HSLI 2019 Conference: Going Forward, Looking Back

September 11-13, 2019, Champaign, Illinois

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Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) serves as the primary statewide organization meeting the needs and interests of all information professionals who focus on the area of health and medical science.

Anyone interested in librarianship and learning is welcome to attend the conference. Information professionals working in all types of libraries can benefit from the continuing education sessions offered during the conference.

Continuing Education

Thursday Afternoon Sessions

Citation management software: Advancing your expertise with freely available tools

No MLA CE credit

How familiar are you with citation management software? Are your users familiar with this time-saving resource? Here is an opportunity to learn something that will make the research process easier for everybody! This hands-on session will introduce Mendeley, free software that organizes and formats your references. Participants will learn how to save sources to one convenient location and access them via the cloud, create formatted citations and a reference section in seconds (really!), and understand the software options and features. We will discuss common problems that arise in using the software and some troubleshooting techniques. We will also look at what's on the horizon with the development of these tools. Participants will leave this session able to employ the primary functionalities of citation management software, share tips for power users, and assist their users with resolving the more commonly-experienced technical issues.

Attendees are asked to bring a laptop (preferred) or tablet/phone to the session. Small screens do not display full functionality of the tools.

Kirstin Duffin is a research, engagement, and scholarship librarian and liaison to the sciences and math at Eastern Illinois University. She provides citation management training to undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines at EIU and uses both Mendeley and Zotero, depending on her current research project. She holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MS in Biological Sciences from EIU. Outside libraries, Kirstin enjoys hiking the scenic hills of east central Illinois and playing cooperative board games with friends.

Issues in Scholarly Communication for the Health Sciences

No MLA CE credit

This session will introduce core issues related to scholarly communication that all librarians should be aware of to answer researcher questions and confusion, including

  • Identifying a good journal (sometimes specifically open access) that publishes papers on a particular subtopic.
  • Providing or helping interpret measures of research impact.
  • Distinguishing signs of predatory publishing behavior.
  • Understanding varieties of open access.
  • The role of researcher identifiers such as ORCID, and researcher profiles.

Attendees are asked to bring a laptop or tablet to the session.


Daniel Tracy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign Library and the Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing

Friday Morning Sessions

Making Your Library Positively Accessible


Your library may be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - compliant, yet your environment and resources might not be accessible! In this course, you will explore the new functional diversity model and other concepts of disability; examine the accessibility of your library; learn practical ways to make your library, programs, and website more accessible; and build your skills in assisting people with disabilities in a positive way. You will leave with an accessibility plan for your library and new skills in problem-solving accessibility concerns.

JJ Pionke is the Applied Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work revolves around disabilities and libraries as well as veterans in libraries. He is particularly passionate about increasing the accessibility of libraries for both patrons and employees. He sits on multiple local, regional, and national committees that focus on diversity where he is the voice of people with disabilities as scholar, advocate, and as a person with disabilities himself. Video: Librarian JJ Pionke on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Libraries: "It's personal to me"


Teaching Critical Appraisal to Students in the Health Sciences


This session will address strategies, tools, and best practices for teaching critical appraisal to students in the health sciences. Participants in this session will leave with a teaching toolkit that they can scale to their students' needs and abilities, as well as resources to fill in any knowledge gaps when it comes to interpreting methodologies, relevant statistical measures, and study outcomes. Upon completion of the session, attendees will:

  • Understand what learning outcomes for students in a critical appraisal class are and why they matter
  • Work from a framework for teaching critical appraisal concepts to students
  • Identify their own knowledge gaps when it comes to critical appraisal
  • Locate and use resources to help close these knowledge gaps
Attendees are asked to bring laptops / tablets to the session

Laura Menard is the Assistant Director for Medical Education and Access Services at Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University.


Register by Mail

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Register Online

Early Bird registration rate avaialble until August 23.

Online registration includes a $6.00 processing charge


From One Big Deal to Another? Libraries in an Open Access Age

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is a Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University Library, University of Illinois and an Affiliate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lisa is professionally active in many organizations, a recipient of a number of awards, and a productive author. As ACRL President in 2010/2011, Lisa led the launch of the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative. She is currently Editor of Library Trends, a chef for the Society for Scholarly Publishing blog, “The Scholarly Kitchen”, and chair of the IFLA Information Literacy Section.

