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ALAO is the Ohio Chapter of ACRL (ALA ACRL).

We strive to advance academic library services in Ohio by identifying, studying and promoting the interests of academic librarianship and the personnel of academic libraries, and to provide opportunities for education and growth for library personnel.  




Congratulations to Karen Plummer, University of Akron, winner of the 2015 Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award


Past-President Eboni Johnson presented the award to Karen Plummer during the awards luncheon at the Annual Conference on November 20.  Plummer, Associate Professor of Bibliography and AV/Special Materials Cataloger, was recognized for her pivotal work to establish the early web presence of ALAO, including the conversion of countless documents once housed on a University of Akron server.  Plummer served many years, over multiple terms, on the ALAO Executive Board and Conference Program Planning Committee, co-edited the ALAO Newsletter, served as ALAO co-webmaster and helped to lead the Distance Learning Interest Group.  She has also served as a legislative advocate and on the Research and Publications Committee, in addition to her extensive service to the University of Akron and librarianship more broadly as a teacher and consultant.  Her contributions exemplify the high standards of the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service award, which are:

(1) been an Academic Library Association of Ohio member for at least 5 years

(2) promoted academic libraries and librarianship on his or her own campus and within the state

(3) provided sustained leadership in the promotion of Academic Library Association of Ohio, e.g., committee service, interest group chair, position on the Executive Board.  

Congratulations, Karen!

Board Members Elected for 2015-16

Vice President/President Elect – Krista McDonald (Miami University Hamilton)

Treasurer – Don Appleby (University of Akron)

Public Relations/Outreach Coordinator – Amanda Koziura (Case Western Reserve University)

Board Members at Large
Judy Carey Nevin (Ohio University – Lancaster)
Miriam Matteson (Kent State University)
Elisabeth Shook (Wright State University)

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who was willing to stand for election, and to Past President Betsy Blankenship and the rest of the Nominating Committee.   The new board takes office on July 14, at the Leadership Retreat.

Past conference: 41st Annual Conference

held November 20th, 2015



Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Drive South
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Past Conference:  40th Annual Conference & Pre-Conference held November 13-14, 2014 

Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
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Official Twitter hashtag: #ALAO2014

Growing for the Future:
$40 for 40 Campaign

ALAO members and friends are invited to celebrate ALAO's 40th anniversary with a donation to the $40 for 40 campaign, to support new and continuing initiatives. We suggest donations of $40 (any amount is welcome!) and you choose which initiative(s) to support: the Diversity Scholarship, continuing education grants, research grants, presenter grants, and/or Legislative Advocate Travel Awards. Please click here or click the Donate link at the top of the page for more information and to make your tax-deductible donation.

Welcome to our newest members

(joined since January 1, 2016) 
  • Tammy, Stitz, University of Akron
  • Hanna Primeau, Central Ohio Technical College/OSUN
  • Cinta Sifread, Columbus State Community College
  • Mollie McConnell, The Ohio State University
  • Melissa Engleman, Denison University




Upcoming Events

Please consult the Calendar.  Event pages are linked from here when registration is open for that event.

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