HSLI Newsletter

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals

(via the Medical Library Association)

Registration is open for the MLA online course “Health Services and Policy Research: Sources and Search Strategies 2022”. This instructor-led course will take place on Tuesday, December 1, and Tuesday, December 8, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT both days. The cost is $265 for members and $345 for non-members. Please see below for more information, including the link to registration.

If you are concerned about health equity and want to develop searching skills and knowledge that will enable you to become a collaborator and partner in health equity research, this MLA instructor-led course, “Health Services and Policy Research: Sources and Search Strategies 2022”, is for you.

Health Services and Policy Research (HSPR) is a rapidly growing research area that addresses medical justice, social determinants of health, and disparities in healthcare outcomes. Finding HSPR information takes you beyond commercial and clinical databases into resources, databases, and grey literature that most health sciences librarians are unfamiliar with and which offer unique searching challenges.

You’ll learn how to develop and execute multi-pronged strategies for locating information from government, think tanks, and other sources that cannot be searched systematically. You’ll leave the course confident in your new searching skills and able to contribute to a rapidly growing area of health services research and policy.

For more information, including course objectives and instructor biographies, and to register, please go here. Note that the course is limited to 20 participants. The course is worth 5 MLA CE credits.

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(via Dr. Emily Knox, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy

Special Call for Papers: Access to Information in Carceral institutions

“Book restriction regulations with the United States carceral system represent the largest book ban policy in the United States” (Tager 2019). Despite advocacy on the part of currently and formerly incarcerated people and the American Library Association’s statement on Prisoners’ Right to Read, the regulation, restriction, and surveillance of information access in immigration detention centers, jails, juvenile detention centers, and prisons are not well-documented or often raised as an area of concern.

The normalization of carceral censorship ties into racialized oppression; Black, Indigenous, and people of color are most likely to be targeted by the criminal justice system and are incarcerated for longer periods of time than white people with similar types of convictions. These state practices have ongoing impacts on the families and social support networks of currently and formerly incarcerated people.

New barriers to information access within carceral facilities are developing at a rapid pace, adding to the content-neutral and content-specific censorship practices that are supposedly justified by law. For example, Illinois has drastically reduced the budget available to purchase new materials for state libraries, to approximately $600 a year for the entire state prison system, technology companies are promising access to reading materials that are in the public domain (and profiting from fees to access these materials, James 2020), and prisons across the country have attempted to do away with access to print materials altogether.

Special Emphasis on Commentaries

Commentaries from volunteers, librarians and library staff, family members, and currently or formerly incarcerated people that describe their experiences with censorship, limited information access, or privacy in relation to information access and incarceration are welcomed. These contributions can be anonymized prior to publication.

Commentaries are typically 500-1500 words (references included) and formatted in Chicago Style (author-date), when applicable. Commentaries will be reviewed by the editorial staff.


To provide more ground for LIS to act in coordination with the grassroots efforts that have pushed against encroaching forms of censorship in carceral facilities, this special issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy seeks both commentaries and features related to:

  • Trends in information access and censorship in immigration detention centers, jails, juvenile detention centers, and/or prisons
  • Analyses of resistance to censorship, including through grassroots awareness raising, regulation, enforced transparency, and library funding
  • Social and political implications of censorship in carceral facilities
  • Censorship and specific forms of literacy, including digital literacy
  • Privacy and information sharing between people who are incarcerated and people who are not
  • Historical resistance to censorship in carceral facilities

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy publishes two kinds of articles:

Features: Original research articles submitted for peer review. Submissions should be 4,000-8,000 words (references included), formatted in Chicago Style (author-date), and anonymized for double-blind peer review.

Commentaries: Shorter essays, think pieces, or general commentary on topical issues, controversies and emerging questions for the field. Commentaries are typically 500-1000 words (references included) and formatted in Chicago Style (author-date). Commentaries will be reviewed by the editorial staff.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, December 2, 2022
Deadline for reviews: February 3, 2023
Deadline for revisions: March 3, 2023
Publication of special issue: Fall 2023

To submit, follow Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy guidelines, using the “SUBMISSIONS” button at the top right of the home page. Please note “SPECIAL ISSUE SUBMISSION: CARCERAL INSTITUTIONS” in the “comments to the editor” section during submission. Questions should be addressed to the editor, Emily Knox (knox@illinois.edu).

