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2023 ALAO Annual Conference

Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award

The Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has (1) been an Academic Library Association of Ohio member for at least 5 years, and (2) who has promoted academic libraries and librarianship on his or her own campus and within the state. The award also recognizes someone who has provided sustained leadership in the promotion of ALAO through service such as committee membership, executive board office, or interest group office.

Eboni Johnson, Outreach and Programming Librarian, Oberlin College and Conservatory

Kathryn Venditti Mentoring Award

The Kathryn L. Venditti Mentoring Award is given annually to an academic librarian who has demonstrated excellence as a mentor to a librarian, library worker, or library science student. Through this award ALAO strives to foster a culture of mentoring within the Association.

Ione Damasco, University of Dayton

Teddy Award

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

Richard Wisneski, University of Miami

People's Choice Poster Award  (two-way tie!)

Each year at the ALAO Annual Conference, the Research & Publications Committee asks conference attendees to vote for the People’s Choice Poster Award. Attendees are invited to select posters that are visually engaging, well-explained, and exemplify interesting, relevant, and original research.

"Meeting Students Where They Are: Developing an Information Literacy Class Based on Student Interests", Jaclyn Spraetz, Miami University

“Reeling in Students: Using Instagram Reels to Increase Student Engagement with Library Services”, Mira Scarnecchia, Sherlann Lewandowski & Ana Rita Borges Tobe, Columbus State Community College Library

Diversity Scholarship Award

ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. The scholarship funds will be sent to the recipient after institutional enrollment is confirmed by the Diversity Committee chair or designee.

Tracie Pickett

Research & Publications Committee Research Grant

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) seeks to promote research, and each year the ALAO Executive Board may award up to $2000.00 to support and encourage research projects proposed by ALAO members. Both ongoing and new research projects are considered.

Mandy Shannon, Wright State University

Matt Shreffler, Wright State University

Continuing Education Grant

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant is awarded each year to support the cost of participating in professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, seminars, which are related to the member's current position, pursuit of a professional library degree, or growth of DEI knowledge and leadership.

Anita Slack, Kent State University

Honorable Mention: Meshia Anderson, University of Cincinnati

Support Staff Conference Grant

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) seeks to support staff development and participation in ALAO activities.

Daisy Caruso, University of Toldeo

Elizabeth Staarmann, Miami University

Student Conference Grant

The Student Conference Grant seeks to provide opportunities for students and new graduates to encourage participation and professional growth towards a career in academic libraries.

Lauren Chatman-Wright

 Lily Wiest

TEDSIG/NOTSL Technical Services Conferences Grants (Pilot for 2023)

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Technical, Electronic, & Digital Services Interest Group (TEDSIG) and the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL) seek to encourage technical services staff development and participation in ALAO activities. These awards are intended to support and encourage technical services staff to attend and/or present at the 2023 ALAO Annual Conference.

Alyx Lande, Capital University Law School

Rebecca Belford, Oberlin College

Pre-Conference Workshop

Diversity in Focus: New Lenses, New Frames, New Approach
In-Person Workshop: November 2, 2023, Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center, Ohio

Presented by Shannon Simpson and Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros.

Conference Events

Finding Balance: Hybrid Spaces, New Opportunities & Transformed Missions.

Conference events and offerings will include:

  • A Virtual ILS Forum & Mini-Conference
  • Relax and reconnect with your colleagues at the Olentangy River Brewing Company from 5-9pm Thursday, October 27th! Only a 5-minute walk from the Conference Center, with free parking on-site. Light refreshments will be provided by the Conference Planning Committee, with a food truck vendor for additional food purchases.
  • Hybrid simulcast of the conference keynote address by Trevor A. Dawes
  • A “hybrid track room” at the in-person conference venue where sessions will be simulcast live online throughout the day.

Join us for #2023alao!

Online ILS Forum & Mini-Conference: Friday, Oct 27, 2023 via Zoom

In-Person Conference: November 2-3, 2023, Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center, Ohio

View our full program of events.

Questions? Contact us at

People's Choice Poster Award Winners

This year, we are happy to announce a first-place tie for the People's Choice award for the poster session. This year's winners are:

  • Reeling in Students: Using Instagram Reels to Increase Student Engagement with Library Services - Mira Scarnecchia, Sherlann Lewandowski & Ana Rita Borges Tobe, Columbus State Community College Library
  • Meeting Students Where They Are: Developing an Information Literacy Class Based on Student Interests - Jaclyn Spraetz, Miami University

Congratulations to all of our winners!

2023 Service Project - Unite Against Book Bans

This year ALAO has selected to support Unite Against Book Bans as its annual service project.

“Unite Against Book Bans is a national campaign to protect the rights of everyone to access information. Leveraging the reach of a national coalition, we connect, support, and mobilize people to fight book bans in their communities and states.”

Unite Against Book Bans is an initiative of the American Library Association with support of many state and national organizations

To participate in the movement you can visit the website and take the pledge to support the Freedom to Read statement. Or you can make a monetary donation which helps support libraries and librarians in censorship battles.

During our annual conference we also ask that you participate in sharing awareness of book bans by sharing your favorite banned book on social media and tagging your post with #2023alao and #UniteAgainstBookBans

About ALAO

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) is a chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). ALAO exists to develop, promote, and improve library and information services in Ohio’s higher education community, to advance the interests of academic librarianship and the personnel of academic libraries, and to provide leadership and advocacy for the educational and policy concerns of the academic library community in Ohio.

Community Agreements

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. We welcome any and all suggestions that will make this a safe and productive space for all. Please contact Mark Eddy, the program chair, at

Who We Are

Members of the 2023 conference planning committee are:

  • Abigail Morgan, Miami University
  • Ann Marie Smeraldi, Cleveland State University
  • Cara Calabrese, Miami University
  • Don Appleby, University of Akron
  • Gerald (Jerry) Natal, The University of Toledo
  • Jason Wardell, University of Dayton
  • Ken Irwin, Miami University
  • Kristen Peters, Wittenberg University
  • Kristine Kinzer, Columbus State Community College
  • Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve
  • Marsha Miles, Cleveland State University
  • Melissa Cox Norris, University of Cincinnati
  • Melissa Hill, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Paul Campbell, Ohio University
  • Rob O'Brien Withers, Miami University
  • Sara Klink, Stark State College
  • Stephanie Hilles, Miami University

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