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Archive for 2020

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The 2021 ILA Legislative Meet-ups will be held virtually in February. As we continue to finalize the events, please be sure to check the ILA website and our weekly newsletter, the ILA Alert, for updates, including when registration will open for the meet-ups.

The ILA Legislative Meet-ups are a chance for the Illinois library community to hear from and meet with state lawmakers and discuss the issues affecting libraries. Library patrons, trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are welcome to attend and participate. We hope to see you in February!

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association has made the difficult decision to hold the 2021 ILA Annual Conference virtually. While we anticipate and hope the climate will be better by October the decision needs to be made now and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet safely in Peoria. The ILA Executive Board, 2021 Conference Program Committee, and ILA staff have discussed our options and agree that the safety of our members, exhibitors, and speakers is our top priority.

While we all wish we could meet in person this year, the Conference Program Committee is committed to developing a high-quality virtual conference for the Illinois library community. We are working with Peoria to reschedule for a future year and look forward to seeing you in person in Rosemont in 2022. More information on submitting a proposal for the 2021 meeting is below.

The Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals for the 2021 Annual Conference. The theme is “Breaking Down Barriers: Building Up Communities”. Proposals should reflect the various approaches that libraries of all sizes, service areas, and geographic locations within Illinois have had to use in addressing the challenges of 2020-21 and beyond. Now, perhaps more than ever before, it is critical for Illinois library staff to share knowledge, resources, and expertise with each other and their communities. The goal of the Conference is to create an environment that enables attendees to learn from each other and leave with ideas, themes, and mindsets that they can take back to their own organizations and communities.

Share your ideas by submitting a program proposal here. The Committee is seeking programs that focus on pushing boundaries, thinking big, inspiring, imagining possibilities, and encouraging innovation. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 31.

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

Join the Illinois Association of College & Research Librariers for a viewing of the ACRL webinar “Teaching Online in Plain Language: Creating Clear Research Guides, Library Websites, and Online Instruction”. We will stream the webinar on Zoom and discuss it afterwards.

Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM CDT
Registration: go here

A description is below.

“Plain language” is a term from the legal field: federal law requires that government agencies are required to use clear communication that the public can understand and use. As online teachers, we can take advantage of the set of clear guidelines and best practices that has grown up around this requirement. The federal plain language guidelines are fully in line with web usability recommendations, and can help streamline and clarify our online teaching. Whether you’re writing for a library website, a tutorial, a research guide or some other format, you’ll learn how to make your materials more accessible to the widest possible audience without dumbing them down.

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(via Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director of the Albany (NY) Public Library)

The Urban Librarians Conference 2021 (ULCON 2021) will take place entirely virtually. The theme for the event is “Liberation and Joy”. More information is available below and at this link.

Libraries are often thought of as places first, whether as book repositories as community spaces, or even as ad hoc social service offices. What if we began to see  them as spaces for community liberation instead? What if we saw libraries  as a vehicle for creating joy?

What would that look like, and how would  that change our libraries and ourselves?

The 2021 Urban Librarians Conference will focus on librarians and library staff creating spaces and dreaming up services that help our communities pull together even when things are terrible. What parts of your work do you feel liberate yourself or others? What aspects of your work create joy for you and those in your community?  Join ULU and a few hundred of your closest library friends and share what fuels your library.

To submit a proposal, please go here. The deadline is Friday, January 15.

Conference registration opens Friday, January 1. The rates are $35 for Regular Registration, $70 for Solidarity Registration, and $25 for Bulk (10+) Registration. Liberation Registration (hardship ticket) is also available.

About ULU

Urban Librarians Unite is a passionate group of urban library professionals and advocates working to build community-centered 21st Century Libraries.

Core Values

  • speaking up for libraries and their communities
  • providing visibility and mobilizing supporters
  • providing support and education for urban librarians
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(via Jennifer Schwartz, DePaul University)

The 19th Annual Information Literacy Summit will take place on April 29 (Thursday) and April 30 (Friday), 2021. The event–presented by College of DuPage Library, DePaul University Library, and Moraine Valley Community College Library–will be free and virtual, featuring two very special keynote addresses, two days of breakout sessions, and a week of virtual posters. The theme will be “Challenging the status quo: Rethinking information literacy theories and practices with a special focus on responding to the concerns of 2020”.

The keynote speakers are Dr. Laura Saunders, Associate Professor at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science, and Fobazi Ettarh, Undergraduate Success Librarian, Rutgers Newark. More information on them is available here.

Interested in submitting a program or poster proposal? Please see below for details.

Call for Proposals

This year, the Summit will be a virtual two day conference with synchronous and asynchronous events. We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions as well as poster sessions that specifically address how library instruction and/or information literacy has been impacted by the issues of 2020, including race and equity; online teaching and learning; the election; COVID-19. This track is in addition to the breakout sessions accepted for last year’s Summit. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be 40 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Practical takeaways are encouraged. Submissions should include a 200-300 word description of your session, learning outcomes, a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away, and abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

Poster Sessions

All posters will be available asynchronously and digitally for one week on the Summit website.

Your poster session can contain images, video, include audio clips, or anything else you’d like to share. Please limit embedded media to less than five minutes in length and the media should stand alone with no presenter explanation required. Please consider accessibility options for your poster such as closed captioning, transcripts, image descriptions. Viewers will be able to post questions about your posters and you will be able to respond via the commenting feature.

Accepted posters will need to be submitted a few weeks in advance of the Summit, and further details will be shared upon acceptance.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a poster.

