September 26, 2012

Only ten days until Midwest Chapter in Rochester!

MLAconferenceLogo small.gifOnly ten days until the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting Rochester, MN! We've had great registration numbers, and we're looking forward to an amazing conference. You can still register, if you haven't already! The conference is reasonably-priced and covers almost all meals.

Our stellar program features keynote addresses from internationally-renowned speaker e-Patient Dave, as well as Rose Prissel, R.D., L.D. (clinical dietician at the Mayo Clinic) and Tim Cockram (Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic). The Technology Forum presents a panel of experts to discuss licensing, and your colleagues will present 41 papers and posters. You also have until September 30th to register for one of our 5 CE classes on minority outreach, linked data, thinking like a doctor, and more! the conference is full of opportunities to connect, learn, and

Keep an eye on the conference blog for constantly-updated information about conference events, things to do and see in Rochester, helpful tips, and much more. The conference website is also a rich source of information.

The connections you make with your regional colleagues at the meeting are an incredibly valuable source of support throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you in Rochester!

August 31, 2012

DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE to register for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting, Oct 6-9 in Rochester, MN!

The early registration deadline for the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting is almost here! This is going to be an AMAZING conference, and right in our backyard. Don't wait! Register today!

Please join us in Rochester, Minnesota for the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2012: Growing Opportunities

Conference Web Site:

When: October 6-9, 2012

Where: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota.

The conference hotel room rate is $119 per night and includes free wi-fi. Further information about the hotel, including reservations: Book now to guarantee a room!

Conference Highlights include:

  • Keynote: Participatory Medicine and Patient Advocacy - E-Patient Dave (David deBronkart)

  • Keynote : Food as a Part of Healthy Living (Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D., co-editor of several Mayo Clinic cookbooks, and Tim Cockram, Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center)

  • Technology Forum: Licensing - A Plain English Overview

  • CE Classes include:

    • Getting Started with Information Outreach in Minority Communities (4cr)

    • Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries & Health (4cr)

    • Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Libraries on the Front Lines(4cr)

    • LINKED: an Intro to the Semantic Web for Medical Librarians and Biomedical Information Professionals(4cr)

    • Think Like a Doctor (6cr)

View the program:

Register for the conference:

Dates To Remember:

  • September 7th - Early registration deadline for the conference; prices increase $50 after this date.
  • September 13th - Deadline to make hotel reservations
  • October 6th - Conference!

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference in Rochester, MN

1. Keynote Speaker E-Patient Dave, an internationally-recognized speaker on participatory medicine and personal health data rights. Pose a question to Dave before the conference to help shape his talk.

2. Keynote Speakers Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D. (co-editor of several Mayo Clinic cookbooks), and Tim Cockram (Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic) will do a cooking demonstration and talk about how food supports healthy living and how we can support these information needs.

3. Technology Forum on E-Licensing: get a plain English overview from a panel of three licensing experts from across the region - invaluable for staff from smaller libraries!

4. CE courses - Think Like a Doctor, Information Outreach in Minority Communities, Mobile Technologies, and more. CEs start at only $65!

5. Papers - From community disaster preparedness to disambiguated authors to strategies for distance education, come learn what your colleagues are up to and take ideas back to your organization.

6. Posters - Find out why a cake pan has a call number and where the hidden treasures are.

7. Exhibits - Talk with representatives from more than 18 vendors about how their products can help you stay on the cutting edge.

8. Networking - Take advantage of a smaller conference to make meaningful new connections and renew old ones with health information professionals across the region.

9. Sample Minnesota - Get a taste of Minnesota beer at the exhibitors' reception, see historic Rochester by trolley, and tour the Mayo Clinic and St. Marys Hospital Libraries.

10. Reasonable costs: $250 for the conference (includes almost all meals!) and $119/night for the conference hotel. Make your reservations through the conference site to get the discounted rate!

See you in Rochester!

August 15, 2012

Friday Deadline for Awards to Support Midwest Chapter Conference Attendance

Of special note to HSLM members - a reminder that the application deadline for the Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Scholarships and Professional Development Awards is THIS FRIDAY, August 17th!

The awards are a GREAT opportunity for students and HSLM members who have not attended a chapter meeting before. These $500 awards will cover a very good portion of the total cost of attendance, since you don't have to worry about airfare to attend the Chapter Meeting in Rochester.

The Chapter is offering:

* Two Annual Meeting Scholarships ($500 each) to support attendance of students at the chapter's annual meeting.

* Two Professional Development Awards ($500 each) to support first-time attendance of members at the chapter's annual meeting.

See for more information and application forms. The deadline to apply/nominate for the other two awards (the Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award and the Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award) is September 7th. If you have any questions, contact Liz Fine Weinfurter -, 612-624-6492

July 16, 2012

Registration for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter / Medical Library Association is now open!

MLAconferenceLogo small.gifRegistration for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter / Medical Library Association is now open! The Health Sciences Libraries of Minnesota are pleased to welcome you to the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota from Saturday, October 6th through Tuesday, October 9th.

We call this event Growing Opportunities. We welcome you to grow your opportunities by engaging in discussion with colleagues, networking with other health sciences information
professionals across the region, sharing ideas through paper and poster sessions, and learning from continuing education classes.

