November 2020

Michigan Library Awards Recording Now Available

Did you miss the Michigan library awards virtual event on October 29?  You can now view the recording and learn more about all of the awards presented by going to the 2020 awards page:

2021 MiALA Annual Conference Update

Dear MiALA Members:
The MiALA board is moving the 2021 Annual Conference, originally scheduled for May 13-14, 2021, at the Holiday Inn at Ferris State University – Big Rapids, to a virtual platform. Our 2020 schedule of programming and presentations will remain the same, with the possibility of additional breakout sessions to be added. The conference committee will also invite a new keynote speaker. Scholarships awarded for the 2020 conference will be honored, and there is potential for additional scholarship opportunities. Please stay tuned for more information. 
Delivery platforms are being investigated and more information will be made available as soon as possible. 
These continue to be unusual times. Considering the wellbeing and potential financial hardships of our membership, moving forward with a virtual conference is the best decision we can safely make with the currently available information. Won’t it be wonderful when we can safely meet each other again? In addition to the enriching learning opportunities, I look forward to meeting new friends and networking face-to-face, conference highlights to be sure!
We will be adding information to the Annual Conference FAQ page and 2021 Annual Conference page as more information is available. If you have any additional questions, please contact conference planning committee chair, David Scott & MiALA administrative assistant Heather Ladiski by emailing
Take care and stay safe out there,
Your MiALA Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee

Member Spotlight

Jane Scales

Jane Scales
Instructional Librarian
Cleary University

What are you currently reading?
Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker by James Gavin
Young Tom by Forrest Reid
Librarians and Instructional Designers: Collaboration and Innovation

What are your research interests?
learning assessment, qualitative research, multimedia and learning theories, instructional design, digital repositories

Do you have hobbies or interests outside of the library?
Listening to jazz and blues; traveling when times permit; going to see live theater

What drew you to the library profession?
Like many of us, I suppose, I stumbled into the librarian profession. I had always spent a lot of time in libraries and bookstores when I was growing up. What sealed the deal for me what my experience being a graduate assistant for a professor at the Ohio State University. I loved digging through tomes and databases to find information. A friend of mine who was in the same program at the time started talking about going to “library school,” and the idea stuck with me. We both ended up going to the same program to get our MLIS!

What do you value about MiALA?
Having lived in Michigan for just over a year now, MiALA has been a way for me to meet some fantastic people. As I’m running a one-librarian library, networking is critical. I’ve met a number of dedicated professionals who have helped me learn about aspects of librarianship that I had not been exposed to before. I really value these friendships and look forward to making more of them!

Is there anything else that you would like to share?
I just want to thank everyone involved in MiALA for working so hard during the pandemic to keep the programs going. It’s a difficult time, but we’ll get through it and be stronger on the other side. 

Welcome New Members!

Wayne State University
Amber Lee Carnahan

Bay de Noc Community College
Ann Bissell

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
Juli McCarroll

President's Message

Cynthia Simpson

Hello colleagues, 

I hope this finds all of you and your loved ones doing well.  

We had a wonderful does of positive energy last week. MiALA announced our first Academic Librarian of the Year at the Michigan Library Association and the Michigan Association for Media in Education Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to MiALA’s own Sandy McCarthy from Washtenaw Community College on her many accomplishments, positive impacts and numerous initiatives in the Michigan academic library community! Tremendous thanks and appreciation go to the nomination committee and everyone who participated to make this happen!  

Starting this month, MiALA’s interest groups will be hosting monthly online meet-ups! The intention is for a place to learn something new, network and meet a new colleague, have some adult discussion during the day, and generally just enjoy yourself! Any MiALA member is welcome to attend any of the meet-ups, or even all of them!   
What crazy days these are. Tonight I am wondering what tomorrow’s election holds and how we will move forward as a country and as a people. Whatever we decide, I hope for a peaceful transition and that we move forward together.  

Stay safe and be kind to yourself. 

All best, 

ALA Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

As an ACRL chapter, the MiALA Board stands by and supports ALA's position on the recent federal executive order regarding diversity education and discussion. Please see ALA's complete announcement below:

ALA Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping
CHICAGO - On September 22, the White House issued its Executive Order On Combating Race And Sex Stereotyping, prohibiting federal employees, contractors, and grant recipients from discussing or considering concepts such as critical race theory and white privilege and discouraging diversity education and training. This order is based on the patently false and malicious claim that diversity training—which is aimed at fostering a more equitable and just workplace and dismantling systemic racism and sexism—reflects a "Marxist doctrine" that is itself racist and sexist. 
The American Library Association rejects this claim. We are painfully aware that libraries and the profession of librarianship have been—and still are—complicit in systems that oppress, exclude, and harm Black people, indigenous people, and people of color, and deny equal opportunity to women. We assert that a commitment to learn from the painful and brutal legacies of our history is essential to the fulfillment of our promise as a country of equal rights and opportunities. 
This executive order is already having a chilling effect, with some colleges and universities suspending all diversity trainings and canceling cultural celebrations for fear of losing federal funds. A hotline has been established to encourage informants to report those whose words and deeds do not comply with the order or the dictates of its accompanying memoranda. We are reminded of another time and another era when the Council of the American Library Association adopted the Freedom to Read statement in response to growing concerns about censorship in the McCarthy era. That statement reads in part:
Totalitarian systems attempt to maintain themselves in power by the ruthless suppression of any concept that challenges the established orthodoxy. The power of a democratic system to adapt to change is vastly strengthened by the freedom of its citizens to choose widely from among conflicting opinions offered freely to them. To stifle every nonconformist idea at birth would mark the end of the democratic process. 
It is the longstanding role of libraries to foster intellectual freedom by ensuring access to the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those that are unorthodox, unpopular, or considered dangerous by those in power. The pursuit of social justice and equity, diversity, and inclusion is equally a core value of the American Library Association. Consequently, the American Library Association opposes the Executive Order On Combating Race And Sex Stereotyping and all other actions that result in the curtailment of free expression and social justice and pledge to continue to pursue social justice and further our work against systems of oppression.  
American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit

Introducing MiALA Member Meet Ups!

The Membership Committee is excited to announce MiALA Member Meet Ups. A member meet up is the place where the entire membership comes to connect, share and learn from one another! These meet ups will be held monthly online using zoom. Some meet ups will be hosted by Interest Groups or Committees to introduce you to what they have been working on as well as open up for discussion on whatever members would like to talk about. These meet ups are free for MiALA members but registration is required. For more information on each meet up and to register, use the links below. If you have any questions regarding these meet ups (and/or if your IG/committee would like to host an upcoming session) contact Dawn Winans, Membership Committee Chair, at
Hope to see you there!
November 20     10:00 – 11:00 am            
Meet Up Host - Access Services IG           
For more information and to register:
December 18     10:00 – 11:00 am            
(host TBD)                         
For more information and to register:
January 22          10:00 – 11:00 am            
Meet Up Host - Web/UX IG         
For more information and to register:
February 19        10:00 – 11:00 am            
Meet Up Host - STEM IG              
For more information and to register:
March 19             10:00 – 11:00am             
Meet Up Host - IDEA Committee              
For more information and to register:
April 23                11:00 am – 12:00 pm     
Meet Up Host - OER IG  
For more information and to register:
May 21                10:00 – 11:00 am            
Meet Up Host - Instruction & Info Lit & Crit Lib IGs           
For more information and to register:
June 18                10:00 – 11:00 am            
(host TBD)                         
For more information and to register:
MiALA Newsletter - November 2020