HSLI Newsletter


Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Jennifer Sharkey, Illinois State University)

This is a last-minute reminder to register for this free webinar, which will give an overview of how to volunteer for an ACRL committee.

Registration Link: here

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 13, at 1:00 PM CDT

Topic: “ACRL Get Involved: Everything You Need to Know about Volunteering for an ACRL Committee”

Description: Please join the ACRL Membership Committee for a free online forum explaining how the ACRL committee appointment process works for ACRL division-level committees, section committees, interest groups, and discussion groups.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Join Amigos Library Services for these two upcoming online classes.

“Introduction to Scholarly Metrics” – Wednesday, January 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 PM CDT

This course will provide an introductory overview of tried-and-true bibliometric indicators, including citation-based metrics such as Journal Impact Factor and h-Index. We will also cover the web-based metrics known as alternative or altmetrics. Scholarly metrics is a rapidly evolving field, so we will also identify some newer bibliometrics and altmetrics tools. More information and registration details are available here.

“Media Literacy for Librarians” – Thursday, January 21, 2:00 pm – 4:00 PM CDT

Libraries are at the center of information literacy. Though frequently used interchangeably, there is a distinct difference between media literacy and information literacy. Media literacy focuses on analyzing media content and the effect of media on society, while information literacy is the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. In this course, designed for librarians and staff, you will learn how to interpret media messages and their effect on individuals and society by applying media literacy theory and practices. You will also learn how to pass this knowledge on to your patrons and colleagues to help them better evaluate media. More information and registration details are available here.

To view the entire Amigos Library Services training schedule, please go here.

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(via Garrett Trott, University Librarian at Corban University)

In light of recent events in the country and in recognition of long-standing inequities in the library profession, Theological Librarianship (TL) is planning to devote the Spring 2021 issue to a forum addressing questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in theological libraries and librarianship. Such questions take different forms in different libraries and even in different theological contexts, and we expect the forum to reflect some of these differences as well as some common themes across the landscape of theological librarianship. The TL forum will be an opportunity to share your experiences with these questions at your institution in a brief (750-1500 word) statement or reflection.

Since diversity, equity, and inclusion (themselves often fraught terms) evoke a variety of concerns and realties touching race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, religious and ethnic identity, etc., TL is looking for submissions that address this variety in critical and constructive ways, with a special focus on the intersectional nature of differing religious commitments and theological perspectives as they engage with other forms of diversity.

Theological Librarianship is an open-access journal publishing peer reviewed articles, as well as essays and reviews, on subjects at the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies that potentially impact libraries.

The deadline for submissions to the Spring 2021 forum has been extended to Sunday, February 28. Submissions must be made here. Please review the submission guidelines carefully. You will need to login to create your submission. If you have not previously created an account, you will need to register first before a submission can be completed. In the submission form, select “Special Forum” under the Section drop-down.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our editorial team, at editors-tl@atla.com.

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(via Pamela Bagley, Dartmouth College)

The COVID-19 pandemic sowed chaos in early 2020 as libraries scrambled to shut down physical operations on short notice and quickly pivot to electronic resources and virtual services. As closures stretch on or limited re-openings have demanded new ways of viewing physical spaces, the timing is ideal to reflect on what has worked in the provision of virtual services, what needs to be assessed and improved, and how to incorporate sustainable virtual services into the new normal of the health sciences library.

This topic is the basis of a new book to be published by the Medical Library Association and Rowman & Littlefield in late 2021, Virtual Services in the Health Sciences Library. The editor welcomes chapter proposals from health sciences librarians, staff, and administrators on topics related to the provision of virtual services in the health sciences library and the development of best practices. The book will be divided into four sections on information and access services, research and instruction, collection development and access, and clinical services and support. Suggested chapter topics include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • tools and policies for organizing and providing virtual services
  • marketing and communication
  • virtual reference and outreach
  • hybrid and online instruction methods (asynchronous and synchronous)
  • accessibility of electronic content
  • electronic resource availability (open access, licensing, copyright considerations)
  • access to/teaching with specialized and archival collections
  • virtual rounding or other clinical services
  • resources or methods for teaching clinical skills and interactions

Please submit a 500 – 1,000 word overview of your proposed chapter and the CVs/resumes of all contributing authors via e-mail to Amanda.R.Scull@dartmouth.edu. Proposals are due by Sunday, January 31, and selected authors will be notified by March 1st. First drafts of accepted chapters will be due Thursday, July 1.

