It’s conference time! I wanted to share a few “know before you go” details – and relay a few ways where you can get engaged. (In case you missed it, this year’s conference is being hosted at Saginaw Valley State University on May 13 &14th
, and registration is open
There is a very strong list of programs
, and what promises to be the biggest poster and information fair
yet! Monday has optional dinearounds
scheduled, and you can connect with your Interest Group
and see if they have planned a meetup. Our partners in the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners
are meeting the Wednesday following the conference, and of course – don’t miss this year’s keynote speaker Rebecca Blakiston
talking about “A Human-Centered Strategy for Advancing Library Value.”
There is more happening than I can relay here – so look for communications from the conference committee with more details. And while we’re on the topic – if you see any of the hard working individuals
who volunteered their time to organize such an incredible event, please thank them for their service in making this event a reality!
Please don’t miss the Tuesday lunch, which features a brief membership meeting. This is a great chance to hear highlights from our committees
, gain insight into what is happening behind the scenes, and even hear how MiALA is doing financially (spoiler: we’re doing good!).
The board also wants to provide some time to answer your
questions. To help make this manageable – as we’ll have over 200 people in the room – we’re providing question cards at the registration table. If you have a question for your elected leadership, please fill out a card and hand it back to the good folks at the registration desk. We will combine questions and answer as many as time allows.
As a final note, I did want to mention this year’s nominations
for leadership positions. Nominations are open now, and will close on May 17th
, with elections starting on June 3rd
. I would encourage all of you to share your expertise and think about if you can serve MiALA. I think I can speak for many individuals by saying it is an incredibly rewarding experience!