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ALAO 39th Annual Conference

2013 ALAO Conference

Pre-Conference 2013

Thursday Reception

You're Invited!

 KSU Stark Library Tour and Light Refreshments

Thursday October 24th


Conference Keynote Speaker

Changing Libraries by Design

Nancy Fried Foster will talk about a collaborative approach to library design with an emphasis on acting on the information that is gathered in participatory design processes. Read more about the presenation and Dr. Foster on the keynote speaker page.

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Conference Venue



October 25, 2013

The University Center

Kent State University at Stark

North Canton, OH




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Call for Proposals: Sessions

Call for Proposals: Presentations

Presentation Session Proposals:

May 1 - June 7, 2013    

Extended until June 14,  2013.

Thank you for your interest in submitting a presentation for the 2013 ALAO Conference. Presentations may take the form of contributed papers, demonstrations, workshop, research, or panel discussions.

You are welcome to submit multiple proposals, however no more than two will be accepted for inclusion in our conference program.

Be prepared to submit your proposal:

  • A title, brief description (75 words), and long description (200 words) are required.
  • DO NOT include identifying information in your proposal submission.
  • Consider how your presentation will connect with the audience.

Additional guidelines and the proposal submission form can be found here:

Submit your presentation proposal to ALAO 2013.

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6/17/13: Proposals Closed

The call for session proposals is now closed.
Thank you for your submission!

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Poster Sessions, Lightning Rounds, & Round Table Discussions: 

Accepting Proposals July 15 - August 16, 2013

39th Annual ALAO Conference

ALAO 2013: 39th Annual Conference

What steps are being taking to transform existing library services and resources? Is reorganization of physical space, faculty and staff roles, or collections being discussed?  Vital to the success of our students, how are academic libraries reimagining instruction, reference, and assessment? How are we reaching students, faculty, and staff at increasingly distant and diverse locations?

The 2013 ALAO Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the ALAO 2013 conference. This year, we have three separate calls for proposals available: Presentation; Poster, Lightning Round, and Roundtable Discussion; and Student Poster sessions. Possible topics include:

Transforming    Reorganizing Reimagining
Library Initiatives Library Spaces Library Instruction
Library Services Library Staffing Reference Services
Information Commons Library Staffing Assessment
Collection Development Collection Placement Marketing & Reach
Open Source Library Operations Library as a Place
Open Content Library Budgets Library Services
Partners on Campus Resource Presentation Technology Resources

Call for Proposals: Poster Sessions

Call for Proposals: Poster, Lightning Talk, and Discussion

Poster Sessions, Lightning Rounds, & Round Table Discussions:
Accepting Proposals July 15 - August 16, 2013

Poster: Presentations should graphically represent a topic and include text, tables, and images. Handouts are welcome and encouraged. Presenters will share their ideas with attendees during a designated time slot of the conference.

Lightning Talk: Designed to be fast-paced, thought provoking, and energizing. Lightning Talk presenters will have 7 minutes to deliver their practical or conceptual topics. There will not be scheduled time for Q & A; however, presenters may use part of their 7 minutes for this purpose.

Round-tables Discussion: This format is structured for small, informal group discussions to facilitate networking and information exchange. Discussion leaders should identify and develop a topic that will allow participants to discuss how they are dealing with specific issues at their libraries. Please include 2-3 questions to be addressed during the discussion in the proposal.

Additional guidelines and the proposal submission form may be found here:
Submit your proposal to ALAO 2013 CPC

Call for Proposals: Student Poster, Lightning Talks, and Discussion

Student Poster Sessions:
Accepting Proposals July 15 - August 16, 2013

Poster: Presentations should graphically represent a topic and include text, tables, and images. Handouts are welcome and encouraged. Presenters will share their ideas with attendees during a designated time slot of the conference.

Lightning Talk: Designed to be fast-paced, thought provoking, and energizing. Lightning Talk presenters will have 7 minutes to deliver their practical or conceptual topics. There will not be scheduled time for Q & A; however, presenters may use part of their 7 minutes for this purpose.

Round-tables Discussion: This format is structured for small, informal group discussions to facilitate networking and information exchange. Discussion leaders should identify and develop a topic that will allow participants to discuss how they are dealing with specific issues at their libraries. Please include 2-3 questions to be addressed during the discussion in the proposal.

Additional guidelines and the proposal submission form may be found here:
Submit your proposal to ALAO 2013 CPC

Proposals: Need Help?

Getting Started

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Make this the year you
submit a proposal to
present at ALAO!

Whether you are a first time presenter, or an ALAO presentation veteran, crafting and submitting a proposal to present is sometimes a daunting challenge. This page contains a few frequently asked questions about proposals and useful proposal submission tips for new presenters.

Need help getting started?

  • Pick a topic that relates to your work.
  • Successful and not-so-successful instances are great shared learning experiences.
  • Remember, not everyone is doing what you are doing the way you are doing it!

Take a few minutes to peruse successful abstracts from two previous ALAO conferences.

  • ALAO 2012: Session Abstracts
    Impact Factor: The Value of Academic Libraries
    38th Annual ALAO Conference (10/26/12)
  • ALAO 2011: Session Abstracts
    Constant Change, Constant Opportunity
    Program abstracts from the 37th Annual ALAO Conference (11/4/11)
Tips for writing a proposal

Take time to explore these poster and presentation submission resource suggestions from ACRL and ALA.

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Proposal FAQs

If you have questions after reviewing the FAQs below, please feel free to contact the 2013 ALAO Conference Planning Committee directly via email.

