Happy New Year! I hope that 2017 is off to a great start for all of you.
MiALA hosted its first ever Mini-Conference at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday, December 9th
. While you can read a re-cap of the event elsewhere in this newsletter, I want to thank our section chairs for a job well done: Julie Garrison (Administration), Mike Hawthorne (Collections), and Christine Tobias (User Experience). I also want to thank Elaine Logan and Julia Wakulski from the UM-Dearborn Mardigian Library for hosting and handling the logistics of the event.
The next big event for MiALA will be a virtual outreach meeting on Monday, February 6th
. Please watch for an invitation!
Annual Conference planning for 2018 will get underway this
spring. As a member driven organization, I am calling on all of you to consider stepping up and submitting conference location proposals. If you’re at a larger institution, collaborate with colleagues to form a conference planning committee. If you’re at a smaller institution, band together with like-minded MiALA members at schools near yours. The Board of Directors looks forward to reviewing whatever you—our members—propose!
Lastly, if you will be attending ALA Midwinter, join other MiALA members for drinks and conversation on Sunday, January 22nd
, at Latitudes Bistro and Lounge
in the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Feel free to drop by anytime between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. I hope to see you there!