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 22.

For more information, please contact a Summit organizer.

College of DuPage Library

Jason Ertz, ertzja@cod.edu

Jennifer Kelley, kelleyj@cod.edu

Christine Kickels, kickels@cod.edu or 630-942-2313

DePaul University Library

Jill King, jking25@depaul.edu

Jennifer Schwartz, jennifer.schwartz@depaul.edu

Moraine Valley Community College Library

Tish Hayes, hayesL45@morainevalley.edu or 708-974-5734

Troy Swanson, swanson@morainevalley.edu or 708-974-5439

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(via Jennifer Sharkey, Illinois State University)


All academic librarians in the United States and Canada are invited to participate in a survey about student success in academic libraries.

The research project is an examination and analysis of student success initiatives in academic libraries. The researchers seek to find out how institutions define student success, how resources (positions, spaces, and programming) are being allocated to and developed for student success, what campus-wide partnerships or collaborations are being created, and assessment of these efforts.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete a survey that asks you about student success initiatives on your campus and at your library. The survey is expected to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete.

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and anonymous. You can choose to complete the survey or not and may decide to stop the survey and leave the study at any time. Participation carries no known risks. There will be no costs for participating.

If you would like to participate in the survey, please use this link to access it. The survey will close on Friday, January 8, 2021.

The following investigators are available for questions about this study.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jennifer Sharkey.

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(via Norma Durian, University of La Verne)

Save the date for the 4th Annual Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) Conference. The 2021 event will take place on Thursday, July 15, and the format will be entirely virtual. The call for proposals will open on Monday, January 11.

Watch for more information here.

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(via Garrett Trott, University Librarian at Corban University)

In light of recent events in the country and in recognition of long-standing inequities in the library profession, Theological Librarianship (TL) is planning to devote the Spring 2021 issue to a forum addressing questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in theological libraries and librarianship. Such questions take different forms in different libraries and even in different theological contexts, and we expect the forum to reflect some of these differences as well as some common themes across the landscape of theological librarianship. The TL forum will be an opportunity to share your experiences with these questions at your institution in a brief (750-1500 word) statement or reflection.

Since diversity, equity, and inclusion (themselves often fraught terms) evoke a variety of concerns and realties touching race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, religious and ethnic identity, etc., TL is looking for submissions that address this variety in critical and constructive ways, with a special focus on the intersectional nature of differing religious commitments and theological perspectives as they engage with other forms of diversity.

Theological Librarianship is an open-access journal publishing peer reviewed articles, as well as essays and reviews, on subjects at the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies that potentially impact libraries.

The deadline for submissions to the Spring 2021 forum is Sunday, January 3, 2021. Submissions must be made here. Please review the submission guidelines carefully. You will need to login to create your submission. If you have not previously created an account, you will need to register first before a submission can be completed. In the submission form, select “Special Forum” under the Section drop-down.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our editorial team, at editors-tl@atla.com.

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(via Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

Registration is now open for the online session “Yoga as an Act of Self-care for Librarians”. The event will take place on Thursday, January 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. Please registers here. More information on the session’s content and the speaker is below.

Yoga is both a movement-based and breath-based practice. While many people in America practice it, it has historically served those who are wealthy, white, and non-disabled and been sold as part of the “wellness” movement and “self-care” movements. This session will start with a brief chair yoga session, then follow with a very brief history of yoga and yoga programs at libraries and how it is currently being researched as an intervention in the biomedical and psychological fields.

We will discuss how yoga is being practiced and made more accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will include the origins of the term “self-care” and its radical feminist context. We will center the discussion around self-care for librarians based on findings from a survey conducted in fall 2020. We will also include how you can personally participate in free yoga classes, how to incorporate and make accessible a yoga program at your library, and the beginnings of a yoga outreach program at Texas Tech University Library.

Speaker Erin Burns received her MLIS from Kent State University in 2007. They worked as a librarian for twelve years at Penn State before starting at Texas Tech in July of 2020 as a STEM librarian serving the Whitacre College of Engineering as their personal librarian. She has many different research interests, including mental health and academic ablism, digital humanities, and critical librarianship. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), and you can find her walking or hiking when she is not knitting, creating yarn art, or standing in tree pose.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The inaugural Conference on Academic Library Management, or CALM, taking place the week of March 15, 2021, invites proposals for virtual presentations that inform and inspire the practice and application of management in academic libraries. This conference is geared towards current middle managers, administrators, coordinators, and those who aspire to take on those roles. We will focus on person-centered management practices that aim toward creating more just and inclusive workplaces.

We invite either 60-minute presentations or 10-minute lightning talks on all topics related to library management, including but not limited to encompassing tips and advice, practical application, research, and learning from failures, in any area, especially the following ones.

  • budget / fiscal planning and expenditures
  • hiring practices and policies
  • crisis and emergency management
  • communication and transparency
  • advocacy and relationship building
  • time management and work life balance
  • anti-racist management practices and policies
  • supervision, evaluation, and other personnel topics
  • organizational climate and culture, retention, and growth
  • career planning, professional development, and mentoring
  • management without authority and managing up and side-ways
  • decision-making
  • diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  • team building and team cultivation
  • motivation and empowerment

Proposal and Conference Timeline

  • Proposals due: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
  • Notification of accepted proposals: Week of January 15, 2021
  • Conference: Week of March 15, 2021

Proposals can be submitted using this Google form. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to CALMConf@gmail.com.

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