HSLI 2017 Conference

The Times Are Changing
October 25-27 Bloomington, IL

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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 Morning Concurrent Sessions

Emerging Technologies for The Busy Librarian

This face-to-face course is designed to give the busy librarian an overview of emerged and emerging technologies impacting our profession. It is a survey course that will cover a variety of technology topics. Topics discussed will be updated until the month prior to the teaching of course but could include: makerspaces, augmented reality, wearable technology, fitness apps, the Internet of Things, library mobile apps, privacy, ambient intelligence, virtual reality, and collaboration tools. Students, health professionals, and consumers use technologies to interact with health information daily. It is essential for librarians to investigate and experiment with these technologies to improve access to timely and relevant quality health information.

Educational Objectives:

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss emerged and emerging technologies with potential to impact our profession
  • Review technology trends with an emphasis how to keep up to date
  • Discuss mobile apps popular in library environments Identify technologies that can be employed in a hospital library or other potentially restrictive networks
  • Review privacy issues within a digital ecosystem
  • Apply case studies and recommendations for supporting emerged and emerging technologies at home institution

Gabe Rios is the director of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine. Gabe has worked with emerging technologies since the late 90s (remember the PDA?).  He has taught technology-related classes at state, regional, and national meetings over the past 16 years. Gabe has also served as a member of national and local technology groups for the Medical Library Association as well as community-based groups. Gabe is a devoted user of technology and has a keen interest in technology trends and their impact on health and medicine. In his role as library director, Gabe continues his support of emerging technologies by facilitating the use of technology to meet users where they are.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Librarians

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This course will present what the current state of systematic reviews methods is, how systematic reviews are different from other types of reviews, and what their potential applications are. Activities and discussions will cover how to conduct a reference interview, determine feasibility of a research question, build search strategies, and report methods specific to systematic reviews.

Susan A. Fowler, MLIS, is the Library Director at Washington University (in St. Louis) Brown School: Social Work and Public Health. Her current interests include creating reporting standards for systematic review search strategies and finding a pragmatic solution for search strategy peer review. Susan designed the first library-based systematic review service at Washington University, trained librarian colleagues in systematic review search design, and integrated the library service into the Institute of Public Health’s Systematic Review and Meta-analyses yearly course.

Thursday Afternoon Session

Infographics: Communicating Information Visually - NNLM Webinar Recording

Presenter: Rose Turner, Research & Instruction Librarian, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, 1 hour

Learn to make your raw data more appealing and consumable with infographics. In this class, you'll learn what infographics are and how they can make data easier to understand and share. Finally, weíll wrap up by demonstrating an online resource (Piktochart) so youíll be ready to create your own infographics. No MLA credit.

Sarah Isaacs from the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse will facilitate a discussion of infographics after the class.


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Providing Ethical Services in Changing Times

Librarians and other information professionals have long relied on codes of ethics and other guidelines for providing ethical services to all.   In a time of rapid political, social, and technological change, do these codes still make sense?  How should they be interpreted during a time of radical change?  Is it time to update them?  

Emily Knox is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team.
Emily recently edited Trigger Warnings: History, Theory Context, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Emily’s book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, was also published by Rowman & Littlefield and is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series.
Emily received her Ph.D. from the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. Her master’s in library and information science is from the iSchool at Illinois. She also holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Smith College and an A.M. in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School.
Emily serves on the boards of the Association for Information Science & Technology,Freedom to Read Foundation and the National Coalition Against Censorship.


Nancy's Reception

Is it Science or Magic?

In this event, we will probe some chemical and biochemical experiments that can have the perception of Ďmagicí but can be explained using our experience and knowledge of the materials used. I will do some demonstrations of physical and chemical properties of common materials (often obtained from stores) as well as materials from biological sources. For example, what do bakerís yeast and potassium iodine have in common? How can we measure the amount of vitamin C in oranges? We will do a few hands on experiments because science is not a spectator sport.

Marge Jones is a professor of chemistry at Illinois State University. She has 111 publications and 3 book chapters with the most recent entitled ďAntioxidant capacity, immune response, anti-inflammatory activity, and potential pharmaceutical applications of by-productsĒ in Handbook of Coffee Processing By-products: Sustainable Applications. Professor Jones's lab studies the parasitic protozoan, Leishmania, which leads to diseases in over 80 countries worldwide. The lab works to better understand the biochemistry of these parasites and is testing unique molecules that can be used as new therapeutic directions.

