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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 September 15, 2018)
  • Holly Birk, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Jenny Presnell, Miami University
  • Ariel Bacon, Ohio State University
  • Shannon Simpson, Kenyon College
  • Amy Zell, Kent State University SLIS
  • Michele Jennings, Ohio University
  • Janell Verdream, Ohio State University
  • Stacey McKenna, Ohio State University
  • Emily Smith, Kent State University SLIS
  • Bryan Kvet, Kent State University SLIS
  • Ashley Nix, Kent State University SLIS
  • Barbara Biggs, Kent State University SLIS
  • Jennifer Eyer, Kent State University SLIS
Latest News

ALAO 2019 Elections Call for Nominations

Are you looking for a leadership opportunity? Would you like to get involved in professional service for an ACRL chapter? If so, please consider nominating yourself for the ALAO Board. In spring 2019, we will be electing the following officers: Vice President/President-Elect, Public Relations (PR) Coordinator. Treasurer, and Board Member At Large (3 positions). Submit the online nomination form by Friday, February 15, to be considered as a candidate. More information about ALAO and its board members is provided on the form. If you have questions, please contact Katy Kelly at

STEM Interest Group Proposal Approved by  ALAO Board

ALAO's newest interest group will provide a statewide forum for discussing topics of interest to librarians and library staff who support the STEM fields - science, technology, engineering, and medicine/mathematics.  More information is in the Procedures Manual.  Contact Matt Benzing, Miami University, or Ian McCullough, University of Akron, if you'd like to be part of early discussions regarding the first meeting of STEM IG.

Congratulations to Mandy Shannon, 2018 Research Grant Recipient

The ALAO Research and Publications Committee is pleased to announce that Mandy Shannon of Wright State University Libraries is the winner of the 2018 Research grant. This funding will support her proposed research project regarding how individual research assistance from a librarian affects overall student success.

Congratulations, Mandy!

Press release: Project STAND (STudent Activism Now Documented): Archiving Student Activism at Universities and Colleges

Kent, OH—Nearly twenty colleges and universities around the country have joined to launch Project STAND, an online hub to heighten the awareness of archival and historical collections documenting student activism around the United States.

STAND will focus on digital and analog primary sources that document the activities of student groups that represent the concerns of historically marginalized communities (e.g., African American, Chicano/a, LGBTQ, religious minorities, disabled etc.). STAND will also highlight the work of others (e.g., faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni) who advocate for or support the interests of those communities.

The project was established in the fall of 2016 to bring together academic institutions from across the state of Ohio but has since broadened and includes representatives from Chicago State University, University of Illinois, the University of Michigan, South Carolina State University and Jackson State. This exciting initiative was originally conceived by Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist at Kent State University and Tamar Chute, University Archivist at The Ohio State University.

Almost 120 collection assessments have been completed and the results show a wide variety of issues that inspired students to protest and to demonstrate, such as anti-slavery, the Vietnam War era, LGBTQ rights, anti-apartheid, civil rights and racial equality, and women’s rights. These collections are rich in correspondence, diaries, photographs, and posters.

STAND provides an opportunity for reflection and discussion of the meaning and impact of the stories and events documented in the collections, both as a place in history and as an influence on our actions in the present. Please contact us if you are interested in STANDing with this effort by adding your repository’s collections! Contact: Lae’l and Tamar at the following email address:

For more information about Project STAND please see our website.

Congratulations to Sue Polanka, 2017 Jay Ladd Award Recipient

At the annual conference, Krista McDonald had the honor of presenting the 2017 Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award to Sue Polanka, Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Wright State University. Sue has been a very active member of ALAO. She served on a number of conference planning committees, has served President, and as Vice President in 2012 hosted one of ALAO’s largest conferences. Since leaving the executive board, she has continued her involvement with ALAO by participating in the Assessment Interest Group and helping to plan the preconference at the 2016 ALAO Conference. [Read more...]

Congratulations to Jenny Donley, 2017 recipient of the Kathryn Venditti Mentoring Award

At this year’s conference, the 2017 Kathryn Venditti Mentoring Award was presented to Jenny Donley, Cataloging and Knowledge Architect Librarian at Ohio Northern University. In her nomination, Jenny’s supervisor Kathleen Baril wrote that, “Jenny Donley has been an excellent mentor to a library practicum student, library staff members, and younger librarians new to the profession.“ [Read more...]

Upcoming Events

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