Fall 2021 Issue 160

We are happy to present the Fall 2021 issue of MIDLINE. Thanks to everyone who submitted articles for this edition. We have reports on the annual conference held in partnership with Midcontinental Chapter MLA in October, a cute new owl logo that will be used for fundraising swag by our chapter, research awards, a highlight of two new chapter members, and we have a formal strategic plan to guide our chapter in the years ahead!

We hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season!
Liz Lyman and Joyce McFadden, MIDLINE co-editors

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Annual Conference Report

After last year’s joint annual conference with the Midcontinental Chapter (MCMLA) – which, in a miracle of planning, was pulled off in just a few months – how could we, the 4 co-chairs of the 2021 conference, do better? I hope that we did! Once again COVID-19 made sure that we could meet only virtually. Thankfully, the Bloomington venue again agreed to move our dates forward, this time to October 2022, with no financial penalty.

This time we were able to collaborate with MCMLA on planning the conference from the beginning (6 months, not 3). Along with our committee chairs and committee members, we worked steadily throughout the spring, summer, and fall, sending out requests for participation (posters, papers, and lightning rounds) and to design the conference logo, discovering and solving problems with technology, creating a series of events to inspire more interaction with exhibitors in the virtual space and multiple levels of sponsorship, and so much more!. We decided to keep the cost of registration low as we did last year – $25 – and extended the invitation beyond the membership of our two chapters.

I’ll admit to having a bit more anxiety this October than I did several years ago when I was a co-chair for a previous Midwest conference – it really is different doing everything virtually. But we got through the planning, including the excellent series of presentations, 2 free CEs, the exhibitor events, and the keynote addresses by Nisha Mody and Ashley Ritter without any major hitches. People even came to our virtual social hours – Sam Hansen’s Barista Basics was especially fun. Another innovation at this conference was our use of live transcription (CART) for the two keynotes.

Because the virtual conference was more economical, more people were able to attend, though the number was down a bit from last year. This year, 224 people registered (last year, it was 249). In comparison, in 2016, when the chapters held an in-person combined meeting, attendance was 147. We also attracted people from outside our chapters – not surprisingly, money does make a difference. The accounting for the conference hasn’t been finalized quite yet, but Midwest Chapter should make several thousand dollars in profit.

We’re still working to make the recordings from the conference available to attendees, and the final report is being prepared. All of the co-chairs are happy with how well things went. We benefited so much from the experiences of those who created last year’s conference and expect to learn a lot from the evaluations from this year’s event. While next year’s conference will be in-person, we are looking at ways to create a virtual component in coming years. Watch this space (MIDLINE!) for more news on that front.

Krista Jacobson (my partner-in-crime co-chair for Midwest) and I were so amazed and appreciative of our Midwest Chapter colleagues, who stepped up to help organize all of the moving parts that make up an annual conference, and who worked long and hard to make it a success. They collaborated with members of MCMLA, turned on a dime to make things happen as necessary, and were a pleasure to work with. Based on our experience, we can highly recommend participating in a planning committee (minor slip ups and occasional panic attacks aside)!

Submitted by Carol Shannon, Co-Chair, Joint Midcontinental/Midwest Chapter MLA 2021 Annual Conference

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Something to Hoot About

Whoo has a new logo? None other than the Midwest Chapter of MLA!
In the spring of 2021, the Fundraising Committee solicited designs for a new owl logo for the chapter. Several amazing designs were submitted by chapter members.

In summer 2021, members voted on the designs. The winning logo (featured here) was designed by Riley J. Samuelson from Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. Thank you to each of the members who submitted logo designs. And thank you to you—our membership—for choosing the new logo.

It seems now that this little bird needs a name, don’t you think? Stay tuned for more details!

Submitted by Margaret Hoogland

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Updates from the Midwest Fundraising Committee

In 2021, the committee focused on creating short- and long-term goals, contributing to the Midwest Chapter Strategic Plan, hosting a Chapter Owl Logo contest, creating a Donation Honor Roll, and finalizing the destination of fundraising proceeds. We will soon post short- and long-term goals on the committee website. We encourage you to read through them and share ideas and suggestions by emailing fundraising@midwestmla.org.

Midwest Chapter members donated $781 this year! The Awards and Scholarships committee received $551 and the Financial Hardship Fund received $230. This information and the inaugural Donation Honor Roll will be posted to the committee website by the end of 2021. We thank you for supporting our members through your generous donations!

For 2022, the committee is planning a new virtual fundraising activity. We are also excited to host the Silent Auction at the Midwest Chapter Conference in Bloomington, Indiana. Please consider this the official first call for 2022 Silent Auction donations. So, get those clever, crafty, and creative ideas going.

