Leadership Retreat Report and Annual Conference Update

Brian Gray, Case Western Reserve University, President

Brian Gray, President

Brian Gray, President

Leadership Retreat Report

The ALAO leadership transition occurred at the ALAO Board Retreat on July 13-14. Everyone took on their new roles, expertise was passed on, trainings occurred, and strategies were set for 2015-16.

I personally would like to thank all all those that rotated off the Board. The membership and new leadership  appreciate everything you did during your years of service. You put ALAO in a strong position for the future.

2015 Annual Conference Update

The registration for the 2015 ALAO Conference is in full swing. On November 10th, ALAO is offering half-day workshop on developing leadership skills that will be lead by the ACRL Past President. We will have a wonderful keynote on Friday at the full-day Conference. Cindy Meyers Foley, Executive Assistant Director & Director of Learning and Experience for the Columbus Museum of Art, will present Reimagining the impact of libraries in the
21st Century. Sign up now as the Early Bird rates will expire at the end of September. Please see all details at:  http://alaoweb.org/conference

2016 Conference Announcement

Krista McDonald, ALAO VP, is happy to announce the 2016 Conference will be at the Roberts Centre. Dates are set for a preconference on October 27 and the main conference on the 28th.

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Accepting Nominations for the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award

Eboni Johnson, Past President

Eboni Johnson, Past President

ALAO’s Distinguished Service Award is named for Jay Ladd, a former Ohio State University librarian who was instrumental in forming ALAO. This award, our highest honor, is given annually to recognize a member who has:

(1) been an Academic Library Association of Ohio member for at least 5 years
(2) promoted academic libraries and librarianship on his or her own campus and within the state
(3) provided sustained leadership in the promotion of Academic Library Association of Ohio, e.g., committee service, interest group chair, position on the Executive Board

The Awards Committee is now accepting your nominations!  Please submit your nomination online at: http://bit.ly/JayLadd2015

This is a wonderful way to recognize a colleague who has provided leadership in ALAO and in our profession. The recipient of this year’s award will receive an honorary 5-year membership in ALAO and will be recognized at the ALAO Annual Conference at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center on November 20, 2015.

NOTE: You may nominate more than one person! Your reasons for nominating your candidate(s) will be especially valuable to the Awards Committee.

Please submit your nominations by MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2015.

Questions? Please contact the Awards Committee Chair, Eboni A. Johnson (ejohnson@oberlin.edu) or any of this year’s committee members:
•    Brian Gray, ALAO President (bcg8@case.edu)
•    Krista McDonald, ALAO Vice President/President-Elect (mcdonak@miamioh.edu)
•    Alisa Mizikar, Past Jay Ladd Award winner (amizikar@wittenberg.edu)
•    Kathryn Venditti, Past Jay Ladd Award winner (kvenditt@ashland.edu)

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Interest Group and Committee Reports

Assessment Interest Group (AIG)

The Assessment Interest Group is looking forward to the annual ALAO conference in November. Our sponsored session, “One Shot at Success? Assessing the Effectiveness of Single Session Instruction on Student Attainment of Information Literacy Skills” (Thomas Hyland, Lakeland Community College), will consider the impact of librarian instruction in  an English composition class. We hope to see you at this session!

This session fits in with our focus on instructional assessment this year. We have already begun discussing the 2016 Spring Workshop, in which the Assessment Interest Group will partner with the Instruction Interest Group to focus on instructional assessment. Watch for more details over the next few months!

If you’d like to share ideas about assessment of all kinds, don’t forget the AIG listserv: aig@alaoweb.org
Mandy Shannon, Wright State University, AIG Co-Chair

Collection Management Interest Group (CMIG)
We are looking forward to an active and exciting year as “all things collection development” continue to evolve at an amazing rate.  At the ALAO conference in November CMIG will be sponsoring a session being presented by Amy Fry and Jennifer Harvey of BGSU, titled “Print and electronic monograph use: questioning what we think we know”, which promises to be an interesting and though provoking session.  A survey will be going out to members soon to help us determine the focus of our spring workshop – please be on the lookout for that, and plan to offer up ideas for what you would like to see presented/covered in our workshop!                                                                                       Jessica Grim, Oberlin Colleg1e, CMIG Co-Chair

Instruction Interest Group (IIG)
The Instruction Interest Group is excited to announce a collaboration with the Assessment Interest Group for the Spring 2016 workshop.  IIG and AIG will be hosting a joint workshop focused on assessment of library instruction.  More information on the workshop will be available at the annual conference in November.

