MiALA Candidate Information

MiALA Board Candidate Information

Vice President (two-year term, one as Vice President, one as President)
 Ashley Blinstrub
Brief biography
I have been the Research and Assessment Librarian for the past three and a half years at Saginaw Valley State University. Prior to that I was the Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Southern Indiana. I graduated with my MSI from University of Michigan in 2013. I also attended University of Michigan for my undergraduate education, earning a B.A. in English with a minor in Environmental Science.

I am passionate about being an Assessment Librarian because I get to assist making library spaces and services more usable through data-driven practices. Serving as the library liaison to Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Athletic Training and Health Sciences gives me opportunities to connect with several students and faculty members throughout SVSU's campus.

In my free time I love riding my bike, walking my dog, taking piano lessons and travelling with my book club.

List prior leadership experience
I served as the Co-Chair of the Conference Committee for the 2019 Annual MiALA Conference, leading a team of 30 people in the organization of our conference.

I was the Committee Chair for the Communications and Marketing Committee at MiALA from July 2016-June 2017 and I served on the Conference Committee this past year. I have also been a member on several MiALA task forces including the Website Task Force and the Policy and Procedures Manual Task Force. I also helped organize the Assessment Pop-Up Conference this past fall.

In my time at SVSU, I have served as the Chair of the Library's Assessment Committee, leading librarians in several assessment projects. I also hold a position on SVSU's Academic Program Assessment Advisory Board-assisting the university community with assessment initiatives. I am also the Chair of the Human Library Event Committee at SVSU and organize a committee of students, staff, and faculty in planning a Human Library Event on SVSU's campus. In the library I also serve on the Outreach and Marketing Committee, the Collection Development Committee, the Space Team, and am the Team Leader of the Assessment Committee.

My excitement for state-wide library organizations began when I served as a member on the Poster Presentation Committee for the Indiana Library Federation. While at the University of Southern Indiana I also served as a member on the Collection Development Committee, Assessment Committee, Publicity & Outreach Committee and the Website Committee. I was also a member of the Promotions Ad Hoc Committee.

Why would you like to serve on the MiALA board?
I would love to serve on the MiALA board because when I joined MiALA I immediately felt a strong sense of community and I want to continue to foster those ideals that have made this a successful organization. I would bring a passion for helping people and an analytical mind to the MiALA board. I have also learned a lot about the MiALA organization as a member of several MiALA committees and would be so proud to continue to be part of this organization.

Secretary (two-year term)
 Preethi Gorecki
Brief biography
Preethi Gorecki is a Library Faculty Diversity Fellow at Grand Valley State University, where she primarily serves the function of Business Liaison Librarian. Preethi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. While completing her MLIS degree, Preethi served as a Project Coordinator at the University of Waterloo Library in Ontario, Canada. During that time, she worked on a renovation project to create accessible student spaces, various process refinement initiatives, and co-lead a student ambassador program. Her research interests include best practices for diversifying librarianship, project and task management tools and techniques for everyday academic librarianship, and student engagement as a strategy for increasing student wellness

List prior leadership experience
I was a project coordinator at the University of Waterloo Library for about two years, where I effectively co-lead the library disaster recovery planning initiative and the library ambassador program in addition to coordinating a $3M dollar renovation project.

Why would you like to serve on the MiALA board?
I feel that the skills I honed as a project coordinator at the University of Waterloo, directly complement those needed to be effective as Secretary for MiALA. I have also been looking for a way to contribute meaningfully to MiALA and serving as Secretary seems like the perfect way to do so.


Publicly Funded University Representative (two-year term)
    Elaine Meyer
Brief biography
Hello! I'm Elaine Meyer, I'm the Engineering and Math Librarian at UM Dearborn. I also support data management efforts for the engineering school. I've been working in library related jobs (ProQuest, Gale, MCLS and now UM Dearborn) for ~10 years and I was an engineer for also about 8 years (time flies!). I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Information with concentrations in both Library and Information Services and Human Computer Interaction. I live in Detroit and volunteer at the Michigan Humane Society and the Redford Theatre, and love to ride my bike around Detroit.  

List prior leadership experience
For MiALA, I was the STEM IG chair for 2017-18. With vice-chair Rebecca Renirie, we added more programming and helped our group get to know each other better through meet-ups (online and in-person) and have more educational opportunities available. It really helped our IG continue to grow and form a great group of colleagues to share and discuss our projects and questions so we can get to know each other better and learn from each other. Many of us are solo librarians so it can be really helpful to bounce off ideas with colleagues in a safe setting.

