May 2023

Upcoming Events

MiALA Annual Conference
05/17/2023- 05/19/2023

Welcome New Members!

Cornerstone University
Ethan Stevens

Glen Oaks Community College
EJ Shaheen Learning Commons

Melanie Golden

Hillsdale College
Mossey Library

Pam Clark
Lori Kirby

Hope College
Van Wylen Library

Elicia Nevarez
Arika VanDam

Kuyper College
Zondervan Library

Alyssa Evans

Madonna University
LaCharmine Jefferson
Josh Olsen

Monroe County Community College
Elizabeth Hartig

Perdoceo Education Corporation
Lisa Presley

University of Michigan
School of Information

Cliff Lampe

Wayne State University
Arthur Neef Law Library

Kathryn Polgar

Member Spotlight

Natalie Hagopian Business Librarian University of Michigan - Dearborn What are you currently reading? Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet What are your research interests? I'm currently interested in library instruction in online classes, since this is very relevant to my work. I'm also interested in the spread of disinformation and misinformation and how libraries can help combat it. Do you have hobbies or interests outside of the library? Outside of work, I spend lots of time reading, hanging out with my two cats, and discussing reality TV shows with my friends. What drew you to the library profession? I spent a lot of time in my university's library as a college student, and I remember being wowed by the resources our librarians were able to find. I really enjoy doing research, but to me the thing I am most passionate about is working directly with students and helping them be successful in their classes. What do you value about MiALA? Since I am new to Michigan, I'm excited about getting to know the librarian community here! I am still in my first year post-graduate school, so I am happy to have such an active community of librarians to learn from as I grow as a librarian.

Message from the President

Hi everyone,

The annual conference is closer than ever. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and listening to the great breakout sessions our presenters have planned for us as well as the posters and keynote. Please consider also joining your colleagues for the pre-conference reception or attending the post-conference workshop.

Although it may feel too soon, it’s also time to start thinking about our next annual conference! If you are interested in having your institution host our 2024 conference, please fill out the form here.

Carin Graves

Call for Volunteers - MiALA Annual Conference

The MiALA Annual Conference Planning Committee is seeking volunteers to moderate sessions and staff the registration/information table during our upcoming conference, May 18-19.

Moderator responsibilities include starting and ending the breakout sessions on time, introducing presenter(s) and providing housekeeping information. A script will be provided.

Registration/information table responsibilities include assisting attendees with retrieving name badges, answering basic questions about the conference schedule, and providing directional assistance.

If you are interested in volunteering, please use this link to share your availability. 

If you have questions, please reach out to Katrina Rouan at

2023 MiALA Annual Conference Scholarship Recipients

The MiALA 2023 Conference Committee is pleased to announce the following scholarship winners for this year's conference! Amy Klebba – Kettering University Katie Edmiston – Central Michigan University Sheila Garcia Mazari – University of California, Santa Cruz Patti Skinner – West Shore Community College Kyle Ceci – Delta College Gerald Natal – University of Toledo Robin Daniels – Syracuse University Please visit the 2023 scholarship information page for more details on the scholarship.

To learn more about the conference, visit

Call for Nominations Now Open

Do you or someone you know have the dedication and enthusiasm to serve in MiALA leadership? Perhaps someone who is newer to academic librarianship in Michigan? Or someone who is eager to enhance their leadership skills? If so, please nominate them (or yourself) to run for one of these open Board positions: Vice President/President-Elect Secretary Publicly Funded University Rep Private College Rep Community College Rep Interest Group Coordination Council Representatives Call for Nominations opened April 24, 2023 and will be accepted through May 22, 2023. Newly-elected positions will begin service July 1, 2023. Have a question about the MiALA elections? See our Election Central 2020 website for complete information, including a timeline and position descriptions. If you have questions about the nomination or election process, please visit the Nominations Committee at the MiALA Annual Conference or email us at Best, Kyle Ceci Mike Duffy Kate Langan (Chair) Karen McLaughlin Janice Putt Krysta Vincent

IDEA Featured Resource

This month’s featured resource from the MiALA IDEA Resources for Education and Training is 
Wong, A. (2020). Disability visibility: First-person stories from the twenty-first century. Knoph Doubleday. Description: Written by disability rights activist Alice Wong, this collection of first-person essays written by disabled people brings their lived experiences to the forefront. It highlights the complexity of disabled life and documents modern disability culture. As part of the IDEA Committee's continued effort to build a concise, streamlined list of recent articles, books, reports, training resources and toolkits, websites, videos, terminology resources, and online communities related to IDEA, MiALA members are invited to suggest resources. Make your suggestion here.

MiALA Newsletter - May 2023