An unconference for data and librarians.

MDLS 2021 will be virtual and hosted by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.



The Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) is intended to enable Midwestern librarians who work with research data management issues the chance to network; however, it is open to all who wish to attend, including future “data librarians” and those situated outside the Midwest.

MDLS’s goal of providing low-cost networking and educational opportunities has inspired two “sister events” in 2018: Mountain West Data Librarian Symposium and South East Data Librarian Symposium.

When and Where

MDLS is held in October and the location changes every year. MDLS 2021 will be hosted virtually on October 18-20th, 2021 by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


If you have any questions regarding this symposium, please contact the organizers at Follow this page or our MDLS Twitter account for updates! Tag the conference and join the conversation with hashtag #MDLS21!

Planning Committee


2021 Planning Committee


  • Chris Wiley, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • Kristen Adams, Miami University
  • Chao Cai, Purdue University
  • Sandi Caldrone, Purdue University
  • Ben Chiewphasa, University of Notre Dame
  • Leslie Delserone, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Amy Koshoffer, University of Cincinnati
  • Scott Martin, University of Michigan
  • Rebecca Olson, University of Cincinnati
  • Heather Shimon, University of Wisconsin – Madison