Nancy's Reception

Posters, Exhibitors, Silent Auction, and Food

Silent Auction


Join us at the HSLI Conference Silent Auction where you will be able to bid on many interesting and unique items.


Starting bids will be posted near each item. Thanks to all donors and all bidders! All proceeds will benefit the HSLI Scholarship Fund.

Poster Session

Creating an Online Institutional Research Record Using Archive Space
Geoff Pettys, MA, MSLIS, AHIP , Head, Reference & Education Services Southern Illinois University

Creating Educational Exhibits in Small Spaces Using New and Traditional Methods
Cynthia Reynolds, MLIS, Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Instructor, UIC Library of the Health Sciences - Rockford 

Disability and Accessibility: Training Needs of Library Employees
JJ Pionke, MA, MSI  Applied Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Disability and Accessibility: Understanding the Education Needs of Library Graduate Students
JJ Pionke, MA, MSI  Applied Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How to Design an Instructional Lesson Plan: Looking Back to My First Career as a Teacher While Going Forward in My Second Career as a Librarian
Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, MLIS, MS Health and Human Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, Governors State University

Increasing student confidence: The role of the embedded librarian in a nursing research course
Susan R. Franzen, MLIS, MS, Assistant Professor of Library Science, Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian, Illinois State University
Jennifer Sharkey, MLS, MS, Associate Professor of Library Science, Head, Information Use and Fluency Dept., Illinois State University

Medical Archives and History:  Local Informal Network Support and Shared Expertise of CAMA
Ramune K. Kubilius, MALS, AHIP, Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Role of Tacit Knowledge in Evidence Based Medicine
Margaret (Peg) Burnette, Associate Professor and Medical and Biomedicine Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Lightning Talks

The afternoon of Thursday, September 12, has been set aside for sharing experiences, best practices, or how lemonade was made out of lemons! Each presenter will be allotted 5-10 minutes, depending on the number of abstracts that are accepted. There will be ample time afterward for Q&A and lively discussion.



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Wednesday  September 11, 2019

6:30pm-8:00pm Board and Mentor/Mentee Dinner and Board Meeting 

Knowledge Room

Thursday    September 12, 2019

6:30am-7:00am Sunrise Walk (sunrise 6:27am)

meet in hotel lobby

7:30am-8:45am Breakfast – sponsored by EBSCO

Alma Mater Room

8am-8:30am Sponsored talk from EBSCO Alma Mater Room
9am-10am Keynote – Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Alma Mater Room

10am-10:15am Break 


10:15am-10:45am NNLM / GMR Update – Linda Walton

Alma Mater Room

10:45am-Noon Updates: Illinois State Library / Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) / Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) / Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS)

Alma Mater Room

12pm-1:15pm Lunch – sponsored by Wolters-Kluwer

Alma Mater Room

12pm-12:45pm Business Meeting

Alma Mater Room

12:45pm-1:15pm Sponsored talk from Wolters-Kluwer

Alma Mater Room

1:30pm-3:30pm CE 1: Kirstin Duffin – Citation Management Software: Advancing your expertise with freely available tools (no MLA credit)

Knowledge Room

1:30pm-3:30pm CE 2: Daniel Tracy - Issues in Scholarly Communication for the Health Sciences (no MLA credit)

Innovation Room

3:30pm-3:45pm Break

Alma Mater Room

3:45pm-4:45pm Lightning Talks – (no MLA CE credit)

Alma Mater Room

5pm-5:45pm Sunset Walk (sunset 7:05pm) includes tour of The Early Intervention Clearinghouse Library

meet in hotel lobby

6pm-9:30pm Nancy's Reception – Food, Exhibitors, Posters, Silent Auction

Illinois Ballroom

Friday       September 13, 2019

6:30am-7am Sunrise Walk (sunrise 6:28am)

meet in hotel lobby

7am-8am Breakfast (Posters may still be available for viewing)

