Graphic Medicine: A nod to our Sunday Keynote

Superheros, villains, and fantastical characters are all well represented in comics. But what about us regular folks, where do we show up? One of those areas of comics and graphic novels is the growing genre of graphic medicine.

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First used by Dr. Ian Williams, himself a practicing physician and comic artist, in the late 2000’s, graphic medicine aims to draw back the veil at the “intersection of comics and healthcare”. It’s about you and me. More specifically it deals with the health issues we face from infertility to cancer and Parkinson’s disease. It deals with aging and having to put our parents in nursing homes, and it tells stories of nurses, doctors, and other health care providers learning how to cope with the ups and downs of taking care of others. It deals with the nitty gritty of an abusive family and sudden death of a child.

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“Make it your Own” Research Retreat

New Saturday Session

In this first ever Midwest Chapter/MLA Research Retreat, we aim to give our library colleagues a chance to focus on their research interests. This retreat is for those who want to get started in conducting research, for those who are in the middle of their own projects, and for seasoned researchers who want to share their experiences and knowledge. Regardless of where you are in the research continuum, we invite you to join us in this dedicated and distraction free space to move forward on existing projects or begin new ones.

Morning and afternoon sessions will be available. These sessions will provide an opportunity for you to consult with colleagues to:

  • explore the literature for new articles or to support an existing research project
  • troubleshoot your methods with fellow participants
  • design your research timeline
  • begin preparing your Institutional Review Board proposal
  • put together figures and charts
  • work on writing up your results

We will be recruiting people to speak on various topics. If you have experience in research and would like to be a moderator for one of the retreat sessions, please contact Margaret Hoogland.  Fellows from the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) are encouraged to participate.