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Archive for 2011

President’s Message

HSLI President, Fran Kovach, M.L.I.S, is the reference and education librarian at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

My 2011 holiday video card to the members is below. Through it you may enjoy highlights of this year’s conference at Starved Rock State Park. Happy holidays!

Try our video maker at Animoto.

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HSLI President’s Award 2011

Jo Dorsch, M.A.L.S., A.H.I.P., Professor and Regional Head Librarian at UIC Illinois Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria.
In recognition of significant service to HSLI, the recipient of the 2011 HSLI President’s Award was Jo Dorsch, M.A.L.S., A.H.I.P. at UIC of Illinois Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria. Jo led and managed a team of experts in the online continuing education of evidence based practice (EBP)research. HSLI members participating in the pilot study received 21 MLA CE credits. Jo’s work furthers librarians’ knowledge and understanding of EBP research. Thank you and congratulations to Jo!

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Congratulations to the Newly Elected and Re-elected HSLI Officers!

Two HSLI officer positions were on the ballot for the HSLI 2011 election.

Stacey Knight-DStacey Knight-Davisavis, Bibliographer for Nursing and Health Studies at Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library, has been elected HSLI President-Elect for a one-year term. Following her one-year term, she will become HSLI President for two years.







Miranda ShakeMiranda ShakeLibrary Director and IT Coordinator at Lakeview College of Nursing, has been re-elected to her second two-year term as HSLI Secretary.




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HSLI 2013 Conference: Planning Committee Members Needed

The HSLI 2013 Annual Conference Planning Committee is seeking members willing to assist with various aspects of
the conference. If you would like to be involved please contact:

Roy Jones, M.S.L.S., A.H.I.P.
Manager, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Library & Resource Center & Caterpillar Family Resource Center

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Carol Jeuell, M.S.L.S., A.H.I.P. is the Reference Librarian at Brennemann Library of Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, and one of the three winners of the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship for 2011.
I’m grateful for the scholarship that I received to attend the annual HSLI meeting at Starved Rock Lodge. With my hospital department facing reduced budgets, I was very appreciative of having this scholarship to support my attendance. I’m also happy that this scholarship continues to honor and remember Syed Maghrabi. He was a wonderful person who was a pleasure to know and who appreciated the opportunities for learning and networking that are the highlight of HSLI meetings.

This statewide conference always manages to be a bargain in terms of fees for registration, continuing education classes and the quality of the meeting content. The location at Starved Rock was perfect for a fall meeting. The facilities, keynote speaker and continuing education courses that were offered were much appreciated and will be helpful in my job.

Keynote Speaker: The keynote address by Michelynn McKnight and her continuing education class “The Agile Librarian’s Guide to Thriving in Any Institution” were timely and inspiring. Michelynn reminded us of the many opportunities that we have on a daily basis to promote our services to support the work of our institutions. The many real life examples that she offered were helpful and gave us some action items that we can easily implement in our jobs. Her book is a resource to consult for both promoting our services and thriving in our institutions.

Continuing Education Class – “Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries and Health”. I took Max Anderson’s class, which was very informative for information on mobile technologies. Max listed the range of mobile devices that are currently available and reviewed applications that are relevant to medicine. We practiced creating our own mobile website with Google Sites and we learned how to generate a QR code. Detailed hand-outs that were included with the class will be useful for future reference.

Our annual meeting is a great opportunity to keep up with the latest developments in print and online resources, software, equipment, web applications and library management. The chance to network is always appreciated and helpful in many ways. I thank the scholarship committee for the support to attend this meeting.

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HSLI 2011 Conference: Keynote Address Outline with Citations

Whether or not you were at the keynote address by Michelynn McKnight, PhD, AHIP at the HSLI 2011 Conference, you may be interested in the outline of her presentation, ” Reach, Balance, Achieve: Doing Better What We Have Always Done Well”. The outline, with citations, is at the conference section of the HSLI Web site. Click here to link directly to the outline.

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Cast Your Vote Today About the 2012 HSLI Conference Preferences


At the 2011 HSLI Business meeting, the members voted to poll the membership about annual conference preferences.

The 2012 conference survey is linked to the HSLI homepage or link to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M6RFH8F


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Eric A. Edwards, M.L.I.S. is the Public Services Librarian at the Charles E. Becker Library of Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois, and one of the three winners of the Syed Maghrabi Scholarship for 2011.

I would like to thank Jerry DeWitt and the scholarship committee for their support. This was my first time attending a Health Science Librarians of Illinois annual conference. I do not work in a hospital setting (I am a public services librarian at a liberal arts university), but I still benefitted greatly from the conference sessions. The presentations applied to the entire library and information science profession, and not just to medical librarianship.

One of the sessions that I found particularly useful was “The Agile Librarian’s Guide to Thriving in Any Institution. The focus of this presentation was the necessity for every librarian in the profession to understand the goals and responsibilities of both immediate and more distant colleagues in one’s institution, in order to interact better with those colleagues. This is especially relevant to my work in that Benedictine University at Springfield is a branch campus of Benedictine University in Lisle, and I have constant interaction with my colleagues there, including the library staff.

Another session that was especially helpful was “Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries & Health”. Although the emphasis of this session was on primarily applications concerning medicine, the use of mobile technology generally is something with which I have been heavily involved, as the Benedictine University libraries recently acquired iPads for librarian use.

Once again, I would like to thank Mr. DeWitt and the scholarship committee. I found the HSLI 2011 Conference very worthwhile, and I look forward to participating in future HSLI events.

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HSLI 2011Conference Evaluation Deadline November 12

The HSLI Conference Planning Committee is looking for your comments and suggestions. Everyone who attended the HSLI 2011 conference, please complete the conference evaluation before November 12th, if you didn’t complete one at the conference.

The evaluation form is located on the conference web site home page http://hsli.org/conference/

Return the form to Virgina Gale email: Virginia.Gale@provena.org or Fax: 815-773-7755 or snail mail: Attn: Virginia Gale/Library and Media Services/Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center/333 N Madison St/ Joliet IL 60435

Don’t forget the deadline is November 12th.

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The Programming Committee for the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) is issuing a call for participation for its biennial conference to be held March 16, 2012, at the Doubletree Hotel in Oakbrook, Illinois. The conference is broadly themed as “Adapt, Adopt, Accelerate.”

In keeping with the theme, the programming committee is interested not only in traditional panel presentations (e.g. groups of four 15 minute papers), but also in “focused discussions” (groups of 5 minute (or less!)) position statements around a broad theme followed up by give-and-take between/ among audience and panel members) or in other non-traditional presentation formats. In short, we are actively encouraging people to explore new ways of sharing knowledge at the conference. Please submit your panel topics along with mode of presentation, abstracts of the papers (for traditional panels) or summaries of discussion positions (for focused discussions).

If you are interested in another presentation format, send us a summary of what you would like to do with one hour of the conference’s time that would enlighten, educate, amuse, infuriate, or otherwise intellectually stimulate your colleagues in the Illinois academic library community.

If you have topics you would like to hear about (but not present on yourself), please send them to Susan Swords Steffen at susanss@elmhurst.edu and we will do our best to find presenters. Think of this as “patron driven convention programming.”

To submit a conference proposal, visit


Program Submission Deadline: October 31, 2011

Poster Session Submission Deadline: February 1, 2012.

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