2021 SLA Midwest Symposium, Friday June 4, 9 am -1 pm CDT

When:  Jun 4, 2021 from 09:00 to 13:00 (CT)
Associated with  Illinois: Open Community

Find out why the Midwest is home to some of the most innovative thinking in information services and specialized libraries! Learn from your colleagues' lightning talks, discussions, and keynotes.

Opening Session:  Tara Murray Grove SLA President

Data and Data Evaluation:


  • Database Evaluation for your library/info center – Everything All at Once by Nathan A. Rosen Herrick Feinstein
  • Author Matching – No mistaken identities! Elizabeth Downie Mathematical Reviews
  • Mathematical Reviews Citation Database: Eliot Johnson, American Mathematical Society (Mathematical Reviews)

Evolving role of libraries

  • Ope, Just Gonna Become an Embedded Librarian Alex Hauser, Michigan State University
  • How to Create a Podcast: Lorene Kennard, University of St. Francis
  • Accessibility in Research Collections: Ariel Robinson, Chicago History Museum

Closing Session:  Trendspotting – identifying the most innovative services for your users:  Miguel Figueroa, Amigos Library Services


  • SLA Member - $10
  • SLA Non-member - $20
  • Students, speakers, and planning committee - Free