An unconference for data and librarians.

MDLS 2020 will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Recent Host

MDLS 2019 was Chicago on September 30- October 1, 2019.

Materials from this conference will be available on OSF.

Link coming soon.



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


2020 Planning Committee


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


  • Abigail Goben, University of Illinois at Chicago (Past Chair)
  • Tina Griffin, University of Illinois at Chicago (Past Chair)