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2022 HSLI President’s Award Goes to Stacey Knight-Davis

Announcement from Cynthia Reynolds, HSLI President (2020-2022):

For those of you who were unable to attend the HSLI 2022 Conference, I wanted to share with you the recipient of the President’s Award.

This year’s recipient is Stacey Knight-Davis of Eastern Illinois University. Stacey is a mighty team of one. She is responsive to HSLI’s needs and manages requests quickly. Stacey not only single-handedly maintains the HSLI website, but she creates forms so that we can use online membership renewal and conference registration. She tirelessly makes edits when we send her suggestions. This is the second year that Stacey has offered her institution’s Teams platform to host the virtual conference. When the conference is in person, Stacey is our technical support. Going back to 2011, she was instrumental in moving the website from a Windows server to a Unix server to take advantage of software that is upgraded more often. And recently she has recommended that HSLI switch domains so that we are able to get more services for less money. People who work behind the scenes do not always get the recognition they deserve. It is my pleasure to present the President’s award to Stacey Knight-Davis.

Congratulations, Stacey!

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2022 HSLI Starfish Thrower Award Goes to Laura Wimmer

Announcement from Cynthia Reynolds, HSLI President (2020-2022):

For those of you who were unable to attend the HSLI 2022 Conference, I wanted to share with you the recipient of the Starfish Thrower Award.

This year’s recipient is Laura Wimmer of Ascension Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago. Four different HSLI members nominated Laura for this award. She was instrumental in reestablishing HSLI’s non-profit status and resolving our unpaid taxes issue. This took many hours of extra work which was not a regular part of her role within HSLI. Laura worked tirelessly to find and review documents and ensure that all required information was delivered to the accounting firm. Her willingness to carry out this work for the organization, as well as writing up procedures to ensure that we maintain tax-exempt status certainly “makes a difference” for HSLI.

Congratulations, Laura!

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Jonna Peterson Elected HSLI Treasurer for 2022-2024

Announcement from Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, HSLI Treasurer (2020- 2022):

Thank you to HSLI members for participating in this year’s election for Treasurer.

Congratulations to Jonna Peterson, Interim Director of the Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Library, who has been elected as HSLI Treasurer.  She assumed the office at the close of the Annual Business Meeting 2022. I wish to thank Jonna Peterson for the time and willingness to run for and serve as HSLI Treasurer.

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Call for Volunteers: Jira Scholarship Fund Working Group

(via Cynthia Reynolds, HSLI President)

The Jira Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 with a gift from the Helen Knoll Jira family. The purpose of the Fund is to aid Illinois residents who are pursuing either an ALA-accredited graduate degree in library science, or another graduate degree in a field that benefits the profession of librarianship in the state of Illinois. The Jira Scholarship Fund Working Group will determine how to market the Scholarship, develop an application process, and set the amount of the initial award.​

One or two volunteers are invited to join the Working Group. HSLI members interested in volunteering should contact Cynthia Reynolds, at cmreynol@uic.edu, and Stacey Knight-Davis, at slknight@eiu.edu. This opportunity may have particular appeal to members who have experience working with a scholarship fund through church, a professional association, or another organization

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HSLI 2021 Election Results

Thank you to HSLI members for participating in this year’s election for President-Elect and Secretary.

Congratulations to Eric Edwards, Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Illinois State Library in Springfield, and Frances Drone-Silvers, Biomedical Information Specialist at Carle Health in Urbana, who have been elected as HSLI President-Elect and Secretary, respectively. They will assume the offices at the close of the Annual Business Meeting on October 29, 2021. I wish to thank all candidates for their time and willingness to run for and serve as HSLI President-Elect and Secretary.

Thank you and best wishes to our new and continuing HSLI officers.

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Register now for the  HSLI Community Session on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from noon to 1:00 PM CST for HSLI and SLA-IL networking. The topic is, “What We Do To Survive (and Excel) in Our Organizations”. Panelists will be: Brenda Stenger (American Hospital Association); Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner (Governors State University);  Debra Smith (College of DuPage). For event information and registration, click here.

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Results of the HSLI Newsletter Survey 2019

HSLI members were invited to complete an online HSLI Newsletter Survey between June 11th and June 28th, 2019.  The survey was intended to estimate the percentage of members who use the Newsletter, the ways members access the content, and whether content meets members’ information needs.

Participation in the survey was excellent.  The number of completed surveys represented approximately 41% of the membership (44 of 108) at the time of the survey. Results and analysis are available at HSLI Newsletter Membership Survey 2019 Results Report 20200820.

The Newsletter editors thank the membership for participating in the survey!

