2018-19 Election Results

2018-2019 MiALA Board of Directors


  Paul Gallagher

Brief biography
Paul Gallagher is the Assistant Dean for Transformative Services with the Wayne State University Libraries, providing senior leadership in three strategic areas: ensuring excellence with the user experience, developing scholarly collections and cultural legacy materials in the digital realm, and expanding broad and expedient discovery of library resources in all formats.  He is a key member of the Dean's Management Team, and oversees thirty eight incredible professionals who are tirelessly working to build a future - and patron - facing library.

Paul has nearly ten years of experience in academic libraries, and previously was in the private and technology start-up sectors focusing on technology education, application development, and systems management. Paul joined the WSU Libraries in 2009, and has assumed increasingly responsible roles including Developer Librarian, Associate Director for Discovery Services, and Director for Library Operations and Planning.  He is a 2009 graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, and was part of the IMLS sponsored "Fine and Performing Arts Librarianship"? program where he developed library technology for Detroit's cultural institutions, including the Detroit Symphony and the Michigan Opera Theatre.  Paul has taught technology courses with WSU's School of Library and Information Science, and currently serves on the elected boards of the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS).

Vice President
  Beth Martin

Brief biography
Beth has been a professional librarian for twenty years, having worked in corporate archives, public libraries, school libraries and academic libraries. Since 2013, she has held the position of Head of Professional Programs at Grand Valley State University, where she leads a team of librarians who liaise with professionally focused, liberal arts academic programs, as well as a librarian who is contracted to work for the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. Prior to 2013, Beth was the Library Director at Finlandia University, the Director at Lake Linden-Hubbell School/Public Library, children's librarian with the St. Clair Shores Public Library, and a contract archivist for the General Motors Media Archive. She is married to a fellow librarian, Mies Martin, they have two sons and live in Grand Rapids, MI.

  Jessica Sender
Brief biography
Jessica Sender graduated with an MLS from Indiana University. Upon graduation, she became the Instructional Technology Library at Guilford College, a small, private, liberal arts school in Greensboro, NC. After three years, Jessica moved to East Lansing, MI, to become the Instructional Technology and Information Literacy Librarian at Michigan State University. After a year in that role, Jessica became the Librarian for the College of Nursing at MSU. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Technology from Boise State University.

  Gina Bolger

Brief biography
Gina has worked in academic libraries for 25 years first as a student worker, then as a paraprofessional, and finally as a librarian after getting her MLIS degree in 2001 from the University of Illinois. She has experience in many different areas of the library including serials, acquisitions, eresources management, outreach, reference, and interlibrary loan. She currently serves as the education liaison and interlibrary loan librarian at Cornerstone University.

  Clayton Hayes

Brief biography
I am a Digital Publishing/STEM Librarian who has been working at Wayne State for just over two and a half years. I received my MLIS from Wayne State in 2013 and, before that, obtained a Master's degree in Mathematics from the same institution. I joined MiALA in 2015 and have been an active member ever since, serving on the Advocacy Task Force upon its creation in December of 2015 and, when it became a committee in 2016, serving as its first chair. I have also served on the Communications and Marketing Committee as an at-large member, and am finishing up my term as the User Experience section Secretary.


Publicly Funded University Representative
     Helen Look

Brief biography
I am the Collection Analyst for the University of Michigan Library and have worked for almost twenty years in academic libraries. Most of my experience has been at UM-Ann Arbor where I have collaborated with faculty, staff, and students within rapidly evolving areas (science, multimedia creation, health sciences, open access, collection assessment, and DEIA initiatives). Throughout my professional work, I have remained consistent in fostering a critical perspective of our library practices and higher education. 
  Rebecca Renirie

Brief biography
Rebecca Renirie is an assistant professor and the librarian for Biology, Engineering, and Mathematics research at Central Michigan University (CMU) Libraries. She is also a Distance Education Librarian, serving as liaison to the Master of Education students in Ontario, Canada, and providing  research help for the students and faculty of CMU Online and remote, off-campus centers. Rebecca provides on-call research help, personal research consultations, and delivers instruction sessions to classes both in person and online, and is responsible for collection development in her liaison areas. In addition Rebecca serves on numerous committees within the Library, for the CMU Faculty Senate, and for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Prior to her appointment at CMU Rebecca was a Science Librarian at the University of Michigan (UM) Libraries and liaison to the School of Natural Resources and Environment (interim), the UM Herbarium and Botany Program, and the Museum of Natural History.
Private University Representative
  Caryn Noel

Brief biography
Caryn Noel is the Library Director for Walsh College. She comes to Walsh, and its comprehensive business and tax collections, with over a decade of library administrative experience and in a previous career, corporate finance. Most recently Caryn served as the Library Director of Orchard Lake Schools.  Caryn holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona. 

