HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via the Network of the National Library of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The Network of the National Library of Medicine invites proposals for a virtual symposium, Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic, on April 8-9 (Thursday-Friday). The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority, and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities, and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to engage with NNLM Network Members to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and share strategies and programs to engage with your community.

Proposals are due on Friday, February 26. Decisions will be made and presenters/panelists will be notified of their acceptance by mid-March. To submit a proposal, please fill out this form.

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(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL Past President)

The ILA Awards Committee is now accepting nominations. Academic librarians are eligible for many of the awards, so please nominate a deserving colleague. Self-nominations are also acceptable.

Awards of note include the following.

  • Librarian of the Year
  • Academic Librarian of the Year
  • Intellectual Freedom Award
  • TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award
  • And more!

ILA has many awards for all types of positions within libraries. The full list of awards, with eligibility and criteria, is available here. The deadline to submit all award nominations is Saturday, May 15. If you have any questions about how to nominate a staff member, please contact Tamara Jenkins, ILA Communication and Engagement Manager, at tjenkins@il.org.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

Call for Contributors: June 2021 Issue of ILA Reporter

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Reporter Advisory Committee is calling for authors for the June 2021 issue. 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. If you have any questions regarding submissions OR you have a topic you’d like to see addressed, please contact Alissa T. Henkel, ILA Reporter Advisory Committee Chair, at ahenkel@decaturlibrary.org.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Scholarly Publishing | No Comments »

(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Registration is now open for the Amigos Library Services webinar “Library Research: Tips for Starting a Research Project at Your Library”. It will take place on Thursday, April 8, from 1:00 to 3:30 PM CDT. More information is below.

Research is necessary to understand cause and effect relationships, the best strategies for working with communities, how to teach, and so much of life. Research makes sense of things that are opaque. All research projects start with curiosity and a clear question. In this course, you will be introduced to various research methods. The instructor will then walk through how to select the best research method for your question(s). You will leave the course with ideas for how to start a research project at your library.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will write research questions.
  • Attendees will discover different research questions.
  • Attendees will align research questions with research methods.

To register, please go here.

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(via Cameron Cook, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Registration is now open for the RDAP (Research Data Access & Preservation Association) 2021 virtual summit! This year’s theme is “Radical Change and Data”, and the event will take place March 10-12 (Wednesday-Friday), on Zoom. Registration for the summit is $30, and additional workshops are $10

We are also offering scholarships to attend the Summit and applications are open now. More information about scholarships is included below and is also on the website. The full summit schedule will be posted on the website soon, but a general outline of events is available here.


Through a joint effort from the Sponsorship and Conference Action Committees, scholarships are available to cover registration for the Research Data Access & Preservation Summit 2021. Scholarship recipients will be expected to attend the Summit and compose a blog post about their conference experience to be posted on the RDAP website. Scholarship winners are also strongly encouraged to write up their RDAP conference experience as a commentary for the JeSLIB RDAP 2021 Special Issue.

Please submit your application by Friday, February 19, through the online scholarship application form. The application should include a personal statement no longer than 1600 characters (roughly 250 words) describing a bit about yourself and how attending the Summit will inform your scholarship or practice. Contact Tess Grynoch, at tess.grynoch@umassmed.edu, if you have any questions. Winners will be notified by February 24.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Webinars | No Comments »

Call for Participation: HEDS Research Practices Survey

(via Lisa Kidd, HEDS Consortium)

The spring version of our HEDS Research Practices Survey is currently open for registration. The survey asks college students about their research assignments, their experiences finding and using sources, and how much they enjoy research. The survey also includes a skills component that tests their abilities in finding, evaluating, and citing sources.

You can use the spring Research Practices Survey to see where your first-year students are after their first year of college or to assess if your seniors have mastered these skills upon graduation. The survey is administered at the end of your spring term.

You can find full details of the survey and view the instrument here.

The base cost for this survey is $2,000 for institutions not in HEDS or $500 for HEDS member institutions. You can determine if your institution is a HEDS member by visiting our current members’ page to see a full list of all our member institutions. If your institution is not a member, please know all institutions are welcome to join HEDS, but membership is not required to administer one of our surveys.

Your base cost includes the following.

  • up to 10 supplemental questions
  • a ready-to-share summary report comparing your students results with students from all other participating institutions
  • a real-time report so you may view the results as they come in, and
  • Excel and SPSS data files with your participants’ responses

Please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Kidd, at lisa.kidd@hedsconsortium.org or (765) 361-6170, if you have any questions.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

ACRL announces the opening of registration for the ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference, “Ascending into An Open Future.” The Conference will be held April 13-16 (Tuesday-Friday).

ACRL 2021 features a mix of more than 300 live and on-demand programs, interactive discussion groups, eye-popping posters, a social wall, fun connections and prizes, and content on demand for 30 days. The conference also features author Tressie McMillan Cottom and journalist Mona Chalabi as keynote speakers, along with invited presentations from Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and We Here administrators Jennifer Brown, Jennifer Ferretti, and Charlotte Roh.

The early-bird registration deadline is Friday, March 12. For more information, and to register, please go here.

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

(via Brittney Thomas, NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Center)

We are inviting you to complete a survey about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN). The purpose of the survey is to learn about your experiences participating in the CEN and how we can improve our services to support your organization to be a trusted health resource in your community. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Completing the survey is voluntary.

Participants will be eligible to enter a random drawing for one of ten $25 Target gift cards. Only one person from each NNLM member organization is eligible to win a gift card.

Click here to access the survey. Please respond by Friday, February 26. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Asih Asikin-Garmager, at asih-asikin@uiowa.edu.

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(via Emily Gilbert, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)

IACRL is seeking panelists for a Spring Semester Town Hall, (official title tbd) on Friday, March 12, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are interested in sharing how your library has adapted their physical operations or adapted their online instruction & services, we invite you to be a panelist!

We are looking to put together two panels:
1.  A panel discussing adapting physical spaces–10:00-11:00 AM
2.  A panel discussing adapting online library instruction & services–11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Each section will last one hour with 30 minutes dedicated to panelist presentation and 30 minutes for audience questions and discussion. We are hoping to have 3-5 panelists for each section with a roughly 5-10 minute presentation depending on number of panelists.

If you would like to be a panelist, please fill out this brief questionnaire by Sunday, February 21, letting us know your interest.

Please direct any questions to IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Emily Gilbert, at Emily.Gilbert@rasmussen.edu.

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Registration for LOEX 2021 Conference (Online May 11-14) Now Open

(via Samantha McClellan–California State University, Sacramento)

Registration for the LOEX 2021 Conference (online May 11-14, Tuesday- Friday), opened Friday, February 12, at 12:00 PM CDT. The registration form is available here.

Now in its 49th year, the LOEX Conference highlights excellence in library instruction and information literacy. Come see how academic librarians from all over are not only exploring, adapting, and refocusing their information literacy environment, but also dealing with the obstacles and opportunities that they are facing along the way.

The program for the conference is available here.

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