March Newsletter

Events in March

Executive Committee Meeting
2:00 - 3:00 pm
online using zoom

Data Literacy Boot Camp
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Michigan State University Library, Green Room
366 W. Circle Dr.
East Lansing, MI 48824

Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
University of Toledo Libraries
Carlson Library, Room 1005 2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390

membership committee meeting
9:00 - 9:30 am
online using zoom

Deadline to Submit News for April Newsletter

MiALA March Board Meeting
2:00 - 3:00 pm
online using zoom

Take charge: communicate value and foster success at your library through ACRL Standards assessment
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City

SEMLOL Spring Meeting - Library on a Dime: Low or No Cost Tools or Resources
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Davenport University
27650 Dequindre Rd
Warren, MI 48092

Welcome New Members!

University of Michigan Library
Alexandra Rivera

Western Michigan University - University Libraries
Angela Brcka

Western Michigan University
Rohit Bandooni

Grand Valley State University
Leigh Rupinski

Grand Valley State University
Marcia Lee

Western Michigan University
Megan Brown

University of Michigan
Sophia McFadden-Keesling

University of Michigan
Caroline Wack

University of Michigan
Jesus Espinoza

Miami University
Rachel Makarowski

Miami University Libraries
Laura Birkenhauer

President's Message

Paul Gallagher

In February, the MiALA Board of Directors conducted a “mini-retreat” to review our efforts and develop some new projects moving into the summer.  During our discussion, one key theme emerged: we want to hear more from all of you!  Many ideas were batted around about how we can – to quote MiALA’s mission - support professional development, leadership, and committee service for all librarians, library staff, and library students working in higher education.  We are honored to represent all of you and want to insure that we are focusing our energy in ways that help you get more engaged!

With that context, we would like to ask for your help in two ways.  First, we are interested in hearing your ideas about what we can do together, and how you would like to communicate.  We are looking at some of the more traditional means to hear your suggestions – such as surveys – but welcome new ideas and examples that you are willing to share.  Don’t be shy - please reach out and let all of us know at (Note: the is an easy way to email the entire board directly, and I encourage you to reach out!)

Second, take a moment and learn who your representative is on the board, and make a connection.  Maybe you have a great idea, know of an emerging topic, or just want to meet someone new – we are here to listen.

For more immediate topics of interest and ways you can get involved, MiALA is soliciting proposals for next year’s conference location, details are available on the MiALA website – and are due by April 1st.  Also, on March 8th, the Data Literacy Bootcamp is at Michigan State University Libraries, and “Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert” is being hosted along with ALAO at the University of Toledo Libraries.  On March 29th, “Take charge: Communicate value and foster success at your library through ACRL Standards assessment" is at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

Oh, and don’t forget about the conference!  It is happening May 13 & 14th at the Conference Center at Saginaw Valley State University!

MiALA Advocacy/MAME Update

Rachel Minkin

MiALA colleagues,

Our Advocacy Committee continues to support the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) as part of the Coalition for Michigan School Libraries. Also joining to support MAME are MLA, Library of Michigan, Wayne State University SIS and a number of other local school, parent, educator and administrator groups.

Kathy Lester, MAME Advocacy Chair and Past-President 2014, invites us to review their latest presentation and provides us links to handouts. Please share widely, including with your local, regional, and state officials.
She also shares the following with us.

We'd like everyone to be able to:
  1. Understand the school library crisis in our state. We are 47th in the nation in the ratio of students to school librarians and only 8% of our schools employ a full-time certified librarian.
  2. Talk about the benefits of certified school librarians (based on research). There are three recommended talking points (see the bookmark) School librarians…
    1. Improve reading achievement
    2. Support college & career readiness (we teach research, Information literacy, and digital citizenship skills)
    3. Support technology integration
Other information:

I know that funding is a question for many school districts:
  1. See slide #25. ESSA allows school districts to use their Title Funds (from Federal government) on school libraries...this was not true in the past.
  2. See slide #26. Also, there is a new collaborative trying to change the way schools are funded. They include one certified media specialist per building in their evidence-based recommendations.
  3. We have been working with legislators (and the governor's office) to find ways to fund school libraries.
We are asking organizations to share this information with their members.
Thank you for your consideration!

Rachel Minkin, on behalf of MiALA Advocacy Committee

Member Spotlight

David Scott

Close up of Dave and his black dog named Ziggy inset with a white background and a paw print beige patternDavid Scott - Outreach and User Engagement Librarian, Ferris State University

What are you currently reading?
I'm doing a reading challenge this year so am currently reading 2 books (soon to be 3 as a MelCat request is coming soon!)
1. Fleetwood: My life and adventures in Fleetwood Mac (a book written by a musician)
2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. (Ghost Story)
3. The Woman in the Mirror A.J. Finn (Book becoming a movie in 2019)

What are your research interests?
I like to hear about ways libraries reach out to today's students and engage them in using the library over the web for their research needs. I dabble in financial information as well. I'm even toying with the idea of becoming a Certified Financial Planner.

Do you have hobbies or interests outside of the library?
I officiate high school sports, specifically Football, Volleyball, and Basketball. My rule is if you yell at the ref, learn some basics of the rules. I'd be happy to share specifics for anyone who asks. Contact me and let's chat! Yes, that was pass interference in the Saints/Rams game.

What drew you to the library profession?
I worked at the MSU Science Library (2West) as a shelver. They created a new position of reference desk assistant and I was hooked. It was great to work alongside the talented librarians they had then, and I thought that this was a career I could do.

What do you value about MiALA?
The grassroots approach is what I find most interesting. The Interest Groups that allow people to get involved are pretty unique and fun. They even allow goofs like me a chance to chair a committee.

Any last thoughts??
Step up and complete a member spotlight questionnaire. As a member-driven organization, we need to hear about the members. I'm sure there are some interesting stories out there!
MiALA Newsletter - March Newsletter