Proposal to Increase Membership Dues

The Midwest Chapter/MLA Executive Board is proposing a dues increase from $30 to $40 for Midwest Chapter/MLA membership.

The dues increase will be up for a vote by the chapter membership at the Annual Business Meeting to be held at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Monday, October 7th. If approved, Chapter membership dues will increase starting with the 2020 membership year.

The Midwest Chapter/MLA’s financial reserves were depleted several years ago due to a situation with the event registration service provider we were using. The company was engaging in unethical practices that resulted in a bankruptcy of the company*. They owed us approximately $17,000 and despite efforts to recover the funds through legal action, we remain one of the company’s creditors. Since then, the Midwest Chapter/MLA has been engaging in efforts to reestablish an adequate financial reserve. A dues increase is part of the plan to enable our organization to have an adequate financial reserve to run our normal operations as a vibrant chapter and allow us to offer awards and opportunities for professional development and networking at the annual conference

*From 2015 Annual Business Meeting Minutes in Louisville, KY
“Acteva is the registration program we were using for conferences since 2011. There was a lag in getting payments in 2012. At one point we were looking at Acteva owing the Chapter $17K and put all our legal ducks in a row in 2013. We were number 5 in line (many other organizations also suing Acteva). In June 2015, San Francisco lawyers were waiting for Acteva guy to show up in court, and he still didn’t show up in late September. We asked the lawyers would our lawsuit still be viable IF Aceteva guy turns up–still waiting to hear. Chapter has done everything we could on our end.”

Discover the History of Milwaukee’s VA

We’re so excited to bring you a new program on local history for this year’s Discover Connect Collaborate conference. Janice Curnes, VA medical librarian, will give us an overview of the Milwaukee VA, an institution rich with history both local and national.

The Milwaukee VA is one of the original three “Old Soldiers Homes”. Established in 1867, Milwaukee VA is in its 152nd year of outstanding veteran care. The grounds are rich in history and show the transition of care. Also, the VA has rich history of libraries, the original Soldiers Homes had free standing libraries and librarians. Join us for our Sunday, October 6 lunch presentation: Out at the Soldiers Home : a brief history of the Northwest Branch of National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

Jan has been the medical librarian at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for 29 years. In addition to her duties as medical librarian, Jan has charge of overseeing the medical center archives which are housed in the library and various historic displays throughout the medical center. The rich history of caring for veterans at one of the first Old Soldiers Homes appeals to Jan who has a BA in history.

Over the years, the Library Service was instrumental in creating the Historic Milwaukee VA walking tour and the internal history website. The Library service has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Health Administration)  historian, National Trust for Historic Preservation and The National Park Service documenting the rich history of the Milwaukee VA. The Milwaukee VA celebrated 150 year of caring for veterans in 2017.

Janice Curnes, MLS

Registration is Open

Photo credit: Visit Milwaukee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting is open for registration! Discover, Connect, and Collaborate in Milwaukee this fall.

If you are coming to the conference, consider submitting a paper or poster to share with colleagues. Papers and posters that were submitted to and/or presented at the 2019 Medical Library Association annual meeting in Chicago are welcome.

Submit your abstract online. The deadline for submission is July 26, 2019.

We are looking forward to seeing you this fall!