HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

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

Registration is now open for the 2021 Midwest/MCMLA Joint Annual Meeting. The event will take place online from Wednesday, October 13, to Friday, October 15. The cost is $25.00 for members and non-members alike.

Join your colleagues from across the two chapters to watch research presentations, get chapter updates, and connect with vendors. A full program is forthcoming and will be posted on the conference website. Our keynote speakers are Nisha Mody and Ashley Ritter.

We also have great CE options for no additional cost beyond the conference registration. Seats are limited, so register soon! Details and a link to register for CE courses will be provided in the registration confirmation letter.

To register, please go here.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Continuing Education, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), Midwest Chapter MLA, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

You may have seen the My Library Is… blog from RAILS. The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) developed the My Library Is… campaign to help member libraries tell your stories and prove your library’s value to stakeholders, including current and potential library users, funders, governing boards, parent institutions/companies, colleagues, elected officials, and more. On this website, you’ll find tools and resources created or curated by RAILS and others, for all sizes and types–academic, public, school, special–of libraries. You can also share your library’s (and see other libraries’) best practices, ideas, tools, templates, media, and experiences in the Sharing Showcase area.

I am looking for academic librarians to contribute to the blog! Do you have a marketing, PR, or communications story to share? Have you implemented a new service or collection? E-mail me at ggregory@niu.edu and tell me about it.

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

(via Amy Minix, Indiana University Bloomington)

The Education and Behavioral Science Section of ACRL is hosting a webinar panel to discuss how to implement OER. The webinar, titled “Implementing OER in Education & Behavioral Sciences”, will take place on Friday, July 30, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

Librarians Dorinne Banks (Open Education Librarian-George Washington University), Heather Blicher (Coordinator of Library Services-Reynolds Community College), and Lindsay Inge Carpenter (Pedagogy Librarian-University of Maryland) will share their experiences working with faculty and instructors to promote and engage with Open Educational Resources. Topics will include: opportunities and resources for librarians to learn about OER, intersections of OER and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, how to build community (locally, regionally, & nationally), and models that have been helpful for implementing OER. Feel free to submit anonymous questions for the presenters via this link.

To register for the webinar, please go here.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Open Access, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Laura Gariepy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Registration is now open for the free online presentation “Considering Data Literacy Using Kuhlthau’s Information Search Process: Implications for Librarians and Data Providers”. Sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section’s Professional Development Committee, this webinar will take place on Monday, August 16, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.


This panel discusses uses of Kuhlthau’s Information Search Process (ISP) to illustrate ways that librarians can assist students and collaborate with data providers to improve the data search process. Librarians and data providers share similar data literacy goals, and this panel pools the expertise of both groups to focus on strategies and interventions that support novice researchers. We explore our combined experiences and jointly step through students’ research phases to examine how each group can contribute to improving that experience.

Moreover, we explore ways to review students’ data literacy needs throughout the research process through the lens of Kuhlthau’s six-stage, iterative ISP. Kuhlthau’s framework, rooted in empathy, maps to existing knowledge about what students do, think, and feel at various stages of the search process. We encourage participants to identify “zones of intervention” that are both consistent with Kuhlthau’s research and are novel to data-rich research projects.

Presenter bios

Charissa Jefferson is the Labor Economics Librarian at the Princeton University Library.

Kristin Fontichiaro is a clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Katrina Stierholz is group vice president and director of Library and Research Information Services at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Lynette Hoelter is an associate archivist at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

Register here. If you can’t make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so that you’ll receive an e-mail that includes a link to the video of the presentation.

Please direct questions and concerns to Laura Gariepy (lwgariepy@vcu.edu) or Sam Harlow (slharlow@uncg.edu), co-chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. A full list of the committee’s past and future programs is available here.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Holly Robinson, American Library Association)

ALA President Patty Wong and ALA President-Elect Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada are pleased to announce a call for volunteers for the newly formed ALA Code of Conduct Committee and expanded Policy Monitoring Committee and Council Orientation Committee, as by ALA Council at the 2021 Annual Conference. All interested volunteers should submit an interest form no later than Saturday, July 31.

Committee terms will begin immediately for both one and two-year terms.

The new Code of Conduct Committee Membership will consist of seven (7) members, including Co-Chairs appointed annually.

ALA is currently seeking all 7 members (including Co-Chairs) for the initial term.

The new Code of Conduct Committee’s charge is to administer and apply the ALA Online Code of Conduct. This committee will provide transparent, consistent, and context-sensitive accountability to ensure mutual respect and community safety.

The Council Orientation Committee’s membership will expand to 10 members, including Chair.

ALA is currently seeking 4 new members.

The Council Orientation Committee’s charge is to develop and carry out a mentoring and orientation program for new and continuing councilors and schedule and organize Council Forums to be held in conjunction with Council Sessions, and to select and arrange training for Council Forum Facilitators.

The Policy Monitoring Committee’s membership will expand to 10 members, including Chair.

ALA is currently seeking 8 new members.

The Policy Monitoring Committee’s charge is to monitor the accurate documentation and codification of ALA policy, as determined by formal action of council; to prepare additions or changes in the ALA policy manual following each Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting as may be required by motions and resolutions adopted by council; and to review and advise on all unit organization policies to ensure that they are in compliance with council approved association-wide policies.

