August 2018 Newsletter

Events in July & August

Great Lakes Science Boot Camp
07/25/2018- 07/27/2018
Purdue University
Please save the date (July 25-27, 2018) for the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians! This immersive 2 1/2 day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp will strive to cultivate an ongoing learning community of academic and medical librarians dedicated to providing research support to facultyand graduate students.

July 25-27, 2018
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Registration will open in Spring 2018
Boot Camp website:
Contact Bethany McGowan ( if you have any questions.

Ohio Library Support Staff Institute
07/29/2018- 07/31/2018
University of Mount Union
1972 Clark Ave
Alliance, OH 44601
The annual Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI) will take place on July 29-31, 2018 at the University of Mount Union, in Alliance, Ohio. 

Programs will include cloud computing, 'Fieldtripping' Your Library, escape rooms, a snapshot of the Ohio School for the Deaf, and even Rosie the Comfort Dog. A full list of classes and sessions may be found here.

OLSSI is dedicated to supporting the professional development needs of library support staff and with this mission in mind, the summer institute will again be only $299 for three days, two nights, lodging, classes, meals, and more. Registration information may be found here.

Dates to remember:
-Now through 5/12/2018: Early Bird Registration, $275.00
-5/13/18 - 7/13/18: Open Registration, $299.00
-7/29/18 - 7/31/18: OLSSI Summer Institute

MiALA Leadership Retreat
Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823
Save the Date. More information TBA

All incoming, returning, and outgoing Board members, Committee chairs, Section leaders, and Interest Group leaders are welcome to attend. 

Lunch will be included. 

All leaders (regardless if you will be attending or not) please let us know if you will be attending using the form located below!

MIX Conference 2018
Mott Community College Library
1401 E Court St.
Flint, MI 48503
Save the Date! Bookmark the MIX Conference Information page for the latest updates!

New Members in July!

Saginaw Valley State University
Lauryn Lehman

University of Michigan - Flint
Liz Svoboda

Kettering University
Linda Pierce

Kettering University
Linda Pierce

Crystal Agnew

Mid Michigan College
Kristin Falls

President's Message

Paul Gallagher

Welcome to MiALA 2018-2019!

I wanted to start by thanking you all for your continued support to MiALA!  Many of you have dedicated your time, energy, and good thinking to help MiALA grow from an idea to a vibrant statewide organization – and the results are impressive!  In the past four years your service and hard work have developed an impressive slate of programming, build vibrant interest groups, and started new committees focused on providing opportunities for “professional development, advancing academic librarianship, and to serve as a catalyst for statewide collaboration.”  As a member, I thank you for your hard work!

In my many conversations with all of you, one theme continues to emerge – engagement. Maybe you are looking for new career opportunities, and see MiALA as a way to connect with others.  Maybe you want to take on a new leadership role, and help build your own skills and advance the profession.  Maybe you just like attending the annual conference.  Whatever the reason, we want to provide you a way to get more involved in YOUR organization!

Starting next month, I’m going to use this column to illustrate a new program, event, or committee where you can get involved. If you see something of interest, or if you have ideas of your own – please speak up!

I also want to mention two upcoming summer events.  In August, MiALA will have its third strategic retreat, where the board, committee, section, and interest group chairs will come together, and develop plans for the coming year.  I’m particularly excited for this year’s event, and I look forward to talking more about outcomes, and how you can get involved.  Stay tuned!

I also wanted to highlight the upcoming Michigan Instruction Exchange (MIX) Conference, to be held at Mott Community College on August 17th.  This long-standing event has been a great example of volunteer efforts building something great, and I’m thrilled that it is working in partnership with the Information Literacy Interest Group!  Thank you to everyone who made this happen, and please attend if your schedule permits.

Again, thank you for your continued support – and here’s to another great year!

Paul Gallagher

Member Spotlight - Elizabeth Measell

Headshot of Elizabeth Measell Elizabeth Measell
Adjunct Liaison Librarian at Grand Valley State University
AND Part-time Reference Librarian at Muskegon Community College

What are you currently reading?
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
What are your research interests?
My research interests are informed by my former career as an English teacher. Having been in librarianship for less than a year, my developing interest would fall under the umbrella of Instructional Design. Right now, I'm focused on the gap between high school and college.

Do you have hobbies or interests outside of the library?
I have recently ended a 3-year post-injury hiatus from running. I also enjoy quilting as well as cooking elaborate 5 course meals for at-home date nights.

What drew you to the library profession?
I really enjoy academic librarianship because I have the opportunity to do meaningful work that either directly or indirectly helps students get the most out of their education.

What do you value about MiALA?
MiALA provides great opportunities for me to get involved and learn more about the profession. Because it is a smaller association, it is easier to network with other members. MiALA provides an incredible support system as I work to gain confidence as a librarian, researcher, and presenter.

MI OER Summit Registration now open

Kendra Lake

Michigan Colleges Online is pleased to announce the 2018 MI OER Summit - a gathering of OPEN enthusiasts and those who are interested and eager to learn, network and advocate.

This year's event is hosted by St. Clair County Community College (Port Huron, MI) at the Fine Arts Theatre on September 21, 2018.

Our keynote for the Summit is Dr. Chris Gilliard, Professor of English and Rhetoric, Macomb Community College; Faculty, 2018 Digital Pedagogy Lab, University of Mary Washington - who will speak on "Interrogating Access: Privacy, Equity and Open Education".

Additionally, the Summit will have 18 sessions that range from how to start using OER to building a complete program using OER, launching an OER initiative, assessing OER and faculty experiences with OER - plus the peer group luncheon!

Who Should Attend: All OPEN advocates and supporters - such as:
  • Faculty interested in OER and those using OER in their classes
  • Librarians involved in campus OER initiatives
  • Instructional designers and technologists that assist with the development and inclusion of OER in classes
  • Administrators that drive the OER strategy and initiatives at the institution

For more information and to register online, go to
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