Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via Julie Martin, Northeast Document Conservation Center)

NEDCC Presents: DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
April 6-7, 2020 – Tucson, Arizona

Early-bird deadline is Friday, January 31!

JOIN US in beautiful Tucson for a comprehensive overview of digital preservation, presented by information professionals with experience in the preservation of cultural heritage materials. During the two-day training, you will learn about good practices and practical strategies for creating and managing digital collections. Connect with colleagues who share your challenges and gain confidence in decision-making for the preservation of your digital assets.

Are you just getting started in digitization and digital preservation? Trying to bring several digital projects together into a cohesive digital preservation program? Or are you well into a digital collections project and need a refresher on the latest standards and best practices?

The Digital Directions conference is geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, government agencies, corporate archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections. Students are also welcome, and a discounted registration rate is available.

Topics include: concepts and standards, selection and prioritization, born digital collections, digital preservation tools, metadata, copyright, storage, preserving audiovisual collections, access, and digital preservation assessment.


(Seats are limited – register early –  we sold out last year!)

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

Please save the date to attend the eighth annual CARLI Instruction Showcase to be held on Friday, May 29, at Harper College in Palatine, IL.

Our call for presenters, and the opening of registration, are both forthcoming.

More information is available here.

Please send any questions to

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(via Jennifer Schwartz, DePaul University)

Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 17

The 19th Annual Information Literacy Summit at Moraine Valley is now accepting proposals for breakout sessions.

19th Annual Information Literacy Summit

Challenging the status quo: Rethinking information literacy theories and practices

Friday, April 3, 2020, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address

Dr. Laura Saunders, Associate Professor at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science.

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: Challenging the status quo: Rethinking information literacy theories and practices. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 17, 2020

Some possible topics for sessions include:

  • Social Justice
    • The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
    • Information literacy practices
  • Privacy
    • Literacy
    • Learning analytics
  • Neutrality
  • News and Media Literacy
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Service Learning
  • Student Curiosity and Creativity
  • Student Centered Teaching and Learning
  • Students as creators
  • Reflective Practice
  • Communities of Practice
  • Programmatic assessments

For more information, please contact a Summit organizer:

DePaul University Library

Jill King,, 773-325-7274

Jennifer Schwartz,, 773-325-7830

Moraine Valley Community College Library

Tish Hayes,, 708-974-5734

Troy Swanson,, 708-974-5439

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(via Tony Melvyn, OCLC)

Plan to join your OCLC resource sharing colleagues for updates on WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, Tipasa, ILLiad, and Relais. We’ll also have time for discussions of timely ILL topics.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 103-C

Register here.

Also, you are invited to join our other OCLC programs and events at ALA Midwinter as we connect conversations across our community. Our key events-all taking place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center-include:

  • Hot Topics in OCLC booth 1541 where OCLC experts present for 15-minutes on topics such as EZproxy Analytics, WorldCat quality, OA resources, GreenGlass, and more
  • A linked data roundtable on Saturday, 10:30-11:30 am
  • The popular OCLC Research Update on Monday, 10:30-11:30 am

Please also visit us at OCLC booth 1541 for product demonstrations and answers to your questions.

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(via Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director)

On behalf of the CARLI Board of Directors and CARLI Staff, I am proud to announce the CARLI Scholarship. We are now accepting applications; information can be found here.

The CARLI Scholarship provides financial assistance to current employees of CARLI Governing Member Libraries pursuing graduate studies leading to a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Scholarships may be awarded for both on-campus and/or distance education programs. The scholarship amount for the 2020-2021 academic year (August 2020-May 2021) will be $1,000. Applications are due Friday, May 1, 2020.

We thank our donors for their generous contributions to the scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Craig, CARLI Senior Director, at

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(via Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, Governors State University)

The purpose of this research is to understand the educational backgrounds of science/STEM librarians and why they entered the field. I invite you to take the survey if you work or have worked as a science/STEM librarian. Please feel free to share. This survey will close in two weeks on January 21, 2020.

Survey Link: Educational Background and Motivations of Science/STEM Librarians


This research study is being conducted by Elizabeth Sterner, Health and Human Services Librarian, at Governors State University (IRB Exempt – FY2020-78). Your voluntary participation in the online survey is expected to take less than six minutes and is anonymous. You may quit without penalty at any time. There is no compensation for your participation. No identifiable personal information will be collected or retained. No risks are anticipated. The results will be shared in the forms of journal articles and/or presentations. Please contact Elizabeth Sterner (708-235-7517, if you have questions.

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(via the National Library of Medicine)

The National Library of Medicine is now recruiting for the 2020-2021 NLM Associate Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent library science graduates interested in a career as a leader in health sciences librarianship.

