The Annual Conference of the Academic Library Association of Ohio brings together over 350 librarians from across Ohio and surrounding states to explore current issues facing academic libraries and librarians. Vendors will have opportunities to meet with librarians one-on-one.

Upcoming events

    • 20 Apr 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Thompson Library, The Ohio State University
    • 39
    Registration is closed


     Novel-Ties: Classics and Comics in the Classroom


     With so much focus on technology these days, we’re going back to the books to look at how literature can be used in the classroom in innovative ways. We’ll examine the more “traditional” novel and get the inside story from a 2015 Newbery Committee member. We’ll also look at the graphic novel and how its popularity with students can be leveraged in the classroom to enhance reading instruction and to provide new opportunities to engage with text. In addition, we’ll take some time for small group discussions on topics of interest to CMC librarians. The day will conclude with a brief tour of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

    9:30 a.m. –


    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    10:00 a.m.

    Welcome & Introductions

    10:10  – 11:10 a.m.

    "An Insider's Look at the Newberry Medal Process - Stephanie Bange

    Director, Educational Resource Center - Wright State University

    Presenting on her experience as a member of the 2015 Newbery Committee and conducting Mock Newbery panels with students and teachers.

    11:10 . – 11:20 a.m.


    11:20  –

    12:00 p.m.

    Round Table Discussions

    12:00 –

    1:00 p.m.

    Lunch (provided by Donato’s)

    1:00 p.m. –

    2:00 p.m.

    “It's More Than Just a Comic…Using Graphic Novels to Engage Readers of All Levels” - Anita Gonzalez, English Language Arts Specialist - Ohio Resource Center


    2:00 p.m. –

    3:00 p.m.

    "The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: Exploring Teaching and Learning with Comics in the Classroom - Caitlin McGurk, Curator, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum – The Ohio State University

    3:00 p.m.

    Visit to OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (optional)


    The Ohio State University (Main Campus)

    Thompson Library, Room 150

    1858 Neil Avenue Mall
    Columbus, OH 43210

    Please make checks payable to: ALAO

    Checks can be mailed to:
    Sharon Kerestes
    Centennial Library
    Cedarville University
    251 N. Main Street
    Cedarville, OH  45314

    Online payments are processed through SWON Libraries, which serves as ALAO's fiscal agent. Receipts may be issued with the SWON name listed.

    Additional Information:
    Deidra Herring, co-chair
    Education Librarian
    (614) 247-7235

    Sharon Kerestes, co-chair
    Curriculum Materials Center Librarian
    (937) 766-3193

    • 27 Apr 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
    • Franklin University, Alumni Hall, 301 E. Rich St. Columbus, Ohio 43215; Room: Ross Auditorium
    • 93

    9:00 - 9:30 am           Coffee and Welcome


    9:30 - 11:00 am         First Webcast: 


    Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom

    Description: Information literacy and scholarly communication librarians are working together to create avenues for increased collaboration in the classroom. The Framework for Information Literacy and the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy white paper, plus continuing task force work within ACRL, demonstrates progress towards aligning scholarly communication education within undergraduate and graduate student information literacy outreach. This webcast will focus on how librarians can integrate copyright into the classroom with undergraduate and graduate students to raise awareness of not only ethically using others’ work, but also how to consider their rights and responsibilities as creators and copyright holders of their own work.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Share strategies for discussing copyright with students in order to build instructional literacy for librarians.
    • Contextualize copyright and Creative Commons licenses within information literacy instruction in order to increase professional knowledge about scholarly communication.
    • Raise awareness of different options for sharing scholarship and creative activity among librarians in order to close the loop in information literacy instruction.

    Presenters: Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian/Associate Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University; Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Wake Forest University

    11:00 - 11:15 am         Break

    11:15 - 11:45 am         Discussion

    11:45 am– 12:45 pm    Lunch:

    12:45 - 2:15 pm            Second Webcast:

    Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning

    Description: Academic librarians are no strangers to assessment, but figuring out how to implement authentic assessment can be tricky. We all want our instruction to help students, but how do we know if they are actually learning? Better yet, how can we make this process enjoyable for both the educators (that’s us!) and the students? This webcast will discuss the importance of designing authentic learning activities tied to information literacy learning outcomes. The presenter will highlight a number of instructional technologies that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning while engaging in higher-order skills such as critical thinking, synthesis, and analysis of information. Webcast participants will engage in analysis of several tech tools and assessment techniques for use in varied instructional scenarios, including one-time class sessions, trainings, and workshops. Most of the techniques discussed will be applicable for assessing students both in-person and online. Each participant will receive an instructional technologies evaluation form that can be used to analyze the technologies highlighted in the session for use in their own teaching. This interactive webcast will share successful and easy to implement authentic assessment techniques and tools that will have students showing off their skills in no time.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Participants will describe the characteristics of authentic assessment in order to successfully measure students’ information literacy skills.
    • Participants will compare and contrast instructional technologies in order to determine their usefulness for measuring student learning.
    • Participants will discuss strategies for engaging students in order to maximize participation levels in library instruction sessions.

