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  • 11 Feb 2016 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    Have you developed assessment techniques to improve your instruction or communicate the value of information literacy instruction? Do you have instructional assessment techniques that you’d like the share with others? Have you adjusted your instructional assessment techniques to address the Framework for Information Literacy?

    We invite you to share innovative practices, experience, and success with your colleagues from academic libraries in Ohio and beyond at the spring workshop held jointly by the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Assessment Interest Group (AIG) and Instruction Interest Group (IIG).

    The deadline for proposals for is Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 5pm. Papers and demonstrations are welcome. Please submit title and abstract of your proposal in an MS Word or PDF file. In the abstract please include primary target audience, format, and learning objectives. Limit to 250 words. Exclude the name of your institution and any personal names in the abstract. Proposals will be blind reviewed by the AIG Planning Committee.

    The workshop will be held on April 20, 2016, at the State Library of Ohio. All presenters must register for and attend the workshop. Registration costs for the workshop will be waived for presenters.  Proposals for presentations should be submitted to the ALAO AIG Co-Chairs, Mandy Shannon, mandy.shannon@wright.edu, and Eric Resnis, eric.resnis@miamioh.edu. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, March 2, 2016

  • 11 Feb 2016 4:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Academic Library Association of Ohio's Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) is pleased to announce that Inov8 2016 (DLIG's Spring Workshop) will be held at Miami University's Voice of America Center in West Chester, OH (just north of Cincinnati) on Friday, April 29. The workshop will focus on ways to revitalize your approach to distance learning by looking at current practices, emerging technologies and trends, and possibilities for the future.

    We are accepting proposals for presentations that will motivate and inspire our distance learning colleagues. We especially welcome submissions that feature innovative use of freely available technologies, successful strategies for connecting to our students and faculty, or tips for librarianship in learning management systems or online courses.

    Proposals should be 150-250 words in length and include a very brief bio of the presenter(s), as well as links to any publicly viewable electronic materials referenced. The DLIG Planning Committee will select from the proposals submitted. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 15, 2016.

    For more details or to submit a proposal, please email: dligchair1@alaoweb.org

  • 11 Feb 2016 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    The ALAO Instruction Interest Group (IIG) with the Assessment Interest Group will host their 2016 Spring Workshop on April 20th at the State Library of Ohio on the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

    IIG is looking for a keynote speaker who has discussed, implemented, or plans to implement changes to his/her library’s information literacy (IL) program based on the new Framework.

    Possible topics include:

    • Current proposals for IL program changes at your institution
    • Tested strategies for program modifications or implementation using the Framework
    • Framework emphasis in planning (strategies, threshold concepts, authority, etc.)
    • Logistic, staff, administrative or other challenges of implementation
    • Faculty, administration, and staff collaboration or engagement in implementation
    • Changes to staff or faculty IL teaching strategies, assignments, or campus curricula
    • Impact of transitioning away from old standards
    • Preliminary findings or best practices

    Please email your presentation proposal to Melissa Bauer (mbauer10@kent.edu) by February 29,2016.

  • 29 Dec 2015 8:23 PM | Anonymous member

    It is with deep sadness that ALAO shares the passing of one of its beloved members, Kathryn Venditti. Kathryn was an Instruction and Reference Librarian at Ashland University. She has been a member of ALAO for over 15 years and has served various leadership roles over the last decade, including conference planning committee and interest group coordinator. Kathryn's enthusiasm and efforts to support ALAO and academic libraries was honored in 2014 when she received the Jay Ladd Award, the highest honor that ALAO can bestow on a member.

    Please see her obituary for more information at:

    Thank you,
    Brian Gray
    ALAO President

  • 27 Nov 2015 3:01 PM | Anonymous member

    Applications are now being accepted for the ALAO 2016 Research Awards.   

    Application, 2 parts:

    a. Apply online at http://alaoweb.org/event-2073937. Be sure to log in as an ALAO member first and then click "Register."

    b. Send a current curriculum vitae from the named applicant(s) to Heidi Gauder, Chair of the Research & Publications Committee, hgauder1@udayton.edu

    For more information go to http://alaoweb.org/committees/researchpub/2016-research-grant. If you have questions, please contact Heidi Gauder.

  • 11 Sep 2015 10:01 AM | Anonymous member

    The program for the ALAO Annual Conference on November 20 at the Nationwide Conference Center is now online.  Check it out at http://alaoweb.org/page-1860994.  Register by September 30 for the early bird discount!

