Discover the Historic Central Library

If you are in Milwaukee on a Saturday afternoon, don’t miss out on the chance to take a free tour of Central Library, the main branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. The library is located just 1/2 mile away from the hotel and it is an architectural wonder.

Free tours of the Central Library with the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library begin at 11 a.m. each Saturday morning in the rotunda.  No reservations are required.

Location:  814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233

Milwaukee Public Library interior lobby and ceiling 2012

The original structure is built of Bedford limestone in the French and Italian Renaissance styles.  Several additions have been added over the years.  Central Library was designated a landmark by the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission in 1982 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The building opened to the public on October 3, 1898.


Friday Fish Fry: A Wisconsin Cultural Tradition

This culinary Wisconsin tradition can prompt any number of debates – what type of fish is served (Cod, bluegill, perch, walleye, and others), the batter, the slaw, rye bread, potato pancakes – you name it, Wisconsinites will talk about it!  The hospitality team is here to the rescue.  Here is the nitty gritty on some of the best Milwaukee Fish Fries.

Fish fry
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Discover Milwaukee – A Visual Delight!

Lovers of art, nature, architecture and just plain kitsch can enjoy many beautiful sights in Milwaukee, just a short distance from our conference location.

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Lake Michigan Beaches & Parks

While October may be a bit too cold for using the beach, the “Third Coast” offers many opportunities to view the jewel of Milwaukee—beautiful Lake Michigan.  Walk along the paved sidewalk from Veterans Park at the lakefront and take in the views of the water as well as enjoy the skyline.  The War Memorial, the Art Museum and Discovery World are also along this path.

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N Art Museum Dr, 53202

A work of art inside and out! Three buildings designed by legends Eero Saarinen, David Kahler and Santiago Calatrava house forty galleries of art.  Highlights of the collection include American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art and one of the largest collections of pieces from Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keefe.

Nares: Moves is the first retrospective exhibit on the contemporary New York-based artist James Nares (b. 1953) and it runs through October 6, 2019.

Don’t have time to view the art inside?  The famous Calatrava Brise Soleil is a masterpiece of its own.  Catch the Burke Brise Soleil, a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan, which unfolds and folds twice daily. Continue reading “Discover Milwaukee – A Visual Delight!”

Continuing Education Opportunities at Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 Annual Meeting

As you get ready to register for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, don’t forget to explore the great slate of CE courses we have lined up.

Discover…scoping reviews and reliable publishing

Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019Need to learn more about scoping reviews? Join us for Scoping Reviews: The What, Why, and How for Librarians. Discover the niche that scoping reviews fill within the world of scholarly research and the role that librarians can play in their creation. Be sure to bring your laptop for the in-class activities.

Does open access publishing have you wondering what’s reliable and what’s not? Register for Questionable Versus Reliable? Navigating the Biomedical Scholarly Publishing Landscape and acquire the knowledge and resources you’ll need to make the evaluation of these journals more straightforward.

Connect…with your local community

Looking for a way to connect with your local community and support first responders, health professionals, and the public during emergencies? Or to define the role of your library as a community resource during small and large disasters? You’ll find the answers and an action plan in Libraries as a Disaster Recovery Resource: How to Make a Difference and Libraries as a Disaster Recovery Resource: Take Action. You can take either or both classes, and the classes can be applied to the MLA Disaster Information Specialization.

Collaborate…with partnerships and copyright

Want to learn strategies for building partnerships that lead to collaborative projects in academic and hospital settings? Sign up for Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians, and other Stakeholders and leave with an action plan that fits you.

Does everyone turn to you for copyright questions? Learn how to formulate best practices for copyright risk management and develop educations plans for your organization when you register for Copyright Skills as Risk Management Tools: The Librarian’s Role.

CE courses will be held on Saturday, October 5, and offer 3 or 4 MLA CE credits. And don’t forget about our free CE class on Monday, Finding Leadership and Management Opportunities Where You Are – it’s included with your registration.

