Award Winning Midwest Chapter Members

Yes, a lot of business was conducted at this year’s Annual Business Meeting. But the highlight has to be the awards!

Most exciting is the revelation of the Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award winner. Drumroll please! Our 2012 winner is Donna Barbour-Talley, MINNESOTA librarian extraordinaire! This year, capping a long career of service to the chapter and the profession, Donna served along with Michael Homan as the co-chair of the annual chapter conference. Watch for a story about Distinguished Librarian Donna in the upcoming issue of MIDLINE, the Midwest Chapter newsletter.

Also watch for essays in MIDLINE from Annual Meeting Scholarship winners Emily Ginier and Patricia Smith and from Professional Development Award winners Marcia Francis and Erin Kerby.

Suzanne Earle was the winner of the Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award for her work on the development of the End-of-Life Library at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. This special library “…provides the professional and lay communities with knowledge regarding palliative care and end-of-life issues.”

New this year were the Research Awards presented by the Professional Practice Committee. These cash awards judged on study design, validity, reliability, presentation, and implications for library and information research were awarded to posters and papers reporting research results. The first place Research Poster Award was given to Ryan Rafferty for “Discovering the Impact of Library Instruction on First-Year Medical Students.” Second place was a tie between Barbara Gushrowski for “Building Competence: Self- and Peer-Evaluation of Information Resources by First-Year Dental Students in Problem-Based Curriculum” and Elizabeth Moreton for “Testing the Soil: Benchmarking the Information Literacy Skills of Nursing Students Performing Evidence-Based Research.” Two Honorable Mention Research Paper Awards were given to Mark Wentz and Melissa Rethlefsen for “The Significance of Disambiguated Authors in an Institutional Publication Database” and to Xiaomei Gu, Shawn Averkamp, Nicole Saylor, and Linda Walton for “Developing and Administering a Campus-wide Survey: A First Step in Assessing Data Management Needs.”

Congratulations all!

This Fall’s Executive Board Meeting

Update: The Executive Board meeting agenda and reports are now available for your review on the chapter website here.

Each year the Executive Board of the Midwest Chapter/MLA kicks off the annual conference activities, holding their fall meeting on the Friday before the conference begins. President Janna Lawrence has been hard at work for the last several weeks working with the board members, compiling their reports and drafting the agenda for the board meeting. I’ve seen the agenda and it is jam-packed. This year the board will be meeting on Friday, October 5 in the Legion Suite at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Yes, that does seem like a long meeting, but in my experience the time just flies! The Midwest Chapter is one busy association, working hard to benefit the chapter members. The board will be wrapping up a productive membership year under Janna’s leadership and charting out the year ahead during which now President-Elect Kathy Schilling will be at the helm.

ALL Midwest Chapter/MLA members are welcome to attend the Executive Board meetings. If you would like to attend the Executive Board meeting next week, R.S.V.P. to President Janna Lawrence!

Midwest Chapter @ MLA ’12

Are YOU going to MLA ’12 in Seattle? I will not be there…but that is not going to keep me from participating! I registered for the e-Conference which is “the next best thing to being there.” Online content will be “close to live” with streaming video of the big events available within 24 hours. With my e-registration, I am able to use the online scheduler, so I searched to see what our chapter members will be doing during the meeting. The Midwest Chapter/MLA will be well-represented at this year’s annual MLA meeting. I’m looking forward to watching our chapter members’ presentations on video (synchronized with their PowerPoint slides even) and looking at their posters online.

Here is a list of chapter members who will be presenting sessions and/or posters at this year’s meeting:

SESSION PRESENTERS:

Amy Blevins
Cracker Jack Instruction: Creating, Implementing and Managing a No-Budget Online Continuing Education Course
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 619/620

Pamela S. Bradigan
Librarians Leading Knowledge Management
5/21/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 602/603

Katherine V. Chew
Determining Your Lineup Card: Implementing a Demand-Driven Acquisition Program within a Large Academic Institution
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 612

Nadia Lalla
Windup and the Pitch: Delivering Instruction Using Videos
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 619/620

Beth Layton
You Can Observe a Lot Just By Watching: Building a Comprehensive Copyright Program
5/21/2012 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Room : 615/616

Theory and Practice à la Yogi Berra: The Interprofessional Education of Medical and Pharmacy Students in Evidence-Based Medicine
5/21/2012 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM Room : 612

The Research Ironman: Collaboration, Outreach, and Evidence-Based Mental Health
5/21/2012 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Room : 619/620

Margaret Moutseous
Using Librarians in Experiential Learning in Evidence-Based Practice Education
5/21/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 611

Carol A. Powell
Librarians Teaching Critical Appraisal: Assessment of Evidence-Based Medicine Competency of Fourth-Year Medical Students Using an Adapted Fresno Test-Based Exercise
5/20/2012 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Room : 613/614

Gurpreet Rana
Strengthening Research Capacity and Addressing Global Health Challenges: A Librarian’s Perspective
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 602/603

Melissa Rethlefsen
Cracker Jack Instruction: Creating, Implementing and Managing a No-Budget Online Continuing Education Course
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 619/620

Stephanie J. Schulte
Librarians Teaching Critical Appraisal: Assessment of Evidence-Based Medicine Competency of Fourth-Year Medical Students Using an Adapted Fresno Test-Based Exercise
5/20/2012 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Room : 613/614

