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  • 03 Nov 2011 1:18 PM | Deleted user

    The 2012 Annual Meeting Planning Committee would like to know what you want to see offered for continuing education in Kansas City. If you didn't fill out a survey at our booth in St. Louis, please take a minute to take this online survey.

    Thanks! We value your input.

  • 25 Oct 2011 10:41 AM | Deleted user
    The Leadership Orientation will be today at 1pm Central/Noon Mountain. This presentation is geared toward incoming leaders and committee chairs but all are welcome to attend.

    Download the PowerPoint slides before the meeting.

    View the recording of the meeting
  • 10 Aug 2011 12:55 PM | Deleted user
    One of the great things about the new MCMLA web site is that you can manage your contact information in the Member Directory anytime.

    Here's a short instructional video about how to update your profile.

  • 27 Jul 2011 10:12 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    We have lots of great stuff this month, including articles on social networking, library advocacy, and health literacy. There's also a call for nominations for scholarships and awards, and registration for MCMLA2011 is open. All this and so much more...check it out!

  • 04 May 2011 11:55 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    This month we have great articles from our committees, including an interview with Donghua Tao and a request from your Research and Advocacy Committees to participate in a Return on Investment (ROI) survey. Guy Mason and Karen Wells continue their series on Social Networking, and Angela Arner explores LibGuides and nursing resources. Sarah Beck Kirby also highlights the accomplishments of our volunteer members. There's all this and much more, so check it out!
  • 14 Mar 2011 9:52 AM | Deleted user
    You are cordially invited to join us for the Annual Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture at the Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, April 18 at 12:30 p.m. MDT. It will be held in room 2110 of the Health Sciences Education Building and simultaneously broadcast via the web (free). This year's lecture is titled "From Usability to User Experience," and will focus on the differences between usability and the user experience in website design:

    Designing and building usable products, interfaces and websites is a noble goal -- we all want our tools to enable our users to accomplish their goals. But accomplishing a goal and having a delightful experience while doing it are two different things and usability can only get you so far. Enter user experience (UX) design! This presentation delves into the differences between usability and user experience design and provide attendees with ideas and insights into ways to incorporate UX design principles into their interface and web development workflows.

    Amanda Etches-Johnson is the Head, Discovery & Access at the University of Guelph Library , where she spends her time thinking about and guiding teams and projects that are focused on improving discovery and access and making the overall library user experience better. She is also half of INFLUX , a user experience consultancy that helps libraries design amazing user experiences. In her role as adjunct faculty member at the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, Amanda teaches graduate students about social media literacies and affordances.

    For more information visit the Mayden Lecture website. This event is sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library with funding provided by the Priscilla M. Mayden Endowment.
  • 01 Mar 2011 9:19 AM | Deleted user
    In this issue, we have great articles by our various MCMLA committees. The Education Committee writes a terrific how-to article on applying for and winning professional development funding, something we all need in this era of fiscal restraint. From the Library Advocacy Committee we learn of the need for information literacy among graduate nursing students, particularly given today‘s emphasis on Evidence-Based Practice. And the research committee continues its popular Research Round-up column with suggestions for thinking about creative research — and submitting it — for the next MCMLA annual meeting.
  • 10 Dec 2010 11:56 AM | Deleted user
    There's a new issue of our newsletter, The Express, filled with news from the chapter and lots of great pictures from the meeting in Wichita.

  • 12 Nov 2010 10:55 AM | Deleted user
    The Free Lunch Award was established in 2009 to support MCMLA members’ attendance at the Chapter Council Sharing Roundtables Luncheon held at the annual MLA meeting. The Sharing Roundtables Luncheon is a time to network, share experiences and meet with colleagues at the annual MLA meeting. A list of topics is announced annually in the MLA Preliminary Program. Participants must sign up in advance and select a topic when registering for the annual MLA meeting.

    To apply, you must be a member of MCMLA, register for the Chapter Council Sharing Roundtables Luncheon, and write a summary of the experience for the MCMLA Express after the MLA meeting.
  • 01 Jul 2010 4:17 PM | Deleted user
    The MCMLA Web Task Force has begun assembling this new site. Please, have a look around and let us know what you think. We know this may be a big change for some of you who are very familiar with the old site and know exactly where to click to get what you want. We ask that you keep an open mind and be thoughtful about what we're trying to do — present a more dynamic and modern web presence in hopes of engaging our membership and attracting new, future leaders of MCMLA.

    You won't find the historic content from the old site but don't worry — it's being preserved. We plan to move old documents into a digital repository for safe keeping and easy searching. In the meantime, if you need access to something you can't find, please contact Amy Ritterskamp,
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