Other leadership/service roles have been:
- University of Michigan School of Information Alumni Board for ~3 years and hosted many events for UMSI alumni.
- Treasurer for Lansing's Sycamore Park Neighborhood

Why would you like to serve on the MiALA board?
I've been involved with MiALA since it's inception and realize how positive and necessary it's been for Michigan's academic library community over time, so it's very important to me to see that it continues to thrive and be successful. MiALA fills an important gap of getting together the academic librarians of Michigan, which is very much needed because Michigan is a big state! We also all need relevant quality programming tailored to academic librarians at a reasonable price. Its been such a pleasure to see MiALA grow and thrive over the years and I would like to make sure that it continues in that direction.
 Tim Peters
Brief biography
I am currently the Associate Dean of University Libraries at Central Michigan University. Prior to becoming Associate Dean in August 2018, I served as Director of Library Research and Instruction Services (2010-2018) and Director of Off-Campus Library Services (2007-2010). Before arriving at CMU I spent sixteen years as a community college library director at two institutions, one in Michigan and one in Minnesota. I began my career at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as a Cataloger/Reference Librarian.

My professional interests lie in the areas of leadership, change management, scholarly communication, and re-purposing library spaces. In my currrent position I am able to involve myself with all of these topics.

I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, an MLIS from Louisiana State University, and a Masters in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.

List prior leadership experience
I have gained valuable leadership experience in my current position of Associate Dean of University Libraries, and have leadership experience from my two previous positions as well. I also served as the Vice-Chair/Chair/Past Chair of the Distance Learning Section of ACRl from 2012 to 2015. Additionally, I served as the Chair of the Michigan COLD Public Services group from 2012 to 2016.

I lead and serve on a multitude of committees within the CMU Libraries, as well as across campus. As Chair of the CMU Copyright Committee, I exert leadership in terms of copyright education and compliance to the university.

Why would you like to serve on the MiALA board?
I appreciate the interactions I have with my colleagues from around the state, and find them informative and helpful. As four-year institutions, we share a lot of similarities and can learn from one another, though we can also learn from all types of libraries and librarians. MiALA is a great connecting point for Michigan libraries and I would like to be an active part of the organization that brings us together, spurs important conversations, and creates opportunities for learning and improvement.

 Andrea Salazar
Brief biography
Andrea is in her first year as a librarian at Michigan State University. Her primary responsibilities are in Teaching & Learning where she provides instruction sessions to First Year Writing classes on campus. She was also recently appointed into a secondary assignment as the Chicano & Latino Studies Librarian. Andrea's interests are in building new relationships with student success programs on campus, specifically those aimed at first-generation, transition, and bridge programs. Her library journey began as a library student worker during her undergraduate studies at MSU. Andrea received her MLIS from Wayne State University's School of Library and Information Science in 2018.

List prior leadership experience
Currently I serve as a co-chair on the MiALA Residency Interest Group.

Why would you like to serve on the MiALA board?
I am looking for new way to become more involved within MiALA and the profession. I think serving on the MiALA board will provide me with great insight and experience within the organization.
Private University Representative (two-year term)
 David Malone
Brief biography
David B. Malone (M.A., M.S.Ed., M.S., C.A.) serves as Dean of the College and Seminary Library at Calvin College. Prior to joining Calvin, David was Associate Professor of Library Science at Wheaton College, where he oversaw multiple library functions during his 25-year career there. With research interests in technology in the library context and the user experience, he also has published in the area of 19th century American religion. He has been involved professionally, having served on consortial boards and given various papers and presentations before library and archival professional meetings.    

List prior leadership experience
Professional leadership positions
LIBRAS [Chicagoland liberal-arts college library consortium], Treasurer, 2005-2007; Chair, Archives special interest group, 2010–2012; Vice President, 2012-2013; President, 2013-2014; Past President, 2014-2015
Academy of Certified Archivists: webmaster, 2003-2008
ILCSO [IL state consortium]: Digital Library Implementation Task Force, member, 2004-2006
Midwest Archives Conference: Program co-chair, Spring 2000 meeting

Consultations and Reviews
Library Program Review, Randolph-Macon College, 2018.
University Archives consultation, Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, IL, 2013.
Institutional Archives consultation, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL, 2008-2009.

Why would you like to serve on the MiALA board?
I would like to support the work of MiALA as it promotes academic libraries and provides professional development opportunities and I believe my experience can help advance that work. I have worked in private academic libraries for over 25 years and understand the needs and particularities of that context.
 Cynthia Simpson
Brief biography
Cynthia Simpson has been a professional librarian since 2008, when she completed her MLIS at Wayne State University. From 2006 through 2011, she worked in a variety of public libraries as a youth and adult services librarian and interlibrary loan department supervisor. As of 2011, she has been employed at Lawrence Technological University, a small private STEM university in Southfield, and is the Coordinator of Library Access Services. In addition to supervising the student assistant team and managing the Circulation Department, she manages her library’s chat service, teaches information literacy and is the Project Manager for the Albert Kahn Library Collection. She was invited by students to be their Adviser for both the Association of Indian Students and the Muslim Student Association, and was recently elected to a fifth term on the Staff Senate. In 2018, she was selected to participate in ALA’s Leadership Institute and was matched with a year-long mentor through LLAMA’s Mentoring program. This spring she attended the Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Conference in Cleveland on a Mid-Career Scholarship. Currently she is pursuing a Master’s in Technical and Professional Communication.

