Submitted by Debra Werner, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2017
Congratulations to the Midwest Chapter! We have won the 2017 Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year Award. Our Chapter will be honored at the President’s Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 30th at MLA’17 in Seattle. I hope some of you will be able to attend to help celebrate the Midwest Chapter.
Our Chapter’s project, Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program, was conceived of and implemented by Chapter Membership Secretary, Stephanie Schulte. Andrea Kepsel and Emily Johnson contributed by providing feedback on the program’s evaluation results. The program matched students and recent graduates of library or information science programs with librarians who have experience chairing search or hiring committees. The librarians provided feedback on the mentees’ resumes/CVs and prepared them for interviews. Read Immediate Past President, Chris Child’s, July 2016 MIDLINE article for more details about the program. The pilot program is continuing; the most recent call for volunteers for the program went out last December. Thank you to everyone who participated in this pilot program and helped make it a success!
Have you started a program that provides value to colleagues, future health sciences librarians, or members of your community? If so, consider taking your program to the Chapter level—you may have already created the next Project of the Year! Contact me if you’d like to discuss expanding your program to include Chapter colleagues. And if you have an idea for a Chapter project that you haven’t yet implemented, I’d like to hear about it, too!