Poster Session

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Wednesday 10/25/2017



Registration - Dine Around List available


Board and Mentee Dinner & Board Meeting



Thursday 10/26/2017



Sunrise Walk – meet in front lobby






CE: Emerging Technologies for the Busy Librarian – Gabe Rios


CE: Introduction to Systematic Review for Librarians – Susan Fowler


Lunch – Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer / Presentation: Lippincott Solutions for the point of care




InfoGraphics: Communicating Information Visually: NNLM webinar & discussion - Sarah Isaacs - facilitator


Moving from Theory to Application: Adult Education and Instructional Design - Merinda Hensley


Nancy's Reception


Hearty Refreshments – Exhibitors – Poster Session – Silent Auction


"Is it Science or Magic?" - Dr. Marge Jones



Friday 10/27/2017



Sunrise Walk – meet in front lobby






Exhibitors and Posters


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emily Knox: Providing Ethical Services in Changing Times


NNLM / GMR Update - Elizabeth Kiscaden


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




Business Meeting



Conference Hotel

Address: 1621 Jumer Dr, Bloomington, IL 61704


Arrive/Depart: Check in: 3:00 pm Check out: 12:00pm Must ask for "Health Science Librarians of Illinois" when calling in to make reservations

Phone: (309) 662-2020

Hotel from Road

Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Application

The application deadline has passed and winners have been notified.

Conference News

HSLI 2017 Annual Conference Report: Daneen Richardson

July 1st, 2018 by

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for sponsoring my attendance to the 2017 Health Science Librarians of Illinois conference: The Times are Changing. Attending the conference is generally my one opportunity for health science continuing education where I can interact with those presenting as well as other attendees. I find it hard to express the value that I have received through the HSLI conferences over the years. I hope that I have been able to express that through my work on the planning committee to assist with the organizing so others can benefit as I have through the years.

I found a number of interesting technologies that Gabe Rios discussed in his session on Emerging Technologies for the Busy Librarian. The afternoon session Infographics: Communicating Information Visually introduced the concept of infographics. I personally find pictures to often assist in trying to teach and understand a concept. “A picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind as an accurate portrayal of why we should include infographics in our presentations or displays. While totally not related to the instruction we did an exercise: Genie stretch which I have shared many, many times among colleagues, friends and family. While we provide access to information to any that request it I think anytime we can also provide information to assist the person holistically we should.

Nancy’s reception is my busy time with being involved with the vendors/exhibiting, food and entertainment as part of my responsibilities with the planning committee. I believe that the reception and all events including the silent auction were well received among the attendees. The addition of Marg Jones and her wit and science were not only entertaining but informative as well.

Friday morning was filled with information. I missed part of the keynote speaker as I was busy networking in the breakfast room and lost track of time. I thoroughly enjoy the updates from RAILS, Illinois Heartland Library System, GMR, Illinois State Library and ICRL. It is good to know what is new and reminded of services that they provide that sometimes we forget about in our busy professional lives. It is also uplifting to see how many organizations there are that continue to assist us as librarians and in general the population of Illinois and beyond.

Thank you again for the financial assistance that assisted me in attending so I could not only have the opportunity learn new skills, network with colleagues but to also oversee my conference responsibilities.

2017 Annual Conference Report: Ann Zettervall

January 28th, 2018 by

I had the honor of being selected as a Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship recipient to the 2017 HSLI Annual Conference. As an MSLIS student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, I am relatively new to the field of health science librarianship. This conference not only marked my first health science conference, but also, it was my first-ever library conference.

One requirement in the Scholarship” application was to explain why I am interested in receiving the scholarship. I wrote about my desire to build connections in regional health science librarianship to support a health outreach program in the Vermillion County public libraries and to be shown what and who I need to know to further my studies and future career. The connections I made created more opportunities than I imagined possible.

With degrees in music performance, I approach librarianship as a change in career. I could easily try to follow my education into music librarianship, but I prefer a career where my work can make more significant difference in people’s lives. As a student, I am still constantly learning about aspects of librarianship, but the conference session on emerging technologies showed me new resources for health education and clinician usage, such as virtual reality technology, that I never have the opportunity to experience in the classroom.

