Magic Carpet Ride!

Did someone say, “Magic Carpet Ride?!”

Not really, but close!  Join your friends and colleagues for a one hour, fully narrated city sightseeing tour on Cleveland’s iconic Lolly the Trolley. Let Lolly show you how “Cleveland Rocks!”  The tours are on Saturday, October 6th.  There is a 10 am – 11 am morning tour or a 2 pm – 3 pm afternoon tour.  Take a ½ day CE class and still have time to see Cleveland.  There is no walking required once you have boarded the trolley.  Sights include:

  • The Flats & Cuyahoga River area
  • Downtown & Public Square
  • North Coast Harbor
  • The Warehouse District
  • Ohio City & the West Side Market
  • Gateway Sports Complex with the “Q” & Progressive Field
  • By special request, the World’s Largest Outdoor Chandelier at Playhouse Square

You will be picked up and returned to The Westin on the E. 6th Street side. See the conference registration form for ticket purchase!

If you arrive on Friday or Saturday, consider purchasing tickets for Lolly the Trolley, while registering for the conference!

Walk This Way!

Join us for “Walk This Way” morning walks! See historic landmarks and other popular sites around Cleveland with a different route each morning.  Meet in The Westin lobby at 6 am.  Walking begins promptly at 6:05am. We will be walking just under 2 miles for 45-50 min at approximately 2.4mi/hr.  Not an overly fast pace, but not a sightseeing stroll either.

Sat Oct 6: E. 9th St. to Prospect
Sun Oct 7: E. 9th St. to Huron
Mon Oct 8: North Coast Harbor
Feel free to walk only as much of the route as you like! 

Maps will be available as PDFs and as print copies at the conference Hospitality Table.

So take a big chance and Walk this Way!

For more information contact: Mary Miles at or Marilia Antunez at

Need Your Accepted Poster Printed?

Don’t want the hassle of travelling with your poster? The Cleveland Clinic Medical Art and Photography Department can print your accepted poster (on fabric or poster paper) for $40 and have it delivered to the hotel.

Simply go to, click the sign up button, fill in the necessary contact information, and upload your poster file (accepted formats are: PPT or PDF). The posters will be printed in the official size for the meeting , which is 48”x36”. Payment should be made with a credit card (ignore pay with Lawson Account). You must submit your poster no later than 12 noon on Friday 9/28/18 for it to be printed, no exceptions.

* Note if you have two posters accepted please use a different author name for each poster.

“Jam” with your colleagues over lunch!

Michelle Kraft jammin'
Michelle Kraft jammin’

On Sunday October 7, 2018, you can “Jam” with your colleagues over lunch on a topic of interest! The conference registration form provides the opportunity to select a Jam Session table topic. Take a look at the list of topics below and find one you’d like to discuss with your colleagues. Interested in being a Jam Session table topic moderator? When you register for the conference and choose a topic, 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 Edith Starbuck at

Jam Session Table Topics:

  1. Budget realities – discuss making the most of your budget situation; share successes in getting funding for specific initiatives
  2. Data mining and/or data management – does your organization have data mining or data management initiatives and how involved are librarians with these initiatives?
  3. Emerging library technology trends – is this equally relevant for hospital and academic librarians and how to keep up
  4. Evidence Based Practice/best practices for library operations – purchasing, collection development, staffing, service models, etc.
  5. Integration into your organization – are you fully integrated or considered ancillary support? Do you serve in additional capacities beyond the library?
  6. MLA Research Training Institute One Year In – faculty member Mark MacEachern leads a discussion about the RTI experience with a look toward the future.
  7. Organization support for doing and publishing research – discuss expectations, support, and fitting it into the work schedule.
  8. Research data based outreach initiatives – does your institution partner with other institutions to do local outreach based on patient and neighborhood data? Does the library play a role in these initiatives?
  9. Research Works in Progress: the MLA RTI Participant Perspective – Margaret Hoogland and Liz Suelzer will lead an informal discussion about your plans or ideas for library-related research projects and will share their current RTI research topics.
  10. Systematic reviews – discuss management, authorship, challenges, rewards
  11. Anything goes – suggest a topic and have fun

For a printable list of options, click Jam Sessions.

Come to CLE to “Shake, Rattle, and Roll!”

The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association and the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association invite you to attend the 2018 Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on October 5th through the 8th, 2018. Leave your business suits and dress pants at home, wear your jeans and favorite band or concert t-shirts! The conference theme is Shake, Rattle & Roll and we are ready to “shake up some old ideas, rattle some new cages, and roll with the good times.”

Welcome to Cleveland Video!

So come to Cleveland, the Heart of Rock & Roll, and get ready for . . .

Registration is Open!

The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association and the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association invite you to attend the 2018 Annual Conference. Leave your business suits and dress pants at home, wear your jeans and favorite band or concert t-shirts! The conference theme is Shake, Rattle & Roll and we are ready to “shake up some old ideas, rattle some new cages, and roll with the good times.”

So come to Cleveland, the Heart of Rock & Roll, and get ready for . . .

So Much to Do in Cleveland!

This is Cleveland is the official website of Destination Cleveland, a private non-profit convention and visitors bureau. Destination Cleveland’s mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Cleveland through memorable leisure, convention and business travel experiences.

Destination Cleveland has a great “Show Your Badge” Program which offers special discounts to meetings and convention attendees to make your experience in Cleveland all the more enjoyable. To participate, simply show your convention badge to any of the participating partners listed and receive their exclusive offer. All offers are valid within the 2018 calendar year and are subject to certain restrictions. For more information on many great places to go, eat, and shop – check out the complete listing of participating partners.

Registration Opens April 14, 2018!

Mark your calendars! April 14, 2018! #MidwestMLA18 Conference Registration opens coinciding with the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony!

2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

There will be a variety of registration options, a medley of jam sessions, continuing education opportunities, exciting special events, and so much more! Let’s Shake, Rattle and Roll #MidwestMLA18!

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Get Ready to SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL!

Hey, Mary Pat Harnegie and Mary Schleicher here. We are medical librarians at the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library. We are the 2018 Midwest Chapter/MLA Co-chairs of the Ohio meeting in Cleveland, OH.  Cleveland is the birthplace of Rock & Roll and home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The 2018 Midwest Chapter/MLA planning committee is listening to the heartbeat of Midwest medical librarians and we have found an awesome discovery.  That heart wants to Shake, Rattle and Roll…

“Shake Up Some Old Ideas, Rattle Some New Cages, and Roll with the Good times.”

We want to send out some good vibrations….and some excitations. The 2018 meeting  site is the Westin Hotel in downtown Cleveland, and the date is October 5-8, 2018.  Our keynote speakers – Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, new director of NLM,  and Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, Librarian extraordinaire, come with messages to address new vistas like big data, precision medicine, and ways to thrive in your work-life balance.   Discussion panels will examine new aspects of medical education and technology gadgetry.

Downtown Cleveland has a lot to offer.  We are within walking distance to Lake Erie, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lake Science Center, the Q and the Cleveland Cavs basketball, Progressive Field and American League champion Cleveland Indians baseball, Playhouse Square and its 5 theaters of Broadway plays and live theater.

If you are a foodie, Cleveland is the place to be!  The restaurants and street food are amazing!

You have to come to see it to believe it! The West Side Market, University Circle and Cleveland Metroparks are waiting for your presence.

The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association invites you to Cleveland in 2018 to SHAKE, RATTLE and ROLL!