Annual Conference 2024

MiALA 2024 Annual Conference
Libraries: Where Ideas Take Flight

May 15-17, 2024
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

 
"Libraries: Where Ideas Take Flight" captures the curiosity, optimism, and technological innovation propelling academic libraries on an ascent towards new heights. As skilled navigators of knowledge, academic library workers are entrusted to ensure our communities' smooth voyage into intellectual exploration.
 

MiALA is pleased to announce librarian Mychal Threets as the keynote speaker for the upcoming 2024 MiALA conference

Threets has gained national attention for his enthusiastic Instagram and TikTok accounts, documenting his experiences as the supervising librarian at Solano County Library in Fairfield, CA. His videos highlight the positive impact of libraries and his passion for mental health awareness and advocacy. Threets’ feel-good stories of everyday interactions in his library have some people drawing comparisons to Mr. Rogers and LeVar Burton. It’s also inspiring viewers to get back into their own local libraries. In addition to his rising social media popularity, the American Library Association recently awarded Threets a 2024 “I Love My Librarian” Award, which recognizes librarians who go above and beyond to serve their communities. Read more about Mr. Threets: https://theauthorvillage.com/presenters/mychal-threets/.
 

About Kalamazoo and WMU
Learn about Kalamazoo, the WMU Campus, University Libraries, and conference venue.

Conference Accommodations
Conference hotels now available for reservations.

Conference Registration Opening in March
Check back here in March for registration information.

Conference Schedule 
Coming soon!

Conference Scholarships
 
Learn more about the MiALA Conference Scholarships. Applications opening March 4th.


Call for Poster Proposals Now Open

"Libraries: Where Ideas Take Flight" captures the curiosity, optimism, and technological innovation propelling academic libraries on an ascent towards new heights. As skilled navigators of knowledge, academic library workers are entrusted to ensure our communities' smooth voyage into intellectual exploration. Have you implemented a forward-looking approach, developed a best practice, or have an engaging idea or project to share? If so, join us as a copilot on this journey, inspiring attendees with ideas that will shape the trajectory of librarianship and academic libraries into the future.

MiALA invites you and your colleagues to submit presentation proposals for the 9th annual conference to be held in-person, May 15-17, 2024 at The Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Participation from librarians, library staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries is encouraged. We welcome posters in any topic related to work in academic libraries, and particularly if they have a connection to the conference theme. 

Poster proposals should include a description of no more than 300 words. They will be evaluated on impact on academic libraries and higher education, originality and creativity, and clarity. If you submitted a presentation proposal that was not accepted, we encourage you to reframe your topic for consideration as a poster.

****Prior to submitting your proposal, please review the information provided on the  Poster Session Guidelines page.****
Please submit your poster proposal using the online form here by March 1, 2024.
The primary contact listed on each proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and decisions on proposals by mid-March.

Questions can be sent to poster team leader, Andrea McMillan at salaza27@msu.edu. Questions about the conference in general can be sent to conference@miala.org.

Workshop, presentation, and lightning round proposals:
Decisions for workshop, presentation, and lightning round proposal will be communicated by February 19. 

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