EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

Good news! The early bird registration fee for the 2015 MW/MLA Conference has been extended until midnight, September 8!  If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time to get the discounted rate of $275 for Midwest Chapter of Kentucky Medical Library Association members. Visit http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/registration/ to register today!

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“Big Data” at the Midwest Chapter Conference

At this year’s Midwest Chapter/MLA conference in Louisville, KY, our Monday plenary session will feature a panel discussion on the subject of “Big Data” led by T. Scott Plutchak, Director of Digital Data Curation Strategies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He will be joined on the panel by Midwesterners Sandra DeGroote from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Heather Coates from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Caitlin Bakker from the University of Minnesota.

Today on ConnectMidwest, your Midwest Chapter Annual Meetings Chair, Clare Leibfarth, interviews Mr. Plutchak about the upcoming presentation.

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CL: We are happy to welcome you back to the Midwest, your place of origin!

SP: I’m looking forward to it. I was raised in Wisconsin but moved away in my early 20s, so I’ve never really been a Midwesterner as an adult. I’m always happy to have an excuse to come back. I spoke at a different conference at the Galt House a few years ago and had a great time, so I’m sure this one will be a lot of fun.

CL: You and I have in common the fact that we have new jobs. Could you share with us a little about your new position, Director of Digital Data Curation Strategies?

SP: It came about a year ago as we were finalizing the process of reorganizing the libraries at UAB. I’ve been interested in the challenges and potentials of open access to research data for a long time, so I moved out of the library organization into the Provost’s office, charged with trying to help the institution figure out how to effectively manage its research data for the long term. The change in perspective has been very important – while librarians have a very important role to play, I look at it as an institutional problem, which requires that I be as concerned with the role played by IT and the Research office and the Centers and the policy making entities of the University as I am with the library. If we look at data curation just as a library issue we’re missing critical aspects of the big picture. Continue reading ““Big Data” at the Midwest Chapter Conference”

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION EXTENDED!!!

Good news! The early bird registration fee for the 2015 MW/MLA Conference has been extended until midnight, September 8.  If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time to get the discounted rate of $275 for Midwest Chapter of Kentucky Medical Library Association members.  Visit http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/registration/ to register today!

Louisville is a great city with lots of fun activities and local restaurants, most within walking distance of the Galt House Hotel.  Visit http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/visit-louisville/things-to-do/ to learn more about some of the exciting things to do in Louisville.