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Consortium Pricing for R2 Digital Library





Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. is pleased to offer to HSLI members the following consortium pricing for purchase of eBooks on The R2 Digital Library. The business model for the R2 Digital Library enables individual institutions to purchase collections that are tailored for each individual institution.

The R2 Digital Library business model is designed to enable the purchase of eBooks at the individual resource level:

  • Collection development may be based upon acquisition needs
  • All eBooks are purchased for the life of the edition
  • Libraries do not renew a subscription to the same collection annually–pay once and own the resource for life of edition. Annual maintenance fee reduced with qualifying purchase.
  • The business model enables the libraries to create an initial collection and expand this collection as needed
  • Lists of popular eBooks available, DCT collections available
  • Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) only collections available

Developed by Rittenhouse Book Distributors, the R2 Digital Library is a web-based eBook platform offering fully-integrated and searchable medical, nursing, and allied health source eBook content from key health science publishers. Content is available from publishers such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Delmar Cengage Learning, The American Academy of Pediatrics, Elsevier and many more.

R2 Digital Library includes features like customized saved searches, images, references and bookmarks, A-Z Drug Index, and an A-Z Topic Index. Ebook content may be browsed by category, discipline, or title, and users can perform searches across the entire platform, finding information on a topic in just two clicks. Click here to download a full title list.

HSLI trial and discount

Libraries will place their orders for R2 content direct with Rittenhouse, with an included 10% member discount. (Starting October 1st, you may receive a 22% discount with the Octoberfest special.) Annual maintenance fee is waived for the first year. Starting in year two, the fee will be discounted substantially to $400. Free, 30-day trials of R2 Library are available. Schedule your online demonstration by contacting connie.aschinger@rittenhouse.com / 1-800-345-6425 x338. Note: Making R2 eBook purchases during the trial period will immediately convert your library to an official R2 customer.

Other service details

  • 6,700 resources available from 60 STM publishers on the platform
  • eBooks are purchased individually; no bundled purchases are required
  • All eBooks are purchased for the life of the edition
  • When new editions are purchased, old editions may be archived and still fully accessible
  • One copy, one user purchase model. Purchase only as many copies as you need.
  • No maintenance fee during your first year of access. HSLI discount applies in year two and onward.
  • Learn more at R2’s FAQ page


To order

To get started with R2 Digital Library, contact Connie Aschinger at connie.aschinger@rittenhouse.com or 800-345-6425 ext 338 / 614-582-4940.

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East Central Illinois Consortium Meets

The East Central Illinois Consortium met on February 27, 2015 at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute, Urbana, IL. Members present were Miranda Shake, consortium coordinator, Lakeview College of Nursing, Frances Drone-Silvers, host, Carle Foundation Hospital Library, Scott Drone-Silvers, Lake Land College, JJ Pionke, Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) UIUC, Sarah Isaacs, Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Library, and Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University.

Members shared news from their libraries over tea, coffee and cookies. Discussion items were library budgets, student worker screening and training, and unique library collections. Both JJ and Sarah’s libraries have unique items of interest to HSLI members:

Speech and Hearing Science Assessment Instruments: Standardized Diagnostic Tests at SSHEL
Full instruments available for room use only. Online list below

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Library
Books, journals, and DVDs related to early childhood, parenting, and young children with special needs.

If your consortium has met this year, let us know what you talked about!

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Sometimes massive digitization projects happen and it takes a while to notice. Virginia just tipped off Stacey to the existence of the Medical Heritage Library, http://www.medicalheritage.org/. Founded in 2010, the MHL has quietly grown on Archive.org to contain over 76,000 items, 3,000 of which are volumes out-of-copyright historical American medical journals published from 1797 to 1923.

Unlike the Hathi Trust documents that many of us encounter through OCLC or I-SHARE, the Medical Heritage Library is not currently included in WorldCat. The Medicine in the Americas subcollection is included in the National Library of Medicine Digital Collections, but in general, you need to go to the MHL collections on Archive.org to experience this material. And I strongly encourage you to do so! If you need something nifty for a Facebook post, a cool image for an exhibit, or a patron needs a great historical image for a presentation, there is tons of stuff here that will fit the bill. Everything from 18th century textbooks to videos the Marlboro Man is included.

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Two NLM exhibits in Illinois this spring


  • Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness will be hosted by Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg, IL, from January 27 – March 20, 2015.
    Online Exhibition: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/
  • Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine will be hosted at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine – Medical Library, Springfield, IL, from March 16 – April 25, 2015.
    Online Exhibition: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/georgewashington/


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Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action

The American Library Association is proud to announce its partnership with the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and the University of Toronto iSchool in offering its popular MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), entitled “Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action”, beginning February 1, 2015.

