Health Science Librarians of Illinois Update

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

September 20, 2019

by Eric Edwards, Illinois State Library

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois held their annual conference from September 11 to 13 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL. The theme of this year’s event, which marked the organization’s 40th anniversary, was “Going Forward, Looking Back”. In keeping with both the retrospective and forward-looking focuses of the Conference, keynoter Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, spoke on “From One Big Deal to Another? Libraries in an Open Access Age.” Other sessions covered related topics, ranging from issues in scholarly communications in the health sciences, to making libraries more accessible and user-friendly for differently-abled patrons. Attendees also had an opportunity to learn from their peers during “lightning talks” and poster sessions, in addition to taking advantage of networking opportunities during Nancy’s Reception, which included a silent auction and chances to speak with vendors.

Interested in learning more about the Health Science Librarians of Illinois organization, which is open to librarians of all types, including academic and special ones? Make certain to check the general website for information on additional continuing-education opportunities, particularly classes and webinars that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region, of which HSLI is a member, offers. For any questions about the organization, including opportunities to serve on committees, please contact President Royden Jones, at

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