New MLA Blog

Thanks to the heads-up from the MLA-Phil news blog, I see that the MLA’s newest blog MLA Connections is up and running with an introductory post from MLA President Mary Ryan. We’ve been hearing for a couple of months that this blog was under development. I’m glad to see it starting up. I’ve already added the blog feed and the comments feed to my feed reader.
The blog is so new that it doesn’t yet have a link on the MLA Web 2.0 Resources page. This page is a great resource if you are interested in how social networking is being used by MLA’s sections, chapters, and SIGs as well as the NN/LM regions and state medical library associations. Thanks to Melissa for making sure the Midwest Chapter’s 2.0 tools are listed.
And speaking of blogs, your intrepid blog editor needs to post this to “claim” the blog on Technorati:
Technorati Profile

On the Road Again

It’s conference time!

In less than three weeks, your intrepid blog editor will be driving the trusty Altima up to Troy, Michigan so that I can attend the 2008 Midwest Chapter/MHSLA Conference. Today I had my Michigan map out since I was up there this weekend attending a family wedding. [Congratulations Molly and Jason!] So I figured out the route that I’ll be taking up to Troy from here in beautiful Ohio.
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The Detroit Marriott Troy has travel information on their website. I used the handy link from there to get driving directions. Note to self: Do not forget to pick up our esteemed chapter treasurer in Toledo on the way up there!
If you will be flying into Detroit Metro Airport to attend the conference, you may wish to consider ride sharing from the airport. The conference planners will help you find someone to share a taxi with. Get the details here.
I’m excited about this year’s conference. The program looks great! Did you see that the program planners have added a new plenary speaker? M.J. Tooey, Executive Director of the Health Science and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland and former MLA President, will be speaking on Monday, October 20.
Keep watching ConnectMidwest for more pre-conference information!

Keeping Up on What’s Happening in the Midwest Chapter

Things have been really happening in the Midwest Chapter since the publication of the summer issue of MIDLINE in late August!

2009 Election Results

Last week, Chris Shaffer, Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, announced the results of the 2009 elections:
President-Elect 2009: Elaine Skopelja
Membership Secretary 2009-2010: Rebecca Caton
Representative at Large 2009-2010: Ximena Chrisagis
Candidate for Membership on the MLA Nominating Committee: Charniel McDaniels
Congratulations!

Chapter Bylaws Revision

The Bylaws Revisions Special Committee posted their proposed changes to the chapter bylaws. These changes will be discussed and voted upon at the Chapter’s Annual Business Meeting on October 20, 2008 at the Midwest MLA/MHSLA 2008 Conference. You can read the proposed bylaws here on the chapter website.

Fall Chapter Executive Board Meeting

Chapter President Mary Markland invites all chapter members to the board meeting on Friday, October 17 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Mediterranean room at the Detroit Marriott Troy. Your intrepid blog editor will be there to report all the important details!

Changes

Attention please! Your intrepid blog editor has an announcement to make!
After spending the last 14 years as a hospital librarian, I have made the great leap back into academic librarianship. My new place of work is the Kent State University Library and my fancy title is Liaison Librarian for Life and Health Sciences. I have a lot to learn, but that will be no problem. The staff here are professional, knowledgeable, and very helpful and friendly! I feel right at home. My cubicle is around the back on the first floor in the Reference Office.
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P.S. One interesting thing about driving in and out of Kent every day is the opportunity to see, as I did yesterday, the Goodyear blimp. When the blimps come home, they stay at the Wingfoot Lake Airship Base just south of here. So when you see the blimp around here, they are flying low and one gets a great look. One of course has to be careful not to have a little accident when one is looking at the blimp and not the road! Did you know that there is a Goodyear Blimp Blog? Actually, the blimp doesn’t blog, the pilot does.
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