Summer 2019 Issue 152

We hope you are all enjoying your summer! This August issue is full of information about the upcoming Midwest Chapter / MLA annual conference – available CE’s, what to do and see in Milwaukee, how to support the chapter’s fundraising activities at the conference, and news about awards and recognition. There is an important proposal from the Executive Board, an introduction of our new chapter archivist, and updates on member accomplishments.

Our next issue will be posted November 15, with a submission deadline of October 31. We hope to receive all kinds of articles about the conference!

See you in Milwaukee!  Liz Lyman and Joyce McFadden

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Register now for the 2019 Annual Meeting, and don’t miss out on the high-quality CE courses

Registration is open for Midwest Chapter/MLA & WHSLA & SWHSL Annual Meeting

Registration is open for the Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 Annual Meeting. Join us in Milwaukee to Discover, Connect and Collaborate with your colleagues from around the Midwest. Conference highlights include a keynote address from MK Czerwiec, aka the Comic Nurse, a panel discussion from local community health experts about social determinants of health, and a social event at Milwaukee’s own Harley-Davidson Museum

As you prepare to register for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, don’t forget to explore the great slate of CE courses we have lined up. CE courses will be held on Saturday, October 5, and offer 3 or 4 MLA CE credits.

Continuing Education Courses

Discover…scoping reviews and reliable publishing

Connect…with your local community

Collaborate…with partnerships and copyright

Don’t forget about our free CE class on Monday, Finding Leadership and Management Opportunities Where You Are . It’s included with your registration.

For complete course and instructor information, visit the meeting website and/or follow us on Facebook. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Milwaukee!

~2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA Planning Committee

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Proposal to Increase Membership Dues

The Midwest Chapter/MLA Executive Board is proposing a dues increase from $30 to $40 for Midwest Chapter/MLA membership.  The dues increase will be up for a vote by the chapter membership at the Annual Business Meeting to be held at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday, October 7, 2019.  If approved, Chapter membership dues will increase starting with the 2020 membership year.

The Midwest Chapter/MLA’s financial reserves were depleted several years ago due to a situation with the event registration service provider we were using. The company was engaging in unethical practices that resulted in a bankruptcy of the company*. They owed us approximately $17,000 and despite efforts to recover the funds through legal action, we remain one of the company’s creditors.  Since then, the Midwest Chapter/MLA has been engaging in efforts to reestablish an adequate financial reserve.  A dues increase is part of the plan to enable our organization to have an adequate financial reserve to run our normal operations as a vibrant chapter and allow us to offer awards and opportunities for professional development and networking at the annual conference.

*From 2015 Annual Business Meeting Minutes in Louisville, KY

“Acteva is the registration program we were using for conferences since 2011. There was a lag in getting payments in 2012. At one point we were looking at Acteva owing the Chapter $17K and put all our legal ducks in a row in 2013. We were number 5 in line (many other organizations also suing Acteva). In June 2015, San Francisco lawyers were waiting for Acteva guy to show up in court, and he still didn’t show up in late September. We asked the lawyers would our lawsuit still be viable IF Aceteva guy turns up–still waiting to hear. Chapter has done everything we could on our end.”

Submitted by Merle Rosenzweig

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The 2019 Midwest Chapter Fundraiser wants YOU!


Raise Scholarship Funds at the 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7, 2019.

Last year, YOU did an awesome job collaborating with the Fundraising Committee to raise funds for a good cause!  

When and how did you raise funds?

You donated beautifully hand-made items including an owl cowl, pillow with book pocket, handwoven baskets, and more, as well as other great items like jewelry, gift cards, and beer with assorted accoutrements for use in a silent auction. You also voted to select the humble Northern Saw Whet owl to represent the Midwest MLA Chapter. Finally, your bids raised a total of almost $1,400!

What did you raise funds for, you ask?

Your generous donations and bids funded scholarships to assist hard-working information professionals, like yourself, in attending the 2019 Midwest Chapter / MLA conference and more!

On behalf of the Fundraising Committee, I would like to thank you for your help and support. 

Now, let’s build on that success! 


Donate to the silent auction by August 27.

  • Register your donation by contacting Anna Liss or Edith by August 27. It can be as simple as saying, “I will donate a/n ____.” (Please note: if you would like to donate a car, yacht, or small to medium-sized island, it is of vital importance that you state that it is for Anna Liss only.)
  • Then, please send a photo and description of the auction item by September 3. 
  • Lastly, please bring the donated item to the 2019 Midwest Chapter / MLA conference, send it with a colleague, or mail it to a committee member. 

Also! Bid on an owl painting! Bid on an owl painting purchased on Mackinac Island and donated to the silent auction.  Learn more about it.

Or donate directly to the scholarship committee online or in person!

More details to come!  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to the Fundraising Committee.

Once again, we would like to thank you! And on that note, please feel free to view a brief, cute owl video.

