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About the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)

ALAO is incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization.  A copy of the IRS determination letter is available from either the Treasurer or Membership Chair.

History of the Academic Library Association of Ohio

Updated March 12, 2014

ALAO had its beginnings in 1947, with the establishment of the College Librarians Section of the Ohio College Association (OCA), in response to desires of members of the College and University Division of the Ohio Library Association (OLA) for a professional organization that was more focused on the needs of academic libraries.

The association with OCA was very beneficial for academic libraries, but the need for an active statewide organization devoted to academic library concerns was persistent. ALAO adopted its first constitution in 1974, voting to remain a section of the Ohio College Association, yet continue to cooperate with OLA. ALAO held its first Annual conference, "The Traumatic World of Serials," as a pre-conference to the 1974 OLA Conference. ALAO later sought and gained affiliation with the Association of College and Research Libraries, becoming the Ohio chapter of ACRL in 1981.  ALAO retained its dual affiliation as a Section of OCA until the reorganization of OCA in 2009.


The ALAO roster includes some 900 individuals, representing over 100 libraries, organizations, and businesses. We provide support, encouragement, and continuing education opportunities for academic library staff from all over Ohio through our workshops, annual conference and other programs. Interest Groups are a vital part of the association, offering small group discussions and highly focused workshops.

Various committees oversee the awarding of scholarships, research grants, Interest Group awards and the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award, while other groups work to improve ALAO communication efforts and continuing education opportunities. It is a vital, growing organization, devoted to advancing library and information services in academic institutions of Ohio.


Changes in the higher education and library landscape recently led to the elimination of several liaison positions on the ALAO Executive Board:  Representative to OLF  (Ohio Library Foundation), Representative to OCLIS (Ohio Council of Library and Information Services), and Liaison to the Ohio ALA Councilor were all deemed unnecessary.  As of 2014, neither OLF or OCLIS are functioning as state-wide organizations.  OLF and ALAO once worked together to provide a scholarship to a student in the Kent State University SLIS program; ALAO now takes sole responsibility for that scholarship.  The primary purpose of OCLIS, to share information among the myriad library organizations, institutions and associations in the state, has become superfluous as connections via the Web became so commonplace.  The role of the Ohio ALA Councilor Liaison likewise became less important, as Internet communication among all ALA members improved.


Presidents of ALAO

2013-14 Betsy Blankenship

2012-13

Sue Polanka

2011-12

Brian Hickam

2010-11

C. Rockelle (Rocki)  Strader

2009-10

Rob Withers

2008-09

Karen Wilhoit

2007-08

Douglas Morrison

2006-07

Ann Watson

2005-06

Susan Scott

2004-05

John Burke

2003-04

Lois Szudy

2002-03

Cliff Glaviano

2001-02

Marcia Suter

2000-01

Carolyn Radcliffe

1999-00

Jerome U. Conley

1998-99

Mary S. Konkel

1997-98

Sherri Edwards

1996-97

Julie McDaniel

1995-96

Greg Pronevitz

1994-95

Margy Kramer

1993-94

Gary Hunt

1992-93

Alison Ricker

1991-92

Toby Heidtmann

1990-91

Susan Phillips

1989-90

Robert W. Schirmer

1988-89

Ichiko T. Morita

1987-88

Linda Landis

1986-87

Peri Irish Switzer

1985-86

Paula Warnken

1984-85

Cheryl  Albrecht

1983-84

Edward D. Starkey

1982-83

Ann Allan

1981-82

Marian Winner

1980-81

Gorman L. Duffett

1979-80

Barbara Nicholson

1978-79

Ann Voorhees

1977-78

Carolyn Dearnaley

1976-77

Martha Cox

1975-76

Bob Lee Mowery

1974-75

Virginia Tiefel

1973-74

Robert A. Jones




 

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