For complete course and instructor information, visit the meeting website. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Milwaukee!

Discover the History of Milwaukee’s VA

We’re so excited to bring you a new program on local history for this year’s Discover Connect Collaborate conference. Janice Curnes, VA medical librarian, will give us an overview of the Milwaukee VA, an institution rich with history both local and national.

The Milwaukee VA is one of the original three “Old Soldiers Homes”. Established in 1867, Milwaukee VA is in its 152nd year of outstanding veteran care. The grounds are rich in history and show the transition of care. Also, the VA has rich history of libraries, the original Soldiers Homes had free standing libraries and librarians. Join us for our Sunday, October 6 lunch presentation: Out at the Soldiers Home : a brief history of the Northwest Branch of National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soliders
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Janice Curnes, MLS
Janice Curnes, MLS

Jan has been the medical librarian at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for 29 years. In addition to her duties as medical librarian, Jan has charge of overseeing the medical center archives which are housed in the library and various historic displays throughout the medical center. The rich history of caring for veterans at one of the first Old Soldiers Homes appeals to Jan who has a BA in history.

Over the years, the Library Service was instrumental in creating the Historic Milwaukee VA walking tour and the internal history website. The Library service has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Health Administration)  historian, National Trust for Historic Preservation and The National Park Service documenting the rich history of the Milwaukee VA. The Milwaukee VA celebrated 150 year of caring for veterans in 2017.

Janice Curnes, MLS

Just Around the Corner: Milwaukee’s Historic Old World Third Street

Old World Third Street, once the heart of Milwaukee’s German community, occupies three city blocks in the northwest part of Milwaukee’s Central Business District. There are 15 buildings in the district that represent the period of commercial development in Milwaukee from 1858 to 1910.  In most cases the buildings have retained their original architectural character above the first-floor level. It contains retail shops, offices, restaurants, bars, and the Milwaukee Historical Society.

Old and New and the Fiserv Forum
Old World Third St. and the new Fiserv Forum
Old World Third Street
Usinger’s, Spice House and Wisconsin Cheese mart and Über Tap Room

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Use Visit Milwaukee to plan your trip this fall

Use Visit Milwaukee to plan your trip to Milwaukee this fall! Find recommendations for things to do, places to eat and breweries to visit.

Learn more about how to get around Milwaukee – whether it be by bike, bus, ride share, streetcar or walking.

You can even create a customized itinerary with links to events, restaurants and hotels.

Visit Milwaukee Trip Planner

If you are interested in exploring places near the Hyatt Regency, view the Westown neighborhood pages.

Registration is Open

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We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting is open for registration! Discover, Connect, and Collaborate in Milwaukee this fall.

If you are coming to the conference, consider submitting a paper or poster to share with colleagues. Papers and posters that were submitted to and/or presented at the 2019 Medical Library Association annual meeting in Chicago are welcome.

Submit your abstract online. The deadline for submission is July 26, 2019.

We are looking forward to seeing you this fall!

New this year – free CE opportunity on Monday afternoon

Stuart BrowerAre you looking for opportunities to show off your leadership skills? Curious about servant leadership? Then join us on Monday afternoon for a free  – yes, free! – continuing education class. Stewart Brower, Director of the Schusterman Library at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, will present a two-hour CE course, Finding Leadership and Management Opportunities Where you Are, on Monday, October 7, at 2 pm. The class is included with your full registration, so be sure to schedule your journey home for late afternoon or early evening – you won’t want to miss this opportunity!

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Enjoy Milwaukee’s Oktoberfest during the Conference!

The Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks, is just a few blocks away from our conference hotel. The plaza outside the Forum will be hosting the 10th Annual Milwaukee Oktoberfest, October 4-6.

Enjoy German American culture with brats, beer, polka, and entertainment!

Following the vender reception on Saturday night, those interested can walk with the hospitality committee to explore Oktoberfest or visit one of the many restaurants nearby.