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2020 CONFERENCE Proposals

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 46th Annual Conference, Resilience: Sustainable & Thriving Academic Libraries for the Future,which encourages us to consider the challenges that face academic libraries and the forward-thinking, innovative responses that we can make. All facets of the library community are invited to submit a presentation from public and technical services to librarians, staff, and students.

  • Conference Date: October 30, 2020
  • Conference Location: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio
  • Submission Deadline: April 10, 2020


We encourage thoughtful, timely proposals from all areas of library work. Adherence to the conference theme is encouraged but not required. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Change management
  • Sustainability
  • Mentoring next generation
  • Equity, diversity, inclusion
  • Open education & other trends
  • Mindfulness
  • Preservation
  • Marketing and communications

All presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

Guidelines for Submissions of Presentations, Poster Sessions, and Roundtables

  • Overall appeal and relevancy to conference themes or academic librarianship generally
  • Clear indication of actionable takeaways or practical applications
  • Proposals should be concise, descriptive, and clearly written.
  • Proposals are blind, peer-reviewed.
  • Multiple submission of presentation, poster, and roundtable proposals are allowed
    • Please note 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.

Proposal Elements

One proposal form will be used for all presentation types (50 minutes each):

  • Presentation
  • Poster Session (60 minutes)
  • Roundtable

For Presentations and Posters

  • 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/roundtable will engage with audience

  • Keywords to describe the content

  • Presenter Bio(s)

  • For Presentations, Posters, and Roundtables
    • 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 the learner to perform, and the second phrase describes its impact and why it is important. (Guidelines adopted from https://conference.acrl.org/conference-content/proposal-elements/)
  • For Roundtables

    • In addition to learning outcomes, please list 3 discussion questions you plan to use during the roundtable.

All people accepted as a presenter for a session or a poster are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

Please register for the conference by September 4th, 2020. If you have questions about your submission, please contact Heather Crozier and Mark Eddy by email at program@alaoweb.org

Community Agreements

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.


Submit your proposal here

If you have questions, please contact Heather Crozier and Mark Eddy at program@alaoweb.org


October 29-30, 2020
Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio

Registration

Pre-conference

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Conference Registration

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Exhibitors

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About ALAO

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) is a chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). ALAO exists to develop, promote, and improve library and information services in Ohio’s higher education community, to advance the interests of academic librarianship and the personnel of academic libraries, and to provide leadership and advocacy for the educational and policy concerns of the academic library community in Ohio.

Sustainability

  • We encourage attendees to carpool to and from the conference to reduce pollution.
  • We encourage attendees to bring their own refillable water bottles and coffee mugs to the conference to reduce waste.
  • The committee will be very intentional about what we choose to print. As such, stay tuned for details about electronic conference programs, evaluations and more.

Community Agreements

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. We welcome any and all suggestions that will make this a safe and productive space for all. Please contact Mandi Goodsett, the program chair.

Who We Are

Members of the 2020 conference planning committee are:

  • Don Appleby, University of Akron
  • Amanda Black, University of Dayton
  • Heather Crozier, Ohio Northern University
  • Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve University
  • Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University (Chair)
  • Melissa Hill, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Ken Irwin, Miami University
  • Sara Klink, Stark State College
  • Katy Mathuews, Ohio Univeristy
  • Stacey McKenna, The Ohio State University
  • Marsha Miles, Cleveland State University
  • Melissa Cox Norris, University of Cincinnati
  • Allen Reichert, Otterbein University 
  • Shelby Stuart, Case Western Reserve
  • Zach Walton, The Ohio State University

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