For more information on each committee’s composition and responsibilities, go here. Please reach out to Holly Robison, Governance Associate, at hrobison@ala.org with any questions.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

Registration Open for 2021-2022 HEDS Research Practices Survey

(via Camella Ashment, HEDS Consortium)

The 2021-2022 HEDS (Higher Education Data Sharing) Research Practices Survey is open for registration. Fall administrations can begin as soon as Sunday, August 1. The link to registration is here.

The survey assesses students’ research experiences and their skills in finding, evaluating, and citing sources. The two-part survey first evaluates your students’ self-perceived proficiency in these skills, and then tests their skills to see how those perceptions line up with reality. Librarians can use this knowledge to develop pedagogies and materials to strengthen students’ research skills. It is very useful for determining where to focus limited instruction time.

You can administer the survey at three points during the year, depending on what you wish to learn.

  • the upcoming fall administration is intended for your incoming first-year students; to help identify their pre-college research skills and experience
  • a winter administration is available to measure how these first-year students’ research skills improved over their first term
  • a spring administration can be used to assess the research skills and experience for both first-year students after one year of college, and for graduating seniors after four years of college

You will receive a summary report comparing your students to students at all other participating institutions and a real-time report that allows you to monitor results as they come in. A single administration is $2,000 for institutions not in HEDS and $500 for HEDS members. Membership is not required to participate in our surveys, but all institutions are welcome to join the HEDS community!

Please visit our website at the link above for more information about the survey, to view the instrument, or register. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Jessica Deemer at jessica.deemer@hedsconsortium.org or (765) 361-5771.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Surveys | No Comments »

(via Dr. Andrea Baer, Inquiring Teachers)

If you are interested in online professional development through which to explore and grow your information literacy teaching practice, please consider these upcoming Inquiring Teachers courses.

In addition to these courses, groups of five or more can request to schedule any Inquiring Teachers course by going here. Inquiring Teachers also offers half-day online group workshops upon request.

To register or for inquiries, please e-mail abaer@inquiringteachers.com.

All Inquiring Teachers courses are designed and facilitated by Dr. Andrea Baer. They are asynchronous, with flexible weekly activities and due dates. Please see these FAQs for more about the course structure or view participant testimonials

Posted in Professional Development, Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Medical Library Association)

Registration is now open for the MLA webinar “What’s Needed to Make a Literature Search Reproducible? An Introduction to PRISMA-S”?. It will take place on Tuesday, August 10, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT.

PRISMA-S is a new reporting guideline designed to help librarians, information specialists, and teams conducting systematic reviews and evidence syntheses describe their methods and results in a transparent and reproducible manner. In this session, we’ll go through the 16-item PRISMA-S checklist and discuss how to use the checklist and the corresponding explanation and elaboration document to your advantage. We’ll look at examples of good reporting–and reporting that could be improved in this interactive session.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to accomplish the following tasks.

  • use the PRISMA-S checklist and the corresponding explanation and elaboration document
  • understand the most commonly needed PRISMA-S checklist items and will know how to find additional guidance
  • practice improving transparency of search reporting using PRISMA-S as guidance


Librarians, information specialists, and people conducting methods-based literature reviews who want to learn about best practices for literature search reporting should attend. Some familiarity with systematic review methods or the PRISMA Statement is helpful, but not necessary.

For more information, including costs for MLA members and non-members, and to register, please go here. This webinar is worth 1.5 MLA CE hours.

Posted in Continuing Education, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Choice 360)

What policies can academic libraries introduce in response to higher education changes hastened by the pandemic? That’s the question seven panelists will try to answer in the upcoming Choice-ACRL webinar “The Socially-Distanced Library: Best Practices During and After COVID-19”. The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 29, starting at 1:00 PM CDT.

In a continuation of Taylor & Francis’s highly successful webinar series “The Socially Distanced-Library“, we present a new group of case studies that address how academic libraries are implementing radical service and policy adjustments to nimbly respond to changes in higher education either hastened or provoked by the pandemic.

In this feature-packed webinar, panelists walk attendees through a range of case studies that detail the experiences of five unique libraries as they adjusted to their new working environments and which of those adjustments are being carried forward as long-term policies and strategies for a post-COVID world.

Topics will include the following.

  • access to materials
  • implications for collection development
  • marketing and outreach
  • changing staff patterns
  • changes to the physical library
  • the status of the academic library in the university as a whole

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

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

(via the Library of Congress)

Registration is open for the Library of Congress webinar “Foundations: Information Literacy and Primary Sources”. It will take place on Tuesday, July 27, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

Information literacy involves multiple skills, including: identifying where information comes from, evaluating claims and evidence; identifying bias; and researching for additional information. Join Library of Congress education specialists as we apply information literacy skills to historical primary sources from the Library’s collections. We’ll practice these skills together and reflect on how they may be used in your educational settings.

Note: this session is an encore from 2020. Attendees staying for the entire webinar will receive an automated email certifying their attendance to a one-hour professional development event.

To register, please go here.

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