Midwest Chapter Awards

Chapter Sharing Roundtables "Free Lunch" Awards

Covers the ticket cost for two Chapter members per year to attend the Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables Luncheon at the MLA Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting Grant

Supports the attendance of librarians and library staff at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting. Two $500 awards with free, full conference registration are available each year.

First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant

Supports the first-time attendance of Midwest Chapter members at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting. Two $500 awards with free full conference registration are available each year.

Student Annual Meeting Grant

Supports the attendance of library science students at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting. Two $500 awards with free full conference registration are available each year.

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 commemorative plaque and $500.

Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award

Recognizes individuals, groups, libraries, or organizations for their creative approaches to the delivery and management of health information. The winner receives a certificate of recognition and $500.

Research Awards

Beginning with the 2012 Annual Chapter Meeting, the Chapter will grant awards to the primary author of the best research paper and the best research poster presentations. Monetary awards total $300 for papers (1st place $200, 2nd place $100), and total $200 for posters (1st place $125, 2nd place $75). Honorary mentions receive no monetary award.

Awards are presented at the discretion of the Professional Practice Committee; all awards may or may not be presented at any given Annual Meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for consideration for a Research Award, the papers and posters must meet the following criteria:

  • Selected for presentation at Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting
  • Indicated on email submission of application to research presentation awards judging
  • One author must be a Midwest Chapter member
  • One author must be present at the paper/poster presentation
  • Judging Criteria

Judging

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.