A message from President Weinfurter- Go West!!!

Have you registered for the Midwest Chapter Annual Conference yet? Every year I look forward to attending the Chapter conference, and this year is no exception. I love that the conference is small enough that you can meet new people and make meaningful connections with them, but big enough (both in size and diversity of attendees) that you will always learn something new and meet someone who will be just the person to answer a question you have later on.

I’m really looking forward to the program – the featured speakers are high-profile and AWESOME (great job, meeting planners!). Sally Gore is always an engaging speaker, and I know she will have interesting and inspiring things to say about embracing change in our environments. Mark Graber, MD is a leading expert on patient safety, and I’m interested to hear his thoughts and research about how librarians can support the diagnostic process. Betsy Humphreys, deputy director of NLM, will add her perspective on how librarians can support their institutions as we charge into the future.

I’m also really looking forward to the panel on the healthcare effects of the oil boom in North Dakota. This is a very hot topic right now, and who knows what similar things will arise in the populations we serve directly. It’s a great opportunity to have a front-row seat to explore the challenges and strategies in one of our states.

And of course – networking! This is the best thing about the conference and the Chapter. We are spread out across a huge geographic area, and the personal connections you’re able to make at a conference like this are extremely helpful moving forward. As I mentioned before, the conference is small enough that you can really connect with people. You can see all the paper presentations, and have good conversations about the posters. This is incredibly valuable, and it isn’t possible at a larger conference.

And finally, North Dakota is a state like no other. Growing up on the east coast, North Dakota was seen as a mystical place that people had heard of, but no one had ever been to. Maybe it’s less mysterious for native Midwesterners, but in my mind it’s truly a place to experience. Now is your chance! Go west!!!

Remember, the early bird deadline is Friday, August 29th! Register now, and I’m looking forward to seeing you in October!

ND is ready for you, are you ready for us!?

Hello Mid-westerners!

Just a reminder…early bird registration ends next Friday, August 29th.  Get registered for Midwest MLA in Bismarck.

Bring your boots and your cowboy hat (or jeans and plaid shirt whatever works for you) for our Western themed party and exhibitor event on Saturday night.  Sunday we will be enjoying the ND Heritage Center. – Come see the Geologic Times and Early Peoples exhibits, shop in the gift store and enjoy some great food and company with our fellow librarians.

We have fabulous speakers: Betsy Humphreys, Sally Gore and Dr. Mark Graber as well as a panel of experts on the effect of the oil boom on healthcare.  Don’t forget your colleagues will be presenting their papers and as posters too and we are for the first time having Campfire Conversations (minus the fire of course unless you count our “hot” topics).  Plus some great CE classes.

And while you are here, take some time to enjoy ND!

We are ready for you to visit ND, are you ready for us?  Register today and we’ll see you soon!

Wouldn’t you like to experience The Badlands?




DIY North Dakota

North DakotaHave you seen a pumpkin fly? Toured the winter home of the Lewis and Clark expedition or Theodore Roosevelt’s ranch cabin? Visited a prairie dog town? Braved a haunted historic fort? Golfed at a world-class course with views of the Badlands? Glimpsed a white buffalo? Watched a stage performance of Boeing Boeing? Encountered a 38-foot cow no one can tip? Stayed in an enchanted castle?

Midwest Chapter conference organizers have created a booklet highlighting selected North Dakota attractions, events . . . and not to be forgotten, SHOPPING opportunities. Addresses include links to Google Maps directions from the conference hotel. Links to relevant web sites also are provided, so you can check hours and other pertinent info.

Contact the Local Arrangements Committee if you have any questions or need additional info.