Health Science Librarians of Illinois Update

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

March 15, 2019

Eric Edwards, Illinois State Library

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) organization is currently planning its 2019 conference. The event will take place in the fall at a downstate location. While the planning committee has not yet finalized a theme, the conference will likely incorporate the organization’s 40th anniversary in some fashion. HSLI will release more information on the conference as it becomes available. Please check the conference webpage ( for updates.

HSLI is also in the process of recruiting new members. All librarians (currently employed, retired, between jobs, and students) are welcome. While the organization’s primary focus is on issues and news of relevance to medical and hospital librarians, many programs, including conference sessions, cover topics of interest to all types of librarians. The organization has a significant number of members from academic, special, and public libraries, in addition to ones from hospital and medical libraries. The cost to join is just $10.00 per year, with a special $5.00 rate for students. For more information on the benefits of HSLI membership, along with a link to the form for joining or renewing, please go to

One of the advantages of HSLI membership is having access to training opportunities that are offered through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region. Depending on the topic and format, some classes are offered online, while others take place in person, at the GMR office on the University of Iowa campus or in other locations throughout the Midwest. Recent classes have covered subjects ranging from writing grants and proposals to avoiding burnout in the healthcare field. More information on these opportunities is available at

If you have any questions about HSLI, including how to join the organization or become actively involved in it, please contact the current President, Royden Jones, at

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