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  • 08 Sep 2015 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    The MCMLA 2015 Virtual Meeting Exhibitor Slide Show is now available at  Visit the page to see slides for the seven vendors participating in our first online meeting!  The full list of participating vendors is also available on the page.  Thanks to these exhibitors for their support of MCMLA 2015!

  • 04 Sep 2015 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes courtesy of Tom Gensichen, Bylaws Committee chair.)

    To Voting Members of MCMLA:

    There is one minor changes to the MCMLA Bylaws.  Attached is a PDF file containing the 2012 version of the MCMLA Bylaws with the proposed change for you to review prior to the Virtual Annual Meeting in October 8 & 9.  Deletions are marked with a strike through and changes/additions are in red text.  This document will also be posted on the MCMLA website.

    Below is a summary of the change to be incorporated:

    1) The MCMLA Executive Committee voted to combine the Government Relations and the Library Advocacy Standing Committees in to one committee called Advocacy.

        a. Amend Article IX. Section 3.  as follows: The standing committees are Advocacy, Bylaws, Education, Government Relations, Honors and Awards, Library Advocacy, Membership, Nominating, Publications, and Research.

    These changes have been approved by the MCMLA Bylaws Committee, the MCMLA Executive Committee and the MLA Bylaws Committee.  A final vote on the Bylaws will take place during the Business Meeting on Friday, October 9, 2015.

    As required by the existing Bylaws, this email shall constitute the 30 day notice of the amendments to the Bylaws.

    Thank you for your attention to this important matter.  I look forward to “virtually” seeing you all in cyberspace.


    Tom Gensichen

    Chair, MCMLA Bylaws Committee

    MCMLA Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect


    Tom Gensichen, Assoc. Professor

    Head of Systems

    McGoogan Library of Medicine

    Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center

    986705 Nebraska Medical Center

    Omaha, NE  68198-6705

    (402) 559-8119

  • 03 Sep 2015 9:10 AM | Chapter Chairs (Administrator)

    Early bird registration for MCMLA2015 - Virtual Connections ends on September 8, 2015? That is only 5 days away - oh my! If you have not registered for the meeting the time is now. Register today and have your name put in a drawing for a fabulous gift - to win the gift you must be registered by September 8. What are you waiting for? Information about MCMLA2015 can be found at:    MCMLA2015 - Virtual Connections: Wherever you are-you'll be there! October 8 and 9, 2015.

  • 27 Aug 2015 8:02 AM | Chapter Chairs (Administrator)

    Where will you be attending MCMLA2015 - Virtual Connections? A group in St. Louis will be attending the meeting in the beautiful American Association of Orthodontists boardroom - see picture. Post a picture to the MCMLA Facebook page of the place where you will be attending the meeting. Early bird registration ends September 8, 2015. Be sure to register before September 8 to have your name entered in a drawing for a fabulous prize! For more information:

  • 21 Aug 2015 1:15 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)
  • 20 Aug 2015 8:13 AM | Chapter Chairs (Administrator)
    Did you know that early bird registration for MCMLA2015 - Virtual Connections ends on September 8, 2015? That is only 19 days away - oh my! Register today and have your name put in a drawing for a fabulous gift. What are you waiting for? Information about MCMLA2015 can be found at:    MCMLA2015 - Virtual Connections: Wherever you are-you'll be there! October 8 and 9, 2015.

  • 13 Aug 2015 9:24 AM | Jackie Hittner

    Important date for MCMLA2015 - September 8, 2015 early bird registration ends. Register by September 8 and be eligible for a $25.00 gift card drawing! If you are part of a group registration be sure your name is included on the group registration to be eligible for the drawing. MCMLA2015 is October 8 and 9, 2015. For more information about the Annual Meeting click MCMLA2015-Virtual Connections.

  • 11 Aug 2015 7:38 AM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes from Rebecca Carlson, member of the Honors and Awards Committee.)

    The deadline for 2015 MCMLA Award nominations is August 31 and the Honors and Awards Committee is still seeking nominations! 

    Nominate a fellow member or yourself for one of the three annual Midcontinental Chapter awards. These awards are a great way to recognize the outstanding service of a coworker or professional colleague. 

