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  • 04 Apr 2023 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thinking about presenting at a conference (maybe for the first time)?  Not sure if your idea can be turned into a presentation, or if there are presentation ideas you might not have thought about?  The ALAO Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity!  Please join us for an informal online chat where you can ask questions and learn more about submitting a proposal and planning a presentation.

    ALAO has a longstanding tradition of hosting first-time presenters of sessions, posters, lightning talks and panel discussions.  Ours is a welcoming and supportive conference environment for your first presentation.  In this spirit, and in conjunction with our recent call for conference session proposals, the 2023 ALAO Conference Planning Committee will be hosting an informal virtual conversation with potential first-time presenters and others who may be interested.  

    This online event will take place via Zoom on Monday, April 10, 2023 from 3 to 4pm.  Please register beforehand here if you would like to attend.

    If you have questions, please contact Mark Eddy at 

    © Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), A Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association
  • 15 Mar 2022 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ALAO’s online payment system has been fixed. ALAO members can now successfully join or renew their memberships and pay online here. You may have to select "Change membership level" in order to renew your membership. Thank you for your patience during this process.

  • 20 Dec 2021 8:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ALAO is currently experiencing a problem with accepting payment via PayPal. We are working to resolve the problem. If you would like to join or renew your membership now, you can do so and pay by check as directed on the invoice sent via email.

    Please contact ALAO Membership Chair, Maureen Barry, at with any questions. We regret the inconvenience.

  • 18 Nov 2021 8:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Discussions will now be held asynchronously using Padlet.

    Discussion #2: Programming, service, and outreach - closes on February 21, 2022 @ 2pm

    Article citations:

    Kasten-Mutkus, K. (2020). Programming as Pedagogy in the Academic Library. portal: Libraries and the Academy 20(3), 425-434.

    Lamøy, L. & Kilvik, A. (2021). May I Borrow a Stapler? Is This All Students Ask at the Service Desk in a University Library? Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 16(3), 32–45.

    Oldenburg, K. (2021). Student Work in VCC Libraries: From Mannequins in the Library to a Car on the Third Floor. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 15(2), 1–8.

    Padlet link

    Discussion #3: Information literacy and instruction - more info coming!

    Email for more information.

  • 05 Oct 2021 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join C2YCLIG for a three part discussion series featuring library trends and hot topics!

    Discussion #1: Technology and the future of libraries  - November 1, 2021 @ 2pm

    Discussion #2: Programming, service, and outreach - February 21, 2022 @ 2pm

    Discussion #3: Information literacy and instruction - April 4, 2022 @2pm

    Email for WebEx links.
  • 03 Feb 2021 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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, or courses 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.

    Learn more: Continuing Education Grant 

    Apply online:

  • 19 Jan 2021 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Futures are not a destination, but a medium for imaginative thought” - Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby

    This work is the apotheosis of a yearlong exploration of speculative design and libraries. Beginning with TEDSIG 2020 in July of 2020, continued through an inspired Speculative Design and Climate Reading Group with LATITUDE | Chicago, and culminating with the publication of this object on speculative library futures.


  • 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:

    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

    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.

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