April 30, 2013

DEADLINE MAY 17TH: New, better awards to support meeting attendance at Midwest Chapter/MLA in October!

Exciting news from the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Awards and Scholarships Committee! We've been listening to our members, and after approval at the Board meeting last week, the awards to support attendance at the Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting just got BETTER!!!

There is a NEW award to support meeting attendance that is open to anyone (not just students and first-time attendees), and now all meeting support awards include a FREE full conference registration as well as $500 to help cover your travel. Additionally, the deadlines have been moved to May 17th, to give you much more time to plan for
conference attendance.

Check out the awards page for complete eligibility and application information:

Annual Meeting Grant (
Supports the attendance of librarians and library staff at the Chapter's Annual Meeting. Two $500 awards with free, full conference registration are available each year.

First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grant (
Supports the first-time attendance of Midwest Chapter members at the Chapter's Annual Meeting. Two $500 awards with free full conference registration are available each year.

Learn more about the 2013 annual meeting, held in East Peoria, IL from October 4-8:

Also, don't forget that papers and posters are eligible for Research Awards! More info at

Applications are due to Jere Odell by May 17th, 2013, so don't delay!

If you have any questions, contact Liz Fine Weinfurter (, 612-624-6492) or Jere Odell (, (317-274-5992).

March 5, 2013

Call for Papers/Posters at Midwest Chapter 2013

The Program Committee invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the joint Midwest Chapter MLA and HSLI Conference to be held October 5-8, 2013 in East Peoria, Illinois. The conference theme is "Navigating a River of Information". We encourage you to take a literal or figurative (use your fertile imagination) approach to our theme. You can highlight various topics such as teaching or education, administration, practical problem-solving, document collaborative efforts or outreach activities, describe innovative programs, or report on research in librarianship, resources or services.

Concurrent contributed papers will be presented on Sunday October 6, 2013 from 11am-12pm and on Monday October 7, 2013 from 10:30am-11:30am.

The posters will be presented Sunday October 6, 2013. They will be available for viewing from 10am - 5pm with presenters present from 4pm-5pm.

For contributed paper proposals and poster proposals submit an abstract no longer than 250 words describing your paper or poster. Include your name, position title, address, phone number and email address on all submissions.

Email your abstracts to Linda Feinberg (

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday May 24th before the Memorial Day weekend. Notifications of paper and poster acceptance will be made by early-mid June.

The Midwest Chapter Professional Practice Committee is again awarding monetary prizes to the best RESEARCH papers and posters. Look for more information soon about applying.

For more information on the Midwest Chapter meeting, see the conference web site: Please refer to the Papers and Posters sections for more information as it becomes available.

January 3, 2013

2013 Midwest Chapter Meeting

The Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Chapter Meeting will be held in East Peoria, IL from October 4 - 8, 2013.

At Midwest 2013, participants will focus on Navigating a River of Information, appropriately accompanied by the scenic Illinois River that the East Peoria Embassy Suites East Peoria - Hotel & River Front Conference Center overlooks.

The conference keynote speaker is Michelle Kraft, Senior Medical Librarian at the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library and author of the popular blog "The Krafty Librarian." Michelle will present Emerging Technologies and the Evolving Library. Our plenary speaker is Sarah Houghton, Director for the San Rafael Public Library. Sarah writes "The Librarian in Black," a blog covering library web and digital services. Sarah will present The Future of the Digital Library.

Registration and CE details to be announced, bookmark the conference website at

Stacey Knight-Davis

Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University Office Phone: 217-581-7549
Charleston, IL 61920 Reference Services: 217-581-6072