In the session on infographics, I was able to create a basic design for a health information poster with more flair than anything I have experienced in my coursework. In school, I am learning the broad strokes of what librarianship is. The HSLI conference showed me how to apply those concepts and how librarianship works in the real world.

I feel confident that I can create an infographic to effectively describe information to use in an outreach program. I also am more aware of the tools available to users, both as health professionals and the public. But most of all, I saw the breadth of knowledge of individuals across medical and academic libraries. I made connections for future job opportunities and for research and practicum work while I am still in school. I learned about career options and about how fulfilling working to support doctors and students with disabilities can be. I even learned that hospitals have interlibrary loan systems! I admit that realization may be due to my own naivete, but the passion and years of study from the librarians I met inspired me.

I now have the basic skills to create educational marketing materials and to present them effectively to an audience. I also know who to contact when I need more help, and ultimately, knowing where and how to get more information is the hallmark of a successful librarian. Thank you to the scholarship committee for the opportunity to attend the conference and to all the attendees for welcoming me and showing me the way to my future. I hope to see you all again in 2018!

HSLI 2017 Conference Report: Michelle Nielsen Ott (Syed Maghrabi Scholarship Recipient)

December 15th, 2017 by

Thank you to the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship Committee for selecting me to receive a full scholarship to the 2017 HSLI Conference “The Times are Changing.” As a new health sciences librarian, I attended my first HSLI conference excited with the prospect learning more about health science librarianship and meeting peers from around the state (as a solo librarian, I needed to develop a network). Both of these expectations were met and exceeded.

Gabe Rios presented on several new and developing technologies in the “Emerging Technologies for the Busy Librarian” session. I was not aware of all the library and non-library apps available for health and how to select and evaluate them. This session really opened my eyes to the possibilities apps (and technology in general) have to enhance learning and research in the health sciences. I have already downloaded several NLM apps and will be promoting the HIV/AIDS related apps when the Methodist College Library hosts the NLM traveling exhibit “Surviving and Thriving” in 2018. I also made a note to actively seek an IT staff member to join the library advisory committee (once I have a library advisory committee).

I thoroughly enjoyed the poster sessions as I had the opportunity to speak to several librarians about their research and what they were doing at their institutions. From this experience, I am now planning to pilot a journal club. Before the HSLI conference I had never heard of journal clubs. My hope is that this pilot is successful and the college can produce and sustain several journal clubs. The resources I received about journal clubs will also help me collaborate with nursing faculty members to redesign a journal analyzing assignment which many of the students struggle with.

My biggest take away from this conference is that I am not alone, even as a solo librarian. I shared my struggles and successes with many attendees and they exchanged insights and ideas. My first HSLI conference was a very valuable experience and I am looking forward to participating in the next conference.

Thank You for Supporting the HSLI 2017 Annual Conference!

November 2nd, 2017 by

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference Planning Committee would like to express its sincere appreciation to all who contributed time, energy, financial support, etc., to the 2017 Annual Conference. This includes (and is in no particular order):

CE Presenters & Facilitators: Susan Fowler, Gabe Rios, Sarah Isaacs, Merinda Hensley

Reception Presenter: Dr. Marge Jones

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emily Knox

Student Volunteers: Chelsea, Jeanie, and Peggy

Vendors: American Academy of Pediatrics, EBSCO Information Services, Greater Midwest Region of the NN/LM, RAILS РReaching Across Illinois Library System, and Wolters Kluwer.

Silent Auction Contributors:¬†Baker & Taylor, Electric Avenue, Ex Libris, Illinois Library Association, Roy & Marge Jones, Fran Kovach, Ramune Kubilius, The Library Store, Mackin, Kate Meader, Miranda Shake, Today’s Business Solutions, Inc. & More.

Hotel & Conference Center: The Chateau of Bloomington, IL

And, finally, last but certainly not least, all of the attendees! Thank you for attending the Conference, and we hope to see you next year.


The HSLI Annual Conference Planning Committee for 2017

Co-chairs: Miranda Shake & Roy Jones
Members: Frances Drone-Silvers, Eric Edwards, Sandra Engram, Linda Feinberg, Emily Johnson, Stacey Knight-Davis, Fran Kovach, Ramune Kubilius, Jacqueline Leskovec, Nina Pals, Michelle Quinones, Cynthia Reynolds, Daneen Richardson, & Laura Wimmer.

