50/50 Raffle: The First Fundraiser to Support Midwest Chapter / MLA Scholarships and Awards

Raffle TicketsDo you want the opportunity to win some cash and support Midwest Chapter scholarships and awards? Participate in the Midwest Chapter 50/50 raffle during the conference! Participation is completely voluntary, but you have to play to win.

Why a fundraiser? The Midwest Chapter is exploring alternate ways, like the 50/50 raffle, to continue to provide scholarships and awards for chapter members.

How does a 50/50 raffle work? Tickets are sold ($1/each; $5/for 6; $10 for 15) and the winner of the raffle drawing gets 50% of the total sales and 50% goes to the Midwest Chapter / MLA.

Who may participate? Everyone is welcome to participate but participation is completely voluntary. If you’d like to participate, please bring singles, fives, or tens. Checks are also welcome.

Where and when will the raffle tickets be sold? The 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold at or near the registration/ hospitality table and by individuals throughout the conference until the raffle drawing. Look for ticket sellers wearing tags advertising the 50/50 raffle.

When is the 50/50 raffle drawing? The drawing will take place during the luncheon on Monday of the conference.

Register now! Merge & Converge: Sixteen in ‘16!

Registration is open as of Friday, June 17! The Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association will be held Friday, October 21 through Monday, October 24. Meeting and registration information can be found at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/. Be sure to check out the list of continuing education classes, which will be held on Saturday, October 22.

While you’re registering for the meeting, don’t forget to book your hotel room. The conference hotel is the Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. A block of rooms has been reserved for meeting attendees at the rate of $144 per night, single or double. The last day to book at this rate is September 30. Wireless high-speed internet will be available in guest rooms for $1/night. You can find information about room reservations at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/hotel-and-travel/accommodations/.

It’s not too late to submit a paper or poster abstract! The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to July 8. Notifications of acceptance will be made by August 19. More information and abstract submission instructions can be found at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/papers-and-posters/.

New paper and poster submission deadline!

Check out the new deadline for paper and poster submissions for 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting. 

The Program Committee invites paper and poster abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

The meeting will take place from October 21-25 at the Des Moines Marriott, with paper sessions held on Sunday, October 23rd and the poster session on Monday, October 24th. Abstracts that have been accepted for CHLA/MLA Mosaic 2016 will also be considered.

Deadline for abstract submission

July 8, 2016

Notifications of acceptance will be made by

August 19, 2016

Please contact Holly Henderson, holly.henderson@mercy.net or 417-820-3253, with questions.

Instructions:

  • Abstracts should be kept under 250 words.
  • Submissions should be sent to Holly Henderson via this online form.

Call For Paper and Poster Abstracts – 2016 Annual Meeting

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2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapters/MLA Annual Meeting

Call For Paper and Poster Abstracts 

The Program Committee invites paper and poster abstract submissions on any health sciences topic for the 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The meeting will take place from October 21-25 at the Des Moines Marriott, with paper sessions held on Sunday, October 23rd and the poster session on Monday, October 24th. Abstracts that have been accepted for CHLA/MLA Mosaic 2016 will also be considered.

Deadline for abstract submission is April 17, 2016.

Notifications of acceptance will be made by June 29,2016.

Please contact Holly Henderson, holly.henderson@mercy.net or 417-820-3253, with questions.

Instructions:

Abstracts should be kept under 250 words.

Submissions should be sent to Holly Henderson via this online form.

Posters Winners

The results of the judging of this year’s papers and posters:

Research Posters
1st Place
Information Access and State Public Health: Missed Opportunity or Miscommunication
Robert M. Shapiro II, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Teresa McGinley, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Matthew N. Noe, University of Kentucky Medical Center

2nd Place
Determining the Credibility of Health Information: The Perspective of Disability Counselors
Rachel Williams, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Catherine Arnott Smilth, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madision & Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Research Papers

There weren’t any papers awarded this year.

And a special thank you to Bette Sydelko and Deb Werner for their assistance with the judging process.

Congratulations to all awardees and thank you to everyone who contributed a poster and paper this year.

