January 2017

MiALA News

Annual Conference Call for Posters Open
You are invited to Grand Rapids & GVSU for the 2nd Annual MiALA Conference to showcase your innovations in library science.

MiALA Annual Conference Location Guidelines & Submission Form
Proposals for the 2018 Annual Conference should be submitted to the MiALA Board of Directors by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

MiALA Membership Outreach Meeting

MiALA Membership Outreach Meeting
02/06/17 - 02/06/17
Join us online on February 6th from 1:30 - 3:00 pm (Eastern) for an update of MiALA projects/initiatives. 

Registration is free but required. A link to all registered attendees will be sent a few days prior to the meeting. 

For questions on this meeting, contact Paul Gallagher at paul.gallagher@wayne.edu

Location: online 

Registration ends on February 6, 2017. Register here

MiALA ACRL Travel Grant Winner

Congratulations to Gayle Schaub from Grand Valley State University! Gayle is the winner of the MiALA ACRL Travel Grant and will receive $500 to apply toward the cost of attending the ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Thank you to all who applied for the travel grant and many thanks to the Selection Committee: Mike Hawthorne (Collections Section), Arlene Weismantel (Administration Section), and Jenn Wright (User Experience Section). Enjoy the conference, Gayle!

President's Column

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!

Mini-MiALA 2016 Conference Review

The Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) held a mini-conference, Mini-MiALA, on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the University of Michigan - Dearborn from 9am-3pm. The event was planned by the MiALA Section Chairs. Cost of attendance was $20 (members) or $40 (non-members). Two concurrent sessions of three programs (each sponsored by a Section) were scheduled in the morning and the afternoon consisted of Section meetings followed by Interest Group meetings. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks were provided.


61 people registered

  • 50 were members

  • 8 were non-members

  • 3 joined MiALA while registering for the event

59 attendees: 2 of the 61 people registered were unable to attend


A survey was emailed to attendees post-event and those who completed the survey provided mostly positive feedback about the event. Attendees enjoyed the concurrent sessions and rated the Section meetings as useful. Survey respondents (19 out of 28) said they would attend a future Mini-MiALA Conference and a majority of these respondents (25 out of 28) indicated they would prefer to attend in-person versus online. Suggestions for improvement at future Mini-MiALA Conferences included providing coffee throughout the day, providing more communication and information about the Interest Group meetings, and holding the event at a more geographically-centered location.

Thank you to Mike Hawthorne (Collections Section Chair) and Julie Gallagher (Administration Section Chair) for their assistance in the planning of this successful, inaugural event. Thank you also to Heather Ladiski (MiALA) in handling the registration and to the conference attendees for their engagement and feedback!

MiALA eNewsletter - January 2017