February 2024

Welcome New Members

Ferris State University
Susan Witte

University of Michigan
Kyle Bylin

Schoolcraft College
Sharon Christian

Lansing Community College Library
Kelli Herm

Wayne State University
Ida Martinez


OER Leadership, Advocacy & Communication Webinar

OER Leadership, Advocacy & Communication Webinar

Learn how to get started as an OER leader/advocate on your campus and how best to communicate about OER from Mandi Goodsett, M.S., M. Ed., Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian and OER and Copyright Advisor at Cleveland State University.

When: February 15, 2024 at 1pm
Register here

Hosted by the OER IG, but open to all MiALA members!


IDEA Reading Group Discussion

The IDEA Committee will be hosting a reading group discussion of “Nice White Meetings”: Unpacking Absurd Library Bureaucracy through a Critical Race Theory Lens" on February 21, 2024, at 10:00AM (Eastern).

Please register here in advance for this meeting. 

Beyond Access Codes: Open Homework Alternatives

Join the MiALA OER Interest Group on March 6, 2024, at 1:00 pm EST for an Open Education Week Virtual Panel: “Beyond Access Codes: Open homework alternatives.”

Faculty and student panelists from several Michigan higher education institutions will share their experiences with course access codes and converting to open and low-cost homework systems.

Register here 

All are welcome to attend this Open Education Week event.


Not Receiving MiALA Emails?

Missing emails from MiALA? Be sure to check your spam or junk folders. We will be sending a lot of conference information that you do not want to miss!


Message from the President

February is the shortest month of the year, but it’s one of the busiest! As academic and instructional  activities are ramping up for most of us, we also find time to celebrate African American History Month, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, and Super Bowl Sunday (although the Lions didn’t make it congrats to Taylor Swift, ah, um, KC Chiefs).

We also want to recognize the many activities that our IGs have sponsored so far this year, and share news of events and initiatives coming in the next few months. We hope you’ll  join us for our  Mid-Year Membership Meeting on Friday February 23, 11am to Noon.

Check your email for an invite or see additional information and a link to register in this newsletter. If you suspect messages from MiALA are being gobbled by a too-effective spam catcher be sure to bookmark MiALA’s calendar page to keep up with the latest meetings and events:

Be good to each other, and less than one month until Spring!

Darlene Johnson-Bignotti

Now Accepting Poster Proposals for MiALA Conference

Call for Poster Proposals Now Open

"Libraries: Where Ideas Take Flight" captures the curiosity, optimism, and technological innovation propelling academic libraries on an ascent towards new heights. As skilled navigators of knowledge, academic library workers are entrusted to ensure our communities' smooth voyage into intellectual exploration. Have you implemented a forward-looking approach, developed a best practice, or have an engaging idea or project to share? If so, join us as a copilot on this journey, inspiring attendees with ideas that will shape the trajectory of librarianship and academic libraries into the future.

MiALA invites you and your colleagues to submit poster proposals for the 9th annual conference to be held in-person, May 15-17, 2024 at The Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Participation from librarians, library staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries is encouraged. We welcome posters in any topic related to work in academic libraries, and particularly if they have a connection to the conference theme.

Poster proposals should include a description of no more than 300 words. They will be evaluated on impact on academic libraries and higher education, originality and creativity, and clarity. If you submitted a presentation proposal that was not accepted, we encourage you to reframe your topic for consideration as a poster.

****Prior to submitting your proposal, please review the information provided on the Poster Session Guidelines page.****

Please submit your poster proposal using the online form here by March 1, 2024.

The primary contact listed on each proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and decisions on proposals by mid-March.

Questions can be sent to poster team leader, Andrea McMillan (salaza27@msu.edu). Questions about the conference in general can be sent to conference@miala.org.


IDEA Featured Resource

This month’s featured resource from the MiALA IDEA Resources for Education and Training list is:

Black excellence in LIS syllabus. https://bit.ly/blacklis

Description: A list of resources on Black and people of color in academia and librarianship, as well as issues of discrimination, racism, sexism, and social justice.

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. February is Black History Month and a time for learning, reflection, and action! Do you have resources that would diversify the voices on our list? Make your suggestion here.


Mid-Year All Membership Meeting--You're Invited

Mid-Year All Member Meeting- You're Invited!

Join your MiALA Board on Friday February 23 from 11am to Noon and learn about the "state of MiALA", upcoming events and opportunities for engagement, and our foundation for future growth as we begin a formal strategic planning process.

This virtual event is free and all current MiALA members are welcome to attend. Follow this link to register:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions, or issues you'd to see addressed? Feel free to forward them to board@miala.org (we will not share your identity during the meeting, just the question or gist).

Darlene Johnson-Bignotti
MiALA President


Casual Convo: Assessing the user experience in library space

Casual Conversation: Assessing the user experience in library spaces

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

In this casual conversation, co-sponsored by the Instruction & Information Literacy and Web/UX Interest Groups, we’ll discuss strategies for assessing how users experience physical spaces in our libraries, including instructional spaces such as library classrooms and research consultation areas. Denise Leyton, projects coordinator for the Strategic Planning Team at University of Michigan Library, will get the conversation started with examples of the UX work she has done.

Share your knowledge, and learn from others, as we discuss topics such as:

- How can we assess the user experience in library spaces?
- How does the learning environment impact the user experience and student         
- What tools can help us evaluate the in-person user experience?

 Register here to get the Zoom link and add to your calendar

All are welcome! Interest Group membership is not required.
MiALA Newsletter - February 2024