As an Associate Fellow, you will:

  • Select projects ranging from operations to research and development; project opportunities are in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, policy, and digital communication
  • Grow professionally and learn in a cohort, participating in an established curriculum, as well as through informal facilitated learning workshops, and informational interviews
  • Rotate to the NIH Library (by arrangement); Clinical Informationist experience at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Network and shadow senior staff at the National Library of Medicine
  • Develop leadership skills through a leadership curriculum, behavioral assessments, and regular self-development activities
  • Receive support from experienced mentors
  • Attend national professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting, and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA annual meeting
  • Potentially complete a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States (based on funding)

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Library of Medicine.

How many: between 3 and 6 Associate Fellows selected each year
Fellowship: one-year to learn about the National Library of Medicine, its products and services; a second optional year depending on funding
Where: National Library of Medicine, campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
When: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021
Stipend: $57,510; additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance; up to $1,500 in relocation funding
Eligibility: recent graduate (within the past two years) with a master’s in information science/library science
Deadline for applications: Friday, January 24, 2020
Apply online here
Contact information: Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301.827.4284 or

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2020.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

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(via Kendall Hobbs, Wesleyan University)

Joint Call for Proposals

Joint Annual Conference: Finding the Balance

2020 ACRL New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) &  New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG – A Special Interest Group of ACRL/NEC)

May 26-27, 2020

Rhode Island Convention Center

Providence, RI

Library work is often a balancing act. We seek proposals from staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship that explore the ways we find balance in our profession, among our coworkers, patrons or students, and with our lives beyond the workplace.

About the 2020 Two-Day Conference:  ACRL New England Chapter and New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) are joining up to offer two days of conference engagement: May 26 will focus primarily on instruction, while May 27 will include all areas of librarianship (including instruction).

  • May 26: A day dedicated to library instruction and led by NELIG.  There will be no vendors on this day. There will be social events in the evening.
  • May 27: A day dedicated to all areas of librarianship and led by ACRL/NEC.  A variety of vendors will be exhibiting on this day. There will be a poster session on this day.

There are many ways to interpret this year’s conference theme; we encourage your creative ideas. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Wellness initiatives in libraries
  • Growing sustainable instruction programs
  • Balancing the instructional needs of diverse library users
  • Balancing budgets
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries
  • Balancing space needs in libraries
  • Developing balanced collections for all user needs
  • Work-life balance
  • Balancing cataloging metadata in diverse formats

Proposal Due Date: January 17, 2020, 10:59 CDT

Submit your proposal and find details about session formats and submission requirements here.

Questions? Email the 2020 NELIG and ACRL/NEC Program Planning Committee here.

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Northwestern’s Brdecka is ACRL Member of the Week

(via ACRL)

John D. Brdecka, Head of Print Collection Management at Northwestern University Libraries, is ACRL’s Member of the Week. Some of his responses to interview questions are below. To read the full interview, please go here.


Describe ACRL in three words

Networking, continuous learning, leadership.

What do you value about ACRL?

I value the community it creates. There are many challenges academic librarians face on a regularly basis and having ACRL and its community available to help transform the challenges into opportunities is a valuable resource.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus?

My role at Northwestern University Libraries is to maximize service by managing our use of space. And that means much more than where we put our books. Space is a complicated issue because a library is always changing. The contents of its shelves are never static, and its spaces are put to new and different purposes all the time. When we’re doing our jobs right, we are learning all we can about faculty and student needs and then adjusting our services–and our spaces–accordingly. Over many years, with the help of our off-site high-density shelving facility we have transformed static areas of the library into dynamic spaces that accommodate collaborative study, research consulting, and other services supporting the way 21st century scholars work. Much of modern academic life centers on interdisciplinary research, and we’ve responded to facilitate that in our buildings. We have an extensive array of spaces–both on and off campus–and it’s my honor to help make sure each square foot is providing Northwestern with the maximum value.

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(via the Conference Planning Committee)

Join us at the 8th Annual Kraemer Copyright Conference

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Monday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Registration is FREE and opens on March 2, 2020 (space limited to 200 attendees)

The Kraemer Copyright Conference is a dynamic and enriching FREE conference that offers public, academic, special, and school librarians the opportunity to learn about U.S. Copyright Law, recent updates to the law and how it impacts the services we offer our library users. This conference provides an opportunity for professionals at every level and across libraries to discuss the importance of copyright in libraries.

Conference Theme

Public Domain: Opening the Vault

This year’s Kraemer Copyright Conference will discuss the implications of copyrighted works entering the Public Domain and what this means for information use and access.

On January 1, 2019, thousands of renowned works including books, music, and art from 1923 became public domain. These copyrighted works were scheduled to become public domain in 1999 but the Copyright

Term Extension Act extended that time to 20 more years.

We will have an excellent group of keynotes:

  • April Hathcock, Director of Scholarly Communications & Information Policy, New York University Libraries
  • Kenneth Crews, Attorney, author, professor, and international copyright consultant
  • Kevin Smith, Dean of Libraries, The University of Kansas
  • Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University
  • Sandra Aya Enimil, Copyright Services Librarian and Program Director of Copyright Services, The Ohio State University Libraries
  • Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian & Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Libraries

Stay tuned for the call for proposals.

Please visit the Kraemer Copyright Conference website, as information will be added soon.

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