December 2019

Call for #MiALAAC2020 Breakout Session Reviewers

The MiALA 2020 Conference Planning Committee is seeking additional reviewers for presentation proposals. Reviewers must be members of MiALA and will need to commit to spending between 2-5 hours to review and score proposals using an online form. Proposals will be available to reviewers from December 13, 2019-January 3, 2020.

If interested and able to make the expected commitment, please fill out the MiALA 2020 Programming Committee: Reviewer Recruitment Form by Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  Selected reviewers will be notified by December 9, 2019. For questions about the review process or reviewer selection, please contact Jessica Hronchek at Questions about the MiALA 2020 Annual Conference can be sent to

Welcome New Members!

Lansing Community College
Jordan McIntyre

Grand Valley State University
Mary Ruge

Springshare LLC
Talia Richards

OVID Wolters Kluwer
Tina Frye

Jamie Paolino


Member Spotlight

Clayton Hayes

Clayton Hayes
Digital Publishing/STEM Librarian

Wayne State University

2018-2020 MiALA Treasurer

What are you currently reading?

After spending a bit too much time in the UK (The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, and some of Agatha Christie's Ms. Marple) I've moved on to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's debut novel, Purple Hibiscus. I really enjoyed Americanah and am looking forward to seeing more of her work.

I've also been reading a book called How to Lie with Maps by Mark Monmonier, a kind of best-practices guide to cartography. I've had a growing personal interest in mapping and have recently been made the liaison to our Department of Urban Studies and Planning so it seemed like a good overlap between personal interest and professional development.

What are your research interests?
I'm interested in examinations of the demographics of participants in professional communication venues for librarians. Though so far the only form this has taken is an article on gender and the ACRL's SCHOLCOMM listserv, I hope to one day continue doing research along those lines and expand the scope of my investigations.

I've also been trying to learn different methods for creating digital maps and incorporating them into research on Detroit's history. Really, I suppose, Detroit history in general is an area of interest of mine though I wouldn't necessarily say I've done any research on it.

Do you have hobbies or interests outside of the library?
I play goalkeeper for a recreational soccer league team in Detroit; the league just celebrated its 10th anniversary, though I've only been playing for the last 5 years. Each team represents a different neighborhood in the city (or in Hamtramck) and I play for a team called Scripps Park which is one of two teams representing the Woodbridge neighborhood.

I also enjoy films, especially (at the moment) French and American Noir, French New Wave, 70s/80s Italian horror, and 80s/90s American horror. Though I'll watch pretty much anything once. Some of the best films I watched for the first time this year are: Drunken Angel (1948), The Old Dark House (1932), Boy (2010), Us (2019), Mulholland Drive (2001), L'Assassin Habite au 21 (1942), and Un Couteau dans le Coeur (2018).

What drew you to the library profession?
I knew that I enjoyed learning, instruction, and working with people one-on-one, but I didn't want to do any of those things full-time. Academic Librarianship is the perfect intersection of those things (and others), and gives me the opportunity to participate in such a wide variety of activities that I (almost) always find it enjoyable.

What do you value about MiALA?
I think the most valuable thing about MiALA to me is that it has welcomed me to step into leadership roles and allows me to "learn as I go." As someone who is relatively early in their career, I haven't had a ton of opportunities to be in leadership positions, and the fact that I've been able to do that in MiALA has been extremely valuable.

New Interest Group!

Jessica Sender

There is a new interest group in MiALA - the Health Sciences Interest Group! There are so many librarians across the state serving pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-vet, allied health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and a variety of other programs in settings from community colleges to universities. This interest group is intended to be a place for librarians service all those different programs and students to talk about health sciences librarianship. This interest group's description is:
"The Health Sciences IG was created to provide programming, educational opportunities, and professional development for librarians, library staff, library students, and those interested in health sciences librarianship. The Health Sciences IG will serve as a place for librarians from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to discuss health sciences librarianship and advance and support the goals of health sciences librarianship in the state of Michigan."
As chair of the interest group, I am looking forward to continuing our conversations about health sciences librarianship throughout the state. Many thanks to vice-chair Andrea Kepsel, and secretary Sandy McCarthy for being willing to navigate new waters. Joining the interest group is free to all MiALA members (MiALA membership is $40.00/year). This is a great opportunity to get involved, continue to network with health sciences librarians, and work to group health sciences librarianship in the state of Michigan.

Jessica Sender
Health Sciences IG Chair

Call for proposals: Michigan Archival Association 2020 conference

The Michigan Archival Association (MAA) Program Committee is currently seeking session proposals for the 2020 conference on Monday-Tuesday, June 22-23, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Proposals are due by December 6, 2019. 

See attachment here for more information. 

For even more information, to go:
MiALA Newsletter - December 2019