2017-18 Election Results

2017-2018 MiALA Board of Directors


  Jessica Sender

Brief biography
Jessica Sender graduated with an MLS from Indiana University. Upon graduation, she became the Instructional Technology Library at Guilford College, a small, private, liberal arts school in Greensboro, NC. After three years, Jessica moved to East Lansing, MI, to become the Instructional Technology and Information Literacy Librarian at Michigan State University. After a year in that role, Jessica became the Librarian for the College of Nursing at MSU. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Technology from Boise State University.

Vice President
  Paul Gallagher

Brief biography
Paul Gallagher is the Assistant Dean for Transformative Services with the Wayne State University Libraries, providing senior leadership in three strategic areas: ensuring excellence with the user experience, developing scholarly collections and cultural legacy materials in the digital realm, and expanding broad and expedient discovery of library resources in all formats.  He is a key member of the Dean's Management Team, and oversees thirty eight incredible professionals who are tirelessly working to build a future - and patron - facing library.

Paul has nearly ten years of experience in academic libraries, and previously was in the private and technology start-up sectors focusing on technology education, application development, and systems management. Paul joined the WSU Libraries in 2009, and has assumed increasingly responsible roles including Developer Librarian, Associate Director for Discovery Services, and Director for Library Operations and Planning.  He is a 2009 graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, and was part of the IMLS sponsored "Fine and Performing Arts Librarianship"? program where he developed library technology for Detroit's cultural institutions, including the Detroit Symphony and the Michigan Opera Theatre.  Paul has taught technology courses with WSU's School of Library and Information Science, and currently serves on the elected boards of the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS).

  Stephanie Mathson
Brief biography
I got my start working in libraries as a student at Michigan State. While still an undergraduate, I was hired as a half-time Library Assistant in the MSU Libraries and then began working full-time there after graduation. With many great mentors in place, I eventually decided to attend graduate school at Wayne State. After completing my MLIS degree in 2004, I was hired as an Instruction & Reference Librarian at Central Michigan University. Ten years on, I am now an Associate Professor with tenure and serve as the Education subject librarian (among many other responsibilities).

  Gina Bolger

Brief biography
Gina has worked in academic libraries for 25 years first as a student worker, then as a paraprofessional, and finally as a librarian after getting her MLIS degree in 2001 from the University of Illinois. She has experience in many different areas of the library including serials, acquisitions, eresources management, outreach, reference, and interlibrary loan. She currently serves as the education liaison and interlibrary loan librarian at Cornerstone University.

  Jill Morningstar

Brief biography
I am the Education, Psychology, and Children's Literature Librarian at Michigan State University. I am also the Coordinator for Library Mentoring Initiatives.


Publicly Funded University Representative
     Beth Martin

Brief biography
I have been a librarian for 18 years, in various places and roles. I have held leadership positions, in a school/public library and academic libraries, for the past 12 years. I am currently the Head of Professional Programs with Grand Valley State University. 
  Rebecca Renirie

Brief biography
Rebecca Renirie is an assistant professor and the librarian for Biology, Engineering, and Mathematics research at Central Michigan University (CMU) Libraries. She is also a Distance Education Librarian, serving as liaison to the Master of Education students in Ontario, Canada, and providing  research help for the students and faculty of CMU Online and remote, off-campus centers. Rebecca provides on-call research help, personal research consultations, and delivers instruction sessions to classes both in person and online, and is responsible for collection development in her liaison areas. In addition Rebecca serves on numerous committees within the Library, for the CMU Faculty Senate, and for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Prior to her appointment at CMU Rebecca was a Science Librarian at the University of Michigan (UM) Libraries and liaison to the School of Natural Resources and Environment (interim), the UM Herbarium and Botany Program, and the Museum of Natural History.
Private University Representative
  Julia Eisenstein

Brief biography
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Psychology from Boston University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.  I joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2008 at the rank of Assistant Librarian. I was promoted to Associate Librarian in 2013 and tenured in 2014. I provide reference service and research skills instruction.  I am responsible for collection management in the areas of Psychology, Catholic Studies, Counseling, Religious Studies, and Decision Science.

  Mary Kickham-Samy

Brief biography
Throughout my life, I focused on study and travel. After graduating from the University of Michigan equipped with an introduction to Modern Standard Arabic grammar, I traveled to Egypt on a two-year fellowship to teach English in the English Language Institute at the American University in Cairo and study toward my master's in teaching English as a foreign language. Although I planned to stay for only two years, I stayed for twenty-five fascinating years. In 1998, I repatriated to the U.S. to take care of my elderly father. In 2000, I completed my MLIS degree at Wayne State, and in 2013, I completed my PhD in instructional design and technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. I worked as a librarian at Macomb CC for many years, but recently, I accepted the position of Library Director at Marygrove College in Detroit.

