Thank You, and Good Night!

Mary Pat and I just want to say a final “thank you” to everyone who attended the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association here in Cleveland. We had a BLAST and I hope you did too! From those who were “shakin’ their groove thang” on the dance floor with the band InCahootz, to our presenters and keynote speakers: you ALL made the conference a great success! We had a final count of 112 attendees and we had 32 companies or organizations exhibit their wares.  Many of the presentations, paper, and poster abstracts are available on the site, so in case you were busy rockin’ at one event, you can still roll into another one! Just look at the links above to find the content.

The fundraiser ended up bringing in $1,386 and folks voted for the cute little Northern Saw Whet as the owl to represent our chapter. I voted for this little critter too because his wide-eyed stare reminds me of when I attended a Rolling Stones concert years ago . . . not sure if it was the frenzy of the enormous crowd, seeing my 60s rock idols up close live and in person, or the ticket prices, but I can relate to his expression!!

Please be sure to come to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 4-7, 2019 to “Discover, Connect, Collaborate”! This will be a joint meeting of the Midwest Chapter of MLA, WHSLA and SWHSL. The keynote speaker is MK Czerwiec, a nurse who uses comics and graphic medicine to understand and improve patient care. We want to wish the 2019 committee all the best in their planning endeavors.

We are taking our final bow, so, from Cleveland . . . Thank you, and good night!

Greatest Hits, Midwest Chapter/MLA 2018

“Look what you’ve done to this rock ‘n’ roll clown
Look what you’ve done
I don’t want your photograph
I don’t need your photograph
All I’ve got is a photograph
But it’s not enough”

Def Leppard
Steve Clark, Pete Willis, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Robert John “Mutt” Lange

Check out the Facebook album below for the “Greatest Hits” pictures from “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” – Midwest Chapter/MLA 2018 Conference . . .

2019 Rock Hall Nominees!

Now that #MidwestMLA18 is over, keep on rockin’ by voting for the 2019 inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ballot opened on October 9 and will stay open until December.

Read official nominee bios and download curated playlists featuring the recommended discography of each nominee at

Cast your Fan Vote at

Vote for the 2019 Rock Hall Inductees
Vote for the 2019 Rock Hall Inductees

The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees. Fans will need to login to vote.

Watching the clothes go ’round!

“Oh, Saturday night
Mmm, everyone’s having fun
I’m down at the laundromat
Trying to get my washing done
Like I done before
Time and time again
Watching the clothes go ’round
Another week sees its end”

Chrissie Hynde

In the Pretenders’ 1984 song “Watching the Clothes” Chrissie Hynde sang of a waitress spending a Saturday night doing her laundry at the laundromat. Here is a link to the NLM’s video of the inspired Wash & Learn program that took health information to a captive audience at a St. Paul, Minnesota laundromat. This is the video NLM Director Patti Brennan wanted us to watch during her NLM update.


Traveling Wilburys signed guitar
Guitar signed by The Traveling Wilburys, By Andrew King [CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons]
“Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand”

The Traveling Wilburys
Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty

Are you ready to Shake, Rattle, and Roll on in to Cleveland? Here are some last minute, very practical instructions for all you fellow travelers!

Early Check in or Late Check out

The Westin’s standard check in time is 3 p.m. and morning check out time is 12:00 noon. If you need an early check in or late check out, call the Westin at (216) 771-7700. They are very accommodating and will do their best to grant your request. The Westin has a luggage storage room at Guest Services, so you can leave your luggage with them if your room is not ready when you arrive.


Valet parking at The Westin is the best option, at a reduced rate of $20 per day ($24 for overnight), with no charge for ins-and-outs. For all guests who are staying in the hotel, the reduced rate will automatically post to their hotel bills. Daily guests will receive parking vouchers good for the same reduced rate at the registration table. They will hand the voucher to the valet when retrieving their car. For more information, visit the Conference’s Travel Information page.

If you don’t use the valet parking option, the closest self-park option is the Aecom Building lot behind the Westin at 1301 E. 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114. You have to pay Aecom directly and the lot is closed on Sunday, so you can’t get your car out that day.

Other self-parking options are:

Cathedral Plaza Garage – $9
1038 Rockwell Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114

Rockwell Garage – $10
801 Rockwell Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114

Please check any self-parking options to make sure they allow overnight parking and what the rates are during event days.

