About Conference Photos

Have you noticed the Flickr photos in the badge over there on the right? I had great fun taking them. I’ve taken photos at Midwest Chapter/MLA conferences since 2004 in Springfield, Illinois, my first year as the editor of MIDLINE. It is a great way to meet people!

You also can see all the photos posted to Flickr for this and our previous three conferences on this ConnectMidwest page.

Every year, I try to get a photo of each of the poster presenters with their poster. One thing that I did with my conference photos on Flickr of the poster presenters this year was to key the photo caption to the number of the poster on the conference program. Some of the poster presenters have shared pdf copies of their posters on that program page. So if you are interested in seeing the details of a poster that you see in a photo, click to see! Additionally, the abstracts for all of the posters are included in the full conference program beginning on page 22.

I think that this photo from this year’s conference is probably my favorite. I have had the privilege of serving on the Midwest Chapter/MLA Executive Board for most of the last eight years. I am going to miss working with this really great group of people!

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!

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!