Q. How do I submit a proposal?
A.  All proposals are submitted online via our proposal submission form. Navigate to the Call for Proposals tab for more information about submitting your session to ALAO.

Q. Why are the call for proposals - session and poster/lightning/discussion - separated?
A.   Separate calls are being offered this year to provide additional presentation options; if a session is not accepted as a proposal there will be opportunity to resubmit the idea as a poster, lightning talk, or roundtable discussion.

Q. Why does identifying information need to be removed from my proposal submission?
A.  Proposals are submitted to the conference program committee for a blind review. Removing identifying information allows for a fair review of all submitted work.

Q. What review criteria is in place for proposals?
A.  The ALAO Conference Program Committee using a rubric rating each proposal for content, clarity, relevance, and overall appeal. 

Q. Why do I need to select an audience for my proposed session? 
A.  Selecting an audience lets the committee know who your intended audience may be; if unfamiliar with the topic, this is a useful tool for building the conference program after acceptance.  

Q. Who evaluates the submitted proposals?
A.  The ALAO conference planning committee members review each proposal individually and then combine scores for a final evaluation.

Q. How will I be notified if my proposal is accepted?
A.  Submitters are notified via email of proposal acceptance.

Q.  When will I know if my proposal has been accepted?
A.  Notification is dependant upon the proposal submission time frame.  The conference committee meets after proposal submission closes to make final acceptance determinations.

Q. Can I submit more than one proposal or proposal type?
A.  Yes, you may choose to submit any number of proposals to the conference.  Keep in mind, only two proposals from any individual will be accepted for the program.

Conference Registration

Conference Registration

Pre-Conference registration and program information can be found on the Pre-Conference Page.

Conference Registration

Conference registration costs:
Members: Early Bird $85.00 ; regular $100.00
Non-member: Early Bird $115.00; regular: $130.00
Student/Retirees: Early Bird: $55.00; regular $70.00
Early Bird Rate: Ends Sept. 16, 2013
Regular Rate: September 17- October 14
No refunds after October 15.
Cost will include breakfast and lunch buffets and afternoon snack; dietary needs can be accommodated.
Contact Judy Cerqua ( for information on late or on-site registration options.

Thursday Reception

Library Tour & Reception

You're Invited!

 KSU Stark Library Tour and Light Refreshments

Thursday October 24th


Directions & Campus Map


Pre-Conference Registration & Workshop

Pre-Conference Registration

ALAO Preconference 2013

October 24, 2013

Registration Link

$25 includes boxed lunch


Pre-Conference Location and Directions

Stark State College

6200 Frank Avenue NW

North Canton, Ohio 44720

Event will take place in the Business and Entrepreneurial "M" Building, Room 100/101

Free Parking in Lot 200 outside of the Business and Entrepreneurial "M" Building (View Campus Parking Link Below)


Pre-Conference Schedule
Registration 11:00 a.m. - noon
Lunch noon - 1:00 p.m.
Program 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Books by Laura Soloman
ALA Article by Laura Solomon
Pre-Conference 2013

This fun, interactive workshop will focus on optimizing social media and exploring free,  simple tech tools that can be used to build excitement in our library communities!

Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker

How to Fail at Social Media

Lots of experts will tell you how to succeed at social media, but very few will lay out a clear path to failure. Learn what the most common points of failure are for libraries, and why libraries often aren’t getting what they want out of this new medium. Laura Solomon is the author of two books on social media in libraries, and she has seen many libraries enter social media waters with no idea how to steer. Find out if your library is on its way to a social shipwreck and how you might be able to change course

Laura Solomon, MCIW, MLS is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network and the former Web Applications Manager for the Cleveland Public Library. She has been doing web development and design for over fifteen years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She also authored a statewide web site usability study in 2004 that evaluated the site of every public library in Ohio. She specializes in developing with Drupal, as well as in web code and accessibility standards. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.  Her book Doing Social Media So It Matters:  A Librarian’s Guide was published in late 2010 and The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media was published in 2013.  As a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences and in giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer.

Interactive Workshop


How many times have you heard about an interesting, new tech tool and made a note to experiment with it later, but simply never found the time?  This fun, interactive workshop will open with a rapid-fire demonstration of tech tools and apps. We will then rotate between different workshop tables to learn from table facilitators. After an initial round of experimentation with one tool, you can move on to another for a second round. At the end of the day we will gather together as a whole group to share some of our tips, creations, and applications!     

Session participants will need to bring a laptop and great ideas!  Several apps can be used on iPad or other devices—bring yours if interested!

Questions?  Please contact:     

Keynote Speaker

Books by Nancy Fried Foster
Keynote Speaker


Changing Libraries by Design

Nancy Fried Foster will talk about a collaborative approach to library design with an emphasis on acting on the information that is gathered in participatory design processes. Dr. Foster’s presentation will begin with an overview of participatory design and work-practice study, providing examples of methods from projects she has conducted at the University of Rochester and other colleges and universities in the US and internationally. She will then discuss the application of study findings with reference to implementations stemming from recent participatory design projects. She will conclude by suggesting how participatory processes and studies of academics’ work practices can lead to a new vision and transformation of an academic library.


