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Looking for an opportunity to increase your participation in HSLI, while collaborating and networking with your fellow librarians from across the state? Please consider volunteering for the 2023 HSLI Conference Planning Committee. This message applies to people who did not serve on the 2022 HSLI Conference Planning Committee.

The Committee’s main responsibilities are to decide on a meeting format (and, if it is in person, a location and venue), select a theme, and recruit speakers and presenters. The Conference takes place usually in early fall, specifically September, October, or the first half of November, and it lasts three days. In recent years, attendees have had the opportunity to earn MLA CE credits, present posters, and give lightning talks. The Conference also includes vendor presentations, a reception, and, if it takes place in person, a silent auction, allowing additional chances for networking with colleagues.

The Committee meets once a month, on average, starting in late fall of the previous year and up to the month preceding the Conference. An additional final meeting in the weeks before the Conference might also be necessary. Each meeting is an hour and takes place virtually, regardless of the Conference format. For in-person Conferences, a site visit might also take place to finalize any logistical matters.

Members of the Conference Planning Committee will serve on one or more Subcommittees devoted to specific aspects of the planning process. To view a list of the Subcommittees, along with other information on the 2022 Annual Conference, please go here. Note that some Subcommittees will have more tasks to complete than others, depending on whether the Conference is in person or virtual. Subcommittees spend usually several hours a month outside of the regular full Committee meetings working on projects.

If you would be interested in serving on the 2023 HSLI Conference Planning Committee, please let me know no later than Thursday, November 3. Again, this message applies to people who did not serve on the 2022 Committee. You do not need to specific Subcommittee interests at this time, but please give some thought as to the Subcommittee or Subcommittees on which you would most like to serve.

If you have any questions about what serving on the 2023 Conference Planning Committee would entail, please don’t hesitate to contact me, at eedwards@ilsos.gov.

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Looking for an opportunity to increase your participation in HSLI, while collaborating and networking with your fellow librarians from across the state? Please consider volunteering for the 2023 HSLI Conference Planning Committee. This message applies to people who did not serve on the 2022 HSLI Conference Planning Committee.

The Committee’s main responsibilities are to decide on a meeting format (and, if it is in person, a location and venue), select a theme, and recruit speakers and presenters. The Conference takes place usually in early fall, specifically September, October, or the first half of November, and it lasts three days. In recent years, attendees have had the opportunity to earn MLA CE credits, present posters, and give lightning talks. The Conference also includes vendor presentations, a reception, and, if it takes place in person, a silent auction, allowing additional chances for networking with colleagues.

The Committee meets once a month, on average, starting in late fall of the previous year and up to the month preceding the Conference. An additional final meeting in the weeks before the Conference might also be necessary. Each meeting is an hour and takes place virtually, regardless of the Conference format. For in-person Conferences, a site visit might also take place to finalize any logistical matters.

Members of the Conference Planning Committee will serve on one or more Subcommittees devoted to specific aspects of the planning process. To view a list of the Subcommittees, along with other information on the 2022 Annual Conference, please go here. Note that some Subcommittees will have more tasks to complete than others, depending on whether the Conference is in person or virtual. Subcommittees spend usually several hours a month outside of the regular full Committee meetings working on projects.

If you would be interested in serving on the 2023 HSLI Conference Planning Committee, please let me know no later than Thursday, November 3. Again, this message applies to people who did not serve on the 2022 Committee. You do not need to specific Subcommittee interests at this time, but please give some thought as to the Subcommittee or Subcommittees on which you would most like to serve.

If you have any questions about what serving on the 2023 Conference Planning Committee would entail, please don’t hesitate to contact me, at eedwards@ilsos.gov.

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(via the HSLI Conference Planning Committee)

This is a reminder that registration for the 2022 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference closes Wednesday,  August 31. The Conference will take place entirely online, from Wednesday, September 7, to Friday, September 9. The cost is $20.00 for HSLI members and $30.00 for non-members. Please register online or by mail here.