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(via Laura Sare, Texas A&M University)

The editors of the open-access journal DttP: Documents to the People are soliciting submissions for upcoming issues. We are interested in publishing articles on government information and government activities at the local, state, national, and international or intergovernmental levels.

We are especially interested in articles regarding government and current events. The following are examples of potential topics.

  • open data and the sharing of data, including public data, particularly COVID-19 and health care data and census data
  • government/civic efforts and policies on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on government services and funding
  • data and evidence-based policy-making
  • elections, voting laws and procedures

Submissions can be formatted as research articles, case studies, or informational articles; or as multiple author discussions of a topic and are editorially reviewed. The editors are open to other formats as long as they fit the scope of DttP, which focuses on government information and its use.

For more information, consult DttP’s Guidelines and Instructions for Authors. Any questions can be directed to Lead Editor Laura Sare, at dttp.editor@gmail.com. DttP is the official journal of ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT).

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Open Access, Scholarly Publishing | No Comments »

(via Dr. Andrea Baer, Rowan University)

Registration is now open for the 2021 ACRL SLILC (Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee) Midwinter Virtual Discussion, which will focus on open and inclusive pedagogies. The event, titled “Open and Inclusive Pedagogies from and Beyond Your Living Room”, will take place on Wednesday, February 10, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM CDT. After registering, please be sure to complete this short pre-event survey. To foster group discussions, registration will be capped at 300 participants. More information on the event’s content and format is below.

Facing the challenges of a global pandemic and confronting the harsh realities of racial and social injustice over this past year, teaching librarians have become increasingly attuned to the value of open and inclusive pedagogies. This is reflected in growing conversations about open educational practices (OEP), which extend beyond the mere use of open educational resources to include “collaborative, pedagogical practices employing social and participatory technologies for interaction, peer-learning, knowledge creation and sharing, and empowerment of learners” (see Catherine Cronin & Iain MacLaren’s “Conceptualizing OEP” here). Open educational practices are intended to remove barriers to meaningful learning and to invite students to be active agents in their learning.

This “Ask the Room” discussion-based event will be an opportunity for fellow librarians to share opportunities, challenges, and questions related to open educational practices in their everyday work now and in the foreseeable future. The event organizers (the ACRL SLILC Committee Open Educational Practices team) will use participants’ ideas and feedback to inform future professional development offerings and resources.

All are welcome. No ALA membership or conference registration required.

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(via Julia Kelly, University of Minnesota)

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 12, to apply for the 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 March 22, 23, and 24 (Monday-Wednesday), the first of six Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded Institutes will occur in a virtual environment. Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, January 12, to Sunday, January 31.  More information is available at here. Please note that once the application period opens on January 12, the application e-form will be embedded on that webpage.

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

  • 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?

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 here.

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

Please save the date to attend the 9th annual CARLI Instruction Showcase, to be held online Friday, May 21. Our call for presenters and the opening of registration are both forthcoming.

Please check here for updates as they become available. Send any questions to support@carli.illinois.edu.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Register now to take advantage of early-bird pricing for our Thursday, February 11, online conference, Moving On: Migrating Library Content and Data.

“This link worked yesterday – why doesn’t it work now?” “Will all of our local MARC fields migrate when we change catalogs?” When it comes to integrated library systems and electronic resources platforms, the one constant is change. Whether it’s migrating all your MARC records to a new catalog system or updating URLs when an e-book vendor changes their platform, most library staff members encounter a migration at least once in their career. These processes can be daunting, but they don’t have to be scary.

Join us February 11 for Moving On: Migrating Library Content and Data. This Amigos Library Services online conference will explore ways to lessen the pain of migrations between library systems and platforms.

To see the schedule and register, go here. The early-bird deadline is Friday, January 22, and the final deadline is Monday, February 8.

For more information about this conference, contact Emily Nimsakont, at nimsakont@amigos.org.

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Call for Article Submissions: March and June Issues of ILA Reporter

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Reporter Advisory Committee is calling for authors for the March and June 2021 issues. 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.

Submission guidelines for the ILA Reporter are available here.

Don’t consider yourself an author, but have a topic you’d like to see covered in the ILA Reporter? The Committee would be interested to hear these, also.

If you have any questions regarding submissions, or if you have a topic you’d like to see addressed, please contact Alissa T. Henkel, Committee Chair, at ahenkel@decaturlibrary.org.

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