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The Librarian Scholarly and Creative Activity Interest Group (LSCA IG) invites you to join us for a virtual writing retreat on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 from 1pm-4pm.

If you are not a LSCA IG member, please RSVP by emailing the Interest Group chair, Caitlin Benallack, at

Writing Retreat Agenda
1:00 pm | Welcome
1:10 pm | Plans and Goals- How will you use this time?
1:30 pm | Pomodoro 1: 25 minutes of focused writing.
1:55 pm | Break 1: 5 minutes (bio break and chit chat)
2:00 pm | Pomodoro 2: 25 minutes of focused writing
2:25 pm | Break 2: 5 minutes
2:30 pm | Pomodoro 3: 25 minutes of focused writing.
2:55 pm | Break 3: 5 minutes
3:00 pm | Pomodoro 4: 25 minutes of focused writing
3:25 pm | Break 4: 5 minutes
3:30 pm | Next Steps Reflection
3:40 pm | Share- How did it go?
4:00 pm | Adjourn- You worked hard! Take a longer break on your own.

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4/17/20241:00pm to 4:00pm

Casual Conversation: Building Connections

Thursday, April 18, 11am-12:00pm

Join the Instruction and Information Literacy Interest Group for a community-building conversation. Forge state-wide connections with colleagues by sharing your on-the-ground successes and challenges with information literacy instruction this year. Make a connection online and meet up in person at the MiALA Annual Conference in May! Engage with other members, give input on future programming, and learn about leadership opportunities within the Instruction and Information Literacy IG.

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All are welcome! Interest Group membership is not required.


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4/18/202411:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Web/UX Interest Group for a knowledge-sharing opportunity to discuss the value of engaging users when redesigning library systems like ILS, discovery, and LibApps tools. Maria Nuccilli, interim assistant dean of discovery services at Wayne State, will start the conversation with examples of user testing she has done on various redesign projects. Share your own experiences with user testing and learn from others.

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4/24/202410:00am to 11:00amAngela Brcka

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4/30/20245:00pm to 5:00pm

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5/2/20241:00pm to 2:30pm

The IDEA Committee is happy to host Dr. Maha Kumaran for a webinar on May 6, 2024 at 2pm. Dr. Kumaran completed her PhD in 2023 on the topic of equity in Canadian academic library leadership. For her dissertation, she interviewed three groups of participants – marginalized librarians (primary participants); their allies (secondary participants); and Canadian library leaders (expert participants).

At this session, Dr. Kumaran will share her findings about allyship – what helped marginalized librarians and how allies can help their colleagues.

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5/6/20242:00pm to 3:00pm

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5/14/202411:00am to 12:00pm

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6/6/20241:00pm to 2:30pm

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6/11/202411:00am to 12:00pm

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