March 2018

#MiALA19 annual conference location proposals now open

The MiALA Board of Directors is seeking proposals to host the 4th Annual Conference, to be held on the 2nd or 3rd week of May 2019.

Information regarding the space requirements and other helpful details regarding submitting a proposal is available here.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your institution and local community to a couple hundred of your closest academic library friends.

The deadline to submit your proposal is Monday, April 1, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding submitting a proposal and/or about hosting an annual conference, don’t hesitate to contact Heather Ladiski at

What Works for Me: Sucessful OER Strategies

Tina Ulrich

Please join us on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 3:00pm to hear how five OER Interest Group members have promoted the adoption of open resources on their campuses. Speakers: Michele Pratt (Delta), Kendra Lake (SC4), Matt Ruen (GVSU), Julia Rodriguez (Oakland U.), and Kate Pittsley-Sousa (EMU). Everyone welcome! Register in advance here.

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

Assessment Conference slides now available!

Shellie Jeffries

If you weren't able to attend the Assessment Pop up conference in November and were wondering what was discussed, now's your chance to see what your colleagues talked about: slides from the conference presentations are available on the Pop up conference website here. We invite you to check out the diverse, creative, and thought-provoking ideas the speakers weighed in on.

Upcoming MiALA Elections

Stephanie Mathson

It’s that time of year again to begin considering ways you can contribute more service to MiALA. Our election of new board members, standing committee chairs, and section leaders won’t take place until June, but it’s never too early to consider running!
As Past President of MiALA, I am chairing the 2018 Nominations & Elections Committee. Joining me on it are:
  • Karl Ericson (University of Detroit Mercy)
  • Scott Garrison (Ferris State University)
  • Sandy McCarthy (Washtenaw Community College)
  • Michele Pratt (Delta College)
  • Christina Radisauskas (Aquinas College)
Together, we’ll keep you apprised of the nomination and election process. For more information on the election timeline and available positions, please visit the MiALA Election Central website.

Thank you #MiALA18 conference sponsors!

Thank you to the following institutions who have pledged their support for the #MiALA18 Annual Conference:

Platinum Level
Michigan State University

Gold Level
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Western Michigan University

Bronze Level
Oakland University
Spring Arbor University
Davenport University

General Sponsorship Level
Aquinas College

Scholarship Contributor Level
North Central Michigan College
Lansing Community College

It's not too late for your institution to sponsor! To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, go to the Conference Sponsorship website.

Volunteer at the MiALA Conference!

Are you looking for a fun professional service opportunity? The conference planning committee is seeking volunteers for the upcoming MiALA annual conference on May 17-18, 2018.

There are a range of volunteer opportunities before and during the conference, including:
  • Constructing attendee packets
  • Registration table
  • Moderating a session
  • Designated on-site Tweeter
  • Dine-around leader
Please fill out this simple form to express your interest, and we will be in touch!

If you have any questions about volunteering at the conference, please email Kristen Mapes (

Welcome New Members!

Laurie Stark, Michigan Technological University

Annelise Doll, Michigan Technological University

Marlene Edge, Oakland University - Kresge Library

Corey Goethe, Mid Michigan Community College

Rebecca Roper, Northwestern Michigan College Osterlin Library

Naomi Binnie, University of Michigan

Yulia Sevryugina, University of Michigan

Katie Iversen, Wayne State University

Sean Kozak, ProQuest

Remembering MiALA Members

MiALA is sad to share that there have been two deaths recently in our library community.
Vanessa Prygoski, librarian at University of Michigan-Flint, died Monday, February 12th. There will be a memorial service for Vanessa, held at UM-Flint, on Tuesday, March 6, from 4:30-6pm. More information can be found here.
Teague Orblych, librarian at University of Michigan-Dearborn, died Thursday, February 15th. There has been a GoFundMe set up for Teague’s family and to help with the costs of funeral expenses.
The MiALA board is currently looking into ways we can contribute meaningfully in their memory and honor, and we will let you know once we have made those decisions.

President's Message

Jessica Sender

Hello MiALA Members, and happy March! It has been great to see so much engagement from our members over the past few months, and I hope you all continue to participate and make MiALA the organization you want it to be.
I am looking forward to hearing from the MiALA Section Task Force, which held their last town hall in February. A big thank you for all their work-I know the board is looking forward to hear their recommendations, and figuring out ways that we can make MiALA the organization our members want. This was a lot of work on the part of the task force, and I think it is commendable that they set up so many opportunities through their Town Hall Meetings for member to provide feedback. If you have an idea or proposal, feel free to pass it on to your IG or Section chair, or contact a member of the board individually. We’re always looking for ways to make MiALA better, and that’s what our members do.
The OER Interest Group is having a webinar on March 6th, titled “What Works for Me: Successful OER Strategies”, held via Zoom. This will be a great opportunity to discuss OER with other institutions, and share ideas and strategies. Another great example of the diverse range of programming the IGs have done this year (and it’s only March!)
Our Advocacy Committee has also been working to provide opportunities for members to get involved in different advocacy initiatives across the state. There are new opportunities to be involved in school advocacy developments, so please see the recent news item Julie and the Advocacy Committee sent for ways to be involved.
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please do not hesitate to reach out to the board, at, or you can email me at

Advocacy Column - MiALA, Community College Libraries, & Advocacy

Stephanie DeLano Davis

Advocacy means many things: promote, support, champion, recommend, defend. All these words represent strategies academic libraries employ to advocate for their users, their libraries, their resources and their services. For community college libraries, like their private college and public university counterparts, advocacy efforts encompass a broad range of activities and interests. How advocacy by community college libraries differs from other institutions relates to the mission and purpose of community colleges, the population they serve and the communities where they reside.

