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Register for the Virtual Annual Meeting!

Are you ready to be a health literacy Superhero?  Come join us at the virtual Joint MCMLA/MWMLA Meeting this Oct. 14-16, 2020.  There will be expert panels on health sciences librarian career options and social justice issues.  The price is an amazing $25 for both the Conference and the Coping with Disaster CE on Wednesday morning. 

Check out the meeting web site at http://midwestmla.org/virtual2020/

Awards and Scholarships

The Midwest MLA Awards and Scholarships Committee has grants and awards available to give away for this year’s online annual meeting! Applications are due this Friday so don’t delay.

The Annual Meeting Grant will support attendance at this year’s online annual meeting and covers both registration and one 4-hour continuing education program.

The First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant is for new members to attend this year’s online annual meeting; it will cover registration and one 4-hour continuing education program.

The Student Annual Meeting Grant is for library science students to attend the online annual meeting. It too covers registration and one 4-hour continuing education program.

The Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award recognizes a member of the Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association who has shown outstanding service to the chapter; winner receives a plaque of recognition.

New This Year: Registration Grants are available to all who may be interested; awardees will receive a registration code to attend the online annual meeting.

Again, applications are due THIS FRIDAY, so head over to this page for more information and to apply: http://midwestmla.org/awards/

Call for Papers

Join us at the virtual conference this fall to share your research and innovative practices!

The Joint Midcontinental and Midwest Chapter MLA 2020 Annual Meeting planning committee invites paper, lightning talk, and poster submissions on all aspects of health sciences librarianship for the virtual meeting on October 15-16, 2020

The conference theme for this year is Becoming a Health Literacy Superhero.

Submit your abstract online. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.

Abstracts should be 250 words or less. Structured abstracts are preferred. For guidance on writing a structured abstract, please visit https://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=517.

Registration will be $25 for all attendees. Midwest Chapter/MLA will be offering several scholarships for those experiencing financial hardship. 

More information about registration, scholarships, and the conference website is forthcoming. Thank you for your patience as we pivot to this new format. We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Sincerely,

Your Joint Midcontinental and Midwest Chapter/MLA 2020 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs

Sarah Jane Brown, Midwest Chapter/MLA, University of Minnesota

Liz Weinfurter, Midwest Chapter/MLA, University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Frakes, Midcontinental Chapter/MLA, University of Utah

Susan Swogger, Midcontinental Chapter/MLA, A.T. Still University

Midwest MLA 2020 Election

The Nominations & Election Committee is seeking volunteers for the ballot to fill three positions.

President Elect, Membership Secretary, and Representative at Large. The duties for each position are listed below.

President Elect

The term of office of the President Elect shall be one year.

Duties

To serve as President whenever the President is not able to do so;

to serve on the Awards and Scholarships Committee;

to perform all other duties prescribed by these Bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Chapter.

A vacancy arising in the office of President shall be filled by the President-Elect, who shall cease to be President-Elect, and serve out the unexpired term of the President, and shall continue as President for the full succeeding term to which he or she was elected. 

Membership Secretary

The term of office of the Membership Secretary shall be two (2) years. An individual may not serve more than two successive terms as Membership Secretary.

Duties

To maintain the Chapter’s membership records, directory, and discussion lists;

to chair the Membership Committee, consisting of three additional members;

to distribute membership renewal notices;

to advise the President and Nomination and Elections Committee on the eligibility of potential appointees and officers;

to confirm eligibility of members to vote in Chapter elections, for MLA positions, and on Chapter and MLA business;

to perform all other duties prescribed by [the] Bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Chapter. 

Representative at Large

The term of office of the Representative-at-Large shall be two (2) years. An individual may not serve more than two successive terms as Representative-at-Large.

Duties

To chair the State Liaisons Committee;

to facilitate communication among and between Chapter members and the Chapter Executive Board;

to facilitate communication between the Chapter and library groups and library science programs within the Chapter;

to perform all other duties prescribed by [the] Bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Chapter. 

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the positions, send an email to committee@umich.edu indicating the position. If you need more information before you make a decision you may contact the Committee at committee@umich.edu.