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.

Planning for the Future!

We are looking forward to seeing you this October in Milwaukee at the Midwest Chapter/MLA, WHSLA, and SWHSL 2019 Annual Meeting! But did you know that we’re hard at work planning our 2020 and 2021 meetings?

Our 2020 meeting will be held in Bloomington, Indiana on October 3-5 at the Monroe Convention Center. Our co-hosts will be the Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association. Mark your calendars now!

Midwest Chapter Annual Meetings Committee members are working with our neighbors the Midcontinental Chapter/MLA on a joint meeting in 2021. Our tentative plan is to meet in early October in Kansas City. Stay tuned for details!

Have any questions about upcoming Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meetings? Ask Annual Meetings Committee Chair Clare Leibfarth!

Social determinants of health – a preview of our Monday panel discussion

A recent quick search for “social determinants of health” in PubMed yielded over 6700 results, 80% published within the last 5 years. From reducing tobacco-related health disparities to understanding outcomes for patients with Type II diabetes, researchers and clinicians are paying more attention to social, economic, and geographic factors that influence our health.

How are social determinants of health defined? A 2019 Journal of the American College of Radiology article 1 writes about them this way:

“The social determinants of health have garnered particular attention more recently, centering on the premise that patients’ zip codes may be a better predictor of their life expectancy than their genetic code. This is based on longstanding research that demonstrates the impact that low socioeconomic status, food and housing instability, transportation difficulties, violence, racism, limited educational opportunities, and an unhealthy environment—among others—has on quality and quantity of life. These factors undoubtedly impact a patient’s ability to prioritize, access, afford, or complete imaging services, whether preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic.”

Our 2019 conference panel, Social Determinants of Health: From the Patient to the Community and Beyond, brings together three different perspectives on this emerging health care focus. Dr. Nancy Smuckler, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will share her research on the effects of poverty on individual health. Biostatistician Kayla Heslin, a researcher at the Center for Urban Population Health, will highlight her work on zip code and community health research and assessment. Finally, Associate Researcher Kate Konkle, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will highlight their work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

The panel discussion will be held Monday, October 7 from 9:00-10:30 am in the Regency Ballroom.

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Brenda Fay, Advocate Aurora Health Library Network 2019 Conference co-chair

1. Betancourt JR, Tan-McGrory A, Flores E, Lopez D. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Radiology: A Call to Action. Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR. 2019;16(4 Pt B):547-553.

MLA Chapter Council Special Election

We are conducting a special election to elect our Representatives to the MLA Chapter Council. Those elected will take office in May 2019. Only Midwest Chapter/MLA members who are also MLA members are eligible to vote in this special election.

Please vote at:
https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8vNIgw4J6dn7xzL

The ballot will remain open through Monday, April 22nd.

We will hold our regular election later this summer. If you are interested in becoming a candidate for an elected office, please contact Karen Hanus, Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee.