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  • 31 May 2016 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes courtesy of Shawn Steidinger.)

    Whether you attended MLA this year or not, please join us for an interesting discussion about the thought-provoking material presented at MLA this year.


    June 1st, 9am MTN/ 10am Central


    How to Join the Webinar via Zoom:

    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

    Or iPhone one-tap:  14157629988,619695828# or 16465687788,619695828#

    Or Telephone:

        Dial: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll)

        Meeting ID: 619 695 828

        International numbers available:

    Please feel free to test the software prior to the meeting date. Email Ben Harnke ( with any problems.

  • 26 May 2016 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    (The following information was provided by Kristen Desanto, member of the Merge & Converge Publicity Committee.)

    Merge & Converge: Sixteen in ‘16

    By Amy Blevins (Midwest Chapter), Chair of the Publicity Committee for Merge & Converge

    The last time you heard from me, I shared a fun fact about Des Moines along with some links to cannot miss sights around the city.

    Today, I want to remind you that this year, two MLA Chapters spanning sixteen states will be having one spectacular meeting in beautiful Des Moines, IA.  This meeting will take place from Friday October 21-Tuesday October 25 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown which is located in the center of the downtown business district.  This beautiful hotel is walking distance to shopping, art, food, breweries. 

    Conference and hotel registration will be opening up on June 15, 2016, and the hotel is only $144 for a single or double. Remember that meeting our commitment for the room block is what allows us to have meeting rooms at no cost. You can find out more at our meeting website.

    Being a joint chapter meeting means that Merge & Converge will have fabulous posters and papers from double the chapters! The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to July 8, 2016 and notifications of acceptance will be made by August 19, 2016.

    To find out more, please check out the conference website at and keep up with the latest news and information via the Twitter and Facebook links located on the top right of the page.

    We can’t wait to Merge & Converge with all of you in Des Moines!

  • 23 May 2016 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    (The following information comes courtesy of Kristen Desanto, member of the Honors and Awards Committee.)

    Call for MCMLA Awards Nominations

    Nominations for the 2016 MCMLA Awards open on May 23! Nominate a fellow member or yourself for one of the three prestigious 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 2016 MCMLA/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting in Des Moines, October 21-25.

    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, visit the award webpage []

    Nominees are evaluated on:

    • Academic health science library leadership/innovation
    • Local group participation/leadership
    • Chapter participation/leadership
    • National participation/leadership 

    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, visit the award webpage []

    Nominees are evaluated on:

    • Hospital library leadership/innovation
    • Local group participation/leadership
    • Chapter participation/leadership
    • National participation/leadership

    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 []

    Nominees are evaluated on:

    • Leadership
    • Training
    • Presentations and publications
    • Library development
    • Networking
    • Originality and creativity
    • Organizational activities

    Nominations for all awards are due by August 26. The nomination form is available on the MCMLA website []. You can contact the Honors and Awards Committee Chair, Rebecca Carlson McCall [] or 417-820-2104 with any questions.

  • 23 May 2016 12:01 PM | Anonymous

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

    MCMLA’s Star Trek

    Cyberspace: the final frontier.  These are the voyages of the Starship MCMLA.  It’s ongoing mission: To explore strange new health topics; to seek out new resources and new services; to boldly go where no librarian has gone before.

    This September marks 50 years that something similar has been heard over the airwaves.  Ten years ago, MCMLA trekked in its own Stars Program to recognize members who have boldly gone where no librarian has gone before in the past year, through publications, presentations, teaching, service in offices and committees, or other ways to help our patrons’ patients live long and our organizations prosper.  If you or somebody you know matches those tricorder readings, beam on over to for more information and the Nomination Form by Stardate Friday, August 26. 

  • 21 Apr 2016 9:43 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    The deadline for submissions for the May issue of the Express is Friday, May 20. It is a little later than normal due to the MLA meeting in Toronto. YOU are what makes the Express great, so please consider sending something in to share with your MCMLA colleagues. Please send in a blurb about your work! And don't forget to let me know about any papers, posters, presentations, awards, or any other recognition you or a fellow member have received, so we can recognize your efforts. You can email me at sprochia at

  • 18 Apr 2016 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    (Information comes courtesy of Holly Henderson.)

    DEADLINE EXTENDED - Call For Paper and Poster Abstracts

    2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapters/Medical Library Association Annual Meeting

    The Program Committee invites paper and poster abstract submissions on any health sciences topic for the 2016 Joint Midwest & Midcontinental Chapter Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The meeting will take place from October 21-25 at the Des Moines Marriott, with paper sessions held on Sunday, October 23rd and the poster session on Monday, October 24th. Abstracts that have been accepted for CHLA/MLA Mosaic 2016 will also be considered.

    Deadline for abstract submission is July 8, 2016.

    Notifications of acceptance will be made by August 19, 2016.

    Please contact Holly Henderson, or 417-820-3253, with questions.

    Instructions: Abstracts should be kept under 250 words.

  • 10 Mar 2016 11:44 AM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    MCMLA AHIP Webinar 

    AHIP! Everything You Ever Wanted to Know...

    March 16, 2016 @ 9AM Mountain/10AM Central

    The Education Committee is hosting a FREE webinar on the details of AHIP. A panel of hospital and academic librarians will discuss why AHIP is for them. Gwen Wilson, MCMLA MLA Credentialing Liaison, will review the different levels and requirements. David Midyette Chair of the MLA Credentialing Committee will present on how to put together a successful AHIP application.

    Please register for the event via this link by March 15th

  • 10 Mar 2016 10:51 AM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    The votes have been tallied and the following individuals will have been elected to leadership positions:

    Gwen Wilson --Vice Chair/Chair Elect

    Peggy Cruse -- Recording Secretary

    Jim Bothmer --MCMLA Candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee

    The Nominating Committee appreciates all the candidates who volunteered to lead our chapter!

  • 26 Feb 2016 10:25 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Check it out!


  • 12 Feb 2016 1:18 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)
    It’s time to cast your votes. We have a well-qualified pool of candidates running for office. We didn’t even have to twist any arms to get a “yes” out of them.

    If you are a current member, you can vote for the Vice Chair/Chair Elect, the Recording Secretary, and our candidate to be a representative on MLA Nominating Committee. Once you log in, you will find brief bios for each of the candidates and the ballot for voting at

    If you are a lapsed member, renew your membership so you are eligible to vote.

    Running for Office

    Vice Chair/Chair Elect:

    Darell Schmick

    Gwen Wilson

    Recording Secretary:

    Peggy Cruse

    Kim Harp

    Representative for MLA Nominating Committee:

    Jim Bothmer

    Jean Shipman


    The polls will close on Monday February 29, 2016.


    If you have questions about logging in, please contact Tracey Hughes, web site administrator, at

    If you have questions on the election, please contact me or one of the committee members:

    Jackie Hittner

    Erica Lake

    Your Nominating Committee is looking for a large run on the polls—Get your vote in early!

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