President’s Message

Submitted by Debra Werner, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2017 

Happy late spring Midwest Chapter members!  I wouldn’t be a Midwesterner if I didn’t comment on the weather, and even though we are still in the final days of spring, it feels like full-on summer has arrived.

Back in the cold, rainy days of early spring, your Chapter Board held a long, virtual meeting to discuss finances, fundraising, annual meetings, awards, communication, and so much more.  I was happy to announce at that meeting the latest appointed officer, Megan Keller-Young, Instructor & Special Collections Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as our new Archivist.  Welcome Megan!

Around the same time of the virtual Board meeting, on yet another cold and rainy day, our Chapter’s Annual Report was submitted to MLA Headquarters.  Here are some of the highlights:

Executive Summary:

The focus of the Midwest Chapter in 2016/2017 is to strengthen Midwest Chapter’s finances after having lost considerable savings to an unscrupulous vendor.   The Chapter implemented many cost-cutting measures and initiated fundraising activities.  These efforts, coupled with a highly successful 2016 Annual Meeting partnership with the Midcontinental Chapter, have stabilized the situation and the Chapter is beginning to restoring its financial health.  The Chapter is migrating to a new, more attractive website, scheduled to be completed this fall.  Finally, the Midwest Chapter is the proud recipient of the Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year Award for its Resume/Interview Practice Program.


  1. Strengthen Midwest Chapter’s finances.
  2. Migrate to new website to improve online experience of Chapter members by organizing content in intuitive fashion, removing content that is no longer relevant, etc.
  3. Review the Chapter’s annual meetings and recommend changes to their planning and execution in order to increase year-to-year continuity and planning effectiveness.

Your Chapter Board and Committees are hard at work accomplishing these goals!  You will hear more about these goals in the near future.  As always, if you have ideas or input that you’d like to provide, please contact me.  You can read the full Annual Report at:

Finally, it was great to see so many Midwest Chapter members at MLA’17 in Seattle where the weather was picture perfect.  I hope to see even more of you at the Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting, October 13 – 16 in Ypsilanti, Michigan!  The meeting, held jointly with the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA) is at the lovely Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.  Read more about the meeting and register at:

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