Annual Conference 2017

MiALA Annual Conference 2017

Making Connections: Academic Libraries, Communities, and Purpose

May 18 & 19, 2017
Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University
(click here for a campus map with parking information)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Conference Rates:

Full Conference Registration - $150 MiALA Members, $200 for non-Members, $50 for LIS Students
1-day Conference Registration - $75 MiALA Members, $100 for non-Members, $25 for LIS Students


Hotel Information

Room blocks have been secured for the nights of May 17 & 18 at the following local hotels:

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Call 800-253-3590 to make reservations and reference the Group Name - Michigan Academic Library Association.
The room rate is $179.00 + taxes per night.
Self-parking is $24.00/day. Valet parking is $29.00/day.

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
Call 616-235-7611 to make reservations and you must reference the Group Name - MI Academic Library.
The room rate is $142.00 + taxes per night.
Parking is complementary for all registered hotel guests.

Conference Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 17, 2017  
4:30 - 8:00 pm     Preconference Reception
   Waldron Public House
Thursday, May 18, 2017  
9:00 - 10:00 am Registration & Coffee
10:00 - 10:15 am Welcome & Introductions
10:15 - 11:15 am Keynote Address
11:30 am - 12:30 pm First Breakout Session
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:45 - 2:45 pm Second Breakout Session
3:00 - 4:00 pm Third Breakout Session
4:00 - 5:00 pm Poster Presentations
After 5:00 pm Optional Dinearounds
Friday, May 19, 2017  
8:30 - 9:00 am Registration & Coffee
9:00 - 10:00 am MiALA Meeting
10:15 - 11:15 am Fourth Breakout Session
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Fifth Breakout Session
12:30 - 1:30 pm Boxed Lunches

Preconference Reception

A pre-conference reception was held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Barnett's Lounge in the Waldron House
58 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI , 49503.

Keynote Speaker

The MiALA Conference Committee was thrilled to have Emily Drabinski as our keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Conference. Learn more about Emily and her presentation "What's So Critical About CritLib?" by going to the Keynote Speaker Information Page.

Poster Information

Click here to learn about poster sessions that were presented on Thursday afternoon.

Program Information

Click here to learn about programs that were offered during the conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Learn more about how your company can support the MiALA annual conference by going to the sponsorship information page

Thank you to our sponsors!!
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This conference was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services