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Three Illinois Libraries Chosen to Host NLM Exhibit

Three Illinois libraries, including two academic ones, have been chosen to host the National Library of Medicine’s latest traveling exhibit, “Native Voices: Native Peoples: Concepts of Health and Illness”. Illinois Wesleyan University, Trinity College of Nursing, and the Warren Township Public Library are among 104 libraries nationally that will host the exhibit. Each library will host the exhibit for six weeks during the national tour, which lasts from 2016 to 2020. The NLM will also provide host libraries with staff training via a webinar, a publicity kit to help raise awareness of the exhibit in the community, and a $250 grant to cover any additional programming costs.

The “Native Voices” exhibit, which was on display at the NLM (in Bethesda, Maryland) from 2011 to 2015, is part of a series of traveling exhibits produced by the NLM and the National Institutes of Health, the Library’s parent organization. This particular exhibit focuses on issues related to the health of Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Alaska Natives, in both the past and the present. The history of displacement, epidemics, and the suppression of Native culture is used to illustrate the vital roles that land, spirit, and community play in Native health. Interviews educate the public about the firsthand impact of these historical forces and the future health challenges facing Native communities.

For more information on “Native Voices”, including the exhibit’s content, click here. The full list of host sites can be found here.

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IFLA Releases Annual Report

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions recently released its annual report for 2014. (The organization has not yet come out with a report for 2015.) The IFLA has members from every continent except Antarctica; just under half are from Europe, and institutions make up two-thirds of members. It strives to make information as freely and broadly available as possible to people worldwide, regardless of race, culture, or economic status. Some of the organization’s accomplishments for the year are below.

  • Distributing the IFLA Trend Report as widely as possible, including making it available in many languages
  • Hosting the World Library and Information Congress, which drew almost 4,000 people from over 130 countries, in Lyon, France
  • Bringing the two-year IFLA International Leaders Programme, which trains individuals to become stronger advocates for the profession at both the regional and international levels, to a successful conclusion at the congress
  • In 2015 (after the period covered by the report), the organization inaugurated a new President, American Donna Scheeder. She held a two-day summit in Cape Town, South Africa, to launch the IFLA’s Change Agenda, which seeks to strengthen the library and information profession at four levels: individual, organizational, national, and global.

The organization is also in the process of creating a strategic plan for 2016-2021. The plan will focus on bringing about social change by making access to information resources and knowledge as broadly available as possible, using innovative and creative methods. Preserving, and educating about, cultural heritage will receive special emphasis. This will build upon the 2010-2015 strategic plan’s focus on making the library and information field more dynamic, while giving librarians the tools to effect change.

To view the IFLA annual report, click here.

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Registration for MLA 2016 Opens Jan. 6

Registration for the Medical Library Association’s 2016 annual meeting officially opens Wednesday, January 6. (The registration form is already available on the MLA website.) This year’s conference, which will take place in Toronto from May 13 to 18, is themed “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture” and will be a joint meeting with the Canadian Health Libraries Association and the International Clinical Librarian Conference. The conference schedule includes continuing-education courses (among them a large number of pre-conference sessions), a general meeting and lunch featuring updates from the Canadian Health Libraries Association, the John P. McGovern Award Lecture, several hundred poster sessions and peer-reviewed papers, and “lightning talks”. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour local libraries. For those who cannot travel to Toronto, there will be an e-conference option.

The following CE sessions might be of particular interest, regardless of one’s library type. They are based around the conference’s theme of “Mosaic”, which focuses on the wide variety of skills and experiences that librarians bring to their roles.

  • Leading the Way: Preparing For and Enhancing Your Leadership Role (Friday, May 13–10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
  • Advanced Searching Techniques and Advanced Strategy Design (Friday, May 13–10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
  • Research by Design: Proposing, Planning, and Carrying Out a Research Project for the Practicing Librarian (Friday, May 13–8:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
  • Becoming an Expert Searcher (Saturday, May 14–8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
  • Bravery and Brevity: Developing Effective Presentation Skills (Saturday, May 14–10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
  • Library Instructional Design (Saturday, May 14–10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
  • Perspectives in Research Data Management (Saturday, May 14–8:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
  • ABCs of Research Impact: Altmetrics, Bibliometrics, and Citations (Saturday, May 14–8:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
  • Fundamentals of Data Visualization (Saturday, May 14–1:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
  • Supporting Systematic Reviews: The Basics (Saturday, May 14–1:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
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ALA Midwinter Event on Makerspaces

Are you planning to attend ALA Midwinter and have a special interest in makerspaces? Does your library already have a makerspace area, or is it considering creating one? Need to know the latest gizmos that libraries can include in a makerspace? Be sure to register for the “Makerspaces: Inspiration and Action” tour, sponsored by the Library Information and Technology Association. The exhibit will consist of 40,000 square feet of various displays, featuring everything from printing presses to lightsabers. There will also be a large number of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) devices.

The event will last all day on Friday, January 8. For more information, and to register, go here. You can also view photos of some of the exhibits.

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NN/LM – GMR Announces Funding Awards

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region has announced the winners of its funding awards for Option Year 4, which lasts from May of 2015 to April of 2016. The awards recognize various kinds of collaboration among different types of libraries, in addition to cooperation between librarians and others in academia, including faculty and researchers. Winners are recognized in one of five categories: target project, community engagement, technology improvement, exhibit and event, and professional development. Projects range from increasing access to health resources in rural areas, to customizing mobile technology for students.
Five of this year’s winners are from Illinois.

