April 2022

MiALA Annual Conference - Registration is open!

Good news! Registration for the Michigan Academic Library Association 2022 Conference is open! This virtual conference will be held May 16th-18th. We're excited about all this conference has to offer, including: 
Registration costs are a flat $60 for all attendees, and current LIS students are free. Scholarships are available; keep an eye out for the scholarship application announcement shortly. We look forward to seeing you at this year's virtual conference.

Welcome New Members!

Calvin University
Amanda Matthysse

Michigan School of Psychology
Stephanie Swanberg

Wayne State University
Tricia Venzke


President's Message

Kate Langan

Happy April everyone! 
  • Trauma-informed education keynote:  Dr. Mays Imad will speak on trauma-informed education. Tuesday, May 17 1-2. 
  • Membership meeting, May 18, 11-12.  
  • Anti-racism workshops made possible by the IDEA Committee, under the leadership of Sheila Garcia and Denise Layton. Wednesday May 18, 1-4:30. 
The nominations committee is gearing up for MiALA’s annual elections. Be on the lookout for updates and a call for nominations very soon. Any questions? Feel free to reach out to me, Jeremy Barnes, Brenna Wade, or Clayton Hayes.  

MiALA Member Meet Up

Library Learning Experiences in K-12 and Postsecondary Education, this month's MiALA Member Meet Up, will be held Thursday, April 14th from 10:00-11:00am.
Since 2000, the number of certified K-12 school librarians in Michigan schools have plummeted. At the same time, the need for learners of all ages to be thoughtful consumers of diverse information sources has perhaps never been more critical. How do we, as academic librarians who provide instruction, reference, research help, or other public services, understand our incoming students’ experiences? Moreover, how can we develop a more nuanced and meaningful understanding of the challenges and opportunities for information literacy instruction in K-12 education?
Join the MiALA Instruction and Information Literacy Interest Group as we host three Information Literacy Specialists from Rochester Community Schools to discuss these ideas. In particular, we’ll focus on the connections, challenges, and opportunities that exist between K-12 and postsecondary education.
This casual conversation will be a sharing session where academic librarians and K-12 information literacy specialists can talk together to address:
  • The kinds of library instruction and instructional technology tools that K-12 students are exposed to today – and what we in academic libraries might expect from incoming first-year students 
  • The ways in which COVID has impacted K-12 students’ learning experiences and expectations, especially around information literacy
  • Any consistent challenges we experience in both K-12 and academic settings around information literacy, or teaching and learning more generally
  • Emerging issues for students in K-12 educational settings, especially around information literacy instruction and critical thinking
  • Opportunities that exist for school libraries / librarians and academic libraries to partner / collaborate, or to advocate for each other
If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Nichols Hess, IG chair, at nichols@oakland.edu.
Meet Ups are free, but registration is required. To register, please visit: https://forms.gle/izWtvsjuk5nQ8MZ96You will receive a Zoom link the morning of the Meet Up.
If you have questions regarding these Meet Ups, please contact the Membership Committee at membership@miala.org.    
Hope to meet up with you soon!  

Membership Funding for BIPOC Library and Archives Students Initiative

Applications are now live! 

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 (garcishe@gvsu.edu) with any questions.
MiALA Newsletter - April 2022