We thank you for your generosity and hope to see many of you in Bloomington, Indiana, on October 8-10, 2022!

Happy Holidays,
The Midwest Chapter Fundraising Committee
Submitted by Margaret Hoogland

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Midwest Chapter Research Awards 2021

The Professional Practice Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Research Awards. The names in bold are current chapter members.

Exploring the Expectations and Preferences of Users in Regards to Health Sciences Library Subject Guides. Anna Biszaha, The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library. [First-time Chapter Presenter]

Honorable mention
Cyberchondria and online health information seeking: A scoping review. Amber T. Burtis, MLIS, MPH, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Susan M. Howell, MLS.

Lightning Talk
Conceptualizing Information Literacy Curricula in the Health Sciences: Preliminary Results of a Scoping Review. Devon Olson, Megan Denis, Shannon Yarborough, Sandi L. Bates, Montanna Barnett, Erika Johnson, and Jessica Gilbert Redman, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. [First-time Chapter Presenter]

Physician Assistant Student Perceptions of Evidence-Based Medicine Resources. Brittany R. Heer, MLIS, Butler University Libraries; Chris Roman, MA, MMS, PA-C, Butler University, Department of Physician Assistant Studies; Chris Gillette, PhD, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Physician Assistant Studies; M. Jane McDaniel, MS, MLS(ASCP)SC. [First-time Chapter Presenter]

Additionally, I would like to offer my thanks to the members of the Professional Practice Committee for their service. Despite our tight timeline, their evaluations were thoughtful and thorough. The committee members are: Brenda Fay, AHIP; Eileen Severson; Bette Sydelko, AHIP; Mary K Taylor, AHIP; and Jennie E Ver Steeg, AHIP.

Submitted by Dawn Hackman, AHIP, Professional Practice Committee chair

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Announcing the Midwest Chapter Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025

The Midwest Chapter/MLA recently concluded our strategic planning process, and we are pleased to announce a new strategic plan to guide our chapter for the next three years.

The planning process began in April 2021 with a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis, and concluded on Sept. 14, 2021, with a 3-hour virtual retreat, open to all chapter members, where we finalized the goals and deliverables for our strategic plan. The plan could not have come into fruition without the valuable contributions of the 2021 Executive Board, Committee Chairs, and the Chapter members who took part in the SWOT analysis and the open forums.

The plan focuses on four key areas: leadership, professional development, annual meetings, and fund raising. Each goal has four or five deliverables to be worked on over the next three years, as noted below.

Midwest Chapter Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025

Goal: Recruit, train, and retain leaders, in order to:

  • Provide perspective for incoming leaders with clear expectations of their leadership role and how much time and effort the role will entail.
  • Create an inclusive, welcoming leadership team.
  • Give incoming leaders the training and support to be successful in their roles.

Goal: Build opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and professional development, in order to:

  • Foster lifelong learning and the development of health science information professionals.
  • Provide added value to being a member of the chapter.

Goal: Reimagine and reinvigorate Annual Meetings, in order to:

  • Meet the needs of all Chapter members and offer equal opportunity for annual meeting participation.
  • Provide low-cost and alternative methods for engaging in annual meetings and continuing education for those who do not have the resources or capacity to travel.
  • Compete with other professional associations that offer virtual meetings.
  • Ensure the success of relationships with vendors and members in different meeting environments.

Goal: Establish funding structures for Chapter awards and scholarships, in order to:

  • Provide a monetary way to support and reward research and scholarship for Chapter members.
  • Ensure the success of the newly created Fundraising Committee.

Submitted by Liz Suelzer

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Highlighting New Chapter Members

We’re reintroducing our highlight of new chapter members this issue! Each quarter, we hope to introduce some of our newest members. This issue, we’re highlighting Kristen Burroughs and Gina Schlesselman-Tarango.

Kristen Burroughs

Kristen Burroughs lives near Kansas City and is pursuing her MLIS at Emporia State University. She has twelve years of experience in healthcare and has been a registered nurse for nine. She currently works as a nurse in a Kansas City hospital, and as a customer service associate in a local public library system. She has a special interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in health sciences.

Gina Schlesselman-Tarango

Gina Schlesselman-Tarango (she/her) joined Des Moines University in August 2021 in the role of Librarian and Associate Professor. Previously, she was the Coordinator of Library Instruction at California State University, San Bernardino, and she continues to play an active role in the development of the Framework for Information Literacy for Sociology, a companion document to the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Her research interests include peer-to-peer library engagement, race and gender in LIS, and reproductive labor and health. She hopes to network with and gain valuable ideas and insight from other health sciences librarians through her work with the Midwest Chapter of MLA.

Welcome to our newest members!

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