The meeting will feature a keynote presenter, continuing-education sessions, lightning talks, posters, and opportunities to socialize virtually with your librarian colleagues. One of the CE sessions is “Self-Care 101”, presented by Dawn Behrend, Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. The session will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 AM CDT on Friday, September 9. Note that the session does not carry any MLA CE credit. Please see below for a description.

Librarianship can be stressful! With shrinking budgets, challenging patron behaviors, and co-worker conflicts, librarians often find themselves faced with workplace stressors they never anticipated. Second-career librarian, Dawn Behrend, is a master’s level clinical psychologist and will share tips for librarians to engage in self-care to thrive in their chosen profession.

For more information on this and other sessions, and to view the full Conference schedule, please go here.

“Wonderful, thanks for making this available to others beyond Illinois by having a virtual component!”–attendee at 2021 HSLI Annual Conference 

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The Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Conference will offer three continuing education sessions at the annual virtual meeting being held Wednesday, September 7 – Friday, September 9. Registration is still open! Register now here. Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 31.

CE1: Health Statistics on the Web presented by Erica Lake, MLS, AHIP

2 MLA CE

1:00 – 3:00 PM Central Time, Wednesday, September 7

This two-hour class, developed by the Network of the National Library of Medicine, will explore how to locate and select health statistics online through free, high-quality resources. Through discussion, live demonstrations, and hands-on exercises, participants will learn the importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts, and learn how to use a four-step search process to locate relevant health statistics. Participants are encouraged to identify a topic they would like to examine prior to class.

Check the Conference website (see link above) for additional information, including on the other CE sessions.

“The schedule worked pretty well for me and the programming was really good. Holding it online made it easier to fit into my schedule, even if I did miss the in-person connections.”–attendee at 2021 HSLI Annual Conference

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This year’s Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference will take place online from Wednesday, September 7, to Friday, September 9. Registration is now open, with a deadline of Wednesday, August 31. Please check the Conference website for additional details and updates.

The Conference keynote speaker is Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Blake. Her presentation is titled “Evidence-Based Librarianship and the Case for Quality over Quantity”. It will take place from 9:00 to 10:00 AM CDT on Thursday, September 8. An overview of the session, along with a brief biography, are below.

Librarians have long played a critical role in teams that conduct systematic reviews. They partner with investigators to construct carefully search strategies that ensure all relevant studies are identified. To avoid publication bias, citations are hand-searched, and some teams even reach out to authors to identify “bottom-drawer” literature, where a study has been conducted but not yet published. This example embodies the idea that getting the right data takes work but is critical to reach a valid conclusion. More importantly, that easily-accessible information can be misleading. This talk will provide a series of examples that illustrate when data quantity is no substitute for quality, and how librarians are uniquely positioned within complex data ecosystems to ensure that the same biases that occur when using literature are not recreated or reinforced when researchers shift to re-using data.

Dr. Blake is a Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UI). Professor Blake currently serves as Program Director for the Information School’s Master’s degree in Information Management (MSIM) and the campus-wide Master’s degree in Bioinformatics (Bio) programs. She holds a courtesy appointment in Computer Science and is affiliated with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the Illinois Informatics Institute (I3), and the Personalized Nutrition Initiative (PNI). For more information on Dr. Blake and her work, please check here.

“High-quality content. Great moderators. Good technology platform.”–attendee at 2021 HSLI Annual Conference

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Join us for this year’s Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference. The Conference will take place online from Wednesday, September 7, to Friday, September 9. Registration is now open on the Conference website. A printable or online form is available. The cost is $20 for HSLI members, $30 for non-members, and $5 for students.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 31.

“Easy registration, good variety of content, low cost, availability of CE.”– Attendee at 2021 HSLI Annual Conference

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This year’s Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference will take place online from Wednesday, September 7, to Friday, September 9. Watch for registration to open within the next few weeks. In the meantime, please check the Conference website for the schedule.