– Chris Childs, the new president of the Midwest Chapter

Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program

For those who missed the exciting announcement at the Chapter’s annual business meeting, this year we are launching a pilot program on a relatively small scale to assist our student and new graduate members as they prepare CVs/resumes and get ready for interviews. This is a great opportunity for those of us in positions where we chair search committees or hire librarians to help these members be well prepared. It’s a wonderful way for our membership to build each other up and does not require attending the annual meeting. The details are below.

Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program

Midwest Chapter is piloting a resume/interview practice program for students and new graduates of library science/information science programs. We are opening the program to up to 10 students or new graduates and recruiting up to 10 mentors to work with them.

Eligibility
Students and new graduates must be active members of Midwest Chapter in good standing. Students are eligible for two years of free, student membership. After that time, regular membership is expected, and is renewed on a calendar year basis (due at the first of the year). “New graduate” will be defined as anyone who has graduated from a library/information science program within the last 5 years but has not yet found a professional position, or a position at the desired professional level, in a health sciences/biomedical library.
Mentors should have approximately 5 years of experience in libraries, with specific experience chairing search committees and/or hiring librarians. Potential mentors with fewer than 5 years’ experience but who have this type of hiring experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Expectations

Students and new graduates will:

  • Complete application by December 15
  • Submit a current CV/resume
  • Initiate contact with mentor within 30 days of receiving mentor’s contact information
  • Mutually schedule two 30-minute phone calls, video chats, or other type of meeting, to first review and receive feedback on the CV/resume, and second, to practice interview questions.
  • Complete meetings with mentors by February 15, 2016.
  • Complete a survey about their experience.

Mentors will:

  • Complete application by December 15
  • Mutually schedule two 30-minute phone calls, video chats, or other type of meeting, to first review and receive feedback on the CV/resume, and second, to practice interview questions.
  • Complete meetings with students/new graduates by February 15, 2016.
  • Use sample interview questions for practice purposes. Supplementing questions with others mentors typically use is also acceptable. It is also acceptable to discuss cover letter composition.
  • Complete a survey about their experience.

This program is not designed to pair students and new graduates with long-term mentors. It is a voluntary short-term partnership to support new library professionals from our chapter. As a voluntary program, Midwest Chapter of MLA can make no guarantees to the quality of the interaction that may take place, but will do our part to insure a pleasant experience. There is no implication or expectation that students or new graduates will receive special consideration for hiring purposes.

Please use the following link to complete an online application: http://go.osu.edu/MCMLAPilot. Students/new graduates: please have an updated CV/resume ready, as the application asks you to upload it.

– Stephanie Schulte, Membership Secretary

Networking at Midwest

I happened to sit with Tiffney Gipson during Sunday’s lunch session. Tiffney is the Clinical Library Intern at the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, which is right here in Louisville, KY. She kindly provided me with directions to the Big Four Bridge. We chatted again during an afternoon break. I talked about my intent to blog for those who were not able to attend the conference. Tiffney said she liked the networking opportunities most, which is especially important for students who are looking fore jobs. She also added that the meeting allowed her to meet people outside her immediate work environment. This is my 3rd Midwest conference, and I could not agree with her more. Reconnecting with friends and colleagues and getting to know new faces has always been the highlight of each of my conferences. For many of us, it seems face-to-face interactions is something that just cannot be replaced with virtual interactions.
Hope to see you all at Iowa in 2016.

Visit the St. James Court Art Show while you’re in town!

Visiting the St. James Court Art Show is a bit of a local tradition here in the city of Louisville.  The St. James Court Art Show is held annually in Old Louisville, a historic preservation district and neighborhood in central Louisville.  This year’s event will be held October 2nd – 4th.  Visit their website to find out more information on hours, directions, and additional visitor information.   http://www.stjamescourtartshow.com/

ONE WEEK AWAY!

We are just one week away from the 2015 MWMLA Conference in Louisville, KY.  Are you ready?  Here are a few things you may want to check off your to-do list before next Friday.

  • Double check your conference registration
  • Have you made transportation arrangements?
  • Have you made hotel reservations?
  • Do you still need a roommate?

Here are a few tips to remember about Louisville.

Finally, we want to thank all those who responded to the call for bloggers.  Want to keep up with the conference on social media?  Use the hashtag #MidwestMLA15 on Facebook and Twitter!

See you next week!