Annual Conference 2020

MiALA Annual Conference 2020

Grounded and Growing

The need to grow and change is a constant for libraries as we respond and adapt to our evolving academic environments. As we celebrate 5 years of MiALA and look towards the future of the organization, we will explore the ways academic libraries are initiating and managing change, not just redefining and reevaluating, but growing from a place that is grounded in our strengths and aligned with community needs. How do we continue what is working and critically examine and pivot from what is not?

May 14 & 15, 2020
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center near the campus of Ferris State University
1005 Perry Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Conference Rates 

Conference Rates are still TBD. To assist with budgeting, refer to the 2019 annual conference information page.

Hotel Information

Hotel information will be available shortly.? To assist with budgeting, refer to the 2019 annual conference information page

Dinearound Information

Dinearound information will be available in April.


Conference Schedule of Events

Preliminary schedule is TBD. 

Pre-conference Reception

Pre-conference reception information will be announced in the future. All conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there!

Keynote Speaker

The conference planning committee is beyond excited to announce that Annie Downey will be the keynote speaker at the annual conference. To learn more about Annie and her presentation, go to the Keynote Speaker information page.


Poster Session Information

A call for poster proposals will be announced in January 2020. Prior to submitting a proposal, be sure to check out the poster session guidelines page.

Breakout Session Information

Proposals are no longer being accepted for breakout sessions. Watch this page for further information. To learn more about presentation types/topics that will be accepted as well as other important information that you should know if your proposal is accepted, be sure to check out the breakout session guidelines page. Questions about breakout session proposals can be sent to Jessica Hronchek

Interest Group Meetings 

Interest group meetings at #MiALAAC20 are still being determined. Watch the IG meetings page for the latest information!

Scholarship Opportunities

We are now accepting applications for the Annual Conference Grant. The MiALA Annual Conference grant will cover the cost of full conference registration, up to two night's hotel stay (room and tax only) at a hotel at which the conference has a room block reserved, and a $50 travel allowance that can be used for meals and/or other travel expenses. Up to seven scholarships will be awarded. The deadline to apply for the grant is Friday, February 14, 2020. For more information and to apply, go to the scholarship information page.
For information on the 2019 scholarship program and award recipients, go to the 2019 scholarship information page.
For information on the 2018 scholarship program and award recipients, go to the 2018 scholarship information page.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We can keep registration low to attend the annual conference without the generous support of our sponsors. For more information on how your institution can support this conference, check out the 2020 conference sponsorship page. Questions about sponsorship opportunities can be sent to Amie Pifer


Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in being part of the annual conference planning team?  Click here to submit your interest in serving.


Additional questions? 

Check out the Annual Conference FAQ page!



Platinum Level

OVID WoltersKluwer

Gold Level 

2020 Ferris Logo

Silver Level


Bronze Level

Conference Sponsorship Level

General Sponsorship Level




This conference was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services