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  • 22 Sep 2020 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Would you like an opportunity to hear what your colleagues are doing at other Ohio institutions to deal with the pandemic? Would you like to share about the challenges and opportunities you’re facing this semester?

    If so, please feel free to join us for an informal COVID-19 Open Forum!

    September 25th at 3:00pm

    Register here by September 23rd: https://forms.gle/L927wxV4t8di3LnB6

    We’ll do some polling to see what attendees are doing on their campuses, and we’ll have some time to share and problem-solve in small groups. This is also a chance to see each other and connect a little bit! Feel free to attend with child, pet, snack, and/or beverage in tow!

  • 17 Aug 2020 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you a staff member planning to attend or present at the 2020 ALAO Conference? Consider applying for the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Support Staff Conference Grant.

    The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) seeks to encourage support staff development and participation in ALAO activities through the Support Staff Grant. To that end, the ALAO Executive Board may award up to $150 annually to assist and encourage support staff to attend the ALAO Annual Conference. All support staff currently employed in an Ohio academic library are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants with an accepted 2020 ALAO conference program proposal.


    ● Support staff currently employed in an Ohio academic library

    ● ALAO membership is not required

    Application Deadline: Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:59 p.m.

    Awardees will be notified by September 18, 2020. 

    For more information apply online. To learn more about the ALAO Support Staff Conference Grant visit the ALAO website.

    If you have any questions about the Support Staff Grant, please contact Professional Development Committee chair, Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros.

  • 31 Mar 2020 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the ongoing changes in work, travel, and daily living created by the COVID-19 Pandemic and Governor DeWine's "Stay at Home" order for all Ohioans, the ALAO Professional Development Committee (PDC), in consultation with Katy Mathuews, ALAO President, has decided to postpone the Continuing Education Grant awards until April 30. 2020. If you applied for a grant, your application is still under consideration. There is no need to reapply. We look forward to updating you in May.

  • 12 Mar 2020 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This year, ALAO will be electing a Vice President/President-Elect, Secretary, Membership Chair, and 3 Board Members at Large.  Consider nominating yourself for one of these roles.  Self-nominations are now due April 10. 

  • 17 Dec 2019 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you presenting a conference paper, attending a workshop, or looking to participate in other professional development opportunities in 2020? The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant can help you get there!

    The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant is awarded each year to support the cost of participating in professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. which are related to the member’s current position or in pursuit of a professional library degree. Current ALAO members are eligible to apply for funds to defray the costs of attending any library-related educational opportunity occurring during the calendar year.


    • Applicant must be a current member of ALAO. 
    • Applicant may not have received this grant in the previous three award cycles. 
    • Funded event must occur between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

    Application Deadline: February 15, 2020 11:59 p.m.

    Awardees will be notified by March 16, 2020. 

    For more information and to apply online go to the ALAO website.

    If you have any questions about the Continuing Education Grant, please contact Professional Development Committee chair, Ann Marie Smeraldi.

  • 14 Nov 2019 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are happy to announce that the 2019 ALAO Annual Conference presentation and poster session materials are available on the program page of the conference website! Click each session or poster title for access: https://www.alaoweb.org/conferences/2019/program

  • 16 Oct 2019 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just as we humans face huge challenges and uncertainties in our collective future, so too do libraries. The Sustainability Interest Group (SusIG) was formed this spring in order to provide a state-wide forum for the exchange of ideas and opportunities related to sustainability in academic libraries. The interest group’s intent is to encourage and support the actions of academic librarians and library staff in accordance with the following definition of sustainability: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

    Join us! And, if you have any questions, please check out our website at https://alaoweb.org/ig/susig or reach-out to the co-chairs with questions or ideas for what specific issues you’d like to help this interest group tackle!

  • 14 Oct 2019 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Diversity Committee Scholarship application for LIS students will be live in January 2020. If you or someone you know could benefit from the scholarship, keep a lookout for the announcement on the ALAO List and social media. Feel free to contact the committee with any questions.

  • 11 Oct 2019 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to welcome you to the 45th Annual ALAO Conference Libraries Speak Up! Advocate. Collaborate. Educate. We hope to see you at this year’s exciting program of events.

    Thursday events include:

    • An afternoon workshop on intergroup dialogue in academic libraries with facilitators Ione Damasco, Mérida Allen, and Chanel P. Wright from the University of Dayton.
    • A FREE evening active allyship training with facilitators Petey Peterson and Dr. Nicole Carter from Wright State University.

    Friday events include:

    • A keynote address by Char Booth with a theme of justice-based advocacy in leadership.
    • 28 breakout sessions from your colleagues in Ohio and surrounding states (program available soon).
    • Nearly 40 posters and roundtable discussions.

    Registration is required for all events.



    $85 ALAO/MiALA Members    

    $115 Non ALAO Members

    Ally Training
    FREE (Registration required)


    $165 ALAO/MiALA Members

    $195 Non ALAO Members

    $100 ALAO Student Members/Retirees

    For registration and more information, please visit:


  • 01 Nov 2017 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us December 5th for an evening of learning and socializing with fellow academic librarians. You will have an opportunity to order and pay for your dinner starting at 6 pm. At 7 pm we will have a presentation on Body Language by Holly Klingler, Research and Innovation Coordinator, NEO-RLS. The presentation is free. Food and drink are on your own.

    Location: Visible Voice Books, 2258 Professor Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

    When: December 5, 2017, 6pm-8pm

    Register at: http://mms.neo-rls.org/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=45744

    Lead and Learn: A Free Social Hour & Workshop on Body Language 

    Can a simple change in your posture make you more confident? Can just smiling change your mood? Can understanding body language truly help empower you? The answer is YES.
    A large majority of our human communication comes from nonverbals like facial expressions, gestures, and posture.  Such communication is universal and we all perform it every day and throughout every interaction. Learn how to decipher what the body is saying and utilize nonverbal tells for approachability, managing conflict and demonstrating authority. Discover not only how to project confidence to others, but how to change how you feel, all through body language.
    Presenter: Holly Klingler is the Research and Innovation Coordinator for The Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS).  In addition to helping libraries learn to use and love technology, she is also certified in nonverbal analysis and has been presenting on body language for over seven years. She trains people in a variety of career fields on how to utilize body language effectively and successfully in their profession.  She recently presented at the Akron Women’s Bar Association and at the Hudson Job Corp., illustrating valuable techniques to read and communicate nonverbally and ways to put your best foot forward while being evaluated. From customer service to conflict management to confidence exercises, she teaches nonverbal skills you can use in both your professional and personal life to communicate effectively with others and even within yourself. 

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