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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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(via the Medical Library Association)

The Medical Library Association’s homepage includes an announcement on Michelle Nielsen Ott’s winning the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. She is also an MLA Research Training Institute Fellow. The article is available here.

Again, congratulations!

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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!

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(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!

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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!

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(via Sue Franzen, IACRL Past President)

The polls for the IACRL People’s Choice Award in Scholarly Publishing have closed, and the votes are counted. Congratulations to Jung Mi Scoulas, PhD, University of Illinois Chicago, who received the highest number of votes, for the article “Student Voice in Administrative Decision-making: Inclusive Planning during the Pandemic” in Journal of Library Administration (co-written with Elena Carrillo & Linda Naru, University of Illinois Chicago). The second-place winner is Amelia Brunskill, University of Illinois Chicago, whose article “‘Without that Detail, I’m not Coming’: The Perspectives of Students with Disabilities on Accessibility Information Provided on Academic Library Websites” appears in College & Research Libraries. Gwen Gregory of Northern Illinois University, finished third, with the book chapter, “Retreating to Advance Together: Communicating through Internal and External Retreats”, published in Edwards & Mackenzie’s Telling the Technical Services Story.

Thank you to the other four entrants. They are Tina Griffin from University of Illinois Chicago (“Centering Graduate Students’ Research Projects in Data Management Education: A Pilot Program”);  Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner from Governors State University (“Impact of Academic Libraries on Grade Point Average (GPA): A Review, Performance Measurement and Metrics”); Lisa Wallis from Northeastern Illinois University (“The Impact of COVID-19 on the Use of Academic Library Resources, Information Technology and Libraries”); and Bradley J. Wiles from Northern Illinois University (“Re-thinking Information Ethics: Truth, Conspiracy Theories, and Librarians in the COVID-19 Era”).

The three winners will present on their articles either at future meetings of the IACRL Journal Club or in a separate webinar. Please watch the IACRL listserv, website, and social-media pages for more details.

Thank you very much to everyone who voted in this year’s contest.

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(via Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University)

Booth Library was awarded $18,000 from the National Library of Medicine to implement a health literacy program in the Southeastern region of Illinois. With the award funding, Booth Library partnered with the EIU Department of Public Health and Health Communication program to create a virtual training module including videos and resources on various health literacy topics. Content was based on the needs of local public libraries and community organizations.

The grant program was led by Stacey Knight-Davis, Booth Library health and nursing librarian; Dr. Lauri DeRuiter-Willems, Department of Public Health and Nutrition; Dr. Beth Gill, School of Communication and Journalism; and Kim Ross and Carrie Wennerdahl, digital health literacy coordinators.

A library guide about digital health literacy was created as a result of this program. It can be accessed here.

This program was funded by Region 6 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, whose mission is to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. This work was supported by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Cooperative Agreement number UG4LM013729 with the University of Iowa. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.​

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association has announced the results of its 2021 Executive Board elections. Several academic librarians won seats on the Board. Congratulations to Heather Jagman, DePaul University, who won the contest for President-Elect. She served as IACRL Secretary from 2019 to 2020. Her opponent, Michelle Nielsen Ott of Methodist College, is the current IACRL Past President. Michelle is a member of HSLI.

Additionally, Michelle Oh of Northeastern Illinois University won one of the Director-at-Large seats. Her opponent was Northwestern University’s Qiana Johnson, who is the current Secretary of IACRL.

To see the full list of results, please go here.

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