Hello, Midwest Chapter/MLA! I’m honored to serve as the President of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association this year alongside our dedicated Executive Board and countless member volunteers. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or ideas for our association!
I made the same offer at the Annual Business Meeting and ended up fielding questions much sooner than anticipated. Mere hours after the transfer of the gavel, a TSA officer questioned me about our association as she examined the gavel and block from my carry-on luggage. As she passed them back to me, she expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the important work we do as health sciences librarians. I felt a surge of pride in our profession that I hope to pass along to all of you.
I want to thank everyone who contributed to making the 2019 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a success. From the inaugural Research Retreat facilitated by Margaret Hoogland to the closing CE course “Finding Leadership and Management Opportunities Where You Are” by Stewart Brower, the conference was engaging and fostered connections amongst attendees! As you may recall, this was the first annual meeting led by standing Midwest/MLA committees in addition to Conference Committees of persons in the host state. Special thanks to Annual Meetings Committee chairs, Clare Liebfarth (outgoing) and Liz Weinfurter (incoming); Professional Practice Committee chair, Angela Tucker; and 2019 Conference co-chairs, Karen Hanus and Brenda Fay.
In the coming year, I will work with the Executive Board to continue our progress toward re-establishing sufficient financial reserves. These efforts include the Fundraising Committee, which was approved as a Standing Committee at the August 2019 Executive Board meeting, and the implementation of the membership dues increase that was approved at the October 7, 2019, Midwest Chapter Business Meeting by a majority vote of the members present. Starting with the 2020 membership year, Regular Membership dues for the Midwest Chapter/MLA will be raised from $30 to $40.
Another goal for my presidential year is to lead the Executive Board in reviewing the Midwest Chapter/MLA Procedure Manual. Officers and Committee Chairs will review our documentation to ensure our practices are aligned with the manual and also reflect the Chapter’s needs. This review and the resulting discussions at Board meetings will keep our Chapter vibrant and facilitate smooth transitions as future leaders and volunteers take on new roles.
I hope to connect with you at the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting October 3-5, 2020, in Bloomington, Indiana!
Submitted by Emily C. Ginier, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2020