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.

Guides, Maps, and Parking
Please visit the following links for information on downtown Holland and parking near the conference location. In addition to Haworth Hotel parking spaces and public parking options in downtown Holland there is street parking available on many of the streets around the Hope College campus. 

Haworth Hotel Parking Map

Downtown Holland Map and Directory 

Downtown Dining Guide

Conference Floor Plan

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


For information on booking a hotel room, see the Hotels section below.

For information on the conference schedule, see the Conference Schedule of Events section below.

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.

No refunds after May 16, 2023.


Haworth Hotel
Hotel Fully Booked
Additional Local Hotels

            Courtyard by Marriott (Courtyard Holland Downtown)
            121 East 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423

            CityFlatsHotel/(Tulyp) Holland, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
            61 East 7th Street, Holland, MI 49423

            Hampton Inn Holland
            12427 Felch Street, Holland, MI 49424

            Holiday Inn Express Holland
            12381 Felch St, Holland, MI 49424

            Home2 Suites By Hilton Holland
            3140 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI 49424

            SpringHill Suites Holland
            3084 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI 49424

Dine Around Information

A dine-around event at downtown Holland restaurants has been arranged for the evening of Thursday, May 18. Please find the dine-around sign-up information here.

Conference Schedule of Events

MiALA 2023 Conference Program

Wednesday, May 17
5:00 - 7:00 pm   Pre-Conference Reception (Piek Events at Tulyp Hotel) (Open to 
all attendees)
Thursday, May 18
9:00 - 10:00 am    Registration and continental breakfast
9:45 - 10:00 am    President's welcome
10:00 - 11:00 am    Keynote address
11:15 am - 12:00 pm    Breakout session #1
12:00 - 1:00 pm    Birds of a feather lunch
1:15 - 2:00 pm        Breakout session #2
2:15 - 3:00 pm        Breakout session #3
3:15 - 4:00 pm        Breakout session #4
4:00 - 5:00 pm        Poster sessions
5:00 - 5:30 pm        Tour of Hope College Van Wylen Library
6:30 pm        Meet for dinearounds (Haworth Hotel Lobby)
Friday, May 19
9:00 - 10:00 am    Registration and continental breakfast
10:00 - 10:45 am    Breakout session #5
11:00 - 11:45 am    Breakout session #6
12:00 - 1:30 pm    Membership meeting during lunch
2:00 - 5:00 pm        Post-conference workshop (Open to all, but registration required)

Breakout session descriptions are available here.
Breakout Schedule at-a Glance is available here

Opening Reception

Our opening reception is planned for Wednesday, May 17, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Piek Events space at the Tulyp Hotel in downtown Holland (currently named CityVu Events at the CityFlatsHotel).

Keynote Speaker 

We are pleased to welcome Amy Tureen as our keynote speaker. Amy is the Dean of Academic Success Programs at South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia, WA), where she oversees the Center for Teaching and Online Learning, tutoring, College in the High School, and the College Library. Amy has worked in academic libraries in several public services roles including circulation, reference, ILL, instruction, collection development, and faculty support in both public and private colleges and universities. Her research focuses on the numerous intersections of leadership, wellness, and diversity and challenges individuals in formal leadership roles to create organizational cultures that promote healthy and humane workplaces. Amy’s first book, co-edited with Cynthia J. Alexander, is titled Leadership Wellness and Mental Health Concerns in Higher Education and is available from IGI Global. She is currently working on her dissertation for an EdD in Organizational Leadership, which will focus on the wellness journeys and practices of academic library deans.

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. 

Poster Session Information

Poster session descriptions are available here.

Breakout and Poster Session Reviewers

Call for Reviewers Closed

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
Post-Conference Event

A post-conference event, Critical Cataloging: An Introduction and Showcase, will be hosted by the MiALA Cataloging and Metadata Interest Group and Critical Librarianship Interest Group from 2:00-5:00 pm on Friday, May 19. All MiALA Conference attendees are welcome.

Event description:

Join the MiALA Cataloging and Metadata Interest Group and Critical Librarianship Interest Group to view Incorporating Critical Cataloging into Your Work and explore DEIA projects (both planned and in progress) in our libraries. Together, we will view the webinar where Treshani Perera and Deidre Thompson “discuss their experience incorporating critical cataloging principles as part of their work, and provide examples and strategies for prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as part of cataloging and metadata work.” Afterwards, we will move on to short presentations from our colleagues and an opportunity to discuss your ideas, thoughts and questions.


2:00 pm - Welcome and introductions
2:15 pm - View webinar (1 hour)
3:15 pm - Break
3:30 pm - Lightning talks
4:15 pm - Facilitated discussion

Scholarship Opportunities

Call for Scholarship Opportunities Closed

We are pleased to announce the following scholarship winners for this year's conference!

Amy Klebba – Kettering University
Katie Edmiston – Central Michigan University
Sheila Garcia Mazari – University of California, Santa Cruz
Patti Skinner – West Shore Community College
Kyle Ceci – Delta College
Gerald Natal – University of Toledo
Robin Daniels – Syracuse University

Please visit the 2023 scholarship information page for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Conference Committee welcomes those who are interested in volunteering to run the annual conference.  Expressing interest and a link to the volunteer form is available when registering for the conference.

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. Questions about becoming a sponsor can be sent to Darlene Johnson-Bignotti at


If you have any questions please contact the Conference Committee at

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.