March 2022

Web/UX IG - Inspiration Conversation

What are you reading, watching and listening to that has got you thinking about your Web/UX work? This could be a scholarly article, podcast, tweet or show you are watching for fun. Join us for an informal conversation about what’s inspired you recently.
-Event date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
-Event start/end time: 11 a.m. to noon
-Event contact name and email: Angela Brcka, -Event location: online using Zoom -Require registration to this event: Register using Zoom link

Register in advance for this event:

Welcome New Members!

Oakland Community College
Terri Frank

Oakland Community College
Tyra Briscoe


Creating an OER Culture: Experiences from Western Michigan U

Event Date / Time: Friday, March 25, 10 - 11 a.m.

Location : Zoom virtual event

Host: MiALA STEM Interest Group

*** All are welcome to attend the event, including those who are not STEM Interest Group members. ***

Event Description: Is your academic library interested in Open Educational Resources, but not sure how how to get involved? Professor LuMarie Guth will discuss the evolution of Western Michigan University Libraries' OER Task Force, including cross campus educational initiatives, the OER Textbook Grant Project, its assessment, and future directions. Special attention will be given to reception of OER at WMU and efforts toward culture change.

Speaker Bio: LuMarie Guth, associate professor and the business librarian at Western Michigan University Libraries, is a founding member of the OER Task Force. Prior to her time at WMU, she was an instruction librarian at Columbus State University in Georgia where she took part in the launch of Affordable Learning Georgia at her institution. Prof. Guth presented a longitudinal study of faculty perceptions of OER at 2021 Opened.

Registration Link:

If you have any questions about the talk, contact Carrie Leatherman, MiALA STEM Interest Group chair, at  

MiALA Cataloging & Metadata IG pop-up virtual conference

Save the date! The MiALA Cataloging & Metadata IG is holding a pop-up virtual conference on Monday, March 28th. This event is free and open to anyone interested in cataloging and metadata!

Registration information and agenda will be sent out March 14th. We look forward to hearing from you!

Membership Funding for BIPOC Library and Archives Students

The MiALA Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee is soliciting applications for the Membership Funding for BIPOC Library and Archives Students Initiative. Following the success of last year’s membership funding initiative, a total of 10 library/archives students will be selected to receive funding for 1 year of MiALA membership (2022-2023).
Interested individuals should complete an application form. Selection criteria for granting membership funding are provided below.
Applicants must:
  • Identify as a Black and/or Indigenous person, or as a Person of Color
  • Be actively pursuing a library/archives degree either part-time or full-time
Special consideration will be given to applicants who:
  • Are experiencing financial hardship
  • Currently serve, have served, or will be serving underrepresented populations at academic, college, or research libraries or institutions, including junior, community, or technical colleges; vocational institutions; rural institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs); and etc.
  • Are new to MiALA
Applications will open on April 1st, 2022 and will close on May 31st, 2022. Decisions will be announced June 20th, 2022, allowing for membership for all selected applicants to begin July 1st, 2022. Please contact Sheila Garcia Mazari ( with any questions.
MiALA Newsletter - March 2022