Nancy Fried Foster

Nancy Fried Foster (PhD Columbia University; Dipl. Oxon.; BA Barnard College) is Senior Anthropologist at Ithaka S+R where she works on participatory design of library technologies and spaces. For almost ten years, Dr. Foster directed anthropological research at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries. Projects there included eXtensible Catalog, IR+, the Camelot Project and other technologies as well as such spaces as the Gleason Library and the Messinger Graduate Studies. Since 2009, Dr. Foster has worked through the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL) to introduce participatory design and work-practice study to colleges and universities around the world and from 2007 – 2013 she delivered workshops in the US through the Council on Library and Information Resources. She is the editor of Studying Students: A Second Look (forthcoming) and, with Susan Gibbons, co-edited the 2007 book, Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester. She has consulted to several universities in the US on projects that focus on space design while also taking account of digital technologies, include the reprogramming of McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland and participatory design of the Active Learning Center at Purdue University.


Grant Opportunities

Support Staff & Student Presenter Grants

ALAO seeks to encourage support staff development and participation in ALAO activities. ALAO also seeks to provide opportunities for students and new librarians to grow professionally towards a career in academic libraries. ALAO recognizes the value of providing development opportunities for support staff and the need to spotlight current research, particularly if the research is in new and emerging fields and technologies.

In recognition of this ALAO awards two presenter grants, one for support staff and the other for students, to assist with presenting at the ALAO Annual Conference. Grant monies will be awarded up $150 annually for each grant. Grant monies are intended to assist with the costs incurred in preparing the presentation and modest travel costs associated with the presentation.

All grant applications will be considered by the ALAO Presenter Grant Committee. Only presenters of presentations or poster sessions chosen for inclusion in the conference by the 2013 Conference Planning Committee will be eligible for final consideration for the grant.

Accepting Applications: June 1 – August 19, 2013

Extended until September 13, 2013.

Support Staff Grant Application            Student Grant Application


Lodging & Travel

Additional Hotels in Canton
Find Your Way

Preconference - Stark State College

6200 Frank Ave. NW North Canton, Ohio 44720

Conference - University Center at Kent State Stark

6000 Frank Ave. NW North Canton, Ohio 44720

Hotel - Courtyard at Marriott

4375 Metro Circle NW North Canton, OH 44720

Dining and Entertainment

The Strip is Located just off I-77 and adjacent to Stark State College and Kent State-Stark Campuses.  This outdoor mall offers several dining options incuding Carrabba's, Starbucks, Panera and Five Guys,shopping at Old Navy and Marshalls and a Cinemark Theatre! 

The Westfield Belden Village Mall is a short 5 minute drive from campus where you can find lots of upscale shopping! 


Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott Website

For Reservations: Call 1-800-971-4768
Mention "ALAO Conference" to secure a reservation at the conference rate.  The conference rate is $114.00 per night.  Reservation deadline ends September 23, 2013. Deadline extended to September 27 or until all rooms are booked.

UPDATE September 23: Five more rooms have been added to the ALAO conference block. When they are gone, the price will be $179.00+ tax. Those are all we can add to the block.

Conference Program

Presentation Abstracts

Presentation Abstracts

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10:15 am – 11:00 am

Hoover: New Faces, New Skills:  Training Work Study Students in the Digital Age              

This paper will examine the changing roles of Work Study Program (WSP) students in an academic library and demonstrate how they have become a vital part of library staffing.  An overview of the process for hiring, training, managing and evaluating the WSP students will illustrate the ways of implementing such a program. 




Stevo Roksandic, Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Noreen Mulcahy, Mount Carmel College of Nursing



Smith: CMIG Session - Provocative Questions - Cooperative Collections - Local Dimensions

This round table discussion will focus on the evolving expectations of OhioLINK membership and the responsibilities of local collection development.



Room 136: Reimagining Information Literacy as Metaliteracy in a Credit Library Course        

*Program sponsored by the ALAO Distance Learning Interest Group
To address the ways users interact with information introduced by digital technologies, many librarians have looked beyond information literacy to incorporate multiple literacies into their teaching. This presentation will highlight a credit library course that was reimagined around the comprehensive conceptual framework of metaliteracy.  Discover how this approach engaged students in learning core skills, such as advanced search strategies and source evaluation, through assignments involving the use of search engines, social media, and emerging technologies.




Vera Lux, Bowling Green State University



Room 134: Embracing the STEM to STEAM Initiative: The Library as Bridge Between Science and Art               

The STEAM movement, which champions adding Art to STEM education, is a new pedagogical initiative that fosters creativity through more interdisciplinary engagement. By repurposing library spaces and refocusing outreach so that different communities can meet and collaborate, librarians are supporting user creativity in science and art. Two liaison librarians will discuss the implementation of collaborative activities at the intersection of science and art, reflecting on how librarians can foster the STEAM movement at their institutions.




Shannon Marie Robinson, Denison University 

Moriana M. Garcia, Denison University



Room 236: Advance Learning and Services through Collaboration and Integration with non-Academic Units and non-Departmental Programs on Campus     

Traditional liaison programs often focus on liaison with subject and academic departments within the institution. This presentation will demonstrate how a small academic library has helped to advance learning and services through extending its library liaison program beyond traditional academic units in a systematic way. The extended liaison program positioned the librarians to raise their profile on campus as research consultants and support non-departmental programs and nonacademic units to provide more effective and efficient practices. 




Jane Wu, Otterbein University 

Lois Szudy, Otterbein University            



Room 234: Changing our Face: Academic Libraries as Effective Partners and Leaders in Outreach and Engagement 

While higher education places an increasingly higher value on community outreach and engagement, academic libraries, particularly those at smaller and mid-sized institutions, have been slow to get involved. This is unfortunate since academic libraries have much to offer-- and much more to gain-- through successful engagement. The presenter will share experiences gained through the very successful engagement program of a mid-sized metropolitan university library in the Greater Cincinnati area.




