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(via the Illinois Library Association)

HSLI member Michelle Nielsen Ott of Bradley University is the 2022 recipient of ILA’s Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. Her involvement in HSLI includes serving as a member of the Conference Planning Committee, and she is also an active member of the newly-formed Journal Club. Among her other accomplishments, she served as an Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries officer from 2015 to 2016 and 2018 to 2021, including as President for 2019-2020. She was a member of the Illinois Library Association’s Advocacy Committee from 2017 to 2020. At the national level, she is currently a Research Training Institute Fellow for the Medical Library Association. This is hardly the first recognition she has earned, as she is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and a recipient of the Golden Gem Award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.

To see the full announcement, please go here.

Congratulations, and thank you very much for all that you do for HSLI and the broader Illinois and national library communities!

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Member News | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

HSLI member Stacey Knight-Davis of Eastern Illinois University is part of the Booth Library team that received the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award for Interlibrary Cooperation. The Award recognizes sustained activity and contributions having a lasting impact on librarianship. More information about Booth Library’s project is below.

In 2021, EIU’s Booth Library was awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Broadband READY program. The library received $44,000 to create a digital literacy program for the Southeast region of Illinois. With the grant funds, a digital literacy coordinator was hired to create curricular materials related to digital literacy for all ages–from elementary school students to retirees. With proper feedback, the digital literacy coordinator successfully created a robust curriculum that covered various digital literacy topics. Additionally, a “train-the-trainer” model was implemented, along with vigorous online literacy guides.

Booth Library partnered with the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, Mattoon Public Library, Effingham Public Library, and the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library. Additional program partners were the Lake Land College Adult and Alternative Education program, EIU Academy of Lifelong Learning, and Mattoon Community Unit School District 1.

To see the full announcement, please go here. Also, as a result of Booth Library’s participation in this initiative, Stacey Knight-Davis and her immediate collaborators received an $18,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine to enhance digital health literacy in southeastern Illinois. Read more about that project here.

Congratulations on being part of a great team effort!

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Member News | No Comments »

HSLI Member Laura Barnes Featured in ILA Member Spotlight

(via the Illinois Library Association)

This week’s ILA Member Spotlight features Laura Barnes, who happens to be a member of HSLI, also. She is the sustainability information curator for the University of Illinois’s Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), where she provides information services for ISTC’s engineers and scientists and coordinates ISTC’s strategic communications. She founded and authors the Environmental News Bits blog and has developed and delivered sustainability training specifically for librarians. She currently serves as a Director-at-Large on the ILA Executive Board and previously served as Co-Chair of the Best Practices Committee. Her involvement in HSLI includes having served as a member of the Conference Planning Committee when the annual meeting took place in Urbana (2001 and 2007).

To read the full Member Spotlight, including learning what type of pet Laura Barnes has had (hint: it’s not a cat or a dog), please go here. Congratulations, and thank you for all that you do for HSLI and the broader library profession!

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Member News | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Registration is now open for the 2022 ILA Annual Conference! We will convene for our first in-person annual conference since 2019 on Tuesday, October 18, through Thursday, October 20, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

Join us and your colleagues in the Illinois library community to network, meet and reunite with your favorite vendors in the exhibit hall, and attend sessions featuring high-quality topics and content you’ve come to expect from ILA conferences.

This year’s theme–“At the Heart of It”–focuses on what brings us together and how we can remove barriers to collaboration. Conference highlights of interest to academic and research librarians include the following.

IACRL Unconference–Wednesday, October 19, 8:00-10:00 AM CDT

Join your academic colleagues for breakfast and community! Returning to an in-person format for the first time since 2019, IACRL’s annual unconference provides a space for academic library workers to network, share ideas, and discuss topics important to our everyday work. Participants will suggest and vote on topics and table discussions will follow, with ideas shared at the conclusion. Spend the morning with your colleagues to problem-solve and share stories, and leave with innovative ideas. Academic library staff from all departments, classifications, and levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Technical Services Ignite!–Thursday, October 20, 3:00-4:00 PM CDT

Technical Services librarians from a variety of Illinois libraries present 5 minute Ignite!-style presentations about topics of their choosing. This fast-paced, fun program will cover topics related to technical services operations, from acquisitions to cataloging, and everything in between.

