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3/20/201912:30 - 2:00 pm

Friday, March 29, 2019

9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City

The MiALA Michigan Community College & Assessment Interest Groups are co-sponsoring a one day pop-up conference that will focus on using the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education for assessment. The aim is to help guide academic libraries on demonstrating their value and showing their impact to campus constituents. Participants will utilize the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education to identify institutional priorities and campus collaborators, begin to design an impact model, and learn how to use the results of the ACRL Standards to communicate your library's impact.

Program Schedule
8:30 am Registration
9:00 - 10:30 am Overview of ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (live webinar)
Andrea Falcone, Associate Director, University of Colorado - Denver
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Panel discussion about assessment

LLPA Grant Assessment Project
Doreen Bradley, Director of Learning Programs and Initiatives, University of Michigan

Library Value Part of the Institutional Effectiveness Principle
Jennifer Dean, Dean of University Libraries and Instructional Technology, University of Detroit Mercy

Mapping to Distance Learning and Assessment
Sandy McCarthy, Faculty Librarian, Washtenaw Community College
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch (included in registration)
1:00 - 3:30 pm Creating an assessment project plan (hands-on program)
Ashley Blinstrub, Research & Assessment Librarian, Saginaw Valley State University
3:30 pm Wrap up
Attend a lively program and take away ideas for getting started or staying on track with promoting your library's value and success.

This pop-up conference is intended for all librarians and administrators: Academic, Community College, 4 year University, and others. Attendees are not expected to have any prior knowledge of using the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education.

For more information on this program, go to the Community College & Assessment IG Event Page

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3/29/20199:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries, SEMLOL, is preparing a program for the Spring membership meeting titled, Library on a Dime: Low or No Cost Tools or Resources. They welcome presentation, lightning talk, and poster proposals sharing your library's efforts to reduce costs. Examples include, but are not limited to, open source software, free tutorial delivery systems, and patron driven acquisition. Best practices, projects, and creative ideas are all welcome. Presentations should be 40 minutes long, including time for questions. Lightning talks will be no longer than 10 minutes. Posters should be 48" x 36".
The Spring SEMLOL meeting will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Davenport University, Warren, Michigan

To submit a proposal, please send a title, name of speaker(s), and an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Monday, January 21, 2019. Accepted proposals will be notified by the end of January.

LIS students are encouraged to submit proposals based on their coursework, jobs, or internships.

For more information, go to the SEMLOL website.

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3/29/20191:00 - 4:00 pmHolly Sorscher

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4/2/20192:00 - 3:00 pm

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Wayne State School of Information Sciences will be hosting its annual career fair again this April 10th.

Below is the registration link if you have some positions to fill.  Also, looking for alum that want to join  our panel.  If you have advice for new grads and an innovative project to share, please contact me! 


Kim Schroeder
Coordinator, Archival Program
Lecturer and Career Advisor
Wayne State University
School of Information Sciences
Faculty Advisor for National Digital Stewardship Alliance
313 577-9783
Career Advising Page
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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4/11/20199:00 - 9:30 amMegan Kudzia

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4/11/20199:00 - 9:30 amMegan Kudzia

Library Camp is back and will take place at the Ann Arbor District Library on Friday, April 12, 2019!

This free unconference at AADL is aimed at library and information science professionals, paraprofessionals, and students at all levels. The goal is to discuss and expand our thinking on library practices, trends, challenges, and to share our ideas, success stories, and not-so-successful stories. Take a look at last year's schedule for an idea of the sorts of topics we have addressed.

Please register in advance so we know to expect you. All sessions will be held at the Downtown Library

This year, we'll start with a session of Library Island, an open-ended professional development activity designed by library innovator Matt Finch. According to Matt, "Library Island is playful and intense. It’s a simple game played with nothing more than office furniture, pens, and paper, but it swiftly leads to rich and complex scenarios. The fictional setting allows us to explore structural issues, political challenges, and even some of the disruptive behaviour that professionals may face from their users, within the relative safety of a “make-believe” context."

After lunch, we'll break into unconference-style breakout sessions, filling a blank schedule for the afternoon with ideas and suggestions from attendees. Bring your ideas and quandaries. AADL staff will be on hand to help with directing the conversation, but like any unconference, the event is led by whoever shows up!

Here's the plan:

9:00-9:30 am — Welcome and Bagel Breakfast

9:30-12:00 - Library Island

"Library Island is an activity which simulates five years in the life of a nation’s library services. Participants become librarians, government officials, or community members on this island and face the challenges created by conflicting wants, needs, and limited resources. There is an Indigenous community and colonial history to be reckoned with, plus a range of political interests with their own agenda for the library." - Library Island concept creator Matt Finch.

12:00-1:30 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:30-2:00 pm - Breakout session 1 (topics determined by attendees the day of)

2:15-2:45 pm - Breakout session 2

3:00-3:30 - Breakout session 3

3:30 pm - Conclusion

Attendance is free, but please register so we know how many to expect. Hope to see you on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Library Camp 2019!

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4/12/20199:00 am - 3:30 pmSara Wedell

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 45th Annual Conference, Libraries Speak Up! Advocate. Collaborate. Educate., which will highlight the myriad  ways we respectfully, effectively, and equitably speak up for our profession, our libraries, and our patrons through advocacy, collaboration, and education. All facets of the library community are invited to submit a presentation from public and technical services to librarians, staff, and students. Proposal formats include posters, roundtables, and 45-minute presentations.
Conference Date: October 18, 2019
Conference Location: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio
Submission Deadline:  April 12, 2019
Submission Form:
We encourage thoughtful, timely proposals from all areas of library work. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
·         Innovative collaborations
·         Advocacy efforts for our patrons, our libraries, and the profession
·         Advocating for social justice and equity
·         Demonstrating value and telling our story
·         Outreach, including outreach to marginalized groups
·         Library instruction and information literacy
·         Advocacy, collaboration, or innovation in collections work
·         Marketing and communications
More information and submission guidelines are available on the conference website
All presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

If you have questions, please visit the website or contact Daniela Solomon and Allen Reichert by email at

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4/16/20192:00 - 3:00 pm

Mark your calendars and please join ALAO on April 26, 2019 at the Columbus Public Library Shepard Branch for a co-hosted Instructional IG and Distance Learning IG Spring Workshop!

This year's program, titled "Back to Basics: Active Learning & Instructional Design" will focus on basic, evidence-supported strategies for designing library instruction.

The workshop will feature two speakers that specialize in instructional design to lead attendees in hands-on, active learning sessions, as well as opportunities to connect and share with colleagues.

More information will be coming soon about workshop registration and program details on the ALAO website (

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5/7/20192:00 - 3:00 pm

Save the date!  May 13 & 14, 2019 at Saginaw Valley State University! Watch the Annual Conference page for the latest updates!

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 Ashley Blinstrub and Scott Mellendorf

Deadline to submit a news/event item for inclusion in the June Newsletter (news submission link here)

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