June 2023

Welcome New Members!

Grand Valley State University
Janelle Manuel

Hillsdale College
Laura Negus

Oakland Community College
Jackie Blonigen

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Anne Dempsey

June Member Spotlight

William Adame Metadata and Catalog Librarian Saginaw Valley State University What are you currently reading? Mostly graphic novels and comics these days. I'm making my way through the X-Men comic books in chronological order. I also started my biennial reading of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. What are your research interests? I'm interested in underserved student populations. Specifically, first generation college students and reducing the barriers to library services but also in supporting their persistence in completing their academic programs. Also, I'm interested in media literacy and information literacy for students and effective methods for teaching and practicing those skills. Do you have hobbies or interests outside of the library? I'm a consummate consumer of media. I mostly play video games (Final Fantasy XIV, Persona 5), watch movies (Everything Everywhere All at Once, Dancer in the Dark), listen to music (Björk, Antony and the Johnsons), and watch TV (Heartstopper, Star Trek: Voyager). What drew you to the library profession? Back in high school the readers' advisory seemed like the coolest part, "I could help people figure out what books they want to read?!" I was interested in working at least part time in a library way back then. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, at least at that point. I figured I'd become a high school English teacher while working at the university library. Maybe it's because I was in California, or because of the aughts economy, or because of my limited experience and understanding of libraries growing up, but I never did get a library job until my early 30s. After pivoting away from teaching, I started taking community college courses in Library Services and was immediately captivated by cataloging and classification. Three years after starting those I entered an MLIS program and was almost simultaneously hired by a public library as a cataloger. The access and discovery that cataloging and classification enables is so satisfying. What do you value about MiALA? Being new to Michigan and academic libraries, I appreciate that there can be an immediate connection to the hundreds of library professionals that are familiar with the needs and challenges in serving our user communities.

Message from the President

Greetings All,

It was great to see so many of you at the conference! I hope everyone had an educational and revitalizing time learning from our colleagues in beautiful Holland. Thank you again to our Conference Planning Committee and all of our volunteers and speakers. If you are interested in hosting next year’s conference, please fill out this form. This will be my last President’s Message in the monthly newsletter, and I just wanted to say what an honor it has been to work with all of you. I am handing over the presidency in July to President-Elect Darlene Johnson-Bignotti who I’m sure will have great things in store for us.

Carin Graves

Election Results In

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I am pleased to announce the incoming MiALA Board members: 

Vice President/President-elect: Mies Martin
Secretary: Katrina Rouan
Publicly Funded Representative: Sheila Garcia Mazari
Private University Representative: Rebecca Tull
2 year IGCC Terms: Jon Scherger and Mariela Hristova
1 year IGCC Term: Heidi Keppen Palmer

Please join me in congratulating our new Board members. Also please join me in thanking our colleagues who are ending their terms on the Board: Mary O'Kelly, Krysta Vincent, and Jeremy Barney. 

Kate Langan

On Behalf of the Conference Committee

The MiALA Conference Committee was happy to see many of you at the 2023 Annual Conference at the Haworth Hotel (Hope College) in Holland, Michigan, May 17-19.  We are grateful for the conference volunteers, venues, sponsors, keynote speaker (Amy Tureen), presenters, panelists, and attendees!  It was wonderful to see everyone in person, and we are looking forward to the next conference in 2024.

Jeremy Barney & Jen Holman (Conference Committee Co-Chairs)

Volunteer for a Committee!

If you are interested in serving on a MiALA Committee for the 2023-2024 membership year, please fill out the volunteer form.  This year we would like everyone to fill out the form again if they would like to continue their service on a committee. More information on the different committees is available on this page.

New Member Spotlight

The MiALA Newsletter is seeking new members to feature in our Member Spotlight. Share what you are reading, your research interests, what drew you to the library profession and more by completing our Member Spotlight Questionnaire.

Spotlight Your Library!

Is your library doing something interesting this summer? Or does it have something cool planned for the fall? Let us know about it! The MiALA Newsletter is looking for libraries to spotlight here. Complete the Library Snapshots Submission form and you may see your library featured here in the next issue!
MiALA Newsletter - June 2023