Offered through the EdX consortium, in which the University of Toronto collaborates with other leading universities, “Library Advocacy Unshushed”, is now available for registration via this URL: https://www.edx.org/course/library-advocacy-unshushed-university-torontox-la101x#.VLBbWGMpcin

The course will start on February 2, 2015, and ends March 23, 2015. There is no prerequisite, though basic knowledge of librarianship is recommended. Through this open form of course delivery, including videos, online discussions, quizzes, and video interviews with guest experts, participants will learn how to be powerful advocates for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Participants should expect to commit four to five hours of study per week.

For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/onlinelearning/node/300

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Free webinar on instutitional repositories in health care systems

New Services to Enhance a Health Care Network’s Reputation
Tue, Jan 27, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST
Live for a little over two years, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s repository, LVHN Scholarly Works, has enhanced the Network’s reputation and research credibility by increasing the visibility of its scholarship. In addition to enhancing the Network’s reputation, LVHN Scholarly Works has been instrumental in saving time and easing workflows for several of its residency programs as well as for ACGME accreditation, and has even contributed to filling in missing pieces of institutional history. As the initiative moves forward, the library continues to look for ways to further increase the visibility of LVHN’s scholarship and help to solve other challenges.

Over the course of this webinar, Kris Petre, Senior Medical Librarian at LVHN, will provide an overview of their repository initiative and its importance to LVHN, and then dive into some of the specific projects that they have undertaken, including the results of those projects to date.

Presented by Kristine Petre, MLS, AHIP, CM, Senior Medical Librarian, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6768336658448979969

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William ShakespeareThe Galter Health Sciences Library will be hosting “‘And There’s the Humor of It’: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, an exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library. An opening event will be held Thursday, December 11th, 2014, 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Galter Health Sciences Library, 303 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL.

Catherine F. Belling, PhD, Associate Professor in Medical Education Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Northwestern University, will deliver a talk entitled:

“Bleeding is Good for You! Humoral Physiology and Therapeutic Violence in Shakespeare”. A question and answer session will follow Dr. Belling’s presentation.

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rhona_kellyRhona Kelley, Head, Reference & Education at SIU plans to retire at the end of 2014 after 30 years of service. Rhona served on 9 MLA committees and chaired 3 of them. She is an active member of Midwest Chapter MLA. She authored “Teaching Technologies in Libraries” in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association.

In 2000, Rhona was awarded the President’s Award in acknowledgment of her service as President, the first Marketing Chair, and the Membership Chair. Until 2014, Rhona served as an Illinois representative to the Regional Advisory Council.

Pres Photo - KovachFran Kovach, Reference & Instruction, retired in June of 2014 after 22 years of service. She, along with Careyana Brenham, Rhona S. Kelley, Carol P. Gordon and Connie Poole, is a co-author of the article “Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN)” in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship. Fran is a co-author on 6 article in theJournal of Family Practice and two in American Family Physician.

Fran served as HSLI President from 2010-2012. She served as the HSLI webmaster for several years. Fran received the first Starfish Thrower Award in 2000.

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Proposed HSLI Bylaws Amendment

For two years there has been an ad hoc Helen Knoll Jira Scholarship Committee reporting to the HSLI board on the Jira Scholarship fund. As this committee has a permanent role, the proposed bylaws amendment adds the Helen Knoll Jira Scholarship Committee to the list of standing committee and lists the proposed committee’s charges. Please consider the amendment below and send any comments to the HSLI Bylaws Committee Chair, Jeanne Sadlik jsadlik@luc.edu, by 12/31/2014.


Proposed addendum:

Actile V Committees

Section 1: Standing Committees

HSLI Standing Committees shall include a Nomination and Elections Committee, a Bylaws Committee, a Membership Committee, and a Legislative Committee, an Archives Committee, a Website Committee, a Newsletter Committee, a Conference Committee, and a Helen Knoll Jira Scholarship Committee.


  1. The HSLI Helen Knoll Jira Scholarship Committee shall:
    1. Select the investment firm to manage the funds
    2. Develop policies and procedures for the committee
    3. Decide selection criteria for awards to support graduate education in library science or a closely related field of benefit to the profession of librarianship
    4. Submit articles/announcements to the Newsletter Committee regarding scholarship deadlines and qualifications
    5. Monitor the application procedure for candidates and brief the Board on candidates
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Silent Auction raises $265


10805692_10152466149117596_6658070348944853996_nLuggage, gift baskets, homemade jam, and other items were auctioned at Nancy’s Reception on November 13, 2014. The auction raised $265.00 to go toward the

Syed Magrabi Scholarship. This scholarship covers conference fees an lodging to allow as many people to participate in HSLI meetings as possible. If your institution no longer covers your travel, please apply for a scholarship.








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