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(via Sarah Kantor, University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

The North American Virtual Reference Online Conference, or NAVROC, is accepting proposals for our free conference Tuesday-Thursday, Feb 21-23, 2023. We are seeking proposals for 45-minute sessions and 20-minute lightning talks from virtual reference providers relating to our theme, Emergence: Intersecting Resilience and Sustainability. These sessions will comprise the 2-3 hour period of each conference day. Because this is a virtual conference, presenters can present from anywhere as long as they have a stable internet connection.

Conference theme: Emergence: Intersecting Resilience and Sustainability. Participants will experience sessions from presenters across the continent discussing how they are using virtual reference services in a (post) pandemic world to increase sustainability, grow resilience, and to ultimately emerge, transform and renew.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the proposal submission form by Wednesday, November 30, 2022Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following.


  • Innovations, new technologies, emerging platforms
  • New partnerships – how were they formed, and how do they expand your service to your community
  • Creative uses of video conferencing/screen sharing via chat


  • Privacy issues
  • Creative solutions to staffing challenges
  • Training
  • Ergonomics at home
  • Sustainability and digitization process

Equity and Engagement

  • Centering race in VR
  • Mitigating microaggressions in chat
  • Utilizing culturally-appropriate resources
  • Engaging BIPOC staff and patrons
  • Multi-lingual VR services
  • How are you bridging the digital divide in your community?
  • Marketing strategies for underserved patrons
  • Improving accessibility
  • Mitigating the digital divide:  Universal Broadband? Loaning Hotspots?

Evaluation & Appraisal

  • Service Evaluation
  • Using ratings from users

Marketing and Promotion

  • Integrating social media
  • Best practices for online finding aids
  • Marketing your service
  • Telling your story with data
  • Partnerships with schools, social agencies, tutoring, etc.


  • Changing definition of reference
  • Adapting virtual services to be accessible and equitable
  • Working with vendors to conform to new needs
  • Incorporating Open Access resources into virtual reference services

Propose a Roundtable (Discussion forum) or Lightning Talk (20-minute presentation) on VR services in different kinds of libraries.

Registration information will be forthcoming.

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(via Elise Ferer, Binghamton University)

Proposals for the Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM) are due on Thursday, December 1, 2022!

The third Conference on Academic Library Management, or CALM, taking place virtually the week of June 5, 2023, invites proposals for presentations that inform and inspire the practice and application of management in academic libraries. This Conference is geared towards current middle managers, administrators, coordinators, and those who aspire to take on those roles. We will focus on person-centered practices that aim toward creating more just and inclusive workplaces.

We invite proposals for either 60-minute presentations or 10-minute lightning talks on all topics related to library management, encompassing tips and advice, practical application, research, and learning from failures, in any area, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Advocacy & relationship building
  • Anti-racist management
  • Budget & fiscal planning
  • Communication & transparency
  • Crisis & emergency management
  • Decision-making
  • Fostering well-being
  • Hiring practices & policies
  • Inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility
  • Managing up & sideways
  • Motivation & empowerment
  • Onboarding & mentoring
  • Organizational culture/climate
  • Professional development
  • Supervision & evaluation
  • Team building & cultivation
  • Work-life harmony & time management

Proposal and Conference Timeline:

  • Proposals due: Thursday, December 1, 2022
  • Notification of accepted proposals: Week of January 24, 2022
  • Conference: Week of June 5, 2023

Proposals can be submitted using this Google form. Proposals will be evaluated with the following criteria:

  • Related to library management
  • Practicality
  • Originality
  • Clarity on how the management practice impacts individuals (at any level of the organization)
  • Appropriate amount of content for selected presentation format

Proposals will be evaluated by at least three volunteer reviewers, and finalists will be selected by the CALM Program Planning Committee.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know at CALMConf@gmail.com.

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(via Kirstin Duffin, Eastern Illinois University)

The William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University is issuing a call for applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL Online) 2023. IRDL is a continuing education program for academic and research librarians and archivists designed to create a growing community of confident librarian-researchers. The year-long program begins with a Summer Research Workshop, to provide novice researchers with social science research training, followed by a year of peer and formal mentor support in completing a research project of their design.