Community College Representative
  Kendra Lake

Brief biography
B.S. Wayne State University
M.L.I.S. Wayne State University
Director of Library Services, St. Clair County Community College
  Tina Ulrich

Brief biography
 - Graduated of Goshen (IN) College with a BA in History; MLS from Indiana University.
 - Worked in both public and community college libraries.
 - Director of Northwestern Michigan College's Osterlin Library since 2009.
 - Committed to advocacy for students, alternative textbooks, and free, open access to information.

Advocacy Committee Chair 
  Julie Garrison
Brief biography
Dean of Libraries at WMU, prior positions as Associate Dean at GVSU and Director of Off-Campus Library Services at CMU. 


Communications & Marketing Committee Chair
  Kristen Mapes

Brief biography
Kristen Mapes is the Digital Humanities Coordinator in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. She has graduate degrees in Library Science from Rutgers and Medieval Studies from Fordham. Kristen teaches and advises students in the Digital Humanities Program, including teaching Intro to DH and co-creating a summer DH study abroad program to London. In addition to working with students, Kristen collaborates with colleagues at MSU Libraries and across the university to provide individual consultations, workshops, and conferences in the areas of digital humanities and digital scholarship. In particular, Kristen is the primary organizer of the annual Global Digital Humanities Symposium at MSU. Her primary research focuses on scholarly communication and community in the digital world, specifically looking at how Medieval Studies scholars use Twitter at conferences. As a secondary research interest, she is exploring visualization and image analysis techniques to enhance the user experience and impact of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library. 

Membership Committee Chair
  Joshua Sanchez

Brief biography
Joshua is the User Experience & Assessment Librarian at Michigan State University, and is particularly interested in user experience research and design -- analyzing and designing for human behavior and interactions with web-based resources, and within the physical spaces of our libraries. Previously, Joshua spent four years working in the University of Michigan's Library system, as a Library Operations staff member in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. In his time at U of M, he was involved in projects ranging from complex UX assessments, to coordinating service points and supervising student staff. 

Administrative Section Board
Chair Arlene Weismantel

Brief biography
Arlene has worked her way up through the MSU Libraries... ILL, health sciences, head of reference, and now Senior AD with responsibilities for Human Resources. 

Chair-elect      Francine Paolini
Brief biography
Fran serves as Co-Director at Aquinas College. She has been involved in the Administration Section since the beginning and is a champion for librarian professional development in the state. 

At-Large Representative Jennifer Dean

Brief biography
Jennifer has held more progressively responsible positions in both public and academic libraries in Michigan. Her experience includes supervisor of Music Resources/Central Michigan University; Assistant Librarian and then Library Director/Harrison Community Library; Director/Northland Library Cooperative; Head, Collection Development and Acquisitions/Saginaw Valley State University Library; Library Director/Siena Heights University; Dean of University Libraries and Instructional Technology/University of Detroit Mercy, one of only 28 Jesuit/Mercy institutions of higher education in the U.S. She has given conference presentations on the first year experience as a library leader, journal deaccession, non-tenure track faculty and learning communities, best practices for modern managers, ERM alternatives, LibGuides, and advocacy on every level. She has six publications with one currently under review. Jennifer regularly attends library workshops and conferences to stay abreast of changes in our profession. Jennifer holds a Bachelor in Music, Master in Music, Master in Library & Information Science, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education.
At-Large Representative Mary O'Kelly

Brief biography
Mary O'Kelly is the head of instructional services, a tenured faculty member, and chair of the library faculty at Grand Valley State University. She is responsible for strategic planning and assessment of library educational activities. Mary has published and spoken nationally on the relationship between library services and student success, the role of librarians in online and hybrid learning, and the development of student peer research consulting services.

