Papers, lightning talks, and posters

The Joint Midcontinental and Midwest Chapter MLA 2020 Annual Meeting planning committee invites paper, lightning talk, and poster submissions on all aspects of health sciences librarianship for the virtual meeting on October 14-16, 2020

The conference theme for this year is Becoming a Health Literacy Superhero.

The deadline for submissions is has past. Notifications were sent out September 10, 2020

Abstracts should be 250 words or less. Structured abstracts are preferred. For guidance on writing a structured abstract, please visit

Test runs for speakers and presenters will be held in the weeks before the conference.

Creating Accessible Presentations

Here are some resources to guide you in making your presentation accessible. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to


Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Basic Authoring and Testing Guide

  • Document formatting
  • Text formatting
  • Object formatting
  • Color formatting

Accessibility Check for Microsoft Office

  • Guidance on how to run the Accessibility Checker in Microsoft Office 

How to Author and Test Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations for Accessibility

  • Provides guidance on how to make your PowerPoint presentations accessible.  Topics covered include layout design, reading order, color contrast, alternative text, list formatting, data tables, alternative text, etc., Create Accessible Presentations

  • How to create accessible presentations
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 guidance, guidance for older versions of PowerPoint, training videos


Making Your Presentation Accessible, by Richard E. Ladner and Kyle Rector 2017

  • Provides practical suggestions on how to make your conference talk accessible.  The article also offers examples of conference talks that are not accessible with explanations on where they lack accessibility.