IGCC Candidates

Interest Group Coordinating Council Candidates

Representative (two-year term)

 Grace Haynes
Brief biography
I am the Music Librarian at Michigan State University. Prior to working at MSU, I worked in Public Services and Outreach for the University Libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder. I earned my MLIS at the University of Denver. In addition to MiALA, I am an active member of the Music Library Association.

List prior leadership experience
-MiALA Fine Arts Interest Group, Secretary
-Elected to MSU Libraries Steering Committee
-Interim Branch Manager, Howard B. Waltz Music Library at University of Colorado Boulder

Why would you like to serve on the Interest Group Coordinating Council?
Since joining MiALA in 2017, I have been a member of the Fine Arts Interest Group. I now serve as secretary of this IG, and have seen firsthand how the interest groups can connect librarians from different institutions across Michigan to share information, collaborate, and exchange ideas. Through the connections I’ve made in this interest group, I’ve found partners for research, writing, and presenting at conferences. As Interest Group Coordinating Council representative, I would advocate for interest groups and encourage the growth and success of their work across MiALA.
 Elizabeth Walker-Papke
Brief biography
Elizabeth Walker-Papke is the Online and Distance Learning Librarian at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, MI, a position in which she has served since June 2012. During these years, Elizabeth has worked with both traditional and non-traditional students and wears a number of different hats: collection developer and liaison for a variety of departments that include Nursing, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Business, and Art, supervisor of a project production lab, reference librarian, educator in information literacy/research, and manager of her library’s 24/7 chat participation in an academic library consortium.

She enjoys the variety of topics that come across the reference desk; she finds it intriguing to see what people are studying and the varying theories that arise from those. Some of her favorite questions have come from her distance students, however; she has had the privilege of working closely with that sector’s students as they restart their student careers, many of them after having been away from school for a while. She finds it especially rewarding to see those “lightbulb moments” when students make connections with the research that result in those “aha!” moments of discovery. She also enjoys learning new things about librarianship, and she is a member of several different professional associations, including Mi-ALA, ALA, Association of Christian Librarians (ACL), and the Medical Librarian Association (MLA). She serves within Mi-ALA on the Conference Planning Committee where she has chaired the Scholarship subcommittee for the past two years. She is also the lead contact of the Distance and Online Learning IG. She also serves in other capacities at her university and within other organizations she belongs to.

Aside from her work in the library, Elizabeth enjoys discovering new things in everyday life, whether that involves attending a new concert or play, discovering new shops in her community, or having her husband, Barry, teach her a new technical skill in home maintenance. She enjoys spending quiet evenings with her husband catching up on movies and playing with their two furbabies (Kane and Damon). She also enjoys a good cup of coffee and a strong internet connection.

List prior leadership experience
2018 – present Chair – Scholarship Subcommittee of the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) Conference Planning Committee
2017 – present SAU Faculty Forum Secretary/Treasurer (elected position)
2017 – present MiALA Conference Planning Committee
2017 – present SAU Diversity Committee
2017 – present Member-At-Large in Association of Christian Librarian (ACL) Liberal Arts Section (LAS) – elected position.
2015 – present Chair of the Distance and Online Learning sub-group of MiALA
2017 – present Chair of the Research Help Now’s (RHN) annual Best Chat Transcript Awards Committee – provides double-blind peer review of chat transcripts
2016 – 2017 Committee member for RHN’s chat platform switch
2015 – 2016 Served on a committee to organize and present the ACL’s first Virtual Conference on February 17, 2016
2014 – 2016 Transcript reviewer for the Research Help Now’s annual Best Chat Transcript Awards Committee
2014 – present Local manager of SAU’s participation in the Research Help Now 24/7 chat collaborative
2013 – present SAU’s Cultural Life Committee, Co-chair

Why would you like to serve on the Interest Group Coordinating Council?
MiALA has been a huge benefit to Elizabeth’s professional career, and she wants to continue serving this community. She enjoys interacting with other professionals and gaining insight from their vast experiences. She believes in the power of collaboration between a variety of perspectives from across the state; together, the group can create better opportunities for the rest of the collaborative.

Member-at-Large (one-year term) (no nominations received)


Current Section board members who will remain on the Interest Group Coordinating Council for the 2019-2020 year.

Incoming IGCC memberCaryn Graves
Incoming IGCC memberRachel Minkin
Incoming IGCC memberBrenna Wade

All members will receive a ballot by email on Monday, June 3. The deadline to submit your ballot is June 14 at 5:00 pm.