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HISTORY: TEDSIG was founded in 1993 as the Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG). The interest group’s name and scope was changed in June 2007 to Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group (TEDSIG) to better reflect the evolving status of the group’s constituents in traditional and emerging technologies. TEDS, a white teddy bear, is the official mascot of TEDSIG.

Purpose, Goals, Objectives, and other guidelines: please consult the Procedures Manual.

TEDSIG Co-Chairs


Libby Hertenstein (Term 2018-2020)
Cataloger and Metadata Librarian
Jerome Library
Bowling Green State University

Derek C. Zoladz (Term 2019-2021)
Technology Specialist

Co-Chairs serve overlapping terms and are selected annually in early spring.


TEDSIG Steering Committee

  • The primary responsibility of the ALAO TEDSIG Steering Committee is to increase opportunities for TEDS librarians and staff to participate in ALAO. This is accomplished through the delivery of member services such as program planning for the Spring Meeting and the Annual Conference, through the distribution of information of interest to technical services librarians and staff, and in other ways.
  • The Steering Committee is comprised of the 2 Co-Chairs and any interested parties.
  • TEDSIG Co-Chairs are elected by Steering Committee membership to two year terms, commencing in alternate years to facilitate overlap in leadership. TEDSIG Co-Chairs do not have to have previously served as Committee members, but it is recommended.
  • Members of the TEDSIG Steering Committee will serve one year terms running from one ALAO Leadership Retreat in June to the next. If a Committee member does not contact one of the Co-Chairs to specifically resign from the Committee it will be assumed they wish to remain active for another year.
  • Members are expected to attend at least one meeting per year.  Meetings are held during the annual conference and at the Spring Meeting.  Ad hoc meetings may be called at the discretion of the Co-Chairs to plan events or discuss topics of interest.  All other communication will take place electronically.
  • One Committee member will focus their activities on growing the ALAO TEDSIG membership and serve one year term as TEDSIG Membership Chair.  Membership Chair may be reappointed by the Co-Chairs for successive years.

*The TEDSIG listserv via Kent was retired during summer 2012.


For Distinguished Service by an ALAO member in the fields of Technical, Electronic and Digital Services

Updated February 2017

The TEDDY recognizes an individual's significant contributions to the technical, electronic or digital services fields.  Contributions may include service, innovative practices, presentations, publications, and leadership in the profession.  The TEDDY is awarded annually at the ALAO Conference.   The award includes two waivers to a future TEDSIG event and TEDS, the TEDSIG mascot.

Nominees must be current ALAO members, who have worked in or are currently working in an Ohio academic library in the area of technical, electronic, or digital services.

TEDDY Award Past Recipients

 2018  Meghan Frazer  OhioLINK
 2017  Rocki Strader
 The Ohio State University Libraries
 2016  Karen Plummer
 University of Akron
 2013  Jeanne Langendorfer  Bowling Green State University
 2011  Anne Gilliland  The Ohio State University
 2010  Eve Davis  EBSCO Information Services
 2009  Deberah England  Wright State University
 2008  Margaret Maurer  Kent State University


1995-1997    Margo Warner Curl College of Wooster
1997-1999    Cliff Glaviano Bowling Green State University
1998-2000    George Johnston University of Cincinnati
1999-2001    Karen Wilhoit Wright State University
2000-2002    Anne Gilliland OhioLINK
2001-2003    Cynthia Whitacre OCLC
2002-2004    Kevin Furniss Denison University
2003-2005    Julie Gammon University of Akron
2004-2006    Jody Perkins Miami University
2005-2007    Margaret Maurer Kent State University
2006-2008    Deberah England Wright State University
2007-2009    Rocki Strader The Ohio State University
2008-2010    Kiffany Francis Cleveland State University
2009-2011    Christopher Thornton Case Western Reserve University
2010-2012    Elias Tzoc Miami University
2011-2013    Jennifer Bazeley Miami University
2012-2014    Sharon Purtee University of Cincinnati
2013-2015    Aimee deChambeau University of Akron
2014-2016    Kelly Kobiela Ohio Norther University   
2015-2017    Rich Wisneski Cleveland State University
2016-2018    Cara Calabrese Miami University
2017-2019    Lori Chapin Miami University

2018-2020    Libby Hertenstein Bowling Green State University

2019-2021    Derek C. Zoladz OhioNET

TEDS, the TEDSIG Mascot

TEDS, the TEDSIG mascot, was the brainchild of TEDSIG member Maureen Walsh (OSU) during a discussion at a TSIG meeting on January 26, 2007 about expanding the interest group's scope beyond technical services to include the fields of electronic resources and systems, and digital services. 

On May 2, 2008, TEDS, a white teddy bear sporting a TEDSIG t-shirt, made his debut at the TEDSIG Spring Meeting.  Fittingly, Maureen Walsh, who was speaking at the event, won the door prize and as such was the first recipient of a TEDS.  TEDS is awarded annually as part of the TEDDY Award.

If you would like your very own TEDS, contact the TEDSIG Co-Chairs.

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