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2016 ALAO Annual Conference
Thursday Oct. 27th: Preconference and Evening Social
Friday Oct. 28th: Conference

Please contact:
Krista McDonald
ALAO President
Keynote by Courtney Greene McDonald, Indiana University

Courtney Greene McDonald is head of the Discovery & User Experience department at Indiana University Libraries in Bloomington Indiana. Her professional interests are focused on the intersection of emerging technologies and library public services, and on implementing user-centered design methods and philosophies in libraries. She has presented and written on a variety of topics including user experience design, the selection and implementation of discovery tools, and mobile services in libraries. Her most recent book, Putting the User First: Thirty Strategies for Transforming Library Services, was published in 2014. Courtney is active professionally, as Chair of the Reference & User Services Association Emerging Technologies section, and as chair of  the editorial board for the peer-reviewed, open-access journal Weave: Journal of Library User Experience. Courtney earned her Master of Library Science degree, as well as a BA in English and journalism, from Indiana University Bloomington, and holds a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University in Chicago.

Preconference Workshop I: October 27th

Workshop with Ben Woods, Kent State University


D. Ben Woods began his professional career in 1999 when the World Wide Web was just beginning to be recognized as a valuable tool for businesses. Ben has worked with a number of firms in Northeast Ohio and collaborated with global teams, delivering solutions for clients in the manufacturing, medical, nonprofit, and property management industries including  General Electric, Eaton, The Cleveland Clinic, The City of Shaker Heights, Mazzella Lifting, Knoch Corporation, HEMA Imaging and many others.


Mr. Woods received his BFA in Visual Communication Design and MS in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management from Kent State University, and his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Preconference Workshop II: October 27th

From ADA Compliant to Universal Design: An Introduction for Libraries, with L. Scott Lissner

L. Scott Lissner has served as the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer for The Ohio State University since January of 2000.  Lissner is also an Associate of the John Glenn School of Public Policy and serves as a lecturer for Disability Studies. Presentations include sessions at the Association on Higher Education and Disability and workshops on building accommodation processes at the Universities of Tokyo and Doshisha in Japan.  

Jerry A. Hensley Jr. is currently working as an Application Systems Administrator at Wright State University where he also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Computer Science and Engineering.  Jerry has both a bachelor’s degree in Human Services (’95) and Master’s in Information Systems (’15) from Wright State University.

Mr. Hensley is active in the community and has served on the Greater Dayton RTA board of trustees in addition to many other committees and advisory councils.  Jerry has an extensive background in the area of assistive technologies and providing services to persons with disabilities.  Jerry has presented both regionally and nationally on a wide variety of technology related topics.  He is a contributing author to publications regarding universal design and integration / implementation of hardware and software.

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