Arne J. Almquist, Northern Kentucky University



Room 232: Where can I study?  What’s happening on campus?  Tell me now!        

Library information screens provide a configurable touch sensitive portal helping students find available computers, study spaces, events, books and more.  Utilizing live data; Wi-Fi access points’ saturation, computer activity and room reservations with GIS maps enable students to quickly locate an open place to study in the various libraries. Video sequences show how to get to user selected locations.  Customized HTML and CSS for new content and navigation are easily generated from a simple spreadsheet.




Eric Johnson, Miami University              

Jon Cameron, Miami University              

Thomas Tully, Miami University



11:15 am to 12:00 pm



Hoover: Watch This!  Using Instructional Videos to Enhance Information Literacy One-Shot Instruction           

Presenters will share their successful venture of flipping one-shot information literacy instruction.  Participants will experience the flipped classroom, watching short videos prior to the session so the group is set up for an engaging discussion about the benefits and challenges of flipped learning.  This active session will also include hands-on work enabling participants to draft a flipped classroom experience and leave the session armed with practical approaches. Please watch these videos prior to attending the session.




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Andrea Brooks, Northern Kentucky University

Mary Chesnut, Northern Kentucky University 



Smith: How Cloud Computing is Changing an Academic Library’s Virtual Presence           

The paradigm for computer applications has recently shifted from software programs installed on desktop computers, or hosted by an internal IT department to cloud based services available on multiple and increasingly mobile computing platforms.  We will explore how cloud computing, especially Software as a Service (Saas), is changing many aspects of library planning and management.  This accelerates the shift from the library as a bricks-and-mortar material repository towards the library as a virtual information portal.




Donald Pearson, Mount Carmel College of Nursing        

Stevo Roksandic, Mount Carmel College of Nursing


Room 136: Outreach and Engagement for Special Collections through a Gallery Exhibit           

* Program sponsored by the ALAO Special Collections and Archives Interest Group

In a gallery exhibit, we used technology to create dynamic aspects to allow viewers greater access to the static items displayed under glass. The books, documents, and images in the display cases were enhanced by video interviews with individuals associated with the subject of the exhibit, audio recordings of excerpts from some of the books, and additional images. In this presentation, we will discuss the successes and challenges of creating this new content.


#Special Collections Exhibits   


Melanie McGurr, Ohio State University               

Mary-Allen Johnson, Ohio State University


Room 134: Crash Course on the Future of College and Career Readiness: Ohio’s P20 Initiative and the New Common Core 

*Program sponsored by the ALAO Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group

Coming to a campus near you! Students who have completed college and career ready requirements in the Common Core State Standards and are transitioning to college level work. This session will outline Ohio’s P20 initiatives that impact student learning and transform education while focusing on what academic librarians, especially those working with freshmen and pre­service teachers, must know to help retain and graduate students. Learn about the basics of the Common Core and how they connect to the ACRL standards, plus Ohio resources that support research.




Paula Nespeca Deal, INFOhio

Anne Marie Smeraldi, Cleveland State University



Room 236: Plagiarism School: Strategic Efforts for Educating and Rehabilitating Students       

Librarians from a research institution with regional campuses will describe a strategic approach to combatting student plagiarism and the methods for adjusting university policies and practices, while inventing creative initiatives, placing libraries at the center of positive change.  Although the strategies discussed developed over many years, the past academic year saw the first full university-wide implementation of such strategies.  Presenters will report on recent activities and provide a model for other academic libraries.




Rob Kairis, Kent State University, Stark Campus             

Vanessa Earp, Kent State University     



Room 234: It Takes a Village! E-resource Workflows in the Age of Discovery        

When a new technical services staff position was approved at this academic library, librarians and staff there had the opportunity to re-examine workflows and redistribute the e-resources work crucial to maximizing the utility of discovery products: work such as licensing, record creation and loading, knowledgebase management, and troubleshooting. Librarians and staff at this library will discuss their distributed workflows for e-resources management within the context of existing models, best practices, and the demands of discovery.




Amy Fry, Bowling Green State University


Room 232: We’re Not So Different, You and I: Re-imagining Library-Writing Center Collaboration    

With their related missions and similarly credentialed faculty and staff, college libraries and writing centers are natural allies for student support and success.  Yet physical separations on campus, disparate day-to-day duties, and other perceived differences often present barriers to successful collaboration. In addition to making the case for this collaborative imperative, this presentation will outline strategies for partnership that can work at virtually any type of institution, as well as provide examples of notable projects made possible by the power of the collective library-writing center perspective.



Katie Foran-Mulcahy, University of Cincinnati, Clermont College          

Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Miami University



2:15 pm to 3:00 pm


Hoover: Better Together: Reimagining Library Social Media Content Through Student Collaboration           

*Program sponsored by the ALAO Support Staff Interest Group
Student employees can help to locate and create the content that is the lifeblood of an effective library social media account. However, collaborating with students who have limited time to work in the library and a different voice than many of their librarian supervisors can be a challenge. The presenters will describe their own experiences working with students to develop social media content and provide specific tools and strategies for addressing those obstacles.




Jessica Hagman, Ohio University

Janet Carleton, Ohio University



Smith: Building from the Top: Re-imaging Information Literacy One Administrator at a Time

Although many academic libraries have been successful in their educational outreach efforts, challenges remain promoting information literacy (IL) across the college or university.  This paper will present the results of a two-part study on institutional support of information literacy initiatives, including an examination of policies regarding IL as a required component of the curriculum at a sample of academic institutions in Ohio, as well as findings from a survey of college administrators toward such initiatives.