Vendors at Nancy’s Reception (Thursday, October 26)

October 23rd, 2017 by

Are you planning to attend Nancy’s Reception at this year’s Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference. In addition to eating great food, browsing poster sessions, and watching a chemistry “magic show”, you will have the opportunity to speak with vendors from five library-related organizations and companies. More information about each one is below. (Click on the bold name of the vendor to access its website.) Representatives from some vendors may also be available to answer questions between 8:00 and 10:00 AM on Friday.

American Academy of Pediatrics–professional organization offering certification and professional development opportunities in pediatrics-related fields, in addition to acting as a legislative advocate

EBSCO–commercial vendor specializing in journal databases covering a range of topics related to the health sciences, including nursing and public health

Greater Midwest Region–a division of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the GMR serves a 10-state region (including Illinois) and offers numerous continuing-education webinars and meetings in conjunction with the Medical Library Association


Reaching Across Illinois Library System–serving approximately 1,300 libraries of all types in northern and west-central Illinois, RAILS offers interlibrary loan delivery, cooperative purchasing, catalog support, and continuing education

Wolters Kluwer–commercial vendor specializing in productivity tools and integrated solutions for health care professionals and students, especially those working or studying in a clinical setting

The HSLI Conference Planning Committee would like to thank all of the vendors for their time and generosity in assisting with this year’s Conference.

HSLI 2017 Conference Sessions for the Afternoon of Thursday, October 26

October 23rd, 2017 by

If you are planning to attend the Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference in Bloomington this week, remember that two sessions will take place the afternoon of Thursday, October 26. More information is below.

From 1:00 to 2:45 PM, first watch a recording of the National Library of Medicine’s webinar¬†“Infographics: Communicating Information Visually”¬†(the recording will last one hour), and then participate in a live discussion. The presenter in the recording is¬†Rose Turner, Research & Instruction Librarian, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System. In the webinar, learn to make your raw data more appealing and consumable with infographics. You will discover what infographics are and how they can make data easier to understand and share. Finally, Ms. Turner will wrap up by demonstrating an online resource (Piktochart), so you’ll be ready to create your own infographics. (A photo of Ms. Turner is below.)

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Sarah Isaacs from the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse will facilitate a discussion of infographics after the webinar viewing. This course does not carry CE credit from the Medical Library Association.

From 3:00 to 5:00 PM,¬†Merinda Kaye Hensley, Associate Professor and Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give the presentation¬†“Designing Instructional Materials”. With the approval of the¬†ACRL Framework, everyone is talking about learning theory. This session will be practical and hands-on, breaking down the instructional design process in order to apply our understanding for how people learn, and also how to prove it (or not!).


Merinda Kaye Hensley's picture

Hensley is part of the team in the Scholarly Commons, a digital scholarship center that serves the emerging research and technology needs of scholars in data services, digital humanities, digitization, and scholarly communication. She teaches, coordinates and provides leadership for the Savvy Researcher, an open workshop series addressing advanced research and information management needs of graduate students and faculty. Hensley has taught for the School of Information Sciences at Illinois, LIS 590AE: Information Literacy and Instruction and Practice. She is active in ACRL, currently serving as Vice Chair of the Instruction Section. Hensley presents nationally and internationally on her research, incorporating scholarly communication into information literacy instruction and improving teaching skills of new librarians.

This course will not offer MLA CE credit, but participants can add it as an¬†“External Training”to their transcript for the new Medlib-Ed portal if they choose. Therefore, it will still be part of their record and will count toward AHIP.

HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Silent Auction for HSLI Scholarships

October 12th, 2017 by

Each year at HSLI annual conferences, Nancy’s Receptions are unique in their own special way and also include traditional events that continue from year to year. The receptions feature the conference poster session, a brief entertaining program, an opportunity to network, and enjoy a good meal. Last but not least, attendees each year look forward to the silent auction. The 2017 HSLI conference silent auction will take place at Nancy’s Reception on Thurs, Oct. 26, 2017. There is something for everyone. Items include those with library themes or featuring items liked by many librarians.

This year’s silent auction features a book, a souvenir cup, pottery, t-shirts and leggings, a wearable Fitbit for fitness monitoring, gift baskets, a hotel stay, and a scanner… Check out the images below to see some of the auction items:

All items in the auction were donated by HSLI members and supporters. Starting bids will range from $5 – $100. Nancy’s Reception attendees are invited to participate in this year’s silent auction (cash or check only). Proceeds go to a good cause, the HSLI Scholarship Fund. We thank all, donors and participants, for your generosity!

