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Application Deadline Extended!
New deadline is Friday, April 16th!
Apply today!

I sure do! For several years, the Midwest Chapter has been providing awards to two chapter members to attend the Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables at the annual MLA meeting. If you are going to MLA ’10, one of these Chapter Sharing Roundtables “Free Lunch” Awards could be YOURS!
This year’s list of 30 roundtable topics looks great! I don’t know how I’m going to decide. Right now I’m waivering between Liaisons Stepping Out of the Library, Integrating You or Your Library into the Curriculum, or Issues in Chapter Leadership. Decisions, decisions, decisions!
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This year two $54 “Free Lunch” awards will be given to chapter members to support their attendance at the Chapter Sharing Roundtables lunch on Tuesday, May 25.
Applying is easy! To apply for a free lunch, fill out an application form including your brief (It won’t take long to write, I promise!) essay on the topic “Why I Deserve a Free Lunch.” Essays are evaluated on the basis of “conciseness, creativity, humor, pathos, and/or neediness.”
For all the information you need and an application form for the Chapter Sharing Roundtable Award go to the awards page of the chapter website.
For more information about the Chapter Sharing Roundtables go to the Chapter Council website here!
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 5 April 16, 2010!
Hope to see you there!

Call for Papers and Posters: Midwest Chapter/MLA & WHSLA 2010 Conference

Earlier this week Program Committee Chair Brian Finnegan sent out the Call for Papers and Posters for the 2010 conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
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The conference theme of “Step Up, Step Forward” lends itself to a variety of topics, and provides opportunities for presenters to: share ways they have advocated for their patrons, been involved in improving literacy, overcame current financial challenges, or improved collaborations beyond the library; showcase how they provide new and exciting ways to delivery library services, share innovative uses of technology both within and outside the library walls, or provide a glimpse into the future.
Papers and posters may highlight practical problem-solving approaches, document collaborative efforts or outreach activities, describe innovative programs, or report on research in librarianship, resources or services. Contributed paper and poster topics are as unlimited as your imagination.
Contributed papers will be presented on Sunday, September 26th and Monday, September 27th at both morning and afternoon simultaneous sessions.
Posters will be on display on Monday, September 27th from noon until 6:00 pm.
Presenters should be available to discuss their posters during the poster reception from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on September 27th.
For contributed paper proposals, submit a 250 word abstract to describe your paper. Include your name, position title, address, phone number and email address. The abstract should be emailed to finnegan.brian AT marshfieldclinic.org or mailed to: Brian Finnegan, G.E. Magnin Medical Library, Marshfield Clinic, 1000 North Oak Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449-5460.
For poster proposals, submit a 250 word abstract to describe your poster. Include your name, position title, address, phone number and email address. The abstract should be emailed to finnegan.brian AT marshfieldclinic.org or mailed to: Brian Finnegan, G.E. Magnin Medical Library, Marshfield Clinic, 1000 North Oak Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449-5460.
The deadline for abstract submission is June 30, 2010.
Notifications of paper/poster acceptance/rejection will be made by July 16, 2010.

MLA Kudos

This year’s MLA Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 24. Your intrepid blog editor is very proud to note that two Midwest Chapter members will be honored at the ceremony! Ann C. Weller from the University of Illinois, Chicago will be honored with the Virginia L. and William K. Beatty MLA Volunteer Service Award. Logan Ludwig from Loyola University, Chicago will receive the Carla J. Funk Governmental Relations Award.
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Also at the luncheon, our longtime colleague and fellow Midwesterner Margaret (Peg) Allen will be honored as an MLA Fellow for her many years of service to our profession. Margaret Bandy who was a panelist at the 2009 Midwest Chapter Conference will also be honored as an MLA Fellow.
Two other Midwestern librarians, Rienne Johnson from Illinois and Elizabeth Kiscaden from Iowa, have been awarded EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grants.
Congratulations all!

On the Road Again

Again this spring, the Midwest Chapter display is on the road traveling the Career Night circuit, spreading the news about exciting careers in medical librarianship. Your intrepid blog editor has attended the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Career Night at the main campus for the last several years. Unfortunately, this year I had to teach that evening. So I set up the display and then it was ably staffed by fellow Midwest Chapter members from the Cleveland Clinic, NEOUCOM, and the Cleveland Health Sciences Library. Thank you all!
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Actual Kent State University SLIS students
enjoying refreshments at the Midwest Chapter display table

Next week, the display will travel to Columbus to visit the Career Night at the State Library of Ohio. Is there an event in your area that would benefit from a visit by the chapter display? You too can share your experiences in medical librarianship and recruit new chapter members at a career fair or similar event. Did you know that student membership in the Midwest Chapter is FREE? Contact Membership Secretary Rebecca Caton for more information!