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Virtual Forum & Mini-Conference Event

DATE: Friday, October 27, 2023
TIME: 9:30 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m.

Morning - Local Library ILS Migration Planning: Forum & Discussion (9:30am-12pm)

From Consortial to Local: Achieving ILS Migration Objectives at your Local Library - Free to attend!

By October, Ohio academic libraries will be in the beginning stages of the ILS migration planning process at the consortial and local library levels. Although a good portion of the workflows will be guided by OhioLINK and the to-be-selected vendor, Ex Libris, each of our campus library systems will need to execute a local implementation plan that best serves the library and its stakeholders.

This Virtual Morning Forum & Discussion will be an excellent opportunity to compare notes on our planning efforts, and how we’re helping our colleagues across all library departments navigate the process. Our Forum panelists will include representatives from OhioLINK, Ohio academic library associations, and librarians experienced in ILS migrations. Insights and takeaways from the discussion will include tips on how to effectively:

  • Determine and explain the primary goals for the migration process
  • Identify internal and external stakeholders
  • Initiate and sustain stakeholder buy-in within the library
  • Prepare, communicate with, and support library staff
  • Leverage core project implementation and workflow strategies

Our local ILS transition activities will impact all library teams and departments. Library staff, regardless of specialty, are encouraged to attend this free Forum.

Attending the Morning Forum

Access to the Morning Forum is provided free of charge to all Ohio academic librarians, regardless of whether they register for the 2023 ALAO Annual Conference. To sign up just for the Forum, please Register Here.

If you wish also to attend the afternoon Virtual Mini-Conference on Oct. 27th, you must register for one of the 2023 ALAO Annual Conference packages. Access to the Morning Forum is included in both of the registration package options at no additional charge.

Take our Pre-Forum Survey

Our panelists would love to hear more about how local ILS migration plans are going! Please consider taking this quick and anonymous survey about the kinds of planning considerations and challenges in play at your libraries, or other issues you would like to know more about. We’ll use this feedback to customize the Forum according to your top questions and concerns.

In the coming weeks OhioLINK institutionally affiliated attendees can log into their OhioLINK Ostaff accounts and review Deb Mashek’s recent 2023 OhioLINK Summit Keynote Address on project planning best practices, and begin reviewing the local library ILS migration planning checklist. We would love to hear about how things are going at your library!

Afternoon Virtual Mini-Conference (1-4pm)

Included with all conference registrations!

That same afternoon ALAO will host a Mini-Conference with virtual lightning talks and thematic, audience-driven discussion sessions presented by Support, Access and Technical Services professionals. Topics will include both ILS-related and other issues impacting these professional communities. A great opportunity to continue discussions from the morning Forum!

View the Full Conference Program

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Pre-Conference Workshop

Diversity in Focus: New Lenses, New Frames, New Approach
In-Person Workshop: November 2, 2023, Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center, Ohio

Presented by Shannon Simpson and Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros.


  • $65 ALAO/MiALA/OELMA Members
  • $90 Non ALAO Members
  • $38 ALAO Student Members/Retirees

Register Now!

Conference Events

Finding Balance: Hybrid Spaces, New Opportunities & Transformed Missions.

Conference events and offerings will include:

Learn More!

Join us for #2023alao!

Online ILS Forum & Mini-Conference: Friday, Oct 27, 2023 via Zoom

In-Person Conference: November 2-3, 2023, Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center, Ohio

Early bird rates (through Sept. 18, 2023)

  • $130 ALAO/MiALA/OELMA Members
  • $160 Non ALAO Members
  • $77 ALAO Student Members/Retirees

Regular rates

  • $160 ALAO/MiALA/OELMA Members
  • $190 Non ALAO Members
  • $95 ALAO Student Members/Retirees

Online Only Conference Rates
(includes Oct. 27th ILS Forum & Mini Conference, Nov. 3 Keynote and Hybrid Sessions)

  • $50 ALAO/MiALA/OELMA Members
  • $56 Non ALAO Members
  • $25 ALAO Student Members/Retirees

Register Now!

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.

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 Mark Eddy, the program chair, at

Who We Are

Members of the 2023 conference planning committee are:

  • Abigail Morgan, Miami University
  • Ann Marie Smeraldi, Cleveland State University
  • Cara Calabrese, Miami University
  • Don Appleby, University of Akron
  • Gerald (Jerry) Natal, The University of Toledo
  • Jason Wardell, University of Dayton
  • Ken Irwin, Miami University
  • Kristen Peters, Wittenberg University
  • Kristine Kinzer, Columbus State Community College
  • Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve
  • Marsha Miles, Cleveland State University
  • Melissa Cox Norris, University of Cincinnati
  • Melissa Hill, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Paul Campbell, Ohio University
  • Rob O'Brien Withers, Miami University
  • Sara Klink, Stark State College
  • Stephanie Hilles, Miami University

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