Beate Gersch, Lorain County Community College

Miriam Matteson, Kent State University                             


Room 136: Enacted Metadata: Using Video to Highlight Special Collections            

* Program sponsored by the ALAO Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group

In order to highlight special collections in closed-stack environments, our library created short videos to serve as “enacted metadata.” Videos include description of the objects, commentary, images, and reenactments to help users observe materials in time and space. To help others use this approach, we will describe the theory, explain the execution, highlight examples, reflect on scholars' participation, describe assessment, outline benefits of the project, and include specific tips for creating enacted metadata records.



Susannah Cleveland, Bowling Green State University

Elizabeth Hertenstein, Bowling Green State University               

Nancy Down, Bowling Green State University 



Room 134: Reimagining Info Lit Assessment: An Inexpensive and Easy Method for Measuring IL Skill Progression 

*Program sponsored by the ALAO Instruction Interest Group

How information literate are students?  How can we tell if their skills are improving during their college years? Standardized IL tests are available (iCriticalThinking and SAILS), but each requires a considerable investment to participate.  Is it possible to achieve results using separate in-house and open source software? Yes! This presentation will describe our university’s implementation of this software, the results, and how we are using results to prove effectiveness and improve IL instruction.




Eric Resnis, Miami University

Kathleen Lucey, Miami University

Lindsay Miller, Miami University



Room 234:  Programming Prowess: Transform Your Library with Engaging Events        

*Program sponsored by the ALAO Diversity Committee
Innovative programming with a purpose can transform the perception of an academic library. Learn how to develop your programming prowess, from idea to implementation, at this engaging session. The presenter will demonstrate how library staff interests can drive creative, and sometimes unconventional, programming that attracts positive attention. Attendees will hear about low-cost event concepts and learn how to promote creativity among library staff to initiate program development




Katy Kelly, University of Dayton            



Room 232: LinGO: How iLead Ohio Influenced Team Collaboration and Discovery for Patrons               

Despite the goal of the library to serve as a provider of information resources, our classification systems and jargon can often alienate the patrons that our libraries are intended to serve. Our team, brought together by iLead Ohio, hope to present the application steps for iLead, our collaboration efforts, and the finalization of our project Lingo, a mobile app designed to help patrons who are lost in translation. 




Jessica Crossfield McIntosh, Otterbein University

Julie Zaveloff, Columbus State Community College

Derek Zoladz, Columbus State Community College       

David Green, Ohionet

Kirsten Krumsee, State Library of Ohio


 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm



Hoover: Got IRB? What to Know When Planning Human Subject Research Projects       

*Program sponsored by the ALAO Research and Publications Committee

Do your research plans include surveys, focus groups or other interactions with people?  If your research involves human subjects, then you will likely need to contact your campus institutional review board (IRB).  Join our discussion with a panel of experienced researchers and IRB board representatives who will address core research considerations, standards and requirements, data access and collection ethics, and other issues.  Our panelists will also share their experiences and insights about the IRB review process.  Take our short IRB quiz during the session and receive score-based PRIZES!




Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve University 

Panelist List TBD           



Smith: Mapping for change:  Re-imagining assessment with concept maps               

Facilitate student creativity and assess information skills at the same time with concept maps.  Learn how to administer these easy assessments and analyze them for evidence of learning.  The presenters will demonstrate how this assessment technique can be used in multiple situations and how it is possible to transform these maps into results that can be easily understood by stakeholders.




Heidi Gauder, University of Dayton

Fred Jenkins, University of Dayton



Room 136: Transforming the First Year Experience & Relationship with the Library     

In the fall of 2012, the library introduced a new program to provide all incoming first year students with their own Personal Librarian (PL) to serve as their point of contact with our library. The PL can help students navigate the library, assist with research, answer library-related questions, and more. Learn about the results of the program’s first full year, how it was implemented, what we learned, and what is new in 2013/14. 




Brian Gray, Case Western Reserve University
Gail Reese, Case Western Reserve University   

Stephen Toombs, Case Western Reserve University



Room 134: Making Information Literacy Relevant to Professional Degree Students

Professional degree curricula are full of courses mandated by their accrediting bodies. Fitting in information literacy material can be challenging. Using a Blackboard module that can be customized by the course instructor is a way to accomplish this. The module described uses active learning making the instruction relevant to the student's eventual career.




John Napp, University of Toledo



Room 234: Striking Up a Conversation, Striking Up a Victory: Engaging Faculty in Scholarly Communication Issues         

The concepts “open access” and “scholarly communication” have become inseparable from the library landscape. Librarians are increasingly aware of the issues inherent in these concepts, but faculty have been slower to understand their importance.  Traditional communications with faculty couldn’t keep pace with evolving trends in scholarly communication, so we created a faculty learning community to generate awareness. This community has been the most successful method of increasing faculty understanding about these issues across our campus.




Jen Waller, Miami University

Jennifer Bazeley, Miami University



Room 232: Expressing Value in a changing budget climate:  Our library’s response to Responsibility Centered Management

Ohio University is migrating to a Responsibility Centered Management financial model,   a decentralized approach to budget allocation that assigns greater control over resource decisions to academic colleges and deans.  This presentation showcases how we analyzed library expenditures on collections, staffing, facilities, and operations, as well as usage statistics, in order to demonstrate the value of the library to each college.




