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Joint Meeting of the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters of MLA
Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Two MLA chapters. Sixteen states. One spectacular meeting.
Friday, October 21, 2016 through Monday, October 24, 2016
Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa


Monday, October 24, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Do you struggle with new technology initiatives in your medical library? Do you need inspiration for getting new and exciting technology ventures off the ground? Then this is the presentation for you. Three of our own health librarians will share narratives of technology projects they implemented in collaboration with non-library partners. Each librarian will describe her innovative project sharing the positive and the not-so-positive moments which ultimately led to a successful technology outcome. A moderated question and answer period will follow. Please join us for an enlightening forum.


Jennifer Herron
Jennifer Herron

Jennifer Herron is the Emerging Technologies Librarian for the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine. Jennifer graduated with her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2012 and completed her degree online, letting her test out a variety of education technology tools while learning the ins and outs of library science. Her library formed a unique partnership with the Informatics department which has helped yield new and exciting projects outside of 3D printing that include 3D modeling and design.



Jean New
Jean Shipman

Jean P. Shipman is Director, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, the MidContinental Region and National Training Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; and Director for Information Transfer, Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah and served as president of the Medical Library Association for 2006 – 2007. Her professional interests are: health literacy, scholarly communications, library administration, innovation and LEAN. Her library formed an inter-professional working group to establish a hospital app bar where patients and visitors learn and test-drive vetted apps and wearables.



Liz Fine Weinfurter
Liz Fine Weinfurter

Liz Fine Weinfurter is an Associate Librarian and liaison to the School of Nursing and the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. She also serves as Teaching & Learning Coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Health Sciences Libraries. The Libraries at the University of Minnesota partnered with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to offer fully automated and professional HD video recording spaces, 1:Button Studios, in the libraries.