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2019 HSLI Officers Election and Committee Chairpersons Update

Congratulations to elected officers and incoming or outgoing chairpersons of HSLI committees.  Appreciation is extended to members who serve the organization in these roles.

In the 2019 officers election, the total number of 54 votes was submitted via the online survey.  Incoming are Cynthia Reynolds as president-elect,  and JJ Pionke is continuing as secretary. Continuing officers are Roy Jones as president and Laura Wimmer as treasurer.

Elizabeth Sterner is assuming chair of the Nominations and Election Committee, a position formerly held by Molly Horio.  Molly is moving into the role of chair for the Bylaws Committee, a position formerly held by Jeanne Sadlik.

A list of officers and committee chairs is on the HSLI website.

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, MS, MLIS, is the Health and Human Services librarian at Governors State University (GSU).  Her report about her experience at the HSLI 2019 Conference is shared.

I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the HSLI 2019 Conference, Going Forward, Looking Back, in Champaign, IL. I would like to thank the Conference Planning Committee and all members of HSLI.

The conference included presentations, posters, and discussions on scholarly publishing, physical space and collection considerations, citation management, accessibility, critical appraisal, and updates from NNLM/GMR, IACRL, RAILS, IHLS, CARLI. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe presented the keynote address entitled, “From One Big Deal to Another? Libraries in an Open Access Age.” There were also presentations by Kirstin Duffin entitled “Citation Management Software: Advancing your expertise with freely available tools” and by JJ Pionke entitled “Making your Library Positively Accessible.” After heading home, I spent the next days processing all that I have learnt while at the conference. While I have many ideas for new opportunities that I’d like to implement, I will highlight three that I believe are realistically possible and that will help me engage more deeply with the faculty, students, and staff at Governors State University Library.

First, I want to begin a reading club at GSU. GSU is a comprehensive public university offering degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. When I heard the presentation from NNLM/GMR about the Reading Club, I knew this would be a hit with students, faculty, and staff at GSU. The NNLM Reading Club provides the structure of “ready-to-use” book titles and free discussion guides to promote health information discussions. The selected award-winning and national bestseller books, including fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, and young adult titles, align with the NIH All of Us Research Program.  Applications for free NNLM Reading Club Book Kits including books and discussion guides are available online. Health topics include LGBTQ Health, Mental Health, Heart Health, Family Health, ADA Health, Immunization Health, and Healthy Aging. This program offers the opportunity to receive a free kit including books and discussion guides that I believe will be of interest to patrons.

Second, I want to offer a workshop to faculty and graduate students on scholarly publishing. I attended Dan Tracy’s presentation entitled,”Issues in Scholarly Communication for the Health Sciences.” He discussed types of open access publishing, various types of metrics used, and the confusion that often exists between the different terminologies. I plan to create a research guide that covers key journals within my liaison areas and includes considerations for authors before they submit an article to a journal. I will include open access journals that may be important within a specific subfield regardless of the impact factor. Dan Tracy warned against trying to maintain a list of all open access journals within a field.

Third, I am very inspired by Laura Menard’s presentation entitled, “Teaching Critical Appraisal to Students in the Health Sciences”, to develop critical appraisal information sessions for students in the health sciences. She covered the importance of these skills and how to critically appraise the following three study types: therapy, diagnosis, and systematic/meta-analysis reviews. I learned how to identify best practices in study design, methodology, and outcome reporting. We used both well and poorly designed journal articles to improve our own critical appraisal skills. After the session, I understand therapy calculations (e.g., relative risk reduction), harm calculations (e.g., absolute risk increase), and diagnosis calculations (e.g., sensitivity and specificity). I am looking forward to sharing this information with colleagues and developing workshops for students in the health sciences.

I want to thank everyone who presented a talk or a poster. The conference has introduced me to so many new ideas. I hope to use the knowledge I have learned and share it with fellow colleagues, faculty, and students. Thank you again to all who made this conference such a positive learning experience for me.


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Women in Medicine Summit – Chicago, IL – September 2019

Women In Medicine Summit: An Evolution in Empowerment will be a unification of women in healthcare, with the common goal of finding and implementing solutions towards gender equity.  At the Drake Hotel in Chicago from September 20-21, attendees will hear from nationally renowned faculty. There will be breakout sessions with a focus on developing leadership skills as well as opportunities for individual mentoring sessions and networking.  Skill building, Action Plans, Advocacy, Professional Growth, Education and Inspiration are all on the agenda.

Registration is open to physicians,  allied health professionals and others.  To find out more and register, visit the website for Women in Medicine Summit: An Evolution of Empowerment.

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