Win Exciting Prizes at Merge & Converge in Des Moines!

PrizesWould you like to win some free stuff at the 2016 Joint Meeting? We’ve got the details for you right here.

Attend the reception on Sunday night from 6:00-9:00pm at the Iowa Hall of Pride. There will be door prizes and scavenger hunt prizes, but you must be present to win!

Attend the Tech Forum on Monday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Tech goodies from WT Cox and McGraw Hill Education will be given away to a few lucky attendees, but you must be present to win!

Want to donate to a worthy cause and have the opportunity to win some cash? Purchase tickets for the 50/50 Raffle that will benefit the Midwest Chapter. Look for ticket sellers wearing tags advertising the 50/50 raffle. Tickets can be purchased by anyone!

Make sure you attend your Chapter’s Business meeting on Monday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Both Chapters will be giving out a free MLA membership as well as a free membership to their Chapter. You must be present to win these goodies!

50/50 Raffle: The First Fundraiser to Support Midwest Chapter / MLA Scholarships and Awards

Raffle TicketsDo you want the opportunity to win some cash and support Midwest Chapter scholarships and awards? Participate in the Midwest Chapter 50/50 raffle during the conference! Participation is completely voluntary, but you have to play to win.

Why a fundraiser? The Midwest Chapter is exploring alternate ways, like the 50/50 raffle, to continue to provide scholarships and awards for chapter members.

How does a 50/50 raffle work? Tickets are sold ($1/each; $5/for 6; $10 for 15) and the winner of the raffle drawing gets 50% of the total sales and 50% goes to the Midwest Chapter / MLA.

Who may participate? Everyone is welcome to participate but participation is completely voluntary. If you’d like to participate, please bring singles, fives, or tens. Checks are also welcome.

Where and when will the raffle tickets be sold? The 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold at or near the registration/ hospitality table and by individuals throughout the conference until the raffle drawing. Look for ticket sellers wearing tags advertising the 50/50 raffle.

When is the 50/50 raffle drawing? The drawing will take place during the luncheon on Monday of the conference.

Meet New People and Win Prizes in New Member Bingo!

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The membership committees of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association invite those members attending the joint meeting “Merge & Converge Sixteen in ’16,” in Des Moines, to join in the fun by playing New Member Bingo! All you need to do is to pick-up a bingo card at the registration desk and get the individuals on your bingo card to initial their square. Names of new chapter members and current chapter officers will be printed on the cards. This game is a fun way to meet the new members in our chapters and the new members to meet their officers. We hope you’ll play and turn in your cards for a prize!

CE Classes at Merge & Converge in Des Moines

What are you doing on Saturday, October 22nd?
Why not Merge & Converge in Des Moines, Iowa for a CE class (or two)?
The Joint Meeting of the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters of MLA is going to Merge & Converge in Des Moines on October 22-24, 2016.
The Continuing Education Committee has lined up six classes, with nine great instructors, on six topics requested by you!

Research by Design: Proposing, Planning, and Carrying Out a Research Project for the Practicing Librarian
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Cost: $150
MLA CE credit: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Lorie Kloda, Associate University Librarian for Planning and Community Relations at Concordia University in Montreal.

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE Credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Tony Nguyen, NN/LM SE/A, University of Maryland, Medical Library, Baltimore, MD

Beyond the list: Unpacking the Predatory Publisher
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Catherine Arnott Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library & Information Studies

Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians and Other Stakeholders
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Gwen Wilson, Washburn University, Mabee Library, Topeka, KS and Kristen DeSanto, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Library, Aurora CO

Financial Advocacy: Turning Your Data into Ammunition!
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00
Cost: Free
MLA CE credits: Approved for 3 Contact Hours
Instructors: Betsy Kelly, NN/LM-MCR and Barb Jones, NN/LM-MCR

Innovative Instruction
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Amy Blevins, Indiana University Ruth Lilly Medical Library and Xiaomei Gu, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa.
Full class descriptions are available on the conference website:
http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/continuing-education/
View complete conference information here: http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/

Call for Submissions to the Merge & Converge Tech Forum: Partnering with Technology Champions

Would you like to share your success story for collaborating with technology champions outside of the library?

The Merge & Converge Tech Forum Planning Group is looking for panelists who want to share their IT collaboration success stories as either a “technology therapy” for those of us struggling with new technology initiatives in our institutions or an inspiration to those of us looking for new and exciting ventures. Have you participated in your college’s Learning Management System (LMS), integrated library resources in your hospital’s Electronic Health Record (EHR), collaborated on 3D printing/imaging, Big Data projects, instructional technologies, or other exciting tech projects?

If so, we want to hear from you and (if possible) your non-library technology collaborators! [NOTE: Some funding may be available to defray the cost of attendance for non-library personnel]

The Tech Forum will be taking place on Monday, October 24 from 3:30-5pm central time. The full conference schedule is available at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/schedule/

If you are interested in serving on this panel, please fill out the following form http://goo.gl/forms/QAtfslKYgSoDK34L2 by Monday, August 1, 2016. Submissions should be around 250 words or less. Panelists will be notified of acceptance by September 1, 2016.

Register now! Merge & Converge: Sixteen in ‘16!

Registration is open as of Friday, June 17! The Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association will be held Friday, October 21 through Monday, October 24. Meeting and registration information can be found at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/. Be sure to check out the list of continuing education classes, which will be held on Saturday, October 22.

