Saturday morning farmer’s market

I just got back inside from the very large farmer’s market just outside the conference hotel on Capitol square. Wow! As a woman who married into a produce farming family, I have seen my share of farmer’s markets and the like. But this one was truly impressive.

There were tables full of fresh produce. I even saw some sweet corn, which I noticed since most of Ohio has been done with fresh sweet corn for several weeks. Baked goods galore were available as was (of course) plenty of Wisconsin cheese, not to mention all types of fresh mushrooms.

While I was there, I indulged in some cookies and rolls that were heavenly. And speaking of heavenly, I picked up three Holy Cow cookies for my girls. They are so cute! I took a picture, but since I’m writing on my iPad, I can’t share them right away. I also bought a very lovely Indian corn floral arrangment for my door at home. I hope I can figure out how to carry that on the plane without damaging it!

Lastly, clearly it is game day in Wisconsin. As a Buckeye, I am used to seeing red everywhere on the weekend, just not badger red!

Board Meeting Bullet Points

This afternoon President Elaine Skopelja guided us skillfully through a jam-packed Midwest Chapter Executive Board agenda. The meeting was well attended. Several people attended the meeting online as well.

Here are just some of the highlights from my notes:

  • Chapter membership is up to nearly 400 members, including 53 new members and 30 student members. Most members have used Acteva to join/renew. The Membership Committee will be sending postcards to all MLA members in the chapter states inviting them to join the chapter.
  • The 2012 chapter conference will be held October 5-9 in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • The chapter archives organization project has been completed. The finding aid will be posted on the UIC website. Mary Hitchcock and Kevin O’Brien will be presenting a poster about the project at this conference.
  • The Awards & Scholarships Committee will be working on some changes to the Distinguished Librarian award so that the award will specifically recognize special service to the Midwest Chapter. There will also be some clarification of the conference scholarships requirements.
  • All of the newly elected officers were in attendance. The e-election went smoothly. 34% of the membership voted. Next year some additional information will be included in the candidate bio information.
  • The board directed the Professional Development Committee and the incoming president (that’s me) to write a letter to MLA supporting renewal of AHIP credentialing for health sciences librarians who have been reassigned roles with little or no health sciences emphasis.
  • The planned Membership and Communications surveys will be combined into a single comprehensive survey of chapter membership needs and services.
  • The Membership Committee will be developing guidelines for a new Emeritus membership category. Adding another membership category will require a change to the bylaws. The committee will also consider the possibility of conferral of honorary membership.
  • The board will try using Adobe Connect for remote attendance at board meetings as well as for committee meetings. There have been some issues with DimDim. The chapter will be purchasing some better quality video equipment for use at board meetings.
  • A new Advocacy Special Committee, chaired by Denise Rumschlag, will be appointed with a charge to advocate for medical librarians and libraries, both hospital and academic. This committee is essentially a continuation of the GMR RAC Advocacy Committee. Some of the special committee’s efforts might be eligible for funding through some of the GMR’s award programs.
  • The Executive Board concluded its business by approving the 2011 budget including funding for the new initiatives discussed above.

After the Executive Board meeting, chapter board members joined the WHSLA board members for an enjoyable dinner at the Top of the Park on the top floor of the hotel. Beautiful view!

Medical Librarians Invade Madison

We have arrived! The Midwest Chapter Executive Board meeting is about to begin! A crowd of us arrived bright and early this morning at the Dane County Regional Airport. Some of us went shopping and blew our pin money at the bead store.

Shopping Divas

We were warmly welcomed at the Registration Desk. 

Your Conference Registration Team


Madison Brewery Tours!

There are several amazing local breweries around the Madison area; here’s some info on how to visit when you’re in town for the Midwest Chapter meeting!

This…extracurricular activity…is very last minute, but maybe someone will be interested.  🙂  Somehow it seems fitting that this is my first blog post of the conference.

Anyway, there are several amazing local breweries around the Madison area, and I heard a few people voice some possible interest on Twitter, so here’s some info:

Ale Asylum: “We offer free brewery tours every Saturday at 6:00 & 6:45 PM. Space is limited, and attendance based on a first come, first serve basis.”

Capital Brewery: “ake a tour of our award-winning brewery and find out first hand! For persons 21 years and older, tours cost $3.00 per person.  Those under 21 are free when accompanied by their parent/legal guardian.”  Unfortunately, I just checked their online schedule, and it doesn’t look like there are any open spots left for tours given over the time of Midwest Chapter.  But if you’re interested, you should call!

New Glarus: They offer “Free Self Guided Tours Monday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.”

I’ve pulled out these and a few other breweries in Southern Wisconsin in a quick Google map.  It looks like I may be checking out the Ale Aslyum tour with some friends on Saturday at 6:45; if anyone else is interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.  Also feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you need Wisconsin beer recommendations (quick tip: they’re all pretty good!).

But beyond sharing my love of local beers, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Midwest Chapter and welcome all the travelers to Madison!  It’s going to be a great conference.

The New MIDLINE and More

Have you seen the new look for MIDLINE? Especial expressions of gratitude go to our webmaster Allan Barclay and MIDLINE Editor Elizabeth Smigielski for getting the Midwest Chapter’s flagship publication re-launched! The intrepid publications crew hopes you like the cleaner simpler look which harkens back to the style of the paper MIDLINE of old.

And speaking of things new, you will have noticed that the header up there on the top of this blog has been changed for the duration of our upcoming conference blog coverage. Doesn’t Madison look cool at sunset? Your intrepid blog editor is getting things all lined up to bring you the fantastic conference news coverage you have come to expect on ConnectMidwest. If YOU are planning to attend the 2010 Midwest Chapter/MLA & WHSLA Conference please consider joining our crack blogging team! Posting to the blog is fun and easy with our new WordPress publication software. Your intrepid blog editor will set you up with a WordPress account, give you a quick lesson, and you will be on your way to being a blogger before you know it.

If you are interested in blogging about the conference, just drop me an e-mail: cleibfar AT kent DOT edu