    Presenter: Melissa N. Mallon, Coordinator of Library Instruction, Wichita State University

    2:15 - 2:30 pm         Break

    2:30 - 3:00 pm         Discussion

    3:00 - 3:15 pm         Closing Remarks and Evaluations

    • 15 May 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Miami University's Voice of America (VOA) Learning Center, 7847 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069
    • 6

    Distance Learning Interest Group Spring Workshop 2015

    INOV8!: Elevating Engagement for Students Online

    Your favorite workshop will feature four fantastic presentations, networking opportunities, and food–lots of food. Whether you are an instruction librarian creating electronic resources, a reference librarian new to serving online students, or a distance education veteran, you won’t want to miss this event. Visit for more details.


     9:00-9:45: Registration & Continental Breakfast

     9:45-10:00: Welcome & Introductions

     10:00-11:00: DLIG Visionaries: "Embedded Librarianship: Communicating Our Crucial Value"

     11:00-Noon: "Reaching Visual Learners: Incorporating GIF Graphics into Online Instruction"

     Noon-1:00: Lunch

     1:00-2:00: "No Software? No Problem. Creating Interactive Lessons Using Open-Access Free Resources"

     2:00-3:00: "Using LibGuides 2.0 & Video Creation Tools to Provide Distance Learning"

     3:00-3:30: Additional Q & A, Evaluations, & Wrap Up

    • 18 May 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • State Library of Ohio. East 1st Avenue. Columbus, OH.
    • 30

    Join your collection compatriots for the ALAO CMIG 2015 Spring Workshop, Analyze & Advocate: Tools for Collection Management and Strategies for Marketing.  Our morning session focuses on tools you can use to make informed collection decisions on single titles in print and electronic environments.  Ohio colleagues will talk about the tools and methods they have successfully used to manage their collections.   In the afternoon learn about innovative strategies for demonstrating the value of library collections, resources and services on campus from market-focused staff members at two differently sized institutions.  We hope you will join us May 18th at the State Library of Ohio, Columbus.


    Please register before May 12.



    9:30a to 10:00a Registration and Continental Breakfast

    Weeding Helper

         Ken Irwin, Reference Librarian, Wittenberg University

         Kristin Cole, Reference-Instruction Librarian, Muskingum University

         David Green, Technology Specialist, Ohionet


    Using Rubrics for Electronic Resource Evaluation  

         Wade Lee, Electronic Information Services and Science Reference Librarian, University of Toledo

         Julia Martin, Business Librarian, University of Toledo

         Elaine Reeves, Information Literacy Librarian, University of Toledo

         Sheryl Stevens - Cataloging, Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Toledo


    Notes from OhioLINK CIRM

         Dan Gottlieb, CIRM Chair and Associate Dean, Collections & Technical Services, University of Cincinnati


    Marketing Ideas - Demonstrating Value : a Panel Discussion

         Hannah Levy, Marketing and Communications Officer.  Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

         Jessica Hagman, Social Media Coordinator and Subject Librarian for Scripps College,  Ohio University

    Round Table Discussion


    Questions?  Please contact   .


    Make checks payable to ALAO.
    Mail checks to:

    ATTN: Phil Flynn
    University Libraries
    Wright State University
    3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
    Dayton, OH  45435-001
    • 05 Jun 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Columbus State Community College
    • 37

    Serving Our Veterans: A Call to Action

    June 5, 2015
    Columbus State  Community College Conference Center

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

    Keynote at 10 am

    Continental Breakfast and Lunch Buffet included


    Program & Schedule 

    10:00 am

    Keynote Address

    Keynote Speaker -- Danny Eakins, Military and Veteran Policy Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services

    10:30am - 11:00am
    Presentation by Major Jay Favuzzi, James Gilchrist-Elliott and Terry Worst of the Military & Veteran’s Services Department of Columbus State

    11:00am - 11:45am
    Outreach to Our Student Veteran Population, Krista McDonald, Miami University, Hamilton and Mike Farmer, Miami University, Hamilton

    11:45am - 12:30pm
    Best For Vets? Walking the Talk, Eileen K. Bosch and Elizabeth Wood, both of Bowling Green State University

    12:30pm - 1:30pm

    1:30pm - 2:15pm
    The Rules of Engagement: Creating an Online Information Literacy Course for those Returning to Learn and Actively Serving, Thomas Atwood, University of Toledo

    2:15pm - 2:45pm
    What Are You Doing at Your Institution? Facilitated small-group Discussion.

    Photos/Video Policy:

    Attendance at this event constitutes permission for your photograph or video to be taken at the event and used for ALAO purposes.

    • 20 Nov 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Nationwide Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, OH 43035

    41st Annual ALAO Conference

    Additional Information:

    ALAO 2015 Conference Website
    Vendor Information


    Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

    100 Green Meadows Drive South

    Lewis Center, OH 43035

    Please contact us for assistance:


    Photos/Video Policy: Attendance at this event constitutes permission for your photograph or video to be taken at the event and used for ALAO purposes.