The Summer Research Workshop, traditionally delivered as an in-person experience, has shifted to an online format, from 2022-2024, thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program will again be offered at no cost to participants, open to librarians and archivists in the United States and Canada in full-time positions; librarians in a full-time residency are eligible to apply.

The 2023 Summer Research Workshop will be offered from June 5 to 16 (Monday-Friday).

We seek librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. IRDL is designed to bring together all that the literature tells us about the necessary conditions for librarians to conduct valid and reliable research in an institutional setting. The cohort will be chosen from a selective submission process, with an emphasis on enthusiasm for research and diversity from a variety of perspectives, including ethnicity and type and size of library.

Selection criteria:

  • Commitment to the year-long process of participating in the IRDL research community and conducting the proposed study within the 2023-2024 academic year;
  • Significance of the research problem to the operational success of libraries or to the profession of librarianship;
  • Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of the research proposal; and
  • Enthusiasm for research and a desire to learn.

We will be accepting applications from Thursday, December 1, 2022, to Friday, January 27, 2023. Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified in early March 2023. Application information may be found here.

Please contact Project Co-Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process:

Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Marymount University (marie.kennedy@lmu.edu)
Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library, Loyola Marymount University (brancoli@lmu.edu)

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The Regional History Center at NIU Libraries invites proposals for papers, sessions, panels, and multi-media presentations for the Northern Illinois History and Cultural Heritage Conference. Themed “At the Crossroads of the Urban-Rural Divide: A Conference on Northern Illinois History and Cultural Heritage”, the meeting will take place at the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb, IL, on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Please see below for more details.

Identified in recent scholarship and commentary as perhaps the most consequential political fracture line in American society, the urban-rural divide has factored into national identity, governance, and public policy since this country’s founding. The Northern Illinois region–representing a swath of land north of Interstate 80 and extending west from Chicagoland to the Mississippi River–offers numerous opportunities to understand how historic change and continuity have shaped the current political and ideological dynamic playing out across the United States. Collectively, the region exemplifies the tension and conflict of the urban-rural dichotomy, where the influence of a major metropolitan agglomeration looms large over the individual communities and interests found within.

As the urban, suburban, and peri-urban landscape expands, the resulting demographic and cultural variance reconfigures traditional patterns and notions of political affiliation, cultural expression, community values, and shared experience. In other words, the fracture lines become less clear and conventional wisdom about the divide is continuously tested and reformulated. This Conference seeks to temporarily shift focus from topics well-covered in historical discussions about Illinois to bring attention to community stories and historical narratives that are frequently overlooked and underappreciated yet have profound implications for the trajectory of this state and nation. Like many other rapidly changing regions, Northern Illinois represents a crossroads with a unique history that can inform our present and future understanding.

The Conference organizers hope to engage a diverse audience of scholars, practitioners, students, hobbyists, community leaders, and others to examine the urban-rural divide through a regional and local lens. We invite proposals from professionals and amateurs across disciplines that address some aspect of this urban-rural dynamic in the context of Northern Illinois history and culture. The presentation format is open and both group and individual session proposals will be considered. We welcome topics that include (but are not limited to) the following areas.

  • Historic political and ideological tensions between town and country
  • Labor and opportunity in the post-industrial global economy
  • Indigenous history, culture, and knowledges
  • Suburban sprawl, rural contraction, and evolving land use
  • Race, justice, and diversifying communities
  • Immigration, migration, and demographic shifts
  • Gender, sexuality, and women’s history
  • Technology, climate change, and environmental history
  • Radicalization, polarization, and rural/urban decline
  • Memory institutions, community identity, and the telling of local/regional history
  • Historiography trends, gaps, and discourses
  • Teaching regional and local history at the elementary, secondary, and college levels
  • Historic people, places, and events in regional popular culture or folklore
  • Institutional networks, historic tourism, and the heritage industry
  • Documenting and curating local and regional history

For the purpose of this conference, the Northern Illinois Region is defined by the NIU Regional History Center’s geographic collecting scope, which encompasses the northernmost counties in the state of Illinois outside of Cook County. Preference will be given to presenters and topics originating within this approximate geographic region. However, there is no residency requirement and topics outside of the geographic focus will be considered if the proposal aligns significantly with the other thematic elements of the conference.

