MLA ’19 Elevate in Chicago


Make tracks to Chicago from May 3–8, 2019! The theme of the meeting, “Elevate,” is derived from Chicago’s iconic elevated (the “L” or “El”) transit system. The “L” is one of the oldest, most extensive rapid transit systems in the country and was voted one of the seven wonders of Chicago. We hope that, like the “L,” MLA ’19 will elevate the profession and deliver you to the destination you seek, be it learning, service, partnership, fun, or friendship.

See more and register at https://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1429.

“Make it your Own” Research Retreat

New Saturday Session

In this first ever Midwest Chapter/MLA Research Retreat, we aim to give our library colleagues a chance to focus on their research interests. This retreat is for those who want to get started in conducting research, for those who are in the middle of their own projects, and for seasoned researchers who want to share their experiences and knowledge. Regardless of where you are in the research continuum, we invite you to join us in this dedicated and distraction free space to move forward on existing projects or begin new ones.

Morning and afternoon sessions will be available. These sessions will provide an opportunity for you to consult with colleagues to:

  • explore the literature for new articles or to support an existing research project
  • troubleshoot your methods with fellow participants
  • design your research timeline
  • begin preparing your Institutional Review Board proposal
  • put together figures and charts
  • work on writing up your results

We will be recruiting people to speak on various topics. If you have experience in research and would like to be a moderator for one of the retreat sessions, please contact Margaret Hoogland. Fellows from the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) are encouraged to participate.

MIDLINE Fall 2018 Available

The Fall 2018 MIDLINE is now available. This issue introduces our new President, Merle Rosenzweig, and provides a great overview of the 2018 conference.

I would like to thank our two new MIDLINE editors, Liz Lyman and Joyce McFadden, for their hard work in getting the 2018 issue so quickly. I would also like to thank Jennifer Herron, who recently stepped down as MIDLINE editor, for all her hard work for the last few years.

-Elizabeth Huggins, Chair of the Communications Committee

Save the date!

Are you making travel plans for next year? Milwaukee is a great place to be in the fall!

Join us in Milwaukee for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association where you will have the opportunity to discover, connect and collaborate with your colleagues.
The conference will be held in Milwaukee, Oct. 4 – 7, 2019. Mark your calendars!

Our keynote speaker is MK Czerwiec, RN, MA, aka the Comic Nurse. Our social event will be dinner and exploration at the Harley Davidson Museum®, a Milwaukee icon.

For more information, visit http://midwestmla.org/conference2019/.

Looking forward to seeing you 2019!

Your 2018 Midwest Conference Publicity Committee,
Elizabeth Suelzer, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dora Davis, ProHealth Care
Michele Matucheski, Ascension
Rita Sieracki, Medical College of Wisconsin

Invitation to Midwest Chapter/MLA, WHSLA, and SWHSL 2019 Annual Meeting

On behalf of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the Wisconsin Health Science Library Association and the Southeastern Wisconsin Health Sciences Libraries Consortium, we invite you to Milwaukee for next year’s Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 annual meeting.

Our Sunday night social event will be dinner and exploration at the Harley Davidson Museum®, a Milwaukee icon. Discover the history of the motorcycle, hear the thunder of the different engines and take a selfie riding a HOG!

Connect to Milwaukee through our new streetcar, which will be free in 2019. Use it to travel from downtown to the lakefront. While in downtown Milwaukee, make stops at the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, or take a stroll down the Milwaukee RiverWalk and say hi to the Bronze Fonz.

Collaborate on new and exciting ideas with your colleagues in a stellar conference experience. We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker is MK Czerwiec (Zurwick), RN, MA, aka Comic Nurse. She is the artist in residence at the Feinberg Northwestern School of Medicine in Chicago, Co-founder of graphicmedicine.org, and a leader in the field of connecting clinicians, patients, and practitioners through narrative medicine and telling their stories.

-Brenda Fay, 2019 Conference Co-Chair

Vote on the New Midwest Chapter/MLA Logo!

The Midwest Chapter/MLA board seeks your feedback on our redesigned logo. Please review the three potential logo designs are below and then go to our online survey to rank the logos in your preferred order. Thanks for your input!
The new logo will be selected in time for our meeting in Cleveland, OH. Shake, Rattle, and Roll!
Please respond by September 14th.

Logo 1:

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Register for a Jam Session at the 2018 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference in Cleveland

Hello fellow Chapter members,

Who’s coming to the 2018 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference in Cleveland? It’s that time again, and time to Shake, Rattle, & Roll during a Jam Session at lunch! So come, “jam” with your colleagues on a topic of interest on Sunday October 7, 2018!

Register for a Jam Session at the 2018 Midwest Chapter MLA Conference. The conference registration form provides the opportunity to select a Jam Session table topic. You can also elect to be a table moderator!

Want to know more? Take a look at the list of Jam Session Table Topics and find a topic you’d like to discuss with your colleagues. Interested in being a Jam Session table topic moderator? When registering for the conference, choose a topic and select ‘Yes’ to indicate you are interested in moderating.

Choosing a Jam Session is optional, but we hope you find one that captures your interest!

Questions? Contact Mary Miles mmiles@ccf.org