March 2023

Critical Concepts in Library and Information Science: Research, Pedagogy, and Practice

This online talk with Jamillah Gabriel, scheduled for 10 a.m. March 30, 2023, will present an exploration of various concepts of criticalness in library and information science, paying special attention to how criticalness can and should influence our research, teaching, and practice. Concepts covered include critical theory, critical pedagogy, and critical action in direct relation to research, pedagogy, and practice respectively. Jamillah Gabriel is a Critical Pedagogy Research Librarian at Harvard University and is a PhD student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus on the information behaviors of African Americans, and the effectiveness of cultural heritage institutions (libraries, archives, museums) at meeting the needs of African American communities. Her research focuses on issues at the nexus of information and race and interrogates how these issues, along with information and cultural heritage institutions and policies, impact Black people and communities. Jamillah is also a co-host of the podcast, LibVoices.

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Welcome New Members!

Baker College
Millicent Ryan

Cornerstone University
Moya Bonzelaar
Madison Drew

Glen Oaks Community College
Trista Nelson

Grand Valley State University
Andrea Howard

Michigan State University Libraries
Alexandra Rivera

University of Michigan - Dearborn
Natalie Hagopian

Message from the President

Hi All,

I hope everyone’s power is back on after last week’s ice storm. It has been a tough February here in Michigan, and I hope for peace and healing to all effected by the tragedy at Michigan State University. I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me or my colleagues to express their support.

While the weather may make it seem like spring is still a long way away, our annual conference in May is fast approaching. I want to thank everyone who submitted a poster or breakout session proposal and the proposal submission reviewers for their work. I am excited for all the conference planning committee has planned for us, including the recently announced keynote speaker Amy Tureen from South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA.

Carin Graves

MiALA 2023 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

We are pleased to welcome Amy Tureen as our keynote speaker!  Amy is the Dean of Academic Success Programs at South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia, WA), where she oversees the Center for Teaching and Online Learning, tutoring, College in the High School, and the College Library. Amy has worked in academic libraries in several public services roles including circulation, reference, ILL, instruction, collection development, and faculty support in both public and private colleges and universities.

Her research focuses on the numerous intersections of leadership, wellness, and diversity and challenges individuals in formal leadership roles to create organizational cultures that promote healthy and humane workplaces. Amy’s first book, co-edited with Cynthia J. Alexander, is titled Leadership Wellness and Mental Health Concerns in Higher Education and is available from IGI Global. She is currently working on her dissertation for an EdD in Organizational Leadership, which will focus on the wellness journeys and practices of academic library deans.
More information on the MiALA 2023 Annual Conference (May 17-19) is available here.
Funding for the conference is provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan.

Call for Panelists - MiALA Annual Conference IDEA Practitioners

The MiALA IDEA Committee is organizing a panel for this year's annual conference titled How to Grow as an IDEA Leader at Your Institution. We are seeking 3-4 panelists from different backgrounds, who represent institutions of various sizes and types and who hold a variety of positions within their library. Panelists will need to attend the conference in person.

This panel will bring together library professionals who are doing IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) work in their institutions. Whether serving on an IDEA committee, in a formal position that involves IDEA, or working independently, panelists will share their journeys with IDEA and describe the efforts they are involved in at their institutions. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with a network where they can share IDEA efforts and techniques across institutions.

If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please complete this form or contact Denise Leyton ( and Samantha Minnis ( by March 17, 2023.

IDEA Featured Resource

Suggest a Resource for the MiALA IDEA List!

The MiALA IDEA Committee invites members to share recent resources on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility for the MiALA IDEA Resources for Education and Training. Our goal is to build a concise, streamlined list of recent articles, books, reports, training resources and toolkits, websites, videos, terminology resources, and online communities, all related to IDEA. Suggest items here

This month's Featured Resource from the MiALA IDEA Resources for Education and Training

MiALA Newsletter - March 2023