October is here and most of us are in full swing of the fall semester, so are things at MiALA. The conference committee are beginning their charge to bring us a robust conference in May, 2020. The OER Summit will be taking place in a few weeks as will the UX Lunch and Learn. You can learn more about each event on the MiALA webpage.
I recently gave an update for MiALA at the Library of Michigan Board meeting, it was well received. Additionally, I got to hear what our sister organizations have been working on and offering in the future. It was a good meeting. One item that was discussed at length generated from the Michigan Association for Media Education (MAME). They are seeing a correlation between dropping literacy rates among elementary aged students and the lack of Media Specialists in schools. The state does have a shortage of Media Specialist and some librarians work for multiple locations within a single district or have to split their time between the library and teaching in a classroom. There was also discussion on how the lack of Media Specialists impacts incoming college students who are not taught how to do research and write research papers. It is a major concern and one that is gaining some support with legislators.
Lastly, thank you to all the members who have participated in a recent member survey, the data is being analyzed and will be reported on the board in the coming months.Respectfully yours,