IIG continues to add to quality content to the IIG Blog  at https://alaoinstructionig.wordpress.com/ .  This semester you can look forward to entries from librarians at Denison, Otterbein, and Ohio University-Lancaster.  The committee is always looking for new and interesting blog entries on the topics listed below.
•  Innovative uses of instructional tools (particularly those related to new technologies)
•  One-shot instruction ideas
•  Keeping instruction interesting
•  Collaborating with departmental faculty
•  Assessment (of one-shot sessions, the program, librarian teachers, etc.)
•  Impact of the revision to ACRL’s IL competency standards on instruction
•  Teaching and learning with web scale discovery

If you are interested in contributing, please use this link to submit a proposal

Thank you to Sara Klink whose term as co-chair ended in July and a hearty welcome to Dana Knott, Library Coordinator, from Columbus State Community College Delaware Campus, who joined IIG as this year’s new co-chair!
Melissa Bauer, Kent State University at Stark, IIG Co-Chair

OLSSI 2015 Reflections by an H. W. Wilson Scholarship Recipient

I was pleased to earn one of four available scholarships to attend the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI), the annual summer conference hosted by the ALAO Support Staff Interest Group. This year, the conference was held July 26-28 in Berea, OH, near Cleveland, and the theme was “Past, Present, & Future.”

Having attended ALAO’s Annual Conference and numerous other conferences geared toward librarians, it was a valuable learning experience to participate in a conference focused specifically on library support staff. Because my role at the Miami University Libraries is that of a paraprofessional, OLSSI offered discussion and training that was immediately relevant to my day-to-day work.

Though courses on a variety of subjects were offered, my scholarship guaranteed enrollment in the four available H. W. Wilson Award classes: “Keys for Becoming an Effective Supervisor,” “It’s the Law, Even in the Library,” “Building User-Centered, Flexible Teams,” and “Collaborate for Success.” These courses were taught, respectively, by Luren Dickinson, Director of Shaker Heights Public Library, and Cathi Cardwell, Director of Ohio Wesleyan University Library.

Dickinson’s classes were packed with information that I will continue to study, especially the content on laws pertaining to the library. Bringing his 40 years in libraries to the table, I particularly enjoyed his ability to speak from experience to staff aspiring to supervisory status.

Cardwell’s courses were peppered with audience-speaker interaction and group activities. My takeaways from her courses? The key to flexible teams is employees who are creative, communicative, collaborative and critical thinkers. Reflect and be flexible!

If you’ve not yet attended OLSSI, I not only encourage you to consider attendance, but apply for a scholarship! This event is an invaluable chance to gain practical knowledge and network with Ohio library support staff and librarians. In the words of my supervisor, Assistant Dean Lisa Santucci, “This is a wonderful opportunity and the scholarship presents staff who may not be able to attend with this great experience.” Information about the 2016 scholarship contest will be available on OLSSI’s website in early 2016: http://olssi.org/scholarships/

Laura Birkenhauer, Miami University

Technical, Electronic, & Digital Services Interest Group (TEDSIG)
TEDSIG is getting ready to send out the call for TEDDY Award nominations, so start thinking about Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services people you can nominate!                                                                                                                                           Kelly Kobiela, Ohio Northern University, TEDSIG Co-Chair

Diversity Committee
2015/16 ALAO Diversity Scholarship AwardALAOphotoZajac

The ALAO Diversity Committee is pleased to award the 2015-16 Diversity Scholarships to Kristen Zajac. We were very impressed by her demonstrated and potential for contributions to the profession.  The Diversity Scholarship includes $1,500.00 for tuition, free registration to the ALAO Annual Conference, and a year of mentoring by an
ALAO member.

Kristen is attending Kent State University with an academic focus in Children’s Librarianship, and is currently employed part-time at the Euclid Public Library as a Children’s Associate.  She has demonstrated leadership through the pursuit of grant opportunities, including developing and implementing in a pre-teen literacy program.  Her interests in diversity include sharing selection suggestions (videos and books) with the librarian that focus on issues related to under-represented groups. She has spearheaded an outreach program directed at children with autism, and offers suggestions for working with teens and helping transition children into the libraries’ teen programs.  Kristen’s background in puppetry provides opportunities to offer diverse approaches to children’s programming efforts.

