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  • 17 Dec 2019 2:04 PM | Anonymous

    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:

  • 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 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

    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

    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:

    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. 

  • 25 Apr 2017 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ALAO Conference Planning Committee is accepting poster and roundtable proposals for the 2017 ALAO conference until May 15th.

    To submit a proposal, use the online submission form.

  • 30 Jan 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted for the ALAO Diversity Scholarship at


    The application period runs until Sunday, February 12, 2017.


    The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For this reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce.


    The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s bursar account for tuition at his or her academic institution. As the scholarship recipient, the student also will receive a complimentary registration for ALAO’s Annual Conference and a year of mentoring by a selected ALAO Member.


    ***Deadline: Sunday, February 12, 2017***


    For additional information or questions, please contact the ALAO Diversity Committee Chair:


    Eileen Theodore-Shusta, MLS, MAS

    Director of Planning Assessment & Organizational Effectiveness

    Ohio University Libraries


  • 24 Aug 2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Registration for the 2016 Diversity Workshop, Outreach: Building Collaborations that Support Campus Diversity, is now open!

    Spend a day with colleagues exchanging ideas and discovering best practices for building collaborations and community outreach to promote diversity. You’ll not only get to hear from your colleagues but discuss the programs and ideas brought forth while you network with librarians from across Ohio and the region. From programming ideas to writing successful grants there’s something for everyone looking to promote inclusion and diversity in their library.

    Attendees will:

    -Hear about examples of best practices for outreach within the regions' academic libraries

    -Take from the workshop ideas promoting diversity and inclusion through outreach efforts

    -Take from the workshop ideas promoting diversity and inclusion through community collaboration

    More details and registration at:

  • 23 May 2016 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    The ALAO Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our call for Poster and/or Roundtable proposals for the 2016 ALAO conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 28th at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH. The theme this year is User Experience: Exceeding Expectations By Design. More information and submission guidelines are available on the conference website.


    The deadline for submitting poster and/or roundtable proposals is June 24th. 


    To submit a proposal, use the online submission form.


    If you have questions, please contact Carrie Girton at

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