The community college movement in Michigan dates back to 1914. A resolution by the faculty at the University of Michigan endorsing the establishment of community colleges motivated the Grand Rapids Board of Education to found Grand Rapids Junior College. Today there are 28 state-supported community colleges in Michigan, ranging from large urban institutions like Oakland Community College to small, locally-centered institutions like Bay College in Escanaba. In addition, Michigan has three tribal community colleges, not included in the above number since their charter is federal (Grand Rapids Community College, 2013-2014; Michigan Community College Association, 2018).

While community college missions vary from one institution to another, the foundational purpose of community colleges is to provide educational opportunities for members of its community. This translates into undergraduate courses leading to associate degrees, certificates and/or transfer credits to four-year institutions for college students, workplace development for local businesses and lifelong educational opportunities for members of the community. For libraries, this broad span means providing services for a wide range of purposes and users.

Students and faculty represent the key community college constituent, however, and the work of the community college library focuses on meeting their information needs. Community colleges are the higher education launching pad for many students nationally. Currently, 40% of college students in the United States attend a community college. In Michigan, there are 411,764 students enrolled in community colleges. Of that number, 67% attend school part-time. Their average age is 25.7 and 27.9% of those students are minorities. Nationally, 36% of the students attending community college are first generation college students. The opportunity for community college libraries to impact students is significant. Now that many high schools do not provide library services, the community college library may represent a student’s first exposure to the world of libraries and it serves as the introduction for those transferring to other institutions (American Association of Community Colleges, 2017; Michigan Community College Association, 2018).

To do this work successfully, community college libraries, like all libraries in higher education, need resources (money and people). Funding constraints make the community college budgeting process challenging. Advocating for funds to build collections and provide services is an ongoing endeavor. While this advocacy role falls primarily on the library director or dean who develops the budget and seeks to convince college administration to supply the funds, this is only possible when the library, as a whole, shows how their work advances the college mission. Today the emphasis in community colleges is on student success and libraries aligning themselves with this focus are getting great results. A current example involves OER (Open Educational Resources). Many community colleges in Michigan are demonstrating their relevance by leading and supporting OER. These translate into concrete results for students.  At Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, for example, OER efforts are saving students money, according to Library Director, Tina Ulrich, “Forty faculty are teaching one or more of their courses with free or low-cost (<$40) textbooks saving students $129,000 this semester. Our total textbook savings since Fall 2015 is $809,600,” (personal communication, February 6, 2018).

Community college libraries are also showing their relevance through their collections, information literacy efforts and day-to-day interactions in the library. Integrated information literacy efforts based on the ACRL framework, embedded librarians, one-shot instructional sessions, reference desk encounters, targeted LibGuides and relevant online resources are all examples of how community college libraries are seeking to assist students. These resources and services help students succeed in their current courses, learn information skills for future employment and prepares them to succeed as students at four-year institutions (McCarthy, 2017; Lance, 2017).

Finding ways to support community library users is important as well. These folks help fund the institution through local taxes. At my own library at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, there is a core of library regulars from the community. They read our magazines, use our computers, check out our books and seek our help when completing online forms and searching for information. While they are not our primary users, their needs inform our work. Recently, we dropped several print subscriptions. Among them was a title frequently used by a community member. I took a second look at the subscription, decided to keep that title and drop another. Through this small effort, I built rapport with a user and engendered good will.

As these examples demonstrate, advocacy in the community college library is both art and science. To succeed, the community college library must demonstrate clear value through programs like OER and information literacy instruction, but it also must embrace opportunities to show value in small, less tangible ways like offering a community book club or keeping a magazine valued by community user. With its broad range of users and its potential to affect many, community college libraries must be ever diligent in their efforts to promote, support and advance their work.

Stephanie DeLano Davis, Librarian/Director
North Central Michigan College

American Association of Community Colleges. (2017, June). Fast facts. Retrieved from
Grand Rapids Community College. (2013-2014). History of GRCC. Retrieved from
Lance, K.C. (2017). Community college libraries and librarians and student success: A North Carolina
      study, Community & Junior College Libraries. Advanced online publication.  
McCarthy, S. C. (2017). At issue: Exploring library usage by online learners with student success.
     CCE: The Community College Enterprise, 23(2), 27-31.
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Survey for Michigan Archival Association (MAA)

Brian Wilson

The Michigan Archival Association (MAA) would like your participation in an interest survey of archival professionals, students, and volunteers throughout the state. We would like to understand what professional support and networking opportunities the archival community in Michigan wants, and how we can help meet those needs. The MAA Board will use the information gathered to inform decision making in the year to come.
To that end, we would appreciate you taking 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey here.
Please also feel free to forward this to anyone in your organization or network who works with archival material and may be interested in the professional development and networking opportunities offered by the Michigan Archival Association.
Thank you for your time! 
MAA Survey Committee, 
Annie Benefiel (Chair)
Heidi Butler
Rebecca Bizonet
Carol Vandenberg
New MiALA eNewsletter - March 2018