Alma Mater Room

8am-Noon CE 3: JJ Pionke - Making your Library Positively Accessible (4 MLA CE)

Knowledge Room

8am-Noon CE 4: Laura Menard - Teaching Critical Appraisal to Students in the Health Sciences (4 MLA CE)

Innovation Room

Noon-1pm Lunch

Alma Mater Room

1:30pm Tour of the new Carle Clinic Library – sign up at registration desk - Transportation not provided


Conference Hotel

I Hotel

Address: 1900 South First Street | Champaign, IL


Check in time 4pm check out 11 am

Parking is free at the hotel

Conference Room Rate

$139.00 per night plus 13% tax

The conference room rate is only guaranteed until August 11


Phone: 217.819.5000

"Guests may book their reservations online at www.stayatthei.com Click on the orange "attendee code" button Enter the "Attendee Code" which is HSLI19

I Hotel Entrance

Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Application

Download Application Form as a Word file
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The application deadline is Friday, August 2 for full consideration

Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship winners will receive funds to cover registration fees, and other expenses. If awarded a scholarship, hotel arrangements and registration are the sole responsibility of the recipient.

Applicants must be current members of HSLI (2019 dues paid). Applicants must write a short essay entitled, "I would like a Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship because..." Each scholarship recipient must write an article for the HSLI Newsletter discussing the plan to implement knowledge gained at the conference in his or her institution. If awarded a scholarship, hotel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Reimbursement expenses will be processed upon submission of receipts and after submission of the Newsletter article to the HSLI Newsletter editors.

Conference News

Information About Outings During This Week’s HSLI Conference

September 11th, 2019 by

(sent on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee’s Publicity Subcommittee)

We all know how much sitting goes on during a conference and it might be nice to get out for some physical activity during your time at HSLI. Here are a few things to consider:

There will be a Sunrise Walk Thursday morning from 6:30 to 7:00 am and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:00 am. Meet in the iHotel lobby if you would like to participate.

After a long day of attending talks and CEs, wouldn’t it be nice to get out and stretch your legs before Nancy’s Reception? Join us for the Sunset Walk from 5:00 to 5:45 pm. This walk includes a tour of the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Lending Library. Meet in the iHotel lobby if you want to join in.

After lunch on Friday, join us for a tour of the new Carle Clinic Library! Sign up at the registration desk. Transportation is not provided but see Frances Drone-Silvers for directions and parking information, etc. Look for Frances at the conference!

The iHotel is located just on the south end of campus. If you want to venture onto campus, here is a map that will help you find your way. You might to check out the Historical Markers Virtual Campus Tour as well.

If people want one last walk before leaving town, consider the UI Arboretum. The Arboretum is a public garden, located south of the corner of Florida and Lincoln Avenues at 1800 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801.  It is open daily, between the hours of sunrise until sunset and admission is free. Parking is available in the lots near the Noel Welcome Garden. Metered parking along South Lincoln Avenue is also available and is free after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends. Additional parking is available in the lot north of Japan House. And, it’s easy to get to the interstates from there.

And if you plan to stick around town, the undefeated Illini play Eastern Michigan at 11:00 am at Memorial Stadium!

The Mass Transit District offers bus service to the campus and beyond. The four primary campus routes are the Gold, Yellow, Teal, and Silver, creating a box pattern and connecting the four corners of campus with the Champaign and Urbana downtown areas. These are high-frequency routes with 10-minute service. The Illini route and the Green route also serve campus with 10- and 15-minute service frequencies. If you see “hopper” on the bus name, you can hop on and off those buses free of charge. Otherwise, the fare is $1.00.   How to Ride the MTD

Vendors at 2019 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference

September 5th, 2019 by

(on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee’s Publicity Subcommittee)

Interested in learning more about some of the latest databases and products that vendors offer? Stop by the tables during Nancy’s Reception on Thursday evening. Exhibitors include EBSCO, Elsevier Clinical Key, McGraw Hill, NEJM, NNLM, Ovid, and RAILS.

