Featured Speakers

We are happy to announce our Midwest 2013 speakers: Michelle Kraft and Sarah Houghton!


Midwest 2013 Keynote Speaker: Michelle Kraft

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Michelle is the Senior Medical Librarian, at the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library. She is the author of “The Krafty Librarian”, a blog for medical librarians, writing primarily about technology and medical libraries and librarianship. Michelle can also be found tweeting as @krafty on medical library issues and is a regular participant of the #medlibs chat group. Among her traditional library duties she is currently working with the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute to test the use of Google Docs as an alternative to SharePoint and to investigate the use of Google+ as an internal institutional networking and discussion site to foster a more efficient group work environment and to lessen the silo effect common in large institutions.

Michelle has spoken often on the use of technology within medical libraries and on evolving medical library user, she has been a panelist and moderator for Medical Informatics Section (MIS) and Educational Media & Technologies Section (EMTS) popular Top Technology Trends program. She has also been a panelist on two MLA Educational Webcasts on the use of technology and medical libraries. Michelle received her MLS from the University of Missouri–Columbia and is member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, MLA, Midwest MLA, and the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association. She is currently serving as a MLA Board Member and recently served as the MIS chair and National Program Committee co-chair in 2012.


Midwest 2013 Plenary Speaker: Sarah Houghton

Sarah Houghton is best known as the author of the award-winning LibrarianInBlack.net. She is also the Director for the San Rafael Public Library. Sarah is a big technology nerd and believes in the power of libraries to change lives. Combined, they make a fearsome cocktail. Sarah has been called an iconoclast, a contrarian, a future-pusher, and a general pain in the ass. She takes great pride in each. Her first book came out in 2010: Technology Training in Libraries and she is a frequent speaker for online and realspace worldwide events for libraries and other institutions.

Midwest 2013, Oct 4-8, 2013 in East Peoria, IL.

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