While you’re registering for the meeting, don’t forget to book your hotel room. The conference hotel is the Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. A block of rooms has been reserved for meeting attendees at the rate of $144 per night, single or double. The last day to book at this rate is September 30. Wireless high-speed internet will be available in guest rooms for $1/night. You can find information about room reservations at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/hotel-and-travel/accommodations/.

It’s not too late to submit a paper or poster abstract! The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to July 8. Notifications of acceptance will be made by August 19. More information and abstract submission instructions can be found at http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/papers-and-posters/.

New paper and poster submission deadline!

Check out the new deadline for paper and poster submissions for 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting. 

The Program Committee invites paper and poster abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

The meeting will take place from October 21-25 at the Des Moines Marriott, with paper sessions held on Sunday, October 23rd and the poster session on Monday, October 24th. Abstracts that have been accepted for CHLA/MLA Mosaic 2016 will also be considered.

Deadline for abstract submission

July 8, 2016

Notifications of acceptance will be made by

August 19, 2016

Please contact Holly Henderson, holly.henderson@mercy.net or 417-820-3253, with questions.

Instructions:

  • Abstracts should be kept under 250 words.
  • Submissions should be sent to Holly Henderson via this online form.

Call For Paper and Poster Abstracts – 2016 Annual Meeting

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2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapters/MLA Annual Meeting

Call For Paper and Poster Abstracts 

The Program Committee invites paper and poster abstract submissions on any health sciences topic for the 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The meeting will take place from October 21-25 at the Des Moines Marriott, with paper sessions held on Sunday, October 23rd and the poster session on Monday, October 24th. Abstracts that have been accepted for CHLA/MLA Mosaic 2016 will also be considered.

Deadline for abstract submission is April 17, 2016.

Notifications of acceptance will be made by June 29,2016.

Please contact Holly Henderson, holly.henderson@mercy.net or 417-820-3253, with questions.

Instructions:

Abstracts should be kept under 250 words.

Submissions should be sent to Holly Henderson via this online form.

Posters Winners

The results of the judging of this year’s papers and posters:

Research Posters
1st Place
Information Access and State Public Health: Missed Opportunity or Miscommunication
Robert M. Shapiro II, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Teresa McGinley, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Matthew N. Noe, University of Kentucky Medical Center

2nd Place
Determining the Credibility of Health Information: The Perspective of Disability Counselors
Rachel Williams, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Catherine Arnott Smilth, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madision & Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Research Papers

There weren’t any papers awarded this year.

And a special thank you to Bette Sydelko and Deb Werner for their assistance with the judging process.

Congratulations to all awardees and thank you to everyone who contributed a poster and paper this year.

– Chris Childs, the new president of the Midwest Chapter

Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program

For those who missed the exciting announcement at the Chapter’s annual business meeting, this year we are launching a pilot program on a relatively small scale to assist our student and new graduate members as they prepare CVs/resumes and get ready for interviews. This is a great opportunity for those of us in positions where we chair search committees or hire librarians to help these members be well prepared. It’s a wonderful way for our membership to build each other up and does not require attending the annual meeting. The details are below.

Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program

Midwest Chapter is piloting a resume/interview practice program for students and new graduates of library science/information science programs. We are opening the program to up to 10 students or new graduates and recruiting up to 10 mentors to work with them.

Eligibility
Students and new graduates must be active members of Midwest Chapter in good standing. Students are eligible for two years of free, student membership. After that time, regular membership is expected, and is renewed on a calendar year basis (due at the first of the year). “New graduate” will be defined as anyone who has graduated from a library/information science program within the last 5 years but has not yet found a professional position, or a position at the desired professional level, in a health sciences/biomedical library.
Mentors should have approximately 5 years of experience in libraries, with specific experience chairing search committees and/or hiring librarians. Potential mentors with fewer than 5 years’ experience but who have this type of hiring experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Expectations

Students and new graduates will:

  • Complete application by December 15
  • Submit a current CV/resume
  • Initiate contact with mentor within 30 days of receiving mentor’s contact information
  • Mutually schedule two 30-minute phone calls, video chats, or other type of meeting, to first review and receive feedback on the CV/resume, and second, to practice interview questions.
  • Complete meetings with mentors by February 15, 2016.
  • Complete a survey about their experience.

Mentors will:

  • Complete application by December 15
  • Mutually schedule two 30-minute phone calls, video chats, or other type of meeting, to first review and receive feedback on the CV/resume, and second, to practice interview questions.
  • Complete meetings with students/new graduates by February 15, 2016.
  • Use sample interview questions for practice purposes. Supplementing questions with others mentors typically use is also acceptable. It is also acceptable to discuss cover letter composition.
  • Complete a survey about their experience.

This program is not designed to pair students and new graduates with long-term mentors. It is a voluntary short-term partnership to support new library professionals from our chapter. As a voluntary program, Midwest Chapter of MLA can make no guarantees to the quality of the interaction that may take place, but will do our part to insure a pleasant experience. There is no implication or expectation that students or new graduates will receive special consideration for hiring purposes.

Please use the following link to complete an online application: http://go.osu.edu/MCMLAPilot. Students/new graduates: please have an updated CV/resume ready, as the application asks you to upload it.

– Stephanie Schulte, Membership Secretary