Special Events

On Friday, October 5, the Cleveland Medical Library Association is hosting “Night at the Museum” at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History at 11000 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106. This is the only conference event that is not within walking distance from The Westin. However, there will be a shuttle bus with room for 85 people from The Westin to the museum. If you must drive, parking is available at Lot 13A at 2060 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH 44106. Other parking options are Lot 29 at 11172 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106 behind Severance Hall, or at the Case Western Reserve University Visitor Information Center parking lot, at 10900 Euclid Avenue. However there is a concert that night as well so parking in the area may be limited.

The Cleveland Browns are playing on Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m. The Cleveland Indians will be playing a playoff series home game on Monday, October 8 as well. Both sports venues are very nearby The Westin, therefore event parking pricing will be in full effect throughout the area on both days.  Event parking can be anywhere from $20-$40 depending on location.

On Sunday, October 7, there will be some road closures around the Westin and Rock Hall area. Please check the map below for Sunday road closures.  The roads in red will be closed starting at 11 a.m. Roads usually re-open an hour after kick off only to close again close to the end of the game. They remain closed for about an hour or so after the game, depending on congestion of pedestrians leaving the stadium.

Be prepared for all roads in the area around our hotel to be congested.  Parking will be at a premium.  There is little accessible parking near the stadium so many people park in lots throughout the city.

Current Cleveland traffic conditions are available at ABC News 5 or Google Maps.

More Conference related travel information is on our Travel Information page.

Jam Session Jammers!

Michael Jackson 1992
Michael Jackson, 1992
It ain’t too much stuff
It ain’t too much
It ain’t too much for me to

Michael Jackson

“Jam” with your colleagues over lunch on a topic of interest!

The Midwest Chapter/MLA annual conference registration form provides the opportunity to select a Jam Session table topic.

Sunday October 7, 2018

Jammers, please be sure to go through the lunch buffet FIRST so discussions can get started on time. Your conference name tag will be marked with a sticker designating you as a “Jammer.” Tables will have signs so you can easily find yours. Questions?  Contact Mary Miles at

For a complete and updated listing of the Jam Sessions, descriptions, and participants, download the Jam Session List.

Jam Session List
PDF of Jam Session List

Shake It Up!

“Uh well, dance all night, play all day – Don’t let nothin’ get in the way!
Dance all night, keep the beat – Don’t you worry ’bout two left feet!
Shake it up, Shake it up, oo yeah, Shake it up, Shake it up!”

Ric Ocasek of The Cars

Shake It Up!

By Ryan Hyde (Flickr: Shake It) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

We’re shaking things up by making some adjustments in the Midwest Conference program. Most of the conference registrations are in now and we have been working out the details of the Jam Sessions on Sunday, October 7th. Please note the following adjustments.

Based on low registration the following three Jam Session tables have been cancelled: Anything Goes, Budget Realities, and Organization Support for Doing & Publishing Research. In addition, the MLA Research Training Institute – One Year In and MLA Research Works in Progress: The MLA RTI Participant Perspective have been merged into one table. Both topics will still be covered. Mark MacEachern will lead the discussion during first 20-25 minutes and Margaret Hoogland and Liz Suelzer will lead the second 20-25 minutes.

Due to their popularity, two topics, Emerging Technology Trends and Systematic Reviews will now have two tables each.

If you are registered for a Jam Session table you should have received an email to discuss these changes. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Miles at

The Sound of Silence

Simon and Garfunkel 1968
By GAC-General Artists Corporation-management and Columbia Records, their recording company (eBayfrontback) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
“And the vision that was planted in my brain still remains within the sound of silence.”
Paul Simon

The Midwest Chapter conference is going to be full of shaking, rattling, and rolling, so start your day with a bit of stillness. Join us in the Eria Room (seventh floor) at 6:30 am on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for mindfulness meditation. No experience necessary and no need to attend them all! We’ll start with a brief introduction to mindfulness, followed by a guided meditation. For more information, contact Jolene Miller,

Sunday Lunch date with Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer (WK) is sponsoring our Sunday “Lunch & Learn” session on October 7 at 1:00 pm . We will see how Ovid’s changing face is adapting for students, clinicians, and researchers. WK is topping off their presentation with an Amazon gift card raffle!


Ovid’s Access Metamorphosis for Students, Clinicians, and Researchers

Presented By

Kathi Granger


Students, clinicians, and researchers’ content needs are rapidly evolving. Whether at the point of care, point of learning, or point of research, Wolters Kluwer is responding to the needs of the healthcare community through an evolution of products and services. In this session Kathi Grainger will explore the different ways users can engage with content with fewer boundaries