December 2016

ACRL Travel Grant

The Michigan Academic Library Association will award a $500 travel grant to attend the ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore, MD on March 22-25, 2017.

The purpose of the ACRL Travel Grant is to support a current Mi-ALA member’s attendance at the ACRL 2017 Conference. Total award amount will be $500 and can be applied to defray costs of registration, transportation, lodging, or other associated conference expenses. Awardee and/or awardee's institution will be expected to cover any remaining conference or travel costs.

All current members of Mi-ALA are eligible to apply for the ACRL 2017 Travel Grant. Applications will be due December 15, 2016 to allow amount to be awarded before the early bird registration deadline. An ad-hoc committee composed of 3 Mi-ALA members (one from each Section) will evaluate applications and select the awardee based on the strength of rationale for attending the conference and potential benefit to the applicant’s library, Mi-ALA, or Michigan library community.

Interest Group News

IL Interest Group
Check out the IL Interest Groups's Newsletter!

Website Interest Group
The Website Interest Group is now on slack for group communications.

Cataloging/Metadata and Technical Services Interest Groups
The Cataloging/Metadata and the Technical Services Interest Groups held a pop-up conference on RDA at MCLS on November 17th. They had great presentations and discussions

Keynote Announcement for MI-ALA Annual Conference 2017

Making Connections: Academic Libraries, Communities, and Purpose
2nd Annual Conference
May 18-19, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI

The MI-ALA Conference Committee is thrilled to announce Emily Drabinski as our keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Conference.
Emily is Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn. She is editor of Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books, and sits on the board of Radical Teacher, a journal of socialist, feminist, and anti-racist teaching practice. Emily serves as secretary of the Long Island University Faculty Federation Local 3998, NYSUT/AFT, AFL-CIO.

For more info about Emily and a list of publications, see her website at

Reminder: Proposals for next year's conference are due December 12. To submit your proposal, use this form.

For more information about next year's conference, visit the 2017 MI-ALA Conference website

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