One of the continuing-education sessions at this year’s meeting is “Institutional Repositories – The Joys and Challenges with Q&A”. This panel discussion will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 PM CDT on Thursday, September 8. While the focus of the session is on institutional repositories in the health sciences, anyone working with institutional repositories or having an interest in the subject matter should find the program worthwhile. The panel–consisting of moderator Ramune Kubilius (Northwestern University) and panelists Jennifer Deal (Advocate Aurora Health), Sandra De Groote (University of Illinois Chicago), Mingyan Li (University of Illinois Chicago), and Amanda Avery (Parkland College)–will share their knowledge and experience relating to the platforms Figshare, Digital Commons, and Omeka in college, university, health care, and professional organizations.

For a complete overview of the session, including biographies of the moderator and panelists, please check the Conference website. Note that this session does not carry any CE credit from the Medical Library Association.

“I liked the size of it. It never felt overwhelming, but had some of the same speakers you can get at MLA.”–attendee at 2021 HSLI Annual Conference

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(via Jonna Peterson, Loyola University Chicago)

Please consider sharing your ideas at the virtual Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois annual meeting on September 7-9, 2022 (Wednesday-Friday). This year you have the option of presenting your ideas as either a poster or a lightning talk.

Proposal Types

Lightning Talks

The afternoon of Wednesday, September 7, has tentatively been set aside for sharing experiences! Each presenter will be allotted 5-10 minutes to share their project, depending on the number of abstracts that are accepted. There will be ample time afterward for Q&A and lively discussion.

Posters

Ideas can include, but are not limited to, any area of librarianship such as instruction, leadership, program development, communication, collections and collection management, outreach, and evaluation.

If you have presented, or plan to present, a poster at another meeting this year (such as MLA or Midwest Chapter/MLA), recycling content at HSLI is totally okay! Since this year’s Conference is virtual, it will allow our members who can’t travel to have the opportunity to learn about your work. The posters will be virtual with a Q&A for presenters immediately following the lighting talks on September 7.

Abstract Submission Instructions

Lightning Talks

To apply for lightning talks, fill out the form or submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to Jonna Peterson at jpeterson2@luc.edu by Monday, August 1.

Posters

To apply for posters, fill out the form or submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to Jonna Peterson at jpeterson2@luc.edu by Monday, August 1.

Contact Information and Special Instructions

For either submission type, it is expected that presenting author(s) must register for and attend the Conference. More information about the Conference can be found at the HSLI 2022 Conference website. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Jonna Peterson at jpeterson2@luc.edu.

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The 2022 Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference will now take place in a virtual format. The dates remain the same–Wednesday, September 7, to Friday, September 9. Watch for additional announcements in the coming weeks on registration, keynote and CE sessions, and more. Or, check the Conference website for updates as they become available.

“The keynote was great. Registration was easy. This was a great program all in all. Very good use of the virtual format.”–attendee at 2021 HSLI Annual Conference

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(via Emily Johnson-Barlow, UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria)​

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference Planning Committee would like to invite library students to attend the organization’s Annual Conference this fall. It is currently scheduled to take place in person at the Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center in Oglesby, IL, from Wednesday, September 7, to Friday, September 9. More information is available at our Conference sitePlease note that the Conference Planning Committee will make a final decision on whether the Conference will have an in-person or a virtual format by Wednesday, June 1, based on COVID-19 levels.

We would also encourage students to consider volunteering at the Conference. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with registration, take photos of events, take down displays, and be a communication runner between sessions. In return for their assistance, students will receive a waiver for the Conference registration fee, an annual membership to HSLI, and the chance to add this to their professional resume. To apply, students need to fill out this application and attach their resume to the form.

Applications are due Friday, May 6. Applicants will be informed of the decision by Friday, May 13. If lodging funding is needed, students can apply for the Syed Maghrabi Conference Scholarship.

Should you have any questions about our Annual Conference, the HSLI organization, or the student volunteer opportunity, please contact Emily Johnson-Barlow (emj11@uic.edu) or explore the HSLI website. For information on the Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center’s ADA accessibility, please go here​.

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