Annual Meeting Grant
Supports the attendance of librarians and library staff at the Chapter’s Virtual Annual Meeting. This grant includes free full conference registration and one 4 hour CE. One award is available.
First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant
The Midwest Chapter/MLA Professional Development Award supports the first-time attendance of Midwest Chapter members at the Chapter’s Virtual Annual Meeting. This grant includes free full conference registration and one 4 hour CE. One award is available.
Student Annual Meeting Grant
Supports the attendance of a library science student at the Chapter’s Virtual Annual Meeting. This grant includes free full conference registration and one 4 hour CE. One award is available.
Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award
Recognizes Chapter members at any career level who have provided outstanding service to Midwest Chapter/MLA. The winner receives a plaque of recognition.
Awards & Judging Standards
The Chapter will present a certificate of recognition to the primary author of the best research paper and the best research poster presentations. Awards are granted at the discretion of the Professional Practice Committee; all awards may or may not be presented at any given Annual Meeting
The Committee Chair coordinates the judging of research papers and posters. A minimum of two Committee members will be assigned to grade each research paper and poster using a standardized rubric. (The Committee encourages presenters to use this rubric in preparation for their research presentation.) Disagreement will be resolved through discussion among the Committee or other Chapter members upon request of the Committee Chair.
To be eligible for consideration for a Research Award, the papers and posters must meet the following criteria:
- Answered Yes to the question regarding research paper/poster award when submitting abstracts for Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting
- Abstracts accepted for presentation at Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting
- One author must be a Midwest Chapter member
- One author must be present at the presentation
The Professional Practice Committee coordinates the judging. A minimum of two judges will score each research paper and poster. Judges are assigned paper sessions and specific posters for judging. Members of the Professional Practice Committee will be assigned to judge, and the Professional Practice Committee Chair may request assistance from other Midwest Chapter members to help with evaluating the research papers and posters presented.
The quality of the research as presented at the meeting will be evaluated and scored using standardized poster and paper evaluation forms. Points are awarded for study design, validity, reliability, presentation, and implications of the research. These forms are available for presenters as an aid in preparing quality papers and posters on the Midwest Chapter website – www.midwestmla.org.