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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.

Upcoming Events

    • 14 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Speculative and Critical Design and Libraries

    Thomas Moynihan once noted: "We perceive the world as anticipations of its future". If nothing else, this statement gives us pause. Just enough of a delay to remove us from immediacy. Allowing us to bring our set of expectations and assumptions to the foreground and reflect upon how these projections of a near-term reality guide our decision-making in the present. As many of our existing library systems are reaching the limits of their effectiveness, the struggle is real. To avoid a future that merely recapitulates - both the positive and negative aspects of - our present solutions, we need to think critically about the design of our future. But maybe more so, we need a toolkit to problematize our present. To shake loose our assumptions, and provide just enough distance to consider alternatives.

    That's where Speculative Design is useful. Where traditional design attempts to solve problems, speculative design attempts to open our minds to new ways of thinking and being. If it is our capacity to envision the future that propels us forward, speculative design has promise as a way to allow us to problematize our present, so as not to repeat our past, by exposing the pre-existing conditions of our current reality.

    TEDSIG 2020 will host John Jung for an hour long exploration of Speculative and Critical Design, and its potential value for Libraries.

    For more information, visit the event website: https://tedsig.alaoweb.org/

    John Jung is Design Consultant at johnjung.us and Programmer/Analyst at The University of Chicago. John is interested in the different ways that research and design might intersect. He has recently spoken on Speculative Design & Strategy at the Symposium on the Future of Libraries in Seattle, Washington, as well as having lead the provocatively-titled reading group "Design After the End of the World" in his hometown of Chicago. He has a degree in art from Governors State University and a degree in design methods from the IIT Institute of Design.

    • 16 Jul 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    ALAO DLIG/IIG Co-Hosted 2020 Virtual Summer Workshop Series

    ALAO's Instruction Interest Group and Distance Learning Interest Group are joining together to provide a series of free virtual workshops on topics relating to teaching and learning in a remote environment. All of us are facing challenges as we continue to serve our students and faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic as we switched rapidly to virtual learning. The webinar series aims to keep librarians connected and inspired as we move forward and will cover topics related to copyright, accessibility, active learning and more.

    This is the last of our Summer Workshop Series, and we wanted to go out with a bang. We have three excellent speakers lined up to speak on a variety of topics:

    Van Gogh’s Ear:  A Fact-Finding and Information Literacy Activity
    Dana Knott, Director of Library Services at Antioch University Midwest
    20 minute presentation

    Research often begins with a seemingly simple question; however, a researcher may discover that a simple question may lead to more complex questions and contradictory answers. This presentation will introduce a fact-finding assignment that begins with a question (Which ear did artist Vincent van Gogh slice off?) and applies different frames, including “Research as Inquiry” and “Searching as Strategic Exploration.” Attendees will leave with activity guidelines that share additional fact-finding questions, explore questions within questions, and emphasize the research journey (strategic exploration) over the destination (a right answer).

    Government Documents: Some Changes Are Good
    Abby Noland, Systems Librarian at University of Mount Union
    20 minute presentation

    You wouldn't think you could easily find copyright free materials, including videos, for your academic institution through government resources online. The FDLP is undergoing incredible changes making government documents accessible via the Internet more than ever. Now there are powerful search engines available. This presentation is a quick introduction in order to tantalize librarian into consider FDLP resources. Did I mention these resources are free and scholarly?

    Concept Mapping for Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Instruction Delivery
    Erin Smith, Research Services Librarian at Case Western Reserve University 
    10 minute lightning talk

    Concept maps are a well-trod topic in educational circles, however their potential for synchronous and asynchronous learning leading to library skill acquisition in an online environment can and should be expanded upon. Benefits of concept maps include engaging students creatively while also demonstrating how to generate keywords and how to organize information in a way that speaks to different learning styles. I would like to discuss not only how this activity encourages flexible search strategies and information organization, but also how the process is adaptable to imparting research skills in the digital classroom.