Past events

16 Apr 2015 AIG Spring Workshop (2015)
15 Jan 2015 Continuing Education Grant Application 2015
14 Nov 2014 40th Annual ALAO Conference: Vendor Registration (2014)
14 Nov 2014 2014 ALAO Annual Conference
13 Nov 2014 2014 ALAO 40th Anniversary Pre-conference
13 Sep 2014 2014 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Support Staff)
13 Sep 2014 2014 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Student)
14 Jul 2014 2014 ALAO Board Retreat
13 Jun 2014 ACRL Webinars: Making the Leap to Library Leadership & Data Visualization Strategies for Library Assessment
11 Jun 2014 SCAIG/TEDSIG Spring Workshop: What Is That and How Do I Catalog It!?! RDA and Special Formats Cataloging
09 Jun 2014 CMIG Spring Workshop: I Can’t Believe You do That!
30 May 2014 IIG Spring Workshop 2014 - Back to Basics: Moving Library Instruction Forward!
21 May 2014 SSIG Spring Workshop (2014)
16 May 2014 DLIG Spring Workshop 2014
25 Apr 2014 2014 Diversity Spring Workshop
24 Apr 2014 AIG Spring Workshop (2014)
04 Apr 2014 CMCIG 2014 Spring Workshop -– Keeping Pace: Changes & Trends in Curriculum Materials Centers (CMC’s)
17 Mar 2014 ALAO Officer Elections
09 Dec 2013 Continuing Education Grant Application 2014
25 Oct 2013 39th Annual ALAO Conference: Vendor Registration (2013)
25 Oct 2013 2013 ALAO Annual Conference: The Changing Faces of Academic Libraries: Transforming, Reorganizing and Re-imagining
24 Oct 2013 2013 ALAO Annual Conference - Preconference: Social Media Spark: Tips and Tech Tools to Ignite our Library Communities.
15 Jul 2013 2013 ALAO Board Retreat
14 Jun 2013 2013 Diversity Spring Workshop
03 Jun 2013 Distance Learning Interest Group and Instruction Interest Group Spring Workshop – Making Noise in the Library: Advocating for our Students and our Libraries (2013)
31 May 2013 ACRL Webcasts: "Crisis in Academic Libraries" and "Fair Use after Georgia State"
21 May 2013 TEDSIG Spring Workshop 2013 - Change in Libraries: Physical, Organizational, Consortial
10 May 2013 Special Collections & Archives Spring Workshop 2013 – Outreach in Special Collections & Archives
22 Mar 2013 E-Books in Ohio: What's a Librarian to Do? (CMIG Workshop)
26 Oct 2012 38th Annual ALAO Conference: Vendor Registration (2012)
26 Oct 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Conference - Impact Factor: The Value of Academic Libraries
25 Oct 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Conference - Preconference: Researcher Revolt: What Faculty want from Publishers, Libraries and the Open Access Movement
25 Oct 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Conference - Preconference: Participatory Librarianship: Shaping Conversations to Advocate the Impact of Our Academic Libraries
05 Aug 2012 2012 ALAO Board Retreat - Lodging
04 Jun 2012 Energizing Library Instruction: Pedagogical Voodoo to Animate Classroom Zombies (IIG Spring Workshop)
18 May 2012 CMCIG Spring Workshop 2012: The Future of Ohio Libraries
11 May 2012 2012 TEDSIG Spring Workshop
11 May 2012 INOV8! Strategies & Models for Distance Library Services (2012 DLIG Spring Workshop)
01 Apr 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Student)
01 Apr 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Support Staff)
01 Apr 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Conference: Proposal Submission
19 Dec 2011 Continuing Education Grant Application 2012
04 Nov 2011 37th Annual ALAO Conference: Vendor Registration (2011)
04 Nov 2011 2011 ALAO Annual Conference
19 Jul 2011 2011 ALAO Board Retreat
11 Jul 2011 2011 ALAO Board Retreat
27 May 2011 Linked Data: Connecting Distributed Data across the Web (2011 TEDSIG Spring Workshop)
20 May 2011 Local Resources and Collaborations (2011 CMCIG Spring Workshop)
13 May 2011 SSIG Spring Seminar (2011)
13 May 2011 INOV8: Revitalizing Distance Learning (2011 DLIG Spring Workshop)
06 May 2011 2011 Diversity Spring Workshop
21 Apr 2011 Thinking outside the Library: Creative Collaboration for Library Instruction (IIG 2011 Spring Workshop)
05 Mar 2011 2011 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Student)
05 Mar 2011 2011 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Support Staff)
05 Mar 2011 2011 ALAO Annual Conference: Proposal Submission
15 Jan 2011 Continuing Education Grant Application
29 Oct 2010 ALAO 36th Annual Conference (2010)
29 Oct 2010 36th Annual Conference: Vendor Registration
12 Jul 2010 2010 ALAO Board Retreat
30 Oct 2009 35th ALAO Annual Conference (2009)
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