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Midwest Chapter/MLA 2015 Annual Meeting: June 30 Deadline for Papers and Posters

Monday, June 15th, 2015

By Frank Davis
Research & Education Division
Medical Center Library
University of Kentucky


Apologies for cross-posting.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, is the deadline for submitting an abstract for the Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting in Louisville, KY this October.

This is a good opportunity to present your research and projects to peers in a friendly environment. Details below.



The Program Committee invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky from October 2nd-6th, 2015, at the Galt House.

The conference theme, Librarians + Evidence = Proof, lends itself to a variety of topics, and provides opportunities for presenters to show how librarians add value to the clinical and research missions of our institutions.

Contributed paper and poster topics are as unlimited as your imagination! Papers and posters may highlight practical problem-solving approaches, document collaborative efforts or outreach activities, describe innovative programs, or report on research in librarianship, resources or services.

· For more information on how to submit, click here

We hope to see you in Louisville!


Report from The Affordable Care Act / Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference Symposium

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

By Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP
Clinical Informationist
Summa Health System
Akron, Ohio

On Friday, April 24, 2015, I was fortunate to attend the symposium entitled The Affordable Care Act/Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference in Philadelphia, PA. The event was sponsored by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region and had several invited speakers covering a variety of topics. I was interested in attending the event, but Philadelphia isn’t around the corner from Akron, OH, where I live. Philadelphia is a pretty expensive city, so I didn’t think I could really afford to go on my own. As luck would have it, my own region, the Greater Midwest Region, was offering Professional Development Awards to attend, and all I had to do was apply. Several awards were being offered so I was hopeful that I would receive one of them; fortunately I did.

The first speaker of the morning was Nancy O’Connor, BSN, RN, MHSA, who is the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She gave an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and of the Health Insurance Marketplace. I’ve been pretty well versed in the ACA because I am a clinical librarian. I’m fully in tune with what the physicians are doing and how the care they’re providing is being modeled on the rules of the ACA. To that extent, this session wasn’t particularly enlightening to me. That being said, I was truly shocked to learn that others who I was sitting with didn’t know that the ACA was actually a law. I’m not sure what they thought the ACA was, but that they did not know it wasn’t just a choice for people really surprised me. I think that speaks to how fortunate most librarians are that they have health insurance from their employer so they haven’t personally needed to know that the ACA requires everyone to have coverage. (more…)

GMR to Sponsor Sites for April 22nd MLA Webcast

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship to be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., central time.

Visit: for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.

For this webcast, the GMR will cover the registration costs for up to three (3) sites per state in the region. Because of the limited number of sites we can sponsor, we encourage you to work with your state and local librarian groups to identify centralized locations. Sites will be selected based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees.

The deadline to email/fax your registration and email supporting information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, March 27, 2015.

Contact Holly Burt at the GMR, if you have any questions.
For more information on this webcast, visit:

Outreach Out West

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

By Tyler Nix

Attending the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting was a rewarding and energizing experience. There were so many opportunities to learn and connect with colleagues. The weekend was ideal for engaging in self-discovery.

I was fortunate to attend Continuing Education sessions led by Jacqueline Leskovec, Dr. Diane Rein, and Mark Berendsen and Linda O’Dwyer. Each of the sessions was engaging and informative. The poster session provided a chance to build presentation experience, and the many conversations and helpful suggestions I received there were invaluable. (more…)

A Newcomer Exploring North Dakota and the Midwest Chapter of MLA

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

By Juan Armijo

What an enjoyable experience! For a double novice in the field of library science and medical/health science librarianship—this was a phenomenal learning experience. Visiting a new state and meeting new people made for great memories. My interest in health science librarianship began with a health science librarianship course I took in my graduate program at the University of Kentucky. When I graduate next semester I hope to use what I have learned in the school library-and from there a possible transition. A reflective view of the conference includes: (more…)

Building Connections in Bismarck

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

By Kris Glodoski Wolf

The theme of the annual Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association (MLA) meeting, Come west and explore!, was particularly apt for me this year as I wrapped up three and a half years of library school just two months before Bismarck. I began library school with very little direction, yet ended with a dedication to understanding consumer health information in the greater context of libraries and the community. Newly graduated and six weeks into a new job – my first with the title, “Librarian” – the conference was perfectly timed as I embarked on a new chapter of my professional journey.