Past Events

23 Jun 2020 ALAO DLIG/IIG Co-Hosted 2020 Virtual Summer Workshop Series
04 Jun 2020 ALAO DLIG/IIG Co-Hosted 2020 Virtual Summer Workshop Series
21 May 2020 ALAO DLIG/IIG Co-Hosted 2020 Virtual Summer Workshop Series
14 May 2020 Opening Doors: Outreach with Archives and Special Collections, Spring 2020 SOA/ALAO SCAIG Workshop
24 Apr 2020 (Out)reach for the Remote: Libraries Creating Community, Spring 2020 Workshop of ALAO PROMIG and C2YCLIG
27 Mar 2020 [Postponed until further notice] AIG 2020 Annual Spring Workshop: Design Your Next Research Project
20 Mar 2020 STEM IG Spring 2020 Workshop
18 Oct 2019 Sponsorship Registration: 45th Annual ALAO Conference
18 Oct 2019 2019 ALAO Annual Conference
18 Oct 2019 Exhibitor Registration: 45th Annual ALAO Conference
17 Oct 2019 2019 ALAO Pre-Conference -- Active Allyship: An Exploration of Systemic Racism and Allyship in U.S. Libraries
17 Oct 2019 2019 ALAO Pre-Conference -- Integrating Intergroup Dialogue Principles & Skills into Academic Libraries
05 Jun 2019 Diversity Committee Webinar: Not Just Another Committee: How Academic Library Employees Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives at their Institutions
29 May 2019 SCAIG 2019 Annual Spring Workshop: Teaching with Primary Sources
30 Apr 2019 SSIG Webinar: Putting Inclusivity into Practice: Addressing the needs of Marginalized Communities in an Academic Library
26 Apr 2019 DLIG & IIG 2019 Spring Workshop: Back to Basics: Active Learning & Instructional Design
11 Apr 2019 ALAO Taco Party at ACRL
08 Mar 2019 Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert | Assessment Interest Group, Spring Workshop 2019
02 Nov 2018 2018 ALAO Annual Conference
02 Nov 2018 Exhibitor Registration: 44th Annual ALAO Conference
01 Nov 2018 2018 ALAO Pre-Conference: Assessment in Action
15 Jun 2018 Speaking Up for Libraries
08 Jun 2018 Impactful Assessment: How Liaisons Show Value | Assessment Interest Group, Spring Workshop 2018
17 May 2018 SCAig 2018 Meeting and Workshop: Description is People!: Sharing Descriptive Practices
10 May 2018 2018 Diversity Workshop – Actively Inclusive: Libraries Speak Up!
04 May 2018 Authority, Source Evaluation, and Critical Thinking for In-Person & Online Library Instruction
18 Apr 2018 Innovation Conversations - Shhh…Visualizing the Silent Dialogue about Race
19 Mar 2018 TEDSIG’s Map Cataloging Workshop with Paige Andrew
12 Mar 2018 2018 ALAO Support Staff Spring Workshop
23 Jan 2018 Innovation Conversations - What We (don't) Talk About When We Talk About Diversity
27 Oct 2017 Exhibitor Registration: 43rd Annual ALAO Conference
27 Oct 2017 Sponsorships: 43rd Annual ALAO Conference
27 Oct 2017 2017 ALAO Annual Conference
26 Oct 2017 2017 ALAO Pre-Conference
08 Aug 2017 Diversity Service Activity
16 Jun 2017 Technical Services & Collection Management: A Match Made In Heaven
09 Jun 2017 Bridging the Distance in Distance Librarianship: Meeting the Needs of Today's Diverse Online Learners
09 Jun 2017 SCAIG Spring Workshop - Preserving Scrapbooks in the Archives
19 May 2017 Creating Change: Using Assessment To Reshape and Rethink Service Models
10 May 2017 Innovation Conversations - Telling your story: Using Acting techniques to Engage your Audience
20 Apr 2017 IIG Spring Workshop - Learning From Experience: Sharing Applied Threshold Concept Methods
15 Mar 2017 ALAO SSIG Spring Workshop: Discover Your Superpower!
08 Mar 2017 Innovation Conversations - Supporting Digital Scholarship: OSUL’s Research Commons
28 Oct 2016 2016 Annual Conference
27 Oct 2016 2016 Preconference
27 Oct 2016 Alternative options for those who registered for the Aaron Schmidt preconference workshop.
06 Oct 2016 2016 Diversity Workshop
15 Aug 2016 2016 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Student)
15 Aug 2016 2016 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Support Staff)
12 Aug 2016 TEDSIG 2016 Workshop: Streamlining Technical Services Workflows with MarcEdit
17 Jun 2016 (copy) (copy) TEDSIG Spring 2015 Workshop
10 Jun 2016 CANCELED - ALAO Curriculum Materials Centers Interest Group (CMCIG)
01 Jun 2016 Curation Encounters of the Digital Kind: Preserving our Digitized and Born-Digital Materials
29 Apr 2016 DLIG Spring Workshop 2016 - INOV8!
20 Apr 2016 The Evolution of Information Literacy: Framework and Assessment
08 Jan 2016 ALAO Continuing Education Grant Application 2016
23 Nov 2015 Research Grant Application 2016
20 Nov 2015 41st Annual ALAO Conference: Vendor Registration (2015)
20 Nov 2015 2015 Annual Conference
19 Nov 2015 2015 ALAO Pre-Conference
12 Jun 2015 IIG Spring 2015 Workshop
05 Jun 2015 2015 Diversity Spring Workshop
03 Jun 2015 SCAIG Workshop: Special but not Specialized: Special Collections & Archives Do It All