For more information about the HSLI 2017, visit the conference website or contact Emily Johnson, chair of the conference publicity committee

Reminder: Early Registration for HSLI 2017 Annual Conference, Including Hotel, Ends October 10

October 9th, 2017 by

(via Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria)

The early-registration and hotel reservation period for the Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois will end¬†Tuesday, October 10.¬†After that date, there will be a $25 late fee assessed to registration, and your hotel reservation will not be part of the HSLI hotel block. Please follow this link for¬†online conference registration using PayPal¬†or you may¬†download the PDF form¬†to mail in with a check payable to HSLI. You will be able to sign up for your conference CE’s, the mentor/mentee program, food choices, and dietary restrictions.

To book your hotel stay at The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, you must call (309) 662-2020 to make your reservation. By mentioning that you are part of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois group, you will receive the lodging rate of $79 per night plus taxes and fees, and you will be part of the HSLI official block of hotel rooms. The Chateau Hotel is located at 1621 Jumer Dr, Bloomington, IL 61704.

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Emily Johnson, Chair of the HSLI Annual Conference Publicity Committee, or visit the HSLI Conference Website.

HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Places and Spaces in Bloomington-Normal

October 6th, 2017 by

The 2017 Annual Conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois will offer two days of professional activities, but if you need a break, consider taking advantage of the places and spaces of host cities Bloomington and Normal. The Conference hotel, The Chateau, is an ideal location, with easy and convenient access to places around both communities.

Either Wednesday evening or Friday afternoon would an ideal time to go out and try one or more of the following activities:

The Bloomington-Normal Visitors Bureau website has many other listings and coupon dealsto plan your own venture. We hope you will take advantage of what Bloomington-Normal has to offer.

For any questions about the HSLI Annual Conference, please contact Emily Johnson, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at emj11@uic.edu, or visit the Conference website.

HSLI Annual Conference 2017: Nancy’s Reception and Networking

September 29th, 2017 by

Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference receptions provide a wonderful opportunity for Conference attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and guests to relax, network, and enjoy good food. Now a tradition at the Conferences, the annual Reception honors Nancy Stump, a longtime, fun-loving, active HSLI member who served as HSLI President from 1990 to 1993. Each year, Nancy’s Reception is unique in its own special way. This year’s Nancy’s Reception will take place on Thursday evening, October 26, in the congenial ambiance of The Chateau, the Conference hotel.

What can attendees expect to do at the 2017 Conference reception? They can examine 10 professional posters and discuss them with their peers, the presenters. They will have an opportunity to watch a presentation by Illinois State University chemistry professor Dr. Marjorie Jones, called “Magic Show: Is it Science or Magic?”, and chat with the “magician professor” afterwards. They can bid on items donated by vendors and their colleagues in the Silent Auction, which benefits the HSLI scholarship fund. Last, but not least, they can enjoy a good meal at the end of a busy Conference day.

Plan on joining HSLI colleagues and guests at this year’s HSLI Annual Conference and Nancy’s Reception in Bloomington, IL, from October 25 to October 27. For more information, visit the Conference website.

Conference Committee

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

Continuing Education
Frances Drone-Silvers   Carle Foundation Hospital
Nina Pals   Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

Eric Edwards   Illinois State Library
Daneen Richardson   Western Illinois University

Laura Wimmer   Presence Resurrection Medical Center

GMR Liaison
Jacqueline Leskovec

Location/Conference Center
Roy Jones   Retired    Stacey Knight-Davis   Eastern Illinois University  
Daneen Richardson   Western Illinois University    Miranda Shake   Lakeview College of Nursing  

Linda Feinberg   Northshore University HealthSystem - Evanston Hospital
Emily Johnson   University of Illinois Chicago – Peoria Campus

Sandra Engram   Illinois College of Optometry
Linda Feinberg   Northshore University HealthSystem - Evanston Hospital

Eric Edwards   Illinois State Library
Emily Johnson   University of Illinois Chicago – Peoria Campus
Ramune Kubilius   Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Daneen Richardson   Western Illinois University
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

Sandra Engram   Illinois College of Optometry

Stacey Knight-Davis  Eastern Illinois University