Fundraising Committee:

Chair: Edith Starbuck,; 

Margaret Hoogland, ; Anna Liss Jacobsen, ; Nicole Theis-Mahon,; and Beth Whipple,

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News from the Awards and Scholarships Committee

The current Awards and Scholarships Committee of the Midwest Chapter has been busy meeting about our upcoming awards and evaluating the excellent applications and nominations we’ve received. With Jackie Freeman chairing, members LaTeesa James, Eileen Severson, Donald Pearson and Merete Christianson are happy to announce the following winners:

  • Our First Time Attendee award winner is Simon Robins, Reference Librarian at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. Mr. Robins is a new professional and new to the Midwest  Chapter, and with this award will be attending and participating in the Midwest MLA Chapter Conference for the first time this October. 
  • Our Annual Meeting grant winner is Vivian McCallum, User Services Librarian at Case Western Reserve University Health Sciences Library in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ms. McCallum is an active member of the Midwest Chapter, currently serving on the Exhibits Committee. This award will allow her to attend the October conference.

In addition to these two awards, we will be awarding the Distinguished Librarian of the Year award at the conference. Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Merete Christianson, on behalf of the Awards & Scholarships Committee

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Introducing Our New Archivist

Chase Masters

Meet Chase Masters, the Chapter’s new Archivist. Chase is the Enabling Technologies Informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) of the University of Michigan (U-M). Chase received his Bachelor of Science degree in Technology – Visual Communication Technology (College of Technology) and his Master of Education degree – Learning Design & Development (Graduate College), both from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. 

In his position at THSL, Chase’s responsibilities include managing technology projects and resources, consulting with faculty to effectively incorporate technology into their curriculum, supervising staff, serving on the management team, and identifying and building partnerships with instructional technology units throughout the U-M community.

Chase became the new Archivist for Midwest Chapter/MLA in late 2018. In this role, he is transitioning the archives to an all-digital format. All new materials will be preserved using the online Box service and will be organized using folders, tags, and additional descriptions. All text files will be searchable, and a drop box has been developed for easy uploading. This new method will enable items to be quickly located and shared upon request; the holdings will be regularly backed up so Midwest Chapter/MLA’s important files will not be lost.

Submitted by Merle Rosenzweig

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Midwest Well-Represented for a Second Year at MLA Research Training Institute

Midwest region representation, L-R: Mark MacEachern, Katherine Orze, Rachel Hinrichs, Jennifer Westrick, Laura Menard, Sandy McCarthy, Mary Pat Harnegie, Jolene Miller

The Medical Library Association recently kicked off its second Research Training Institute (RTI). Like last year (See the article in the most recent past issue of MIDLINE at, the Midwest Chapter is home to five of the 2019 fellows:

  • Mary Pat Harnegie, AHIP, South Pointe Medical Library, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH
  • Rachel Hinrichs, AHIP, University Library, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis IN
  • Laura Menard, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University, Indianapolis IN
  • Jolene Miller, AHIP, Mulford Health Science Library, University of Toledo OH
  • Katherine Orze, Health Sciences Library, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL

Fellow biographies can be found on the RTI web page:

The RTI started with a very warm, week-long session in July at the UIC Library of the Health Sciences. Twenty fellows gathered with five experienced librarian researchers to learn about and explore the research process: developing a strong research question and identification of theoretical frameworks; selecting the best research design and collecting and analyzing data; and finally discussing how to disseminate research results and track their impact. The Institute will continue over the next year, with regular contact between fellows and research mentors, culminating in presentations at MLA’20. 

The on-site week was a great start to the year-long experience, allowing fellows to immerse themselves in research and getting to know one another. Special thanks to Susan Lessick, Director of the RTI, and RTI faculty Lorie Kloda, Jodi Philbrick, Sally Gore, Mark MacEachern, and Emily Vardell. For more information about the Research Training Institute, see MLANET: 

Submitted by Jolene Miller

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The Committee for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health is pleased to announce that ten librarians will receive Sewell Stipends to participate in the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association this year.

  • Stephanie Barrett, University of Rochester
  • Barbara Harvey, Grand Valley State University
  • Carol Howe, Haverford College
  • Elizabeth Huggins, Loyola University Chicago
  • Amanpreet Kaur, University of Pennsylvania
  • Christian Minter, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Erin Seger, University of Pittsburgh HSLS and National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region
  • Nedelina Tchangalova, University of Maryland Libraries – College Park
  • Kathleen Turner, Drexel University
  • Michelle Zafron, University at Buffalo

Learn about Dr. Winifred Sewell and the Sewell Stipend at

Thank you to all of the 2019 applicants. Thanks also to the committee:

  • Kate Nyhan (Chair), Yale University
  • Emily Glenn, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Allison Howard, University of South Florida 
  • Alicia Livinski, National Institutes of Health Library 
  • Lara Sapp, James Madison University

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Minnesota Reflections

Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN, has recently added new content to our collection in the Minnesota Digital Library’s database of digitized cultural heritage materials, Minnesota Reflections. Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) was founded as a chiropractic college in 1941 before adding programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, massage therapy, undergraduate-level sciences, and nutrition, starting in 1999. Our Minnesota Reflections collection documents the history of our school and the history of chiropractic in Minnesota, including photographs from other early 20th century Minnesota chiropractic colleges. NWHSU’s collection can be found at and is also available through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Minnesota Reflections

Submitted by Monica Howell

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