Call for papers and posters! Midwest MLA ’13 in Peoria!

Call for Papers and Posters

The Program Committee invites proposals for contributed cheap generic cialis mastercard papers and posters for the joint Midwest Chapter MLA and HSLI Conference to be held October 5-8, 2013 in East Peoria, Illinois.  The conference theme is “Navigating a River of Information”.   We encourage you to take a literal or figurative (use your fertile imagination) approach to our theme.  You can highlight various topics such as teaching or education, administration, practical problem-solving, document collaborative efforts or outreach activities, describe innovative programs, or report on research in librarianship, resources or services.

Concurrent contributed papers will be presented on Sunday October 6, 2013 from 11am-12pm and on Monday October 7, 2013 from 10:30am-11:30am.

The posters will be presented Sunday October 6, 2013.  They will be available for viewing from 10am – 5pm with presenters present from 4pm-5pm.

For contributed paper proposals and poster proposals submit an abstract no longer than 250 words describing your paper or poster.

  • Include your name, position title, address, phone number and email address on all submissions.
  • Email your abstracts to Linda Feinberg (Lfeinberg at northshore dot org)
  • The deadline for abstract submission is Friday May 24thbefore the Memorial Day weekend.
  • Notifications of paper and poster acceptance will be made by early-mid June.

The Midwest Chapter Professional Practice Committee is again awarding monetary prizes to the best RESEARCH papers and posters.  [UPDATE: The Professional Practice Committee asks that you indicate your interest in competing for the Research Award when you submit your abstract.]

For more information on the Midwest Chapter meeting, see the conference web site:  Please refer to the Papers and Posters sections for more information as it becomes available.

Spring board meeting Apr. 26

Our Midwest MLA spring Board Meeting will be held on Friday, April 26 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

The room rate is $132.  Shuttle (it’s easily walkable too through the tubes) service to and from the airport is free-of-charge.  Rooms are reserved under “Midwest MLA” and they’ll be getting a list of names as well.

Complementary 24-hour shuttle service to/from O’Hare International Airport Complimentary 24-hour StayFit gym access Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access in the guestrooms __________________________________

Meeting agenda to follow.  See you then!

By the way, the FALL BOARD MEETING is scheduled for Oct. 4 at 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Advocacy Forum at Annual Meeting

The Professional Practice Committee took advantage of the Annual meeting attendees to do an “open forum” during breakfast on Sunday, October 7th.  The main purpose was to get input on what types of activities the chapter should initiate to help members  to advocate for the value of their libraries or for the value of the profession.  The following are some of the ideas generated during this half-hour session:

– gather stories/testimonials about the value of library services and make them available for sharing

– compose generic support letters that could be used as templates by members

– use listservs to gather good ideas and best practices to share

– consider creating an advocacy toolkit

– send librarians to exhibit at state meetings of health professionals or hospital administrators

– create an exhibit targeted to healthcare administrators that could be shared across the chapter

– teach members how to relate library data to the strategic goals of the institution

– get a physician to do a joint poster with a librarian for presentation at meetings of librarians and physicians

– remind members about MLA resources, such as the Vital Pathways webpage


By Ruth Holst

Award Winning Midwest Chapter Members

Yes, a lot of business was conducted at this year’s Annual Business Meeting. But the highlight has to be the awards!

Most exciting is the revelation of the Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award winner. Drumroll please! Our 2012 winner is Donna Barbour-Talley, MINNESOTA librarian extraordinaire! This year, capping a long career of service to the chapter and the profession, Donna served along with Michael Homan as the co-chair of the annual chapter conference. Watch for a story about Distinguished Librarian Donna in the upcoming issue of MIDLINE, the Midwest Chapter newsletter.

Also watch for essays in MIDLINE from Annual Meeting Scholarship winners Emily Ginier and Patricia Smith and from Professional Development Award winners Marcia Francis and Erin Kerby.

Suzanne Earle was the winner of the Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award for her work on the development of the End-of-Life Library at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. This special library “…provides the professional and lay communities with knowledge regarding palliative care and end-of-life issues.”

New this year were the Research Awards presented by the Professional Practice Committee. These cash awards judged on study design, validity, reliability, presentation, and implications for library and information research were awarded to posters and papers reporting research results. The first place Research Poster Award was given to Ryan Rafferty for “Discovering the Impact of Library Instruction on First-Year Medical Students.” Second place was a tie between Barbara Gushrowski for “Building Competence: Self- and Peer-Evaluation of Information Resources by First-Year Dental Students in Problem-Based Curriculum” and Elizabeth Moreton for “Testing the Soil: Benchmarking the Information Literacy Skills of Nursing Students Performing Evidence-Based Research.” Two Honorable Mention Research Paper Awards were given to Mark Wentz and Melissa Rethlefsen for “The Significance of Disambiguated Authors in an Institutional Publication Database” and to Xiaomei Gu, Shawn Averkamp, Nicole Saylor, and Linda Walton for “Developing and Administering a Campus-wide Survey: A First Step in Assessing Data Management Needs.”

Congratulations all!