An unconference for data and librarians.

Registration for MDLS 2019 will officially open Monday 8/19 at 10 AM CST

Register for MDLS 2019 here

Current Host

MDLS 2019 will be in Chicago on September 30- October 1, 2019.

Materials from MDLS18 (Ames, Iowa) are available on OSF:



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 2019 is sponsored by will take place on September 30 through October 1 in Chicago, Illinois. Conference hotel information is here.

Conference parking is available at the Wood Street Parking Structure located at 1100 South Wood St. Chicago, IL 60612.  Use one of the Visitor Only entrances off either Fillmore or Grenshaw and keep your ticket.


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 #MDLS19!

Planning Committee


2019 Planning Committee



  •  Trisha Adamus, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Brian Atkinson, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Cunera Buys, Northwestern University
  • Cameron Cook, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Alicia Esquivel, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Thomas Gerrish, Purdue University
  • Margaret Heller, Loyola University Chicago
  • Nora Mattern, University of Chicago
  • Laniece Miller, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Juliane Schneider, Harvard Catalyst at Harvard Medical School