June 2022

June Member Spotlight

Katrina Rouan

Katrina Rouan Wayne State University Libraries Coordinator for Reference Services What are you currently reading? I'm in between books, but I recently finished listening to The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone. It was good company while I isolated with Covid. My daughter loves to read to me so last night I listened to excerpts from The Cardboard Kingdom, a graphic novel that has children navigating a variety of conflicts while also using cardboard to create imaginative costumes and fantasy worlds. It led to some unexpectedly deep, philosophical discussions. What are your research interests? Through my work supervising eight Graduate Student Assistants, I am interested in providing opportunities for future library professionals to gain practical experience, develop leadership skills, and find their professional identity. It is incredibly rewarding work to advocate for and support this group. I will never run out of ideas for this team. I also have an interest in ways the library can support student parents through services such as family spaces, lactations rooms, updated policies, etc. Both of my parents completed their college education as student parents and my memories of their experiences have had a huge impact on me. Do you have hobbies or interests outside of the library? I started knitting about a year ago. I love the combination of being productive and meditative. I own a ridiculous amount of board games considering the size of my house and am in the middle of my first Dungeon and Dragons campaign, which started as a joke while on vacation with my siblings. I also enjoy going for walks in my neighborhood, around midtown Detroit, or on trails at local parks. What drew you to the library profession? During the last semester of undergrad, I started to second guess my aspiration of becoming a biomedical researcher. I met with a career counselor (thank you, Harriet!) and librarianship came up as a potential fit. I wasn't sold right away but started graduate school two years later. What do you value about MiALA? I value the opportunities to come together with other MiALA members to learn, discuss, engage, and create. I generally prefer to work with others and the connections I have made through MiALA have resulted in not only professional successes but also cherished friendships.  

Library Funding for BIPOC Library/Archives Students and Workers

Membership Funding is now open to library workers and students! 
The MiALA Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee is soliciting applications for the Membership Funding for BIPOC Library and Archives Students AND Workers Initiative. Following the success of last year’s membership funding initiative, a total of 4 library/archives workers and 2 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 June 17th, 2022. Decisions will be announced June 24th, 2022, allowing for membership for all selected applicants to begin July 1st, 2022. Please contact Sheila Garcia Mazari (garcishe@gvsu.edu) with any questions. 

Welcome New Members

Wayne State University
Meghan McGowan

Eastern Michigan University
Bill Marino

Ferris State University
Nina Davis
Jason Bentley

Oakland University
Polly Boruff-Jones

Grand Rapids Community College
Lori DeBie

Windsor Regional Hospital
Michelle Rau

Mercy High School
Martha Kreucher


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