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The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 44th Annual Conference, Take Action! Conveying Value, Cultivating Success, which will explore our impact on student engagement, student learning and student success.

Conference Date: November 2, 2018

Conference Location: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio

Submission Deadline:  CLOSED. The program is now set.

We encourage thoughtful, timely proposals on any topic related to the theme. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Budget
  • Collaborations
  • Collections
  • Demonstrating value
  • Developing a culture of assessment
  • Ethnographic and observational studies
  • Impact on student learning, retention, progression, and/or graduation
  • Lessons learned
  • Library instruction
  • Library student employees
  • Marketing and communications
  • Outreach activities
  • Programming and events
  • Reporting results
  • Role of the assessment librarian
  • Services
  • Spaces and facilities
  • Special collections and archives
  • Unique methods
  • Usability
  • User experience
All presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

  • Content, relevance to conference theme, & overall appeal are key.
  • Proposals should be concise, descriptive, and clearly written.
  • Proposals are blind, peer-reviewed.
  • Multiple submission of presentation and poster proposals are allowed
    • No more than two (either two presentations or one presentation and one poster) will be included in the final program.
  • You will be contacted regarding your AV/technology requirements if your proposal is accepted.

One proposal form will be used for both presentations (45 minutes in length) and poster session (1 hour). Elements of the proposal include:

  • Learning Outcomes
    • A well-written learning outcome will identify what participants will be able to do as a result of attending your program. How will your target audience’s skills, attitudes, knowledge, behavior, status, or life condition change or improve by participating in your program? Think about the intended impact of the program and how it fills a need or solves a problem. Tip: Consider using a verb or action phrase + “in order to” + an impact statement to design your outcomes. The first phrase describes the skill or task you want to learner to perform, and the second phrase describes its impact and why it is important. (Guidelines adopted from
    • At least one outcome is required; no more than three can be submitted.
  • Title: 50 word limit
  • Abstract: 200 word limit
    • Exclude the name of your institution, department and any personal names. If you include this identifying information, your proposal may not receive further consideration.
  • How the presentation/poster will engage with audience
  • Keywords that describe the content
All people accepted as a presenter for a session or a poster are responsible for their own registration and travel costs. Please print a copy of the completed form for your records before submitting. You will receive an email confirmation upon submission. If you do not receive confirmation, or have questions about your submission, please contact Laura Birkenhauer by email at

The conference planners seek to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about critical issues. Upon registration, attendees will be asked to review and accept a list of community agreements. Conference planners will actively strive to create spaces in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates.

If you have questions, please contact Laura Birkenhauer at

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