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 7th. 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.”

Discover the History of Milwaukee’s VA

We’re so excited to bring you a new program on local history for this year’s Discover Connect Collaborate conference. Janice Curnes, VA medical librarian, will give us an overview of the Milwaukee VA, an institution rich with history both local and national.

The Milwaukee VA is one of the original three “Old Soldiers Homes”. Established in 1867, Milwaukee VA is in its 152nd year of outstanding veteran care. The grounds are rich in history and show the transition of care. Also, the VA has rich history of libraries, the original Soldiers Homes had free standing libraries and librarians. Join us for our Sunday, October 6 lunch presentation: Out at the Soldiers Home : a brief history of the Northwest Branch of National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

Jan has been the medical librarian at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for 29 years. In addition to her duties as medical librarian, Jan has charge of overseeing the medical center archives which are housed in the library and various historic displays throughout the medical center. The rich history of caring for veterans at one of the first Old Soldiers Homes appeals to Jan who has a BA in history.

Over the years, the Library Service was instrumental in creating the Historic Milwaukee VA walking tour and the internal history website. The Library service has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Health Administration)  historian, National Trust for Historic Preservation and The National Park Service documenting the rich history of the Milwaukee VA. The Milwaukee VA celebrated 150 year of caring for veterans in 2017.

Janice Curnes, MLS

Registration is Open

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We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting is open for registration! Discover, Connect, and Collaborate in Milwaukee this fall.

If you are coming to the conference, consider submitting a paper or poster to share with colleagues. Papers and posters that were submitted to and/or presented at the 2019 Medical Library Association annual meeting in Chicago are welcome.

Submit your abstract online. The deadline for submission is July 26, 2019.

We are looking forward to seeing you this fall!

New this year – free CE opportunity on Monday afternoon

Are you looking for opportunities to show off your leadership skills? Curious about servant leadership? Then join us on Monday afternoon for a free  – yes, free! – continuing education class. Stewart Brower, Director of the Schusterman Library at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, will present a two-hour CE course, Finding Leadership and Management Opportunities Where you Are, on Monday, October 7, at 2 pm. The class is included with your full registration, so be sure to schedule your journey home for late afternoon or early evening – you won’t want to miss this opportunity!

Librarians who wish to advance in their careers are often told to show that they can lead, but they aren’t always given the opportunity to do so. In this course, attendees will be given the opportunity to assess their own leadership skills. This self-assessment, utilizing the Four Frames of Leadership proposed by Bolman and Deal, will allow attendees to better know their own strengths and weaknesses as potential leaders. Discussion about the daily activities of librarians will help uncover leadership and management opportunities in the workplace, and participants will document areas of their work where leadership might be demonstrated. The class will then transition into an examination of Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership model and Spears’ ten characteristics of servant leaders. Finally, a series of real-world case studies will be presented and discussed, to help participants learn how to apply servant leadership to their own work lives. At the end of the class, attendees who are present and want to receive MLA credit will receive a code to redeem on MEDLIB-ED.

Thank you to  WHSLA, Wisconsin Health Science Library Association, for sponsoring this CE opportunity. 

Call for Papers & Posters

The 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting planning committee is now accepting abstracts for poster and paper presentations.

Call for Posters and Papers. Midwest Chapter MLA Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, WI Oct. 4-7 2019

Submit your poster and paper and paper abstracts so that others can discover and learn about your innovative programs and research findings. Presenting at a conference is a great way to connect with your colleagues. Your presentation may lead to opportunities to collaborate with your colleagues in the Midwest.

Papers and posters that were submitted to and/or presented at the 2019 Medical Library Association annual meeting in Chicago are welcome.

Submit your abstract online. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2019.

Registration for Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 is open.