When asked about winning the scholarship and its impact, she stated: “The financial component of the Diversity Award has been a boon to me, as it will ease the burden of debt after I complete my degree. I am also extremely excited to have a mentor who will encourage and guide me in my exploration of work within libraries. I currently
work in the Children’s Department at Euclid Public Library, but look forward to learning more about academic libraries and investigating how my passions relate to them as well.

“Best of all, after winning the award I feel even more inspired to work towards providing diverse library programs and services throughout my career. Since I’m at the beginning of my career trajectory, I believe that this experience will positively shape how I think about library services and my potential to make an impact.”
Eileen Theordore-Shusta, Ohio University, Diversity Committee Chair

Research & Publications Committee News
Three new members joined the Research & Publications Committee.  They are              Heidi Beke-Harrigan, Director of Library Services.  Walsh University
Sherab Chen, E-Resources Metadata & Discovery Librarian.  Ohio State University
Lisa Mackinder, Head of Acquisitions & Collections Services.  Ohio University

2016 Research Grant Award Program
The call for the 2016 research grants will be announced this Fall.  If you have a research project or are thinking about a research project that could use some funding, we can help!  ALAO members can apply for up to $2000 in
research funding to cover the costs for current or upcoming research projects.  Look for upcoming announcements
and deadlines for this year’s program on our ALAO RPC web page, Facebook and Twitter, and on the ALAO listservs!

Research & Publications Grant Awards, Recipient Update-Rocki Strader
We reached out to the 2014 RPC award winners for an update about their research projects and how they used the award funds.  All three winners made great use of the funding.  We will be sharing their stories in this and upcoming issues.

Rocki Strader
The Ohio State University Libraries                                                                                                 In 2014, I was awarded $497 by ALAO for my research project titled, “The cataloging of sound recordings in the United States: a chronological account.” These funds went toward travel expenses (gas, food, hotel) and materials costs (photocopies, batteries for digital camera) associated with a week-long visit to the Music Library Association (MLA) archives at the University of Maryland. The visit occurred in June 2014. I took digital pictures of more than 1000 pages of documentation and also had more than 600 photocopies made of  documents that I couldn’t get good resolution on with my camera.

This paper was intended to be, and is, historical and descriptive. Sources include primary documents such as correspondence, published and unpublished reports, memos, draft standards, as well as finalized published standards, and secondary sources, including monographs and articles about the standards and their application.

The paper is primarily a chronological account, but incorporates elements of bibliographic essay. It chronicles how sound recordings have been cataloged and made accessible since libraries began collecting them in the 1910s. I engaged with this topic because there is no published account that pulls together the development of cataloging standards for sound recordings from those standards’ beginnings in the 1930s.

Examining primary documents is really the only way of gaining access to the insights and frustrations of our predecessors in the field. Reading the unpublished documentation of discussions (some outright arguments!) pertaining to the cataloging of sound recordings was eye-opening and helped me more fully realize how complex cataloging of these non-print media has been since libraries starting collecting them around the 1910s. Some
published articles pointed to differences of opinion in the handling of these resources, but seeing those opinions rendered in correspondence and memos made the issues come alive. Minutes and reports of meetings from the 1930s through the 1980s go into the types of details that almost never see the light of publication, and they highlight the care, thoughtfulness, and passion, that have gone into decades worth of work on crafting and
evolving the standards that we use today. Some of the controversies that existed then still exist today.

It took the remainder of 2014 and through most of February 2015 to pull together all the materials that I had gathered and to finish what turned out to be a gigantic project. In the end, in late February 2015, I submitted a long article to Notes of the Music Library Association, a peer-reviewed journal, with the final title, “The cataloging of music sound recordings in the United States: an evolution of practice and standards.”  It was accepted in June 2015, on condition of making some revisions, which I made, and it should be published in the Fall 2015 issue of Notes.
Heidi Gauder, University of Dayton, Research & Publications Committee Chair

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See You at the Annual Conference!

As we’re getting into the swing of fall semester, now is a good time to renew your annual membership so you’re ready for all the wonderful activities we have planned this year. An active membership ensures that you receive the discounted conference rate- a savings
of $35! Attending the conference allows you to interact with the 359 regular members, 3 retiree members, and 29 student members of ALAO.