29 May 2015 TEDSIG Spring 2015 Workshop
18 May 2015 CMIG Annual Workshop: Analyze & Advocate: Tools for Collection Management and Strategies for Marketing
15 May 2015 DLIG Spring Workshop 2015 - INOV8!: Elevating Engagement for Students Online
20 Apr 2015 CMCIG Spring Workshop (2015)
16 Apr 2015 AIG Spring Workshop (2015)
15 Jan 2015 Continuing Education Grant Application 2015
14 Nov 2014 40th Annual ALAO Conference: Vendor Registration (2014)
14 Nov 2014 2014 ALAO Annual Conference
13 Nov 2014 2014 ALAO 40th Anniversary Pre-conference
13 Sep 2014 2014 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Student)
13 Sep 2014 2014 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Support Staff)
14 Jul 2014 2014 ALAO Board Retreat
13 Jun 2014 ACRL Webinars: Making the Leap to Library Leadership & Data Visualization Strategies for Library Assessment
11 Jun 2014 SCAIG/TEDSIG Spring Workshop: What Is That and How Do I Catalog It!?! RDA and Special Formats Cataloging
09 Jun 2014 CMIG Spring Workshop: I Can’t Believe You do That!
30 May 2014 IIG Spring Workshop 2014 - Back to Basics: Moving Library Instruction Forward!
21 May 2014 SSIG Spring Workshop (2014)
16 May 2014 DLIG Spring Workshop 2014
25 Apr 2014 2014 Diversity Spring Workshop
24 Apr 2014 AIG Spring Workshop (2014)
04 Apr 2014 CMCIG 2014 Spring Workshop -– Keeping Pace: Changes & Trends in Curriculum Materials Centers (CMC’s)
09 Dec 2013 Continuing Education Grant Application 2014
25 Oct 2013 39th Annual ALAO Conference: Vendor Registration (2013)
25 Oct 2013 2013 ALAO Annual Conference: The Changing Faces of Academic Libraries: Transforming, Reorganizing and Re-imagining
24 Oct 2013 2013 ALAO Annual Conference - Preconference: Social Media Spark: Tips and Tech Tools to Ignite our Library Communities.
15 Jul 2013 2013 ALAO Board Retreat
14 Jun 2013 2013 Diversity Spring Workshop
03 Jun 2013 Distance Learning Interest Group and Instruction Interest Group Spring Workshop – Making Noise in the Library: Advocating for our Students and our Libraries (2013)
31 May 2013 ACRL Webcasts: "Crisis in Academic Libraries" and "Fair Use after Georgia State"
21 May 2013 TEDSIG Spring Workshop 2013 - Change in Libraries: Physical, Organizational, Consortial
10 May 2013 Special Collections & Archives Spring Workshop 2013 – Outreach in Special Collections & Archives
22 Mar 2013 E-Books in Ohio: What's a Librarian to Do? (CMIG Workshop)
26 Oct 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Conference - Impact Factor: The Value of Academic Libraries
26 Oct 2012 38th Annual ALAO Conference: Vendor Registration (2012)
25 Oct 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Conference - Preconference: Participatory Librarianship: Shaping Conversations to Advocate the Impact of Our Academic Libraries
25 Oct 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Conference - Preconference: Researcher Revolt: What Faculty want from Publishers, Libraries and the Open Access Movement
05 Aug 2012 2012 ALAO Board Retreat - Lodging
04 Jun 2012 Energizing Library Instruction: Pedagogical Voodoo to Animate Classroom Zombies (IIG Spring Workshop)
18 May 2012 CMCIG Spring Workshop 2012: The Future of Ohio Libraries
11 May 2012 2012 TEDSIG Spring Workshop
11 May 2012 INOV8! Strategies & Models for Distance Library Services (2012 DLIG Spring Workshop)
01 Apr 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Conference: Proposal Submission
01 Apr 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Support Staff)
01 Apr 2012 2012 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Student)
19 Dec 2011 Continuing Education Grant Application 2012
04 Nov 2011 2011 ALAO Annual Conference
04 Nov 2011 37th Annual ALAO Conference: Vendor Registration (2011)
19 Jul 2011 2011 ALAO Board Retreat
11 Jul 2011 2011 ALAO Board Retreat
27 May 2011 Linked Data: Connecting Distributed Data across the Web (2011 TEDSIG Spring Workshop)
20 May 2011 Local Resources and Collaborations (2011 CMCIG Spring Workshop)
13 May 2011 INOV8: Revitalizing Distance Learning (2011 DLIG Spring Workshop)
13 May 2011 SSIG Spring Seminar (2011)
06 May 2011 2011 Diversity Spring Workshop
21 Apr 2011 Thinking outside the Library: Creative Collaboration for Library Instruction (IIG 2011 Spring Workshop)
05 Mar 2011 2011 ALAO Annual Conference: Proposal Submission
05 Mar 2011 2011 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Support Staff)
05 Mar 2011 2011 ALAO Annual Presenter Grant (Student)
15 Jan 2011 Continuing Education Grant Application
29 Oct 2010 36th Annual Conference: Vendor Registration
29 Oct 2010 ALAO 36th Annual Conference (2010)
12 Jul 2010 2010 ALAO Board Retreat
30 Oct 2009 35th ALAO Annual Conference (2009)

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