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Actively Inclusive: Libraries Speak Up!

2018 Spring Diversity Workshop

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Academic Library Association of Ohio's Diversity Committee is pleased to announce that the Spring Diversity Workshop will be held at the State Library of Ohio on Thursday, May 10, 2018. The workshop will focus on libraries as leaders and supporters of inclusive communities. We are accepting proposals for sessions that will showcase libraries’ efforts toward reaching underserved and diverse populations, participating in challenging conversations in our communities, and promoting equity and inclusive practice. We anticipate presentations which last around 45 minutes. Proposals from all types of libraries and library staff in all roles are welcome.

Initial proposals should be 200 words in length and include a very brief bio of the presenter(s), as well as links to any publicly viewable electronic materials referenced. Visit here to submit your proposal:

The Diversity Committee will select from the proposals submitted. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 1, 2018.

Please email with any questions.

2016 Fall Workshop (October 6, 2016)

Outreach: Building Collaborations that Support Campus Diversity

  • Tuesdays @Thompson 
    • Sandra A. Enimil, JD, MLIS, Ohio State University
    • Pamela Espinsosa do los Monteros, Ohio State University
    • Leta Hendricks, Ohio State University
    • Sarah Anne Murphy, MLS, MBA, Ohio State University
  • Exploring Diveristy through the Humanities: Two Grant-Funded Program Series
    • Katy Kelly, University of Dayton
    • Ione T. Damasco, University of Dayton
  • Diversity, Recruitment, and Community Engagement: It's Happening at the Library 
    • Fannie M. Cox, University of Louisville
  • Lunch & Learn Discussion Series at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    • Michelle Brannen
    • Keila Zaya-Ruiz
    • Megan Venable
  • Intentional Outreach to At-Risk First-Year Students
    • Katy Mathuews, Ohio University
  • Moving Beyond Diversity to Social Justice
    • Katy Mathuews, Ohio University

2015 ALAO Annual Conference 

The Diversity Committee sponsored the session “Libraries: Heart of the University AND the Community” at the 2015 ALAO Annual Conference on November 20, 2015. Trevor Dawes, who was then Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, spoke broadly about academic library outreach to communities and specifically toward reaching underserved populations. Using the backdrop of the events that unfolded near St. Louis following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Dawes described ways in which an academic library can respond to community needs and provide resources.

2015 Spring Workshop  (June 5, 2015)

Serving Our Veteran: A Call to Action

  • Keynote Speaker 
    • Danny Eakins, Military and Veteran Policy Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. 
  • Presentation by the Military & Veteran's Services Department at Columbus State Community College.
    • Major Jay Favuzzi
    • James Gilchrist-Elliott
    • Terry Worst
  • Outreach to Our Student Veteran Population
    • Krista McDonald - Miami University, Hamilton 
    • Mike Farmer - Miami University, Hamilton
  • Best for Vets? walking the Talk
    • Eileen K. Bosch - Bowling Green State University
    • Elizabeth Wood - Bowling Green State University 
  • The Rules of Engagement: Creating an Online Information Literacy Course for those Returning to Learn and Actively Serving
    • Thomas Atwood - University of Toledo
  • What Are You Doing at Your Institution?
    • Facilitated Small-Group Discussion

2014 ALAO Annual Conference

The Diversity Committee sponsored the session Got Your 6: Library Support for Student Veterans at the 2014 ALAO Annual Conference on November 14, 2014.  The presenter Karen Evans (Indiana State University) provided an overview of how librarians can support veterans in transitioning from a structured military life into the life of a successful student.  She reviewed distinctive characteristics of veterans and how those characteristics impact their educational goals and issues veterans face and how those issues influence their ability to learn and retain information. 

2014 Spring Workshop (April 25, 2014)

The Diversity Committee’s Spring Workshop was held on Friday, April 25, 2014, at OHIONET in Columbus. This Eracism Workshop was facilitated by Simone G. Polk, Assistant Vice President for Student Services at Wright State University. Ms. Polk engaged workshop attendees with thought-provoking discussion and participative activities about diversity, inclusion, racism, discrimination, and assumptions and stereotypes. She shared valuable tools for tolerance and for building an inclusive workplace. The day ended with a “Closing the Circle” activity in which participants celebrated their similarities and differences. Thank you to Ms. Polk and workshop attendees for an outstanding experience!

2013 Annual Conference Sponsored Event

Programming Prowess: Transform Your Library with Engaging Events. Katy Kelly, Communications and Outreach Librarian at the University of Dayton, presented the session. Katy shared many great ideas for engaging the diverse intellectual, cultural, and social interests of your community. Her presentation is available at:

2013 Spring Workshop (June 14, 2013)

Promoting diversity in your library

  • Four sessions were presented by members of the University of Michigan Library Diversity Council:

Library Diversity Committees, The Basics

  • Darlene Nichols (Librarian for Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Deirdre Spencer (Head, Fine Arts Library)

Making the Case for a Diversity Committee!

  • Bob Campe (Chief Business and Financial Officer)
  • Darlene Nichols (Librarian for Diversity and Inclusion)

Engaging Staff through Innovative Programs

  • Steve Griffes (Information Resources Supervisor, Library Operations)
  • Scott Martin (Biological Sciences Librarian)
  • Mike McLean (Circulation Supervisor, Askwith Media Library)

Getting out the Word

  • Mike McLean (Circulation Supervisor, Askwith Media Library)
  • Kate Saylor (Outreach Coordinator and Liaison Librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library)

One session will be presented by Eileen Theodore-Shusta (Director of Planning, Assessment and Org. Effectiveness), Ohio University Libraries:

Diversity Internships for Undergraduates and LAMP

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