Happy December, MiALA members! I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving, and is ready for the final rush towards the end of the semester. I have enjoyed the first half of the year being MiALA president, and am ready to take on the second half of the year!
I was lucky enough to be able to attend the MiALA Assessment Interest Group Pop-Up at the University of Michigan on November 3rd
. This was an excellent pop up conference, with great speakers, wonderful networking opportunities, and takeaways I plan to implement in my own teaching and assessment. It was well organized and well planned, and I would like to thank the Assessment IG for planning such a great pop up. If you have the chance to attend a pop up, please check them out! If you are a member of an interest group and are interested in exploring planning a pop up conference, we would love to hear from you. We have some processes and documentation
that you can check out here
that outlines the process to plan a pop up (or any number of events!)
In that vein, I am also looking forward to hearing about the most recent pop up event, held November 30th
, entitled “Librarians and Vendors, Colleagues in Collections,” hosted by our eResources Interest Group. It sounds like it will be a great event, and on a critical topic for librarians. (By the time you get this, it will have happened just a day or two before!) Thank you to LeAnne Rumler, eResources IG chair, and Patrick Roth, eResources IG chair-elect, for their work on this pop up.
We have some exciting events and opportunities in the works, including partnerships with other state organizations, programming initiatives, and the opportunity to network with other MiALA members across the state. Looking forward, I am hoping that you will all join us at the MiALA Annual Conference, May 17-18th
, to be held at the Kellogg Center on Michigan State University’s campus. I know the Conference Committee, chaired by Rachel Minkin, have been hard at work, and I am excited to take advantage of all they have put together (including a preconference!)
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me or the MiALA board. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We would love to hear from you!