June Newsletter

Election Results

Hello everyone,
The votes have been tallied, and we are happy to announce our MiALA leadership for the 2017-2018 year! For short biographies and photos, please visit http://miala.org/2017-18_election_results.php
2017-2018 MiALA Board of Directors
President: Jessica Sender
Vice President: Paul Gallagher
Past-President: Stephanie Mathson
Secretary: Gina Bolger
Treasurer: Jill Morningstar
Publicly Funded University Representatives
Beth Martin
Rebecca Renirie
Private University Representatives
Julia Eisenstein
Mary Kickham-Samy
Community College Representatives
Kendra Lake
Tina Ulrich
Committee Chairs
Advocacy Committee Chair: Julie Garrison
Communications & Marketing Committee Chair: Kristen Mapes
Membership Committee Chair: Joshua Sanchez
Administrative Section Board
Chair: Arlene Weismantel
Chair-elect Francine Paolini
At-large Representative: Jennifer Dean
At-large Representative: Mary O’Kelly
Collections Section Board
Chair: Breezy Silver
Chair-elect: Dejah Rubel
Secretary: Carin Graves
At-large Representative: Lisa Lorenzo
At-large Representative: Erica Millspaugh
User Experience Section Board
Chair: Emilia Marcyk
Chair-elect: Katrina Rouan
Secretary: Clayton Hayes
At-large Representative: Gayle Schaub
At-large Representative: Brenna Wade


Call for News Items

If you are interested in submitting a news article for publication in one of MiALA's communication outlets, complete the form located here. Information on communication policies is located on pages 19-26 of the MiALA Policies and Procedures Manual

President's Column

Welcome to summer! I hope your academic year went well, and that you enjoy the season ahead.
I hope that those of you who attended the MiALA Annual Conference in May enjoyed it. Preliminary feedback shows that attendees thought the programs were very strong. Some folks expressed concerns about the space, food, and other matters, which will help guide the 2018 Conference Committee members in their work planning next year’s conference in East Lansing. All in all, I think the conference was a success, and I thank everyone involved with it—from the planners and volunteers to the presenters and attendees.
I wish to congratulate those of you who were just elected to the 2017-2018 Board of Directors! I look forward to working with you in the coming year. To the other nominees, thank you so much for running for various positions. I hope you will seek out leadership roles in Interest Groups and volunteer for our standing committees. Together, we’ll make MiALA thrive.
It has been my pleasure serving as your president this year, and I know Jessica Sender will be a great president. I look forward to continuing to help MiALA grow and benefit all academic library personnel in Michigan.

MiALA Annual Conference Wrap-Up

Thanks to the 180 attendees and presenters who attended MiALA's second
annual conference in Grand Rapids. Overall, we think things went quite
smoothly! Conference evaluations were overwhelmingly positive, and
we've shared all suggestions for improvement with next year's planning
committee, so that the 3rd annual conference can be even better!

Several presenters shared slides, posters, or handouts with us. Feel free
to take a look: 

We're already looking forward to next year's conference at the Kellogg center at MSU!

If you presented at the conference and would like to provide access to your poster or presentation, send your files to heather@miala.org. 

MiALA is Sharing Code on GitHub

As a result of the Website/UX Interest Group meeting at MiALA's annual conference, we decided to collaborate on a GitHub channel within MiALA (see https://github.com/Mi-ALA). Anyone with Internet access can view our content.

This will serve as a repository for library codes, hacks, and other technical information developed by the Website/UX Interest Group (with a focus on website development and user experience).
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