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.

Discover Milwaukee: Explore the Harley-Davidson Museum

“Why would I visit a place dedicated to Harley-Davidson motorcycles? I don’t even like motorcycles!”

Exploring Milwaukee won’t be complete without a sojourn to the iconic museum. More than just an excursion of sentiment for motorcycle fans, the Harley Davidson Museum is an experience in American history.

Photo Credit: Harley Davidson Museum Website

Walking through the park-like 20 acres in downtown Milwaukee, the Harley Davidson Museum is filled with classic, even legendary, machines, including the Harley owned by Elvis and the oldest
known Harley Davidson Motorcycle in existence (Serial #1). As a visitor, you’ll see an unparalleled collection of motorcycles and memorabilia like a private archive that offers tours. There are layers of advertisements from different eras for the graphic design geeks. And truly, the highlight for many is the Experience Gallery, where visitors can choose from a diverse collection of bikes to touch, admire, and pose for photos on.

The campus, in addition to the rich cultural experience of the museum, also includes a café, restaurant, and retail store, as well as a manicured outdoor space.

The Sunday evening social event for our Midwest MLA Chapter Conference will be dinner and exploration of the museum. Extra tickets are available for purchase to bring along a guest for dinner. All dinner attendees will receive an additional complimentary ticket to the Harley Davidson Museum to return and investigate at their leisure.

MLA ’19 Elevate in Chicago


Make tracks to Chicago from May 3–8, 2019! The theme of the meeting, “Elevate,” is derived from Chicago’s iconic elevated (the “L” or “El”) transit system. The “L” is one of the oldest, most extensive rapid transit systems in the country and was voted one of the seven wonders of Chicago. We hope that, like the “L,” MLA ’19 will elevate the profession and deliver you to the destination you seek, be it learning, service, partnership, fun, or friendship.

See more and register at https://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1429.

“Make it your Own” Research Retreat

New Saturday Session

In this first ever Midwest Chapter/MLA Research Retreat, we aim to give our library colleagues a chance to focus on their research interests. This retreat is for those who want to get started in conducting research, for those who are in the middle of their own projects, and for seasoned researchers who want to share their experiences and knowledge. Regardless of where you are in the research continuum, we invite you to join us in this dedicated and distraction free space to move forward on existing projects or begin new ones.

Morning and afternoon sessions will be available. These sessions will provide an opportunity for you to consult with colleagues to:

  • explore the literature for new articles or to support an existing research project
  • troubleshoot your methods with fellow participants
  • design your research timeline
  • begin preparing your Institutional Review Board proposal
  • put together figures and charts
  • work on writing up your results

We will be recruiting people to speak on various topics. If you have experience in research and would like to be a moderator for one of the retreat sessions, please contact Margaret Hoogland. Fellows from the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) are encouraged to participate.

MIDLINE Fall 2018 Available

The Fall 2018 MIDLINE is now available. This issue introduces our new President, Merle Rosenzweig, and provides a great overview of the 2018 conference.

I would like to thank our two new MIDLINE editors, Liz Lyman and Joyce McFadden, for their hard work in getting the 2018 issue so quickly. I would also like to thank Jennifer Herron, who recently stepped down as MIDLINE editor, for all her hard work for the last few years.

-Elizabeth Huggins, Chair of the Communications Committee