An unconference for data and librarians.

MDLS 2020 will be hosted virtually

MDLS 2021 will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Madison



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 2020 will be hosted virtually on October 14-16th, 2020. MDLS 2021 will be hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison and further information will be forthcoming.


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 #MDLS20!

Planning Committee


2020/2021 Planning Committee


  • Trisha Adamus and Cameron Cook, University of Wisconsin – Madison


  • Dominic Bordelon, University of Pittsburg
  • Heather James, Gonzaga University
  • Jennifer Patiño, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Heather Shimon, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Julie Vecchio, University of Notre Dame
  • Maij Xyooj, University of Wisconsin – Madison