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/

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

Continuing Education Opportunities at Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 Annual Meeting

As you get ready to register for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, don’t forget to explore the great slate of CE courses we have lined up.

Discover…scoping reviews and reliable publishing

Need to learn more about scoping reviews? Join us for Scoping Reviews: The What, Why, and How for Librarians. Discover the niche that scoping reviews fill within the world of scholarly research and the role that librarians can play in their creation. Be sure to bring your laptop for the in-class activities. Does open access publishing have you wondering what’s reliable and what’s not? Register for Questionable Versus Reliable? Navigating the Biomedical Scholarly Publishing Landscape and acquire the knowledge and resources you’ll need to make the evaluation of these journals more straightforward.

Connect…with your local community

Looking for a way to connect with your local community and support first responders, health professionals, and the public during emergencies? Or to define the role of your library as a community resource during small and large disasters? You’ll find the answers and an action plan in Libraries as a Disaster Recovery Resource: How to Make a Difference and Libraries as a Disaster Recovery Resource: Take Action. You can take either or both classes, and the classes can be applied to the MLA Disaster Information Specialization.

Collaborate…with partnerships and copyright

Want to learn strategies for building partnerships that lead to collaborative projects in academic and hospital settings? Sign up for Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians, and other Stakeholders and leave with an action plan that fits you. Does everyone turn to you for copyright questions? Learn how to formulate best practices for copyright risk management and develop educations plans for your organization when you register for Copyright Skills as Risk Management Tools: The Librarian’s Role. CE courses will be held on Saturday, October 5, and offer 3 or 4 MLA CE credits. And don’t forget about our free CE class on Monday, Finding Leadership and Management Opportunities Where You Are – it’s included with your registration. For complete course and instructor information, visit the meeting website. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Milwaukee!