Monthly Archives: March 2015

Reaching Forward award applications due 3/31

The Illinois Library Association is accepting nominations for two awards that provide financial assistance to employees attending the 2015 ILA annual conference (October 22-24 at the Peoria Civic Center) or the Reaching Forward conference (May 8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont).

The Robert P. Doyle Award was established in 1999 in honor of Robert P. Doyle, Illinois Library Association Executive Director, who has been instrumental in the support of library assistants. The recipient will receive a one-year ILA membership and full registration plus expenses to the annual ILA Conference, not to exceed $800. This award is open to all support staff working in all types of libraries. Please submit a letter of one page or less in length that explains “Why I (or my nominee) would like to attend the ILA Annual Conference and how it would affect my (or his/her) personal and professional growth.”

The Oberman/Rich Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated personal and professional growth to advance themselves to a position of leadership within their own library, library system, the Illinois Library Association, or the library community at large. This individual has made a significant impact on the support staff working in Illinois libraries. The nominee must be a support staff member working in any type of library without an advanced degree in library science. The recipient(s) will receive free registration to the current year Reaching Forward Conference, an overnight stay at the Reaching Forward conference hotel, $50 for expenses, and a framed certificate.



Ferullo discusses next great copyright act, 4/2

Donna Ferullo, Director of the University Copyright Office at Purdue University will discuss “The Next Great Copyright Act” and engage the audience in a discussion about how copyright law affects social media users, authors, writers, musicians, scholars, researchers, and anyone who uses the Internet, on Thursday, April 2, at 3 p.m., in Daley Library room 1-470.

Ms. Ferullo advises Purdue University on copyright compliance issues and is responsible for educating its community on their rights and responsibilities under the copyright law.  Her most recent book is Managing copyright in higher education:  a guidebook, published in 2014.

ALA Leadership Institute applications due 4/8

Applications to the 2015 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute are being accepted now through April 8, 2015.  The institute takes place August 9-13 at the Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois.

Building on the success of the 2013 and 2014 ALA Leadership Institutes, and with support from Innovative Interfaces, the four-day immersive leadership development program for up to 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss.

The institute helps future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead. Through reflective and active learning, it offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts and frameworks and to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time building a learning community and network.

Panelists focus on impact of health care reform on patients, providers, librarians, 3/12

The GMR is hosting a symposium on “Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians.  The program takes place on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 1 – 5 p.m., in the College of Nursing Events Center (845 S. Damen).

The speakers and topics are:
Eric S. Swirsky, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Applied Health Sciences. University of Illinois at Chicago. “Transitions in Health Care Delivery: Patient Communication in the New Era”

Amy Hennessy, Director Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Region V, Chicago. “The Affordable Care Act and the Need for Information”

Craig A. Umscheid, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Director, Center for Evidence-based Practice. Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. “Improving the Quality, Safety, and Cost-Effectiveness of Patient Care through Evidence-Based Practice at the Organizational Level”

Details about the event including MLA CE information can be found online.

Fox awarded ACRL scholarship

Violet Fox, Visiting Instructor and Academic Resident Librarian in RAM, has been awarded an ACRL 2015 Early-career Librarian scholarship to attend the ACRL conference taking place in March.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide opportunities for librarians with less than six years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge by participating in an ACRL professional development experience.  This year, 263 applicants competed for 120 scholarships.

The scholarship provides complimentary registration and a travel stipend to defray conference expenses.

Gregory selected for Illinois library leadership program

Gwen Gregory, Clinical Associate Professor and RAM Librarian, is one of 30 librarians selected to participate in Synergy 2015, a leadership development program sponsored by the Illinois State Library.

Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative is the statewide library community’s proactive movement to recruit and nurture a diverse group of future Illinois library leaders. Synergy objectives include self-assessment; discovering and developing personal values; identifying the local, state and global environment; fostering and expanding skills and tools for personal, professional and positional leadership; creating a cohort group; establishing mentoring relationships; and developing a vision of and beyond the field of librarianship.