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  • 14 Apr 2015 3:44 PM | Anonymous member

    The ALAO National Library Legislative Day Travel Award has been extended to Sylvia Halladay, Technical Services and Systems Librarian at Clark State Community College. Sylvia will join the Ohio delegation in Washington D.C. on May 4-5 to advocate for library issues of importance for both our academic and public library colleagues.  Thank you, Sylvia, for taking on this important role for Ohio libraries.

  • 13 Apr 2015 2:19 PM | Anonymous member

    Join your collection compatriots for the ALAO CMIG 2015 Spring Workshop, Analyze & Advocate: Tools for Collection Management and Strategies for Marketing.  Our morning session focuses on tools you can use to make informed collection decisions on single titles in print and electronic environments.  Ohio colleagues will talk about the tools and methods they have successfully used to manage their collections.   In the afternoon learn about innovative strategies for demonstrating the value of library collections, resources and services on campus from market-focused staff members at two differently sized institutions.  We hope you will join us May 18th at the State Library of Ohio, Columbus.

    2015 May 18, Mon

    State Library of Ohio.   East 1st Avenue.  Columbus, OH.

    Welcome and refreshments 9:30a to 10:00a.  Program begins at 10:00a and ends at 3:00p.


    Registration information:

    Cost:    $25        (includes lunch – parking is free)

    Please register before May 12.

    For more information or to register, please go to http://www.alaoweb.org/event-1903400.

    Questions?  Please contact  phil.flynn@wright.edu

  • 08 Apr 2015 10:24 AM | Anonymous member

    Veterans are returning to college in increasing numbers and campuses and libraries have been challenged in addressing and providing appropriate services and assistance.


    The ALAO Diversity Committee Spring Workshop “Serving Our Veterans: A Call to Action” focuses on identifying and understanding the characteristics and needs of student veterans and how libraries can develop and provide services and research assistance for them.


    Join us on June 5, 2015 to hear from the Ohio Department of Veterans’ Services, learn how the Columbus State Military & Veterans Services Department serves students, listen to three unique presentations from Ohio librarians who have implemented teaching and service programs for veterans and finally, gain some additional tips and ideas from a roundtable discussion among participants.


    Lunch is included; seating is limited.


    To learn more and register,  please visit: http://www.alaoweb.org/event-1837489


    We hope to see you there!

    Questions about the workshop may be addressed to Eileen Theodore-Shusta at theodore@ohio.edu.

  • 27 Mar 2015 11:42 AM | Anonymous member

    Save the date!

    The ALAO Special Collections & Archives Interest Group (SCAIG) spring workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 3

    Special but not Specialized: Special Collections & Archives Do It All

    SCAIG has a plan to offer our upcoming annual workshops at different locations each year—to be hosted by special collections and archives in Ohio. This spring, we will be meeting at the Kent State University Library for an event focused on providing an opportunity for academic special collections librarians and archivists to get to know their colleagues across the state and discuss the most pressing issues affecting their work.  The day will include:

    • 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

    For now, save the date--details about registration will be forthcoming. Hope to see you June 3!

    Anyone with questions, please contact Kate Medicus at kmedicus@kent.edu.

  • 17 Mar 2015 9:16 PM | Anonymous member

    The American Library Association National Library Legislation Day (May 4-5, Washington D.C.) is a wonderful opportunity for an ALAO member to meet with U.S. congressional representatives and their staff members, participate in ALA-sponsored workshops, and become involved as an advocate for academic libraries to Ohio representatives in Congress.  Apply now for an ALAO travel stipend of $600 and join the Ohio delegation!  DEADLINE to apply: April 3, 2015.

    Please contact Joseph Straw at: js001@marietta.edu as soon as possible if you are interested in applying.  Include a letter describing  your advocacy activity with ALAO or other civic organizations, and the name and phone number of a reference that is familiar with with your advocacy efforts or interest. For more information about the grant please review the description at: alaoweb.org/govtrelations/advocatesaward.php.  Anyone interested in getting more involved in advocacy efforts is urged to reply. 

    Thank You,
    Joseph Straw
    ALAO Government Relations Liaison
    Legacy Library
    Marietta College

  • 16 Mar 2015 12:41 PM | Anonymous member

    Applications are now being sought for the ALAO Diversity Scholarship.

