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First Friday Forums

First Friday Forums are a networking space to share our challenges, ideas, successes, and more!

They occur every other first Friday (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec) at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET. The announcement with a link to attend will be shared on the HSIG listservs and elsewhere. Each month is a new topic and a different facilitator. If you are interested in facilitating a conversation on a specific topic, please email

Everyone is welcome, regardless of your affiliation with ALA, ACRL, or HSIG.

These conversations are never recorded. We ask that all members of the conversation respect each other's privacy, so we can speak openly about the challenges we've faced and the solutions we can offer. Sometimes aggregate or anonymized notes are shared on the listserv and linked below.

Next First Friday Forum

October 6, 2023: TBA


Past First Friday Forums

December 2021: Facul-tastrophes: Challenges and Successes in Working with Faculty

February 2022: Systematic Reviews: Setting Reasonable Expectations

April 2022: Library Adaptations to COVID: Where are we going next?

June 2022: How can librarians conduct and collaborate on our own research? 

August 2022: What’s in a One-Shot? Unpacking the Challenge of Health Sciences Library Instruction in the One Shot Format

October 2022: Staffing Shortages Solutions & Successes

December 2022: Lovely Library Lessons (celebrating our successes in 2022)

February 3rd, 2023: Communicating Evidence-Based Practice: Using Standards to Find Common Ground - facilitated by Caitlin Plovnick, Lead, Education and Curriculum Integration at the Medical Library, of New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.

April 7th, 2023: ACRL Post-conference Chat

June 2nd, 2023: NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy facilitated by Mara Sedlins, Data Management Specialist at Colorado State University

August 4th, 2023: "How has the COVID-19 pandemic influenced reference, research, and instruction in health sciences libraries?" with Dr. Deborah Charbonneau and Dr. Emily Vardell

Previous Event: Evidence based teaching practice - How are you incorporating evidence into your teaching practices?

Previous Event: Workplace Empowerment and Engagement during the Pandemic

Workplace Empowerment and Engagement during the Pandemic, July 23, 2021

with Susanne Markgren and Linda Miles

Previous Event - ALA Virtual 2021 - Are You Considering a Career in Health Librarianship?

Are You Considering a Career in Health Librarianship? Presented at ALA Virtual, June 25, 2021

Padlet: What resources are available for becoming a health sciences librarian?

Previous Events: Teaching with PubMed

Previous Events: National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Science

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Science presented by Elaina Vitale Nv. 12, 2018

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