Presidential Update

I’m on the road again today! I just checked the weather forecast and it looks like it is going to be an absolutely fantastic next several days for the chapter conference in Indianapolis! I’m sure to see lots of lovely fall scenery in the bright sunshine as I drive across Ohio into the Hoosier State this afternoon.

For the past few days I’ve been working on getting things squared away for the chapter’s Executive Board meeting tomorrow afternoon. FYI, the officer and committee reports and the meeting agenda are already posted on the Agendas and Reports website page. Thank you Assistant Webmaster Brian!

ALL chapter members are welcome to attend the Executive Board meeting. So if you are going to be at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, please join us!

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my!”

New baby elephant Kalina!

(the following information provided by our local zoo expert)

The Indianapolis Zoo is just down the street from the NCAA Hall of Champions, location of the Sunday night gala event. We have a dolphin amphitheater, touchable sharks and even a botanical garden. Our female baby elephant, Kalina (just born on July 20th), is a real cutie pie and not to be missed. Check out the zoo at, or just ask me. I’ll happily talk your ears off about our wonderful facility.

Sue London (zoo volunteer naturalist)

Knitting Shops

Mass Ave Knit Shop, Fountain Square

Looking for a LYS (local yarn shop) in Indianapolis? There are several, but I’ll start with my favorite (and the one closest to the conference hotel):

Mass Ave Knit Shop, 862 Virginia Ave., 46203 (1.5 miles from the hotel)

Yes, the name hearkens back to when the yarn shop actually was located on Mass(achusetts) Ave., but I’ve only known the shop in its current location in the Fountain Square area of Indianapolis. This is a great yarn shop with good selection of all types of yarn; this is also the place I go when I need my size 2 26″ circular knitting needles that I can’t find at a more mainstream craft store.

Other locally-owned knit/crochet/craft stores in the area:

Broad Ripple Knits, 6267 Guilford Ave., 46220 (7.7 miles from the hotel)

Knit Stop, 3941 E. 82nd St., 46240 (12 miles from the hotel)


Village Yarn Shop, 40 N. Main St., Zionsville, IN, 46077 (17.5 miles from the hotel)

Bead Show at the Indiana Fairgrounds

Shared from our jewelry maker extraordinaire, Sue London:

Just in case you find some free time (hah!) during the meeting, there is a bead show at the fairgrounds (see below). I go every year to buy supplies.

Oct 7-9

13th Annual Fall Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
Agricultural/Horticultural Building
Fri. & Sat. 10 am-6 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm
Admission: $5.00 (ticket good all three days); Children under 16 free
Van Wimmer (540) 384-6047 and
Parking Fees: All vehicles entering the grounds with the exception of the State Fair will be charged a $3 fee. This fee helps to fund capital improvement projects on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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:

Hope to see YOU in Indianapolis!

Clare Leibfarth, President
Midwest Chapter/MLA

Need a little culture (besides the Cultural Trail)?

Yes, I already extolled the virtues of the Cultural Trail, but what if you are looking for culture–as in performing arts? Indianapolis has a year-round performing symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO), and the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT).

Image courtesy of the ISO

The ISO’s world premiere performance of the program “Do You Hear the People Sing” happens our conference weekend their Pops series. More information can be found here:

The ISO is located in the historic Hilbert Circle Theater located on Monument Circle, 0.5 miles from the Downtown Marriott (exit the hotel onto Washington Street).


Indiana Repertory Theatre
Image courtesy of Carl Van Rooy

The IRT’s Going Solo Festival of three intimate one-actor plays returns for its third year of audience acclaim. During your time in Indianapolis, you could attend of three different one-actor plays (or more!):

I Love to Eat: Cooking with James Beard by James Still
Lost: A Memoir by Cathy Ostlere and Dennis Garnhum
Nobody Don’t Like Yogi by Tom Lysaght

The IRT is located in the beautiful 1927 Indiana Theatre located at 140 W. Washington St., 0.2 miles (~3 blocks) from the Downtown Marriott (exit the hotel onto Washington Street).

Two of my favorite things–the Indy Cultural Trail & the downtown Canal

When I moved to Indianapolis 5 years ago, I wasn’t super excited about it. Growing up in rural Indiana, moving to Indiana’s “big city” didn’t hold a lot of thrill for me.

