Submitted by Karen L. Hanus, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2018
Hello, Midwest Chapter/MLA! I’m pleased to serve as the President of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association this year. I hope to make a lot of new connections with you as we collaborate in different ways. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns or suggestions for our association!
I want to thank the planners of the 2017 Annual Meeting in Ypsilanti, MI. I always think of planning an annual meeting like a Thanksgiving dinner which takes days of planning and preparation usually by one or two people and it’s consumed in 30 minutes by a hungry crowd. Similarly, planning an annual meeting is a big job and takes months for a few days of programming. But, the preparation and planning on the part of a small number of dedicated people resulted in a wonderful experience for dozens of people at the event! So, thank you for your time and energy in planning our conference!
And speaking of Annual Meetings, I’d like to bring to your attention some changes that we’ll be working on in the upcoming year related to meeting planning. A special committee charged with studying the planning of the chapter’s annual meetings has recommended changes to our current practices. Currently, annual meetings are largely planned by persons in the host city or state. We’ll be transitioning away from that model and toward a model where much of the planning and execution will be carried out by standing Midwest Chapter/MLA committees. The first conference to be planned under the new model will be the 2019 meeting in Milwaukee, WI. I will be working with our standing Annual Meetings Committee and the board and committee chairs to restructure our committees to accommodate these changes. Thank you all for your support and help as we carry out this initiative. And thanks to the special Annual Meetings Committee members, Clare Liebfarth and Bette Sydelko (co-chairs), Deb Lauseng, and Liz Fine Weinfurter, for their thoughtful consideration and creative ideas.
On one last annual meeting note, budget time is just around the corner for many of us. Don’t forget to budget for attendance at the Midwest Chapter/MLA annual meeting October 5-8, 2018 in Cleveland, OH. I hope to Shake, Rattle, and Roll together with all of you!
Have a healthy and prosperous 2018!