  • 10 Jul 2015 3:49 PM | Anonymous member

    Registration is open for the 41st Annual Academic Library Association of Ohio Conference


    Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future


    November 20, 2015

    Pre-conference November 19, 2015


    Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center • 100 Green Meadows Drive South • Lewis Center, Ohio 43035


    Conference Website: http://www.alaoweb.org/conference

    Register: http://alaoweb.org/event-1851495


    Early Bird Registration ends September 30, 2015.

    Keynote address by: Cindy Meyers Foley, Executive Assistant Director, Director of Learning and Experience Columbus Museum of Art.



    Pre-conference: November 19, 2015

    Are You Ready For Leadership?

    By: Trevor A. Dawes, Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis


    Pre-conference Website: http://www.alaoweb.org/conference2015/preconference 

    Pre-conference Registration: http://alaoweb.org/event-1896310


    Questions about conference/preconference registration?  Please contact Judy Cerqua, Registration Coordinator, at cerqua.1@osu.edu or 614-247-2725.


    If you have questions about the 41st Annual ALAO Conference or the preconference, please contact Brian Gray at bcg8@case.edu.


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  • 12 May 2015 2:40 PM | Anonymous member

    ALAO is pleased to have Trevor Dawes, Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis and a former ACRL President, facilitating our preconference on November 19, "Are You Ready for Leadership?"  

    We are also excited to announce that Cindy Meyers Foley, Executive Assistant Director and
    Director of Learning and Experience of the Columbus Museum of Art, will be our keynote speaker at our annual conference on November 20.

    Both the preconference and conference will be held at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center,

    100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.

    For more information, please visit the conference website, http://www.alaoweb.org/conference.

  • 07 May 2015 3:05 PM | Anonymous member

    Making Connections:  Embedding Information Literacy Across Your Curriculum

    June 12, 2015

    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Columbus State Conference Center

    The Instruction Interest Group is excited to present two guest speakers for the 2015 spring workshop.

    Joe Salem from Penn State will present- Lifelong Partnerships for Lifelong Learning

    This session will discuss strategies for curricular integration of information literacy and library content and resources. Opportunities to start or re-start the conversation around curricular integration of information literacy will be explored as well as strategic approaches to identifying partners for learning both within the institution and at peer institutions. Participants are encouraged to bring a local curricular problem or opportunity to discuss with their colleagues in the breakout session.

    Ann Marie Smeraldi from Cleveland State University will present- Get the Party Started: Campus Collaborations that Support Information Literacy Initiatives

    A successful information literacy program, like any good party, begins with strategic planning and a crowd of eager participants. Identifying and inviting campus partners to promote information literacy initiatives and embed them within the curriculum and programs is not an easy task, but these collaborations are essential if librarians hope to move beyond the one-shot and create meaningful learning experiences for first-year students and opportunities for library assessment.  During this session, participants will hear about one librarian’s experiences working with campus partners and its impact on the library program. Hands on exercises will assist participants in identifying their instruction goals, evaluating their campus environment, and outlining a plan to get the party started.  Instruction librarians eager to break out of the constraints imposed by one-shots will enjoy this opportunity to explore new strategies for freeing themselves and their students.   


    A light breakfast, boxed lunch and afternoon snacks are included in the $35.00 registration fee.

    For questions contact ALAO Instruction Interest Group Chairs, Sara Klink at sklink@starkstate.edu or Melissa Bauer at mbauer10@kent.edu

    To register please visit http://www.alaoweb.org/event-1929612

  • 22 Apr 2015 4:56 PM | Anonymous member

    Registration is now open for

    The ALAO Special Collections & Archives Interest Group (SCAIG) spring workshop

    at: http://www.alaoweb.org/event-1920313



    Special but not Specialized:

    Special Collections & Archives Do It All


    Wednesday, June 3


    Kent State University Library


     - Three informal presentations:

    1.    Cara Gilgenbach, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Kent State University Libraries

    2.    Jennifer S. Morrow, Hiram College Archivist

    3.    Stefanie Hunker, Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University

    - Time to view the exhibit, “The Kent State Shootings and Their Aftermath: Through the Media’s Lens” with the exhibit’s curator and Kent State University Archivist, Lae’l Hughes-Watkins

    - Tour of Kent State’s Special Collections and Archives spaces

    - World Café style conversation session

    - “Freebie exchange” of publications and handouts

    - Option to visit the National Register of Historic Places site of the Kent State Shootings and The May 4 Visitor Center and Walking Tour


    Registration fee includes parking, morning and afternoon refreshments, and a box lunch:

    $10.00 for ALAO members

    $15.00 for non-ALAO members



    All are welcome-- Register soon !!!

    Registration deadline: May 26, 2015





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