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  • 15 Aug 2016 11:26 AM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    The 2017 MCMLA Annual Conference will be held in beautiful Columbia, Missouri on October 9-11, 2017. We know it's early, but we are from the Show-Me state, and wanted to make sure everyone has it on their calendars. Come for the meeting, stay for the food, trails and parks, breweries, and all the Tiger paraphernalia you could ever desire.

    See you there!

    MCMLA 2017 Program Committee 

  • 03 Aug 2016 4:47 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    Thanks to all who were willing to run for elected office and who voted in our special election. The MCMLA membership voted for the following:

    1. Approved Gwen Wilson to become the current Vice-Chair/Chair Elect.
    2. Approved Kim Harp to become the incoming Recording Secretary.
    3. Elected John Bramble as the Vice-Chair/Chair Elect for 2016-2017.

    Your Nominating Committee (Claire, Erica, Jackie)
  • 14 Jul 2016 6:31 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    From your MCMLA Nominating Committee:

    Reminder that voting in the Special Election will open on July 18, 2016 and will close on August 1, 2016.

    Vote at:

  • 01 Jul 2016 10:12 AM | Deleted user

    (The following information comes courtesy of Rebecca Carlson McCall.)

    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, professional colleague, or yourself. (Yes, self nominations are okay.) 

    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 $350 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 $350 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 $350 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, with any questions via the contact information below.


    Rebecca Carlson McCall, MLS, AHIP

    Director, Mercy College of Nursing & Health Sciences Library

    Southwest Baptist University

    4431 S. Fremont Ave. 

    Springfield, MO 65804


  • 20 Jun 2016 12:24 PM | Committee Chairs (Administrator)

    MCMLA members,

    MCMLA is in a bit of a predicament. Due to personal reasons Tom Gensichen, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, has resigned his position. Peggy Cruse, incoming Recording Secretary, moved to Washington state, out of our chapter.

    Fortunately, Gwen Wilson, incoming Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect has agreed to move up her term of office and become the current Vice-Chair/Chair-elect.

    Kim Harp who ran against Peggy Cruse, has agreed to become the incoming Recording Secretary for 2016-2017.

    However, we need a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect for 2016-2017.

    The Executive Committee has charged the Nominating Committee to hold a special election:

    1. To approve Gwen Wilson as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect for 2015-2016.

    2. To approve Kim Harp as Recording Secretary for 2016-2017

    3. To elect a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect for 2016-2017.

    Special thanks to all these candidates for stepping up during MCMLA's time of need.

    Now it's  your turn to step up. Please make sure hope to vote in this special election to fill our vacant officer positions and keep the MCMLA running smoothly.  

    Watch for more detailed announcements will be posted on the MCMLA listserv and MCMLA blog. 



  • 17 Jun 2016 6:22 PM | Amanda Sprochi (Administrator)

    Better late than never! 

    The Spring issue of the Express is out! (Finally!)

    Check it out here:

    Let me know if the link doesn’t work, Wild Apricot (our web environment) is doing some weird stuff.


  • 17 Jun 2016 7:00 AM | Deleted user

    (The following information comes courtesy of Kristen Desanto.)

    Register now! Merge & Converge: Sixteen in ‘16

    Registration is open as of Friday, June 17! The Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association will be held Friday, October 21 through Monday, October 24. Meeting and registration information can be found at Be sure to check out the list of continuing education classes, which will be held on Saturday, October 22.

    While you’re registering for the meeting, don’t forget to book your hotel room. The conference hotel is the Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. A block of rooms has been reserved for meeting attendees at the rate of $144 per night, single or double. The last day to book at this rate is September 30. Wireless high-speed internet will be available in guest rooms for $1/night. You can find information about room reservations at

    It’s not too late to submit a paper or poster abstract! The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to July 8. Notifications of acceptance will be made by August 19. More information and abstract submission instructions can be found at

  • 16 Jun 2016 10:19 AM | Deleted user

    (The following information comes courtesy of Holly Henderson.)

    DEADLINE APPROACHING - 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.


  • 31 May 2016 2:20 PM | Deleted user

    (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 3:34 PM | Deleted user

    (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!

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