Caryn’s passion is Information Literacy for all of clients - students, faculty and guests. One of her current projects include an Academic Integrity module to inspire students against the pitfalls of plagiarism, the use of custom paper mills and the benefits of learning citation methods, heavily influenced by the ACRL Framework.  She remains active with her consortium, the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) as a board member and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.  In her spare time, Caryn like to garden and take long walks with her Border Collie, Ian.

  Mary Kickham-Samy

Brief biography
Throughout my life, I focused on study and travel. After graduating from the University of Michigan equipped with an introduction to Modern Standard Arabic grammar, I traveled to Egypt on a two-year fellowship to teach English in the English Language Institute at the American University in Cairo and study toward my master's in teaching English as a foreign language. Although I planned to stay for only two years, I stayed for twenty-five fascinating years. In 1998, I repatriated to the U.S. to take care of my elderly father. In 2000, I completed my MLIS degree at Wayne State, and in 2013, I completed my PhD in instructional design and technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. I worked as a librarian at Macomb CC for many years, but recently, I accepted the position of Library Director at Marygrove College in Detroit.

Community College Representative
  Jen Fiero

Brief biography
Jen is a lifelong Michigan resident and lover of books and information. She has a BA in Spanish from Grand Valley State University and received her MLIS from Wayne State University. She has worked at Jackson College's Atkinson Library since 2013. Jen lives in Jackson with her husband and son, and her claim to fame is being a two-day Jeopardy! champion in 2014
  Tina Ulrich

Brief biography
 - Graduated of Goshen (IN) College with a BA in History; MLS from Indiana University.
 - Worked in both public and community college libraries.
 - Director of Northwestern Michigan College's Osterlin Library since 2009.
 - Committed to advocacy for students, alternative textbooks, and free, open access to information.

Advocacy Committee Chair 
  Julie Garrison
Brief biography
Julie Garrison is the Dean of Libraries at Western Michigan University. Prior to this role, she held the position of Associate Dean of Research and Instruction at Grand Valley State University.     


Communications & Marketing Committee Chair
  David Scott

Brief biography
Board member of MiALA from 2015-16. Chair of poster sessions 2016 and 2018. Current member of the communications and marketing team responsible for social media. Also similar role at Ferris. Currently am the Outreach and User Engagement Librarian at Ferris. High school sports official for football volleyball and basketball.

Membership Committee Chair
  Megan Kudzia

Brief biography
Megan is a Digital Scholarship Librarian at the Michigan State University Library. In her current role, she works at the Digital Scholarship Lab, helping students, faculty, and staff to investigate, plan, and execute digital scholarship projects and research. Some of what she does includes working with students in the classroom, advising faculty on critical digital pedagogy or their own research, and working with other librarians on their own professional development or with their faculty. She started her career at MSU as a programmer librarian working with the digital repository team. Before working at MSU, she was the Web Services & Emerging Technologies Librarian at Albion College. She is professionally involved in Code4Lib, ILiADS (Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship), Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners, MiALA, and MSUDH. She spends her free time geeking out about sci-fi, cooking, and hanging out with her pets.

Administration Section Board
Chair Francine Paolini

Brief biography
Fran serves as Co-Director at Aquinas College. She has been involved in the Administration Section since the beginning and is a champion for librarian professional development in the state. 

Chair-elect      Rachel Minkin
Brief biography
Currently Head of Reference Services at Michigan State University, Rachel has also served as a reference and instruction librarian at Lansing Community College and a reference librarian at the Graduate Theological Union's Flora Lamson Hewlett Library (Berkeley, CA).
Rachel's earned her MLIS at University of Pittsburgh and also holds a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Vanderbilt Divinity School (Nashville, TN). 

