May 2022

Annual Conference 2022

Jessica Hronchek

We are excited about all the MiALA Virtual Conference has to offer. There is still time to join us May 16th-18th for our keynote, breakouts posters, and great new offerings like free workshops hosted by the IDEA Committee and a virtual watch party hosted by the OER Interest Group. More information is available on the conference agenda. Register now to connect with colleagues in just two weeks! The registration deadline is Monday, May 16th at noon EST. If you have questions about your registration and accessing the conference platform, please contact Kalyn Huson ( Best, Jessica Hronchek MiALA Conference Committee

Welcome to our New Member!

Oakland Community College
Ellen Robinette


Member Spotlight

Rebecca Tull

Rebecca Tull
University of Detroit Mercy Assistant Library Professor

What are you currently reading? I just finished two books: Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise and John Gunther’s Death Be Not Proud. I’m currently reading Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper. Unfortunately, I’m kind of a slow reader – and no matter how much I read, somehow the stack of books on my nightstand remains tall. What are your research interests? Broadly speaking, library outreach, whether it is direct to students and faculty, more broadly aimed at the university community, or in the form of internal or external partnerships that result in instruction, exhibits, initiatives, and programs. Do you have hobbies or interests outside of the library? Hiking and walking (with and without my dog, depending on the pace!). Like many people, I became interested in birding during the pandemic and that interest seems to be sticking. Reading, working in the yard, kayaking, and spending time with my husband and two teenagers, family, and friends near and far. What drew you to the library profession? I had been working in marketing and communications and wanted to make a change to something more mission driven. Hearing about the profession from one of my best friends who was a librarian – and then checking out the MLIS course catalog at Dominican University was what hooked me. Until then, I’d been a library user but really didn’t have a clue as to all the cool things librarians do! What do you value about MiALA? The networking and professional development opportunities - getting to know librarians and library workers from around the state and what’s going on in their libraries, the challenges they face. I’ve only been back from Illinois for a few years so comparing notes is helpful. The MiALA folks I’ve worked with to date have all been supportive and generous in their information sharing and collaboration, which I definitely appreciate.  

President's Message

Kate Langan

Hi all,  
The conference is fast approaching! A heartfelt thank you to the conference committee led by Jessica Hronchek and thank you to the additional volunteers helping run the conference. We will be using the Whova platform. You can find more information on the conference page
I want to highlight that the MiALA elections are also fast approaching.  shortly after the conference ends. Call for nominations open  for the 2022 Board and IGCC is open now until noon May 23. Voting opens May 30.  You can find more details on the MiALA website under Election Central.   If you have any questions about the any of the open positions or the process, please reach out to me or anyone on the Board. 
Best, Kate 

MiALA Membership and IDEA Survey 2022

The MiALA Membership and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committees invite you to fill out this survey describing your experience as a member and how that experience might intersect with your identities.

The information gathered through this survey will serve as a baseline to understand our membership on a deeper level and hold MiALA as an organization, accountable toward creating inclusive, systemic change that centers the expressed needs of historically excluded community members. It may take you 10-15 minutes to complete the survey (all responses are optional, any information you have time to give is welcome!). Thank you so much for your perspectives and feedback!

All answers for this survey are anonymous to maintain member confidentiality.


May Member Meet Up - Engaging Your Community

The Web/UX IG presents a conversation exploring learning about user needs. As libraries, we want to be grounded in our communities and provide an experience that is as user-centered and inclusive as possible. Join us for a panel discussion about creative ways we have engaged with our communities to accomplish this goal. Please complete this registration form to receive a Zoom link to attend the meet up. If you have any questions about Meet Ups, please reach out to the Membership Committee at  

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 ( with any questions.  
MiALA Newsletter - May 2022