I will be honest and say that I was nervous to go to North Dakota; I was traveling alone and knew no one else attending the conference. While I was prepared to take in as much as I could from the speakers and sessions and learn from experts in the field, I anticipated spending evenings in my hotel room working rather than networking [translation: I was feeling preemptively shy]. Sitting in the Minneapolis terminal waiting to board the second of my two flights to Bismarck, I soon realized that I was surrounded by other traveling librarians and I had two options: 1) sit quietly disengaged with my iPhone and wait for the formal “meet and greet” or 2) say hello to those around me and begin conversations that might continue over the coming days… Thankfully, I chose that latter option. By taking a moment to introduce myself to individuals in the terminal or start a conversation with the person sitting next to me on the plane (who turned out to be another scholarship awardee), I was suddenly no longer alone. By taking a very small risk, I was actively engaged with colleagues before even stepping foot into the conference hotel lobby. (more…)

New Ideas. New People. New Places. New Explorations. New Discoveries.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Lauren Robinson
MSLS Student
University of Kentucky
School of Library and Information Science
Lexington, KY

Attending the Midwest Chapter Meeting was an opportunity to “Come west and explore!” and it did not disappoint! I was able to gather new ideas, meet new people, travel to new places, explore my chosen career, and discover more about myself and future career.

Thanks to this conference I have obtained a better understanding of all the facets involved in medical librarianship. I had the opportunity to meet outreach, hospital, academic, and consumer health librarians. I attended the keynote speakers, campfire discussion on resume/CV building, poster presentations, and paper discussions. I was able to renew relationships as well as engage with new acquaintances. Don Jason, whom I met last year at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) while completing a spring break internship, presented a paper at a discussion session which I found extremely interesting. I work on outreach ventures as the Marketing and Extension Graduate Assistant for the Agricultural Library on the University of Kentucky’s campus. It was interesting to learn that issues facing outreach librarians are universal. During this paper session, I was also able to listen to how a neighboring library system, the University of Louisville, is partnering with local hospitals to provide health library services. (more…)

Librarians Unite!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

By Melvine Reierson

What a wonderful feeling it was to walk into a room filled with people who shared similar thoughts, ideas, and interests in librarianship. I could not help but think of a quote I read somewhere that says, “I’m a librarian, what’s your superpower!” It was truly a great feeling to be surrounded by an elite group of people.

What an honor it was to get to meet and visit with Betsy Humphreys, the Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). In 2013, because of the work of our college president, Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, we were privileged to have Dr. Donald Lindberg, the Director of the National Library of Medicine, stop by to tour the Valerie Merrick Memorial Library and Cankdeska Cikana Community College here in Fort Totten, North Dakota. Our computer lab room was named and dedicated in Dr. Lindberg’s honor for his dedication and continuous support towards the development of providing community health and wellness to Spirit Lake Tribe. Meeting Betsy Humphreys, who works alongside Dr. Lindberg, was a pleasure and an honor. I would have to agree with Sally Gore when she stated that Betsy was like that of a rock star in librarians. (more…)

The Exploration of My Future

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By Rachael Lebo

The Midwest Chapter MLA – 2014 Conference in Bismarck, ND was a fantastic experience. As a student, I have a general understanding of the profession in which I want to enter. As a student who attended this conference I have been energized in the possibilities of my future in this profession! Betsy Humphreys, Sally Gore, and Dr. Mark Graber all touched on a similar topic. They all spoke about how you (as an institution or as a single being) can make an impact that will change things on a larger scale. I saw this first hand at this conference.

The speakers, vendors, paper and poster presenters, and everyone else were there as professionals, but I got the chance to meet them as individuals. I was set up with a mentor, Jacqueline Leskovec, who is the Outreach, Planning & Evaluation Coordinator at NN/LM GMR and she was a wonderful mentor! We discussed a variety of topics and she answered all of my questions, and introduced me to so many others who were in attendance. I could see a sense of passion for the profession when Jacqueline spoke. I saw this passion in everyone with whom I met. This conference gave me a glimpse into the different paths of a health science librarian: research, consumer health, hospital, academic, government, outreach, etc. Thanks to this conference I have a better understanding of the amount of resources available and how this field is constantly evolving alongside medicine and technology. (more…)

The Annual Conference of HSLI, November 13-14, 2014

Monday, September 29th, 2014

By Deborah Rhue
Medical Librarian
OSF St. Francis
Peoria, IL

The annual conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) will take place November 13-14, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Illinois ( The theme of this year’s conference is Communicate/Advocate.

This year’s featured keynote speaker is Mary Ellen Bates. Mary is the author of seven books and numerous articles on the information industry. She has a MLS from the University of California Berkley and has worked in special libraries for over a decade before starting her own information services business in Colorado. (more…)