However, despite my lack of initial excitement, I truly have been pleasantly surprised by Indy. One of the neatest things (in my opinion) in Indy is the Cultural Trail. The Cultural Trail “is a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, Cultural Districts and entertainment amenities, and serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system.” (according to )
As a biker, I have appreciated the Trail and how it links up my way to work (the White River Greenway) with the Monon Trail (a rails-to-trails path) and weaves itself downtown, providing a much less stressful bike ride around downtown and is also very pretty. 🙂 The Cultural Trail is along existing roadways, so make sure to pay attention to traffic signals.

A detailed map can be found here:

The Cultural trail also ties in with another of my favorite things about Indy–the downtown Canal. The canal is great for running & walking (you can also bike on it, but it can get kind of narrow at points) and is below the street level, so it’s actually quite peaceful even though you’re in the midst of the city. Since it is below street level, you also don’t have to worry about crossing streets, having to constantly stop at lights, etc. You can get in a nice 3-mile loop pretty easily just along the canal (all the way to Buggs Temple on the north end), and it also hooks into the pedestrian bridge that connects the White River State Park with the Indianapolis Zoo, which has a promenade path on the north side of the zoo.

(image above from

The main canal path is marked on the map in green. The conference hotel, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, is one of the red icons towards the bottom; the canal is only a few blocks from the hotel, so it’s a nice place to go for a stroll!

Registration still open! Come to the Midwest Chapter/MLA conference October 8-11

You are invited to the 2011 Midwest Chapter / Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, to be held in Indianapolis, October 8th-11th.    The meeting will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.  The conference hotel is located near the Circle Center Mall, Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, the Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, an IMAX 3D Theater, outdoor art and canal.  Nearby dining includes the Oceanaire, Shula’s Steak House, St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, and much more.

Registration for 2011 Midwest Chapter MLA/Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association Annual Meeting is available now. You can register online, by check or onsite during the conference.

Our featured speakers are John Green, a New York Times bestselling author and founder with his brother of the youtube channel –  vlogbrothers; and Margo Coletti, Director of Knowledge Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and current Chair of the Hospital Library Section of the MLA.

Six continuing education courses are being offered.  Library Education Units (LEUs) are available for these courses as well as for the contributed paper sessions, keynote speaker, and Technology Forum. See details here: . Topics include grant writing, copyright, mobile technology, electronic collection development, instruction design and e-science & data sharing.

Twenty contributed paper sessions and a Technology Forum round out the program with topics including QR Codes – what they are and how to use them; journals management; collaborating with faculty; overcoming solo librarian blues; and health outreach.

Join us Sunday October 9th for the gala tailgate party at the interactive NCAA Hall of Champions.  *Please wear your favorite sports jersey for the gala event. Any sport, college or professional; your choice!*

We are looking forward to a really great meeting and hope to see many of you there!

Brew Bracket Fall Tournament

Do you like locally crafted microbrews? Do you like stouts? If so, the Brew Bracket Fall Tournament may be something to add to your Saturday calendar.

This event features a specific type of beer (on Saturday, October 8, it is stout) where you, blindly taste-testing each of them, get to determine the best brew out of all those entered. More info about what a Brew Bracket is can be found here:

More general info about the event can be found here:

Event: Brew Bracket

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011

Time: 12.30pm-5.00pm

Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds (you will need to have a car or taxi to get here)

The cost is $35/person, or $7/designated driver.

I plan on also posting about some of my favorite local breweries (or place to get a beer) in Indy. However, what do you want to hear about? 🙂

Things to do in Indy–German Fest! (Groupon special)

*For a limited time only! (well, for the Groupon anyway)

When you think of Indianapolis, it’s race cars, Peyton Manning (well, until this year), breaded tenderloins, popcorn, and….German Fest? Yes, indeed, Indy has its own German Fest, also know as the Third Annual Original and Fabulous GermanFest! GermanFest is a one-day event in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, October 8 from 12pm to 6pm.

Groupon, a website that offers specials deals each day for various cities, provides special pricing for this event. Choose between the following options:

  • For $15, you get admission for two people (up to a $20 value) and two beers (a $10 value; a $30 total value).
  • For $27, you get admission for four people (up to a $40 value) and four beers (a $20 value; up to a $60 total value)

To purchase the deal, go to Groupon’s website:

For full details about GermanFest and all the activities, please visit the GermanFest website:

Some nice details from the website include: “Wiener dog races all day, every hour, Alpine Express and their famous yodel-ers, Jay Fox and his Bavarian Showtime Band, the Steinheben – strong man contest, the 5K Lederhosen lauf and much more!”

GermanFest takes place at the Rathskellar/historic Athenaeum at 401 E Michigan St., about 1.3 miles walking from the hotel.