Whoo wants to design an Owl Logo?

Calling all artistic and creative members! Transform our chapter animal – the Northern Saw Whet owl – into a logo that we can use on t-shirts and tote bags and other chapter merch.

  • The selected designer will be the inaugural Owlccolade recipient at the Joint Virtual Conference in October 2021.
  • Additional incentives may include Midwest Chapter swag, undying glory, a gift card, or something else that will swoop into the Fundraising Committee brains before October.


  • A design suitable for printing in 1 color on a range of merchandise.
  • Donation of the design and the copyright to the chapter

Send your creative designs to fundraising@midwestmla.org by 11:59 pm EDT/10:59 pm CDT on April 1st. Questions? Give us a hoot!

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/

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