“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

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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.

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Paper and Poster Abstracts Now Available!

Come see what your fellow colleagues will be presenting at the 2015 MWMLA Conference, Oct. 2-6, 2015.  See the available paper and poster abstracts here – http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/papers-and-posters/

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There are only a few days left for early bird registration!

There are just a few more days to register before the early bird deadline of September 1, 2015!!!  Click here to register for the 2015 MWMLA Conference for the early bird price of $275.00.  After September 1, 2015 the price will change to $325.00 for members and $375.00 for non-members. 

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Register for CE courses for the 2015 MW/MLA Conference!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to “think like a doctor” … without getting a headache?

Do you lose sleep over the thought of waking up to discover you’ve been “Embedded” in a medical department with no exit in sight … unless you choose a red or blue pill?

Do you question your ability to conduct systematic reviews, search PubMed like an expert, or keep up with emerging technologies for librarians … while staffing a reference desk, teaching info lit, or clearing paper jams from the copiers for patrons?

The cure for these professional development concerns can be found at the 2015 Midwest MLA Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, October 2 – 6. Now is the time to take advantage of our excellent selection of Continuing Education Courses taught by experts recruited from across the region and as far away as Texas. Choose one or more courses to become the master of your domain and a paragon of librarianship in a matter of a few hours. We guarantee you will sleep better and wake up ready to meet the challenges we face in our constantly changing library world. We look forward to seeing you in the Village of Louis in October!

Click here for more information…
http://midwestmla.org/confere…/continuing-education-courses/

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Early bird registration ends Sept. 1, 2015!

Have you registered for this year’s MWMLA Meeting yet?

We are now about 15 days away from the close of early bird registration. Be sure to register during the early bird registration period and take advantage of the discounted rate. The deadline for early bird registration is September 1, 2015. Go to http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/registration/ and register today.
Visit http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/ for more information about the conference.

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Registration reminder!

The annual meeting is quickly approaching and registration is now open for the upcoming event to be held October 2-6, 2015 in Louisville, KY. Be sure to register during the early bird period and take advantage of the discounted rate. The deadline for early bird registration is September 1, 2015. Go to http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/registration/and register today.

Visit http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/for more information about the conference. Please plan to attend and enjoy meeting, visiting, and learning from colleagues in informal settings and formal presentations!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Louisville!

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Are you interested in serving on a chapter committee? 

If so, please click on one of the links listed below to our Midwest/MLA Application for Committee Service.  This is a new survey that will go out every year.  We realize that several of you have already included your interest in serving on a committee on your online profile, but we cannot tell when a profile was last updated.  While you could update your profile, it would probably be easier to just fill out this survey.  It will only take a few minutes and you have until the end of the day on 8/26.  A link to the Standing Committee Charges webpage from the chapter’s website is provided in the survey.

Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_892BgE8JXpLSX8p&Q_CHL=email&Preview=Survey

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Remember to make your hotel reservations with the Galt House

Please be sure to make hotel reservations at the Galt House Hotel. Click the link below for more information on the Galt House. The Galt House is nice, convenient both for the conference and sights and events in Louisville, well-priced, has places to go and things to see within it, and is located right on the river.

http://midwestmla.org/…/visit-louisvi…/hotel-accommodations/

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Registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the upcoming meeting to be held October 2-6, 2015 in Louisville, KY. Be sure to register during the early bird registration period and take advantage of the discounted rate. The deadline for early bird registration is September 1, 2015. Go tohttp://midwestmla.org/conference2015/registration/and register today.
Visit http://midwestmla.org/conference2015/ for more information about the conference. Please plan to attend and enjoy meeting, visiting, and learning from colleagues in informal settings and formal presentations!

Rick Brewer
Chair, 2015 Registration Committee
GMRLIST is an email list for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM-GMR) members.

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