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  • 27 May 2015 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes courtesy of Gwen Wilson, Education Committee chair.)

    Calling all Sages!! Broadcast your knowledge as a presenter at the Symposium of Sages CE during the MCMLA 2015 Virtual Meeting on October 9, 2015.

    If you are not familiar with a Symposium of Sages, it consists of a series of presentations contributed by experts in the defined subject area of the symposium topic, followed by an interchange of opinions among symposium participants. Participants will receive MLA CE credit for attending and participating in the symposium.


    We are looking for 3-4 librarians who will share their professional tips and tricks. Each instructor will give a short presentation on a topic. We are asking for people to submit a proposal to be a presenter during the Symposium of Sages. The overall topic for the 2015 Symposium of Sages is “Do-able solutions for marketing your library services & reaching your stakeholders.”

                Example topics:

                            -Dashboard to show statistics

                            -Promote library value

                            -Best practices for effective reports to communicate your/library value

    Presentations will be 10-15 minutes, depending on number of presenters. 

    In your proposal discuss the following:

    • ·         Title/defined topic specific for your presentation
    • ·         Statement of showing how the presentation fits within the overall topic
    • ·         Targeted audience
    • ·         Intended benefits for participants

    Please submit proposals to Gwen Wilson at

    Proposals are due end of business day Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

  • 29 Apr 2015 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes courtesy of Timmi Johnson, Research Committee Chair.)

    We are just over 5 months away from the MCMLA Virtual Connections Meeting October 8th and 9th, 2015.

    Do you have a project or program you have been working on?

    Would you like to share it with your fellow MCMLA members?

    Paper and Lightning Talk abstracts will be due on June 15, 2015.

    Submissions need to include:


    -Author(s) and affiliation(s)

    -Abstract: Paper abstracts should be limited to 250 words and lightning talk abstracts should be limited to 4 sentences.

    -Is your submission a research project?

    -Is your submission a paper or a lightning talk?

    Please watch for submission details in the coming weeks.

    Thank you,

    The Research Committee

  • 16 Mar 2015 10:20 AM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes from Timmi Johnson, Research Committee chair.)

    MCMLA Virtual Connections will be October 8th and 9th

    Start planning your papers and lightning talks for our first ever virtual meeting!

    Have you been working on a project or program, conducting research? Share it with your colleagues.

    Watch for more details about submission instructions and deadlines in the coming months.

    Please note that there will be no posters at this year’s meeting.

    Thank you,

    The Research Committee

  • 05 Mar 2015 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes courtesy of Barb Jones.)

    One of the membership requests coming from the Quint meeting in Denver last fall was to have a class or discussions on handling office politics.  In response to your request, we are starting a new book club discussion group.

    The book club discussion group on the book "It's All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't Enough" by Kathleen Kelly Reardon is starting on Tuesday, March 10.  The club will meet in Adobe Connect (web ) from 2-3 CT, 1-2 MT for four weeks ( March 10, 17, 24, 31).  The discussion will be led by Darell Schmick, Research Librarian at the Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah and Barb Jones, Library Advocacy and Missouri Coordinator.

    We all deal with politics in our jobs.  Some days it is a pleasant experience, other days it is like walking through a minefield.  Come join us and explore ways to handle political situations and position yourself and your library in a favorable light!   If you have any questions, please contact Barb Jones (

    I hope to see you all there!


  • 27 Feb 2015 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes from Gwen Wilson, Education Committee chair.)

    The MCMLA Education Committee is working on planning continuing education topics for 2015 and we need your help. Please take a few moments to answer this 10 question survey to help us determine time, format, and potential CE topics.

    You can access the survey by the following link:

    The survey will be open until March 3rd.

    Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to respond to this survey.



    Education Committee Chair

  • 26 Feb 2015 9:17 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Read it here.

  • 17 Feb 2015 1:20 PM | Jan Rice
    The MCMLA Executive Board has made available a total of $1000 to fund first-time, successful AHIP applications, awarded in the order applications are received.    Awards will be made as viable applicants are identified; awards will be made until funds are exhausted.  Applications must be received no later than January 31, 2016.

    Click the link for full details on the AHIP First-Time Applicant Award.

    Contact Jan Rice, MCMLA Credentialing Liaison, if you have questions (; 402.481-3296).

  • 13 Feb 2015 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    (The following announcement is made on behalf of the Nominating Committee.)

    The MCMLA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate - and open the voting for the 2015 MCMLA Election!   

    The MCMLA election runs February 13-27, 2015. 

    Current MCMLA members may vote online at the 2015 Election web page ( from 9:30 a.m. Central Time on February 13, 2015 until 5 p.m. Central Time on February 27, 2015.  Voters will need to log on with their email address and password to vote; members who have forgotten their password may reset it on the site and then vote.  If you have problems with logging in, please contact Tracey Hughes, web site administrator, at

    Candidate bios are available for viewing on the 2015 Election web page.  

    Vice Chair
    Tom Gensichen
    Darell Schmick

    Recording Secretary
    Shandra Protzko
    Erin Wimmer

    Representative to MLA Nominating Committee
    Jeanne Burke
    Rebecca Graves

    The MCMLA Nominating Committee extends our sincere thanks to this year's candidates for their willingness to stand and serve!

    Marty Magee - Chair

    Claire Hamasu

    Darrel Willoughby - Ex-Officio

  • 19 Dec 2014 4:17 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Finally! Sorry about the delay.

    Check it out!

  • 18 Dec 2014 10:37 AM | Heather Brown (Administrator)

    The MCMLA 2015 all-virtual annual meeting is less than a year away! The planning committee has created a preliminary program, which includes a keynote, papers, lightning rounds, vendor blocks, business meeting, and a free CE! Additionally, we are thrilled to announce the keynote, Ivan Oransky, physician, medical journalist, and founder of Retraction Watch.

    Save the date, October 8-9, 2015!

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