IGCC Candidates

Interest Group Coordination Council Candidates

Representative (two-year term)


Mariela Hristova

Prior leadership experience
Over the 16 years of work as a library faculty at Oakland University (OU), I have been involved in state-level professional organizations in various ways. Most notably, I have served on the SEMLOL Executive Board (2012-2016) as a member, chair elect, chair, and past chair. I have long and varied experience serving on and chairing university and library committees within OU that have helped me develop a deep appreciation for the structure and process support that committee work provides.

Why would you like to serve on the IGCC?
I have found my membership and active participation in two interest groups - I&IL and HS - to be an amazingly productive way to stay connected to colleagues and aware of new and exciting professional trends. As a result, I am very interested in contributing my professional service efforts and commitment to helping support the important work of all interest groups in MiALA.

Jonathan Scherger

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I am happy to be running fo the MiALA IGCC. For the past 12 years I have been a Department Lead/Head for User Services at both University of Michigan-Dearborn (2011 - 2018) and Western Michigan University (2018 - present). I served as the MiALA Access Services IG co-chair for ‘21 - ‘22, and have presented multiple times at the annual conference (‘19, ‘21, ‘23). Outside of MiALA, I was elected chair of the Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries (SEMLOL) Executive Committee in 2014, and served through my term as past chair in 2017. Prior to my election as chair, I served as a SEMLOL Executive Committee member-at-large from 2012 to 2014.

I have a record of leadership and service throughout my career. I was appointed to WMU’s Instruction Contingency Task Force, represented the Libraries on the University Assessment Steering Committee, and have organized and chaired a number of campus and library events and orientations for students and student employees. I was recently elected to the University Libraries Faculty Executive Committee for the second time by my colleagues. 

My research interests include improving the reference referral, student/employee wellness, and sustainability. 


Member-at-Large (one-year term)


Heidi Keppen Palmer

Prior leadership experience
Cataloging & Metadata IG, Co-chair (2022-23), including collaborating with the Critical Librarianship IG to host the 2023 post-conference workshop;
Assisted with planning & hosting the Cataloging & Metadata IG Pop-up Conference (2021-22);
Membership Committee, Co-chair (2022-23);
Access Services IG, Secretary (2021-22)

Southeast Michigan League of Libraries (SEMLOL), Board Member & Webmaster (2021-23), including helping to plan & host semi-annual virtual mini-conferences.
Mardigian Library, Display Case Committee, Chair (2022-23)

Why would you like to serve on the IGCC?
Over the past few years, I have served in several leadership positions within MiALA, and through those roles have been able to help plan and host both virtual and in-person Interest Group events. I'd like to be able to build on those experiences and support other IG leaders, both new and experienced. In particular, I'd like to help our Interest Groups to realize their individual goals by helping to connect them to resources and opportunities.

Current members who will remain on the Interest Group Coordinating Council for the 2023-2024 year:

IGCC RepresentativeEd Eckel
IGCC RepresentativeLiz Svoboda

All members will receive a ballot by email on Thursday, June 1. The deadline to submit your ballot is Tursday, June 8 at 5:00 pm.