In addition to a reduced conference fee, ALAO membership makes you eligible to apply for various grants and awards. These honors can supplement your professional development or help a student member get a kickstart in his or her career. We are currently offering free
student membership to full-time students enrolled in an MLIS/MLS program. As you welcome your MLIS students back this fall, encourage them to enrich their experience with an ALAO membership. Contact Katy Mathuews, Membership Chair at mathuews@ohio.edu to learn more.
Katy Mathuews, Ohio University, Membership Chair

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ACRL Chapters Council Report

There is nothing major to report from the ACRL Chapters Council Meeting at ALA 2015.  Our continued focus is increasing the level of communication between National and the chapters.

Rachel M. Minkin is the new legislation liaison for Chapters Council.
Katie Blocksidge,The Ohio State University at Newwark, Liaison to ACRL

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People & Library News

Bryant & Stratton Cleveland News
The Bryant & Stratton Cleveland campus library is currently expending the technical services area, which will be operational by the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

The Bryant and Stratton College Ohio librarians (representing the Cleveland, Parma, Eastlake, and Akron campuses) are working together to establish digital core collections for all academic programs.  After this initial work is completed, librarians from the New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin campuses will be invited to contribute to the project.
Joe Dudley, Bryant & Stratton Cleveland, Webmaster

Cedarville University News
Kristi Coe, R.N., joined the Centennial Library staff on July 1 as Health Sciences Librarian/Assistant Professor of Library Science. Kristi earned a B.S.N. from Cedarville University and an M.S. in Nursing & Health Systems Management from The Ohio
State University. She is currently enrolled in the Kent State University M.L.I.S. program. Kristi previously served as a professor and clinical instructor in the School of Nursing at Cedarville University and brings with her a wealth of knowledge about Nursing and Health Sciences research and instruction.
Julie Deardorff, Cedarville University

Kent State University News
After 17 years of service to Kent State University Libraries,Margaret Maurer is retiring as Head of Metadata and Catalog on August 28, 2015.

Margaret has indicated that she would enjoy receiving cards from
her many friends throughout the state with whom she has worked
over the years. Please write to:

Margaret Maurer
Kent State University Libraries
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Melissa Spohn
Alison Ricker, Oberlin College, Procedures Manual Coordinator

Oberlin College News
Rosalinda “Rosie” Linares joined the library staff in July on a one-year appointment as Reference and Instruction Librarian.   Rosie comes to Oberlin from the University of Louisville where she worked as the Diversity Residency Librarian.  She earned a
MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh In 2012 and a bachelor’s in classical civilizations from Wellesley College in 2007.

Alan Boyd is serving as Interim Director of Libraries while a search is underway for a new Director of Libraries, following the retirement of Ray English (see www.oberlin.edu/library/friends/perspectives/52.pdf).
Alison Ricker, Procedures Manual Coordinator, Oberlin College

Shawnee State University News
Clark Memorial Library Access Services Specialist, Zachary Lewis, has just earned his Kent State MLIS.  Zachary has been with Clark Memorial Library since 2011; while a Shawnee State undergraduate, he worked as a Reference Assistant.  We congratulate
Zachary on achieving this professional milestone and wish him the very best in his career.
Mary Cummings, Shawnee State University

Wilmington College                                                                                                            Brian A. Hickam was hired as Director, S. Arthur Watson Library, Assistant Professor of Humanities, for Wilmington College in August. He is a past-president of ALAO and has worked at OSU-Mansfield, the University of Toledo, and Benedictine University at Springfield (IL). He co-founded the journal “Metal Music Studies,” which is published by Intellect, Ltd. (UK). Brian replaces Jean Mulhern, who retired after 10 years at Wilmington College and 23 at Wilberforce University.

Wilmington College has a new Sport Sciences building. The 41,000 square-foot facility represents a unique blend of academic, athletic, recreational, medical and commercial elements rarely seen on the NCAA Division III level.

The Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College celebrated a milestone in mid September: “Justice and Peace: A Call to Local and Global Communities” was a two-day event that celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Peace Resource Center (PRC) at Wilmington College through a series of talks and workshops that bring together highly regarded scholars, public intellectuals, activists, community leaders, faculty, students, and staff. The PRC is known nationally and internationally for the Hiroshima Nagasaki Memorial Collection of Quaker anti-nuclear peace activist Barbara Reynolds (1915-1990), an expansive set of unique historical documents referencing the atomic bombings from the Japanese experience, and other significant documents related to the history of global pacifism.


