Proposed MLA SIG: Interprofessional Education

Share your opinion by Tues. July 1!  Contact Nandita Mani (nanditam at umich dot edu) & Deborah Lauseng (dlauseng at umich dot edu).

MLA Interprofessional Education (IPE) SIG Proposal June 24, 2014
IPE Statement of Purpose: Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when “two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care”* The IPE SIG will facilitate communication and increase awareness of how MLA affiliated information professionals integrate and build partnerships with health/social science schools and divisions that foster IPE. The IPE SIG will aim to explore trends and implications for those engaged with IPE in their respective role(s).

● To provide a venue where information professionals can share knowledge and
experience related to IPE activities and engagement.
● To facilitate use of best practices when coordinating or participating in IPE initiatives.
● To provide opportunities for IPE SIG members to learn more about integration and
participation in IPE curricula and its place in the accreditation structure of many licensing

Rationale: The very nature of IPE conveys the interconnected nature of the health and social sciences and how curricula and research opportunities can be built to foster collaboration. The IPE SIG is unique and requires its own venue for discussion as it includes discussion around a multitude of components; and not one specific area of focus such as expert searching, systematic reviews, or library curriculum. IPE encompasses a holistic perspective in how information professionals can participate in a collaborative process that includes teaching, learning, research, informatics, and much more. IPE includes a variety of needs, opportunities, and requires expertise from Library information professionals from a variety of environments and who hold many different roles.

Anticipated Membership: It is anticipated that membership in the IPE SIG would include
MLA affiliated information professionals from academic, hospital, and special libraries. In
addition, those with a role in education, research, and informatics will find this SIG relevant to their work.

Nandita Mani, PhD, AHIP, and Deborah Lauseng, AMLS
University of Michigan, Taubman Health Sciences Library
*Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education. IPE Definition. Retrieved from:

GRANTS for Midwest MLA ’14! Due by June 30!

Are you a first time attendee of the Midwest Chapter’s conference?  There’s a grant for that!

Are you a regular member who wants free money?  There’s a grant for that!

We have two grants available (with two awards each) for first time attendees and regular members to win $500 for travel and FREE conference registration!  That’s 4 grants total!

All you have to do is send in an application, a current cv/resume, and a letter documenting why you need the grant by JUNE 30, 2014!

For more details and the application forms, check out the awards here:


Due JULY 1! Call for Proposals! Midwest Chapter annual meeting in Bismarck

Call for Posters and Papers

The Program Committee invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the Midwest Chapter/ MLA Annual Meeting to be held in Bismarck, North Dakota from October 10th through 14th, 2014.  The theme for this year is “Come West and Explore.”  Ideas for contributed papers and poster exploration are only limited by your imagination. All proposals will be considered, even those that were presented at MLA ’14.

Contributed papers will be presented Sunday afternoon.

The posters will be displayed Monday, October 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Posters are required to be staffed by the author from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Monday.

All poster and paper proposals need to include:

  • An abstract no longer than 250 words describing your paper or poster.
  • Your name, position title, address, phone number and email address.
  • Indicate whether or not you would like to be considered for the Research Awards

and if you are a current member of Midwest Chapter/MLA (See Research Awards section below).

  • Indicate in your proposal if your paper or poster was previously presented at a conference, including MLA ’14.

Email your abstracts for contributed papers to Dawn Hackman dawn.hackman at med dot und dot edu. Email your poster abstracts to Karen Anderson karen.anderson at med dot und dot edu. Contact either of the above if you have any questions.

The deadline for contributed paper or poster proposals is July 1st .

Notifications of acceptance will be made by the end of July.

Research Awards
Midwest Chapter will once again grant awards to the primary author of the best research paper and the best research poster presentations at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Monetary awards total $500 (1st place paper and poster will each receive $150, 2nd place paper and poster will each receive $100).

To be eligible for consideration for a Research Award, the papers and posters must be selected for presentation at the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting, one author must be a Midwest Chapter member, and one author must be present at the paper/poster presentation. When you submit your proposal, be sure to indicate in your email that you are interested in competing.

The quality of the research as presented at the meeting will be evaluated and scored using standardized poster and paper evaluation forms. You can find out more about the judging criteria here <>.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Anne Beschnett (besch015 at umn dot edu).