Chad Boeninger, Ohio University

Sara Harrington, Ohio University

Janet Hulm, Ohio University

Debi Daniels, Ohio University  



9/6/13: This is a draft document of sessions offered for the ALAO 2013 Conference; changes to sessions, locations, and presenters may be made prior to the conference.

Poster Sessions, Lightning Talk, Discussion Tables Abstracts

Poster Sessions

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 1:15pm – 2:15pm


Bigfoot Goes to College: Information Literacy and the Hunt for Bigfoot at a Community College      
Our community college is highly collaborative. We work with four year colleges, technical schools, high schools, and even public libraries. For its collaboration with a local elementary school, our college campus presented a “day of college” to 3 classes of fourth graders. As part of college day, the librarians used Bigfoot research as a hook to teach the students information literacy with great enthusiasm and success.        


Kristine Szabo, Columbus State Community College
Dana Knott, Columbus State Community College                                                           


Marketing Ohio Libraries: a Statewide Approach      
Ohio libraries: we all know them, we all love them, and at the moment, we're not marketing them as a statewide whole. The Statewide Marketing Task Force (a team of Library Leadership Ohio 2012 graduates) is charged with developing a multi-type marketing campaign to encourage use of libraries in general and specific statewide services. Our poster is a window into the foundations we have begun to lay for this ongoing project.   


Leslie Jankowski, Columbus College of Art & Design                                                                                     

Test and Tune: Measuring Success With Information Literacy Assessment Tools in Embedded Librarianship
This poster will highlight the successes and lessons learned in the semester-long collaboration between a librarian and an instructor to explore methods of information literacy (IL) instruction, periodically measure the success of these methods, customize and adapt instruction strategies accordingly, and enhance overall student learning outcomes.    


Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve University                                                                                 

Culture Cafe: Re-Imagining "Library As Place" Through Student Performance
Culture Café is a performance event that creates connections with students by expanding the library’s role as a place where discovery thrives.  Culture Café represents the evolution of “library as place” by pushing the library beyond its traditional boundaries and cultivating students’ sense of self and intellectual curiosity.  Culture Café provides a safe environment that allows students to experiment and share music, poetry, and dance.  Performances are informal and feel like an “open mic” night.    


Peter Szabo, Ohio Wesleyan University
Jillian Maruskin, Ohio Wesleyan University

Too Much of a Good Thing?  Web-Scale Discovery Tools as Resources of First Resort in Academic Libraries        
Web-scale or one-stop shopping discovery tools are becoming an increasingly visible resource in academic libraries. These resources allow for the combining of the interfaces of multiple databases into a single Google-like search engine. Many discovery services are being used as the primary access point for the libraries resource set. Academic libralight rians need to grapple seriously with the real implications of rolling-out and providing a discovery tool for their users.               


Joseph E. Straw, Marietta College

The New Face of Textbooks: Guiding Faculty Toward Alternatives            
Are students at your institution complaining about the high costs of textbooks?  Do they continually ask if your library has copies of textbooks that can be checked out?  Is it even possible for faculty to require course materials for their students that are not so expensive?  Discover how librarians at two campuses have launched a pilot project to work with professors to find cost-effective and appropriate textbook alternatives for their courses.         


John Burke, Miami University Middletown       

Fun, Food, and Library Finds: Reimagining Our Library and Ourselves 
1st Fridays @ 4, a series of informal themed events hosted by librarians, was designed to engage with students in meaningful conversation and explore the terrain of information resources beyond coursework and research needs.  The series marketed with the tag line, fun, food and library finds, included themes of Survivor, Library Edition, Celebrate the Chinese New Year, and The Secret World of Rare Books.  The series was highly successful, providing direction for the current year.    


Pamela Bach, University of Cincinnati
Olga hart, University of Cincinnati                                                                         

Reimagining Library Assessment: Partnering for Student Success               |
Library assessment initiatives are a focal point in an increasingly data-based higher education environment. The University Library developed a partnership with the Institutional Research/Effectiveness Office to look at integrating library-specific data with university data and analytics to gain a unique perspective on the ways that library use and access can influence retention, success of “at-risk” students, and the role of the library in contributing to overall student successes.          


Rebekah Kilzerr, Shawnee State University
Katy Mathuews, Shawnee State University                                                        

Perpetual Motion: Running a 24/7 library in a 9 to 5 world
Many campus services aren’t available overnight, no matter how long the library is open.  This case study will examine the lessons learned from one academic library’s experiences with 24/7 hours during the school year.  This session will share lessons learned about staffing/scheduling, student interest in overnight services, safety/security issues, and relationships with other service points in the library and the university.           


Rob Withers, Miami University                                                                               

Collaborate! Libraries and Graduate Researchers Share the Process
This poster will describe how librarians established a graduate student research series at their university. The series is an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to discuss their research process in a conference-like setting. As such, the library has been successful in promoting scholarly conversations and the sharing of ideas across campus.  Best practices and tips for others interested in starting something similar will be presented, as well as photographs taken at previous years’ series. 


Hilary Bussell, Ohio University
Lorraine Wochna, Ohio University        

Linking Up With LinkedIn:  A Review of Job Hunting and Networking Resources for Ohio Academic Library Employees
Although many library employees have basic LinkedIn profiles, some may be missing out on the rich knowledge-building and networking opportunities available. This poster will offer guidance to both novice and experienced LinkedIn members by reviewing tips for the creation of vibrant profiles, discussing the various options for member interaction (recommending others, building a network of contacts, posting polls or discussions, etc.), and highlighting key groups and organizations relevant to Ohio academic library employees.  