Carol Shannon
Windup and the Pitch: Delivering Instruction Using Videos
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 619/620

Nicole R. Theis-Mahon
Determining Your Lineup Card: Implementing a Demand-Driven Acquisition Program within a Large Academic Institution
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 612

Kelly Thormodson
Improving Our Reference Desk Management and Training or “I Wish I Had an Answer to that because I’m Tired of Answering that Question” (Yogi Berra)
5/21/2012 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Room : 615/616

Debra A. Werner
Supporting the Medical Support Staff: Outreach to Administrative Assistants and Secretaries
5/22/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room : 604

POSTER PRESENTERS:

Amy Blevins
Poster Session 2: 159. Stepping up to the Plate: Experiences as First-Time Instructors of a Library Research in Context Class

Amy E. Donahue
Poster Session 2: 63. Emergency Preparedness and Librarians: A Match Made in…Hospitals!

Carol Gordon
Poster Session 1: 80. Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN): Connecting with Faculty, Residents, and Medical Students

Barbara A. Gushrowski
Poster Session 2: 108. Iterative Design in Online Instruction: Using Module Grades and Student Feedback to Guide Content and Delivery Modifications

Rhona Kelley
Poster Session 1: 80. Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN): Connecting with Faculty, Residents, and Medical Students

Erin Kerby
Poster Session 1: 137. Planning a Strategic Lineup for the Delivery of Effective Reference Services

Fran E. Kovach
Poster Session 1: 80. Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN): Connecting with Faculty, Residents, and Medical Students

Nadia J. Lalla
Poster Session 1: 137. Planning a Strategic Lineup for the Delivery of Effective Reference Services

Deborah Lauseng
Poster Session 1: 137. Planning a Strategic Lineup for the Delivery of Effective Reference Services

Beth Layton
Poster Session 1: 110. It’s a Matter of Inches: Using Statistics to Improve a Copyright Image Guide

Connie Poole
Poster Session 1: 80. Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN): Connecting with Faculty, Residents, and Medical Students

Gurpreet K. Rana
Poster Session 1: 134. Partnerships in Diversity: A Multi-Pronged Collaboration with the School of Public Health

Melissa Rethlefsen
Poster Session 2: 144. Playing the Field: Using CampusGuides Statistics and Google Analytics to Assess a Intranet Site Redesign

Poster Session 2: 171. The Core Public Health Journal Project: A Game Change in the 3rd Inning

Merle Rosenzweig
Poster Session 1: 59. Depositing Intellectual Property into an Institutional Depository

Poster Session 1: 65. Distributing Relevant Information to a Remotely Located Clinical Department of a Medical Center

Poster Session 3: 97. Healthy Communities: A Snapshot of Outreach

Anna E. Schnitzer
Poster Session 1: 59. Depositing Intellectual Property into an Institutional Depository

Poster Session 3: 97. Healthy Communities: A Snapshot of Outreach

Carol Shannon
Poster Session 2: 96. Hitting a Moving Target: Resource Access in a Mobile World

Poster Session 2: 156. Show Us Your Heart! A Statewide Library Initiative to Increase Organ Donation Registration

James Shedlock
Poster Session 1: 131. One Design to Rule Them All: Harnessing Competing Brand Guidelines to Create a Unified Vision for a Library Website

Vedana Vaidhyanathan
Poster Session 1: 152. Revitalizing Education at the Library: Increasing Number of Attendees and Responding to Feedback

All I can say is this: Midwest Chapter rocks!

Midwest Chapter Fall Executive Board Meeting

ALL Midwest Chapter members are welcome to attend the chapter’s fall Executive Board meeting. The board will be meeting at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Ballroom 7 on the second floor beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2011.

If you are interested in attending the Executive Board meeting as a guest, please send an RSVP e-mail to me (cleibfar AT kent DOT edu) by Tuesday, October 4th. I’ll have handouts and a seat ready for you!

I will be posting the Executive Board reports and meeting agenda on the chapter website early next week. Watch this space: http://midwestmla.org/business/.

Hope to see YOU in Indianapolis!

Clare Leibfarth, President
Midwest Chapter/MLA

The New MIDLINE and More

Have you seen the new look for MIDLINE? Especial expressions of gratitude go to our webmaster Allan Barclay and MIDLINE Editor Elizabeth Smigielski for getting the Midwest Chapter’s flagship publication re-launched! The intrepid publications crew hopes you like the cleaner simpler look which harkens back to the style of the paper MIDLINE of old.

And speaking of things new, you will have noticed that the header up there on the top of this blog has been changed for the duration of our upcoming conference blog coverage. Doesn’t Madison look cool at sunset? Your intrepid blog editor is getting things all lined up to bring you the fantastic conference news coverage you have come to expect on ConnectMidwest. If YOU are planning to attend the 2010 Midwest Chapter/MLA & WHSLA Conference please consider joining our crack blogging team! Posting to the blog is fun and easy with our new WordPress publication software. Your intrepid blog editor will set you up with a WordPress account, give you a quick lesson, and you will be on your way to being a blogger before you know it.

If you are interested in blogging about the conference, just drop me an e-mail: cleibfar AT kent DOT edu