March 2020 Newsletter

Thank you to our newest Annual Conference Sponsors!

Thank you to the following institutions who have pledged their support for the #MiALAAC2020 Annual Conference:

Platinum Level
Michigan State University

Silver Level
Gale Cengage Learning
Infobase Learning

Bronze Level
SAGE Publications

Sponsoring to send an attendee to the conference
Aquinas College

Time is running out to sponsor this year's conference! To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, go to the Annual conference Sponsorship page.

New Interest Group Created - Archives & Special Collections!

Welcome to our newest member-driven interest group!  The Archives & Special Collections Interest Group has just been formed and is seeking new members!

For more information on any/all of our interest groups, go to the interest group information page.

If you are interested in creating an interest group and know of at least four other MiALA members who would like to join, fill out the application form here.

MI OER Summit Call for Proposals Open

Happy #OEWeek!!!
On behalf of the MI OER Summit Planning Committee, we are pleased to announce that the call for proposals for the 4th Annual MI OER Summit,, is now open. This event will be at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University (MSU) on August 28, 2020. This year, we are fortunate to have two keynote speakers who are pillars in open education: Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Vice Provost, Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, and Dr. Lisa Petrides, founder, and CEO of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME).
This year's theme is "Building Bridges to Open Up Education," so we invite you to submit proposals that speak to the connections, collaborations, and partnerships that promote openness in the K-12 and postsecondary education. Together, let's celebrate our success, share our challenges, and reinvent the future where all have access and opportunity to create knowledge for the public good.
The deadline for submitting proposals is April 13, 2020. Please save the date and stay tuned for our announcement when registration opens in a few weeks.

Introduction to Google Data Studio - Web/UX IG Webinar

Google Data Studio allows you to visualize data using dashboards that are easy to read and share. In this webinar, you'll get an introduction to Google Data Studio, including how to structure and connect your data and what to consider when deciding if Data Studio is the right tool for you. You'll also learn how to leverage this tool to discover and communicate web traffic insights at your institution. There will be a live Q&A at the end of the webinar.


Kat King is a research associate in the Library Environments department at the University of Michigan Library where she has been working to make Operations data useful for decision making across the library.

Brian Holda has been Davenport University's Digital Services Librarian for 4 years and has worked in academic libraries for 12 years. His main role at DU is researching and improving the library's digital user experience, especially the web presence.

This webinar is provided by the Web/UX Interest Group and is open to all MiALA members.

To register, go to:

President's Message

Beth Martin

Hello MiALA members, happy spring. It is coming, I promise.

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you all that MiALA is the state’s chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), and in doing so, to also remind you that elections for ACRL will begin March 9, 2020. These elections are important to our parent organization and to our organization as they allow us the ability to put into place representative leaders for our volunteer, membership organizations. If you could, please take a moment to review the election and the candidate information on ACRL’s election page, and go here to read candidate statements for vice president/president-elect, .

While MiALA is not endorsing any specific candidate for vp/president-elect, I did want to mention that Michigan’s own, Julie Garrison is in the running. Julie is currently the Dean of Libraries at Western Michigan University. She is a highly qualified candidate who is active in ACRL and in advancing their mission and vision for our profession. In the recent past, she has served on the ACRL board and is using that experience to create a future vision for ACRL. I am excited to read her candidate’s message for ACRL and excited about her vision for the future of our parent organization. I wish her luck in the coming election.

In addition, I want to mention that our annual conference is only a few months away. The conference pricing and hotel information is now available on the conference website, The committee is working hard to provide a well-rounded conference experience and I wish to thank them for the continued work. Please take a moment to review the website for up-to-date conference information.

Lastly, I wanted to bring your attention to our upcoming events and IG meetings on our Calendar of Events page, On this page you will find professional development opportunities, as well as scheduled IG meeting information. Don’t forget to check back each month to see what our organization is doing.
Have a good March and think spring.
Beth Martin, MiALA President

Annual Conference Pricing Now Online - Includes Special Membership Offer

Annual Conference Pricing Now Online!!

NEW for 2020
If you join MiALA when you register for the conference, not only will you be able to pay the discounted member rate but your membership will continue until June 30, 2021 (giving you up to four extra months of membership). *This offer is for first time members! 