Ginna Gauntner Witte, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
Myra Justus, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College                                                                                

Keeping skills fresh:  The development of a student staff-training model            
How do you train student reference assistants to do everything, and keep their skills fresh?    The development of a three-year rotation training model and a popular “Question of the Week” format is discussed.   These novel training strategies address the unique and challenging needs of training student reference assistants in a small, specialized library.


Gwen Short, College of Wooster
Rebecca Pappert Maniates, Yale-NSU College


Tablet based data recorder for Librarians and Researchers           
Librarians are providing data lifecycle advice to researchers since data management has become a grant requirement.  This poster highlights a librarian designed tool that eases data collection and validation responsibilities for researchers while streamlining the curation and metadata tasks associated with data.  It shows design considerations and solutions that make the process easy and some benefits of using electronic data collection tools.  A demonstration device will be available for hands on experience and exploration.


Eric Johnson, Miami University              


Research Impact 2.0 – Analysis of New Trends in Scholarship Metrics  
Scholarship impact metrics are in high demand. Since the conventional metrics could not offer any insights on the value of new forms of scholarship brought by the development of Internet and social media, new metrics have been suggested. This poster presents a systematic overview of the conventional and the new trends in metrics analysis, analyze advantages and disadvantages of a variety of metrics, and offer suggest ions on how to increase impact without gaming"


Daniela Solomon, Case Western Reserve University                                                                     


Giving your LibGuides a Facelift: Usability and Design Best Practices    
This poster will present tips for creating the most accessible library guides using LibGuides CMS in addition to discussing some of the new features of LibGuides CMS like surveys, privacy rules, and discussion boards. The focus will be on usability and readability of guides to help students quickly navigate through guides to find the information they need.               


Jamie Bloss, Kent State University                                                                                         


Digitizing the Women's Studies Collection at Denison            
Practicum project by a Kent State University SLIS program student completed at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Women’s Studies Program materials were digitized for this project, metadata created and documents uploaded to the Digital Resource Commons, digital repository collection. Procedure was documented in blog and how-to videos, and a digital narrative, using Prezi presentation software, of the history of women’s studies at Denison was created.             


Michelle Brasseur, Kent State University                                                            

"You look a little young to be in college”:  Preschoolers and academic libraries
Learn how one academic library facilitates learning at the pre-school level through targeted programming opportunities.  Working with preschool teachers, this library developed age-appropriate activities for children to experience an academic library environment.  The Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards were utilized in describing the learning outcomes associated with the activities.  This poster will show how academic libraries can provide outreach to the community with fun learning experiences for the youngest of users. 


Amanda Black, University of Dayton
Heidi Gauder, University of Dayton      

Re-Imagining Academic Reference Services for Older Non-Traditional Students           
"How do I click?" Older non-traditional students face some basic technological challenges when entering a modern academic environment, such as online course-learning platforms. In this poster session we will be taking a look at helping 60+ non-traditional students with reference services in the academic library setting. 


Maria Hawkins, Kent State University
Edith Sicken, Kent State University                                                                       


Should Wikipedia Be Considered Reliable?   
This poster presents the results of my research on the edits that were made to the Wikipedia pages of the Republican presidential candidates during a key portion of the 2012 primary campaign. I determined that the articles were generally reliable since vandalism was removed very quickly and questionable information was usually removed or revised quickly. This type of research is important since a large number of college students use Wikipedia rather than traditional reference sources.  


Matthew Cox, Kent State University      


Round Table Discussions: Room 137

Session 1 – 10:15 am to 11:00 am

Using collaborative strategies to meet Common Core primary resource requirements:
The "Ben" collection and archival literacy
Two library and information science students examined the Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Popular Psychology Magazine Collection at the Center for the History of Psychology to ascertain how the collection could be used in educational practice, particularly in blending current concepts with primary source materials.  The students propose a round table discussion to solicit feedback on their projects and to discuss with practitioners their understanding of archival literacy, and gain insight into archival literacy best practices.

Shelley Blundell, Kent State University
Leah Schmidt, Kent State University

Session 2 - 11:15 – 12:00 pm

Assessment Interest Group (AIG)

In this roundtable discussion, participants will share their local assessment projects and local assessment demands. Participants will also be able to chart the course for the new ALAO Assessment Interest Group by sharing their programming and professional development needs.  The discussion will be led by Joe Salem (Akron), a member of the AIG Planning Group

Session 3 – 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Copyright on Campus          
Copyright, licensing, and intellectual property are taking center stage in libraries as online learning, institutional repositories, and other digital projects expand. This round-table discussion is an opportunity for conference attendees to share their experiences with these issues. Participants will have the opportunity to share how they have managed with questions patrons ask, requests they have encountered, responses received from copyright owners and licensors, and more.   


Cindy Kristof, Kent State University

Session 4 – 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Creatively Transitioning into the Workplace
Re-imagining their unique skill sets based on organizational needs helps new hires get established. My colleague and I—both newcomers to the academic library environment—have discovered that many new hires experience similar challenges when becoming acclimated to the work culture. A round table for new hires would provide a forum for comparing experiences and discussing strategies for success. Themes to explore include clarifying job roles, setting goals, and finding a voice in the workplace.      


Kate Lucey, Miami University
marcus Ladd, Miami University              

Lightning Talks:  Room 236

Session 3 – 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

3D Printing in Academic Libraries 
3D printing has a been one the biggest trending topics of the past year. But can it fit in as a service at academic libraries? This presentation will give an overview of 3D printing, discuss its place in the academic library, and present the successes and challenges that our university has experienced while providing 3D printing services to students and faculty.               