    Awards will be announced at the 2015 MCMLA Virtual Meeting, but if you are unable to attend the Virtual Meeting you are still eligible to be nominated for an award. 


    Bernice M. Hetzner Award for Excellence in Academic Health Science Librarianship

    This award was established in 1991 in honor of Bernice M. Hetzner, Library Director and Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, who retired in 1973. This $500 award recognizes an academic health sciences librarian who has achieved a high level of professional accomplishment.

    For more information and to see the nomination criteria, visit the award webpage.


    Barbara McDowell Award for Excellence in Hospital Librarianship

    The Barbara McDowell Award was established in 1984 in memory of Barbara McDowell, Chief of Library Services at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Veterans Administration, who died in 1983. This $500 award honors a chapter member who has made an outstanding contribution to hospital librarianship.

    For more information and to see the nomination criteria, visit the award webpage.


    Outstanding Achievement Award

    Established in 1983, this award honors a member for significant contributions to health sciences/hospital libraries, to the profession and to the goals and objectives of the chapter. Award winners receive a plaque and $500 monetary gift at the MCMLA conference.

    For more information and to see the nomination criteria, visit the award webpage.

    The nomination form is available on the MCMLA website. Contact the Honors and Awards Committee Chair, Cindy Perkins, at or (402) 398-6092 with any questions.​


    Rebecca Carlson

    Director, Mercy College of Nursing & Health Sciences Library

    Southwest Baptist University

    4431 S. Fremont Ave. 

    Springfield, MO 65804


  • 05 Aug 2015 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    (The following message comes from Lenora Kinzie, member of the Honors and Awards Committee.)

    MCMLA STARS this is your time to shine!  Take time to share your accomplishments with our members.  It is our chance to recognize the outstanding work that takes place among chapter members.  I am always inspired and proud of the ideas and work of our members and our profession.

    It is easy to submit your accomplishments.  Review the year, think about what you have participated in, achieved, efforts that are above and beyond the usual such as:  awards, new roles, new assignments, recognition, new ideas that have come to fruition, publishing, presentations or grants. 

    Please submit your STAR accomplishment by September 18th to      

    If the admiration of your peers and personal satisfaction of sharing your accomplishments is not enough…names of STARS will be placed in a drawing for fabulous prizes.

    Please contact me If you have any questions.    [Previous STARS listings are available at ]


    Lenora Kinzie, MLS

    Director, Library Services

    Stauffer Health Sciences Library

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare

    1500 S.W. 10th Avenue

    Topeka, KS   66604

    (785) 354-5806

    (785) 354-5059  (fax)

  • 16 Jun 2015 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    Registration for the MCMLA 2015 annual meeting is now available!  This year’s meeting (Virtual Connections: Wherever you are, you’ll be there!) will be a virtual conference, and the Planning Committee is excited to offer the meeting to you in this format.  Information about the virtual meeting is available at, and you can begin the registration process from this site as well.  The registration fee is $125 for early registration (through September 8, 2015), $150 for late (after September 8th) and non-member registration, and $100 for Emeritus & student member registration.  In addition, if several people plan to attend & view the meeting as a group, there will be a Group Registration option available (the fee for this is $500). 

    To begin the registration process:

    ·         Click the Register button at the above link.

    ·         At the following screen, enter your email address and security check code. 

    ·         Select your registration type.  If your email is in our database, you will have the option of logging in, which will automatically fill in most of the contact information on the following screen.

    ·         Enter or update your contact information.  If you are doing a Group Registration, enter the names and email addresses of the people in your group in the last box on the form.                                   Sample screenshot of the Group Registration contact information box.                              

    ·         Review your information, then click the Confirm button.

    ·         At the next screen, either click the Pay online button to pay via credit card, or click the Invoice link to print your invoice and mail it, with your payment check, to the Executive Secretary.                                 Sample screenshot of the registration payment options.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by clicking on this link.  On behalf of the Registration Committee for the MCMLA 2015 Virtual Meeting, we thank you for joining us on this new adventure!

    Best wishes,

    Tracey Hughes.

    (Member, Registration Committee, MCMLA 2015 Virtual Meeting)

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