same time, and receive a 10% discount (use code CHS20-2WKSP). Register for 4 or more sessions at the same time, and receive a 20% discount (use code CHS20-4WKSP). Discounts cannot be applied retroactively if webinars are purchased separately – codes must be applied to a single transaction.

Registration is also open for the main Conference, to be held online the week of  November 2-6 (Monday-Friday). Register here, with rates and other details available here.

Contact Leah Hinds, Executive Director, with questions: leah@charlestonlibraryconference.com.

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