The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 49th Annual Conference, Finding Balance - Hybrid Spaces, New Opportunities and Transformed Missions, Having spent the past few years radically adapting library services during the pandemic, library professionals are now actively exploring how to sustain a "new normal" for hybrid spaces, services, and collections where customer expectations have been transformed.
How do we sustain these new service modalities, and how will this shape our library and institutional missions? What new and exciting opportunities do these modalities present for each department and team in our libraries? We hope to facilitate robust discussions about how we can move forward, manage, and innovate in this new environment.
Afternoon Virtual Mini-Conference (Friday, Oct 27, 2023) Location: Zoom
In-Person Conference (Friday, Nov 3, 2023) Location: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio
Extended Submission Deadline: May 1, 2023
NOTE: We have two different proposal options/venues for this year’s conference. Please see additional details below.
We encourage thoughtful, timely proposals from all areas of library work. In response to past conference evaluations, we would especially also like to encourage proposals highlighting the expertise of Access Service, Technical Services, and Support Staff professionals.
Conference registration discounts for presenters will be announced at a later date.
Adherence to the conference theme is encouraged but not required. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
A full rubric of grading criteria is available here.
Choose which option or venue best fits your topic(s). Multiple submissions are allowed, but each must represent a different topic.
In-Person Conference Submission Form: https://tinyurl.com/2023proposalsALAO
All conference presenters (session, talk, discussion, or a poster) are responsible for their own registration costs. Conference registration discounts for presenters will be announced at a later date. Please note also that grants are available for Students and Library Support Staff to attend or aid in presenting at the conference.
NOTE: A separate ALAO-hosted ILS Migration Forum Discussion will take place in the morning. The mini-conference will take place in the afternoon.
NOTE: The afternoon mini-conference will focus special attention on the expertise of our colleagues in Access Service, Technical Services, and Support Staff. Proposals related to issues and activities in these areas will be given first priority consideration.
NOTE: There is a separate proposal form for Mini-Conference Proposal Submissions. Here is the form link: https://tinyurl.com/2023miniconference
All conference presenters (lightning talk or discussion) are responsible for their own registration costs. Conference registration discounts for presenters will be announced at a later date.
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 Cara Calabrese, Stefanie Hilles, or Rob Withers at email@example.com