Cynthia has lived, studied, traveled and worked abroad in over 25 countries and is inherently invested in equity, diversity, inclusion and access. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family and rescue Pitbull Bella. She used to really enjoy running until her knee crashed while training for a marathon.


List prior leadership experience
Leadership at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

March 2018 Phenomenal Woman award
Spring 2018- present Advisor, Muslim Student Association
July 2017 Chaperone, Office of Study Abroad Programs, Zhejiang Province, China
2016-present Manager of LTU’s RHN Chat Consortium participation
2016-present Albert Kahn Library Collection- Archive Project Manager for Inventories and Collection Assessments
2015-2016 Chair, Research Help Now’s Best Chat Transcript Committee
Fall 2014-present Advisor, Association of Indian Students
2013-Present Supervisor of the LTU Circulation Department and student assistant team
2012 – 2016 Staff Senate Board Positions
Secretary, 2015 – 2016
Chair Ex-Officio, 2014 – 2015
Chair, 2013 – 2014
VP/Treasurer, 2012 – 2013
2012-present Staff Senate Sub-Committees
Chair, Staff Recognition/Staff Development Committee, 2012 – 2013
Member, Legislative Committee-Bylaws Revisionist, 2012 – Present
Member, Website Improvement Committee, 2015 – 2017

Other Leadership Experience:
2018-present American Library Association
Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)
LLAMA Mentoring Program, Mentee
August 2018 American Library Association
Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)
ALA Leadership Institute, Cohort Member
2016-present Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, MI
Library Technician Program Advisory Committee
2009-2011 Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills, MI
Supervisor, Interlibrary Loan Department
1992 – 1996 Century Language Schools, Pusan, South Korea
ESL Teacher, International Staff Coordinator

Why would you like to serve on the MiALA board?
Cynthia would make an excellent addition to the MiALA Board of Directors in the Private College and Universities Representative position. Having been employed at a private university for close to nine years, she has knowledge and understanding of issues unique to the small, generally underfunded, libraries in these institutions. With her abilities to form connections with disparate groups, she would be a natural to start conversations, bringing to the table underrepresented viewpoints, thus giving voice and representation that would be advantageous to private universities and colleges.


Community College Representative (two-year term)
 Renee Snodgrass
Brief biography
I have been the Director of Library Services at West Shore Community College for about six years now. Prior to that I worked at Strayer University in Downers Grove, Illinois. I received my MLIS degree from Dominican University in 2011, and my Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University in 2009. I love working in higher education, and I love community colleges in particular because we have the privilege of serving every user group – not just students, faculty, and staff, but the greater community, as well.     

List prior leadership experience
Being the library director at West Shore Community College has allowed me to develop my leadership skills not only within the library but throughout the rest of campus, as well. I am the advisor for two student organizations and co-lead a group that brings together school library paraprofessionals in my ESD. I am also the president of a non-profit organization for local LGBTQ+ individuals called West Shore Pride.

Why would you like to serve on the MiALA board?
Watching MiALA grow from an idea into an organization has been inspiring, and I’m grateful for the leaders who followed through with their vision. I want to give back to this self-made, small “d” democratic institution. I also want to be a strong voice for community colleges. I feel as though we are often underrepresented because of the nature of our jobs - so many of us don’t have the time to serve the way we would like to. I want to faithfully represent what is important to community college librarians to the greater academic library community.

 Bethany Kennedy
Brief biography
Bethany Kennedy is the Director of Access Services in the Bailey Library at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she focuses on facilitating innovative, collaborative efforts to strengthen her campus and community.
Ms. Kennedy earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University in 2005 and has worked in a variety of academic settings. Her projects include serving as Trustee on the Ypsilanti (MI) District Library board; bringing librarians, business service organizations and business owners together through LibraryBiz Connect, and leading the WCC Entrepreneurship Center Steering Committee. Ms. Kennedy lives with her family in Ypsilanti, MI with two cats and a few surprisingly lovable hermit crabs.

List prior leadership experience
Trustee, Ypsilanti District Library Board
Co-Chair, Ypsilanti District Library Millage Citizen's Committee "Vote YES for Our Library"
Chair, WCC Entrepreneurship Center Steering Committee
2014 – 2016
Member, MeLCat Advisory Committee
2010 – 2017
Founding member, LibraryBiz Connect
2008 – 2015
Member, Michigan State University Center for Regional and Economic Innovation Consultative Panel

Why would you like to serve on the MiALA board?
I believe that Community College representation is essential to the success of MiALA. My current career focus has been connecting with our communities by inviting unique perspectives, fostering inclusive dialogue, and promoting institutional flexibility and responsiveness. I would utilize these skills and experiences on the MiALA Board to enrich the professional lives of our members. 

Current board members who will remain on the board for the 2019-2020 year.
Incoming PresidentBeth Martin
Immediate Past PresidentPaul Gallagher
TreasurerClayton Hayes
Community College RepresentativeJen Fiero
Private College RepresentativeCaryn Noel
Publicly Funded University RepresentativeHelen Look

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Ballots will be sent by email to all current members on Monday, June 3. Ballots will need to be completed no later than June 14 at 5:00 pm.