Wright State University News
The Wright State University Libraries Reference and Instruction Department welcomed several new staff this summer.

Holly A. Jackson – Humanities Librarian and liaison to the Writing Center
Edith Scarletto – Social Sciences Librarian serving Communication and the LEAP Program (Learning English for Academic and Professional Purposes)
David Reyes Jr. – Coordinator of the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC)
Jenn Kube – Information Commons Specialist.  Jenn provides research assistance and helps students design multimedia projects in the STAC.
Sue Polanka, Wright State University

Xavier University Library News
Christian Sheehy joined Xavier University Library as the new Digital Initiatives Librarian on August 17th. He has nearly 7 years of public library management experience and looks forward to helping Xavier develop new dynamic resources for its students. Christian received his B.A. in English from Northern Kentucky University and his M.L.I.S. from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

James Green joined Xavier University Library on August 17th as the new User Experience/Assessment Librarian. James will lead a user experience advisory group and be responsible for assessment, marketing, outreach, and programming. James received his B.A. in Journalism (Public Relations) from Ohio State University, his M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati, and his M.S.L.S. from the University of Kentucky.
James Green, Xavier University

Conference Announcement

American Association of School Librarians 17th National Conference Columbus, Ohio  November 5-8,2015

http://national.aasl.org/  for more information.

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President’s Report

Eboni A. Johnson, Oberlin College, President


President Eboni Johnson

It’s hard to believe that the past year has sped by so quickly, and that my term as ALAO President is coming to an end. At next month’s leadership retreat, I will hand the gavel over to Brian Gray and transition to Past President.  We will also welcome our newest board members, who were elected this spring:

  • Krista McDonald (Vice President/President Elect)
  • Don Appleby (Treasurer)
  • Amanda Koziura (Public Relations/Outreach Coordinator)
  • Judy Carey Nevin, Miriam Matteson, and Elisabeth Shook (Board Members-at-Large)

Special thanks to those who have fulfilled their terms of service on the board:

  • Betsy Blankenship (Past President)
  • Jeffrey Franks, Julia Gustafson, and Suzanne Smailes (Board Members-at-Large)
  • Rob Withers (Webmaster)
  • Interest group chairs
    • Sarah Murphy (Assessment Interest Group)
    • Kathleen Baril (Collection Managment Interest Group)
    • Sharon Kerestes (Collection Materials Center Interest Group)
    • Carrie Girton (Distance Learning Interest Group)
    • Sara Klink (Instruction Interest Group)
    • Stefanie Hunker (Special Collections and Archives Interest Group)
    • Aimee deChambeau (Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group)

I appreciate everyone’s flexibility in scheduling and attending our regular board meetings. Who knew that a giant conference call with nearly 30 people on the line could run smoothly AND be productive? You all never complained about anything that was asked of you, and rose to various challenges (ahem, Google Drive!) with good humor and patience. There is always more to do, but we accomplished a lot this past year. Y’all are the best.

The ALAO Board asked your opinion on the change to the bylaws for the term of service for the Public Relations/Outreach Coordinator for ALAO.  As of June 15th, we had received 111 total votes (104 yes, 1 no, 6 blank). We received the needed 2/3 of the total votes in the affirmative in order for this change to go into effect.The Public Relations /Outreach  Coordinator will serve two and one half years, with six months of overlap between the terms of the incoming and outgoing Coordinators.

Let me also use this opportunity to remind everyone that ALAO relies on our members’ contributions to provide a variety of professional development opportunities, to support the profession by conferring scholarships, grants and awards, and to advocate on behalf of academic libraries. Volunteers are needed to serve in many capacities, including as an institutional membership liaison, elected officer, committee member or appointed board member.  If you haven’t already, please fill out the volunteer form, and let us know where you’d like to serve. Get involved, encourage your colleagues to volunteer, inspire a librarian-in-training to participate.  WE make ALAO possible, and to echo the 2015 conference theme, it’s up to us to cultivate leadership in our profession so that we can be prepared for the future!

Thanks again for a wonderful Presidential term, and for entrusting me with leading ALAO through its 40th year. I look forward to many more.

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