  • Gail Y. Hendler, Loyola University Chicago-“Opening Doors: Contemporary African-American Academic Surgeons”
  • Carmen Howard, University of Illinois at Chicago (Peoria campus)–“Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence Phase 2 (NExT2)”
  • Russ Iwami, National University of Health Sciences Learning Resource Center-“Technology Bar in the Library”
  • Emily Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago (Peoria campus)–“Rural Information Connection: A Mobile Device”
  • Miriam Lytle, Gail Borden Public Library–“Tales and Travel: Developing Community Partnerships”
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ALA Midwinter Sessions for Academic Librarians

The following sessions at this year’ss ALA Midwinter meeting might be of special interest to academic librarians.

Saturday, January 9
11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Ignite session: “Using Small Grants to Promote Academic Libraries and Engage Student Learners”-how to write small grants for programming opportunities that will draw more students and faculty into the library
4:30-5:30 PM
ACRL/SPARC forum: “Dialogue around Open Educational Resources”-with open educational resources becoming increasingly popular in academia, libraries are poised to take the lead in fostering the creation of new OERs
“Update on the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey”

Sunday, January 10
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ignite session: “Digital Humanities Uncentered: Engaging with Scholarship Across Your Campus”–why libraries should care about the digital humanities and engage with digital scholarship in that discipline
1:00-2:30 PM
“Update on Value of Academic Libraries Initiative”–review the findings from the first year of ACRL’s IMLS-funded project, “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success”, and learn how your library can become involved

Monday, January 11
10:30-11:30 AM
“ALA New Visions for Academic Library Spaces”–learn about the planning, challenges, and benefits associated with renovating a learning commons, including strengthening partnerships with other groups on campus
1:00-2:30 PM
“The State of Academic Librarian Spaces”–how to include staff space needs, and not just those of library users, in a library renovation project

To see the full schedule, access the ALA Midwinter program book.

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Legislative Updates, 12/23/2015


Last week a spending bill was passed by Congress and the Senate and then signed into law by President Obama. Avoiding a government shutdown, the bill is a mixed bag for libraries. Funding for the Library Services and Technology Act has been increased from FY15 to FY16, as well as grants to states, funding for Native American Library Services, National Leadership Grants for Libraries, funding for school libraries, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Also, in positive privacy news, the bill contained a section reaffirming that “federal financial services agencies, like the Securities and Exchange Commission, must get a judicially approved search warrant based on probable cause in order to compel the release of the content of any individual’s electronic communications of any kind.”

However, in upsetting news, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (which is “hostile to personal privacy in many fundamental ways) was included in the bill. Privacy and information security groups have lobbied against various forms of CISA for years.

For more information, see the District Dispatch.


The governor met with state government leaders most recently on last Thursday (December 17th) to discuss the budget, at a meeting he later described as “productive.” Rauner has been quoted as saying that the next meeting will take place during the first week of January. The state senate and house meet again on January 13, 2016.

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Online Course Covering Advanced Search Strategies

Do you want to become more familiar with the advanced features of search engines, or with online searching more generally? Do you want to be able to find the information you need more quickly? Consider taking the “Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers” course, sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Through a series of hands-on activities, participants will learn how to compare databases and search engines in order to determine which ones will work best for finding the specific information one needs. Search strategies appropriate for either landline computers or mobile devices will be covered. Participants will also learn techniques for searching not just “active” websites, but archived versions of older ones that are no longer managed. In addition to searching for books, students will learn how to find online media (images and videos, across different file types). Through all of these activities, participants should know, by the end of the course, how to identify the most current trends in online searching. More importantly, the strategies that students explore will help them search any type of database, regardless of the subject area covered by that database.

The class will take place from March 28 to April 22, 2016. (Registration is not open yet.) The class will be worth four hours of continuing-education credit from the Medical Library Association. For more information on the course, including the materials that students will use, such as presentation slides and class exercises, click here.

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Workshop on Mental-Health Awareness in Libraries

Mental health in libraries is an issue that has perhaps not received its fair share of attention, but that is increasingly relevant in today’s world. Learn the latest strategies for addressing this problem in the “Mental Health Awareness Training for Library Staff” workshop. This event will take place at the Charleston (IL) Carnegie Public Library on Thursday, January 18, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Participants will receive background information on mental-health issues and will learn how to identify library patrons who may show signs of a mental condition. Communication strategies to resolve any issues that may arise at the library, and to work respectfully with mentally-ill individuals and their families, will also be covered.

The presenter is Patricia C. Doyle, who is the Founder/President of the organization Vision for Change, which works to increase mental-health awareness among all professions. Go here for more information on Vision for Change’s programs and resources. For additional information on the workshop, and to register, click here. There is a $20 charge per staff member.

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MeSH Terminology Changes for 2016

The National Library of Medicine has announced its annual updates to the MeSH terminology system. (MeSH is a controlled-vocabulary thesaurus that is used to index articles in the MEDLINE/PubMed database, and to catalog materials in the NLM’s collection.) The annual review is part of an ongoing effort to make the NLM’s databases more accessible and “user-friendly”. This year’s changes include 438 new descriptors, 17 descriptor terms that have been replaced with more-current wording, nine descriptors that were removed completely, and one qualifier, or subheading, that was also removed. The changes bring the total number of descriptors to nearly 28,000, the overall number of descriptor entry terms to just over 87,000, the number of qualifiers to 82, and the total supplementary concept records to almost 231,000. Other changes include adding three publication types for catalogers (blogs, graphic novels, and public service announcements) and the removal of “uncle” and “nephew” headings, reducing redundant headings in the MeSH tree and making NLM databases easier to search.

For more information on these changes, go here.

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