Research by Design

Research by Design handout
Class Handout

Merge & Converge started off early Saturday morning with a coffee from the lobby Starbucks and then onto Lorie Kloda’s CE class – Research by Design: Proposing, planning, and carrying out a research project for the practicing librarian. The class delivered on everything the title promised. Having no prior research experience, I was happy to walk out of the class with a direction for a research project and feel more comfortable taking the first steps to starting that project.

It was a great way to start off the conference and get some library ideas flowing. The class was broken up with some lecture and then group activities, which worked extremely well for newbies just getting into the research arena. Being able to brainstorm with other librarians from across the Midwest was a great way to get multiple perspectives, focus ideas, and make the whole process seem much more attainable and less of an overwhelming, impossible goal.

The class started out with identifying a “burning question”; what had we been wondering and wanting to learn more about? From this burning question, in later activites we went on to hash out some of the finer details of creating a research proposal.

Having only taken one research course during my MLIS education, this class served to refresh some previously stowed away knowledge and stir up some motivation to take on completing some original research of my own.

Lorie also let the class know about the MLA Research Institute and provided attendees with additional resources to support their research goals.

The class made for a perfect fit with the conference theme Merge and Converge and I am looking forward to more as the conference continues on.

Meet New People and Win Prizes in New Member Bingo!

bingo!

The membership committees of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association invite those members attending the joint meeting “Merge & Converge Sixteen in ’16,” in Des Moines, to join in the fun by playing New Member Bingo! All you need to do is to pick-up a bingo card at the registration desk and get the individuals on your bingo card to initial their square. Names of new chapter members and current chapter officers will be printed on the cards. This game is a fun way to meet the new members in our chapters and the new members to meet their officers. We hope you’ll play and turn in your cards for a prize!

CE Classes at Merge & Converge in Des Moines

What are you doing on Saturday, October 22nd?
Why not Merge & Converge in Des Moines, Iowa for a CE class (or two)?
The Joint Meeting of the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters of MLA is going to Merge & Converge in Des Moines on October 22-24, 2016.
The Continuing Education Committee has lined up six classes, with nine great instructors, on six topics requested by you!

Research by Design: Proposing, Planning, and Carrying Out a Research Project for the Practicing Librarian
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Cost: $150
MLA CE credit: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Lorie Kloda, Associate University Librarian for Planning and Community Relations at Concordia University in Montreal.

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE Credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Tony Nguyen, NN/LM SE/A, University of Maryland, Medical Library, Baltimore, MD

Beyond the list: Unpacking the Predatory Publisher
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Catherine Arnott Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library & Information Studies

Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians and Other Stakeholders
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Gwen Wilson, Washburn University, Mabee Library, Topeka, KS and Kristen DeSanto, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Library, Aurora CO

Financial Advocacy: Turning Your Data into Ammunition!
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00
Cost: Free
MLA CE credits: Approved for 3 Contact Hours
Instructors: Betsy Kelly, NN/LM-MCR and Barb Jones, NN/LM-MCR

Innovative Instruction
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Amy Blevins, Indiana University Ruth Lilly Medical Library and Xiaomei Gu, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa.
Full class descriptions are available on the conference website:
http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/continuing-education/
View complete conference information here: http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/

Call for Submissions to the Merge & Converge Tech Forum: Partnering with Technology Champions

Would you like to share your success story for collaborating with technology champions outside of the library?

The Merge & Converge Tech Forum Planning Group is looking for panelists who want to share their IT collaboration success stories as either a “technology therapy” for those of us struggling with new technology initiatives in our institutions or an inspiration to those of us looking for new and exciting ventures. Have you participated in your college’s Learning Management System (LMS), integrated library resources in your hospital’s Electronic Health Record (EHR), collaborated on 3D printing/imaging, Big Data projects, instructional technologies, or other exciting tech projects?

If so, we want to hear from you and (if possible) your non-library technology collaborators! [NOTE: Some funding may be available to defray the cost of attendance for non-library personnel]

The Tech Forum will be taking place on Monday, October 24 from 3:30-5pm central time. The full conference schedule is available at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/schedule/

If you are interested in serving on this panel, please fill out the following form http://goo.gl/forms/QAtfslKYgSoDK34L2 by Monday, August 1, 2016. Submissions should be around 250 words or less. Panelists will be notified of acceptance by September 1, 2016.