Full Conference Registration 

  • $150 for MiALA, ALAO, and MHSLA members
  • $100 for MiALA members who are library support staff and/or part-time librarians
  • $25 for MiALA members who are LIS students
  • $50 for non-member LIS students
  • $250 for all others

One Day Registration

  • $100 for MiALA, ALAO, and MHSLA members
  • $75 for MiALA members who are library support staff and/or part-time librarians
  • $15 for MiALA members who are LIS students
  • $25 for non-member LIS students
  • $200 for all others
Registration will be opening around March 15. Watch for more updates!

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Open Education Week Webinars Available

Wayne State University Libraries is excited to be partnering with MiALA Open Educational Resources Interest Group to present three OER webinars next week using Zoom. The content in these webinars is general and would be applicable to any campus. Please distribute this information to anyone in your institution's community - librarians, faculty, staff - who might be interested in learning more about OER, integrating OER in the Canvas LMS Platform, or open licenses for OER.

Tuesday, March 3   11:30 AM - 12:15 PM     

Zoom Webinar Link

What are Open Education Resources, how do I find them, and how do they support student success?

Open Education Resources (OER) are educational resources in any form that are freely available and are licensed (usually under a Creative Commons license) with permissions that allow users to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute the content (commonly referred to as "The 5R Permissions of OER").

Veronica Bielat, Wayne State University Student Success Librarian, will lead this webinar which will introduce you to the 5R's, Creative Commons licensing, and resources you can use to discover quality licensed OER. We will also look at how the research that shows how adopting OER for your course can positively impact student success.

This webinar is appropriate for faculty, instructors, instructional designers, graduate teaching assistants, university staff and librarians who are new to OER and are interested in learning more.

Wednesday, March 4     12:00 - 12:45 PM

Zoom Webinar

Integrating OER in the Canvas LMS

In this webinar, Nathan Chavez, Wayne State University Associate Director for Academic Applications, demonstrates how to use the tools in the Canvas LMS to discover and seamlessly integrate existing quality Open Educational Resources (OER) into your course. 

This webinar is appropriate for instructors, GTAs, instructional designers, librarians and any other institutional staff that might use the Canvas LMS to develop and deliver course materials or other instructional content.


Thursday, March 5     12:00 - 12:45 PM 

Zoom Webinar

Open Licenses for Open Educational Resources

The definition of open educational resources (OER) includes the phrase “reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions,” but what does that really mean?

Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University Coordinator for Digital Publishing, leads this webinar which will use Creative Commons licenses as a model for discovering what open licensing means for content creators or copyright holders, and how open licensing complements and supports copyright. 

This webinar is appropriate for students, instructors, instructional designers, librarians -- any member of a campus community - who creates content and would like an introduction to open licensing.


More information about Open Education Week 2020 activities at Wayne State University at

Member Spotlight

Michelle Strasz

Michelle Strasz
Research & Online Course Support Librarian
Saginaw Valley State University
Member of MiALA Communication & Marketing Committee

What are you currently reading?

I am reading "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng, "The Indispensable Academic Librarian : Teaching and Collaborating for Change" by Michelle Reale, and travel books on Sonoma & Napa Valleys which is where I will be vacationing later this year.

What are your research interests?
My research interests are online/distance learning, marketing, outreach, as well as assessment.

Do you have hobbies or interests outside of the library?
My sons play 3 sports a year each, so when I'm not at their games, I enjoy walking and gardening. I am in a book club with my high-school friends which is a great way to keep in touch. I love to plan vacations, so I am always researching new places to go with my family.

What drew you to the library profession?
I was in the IT field for 15 years before becoming a librarian. I have many years experience with customer service, enjoy helping people and have good tech skills so it seemed to be a perfect fit for a librarian. Going back to school and getting my masters in Library Science was the one of best things I have done. I love my job!

What do you value about MiALA?
I really enjoy being a member of MiALA and the MiALA Communications & Marketing Committee. There are lots of opportunities to be involved in this organization. The annual conferences are great for meeting other librarians, making connections, and getting new ideas to take back to my institution.

Is there anything else that you would like to share??
It is great to read about our members and what they are doing, so complete a member spotlight!‚Äč
MiALA Newsletter - March 2020 Newsletter