We are excited to welcome "E-Patient Dave" (David deBronkart), Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D. (co-editor of several Mayo Clinic cookbooks), and Tim Cockram (Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic) as our featured speakers. Dr. Donald Lindberg will join us to deliver the NLM Update. As usual, the
Greater Midwest Region will co-sponsor the annual Technology Forum.

Special events will include a Welcome and Exhibitors' Reception, Historic Rochester Trolley Tour, and a Reception at the Rochester Art Center. We've even rolled back the registration rates to 2008 prices!

Complete information on the conference is available at our website:

There you will find links to two ways to register: online using a credit card via Acteva or by downloading a form to pay by check.

Under Hotel and Travel Info, you will find a link to making your hotel registration as part of our conference room block. This is important for you to get the special rate and for us to have your room nights counted toward our use of the Civic Center. Travel into Rochester is easy - fly directly into Rochester, or fly into Minneapolis/St.Paul
and take an hourly shuttle directly to the hotel. More information is available on the Hotel and Travel section of the website.

Check out the details and start making your plans to join us in Rochester in October!

July 6, 2012

Midwest Medical Library Association INNOVATION AWARD! Nominate colleagues, libraries, groups or organizations now!

The Midwest Chapter/MLA Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award recognizes individuals, groups, libraries, or organizations for their creative approaches to the delivery and management of health information. The winner receives a certificate of recognition and $500. Libraries, groups or organizations that are nominated do NOT all need to be Midwest MLA chapter members (only one person must is a member).

Help the Midwest Chapter recognize our colleagues for excellence in innovative practices, workflows, projects, initiatives, applications, or methodologies that have contributed meaningfully to the delivery and management of health information! Examples from past nominations include, but are not limited to:
* Technological solutions and/or new technological applications
* Software development or new applications for existing software
* New or improved teaching methods
* Organizational innovations
* New marketing strategies
* New consumer or patient health outreach
* New roles for libraries and information centers
* New jobs or skills combined with traditional roles
* Publications, research, projects, initiatives, etc.


* Nominees can be an individual, a group of individuals, a library, an institution, or an organization.
* An individual nominee must be member of the Midwest Chapter.
* Libraries, institutions, organizational or group nominees must be located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio or Wisconsin
* Nomination materials and details are located at:


September 7, 2012
Liz Fine Weinfurter, Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair, Midwest MLA
University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library
314 Diehl Hall, 505 Essex St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612.624.6492


The Award is announced and presented at the Chapter's Annual Business Meeting, scheduled this year for Monday, October 8 (noon - 2:00 pm) at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN (need not be present to win)


Or contact:
Liz Fine Weinfurter, Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair
University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library
314 Diehl Hall, 505 Essex St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612.624.6492

Nominate someone for the Midwest Chapter Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award!

Midwest Chapter is looking for nominees for the Distinguished Librarian of the Year. This award recognizes Chapter members at any career level who have provided outstanding service to Midwest Chapter/MLA.

Nominees must be Members of the Midwest Chapter at the time of the nomination and for at least 3 years prior AND nominated by a Midwest Chapter member.

For more information and to download the nomination form visit our website:

Deadline is September 7th, 2012

The Award will be presented at the Chapter's Annual Business Meeting in October.

*please excuse any cross postings*

On behalf of the Midwest/MLA Awards and Scholarships Committee,


Kelly Thormodson, MLIS
Head, Health Sciences Education & Outreach - 319-335-6928
University of Iowa - Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
600 Newton Road - Iowa City, IA 52242-1098

May 30, 2012

New for 2012: Professional Practice Committee Research Award

While you're thinking of what to submit as a paper or poster proposal for the Midwest Chapter meeting in Rochester in the fall, keep this new award in mind! The Professional Practice Committee of the Midwest Chapter MLA is seeking submissions for research paper and poster presentations for the 2012 Annual Chapter Meeting. Primary authors of research papers are eligible for 1st place, $200.00; 2nd place $125.00 award. Primary authors of poster presentations are eligible for 1st place $125.00; second place $75.00. Papers and posters are awarded points for study design, validity, reliability, presentation, and implications for library and information research. In order to receive the award one author must be a Midwest MLA chapter member, and be available to speak with the judges at the Midwest MLA conference.

May 25, 2012

Call for papers and posters - Midwest Chapter 2012

Now that the annual MLA meeting is over, it's time to start thinking about Midwest Chapter!

The Program Committee invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the conference theme of "Growing Opportunities." 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. Contributed paper and poster topics are as unlimited as your imagination.

Contributed papers will be presented on Sunday, October 7. Posters will be on display on Monday, October 8 from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. Presenters should be available to discuss their posters during the poster reception from 11:00 am - noon on October 8. For inspiration, take a look at the abundant and varied papers and posters presented at the 2011 Midwest Chapter meeting.

For contributed paper proposals and poster proposals submit a 250 word abstract describing your paper or poster. Include your name, position title, address, phone number and email address on all submissions. Email your abstracts to Ann Farrell (, or snail them to her at Plummer Library, Mayo Clinic, 2001st SW, Rochester, MN, 55905. The deadline for abstract submission is July 13, 2012. Notifications of paper/poster acceptance/rejection will be made by July 27, 2012.