Jon Cameron, Miami University
John Williams, Miami University


Libraries Remain Relevant:  Circulating iPads for Individuals and Classroom Instruction    
Stay relevant, provide equitable access to new technology, and impact your institution by circulating iPads.  Tips gleaned from the grant writing process, training options in tablet technologies, assessing instructional needs, selecting relevant accessories and apps, and setting user policies will be shared.  Insights from classroom teaching and assignments requiring iPads will be offered.  Participants will be empowered to seek funding and advice to develop similar programs.          




John Burke, Miami University Middletown
Beth Tumbleson, Miami University Middletown
Chris Mull, Miami University Middletown


Session 4 – 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm      


All You Really Need to Know about Library Research You Learned on Your Summer Vacation
How about a vacation scrapbook instead of a library handout? Introduce principles of library research through humor and analogies to help students travel on the research highway successfully. The presentation will take attendees through a storyboard for the proposed learning tool that uses what students already know to catapult them to new learning. Analogies in this presentation can also be used in classroom instruction to engage students and make learning enjoyable and effective.   




Olga Hart, University of Cincinnati


Do Community-College Students Use More Credible Research Sources in English Composition Essays than Students at For-Profit Colleges?   
This session reviews the research papers of two groups of English composition students who have participated in similar library-instruction sessions: a group of students from a for-profit college and another from a community college.  I will examine and discuss the reference sources used by a group of students from each type of school for their research essays, to see whether one group tends to use more credible sources than the other.




Laurie Henry, Lincoln College of Technology                                   

New to ALAO

ALAO First-Timer Breakfast

Past-president Sue Polanka gives you a thumbs up for coming to your first ALAO conference.

Is this your first time attending the ALAO conference?

Well, welcome – we’re thrilled you can join us. All first time attendees are invited to join ALAO Board Members Sara Klink (Instruction Interest Group Co-Chair) and Ginna Witte (Support Staff Interest Group Co-Chair) for breakfast and an informal review of the day from 8-9AM. After you register, grab some food and join us for 5 minutes or the full hour, whatever works for you. We’re here to answer questions and help you connect with other first time attendees.

The first –timer breakfast table will be located in the Mahoney Lobby (where breakfast is served). Registration can point you in the right direction when you arrive.

Have questions before the conference starts? Feel free to email either of your hosts: Sara Klink ( or Ginna Witte (

Vendor Registration

Vendor Registration

39th Annual ALAO Conference
October 25th, 2013
Vendor Registration

Theme: The Changing Faces of Academic Libraries: Transforming, Reorganizing, Re-imagining

The Annual Conference of the Academic Library Association of Ohio brings together over 350 librarians from across Ohio and surrounding states to explore current issues facing academic libraries and librarians. Vendors will have opportunities to meet with librarians one-on-one.

Please contact Jerry Natal to discuss sponsorship options!

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Vendor registration for the 39th annual conference has been temporarily closed.  Please contact Jerry Natal regarding availability of vendor space.


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Includes up to two tables in the exhibit area, meals for two, a brief description of your product or service in the Conference Program and website, promotion at major activities and the ability to include information in the attendee conference packets. In addition, sponsorship naming opportunities exist for the breakfast, lunch and keynote address.

Includes one table in the exhibit area, meals for one, a highlight in the Conference Program and website, and promotion at major activities. In addition, sponsorship naming opportunities exist for the breakfast, lunch and keynote address.
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Includes a highlight in the Conference Program and website, and promotion of major activities. In addition, sponsorship naming opportunities exist for the afternoon snack.
$1000 - $1999
Includes a highlight in the conference program and website, and naming rights to one of the meeting rooms.
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Attending Vendors

Attending Vendors

Thank you to the following vendors for participating in the ALAO 39th Annual Conference. Be sure to visit the booths for the latest in products and services to the library community.

Baker & Taylor/YBP Library Services


        EBSCO Information Services

        Education Week


Emery Pratt

Gale Cengage

Innovative Interfaces

Kent State School of Library and Information Science

Mango Languages

Northeast Ohio Regional Library System

        Ohio Library Support Staff Institute


Oxford Economics USA

Oxford University Press



State Library of Ohio


Wolper Information Services

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Poster & Presentation Guidelines


The University Center, Kent State University at Stark provides all necessary technology (PC, microphones). Presenters are required to have their sessions available on an external USB drive (flash, thumb).  If you have questions about using a Mac, contact Don Appleby, Akron University at

  • Presenters are responsible for their own conference registration
  • Presenters are responsible for all travel costs related to the conference
  • Presenters will be asked to provide an electronic copy or link to their presentation.
  • Presentations will be archived on the ALAO web site for three years.
  • Presenters will be contacted regarding technology / AV requirements prior to the conference  
Lightning Talks
Lightning Talks will take place in room 236, second floor of the conference center, during the third and fourth sessions after lunch.  You will be sharing your lightning talk time with one other presenter/presenters and will have approximately fifteen minutes to present and five minutes for follow-up questions. A room moderator will be present to help keep time and provide assistance as needed.  
Round Table Information

Round Table discussions will take place in room 137, first floor of the conference center, throughout the day. Each room has a large table with seating available for up to twelve attendees; additional seating may be available on an as needed basis.   

Poster Presentations
Posters will be presented on the first floor of the conference center immediately after lunch and the ALAO Awards session; an hour has been set into the schedule from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm. You will have approximately 4 foot of space for your poster and may be sharing a table with another presenter. This year attendees will vote for their favorite poster sessions using ‘like’ stickers.
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