Secretary  TBD
At-Large Representative Terence O'Neill

Brief biography
Terence is the Head of Digital Scholarship and Makerspace Services at MSU Library, where he has also worked as Entrepreneurship Librarian. He is interested in learning more about MiALA from the perspective of the Sections, and supporting the Interest Groups in generating valuable professional development activity.  
At-Large Representative TBD


Collections Section Board
Chair Dejah Rubel
Brief biography
Dejah Rubel is the Metadata and Electronic Resource Management Librarian for Ferris State University. Formerly trained as an archivist and preservation professional, her road to metadata mavenhood has been a circuitous one through a wide variety of libraries and collections including the Janice B. Longone Culinary Archive, ITT Technical Institute, Eastern Michigan University Archive (Gordy-Motown Collection), University of Michigan College of Engineering Women In Science and Engineering (Women's History In Michigan Science and Engineering Project) and most recently Owens State Community College of Perrysburg, Ohio.  She is also working on her second master's degree in Information Security and Intelligence with dual certificates in Business Intelligence and Incident Response.
Chair-elect Carin Graves

Brief biography
Born and raised in East Tennessee, I received a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology with minors in Classical Civilization, History, and Italian from Indiana University Bloomington in 2013.  My research in the Anthropology of Food took me to the University of Chicago where I graduated with a Master's degree in the Social Sciences in 2014.  Having developed an interest in liaison librarianship as an undergraduate, I returned to Indiana University to get my MLS, graduating in 2016.  As a Social Science Liaison at Michigan State University, my understanding of collections and liaison work emphasizes the diverse modes of scholarly communication, the merging of social science theory and critical librarianship, and social justice in the public university library. 
Secretary Jennifer Adams

Brief biography
I have served as the Library Director for Jackson College for the past 8 months. Prior positions include serving as the Coordinator of Library and Learning Support Services for Hagerstown Community College in Maryland (2012-2017), and as the Director of Library Services for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (2005-2012).
At-large Representative Hui Hua Chua

Brief biography
I have been at Michigan State University since 2003, holding a range of positions. Currently as the Collections and User Support Librarian, my responsibilities include collection analysis and managing the Journalism and Reference collections and budgets, along with the library's evidence-based ebook programs. Previous experience includes managing the Economics and U.S. and international government documents collections at MSU. I have worked with collection budgets of varying sizes and a wide range of collections in terms of subject, format and vendors/publishers. My current interests are collection analysis and assessment (particularly the use of data visualization), and evolving and emerging business models for library collections. I have a MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington and MA (History) from Auckland University, New Zealand. 

At-large Representative Helen Levenson

Brief biography
Helen Levenson is an Assistant Professor and the Collections Development Librarian at Oakland University and has held this position for three and a half years. Prior to that, she was the Head of Public Services at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Auburn Hills campus for over ten years. She has worked as the Electronic Resources Librarian at Ave Maria Law School, an Information Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Library, and an Information Specialist with the Research Department of the International Union, UAW. She has been a professional librarian for over 30 years, has published in both peer reviewed and professional journals, presented at professional conferences, and currently serves as the Chair of the Michigan Shared Print Initiative Steering Committee, and Chair of two Council of Library Directors Subcommittees. She is a member of several professional associations including the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, the Michigan Academic Library Association, and the MiALA Collections Section, and Collection Analysis and Assessment, E-Resources, and Shared Print Collaboration Interest Groups.

User Experience Section Board
Chair Katrina Rouan

Brief biography
Katrina Rouan is the Coordinator for Reference Services and Graduate Student Assistants at Wayne State University. She provides leadership and identifies new opportunities in the area of library public services and manages the Library System's Graduate Student Assistants. She also serves as a liaison to the Departments of Psychology, Nutrition and Food Science, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked for the Wayne State Libraries since 2008 and received her MLIS in 2009.

Chair-elect TBD


Secretary Brenna Wade
Brief biography
I am currently a Public Services Librarian at Hillsdale College with responsibilities including instruction, reference, supervising interlibrary loan, managing the library’s technology and website, and outreach. I worked as a Technical Services Librarian responsible for serials and electronic resources at Hillsdale College from 2011-2014, and I also have experience as a paraprofessional and intern with special collections before earning my MLS. My professional interests focus mostly on library outreach, student success, and library culture.
At-large Representative Edward Eckel

Brief biography
I obtained my MLS from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and have been an academic librarian since fall 2001. I have worked in five different academic libraries over the course of my career as a library staff member and a librarian. I am currently the Engineering and Applied Sciences librarian at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Michigan. My interests include the sensemaking process in student research, graduate student research skills, engineering information resources, and emerging trends in academic librarianship such as combined service desks, the design process, and the Harwood Institute method of engagement with users.
At-large Representative Cole Hudson

Brief biography
Cole Hudson is a Digital Publishing Librarian and adjunct instructor at Wayne State University. He works with digital collections infrastructure with a focus toward building durable, sustainable collections. He holds an MLIS from Rutgers University and an MA in English Literature from the University of Arkansas.