September 2017


Tina Ulrich

Michigan Colleges Online is hosting the 2017 MI Open Educational Resources Summit on Friday,Sept. 22, 2017 at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, MI.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Robin DeRosa, Program Director, Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University. 

Come learn about how Michigan colleges are saving students money on textbooks. All faculty, librarians, educational technologists, instructional designers, administrators, and students welcome!

Find out more at

Assessment Pop-up Conference Call for Proposals

Shellie Jeffries

The MiALA Assessment Interest group is seeking proposals for presentations for a Pop-Up Conference to explore assessment in academic libraries.

The conference will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Proposals are due by Friday, September 29, 2017. The submission form is available at

Contact Shellie Jeffries at with questions.

Welcome to those who joined MiALA over the summer!

Western Michigan University
Michael Duffy

Central Michigan University
Laura Thompson

Oakland University
Julia E. Rodriguez

Muskegon Community College Hendrik Meijer Library
Lisa Anderson

Wayne State University
Sandra Martin

Wayne State University
Lori Rinaldi

Wayne State University
Graham Hukill

Grand Rapids Community College
Brian Beecher

St. Clair County Community College
Hayley Bommarito

St. Clair County Community College
Brenan Murphey

Michigan State University
Grace Haynes

University of Michigan
Emily Campbell

Wayne State University Libraries
Paul Beavers

President's Column

Jessica Sender

I want to take a moment and welcome everyone to the MiALA 2017-2018 year! We had such a successful annual conference in May, and I’m excited to build on that momentum as we continue to grow MiALA. August 10-11 the incoming, outgoing, and standing board members, committee members, section chairs, and interest group chairs all met for a day and a half strategic retreat. Strategic Retreat attendees listening to a speaker in a conference room This was a great time to meet everyone face to face, and begin charting the course for what we would like to see accomplished over the next year. We also heard from Krysta McDonald, the immediate past-president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), who spoke with us about how to navigate organization challenges, develop members to be leaders, and build a vision for MiALA. It was an excellent keynote, and I think we all really appreciated having her insight. 

We also decided on a theme, or guiding vision, for this year. As a relative newcomer to Michigan (I’ve only been here three years), I really want to focus this next year on our members and who they are. In that vein, the theme for this is Engage, Diversify, Build. We want to find new ways to engage the members that we have, through programming, networking, and professional development opportunities. Many of our members talk about their personal relationships as the reason they got involved in MiALA. Making sure that we keep those personal relationships as the foundation of MiALA is critically important to our members across the state.

We want to diversify our membership as well. This means making sure MiALA is reflective of who librarians are in our state, and the populations they serve. We need to create a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse organization. Additionally, we want to find new and innovative ways to reach out to librarians, library staff, and undergraduate and graduate students. Diversify also targets members at all stages in their careers-from newly minted librarians to those who have been in the field for a number of years. All are valued and important members of MiALA, and we want to make sure that MiALA meets the needs of our membership. It also means that the many different types of libraries we have in this state-community colleges, private colleges, public universities- in urban and rural communities, from the UP to Detroit, are well represented in MiALA.

Lastly, we want to build our membership and capitalize on the membership we already have. Our members are smart, engaged, and passionate. We want to build our membership across the state-from individual to institutional memberships, so we’ll be looking at ways to expand that over the next year.

If you have ideas, comments, suggestions, concerns, or just want to chat, my door (email?) is always open. I’m looking forward to this year!
Jessica Sender
MiALA President, 2017-2018

Board members standing in front of strategic retreat venue

Registration Now Open for ALAO Annual Conference

ALAO (ALA Ohio)'s Annual Conference, "Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment" will be on October 27, 2017 with a Preconference October 26, at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

Keynote presentation from April Hathcock, former corporate- litigator-turned-scholarly communication librarian who speaks on advocacy and social action.

The early bird rate for conference registration ends on September 15. Early bird rates for Non-members are $160, and the preconference registration rate is $80.

For more information about the conference and to register, go to
New MiALA eNewsletter - September 2017