EBSCO provides a discovery service, full-text and secondary databases, e-books, e-journals & e-packages, print subscriptions and related services for all types of libraries.

Elsevier’s ClinicalKey is a point-of-care clinical information service for physicians and other healthcare professionals. It provides access to a unique combination of medical reference books, medical journals, drug information, and practice guidelines. ClinicalKey helps health professionals locate and use clinical information quickly to answer questions and to keep current with changing healthcare issues.

McGraw-Hill is one of the world’s premier publishers of print and digital medical content including The MD Anderson Manual of Clinical Oncology and Williams Hematology.

NEJM Group creates high-quality medical resources for research, learning, practice and professional development designed to meet the demand for essential medical knowledge among academic researchers and teachers, physicians, clinicians, executives and others in medicine and health care. NEJM Group products include the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Journal Watch, NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Catalyst and NEJM Resident 360. NEJM Group is a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society. For more information, go here.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) supports health information access through training, funding, and outreach and is funded by the National Library of Medicine.  The NNLM office for the Greater Midwest Region is located at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. By collaborating, training, and funding over 1,100 health centers, health departments, community organizations, as well as medical, public, and school libraries in a 10 state region, the office supports the mission of the NNLM to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through access to health information. Linda Walton, Associate University Librarian at the University of Iowa and the director of Hardin Library, will give the GMR update at this year’s Conference.

Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, is a global information solutions provider offering clinicians, professionals, students, and researchers in the medical, scientific, and academic fields customizable solutions of content, tools, and services that make research smarter, faster, and more effective. More information is available here.

RAILS creates continuing education and resource-sharing opportunities for near 1300 libraries of all types in northern/western IL, also providing delivery, e-resources, online catalogs, discounts & more! Learn more here.

Advantages to Students of Attending 2019 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference (Sept. 11-13 in Champaign)

August 29th, 2019 by

(on behalf of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee’s Publicity Subcommittee)

Are you considering a career in health sciences or medical librarianship? Interested in learning more about the latest trends in the profession? Looking for an opportunity to meet and network with new and experienced library practitioners, while helping the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) organization celebrate its 40th birthday? HSLI would like to extend a warm invitation to students, including those at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s iSchool, to attend the 2019 HSLI Conference! This year’s event, themed “Going Forward, Looking Back”, will take place from Wednesday, September 11, to Friday, September 13, at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

Some of the benefits you will gain from attending include the following:

  • registration at the student rate ($100 for the full Conference, only half of what regular HSLI members pay and less than half of what non-members pay)
  • an opportunity to learn from experts in the field, including UIUC’s very own Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (keynote speaker) and Daniel Tracy and JJ Pionke (continuing-education sessions)
  • plenty of chances to make valuable professional connections, including at Nancy’s Reception the evening of Thursday, September 12

Please register by Wednesday, September 4, to reserve your spot at the Conference. More information about the Conference is available here.

We hope to see you there in a few weeks!

Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

Conference Committee

Conference Co-Chairs 
Miranda Shake   Lakeview College of Nursing
Roy Jones   Retired

Continuing Education
Frances Drone-Silvers   Carle Foundation Hospital
Charlotte Beyer Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Eric Edwards   Illinois State Library
Laura Wimmer AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center

Laura Wimmer  AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center

GMR Liaison
Jacqueline Leskovec NNLM GMR

Linda Feinberg   Northshore University HealthSystem - Evanston Hospital
Charlotte Beyer Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Linda Feinberg   Northshore University HealthSystem - Evanston Hospital

Eric Edwards   Illinois State Library
Peg Burnette University of Illinois a t Urbana- Champaign Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
Julie Dietrich Blessing Hospital Blessing Health Professions Library

Miranda Shake   Lakeview College of Nursing

Michelle Quinones   Graham Hospital School of Nursing
Cynthia Reynolds   University of Illinois at Chicago

Silent Auction
Fran Kovach   Retired
Ramune Kubilius   Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Sarah Isaacs Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Michelle Nielsen Ott Methodist College Library
Julie Dietrich Blessing Hospital Blessing Health Professions Library
Ramune Kubilius Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Stacey Knight-Davis  Eastern Illinois University