Annual Conference 2023

MiALA 2023 Annual Conference: Riding the Waves: Finding Balance in an Age of Uncertainty

May 17-19, 2023
Hope College Haworth Hotel
Holland, Michigan





 

We are looking forward to our 2023 Annual Conference at the Haworth Hotel, located on the Hope College campus near downtown Holland, Michigan, on Wednesday, May 17, through Friday, May 19!  This will be our first in-person conference since 2019, and we are looking forward to welcoming our members back for lively engagement and networking.


This year’s theme is Riding the Waves: Finding Balance in an Age of Uncertainty.

Conference Rates

Full Conference Registration - $150 for MiALA, ALAO, and MHSLA members, $100 for MiALA members who are library support staff and/or part-time librarians, $25 for MiALA members who are LIS students, $50 for non-member LIS students, $250 for all others.
 
One Day Registration - $100 for MiALA, ALAO, and MHSLA members, $75 for MiALA members who are library support staff and/or part-time librarians, $15 for MiALA members who are LIS students, $25 for non-member LIS students, $200 for all others.

Hotels

A block of rooms is being made available at the Haworth Hotel for the nights of May 17 and May 18, 2023. 

Haworth Hotel
 
Room rate: $194
Booking instructions: Reservations can be placed online at https://haworthhotel.com/. Please use promo code: MALA22 to secure our special conference rate.

Dine Around Information

A dine-around event at downtown Holland restaurants is being arranged for the evening of Thursday, May 18.  Further information will be placed here when available.

Conference Schedule of Events

A conference schedule will be posted here when available.

Opening Reception

An opening reception is being planned for the evening of Wednesday, May 17, at an event space walkable from the Haworth Hotel.

Keynote Speaker 

The Conference Committee is in the process of determining a keynote speaker.  More information will be posted here when available.

Breakout Sessions: Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals Closed

Riding the Waves: Finding Balance in an Age of Uncertainty

In many ways, the world around us seems increasingly unsettled, as libraries face challenges from economic uncertainty, polarized politics, and transitions from paid subscriptions to constantly shifting models of open access. The Michigan Academic Library Association invites you to consider how library professionals can navigate today’s uncertain times and find our own inner stability while providing balanced, reliable and diverse resources and services to our students and faculty. 

MiALA invites you and your colleagues to submit presentation proposals for the 8th annual conference. Participation from librarians, library staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries is encouraged.  MiALA membership is not required to submit a proposal. We welcome proposals on any topic related to academic libraries, including, but not limited to:
  • Access ServicesAccessibility
  • Administration and Management
  • Archives
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Budgets
  • Cataloging and Metadata
  • Campus and Community Collaboration
  • Collections
  • Community College Libraries
  • Critical Librarianship
  • Data Management
  • Digital Humanities
  • Distance or Online Learning
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Education and Curriculum
  • Electronic Resources
  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Health Sciences
  • Instruction and Information Literacy
  • Leadership
  • Library Liaisons Work
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Outreach
  • Research Services (including in-person or virtual reference)
  • Resource Sharing
  • STEM
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services
  • Technology
  • User Experience
  • Web Development and Design
We are seeking the following presentation formats: 
  • Presentations (45 min.)
  • Panels (45 min.)
  • Moderated group discussions or mini-workshops (45 min.). The committee is particularly interested in proposals that include interactive or active learning components.
  • Mini-presentations (20 min.)
Along with presenter(s) information, program proposals must include title, presentation format, topic tags, abstract (up to 75 words), description (up to 300 words), learning objective(s), and intended audience (up to 25 words). Proposals will be evaluated on relevance to the conference theme, impact on academic libraries, originality, creativity, clarity, audience engagement, and applicability of content and outcomes.

All speakers should be prepared to move their presentations to an online format if conditions merit.

Poster Session Information

The Michigan Academic Library Association invites you and your colleagues to submit poster proposals for the 8th annual conference to be held May 17-19, 2023, at Hope College in Holland, MI. Please consider sharing your innovations, creative endeavors, and practical solutions for navigating today’s uncertain times and finding our own inner stability while providing balanced, reliable and diverse resources and services to our students and faculty. 

We welcome posters in any topic related to work in academic libraries, and particularly if they have a connection to the conference theme. Broad participation is encouraged from librarians, library support staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries (including but not limited to public universities, private colleges, and community colleges). Poster proposals should include a description of no more than 300 words. They will be evaluated on relevance to the academic library profession, originality and creativity, and clarity/applicability of content and outcomes.

MiALA membership is not required to submit a proposal. Regardless of the decision on a proposal, MiALA encourages you to attend the conference. Poster session proposals may also be submitted if your presentation proposal is not accepted.

Please submit your poster proposal using the online form here by February 8, 2023. Poster session guidelines and additional information are available here: https://miala.org/annual_conference_poster_guide.php.

The primary contact listed on each proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted; decisions on all proposals will be communicated to the primary contact by February 24, 2023.

Questions can be sent to Poster team leader, Jill Spreitzer (werdeljc@udmercy.edu).

Breakout and Poster Session Reviewers

The MiALA Conference Committee is seeking volunteers to review breakout and/or poster session proposals.  If you are interested in reviewing either (or both!) of these please use this form: https://forms.gle/d2PoZgMjCep1FVgN6

Thank you for your interest in helping with this important step in preparing for the annual conference being held May 17-19, 2023, at Hope College, Holland, Michigan!

Questions about serving as a reviewer can be sent to Jill Spreitzer at werdeljc@udmercy.edu.

Interest Group Meetings

Plans are being made for Interest Groups to host tables during a round table event.
  • Archives & Special Collections
  • Assessment
  • Cataloging and Metadata
  • Critical Librarianship
  • Distance and Online Learning
  • E-Resources
  • Fine Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Instruction and Information Literacy
  • Michigan Alma
  • Michigan Community College Libraries
  • Mid-Level Leadership
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Outreach
  • Residency
  • Web/UX
Pre- or Post-Conference Event

The Conference Committee is working with the Interest Group Coordinating Council to determine whether a pre- or post-conference event will take place.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship applications will be available for conference attendance.  Information about the application process will be available soon.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Conference Committee welcomes those who are interested in volunteering to run the annual conference.  Contact details will be made available soon.

Code of Conduct

MiALA is committed to creating and supporting inclusive, diverse, and equitable conference participation, task forces, and Interest Groups (IGs). In March 2021, the MiALA Board approved the Annual Conference Code of Conduct presented by the IDEA committee. Participants and presenters will be expected to agree to abide by the Code of Conduct upon registration.

Sponsorship Opportunities

MiALA welcomes sponsorship of the 2023 Annual Conference. More information will be available soon concerning registering as a sponsor.

Questions?

If you have any questions please contact the Conference Committee at conference@miala.org.

Future Conferences

If you are interested in proposing a location for a future conference please visit the Annual Conference Location Guidelines & Submission Form page.

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Funding is provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan.  See the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), Library of Michigan, website for further information.