Collections Section Board
Chair Breezy Silver
Brief biography
Breezy Silver is the Assistant Head and Collections Coordinator of the Gast Business Library at Michigan State University Libraries. She has been a librarian at the Business Library for over 7 years. Previously she spent a year as the first Data Librarian at MSU Libraries. She received her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2007 and her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 2000.
Chair-elect Dejah Rubel

Brief biography
Dejah Rubel is the Metadata and Electronic Resource Management Librarian for Ferris State University. Formerly trained as an archivist and preservation professional, her road to metadata mavenhood has been a circuitous one through a wide variety of libraries and collections including the Janice B. Longone Culinary Archive, ITT Technical Institute, Eastern Michigan University Archive (Gordy-Motown Collection), University of Michigan College of Engineering Women In Science and Engineering (Women's History In Michigan Science and Engineering Project) and most recently Owens State Community College of Perrysburg, Ohio.  She is also working on her second master's degree in Information Security and Intelligence with dual certificates in Business Intelligence and Incident Response.
Secretary Carin Graves

Brief biography
Born and raised in East Tennessee, I received a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology with minors in Classical Civilization, History, and Italian from Indiana University Bloomington in 2013.  My research in the Anthropology of Food took me to the University of Chicago where I graduated with a Master's degree in the Social Sciences in 2014.  Having developed an interest in liaison librarianship as an undergraduate, I returned to Indiana University to get my MLS, graduating in 2016.  As a Social Science Liaison at Michigan State University, my understanding of collections and liaison work emphasizes the diverse modes of scholarly communication, the merging of social science theory and critical librarianship, and social justice in the public university library. 
At-large Representative Lisa Lorenzo

Brief biography
Lisa Lorenzo is a metadata librarian at Michigan State University Libraries working primarily with the library's digital repository metadata. She also has a quarter-time appointment as a reference librarian. Her professional interests include linked data (a topic on which she co-presented at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in 2017), automated metadata creation, and inclusiveness and ethics within resource description. Lisa has been working as a professional librarian since 2015 after graduating from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2015 with a Master of Science in Information. She also holds a dual BA in Political Science and French language from the University at Buffalo, where she graduated with honors. 

At-large Representative Erica Millspaugh

Brief biography
I have an MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University, an MA in Library Science from the University of Missouri, and I studied Law at St. Louis University School of Law for one year. I have been a small academic Library Director at Hickey College in St. Louis, the Electronic Resources Librarian for the United States Court of Appeals 8th Circuit Law Library, and I am currently Liaison Librarian for Criminal Justice, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Legal Studies at Grand Valley State University. I'm interested in expanding and promoting eBook usage at my university and promoting and expanding closed captioning of collection items.

User Experience Section Board
Chair Emilia Marcyk

Brief biography
Emilia Marcyk is the Instructional Technology & Information Literacy Librarian at Michigan State University, where she develops instructional content, leads information literacy sessions for the First Year Writing program, and supervises student reference assistants. She also serves as the Library's liaison to the campus Resources Center for Persons with Disabilities and has a broad interest in the intersections of instructional technologies and accessibility

Chair-elect Katrina Rouan

Brief biography
Katrina Rouan is the Coordinator for Reference Services and Graduate Student Assistants at Wayne State University. She provides leadership and identifies new opportunities in the area of library public services and manages the Library System's Graduate Student Assistants. She also serves as a liaison to the Departments of Psychology, Nutrition and Food Science, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked for the Wayne State Libraries since 2008 and received her MLIS in 2009. 

Secretary Clayton Hayes

Brief biography
I am a Digital Publishing and STEM librarian at Wayne State University, and am currently in the second year of my career. I have served on both the Advocacy and Communications & Marketing committees for MiALA and, as such, feel pretty familiar with the organization. I tend to be task-oriented, and enjoy when my responsibilities give me the opportunity to support others.
At-large Representative Gayle Schaub

Brief biography
I am a liaison/instruction librarian at Grand Valley State University. My scholarship reflects my interest and involvement in how students learn and how to better facilitate that learning. I am also newly appointed to a committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL and am committed to student success.
At-large Representative Brenna Wade

Brief biography
I have worked in libraries since my undergraduate years at Hillsdale College. I graduated in 2008 with a BA in English, a minor in history, and a provisional secondary teaching certificate, and then spent a year as the Alwin C. Carus Coin Collection Coordinator. I left Hillsdale in 2009 to attend Indiana University at Bloomington, where I earned my MLS, worked as a Page Team Leader and a Reference Intern at the Monroe County Public Library, as an Instruction Assistant at Wells Library, and as an intern with the Jerry Slocum Puzzle Collection at the Lilly Library. I returned to Hillsdale in 2011 as the Technical Services Librarian responsible for the library's serials and electronic resources. I am now a Public Services Librarian at Hillsdale College with responsibilities including instruction, reference, supervising interlibrary loan, managing the library's technology and website, and outreach. My professional interests focus mostly on library marketing and outreach, and on library/workplace culture.