IGCC Candidates

Interest Group Coordination Council Candidates

Representative (two-year term)

 Denise Leyton
Brief biography
Denise Leyton is the Strategic Projects Coordinator in the Environments department at the University of Michigan Library. She mainly works on making improvements to the in person user experience with connections to the online user experience. She has worked in libraries for 12 years.

List prior leadership experience
At the U-M Library, Denise has led numerous initiatives over the years examining workflows, designing services and improving the staff work environment. Some of these include serving as the chair of the U-M Library Staff Forum, the Sharing Across One Library Team, the Future Information Graduates Group, the Wayfinding Team, the Library Life Cycle Research Team and the Room Booking Improvement Team. She regularly applies project management best practices to organize and enable collaborative work. 

Currently, Denise is also serving a two year term as the chair of the MiALA Web/UX Interest Group.

Why would you like to serve on the Interest Group Coordinating Council?
I would like to serve on the Interest Group Coordination Council to promote the programming and networking opportunities that IGs facilitate. As the current chair of an interest group and member of a few more, I have seen the way that IGs connect library workers from across the state. These connections have been very beneficial to my professional growth. I have also seen the amount of work that goes into planning and executing IG events and I believe my project management expertise and experience as an IG chair could be helpfully applied..

Member-at-Large (one-year term) 

 Juliana Espinosa    
Brief biography
Juliana Espinosa is an Assistant Professor and User Engagement Librarian at the Western Michigan University Libraries. She was selected as the first resident librarian and focuses on student engagement, outreach, and inclusion in the Instruction & Outreach department. Prior to her current role, she has worked in higher education for 10 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Utah, primarily in academic advising. She earned her MLIS at San Jose State University and holds a BA in Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also currently in the Organizational Change Leadership master's program at Western Michigan University.

List prior leadership experience
Higher Education Representative for the Utah Career Development Association from 2018-2019
National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 10 Conference Planning Committee Member from 2017-2018
Transforming Classrooms Into Inclusive Communities Fellow at the University of Utah from 2017-2018
Secretary for the Utah Advising Association Annual Conference Planning Committee from 2016-2017
Co-Chair for the University of Utah's University Academic Advising Community (UAAC) Advising Conference Planning Committee from 2015-2018

Why would you like to serve on the Interest Group Coordinating Council?
Even though I have worked many years in higher education, I am new to the field of academic librarianship. I spent the first year of my library residency learning from my Western Michigan University colleagues, joining MiALA, and participating in the MiALA Residency Interest Group. I learned a lot from my fellow resident librarians across various colleges and universities. Being new to Michigan, becoming actively involved in an interest group has been both an accessible and valuable way to contribute towards the advancement of academic librarianship in my new state. Now that I have been a part of MiALA for approximately a year, I am looking for an opportunity to support interest groups in a new and different way since I have greatly benefited from my experience. If selected as the Interest Group Coordination Council At-large member, I look forward to the opportunity to apply my past leadership experience to support my assigned interest groups and their members.

Additional information provided by the candidate:
Also selected as a recipient for the 2020 MiALA Annual Conference Scholarship.
 Clayton Hayes
Brief biography
Clayton Hayes is a Publishing/Learning & Research Support Librarian at Wayne State University. He serves as the Subject Specialist Librarian to the departments of Mathematics and Urban Studies & Planning in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to the department of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies in the College of Education, to the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, and (on an interim basis) the College of Engineering. He also helps to manage Wayne State's institutional repository and provides support to myriad publishing initiatives in the WSU Library System.

Clayton has been a member of MiALA since becoming a full-time librarian in 2015 and has consistently been involved in the organization since that time. He has served on various standing committees, service which included transitioning the Advocacy Task Force to a full committee, of which he was the inaugural chair. As part of his current role within the organization, he serves on both the MiALA Board and the MiALA Executive Board, and is the board liaison to the Membership Committee.

He has been active in a variety of library-related organizations at the local, state, and national levels, including Network Detroit (a local Digital Humanities conference), the Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries (SEMLOL), Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners (MMDP), LOEX, and the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC).

List prior leadership experience
LOEX 2020 Conference Planning Committee member, 2019-2020
Library Publishing Coalition Publication Award Task Force member, 2019-2020
Network Detroit 2019 Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair, 2019
Network Detroit 2018 Conference Planning Committee member, 2018
MiALA Treasurer, 2018-2019
MiALA User Experiences Section Secretary, 2017-2018
MiALA Advocacy Committee member, 2017-2018
Network Detroit 2016 Conference Planning Committee member, 2016
MiALA Advocacy Committee Chair, 2016-2017
MiALA Communication and Marketing Committee member, 2016-2017
MiALA Advocacy Task Force member, 2015-2016

Why would you like to serve on the Interest Group Coordinating Council?
I have really enjoyed the service roles I've had in MiALA over the years and more than anything else I hope I am able to continue serving in the organization. As I was reflecting on my past roles and on open positions for this election, I feel that there is gap in my experience with the Interest Group side of MiALA. I have not been all that active in any of our IGs, and my roles have not provided me with much opportunity to work directly with the IGs, either. For many of MiALA's members, I know that the IGs are their primary means of interaction with the organization; I therefore feel that this gap is significant and one that I need to fill if I am to continue to serve MiALA effectively. The IG Coordination Council is, to me, the perfect service opportunity as it allows me to leverage my existing leadership experience both in and out of MiALA while becoming more familiar with our IGs and their needs and activities.
 Jessica Shuck
Brief biography
I am the eResource Librarian at Cornerstone University. I have been at Miller Library for nine years, in a variety of roles. As in most smaller libraries, my responsibilities range over a few different areas. I currently work with periodicals, the link resolver, discovery layer, access, and outreach. I also serve as the Business liaison and am heavily embedded in several of their classes. I received my B.B.A. in Finance from Grand Valley and my M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida.

List prior leadership experience
I served on the MiALA Communications and Marketing Committee for three years, and I am currently the Outreach Interest group secretary. I lead the Outreach Committee at Miller Library, as well as coordinate the Library Student Advisory Board. 

Why would you like to serve on the Interest Group Coordinating Council?
I really do get so much out of MiALA, and I would love to give back. It has been inspiring to see the way the organization has grown and changed over the years, and I would love a chance to contribute to continued growth. I excel at bringing people together and making sure their voices are heard.  I believe that the Interest Group Coordination Council would be a good fit for my strengths.

Current members who will remain on the Interest Group Coordinating Council for the 2020-2021 year.

IGCC RepresentativeCaryn Graves
IGCC RepresentativeGrace Haynes

All members will receive a ballot by email on Monday, June 1. The deadline to submit your ballot is June 12 at 5:00 pm.