Conference Program

Midwest Chapter/MLA 2018 Conference Program

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Midwest Chapter/MLA 2018 Conference Program

On behalf of the Planning Committee we want to welcome you to the 2018 Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. When my co-chair Mary Pat Harnegie walked into my cubicle over two years ago and said we needed to come up with a theme for the conference, it wasn’t too hard to settle on “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” When I am in another city and mention I am from Cleveland, a frequent response is,

“Hey, isn’t that where the Rock Hall is?” or “Cleveland! Home of Rock n’ Roll!”

I knew we had to build our conference around that idea. Within ten minutes of sending an invitation to Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan to be one of our keynote speakers, we got a positive response – written ALL IN CAPS – directly from her! We knew we had someone who was a mover and a shaker to head up our conference…and our theme was coming to life. Dr. Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine and a Registered Nurse, will speak to us about Precision Medicine and the growing role of the librarian. Our other keynote speaker is Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, an experienced public librarian who will share with us how to maintain that work/life balance so many of us find challenging.

Get your groove on with an early morning walk or meditation session. Want to find out what’s shakin’ in Emerging Technology or Innovative Instruction? Need to know more about Open Science or how to Think Like a Doctor? Ever wonder what “A Day in the Life” of a Rock Hall librarian is like? You’ve got a backstage pass to exciting panel discussions, posters, papers, lunchtime Jam Sessions and Continuing Education classes, as well as updates from the NLM, MLA and GMR. Don’t forget to visit with our vendors and support our Silent Auction fundraiser for Midwest MLA scholarships. Each evening has its own headlining act planned. And of course we hope you get a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the one-and-only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, conveniently located within walking distance of the Westin Hotel. In 1967 Buffalo Springfield sang, “There’s something happening here…” and we echo that refrain for our 2018 meeting; we hope you take in all that the conference and Cleveland has to offer! So get ready to Shake, Rattle and Roll in the city where it all started, and WELCOME to Cleveland!

Mary Pat Harnegie and Mary Schleicher
2018 Conference Co-Chairs