    Please complete the application form by Monday, April 6, 2015.   

    Details are posted on the Diversity Committee webpage.

  • 02 Mar 2015 10:19 AM | Anonymous member

    The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our call for proposals for the 2015 ALAO conference, which will be held on Friday, November 20th at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.  Our theme this year will be "Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future" and we welcome proposals from a wide variety of library practitioners.  For more information and submission guidelines, check out the attached PDF or head to the conference website

    If you already have a great idea for a break-out session or a poster, please CLICK HERE for the online submission form!

    The deadline for submitting proposals for BOTH break-out session presentations and poster sessions is Friday, March 27th.

    If you have questions, please contact Shelly Miller at program@alaoweb.org.

  • 09 Feb 2015 2:49 PM | Anonymous member

    ALAO Colleagues,


    Are you looking for a leadership opportunity?  Would you like to get involved in professional service for an ACRL chapter?  Or, perhaps you have a colleague who would be a perfect match for ALAO.  If so, please consider nominating yourself, or someone else, for the ALAO Board.  Elections will take place in March and successful candidates will take office at the ALAO Board Retreat in the summer of 2015.  Come join a fantastic group of Ohio librarians! 


    By now you might be asking, what does the ALAO Board do? Well, here’s a taste:


    We strive to advance academic library services in Ohio and we provide opportunities for education and growth for library personnel.  In a nutshell that means we plan spring workshops and an annual conference that focus on innovative topics and showcase Ohio academic librarians, provide scholarships and awards, and maintain 8 diverse interest groups.


    What would I have to do as a Board Member?


    •      Perform the duties described for your elected position – see the Procedure’s Manual for a list of duties
    •      Attend the annual two-day retreat (usually in June/July of 2015; dates to be determined)
    •      Attend 4 Board meetings per year (usually on Fridays, at OhioNET)


    So, you think you’ll give it a try? Great!  Let me tell you what positions will be on the ballot this spring:


    Vice President/President Elect


    Public Relations/Outreach Coordinator

    Board Member at Large (3 positions)



    How do you get nominated? 


    Just fill out this online nomination form. The deadline to submit has been extended to Wednesday, February 25, 2015.


    If you have questions, please feel free to contact me or another member of the Nominating Committee. 


    Betsy Blankenship, Ohio State Marion/Marion Technical College

    Eileen Theodore-Shusta, Ohio University

    Laura Ponikvar, Cleveland Institute of Art

    Marcus Ladd, Miami University

    Katy Mathuews, Shawnee State University




    Betsy L. Blankenship

    Director/Head Librarian


    The Ohio State University at Marion

    Marion Technical College

    1469 Mt. Vernon Ave.

    Marion, Ohio 43302



    Past-President, Academic Library Association of Ohio


  • 28 Jan 2015 4:44 PM | Anonymous member

    Workshop:  April 16, 2014, at the State Library of Ohio

    Deadline for proposals:  February 13

    We invite you to share innovative practices, experience, and success with your colleagues from academic libraries in Ohio and beyond at the second annual Assessment Interest Group (AIG) Spring Workshop, Communicating Library Value through Assessment.
    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.

     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, Sarah Murphy, murphy.465@osu.edu, and Mandy Shannon, mandy.shannon@wright.edu. Applicants will be notified by February 20, 2014.

  • 27 Jan 2015 12:03 PM | Anonymous member

    Escaping eBook Purgatory!  Proposals due by Feb 13, 2015

    Workshop date: May 29, 2015 at OHIONET
    Workshop theme: Libraries’ strategies for getting their ebook records under control.
    Possible presentation, panel, or lightening round topics include:
    ·      How and/or why you are cataloging ebooks
    ·      How ebook cataloging differs from print
    ·      What your ebook workflows look like and how they flow
    ·      Ways you handle ebook record loads
    ·      Solutions and strategies to common problems with technical services for ebooks
    ·      Acquisitions to cataloging workflow for ebooks
    ·      Other ideas?
    Please submit your proposal in 300 words or less totedsig2015@uakron.edu by Feb 13, 2015

    Include your name and contact email, and type of presentation (30-minute presentation, panel, or lightening round session)

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