Sign up by 6/1 for Science Boot Camp for librarians!

Come join in the fifth annual Science Boot Camp<> at UMass Amherst June 12-14th-a unique opportunity where librarians can learn about science in a fun and casual camp-like setting! Science Boot Camp features three science lecture sessions. Each science lecture includes an overview of a science and examples of current research, presented by expert scientists from around New England. The Science Boot Camp Capstone Session focuses on ideas, skills or innovative projects relevant to librarians.

This year’s Science Boot Camp features the following topics:

*          Agriculture

*          Public Health

*          Analytic Chemistry

*          How to talk to researchers (Capstone)

*          Lightning rounds:  opportunity for campers to talk about their work/projects/ideas

Where else but Science Boot Camp do you get this easy-going and easy-on-the-budget opportunity to meet and mix with science, health sciences, and engineering librarians and library students from New England and beyond?  We offer flexible opportunities for attending boot camp, including overnight, commuter or one-day options.

For more information and to register check out the 2013 Science Boot Camp guide at

Midwest members at MLA ’13: CE

CE100 – Making a Difference in Health Care: Patient Safety, a Global Issue with National and International Solutions

This interactive course assists librarians in becoming effective patient and health care advocates, actively involved in patient safety programs in their institutions and beyond. Discover the international breadth of this subject; understand issues related to medical error; and identify focused resources for health professionals, researchers, staff, and patients and families.

Instructors: Holly Ann Burt, AHIP, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Greater Midwest  Region, Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois–Chicago, and Affra S. Al Shamsi, Medical Library Manager and Electronic Resources Consultant, Medical Library, Ministry of Health-Royal Hospital, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Saturday May 4, 2013 8:00am – 12:00pm
Hynes Convention Center – Room 303

NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit

The NN/LM is offering a 3-part Disaster Communication Summit on March 7-8, 2013.  Participants may register for one, two, or all sessions as desired.  All sessions will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.

Part 1: The Thursday morning program will feature speakers from libraries and the emergency planning community on roles libraries/librarians can play before, during, and after a disaster, focusing on communication strategies. There will be networking opportunities with NN/LM, DIMRC (NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center), and the emergency planning community.

Part 2: CE Class: U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies – provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the U.S, with an emphasis on medical response. To determine where disaster information specialists might best fit into the US framework for disaster/emergency response, it is necessary to start with shared understanding of terminology, concepts, legislation, organizations, and lessons learned from previous incidents. The class describes efforts to provide structure and order before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Changes over time in legislation and the US framework for disaster/emergency response are discussed using examples from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake. This course is a required class for the Disaster Information Specialization (DIS) Program and participants will earn 3 MLA CE contact hours for the DIS program.

Part 3: Dan Wilson will lead a hands-on workshop with take-away tools for improving your library’s readiness, including a one-page service continuity plan. Content will include assessing the risks for disasters and emergencies in your local area and determining what library services and collections would have the highest priority during an emergency situation.

Register for sessions or see more details on the NN/LM training opportunities page!


Call for Manuscripts- Journal of Web Librarianship- Jan. 2013

The *Journal of Web Librarianship* is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue on the topic of *data-driven decision making for the library web*, edited by Meris A Mandernach.

Data-driven decision-making in the realm of library web sites is an emerging and ever-evolving goal for libraries of all types and sizes. As data becomes more available and easily accessible, the use of that data for decision making to support the user experience in online systems, discovery tools and websites is of the utmost importance.  Though both qualitative and quantitative data should be used for informing decisions in libraries, this issue’s scope will focus on quantitative data sources such as:

·         Web analytics, including Google Analytics

·         Log reports (search logs, system logs)

·         Heat maps

·         Vendor usage reports

·         Third-party statistics and logs

·         Public data from Twitter and other social sites

Additionally, this issue will focus on how data from the above sources is used to support decisions about all aspects of the library’s virtual presence, including

·         Discovery tools

·         Library websites

·         Library systems

·         Mobile sites and interface

Submissions should clearly state one or more research questions or, for more practical articles, a decision that was or will be supported by the data, and explain the type of data sources used.

Query letters and preliminary proposals are welcome any time if potential authors would like to discuss their ideas with the issue editor. Please submit queries and manuscripts to guest editor Meris Mandernach at Please refer to the JWL web site, for Instructions for Authors.

Meris Mandernach is Head of Research Services at The Ohio State University Libraries.  She has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to reference, usability testing, discovery systems, and chemistry information literacy.

*Issue Timeline:*

Initial Manuscript Submission deadline: January 31, 2013

Notices to authors: April, 2013

Final Acceptance: June, 2013

Issue Publication: October, 2013


The Journal of Web Librarianship

Meris Mandernach, Special Issue Editor

Jody Condit Fagan, Editor

Email: at gmail dot com


Want to go to Istanbul? Present at the European Conference on Information Literacy!

Even if you’re not an academic health sciences librarian, information literacy is important to your patrons!  It’s about the learning process, not just searching in a database.  An information literate person will have the  ability to recognize a problem or question, find information, appraise the information, understand ethical/legal implications, and use it to accomplish something.  Sound familiar?  Yes, it’s basically the same steps as evidence-based practice.  EBP is information literacy in a new setting- in the hospital, in the doctor’s office, in a laboratory, in a dentist’s office.  So take a chance, submit a proposal!  You have till December!

European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL)<>

October 22-25, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

ECIL is Organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University. It is an international conference supported by Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, Information Literacy Section of IFLA and many other prestigious universities, associations, and organizations actively involved in media and information literacy.

Aim & Scope

Information Literacy, Media Literacy and Lifelong Learning being the main theme, ECIL aims to bring together researchers, information professionals, media specialists, educators, policy makers, employers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current issues, recent developments, challenges, theories, and good practices.

Important Dates

First Call: July 2012
Second Call: October 2012
Third Call: December 2012

Submission deadline for contributions: 1 February 2013
Notification of acceptance: 5 April 2013
Deadline for submitting final versions: 15 May 2013
Conference sessions: 22-24 October 2013
Conference tour: 25 October 2013

Abstract & Paper Submission

The conference will be composed of several types of contributions, such as full papers, posters, PechaKucha, best practices, workshops, panels, special sessions, doctoral forum, each has different requirements and restrictions regarding the length, time allocation and content. Contributions should be prepared using the templates available through the Conference web site and submitted electronically via the conference management system by February 1, 2013. Contributions will be peer-reviewed and the authors will be notified of the outcome by April 5, 2013. Final copies of the accepted contributions should be sent in by May 15, 2013, in order for them to be included in the book of abstracts. Selected papers will be published in proceedings book and refereed journals. At least one of the authors should register online via Conference web site and take part at the conference.