Midwest MLA 2019 Paper & Poster winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Midwest MLA 2019 Paper & Poster awards!

Research Poster Awards


 Measuring the Impact of a Systematic Review Service
Authors: Jennifer DeBerg, Heather Healy, Matthew Regan, Chris Childs; Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa Libraries

Honorable Mention

The expectations, priorities, and preferences of students with disabilities when seeking  accessibility information on academic library websites
Author: Amelia Brunskill; University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Paper Awards


Still feeling the effects: a citation analysis of the highly cited, retracted article on MMR vaccines and autism
Authors: Elizabeth Suelzer, Jennifer Deal, Karen Hanus, Barbara Ruggeri, Rita Sieracki, Elizabeth Witkowski; Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Advocate Aurora, Carroll University

Honorable Mention

How are researchers documenting their day-to-day activities?
Authors: Merle Rosenzweig, Marci Brandenburg, Scott Martin, Leena Lalwanim, Mark MacEachern, Yulia Sefvryugina; Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan

Welcome to Milwaukee!

Your Hospitality Team is made of local Midwest Chapter, WHSLA and SWHSL members who are excited to show off Milwaukee to you!  A member of our team will be located at the registration booth during the conference and we will all be wearing green buttons, so flag us down with any questions/concerns about Milwaukee or our hospitality events.   The weather forecast calls for upper 50’s and low 60’s and some rain during the conference, so please plan accordingly. It can be just as windy downtown as the Windy City to our South.

Our optional walk to Oktoberfest on Saturday evening at 7:15 pm will take place even if moderately raining.  Those interested can gather in the Hyatt lobby. There are a number of restaurants along the way and at the district so you can choose to dine indoors. We will plan to walk to Pere Marquette Park to take in some of the Oktoberfest events there, and then depending on weather and group consensus continue up Old World Third Street to the Fiserv Forum to experience the “Fear District”.  We do have maps available for those who prefer to walk directly to the “Fear District”.  You can obtain those at the hospitality/registration booth.

Your hospitality team:

Eric Harding
Eric Harding
Rita Mitchell
Rita Mitchell
Deborah Ruck
Deborah Ruck
Barb Ruggeri
Barb Ruggeri
Liz Witkowski
Liz Witkowski

Pack Your Bags!

The Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual meeting is less than a week away!

Here are some suggestions on what to pack:

Bring layers

Milwaukee went from 56 degrees to 85 degrees this past Sunday to Monday. According to the weather service, it will feel like fall this weekend with temperatures around 50-60 degrees. It’s usually a little cooler and windier downtown due to the proximity to the lake.

Be casual

As in past years, this is a “jeans and khakis” conference. Wear what feels comfortable, whether that be your favorite weekend jeans, or your more standard business casual attire. The social events are all casual affairs. Continue reading “Pack Your Bags!”

Sunday Night, October 6th, Social Event – Dinner and Exploration of the Harley-Davidson Museum

The Sunday evening social event for our Midwest MLA Chapter Conference will be dinner and exploration of the Harley- Davidson Museum. Gather at the 3rd Street entrance to the Hyatt Regency Lobby at 5:20 pm to board the shuttles.  Shuttles will depart at 5:30 to take you to the museum.  At 6:00 pm our food stations will open in the Rumble Room.  You will be free to discover the museum and the gift shop at any time.

Harley-Davidson Museum
Photo credit: Visit Milwaukee

Want to take it easy and just connect with friends?  We will have a Milwaukee themed crossword puzzle available for collaboration.

Dress Code: Be casual, jeans encouraged!

The Experience gallery in the museum features motorcycles of various sizes that you are encouraged to touch, sit on and photograph.  At 8:00 pm the shuttles will return to take you back to the Hyatt.

Opening Reception Saturday, October 5 & Walk to Oktoberfest/”Fear District”

The Hospitality committee invites you to our opening reception to meet our exhibitors.  The reception will be held in the Regency Ballroom on 2nd floor of the Hyatt from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Light appetizers will be served.  Your first drink is complimentary and you may purchase additional beverages if you wish.  Casual attire/jeans are appropriate.

Dinner after the reception is on your own.

At 7:10 pm from the main Hyatt Lobby, those interested can walk with the hospitality committee to explore Oktoberfest at the Fiserv Form plaza known as the Deer District.  There are many restaurants along the walk and around the plaza. The walk is approximately a third of a mile north from the Hyatt on either Old World 3rd Street or Vel A. Phillips (4th street) Avenue.  A map to the district is provided in your registration folder.  In addition to the classic German celebration of Oktoberfest, the Deer District will be transformed into the “Fear District” for Halloween. Haunted house tour tickets are available for purchase online or at the Fiserv Forum ticket office.

Dr. Getzin to Join the Social Determinants of Health Panel Discussion

We are pleased to announce that Anne Getzin, MD, will be joining our panel discussion “Social Determinants of Health: From the Patient to the Community and Beyond.”

Anne Getzin, MDAnne Getzin, MD is a family physician with AdvocateAurora Health, a not-for-profit health care system. Her roles include providing full spectrum primary care with low risk obstetrics and is medical director for the Aurora Midtown Health Center. She is teaching faculty in the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program and an adjunct clinical professor in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
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Silent Auction at the 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference

Raise Scholarship Funds for the Midwest Chapter/MLA

See you soon at the annual conference in Milwaukee!  Check out the silent auction items including several new donations.  Learn more about the owl painting purchased on Mackinac Island and donated to the auction.

If you prefer to donate directly to the scholarship fund, we welcome online donations any time or in-person (by check).

  • Use the Midwest MLA online donation form
  • Fill in the form
  • In the Comment field, please state that this is a donation to the scholarship fund. Feel free to specify a specific scholarship or award.

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Come for the Conference, Stay for the Scenery

Now that we’ve convinced you to come to Wisconsin for the Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 Annual Meeting , why not spend a few extra days discovering all that our state has to offer. Here are some of our recommendations:

Wisconsin Dells

Kalahari Resort Waterparks
Photo: Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

If waterparks are your thing, you’ve got to check out Wisconsin Dells. The Dells has more waterparks per capita than anywhere else on the planet! And there’s no need to worry about the weather – indoor waterparks were pioneered in Wisconsin Dells. Wisconsin Dells is located about 2 hours northwest of Milwaukee.

Door County

Located on the thumb of Wisconsin, Door County is peninsula that is bordered by miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and where you will find islands, small cities and lighthouses. Door County is a popular get away for nature lovers, small town explorers and those looking for a romantic getaway. Door County is located about 2 hours north of Milwaukee. Continue reading “Come for the Conference, Stay for the Scenery”