The early-bird registration deadline is Monday, September 26. Please see the Conference website for additional information, including the full schedule, hotel information, COVID-19 safety requirements, and Conference registration rates. Direct any questions to ila@ila.org.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

It’s almost that time of year again: Library Card Sign-up Month! Begin your planning by attending the ILA Marketing Forum’s July roundtable discussion, “What Are You Doing for Library Card Sign-up Month?”, on Friday, July 15, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT.

Participants should be prepared to share new, old, successful, and unsuccessful (so we all know what not to do) library card sign-up ideas and strategies. If you would like to share a successful card sign-up activity or campaign, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org.

This event is free and open to all Illinois libraries. You do not have to be a member of ILA or the ILA Marketing Forum to attend this event.

Register here. This event will be recorded and posted on the ILA YouTube channel following the event. Registration is required, and if you have any questions, please contact Tamara Jenkins.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions during the 2022 ILA Annual Conference at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Conference will take place from Tuesday, October 18, to Thursday, October 20. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards (4 x 8 feet) with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text and more and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during an assigned 90-minute time period.

The Poster Session Committee will consider the quality of the research, program or project as presented in the abstract in making its decisions. Applications are due by Friday, July 29.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, please go here. For more information on the Conference itself, please check here.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Board of Directors of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) unanimously approved the promotion of Cynthia Robinson as the organization’s next executive director. She will succeed current executive director Diane Foote, who is retiring after five years in the position.

Robinson currently serves as deputy director and has been with ILA for nearly 22 years. Arriving in 2000 to work on the association’s annual conference, Robinson rose through the ranks as conference and continuing education manager and, since 2018, deputy director. Her dedicated service, effective work with member volunteers, and long tenure with ILA have earned her the respect and trust of members and partners across the state. Beyond Illinois, Robinson is involved on the national level, particularly regarding intellectual freedom advocacy, in such leadership roles as trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation, chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table, member of the ALA Presidential Advisory Committee, and member of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy.

“I am excited to bring my years of experience on the state and national level to bear for the benefit of Illinois libraries,” she explained. “My entire career has focused on issues core to libraries: intellectual freedom, equity, and access to information; and helping Illinois library staff develop to their fullest potential. I am eager to work with Illinois librarians, library staff, and library trustees and advocates on a new level.”

Robinson has a BA in History from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest. She was selected for the position after a process of discovery led by a subcommittee of the ILA Executive Board with guidance from HR Source, a not-for-profit employers’ association serving more than 1,100 companies and organizations that provides human resources, compensation, legal, training, and employee benefits services.

The Illinois Library Association is a professional membership 501(c)3 organization whose mission is “Leadership, advocacy, partnerships, and learning for the benefit of Illinois libraries.” Founded in 1896, it is the third-largest state library association and a chapter of the American Library Association. More than 2,500 personal and institutional members belong to ILA, including public, academic, school, and special libraries, and librarians, library assistants, trustees, students, and library vendors.

ILA Executive Board President Jeanne Hamilton commented, “The ILA Executive Board is pleased and proud to have identified the ideal candidate to take the association forward right here in ILA. Cyndi has a keen understanding of Illinois libraries and has demonstrated her expertise and knowledge via her work with us for the past two decades. We look forward to working with her in this new role!”

Robinson will officially assume the role on August 1, 2022.

Posted in Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

This is a reminder that the final deadline to nominate someone for a 2022 award is Friday, May 27. We urge you to visit here, view the list of awards, and nominate someone today! If you submitted a nomination in 2021 or 2020, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org, to find out how to resubmit for this year.

Especially relevant to academic and research librarians is the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. Presented by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries and Library Juice Academy, the Award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. For more information, including criteria, please go here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions during the 2022 ILA Annual Conference at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Conference will take place from Tuesday, October 18, to Thursday, October 20. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards (4 x 8 feet) with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text and more and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during an assigned 90-minute time period.

The Poster Session Committee will consider the quality of the research, program or project as presented in the abstract in making its decisions. Applications are due by Friday, July 29.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, please go here. For more information on the Conference itself, please check here.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Awards Committee has extended the deadline for this year’s award nominations to Friday, May 27. We urge you to visit here, view the list of awards, and nominate someone today! If you submitted a nomination in 2021 or 2020, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org, to find out how to resubmit for this year.

Especially relevant to academic and research librarians is the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. Presented by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries and Library Juice Academy, the Award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. For more information, including criteria, please go here.

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