Proposals should include contact information, presentation/paper title, and a 200-300 word abstract that describes your topic and how it will be presented. These can be submitted to Associate Professor Bradley J. Wiles at bwiles@niu.edu. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 31, 2022, and all individuals submitting proposals will be notified with an acceptance decision by Monday, January 31, 2023.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

The University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and the Research Caucus of the Medical Library Association (MLA) invite you to a webinar on Thursday, November 17, at 1:00 PM CDT, titled “Potential Pitfalls in Conducting a Research Study”. The webinar will cover some of the common mistakes in writing and preparing a study. The topics included are formulating a question, selecting a study design, conducting a literature review, IRB and contracts, and analyzing results. The presenters are Martha Earl, University of Tennessee; Jonathan Eldredge University of New Mexico; Lindsay Blake, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and Caitlin Bakker, University of Regina.

To access the webinar, please go here. Registration is not required.

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(via Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner, formerly of Governors State University)

Please join us for the next ACRL STS (Science & Technology Section) College Science Librarians Virtual Discussion on Thursday, November 17, starting at 1:00 PM CDT. Hear what is happening with colleagues from far and wide, and share strategies that have worked for you in the ever-changing STEM librarianship space. This event will not be recorded.

Our theme for November is “Creating Balance and Managing Expectations: Data, Instruction, & Outreach”! Please join us to discuss all kinds of topics, including the following.

  • Data management (e.g. policy & compliance, especially in light of the new OSTP memo)
  • Data literacy (finding & (re)using data, data visualization, etc.)
  • Instruction (balancing theory & practice; the recent C&RL issue on one-shots)
  • Outreach (e.g. communicating re: aspects of library services that faculty may not realize we offer)
  • New/early career science librarians (or those new to science liaisonship roles)–an ever-popular room!

Register for the Virtual Discussion here.

Questions? Please contact Nicole Helregel (nhelregel@gmail.com) or Elizabeth Sterner (elizabethbetsysterner@gmail.com).

We hope to see you there!

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(via Sabine Dantus, Florida International University) 

How do we create cultures of inclusivity in libraries where librarians not only value inclusive principles but enact them in meaningful ways?

Reference Services Review (RSR) seeks abstract proposals for Volume 52, Issue 4 – a special issue on inclusive pedagogies and services that offers examples, models, and theories to more fully realize inclusive academic, special, and/or public libraries.

RSR is interested in a broad range of pedagogical- and service-focused inclusivity initiatives. The guest editors, Dr. Kawanna Bright and Dr. Mónica Colón-Aguirre, aim to spark a new dialogue for scholar-practitioner librarians, curating diverse perspectives while also being realistic about the challenges this topic presents. Important work is being done to improve inclusivity, and this issue will attempt to present these efforts in a single, coherent intellectual space.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, December 2, and the full call for papers is available on our website.

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(via Linda Miles, Hostos Community College)

Are you a community college librarian with an interest in conducting research, but with questions about how to survive “the IRB process”? These procedures, set up to protect human research subjects and ensure compliance with various regulations and guidelines, are quite complicated and vary significantly from institution to institution. Many research universities have well-developed orientation programs to help researchers through the process, but this training may be limited or nonexistent in community colleges, where research is not always a requirement or expectation for librarians or faculty.

This virtual panel will feature community college librarians from various institutions, discussing their experiences with this process and the challenges they faced along the way. If you have questions or tales to tell from your own IRB attempts, please bring them! Participants will walk away with an understanding of common features of institutional IRB requirements, familiarity with some of the campus stakeholders who might be key players, and knowledge of a few strategies that could be adapted and employed in different contexts.

WHAT: “Successfully Navigating IRB Processes as a Community College Librarian”

PRESENTERS: Faith Bradham, Bakersfield College; Terra Jacobson, Moraine Valley Community College; Vikki C. Terrile, Queensborough Community College, CUNY

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 1:00 PM (Central Time)

WHERE: Zoom webinar. Please register here. There are no ACRL or CJCLS membership requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Miles (lmiles.librarian@gmail.com).

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