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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.  

Welcome to our Newest Members!

     (joined since April 1, 2019)

  • Sarah McGill, Aultman College
  • Beth Piwkowski, Cleveland State University
  • Nancy Story, Ohio University
  • Rita Sausmikat, Kent State University School of Information
  • Gretchen Donelson, Ohio State University
  • Cristin Bushnell, University of Dayton (student)
  • Stephanie Finley, Kent State University School of Information
  • Tanela Hicks, Kent State University School of Information
  • Marilla Antunez, Akron University
  • Sarah Nagle, Miami University
  • Kayla Hennis, Columbus State Community College
  • Jeanna Purses, Lake Erie College
  • Amanda Folk, Ohio State University
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Registration now open! Re-IMAGEing Ohio's Libraries, Fri. June 14, OCLC Conference Center

Hosted by:

Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)

Ohio Education Library Media Association (OELMA)

Ohio Library Council (OLC)


Registration for this event is only available through eventbrite (not myOLC)

Date: Fri., June 14, 2019


OCLC Conference Center

6600 Kilgour Place, Dublin, Ohio 43017

[map and directions]


The conference will feature programs and experiences intended to improve Ohio’s library workforce, facilitate partnerships, and support initiatives that improve the capacity of librarians and library staff to improve their knowledge and skills. Conference participants will have opportunities to network with other library staffs outside of their usual networks, learn what other types of libraries are doing, and explore mutual benefits across different types of libraries. They will discover what other types of libraries can do for and with them, learn to be thoughtful of other library types in developing new ideas, and find inspiration for new and innovative ways to support fellow library staff around the state.

Registration Fee: $45 | Registration Deadline: June 7, 2019

Please note: the registration fee is only $45 per person thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded by the State Library of Ohio.


Please note: Registration for this event is only available through eventbrite (not myOLC)

Hotel Accommodations: Please contact the OLC for a list of hotels in the area.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this conference will count as six (6) contact hours of credit.

What’s Included: All conference handouts as provided by the presenters. Morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon beverage break will be provided. Schedule and program is available on the website:

ALAO response to reports of verbal abuse and racism at ALA Midwinter 2019

You may be aware of several reports of verbal abuse and racism that occurred during the recent ALA Midwinter conference in Seattle. The Board is troubled by these reports, and encourages ALA to reaffirm their commitment to providing inclusive spaces at conference and meeting venues. We encourage all members to read April Hathcock's "ALAMW: What Happened, and What Should Happen Next"; the ALA Statement and the ACRL Board Statement Against Racism, Harassment, and Discrimination in the Profession.

ALAO will be taking action to not only ensure inclusive spaces for all organizational business and activities, but to continue to address equity, diversity, and inclusion. More information will be available as discussions occur and plans coalesce. Immediate plans for action include:

1. Revise our conduct statement to involve all ALAO activities from board meetings to the annual conference and other programming. This revision will also include additional avenues for reporting, and more transparency on how reports will be handled by the organization.

2. A continued commitment to programming activities and initiatives that provide further exploration and learning on equity, diversity, and inclusion. For instance, this year's pre-conference will focus on intergroup dialogue. We will also continue long standing initiatives such as the diversity scholarship.

3. Reaffirm our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our next strategic plan. Strategic plan development is currently underway. Look for the final plan to be unveiled later this year.

ALAO upholds ACRL's stated commitment to addressing systematic racism and confronting the lack of representation within our state's association and libraries. We seek to change systems that privilege whiteness and urge our members to do their part in this critical work; both within the association, their institutions, and communities.

--The 2018/2019 ALAO Executive Board

Upcoming Events

17 Oct 2019 12:00 PM • Nationwide Conference, 100 Green Meadows Dr S, Lewis Center, OH 43035
17 Oct 2019 6:00 PM • Nationwide Conference, 100 Green Meadows Dr S, Lewis Center, OH 43035
18 Oct 2019 7:00 AM • Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
18 Oct 2019 8:00 AM • Nationwide Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Dr S, Lewis Center, OH 43035
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