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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 February 1, 2019)

  • Amanda Folk, Ohio State University
  • Laura Smith, Ohio University
  • Jennifer Babcock, University of Toledo
  • Jerome Conley, Miami University
  • Kelly Moore Broughton, Ohio University
  • Michael Dziabiak, University of Findlay
  • Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Ohio State University
  • Elizabeth Lang, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Laura Sheets, Bowling Green State University
  • Amy High, Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Jennifer Rice, Kent State University
  • Marel Corroedor-Hyland, Case Western Reserve University
  • Melissa Cox Norris, University of Cincinnati
  • Christopher Deems, Ohio Northern University
  • Ash Faulkner, Ohio State University
Latest News

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

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

26 Apr 2019 10:00 AM • Columbus Metropolitan Library, Shepard Branch Address: 850 N Nelson Rd, Columbus, OH 43219
29 May 2019 9:00 AM • University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library Address: 8th floor, Blegen Library, 2602 McMicken Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45221
18 Oct 2019 7:00 AM • Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
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Event pages are linked from here when registration is open for that event.  All events are listed on the ALAO Google Calendar - please consult it for other activities.

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