President’s Report


Katy Kelly, President

On February 23, the ALAO board met at OhioNET. At this meeting, board members discussed the following items:

  • Determining that the budget is in good shape even though annual conference attendance and exhibitor support was down.
  • Approving a new interest group (IG) proposed by ALAO members Sara Klink (Stark State College) and Julie McDaniel (Sinclair Community College). The Community & Two-Year College Libraries Interest Group will enable librarians working with students pursuing two-year degrees or technical certificates to share experiences, expertise, and solutions. This interest group was approved, becoming ALAO’s 12th IG.
  • Making appointments to the ALAO Board, effective in July. Meghan Frazer (OhioLINK) and Tina Beis (University of Dayton) will begin terms as webmasters. Anita Slack (Ashland University) and Katie Blocksidge (Ohio State University at Newark) will be reappointed to their current board positions of communications editor and ACRL liaison, respectively.
  • Beginning discussions about the possibility of a joint conference with Michigan’s academic library organization, MiALA. A task force was formed.
  • Limiting board roles to one per member in order to generate more involvement from the membership and avoid work overload. Verbiage is being drafted for the Procedures Manual.
  • Planning for the next ALAO strategic plan. We will begin this process at the July board retreat and carry it forward over a 10-month period. The board will solicit membership involvement in strategic planning at the annual conference.
  • Looking at how ALAO can best be represented at ACRL 2019 in Cleveland. Board members will be drafting a proposal for ACRL 2019 travel grants. We are also looking into planning an ALAO networking reception.
  • Hosting a half-day workshop on “Speaking Up for Libraries,” covering how to effectively communicate the value of libraries to a variety of stakeholders. This aligns with ALAO’s strategic plan and ACRL’s objectives. Workshop and budget were approved. More information forthcoming.
  • Selecting the National Legislative Day travel grant winner. Congratulations to Ginny Boehme at Miami University!
  • Reviewing and updating the Diversity Scholarship funding process. Instead of scholarship funds going to the institution, they will go directly to the recipient. Verbiage is being drafted for the Procedures Manual.
  • Removing the full-time student status as a requirement for free ALAO membership, making part-time MLIS/MSLIS students eligible. This motion passed. Another issue to consider at a later time is opening it to all degree-seeking students.
  • The next ALAO board meeting is April 27, 2018, at OhioNET.

-Katy Kelly, President, University of Dayton

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ALAO Election News

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The ALAO annual election of board members will begin soon. Nominations closed in mid-February, and the ballot is set. Voting will begin March 15 and will close on April 15. Voting in the annual election is one of the most basic means of participation in ALAO; however, only current ALAO members are permitted to cast a ballot. To join or renew your membership in advance of the election, please click: look forward to a strong turnout in the election as we have an exciting slate of candidates seeking office.

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I extend my sincere thanks to everyone who is running this year.

-Krista McDonald, Past President, Miami University-Hamilton

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Conference Update

Submit your Proposal Now! The call for proposals is available on the 2018 conference website. Proposals are due Friday, April 6.

Preconference:  Deb Gilchrist, Vice President for Learning and Student Success at Pierce College (Washington State) will be the facilitator for the ACRL Assessment in Action Road Show, which will be our preconference this year.  Deb has taught ACRL Immersion, and helped to create the ACRL Assessment in Action Program. More info, including pricing and schedule, will be available soon.

-Eric Resnis, Vice President/President Elect, Miami University

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ALAO Member Spotlight: Katy Kelly

Katy KellyIn the inaugural edition of the ALAO Member Spotlight, we get to know ALAO President, Katy Kelly. Read on to hear Katy’s thoughts on the value, impact, and innovation in academic libraries… and the best way to celebrate a birthday!

What is your role(s) in academic libraries?

At University of Dayton Libraries I take the lead on promoting library services and resources in my role as coordinator of marketing and engagement. Every day I get to collaborate with my colleagues on planning, developing, and assessing programs, activities, and publications for the university community. I manage Roesch Library’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts and chair the Libraries Marketing and Outreach Team. I also provide reference support, teach library one-shot instruction sessions, and serve as the liaison to the Department of Communication.

What do you like most about academic library work?

I like how the library is a central part of a university community and is open to everyone. I became an academic librarian because I used the library a lot in college (shout out to Alden Library at Ohio University!). Being at Alden helped me realize a new career path and strengthened my love for libraries and their mission.

What are some interesting projects you’ve been involved with lately?

I recently participated as a mentor of an experiential learning program that led 12 UD students to research and reimagine the role of the library. Their work resulted in Concourse D, a prototyped transdisciplinary project development studio. It was awesome to partner with my colleagues at UD’s Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) on this experience. Concourse D is currently included in the library renovation plans, and construction is expected to conclude in late summer 2019.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I love karaoke but I am bad at singing. Every birthday I try to go somewhere for karaoke and my friends and family are good sports about it. For a recent milestone birthday I hired my favorite local karaoke host and held a #Katyoke party. My dad brought down the house with his rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” and people are still talking about it. My go-to song is “Santeria” by Sublime or, with a willing partner, I can also do “Summer Nights” from Grease.

What do you love about being an ALAO member?

I love the variety of professional development opportunities organized by ALAO members. It’s always great to see the range of topics and expertise of presenters coordinated by our board members and interest groups. I get really excited for spring workshop season and for the annual conference.

-Katy Mathuews, Membership Chair, Ohio University

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Professional Development Continuing Education Recipients Named

The ALAO Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Continuing Education Grants.  Please join us in congratulating them!

Chloe Bragg, Ashland University – to attend the Innovative Users Group Conference for the first time.

Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University – to attend the ALA Annual Conference in her new role as President of the New Members Roundtable (NMRT) and present on professional development for new librarians.

Andrew Kosmowski, University of Dayton – to present a poster and participate in a panel discussion at the ATLA Conference.

We look forward to honoring them at the 2018 ALAO Conference on Friday, Nov. 2nd.

-Gerald Natal, Professional Development Committee, University of Toledo

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Membership Update

At the Executive Board Meeting on February 23, 2018 the Membership Chair reported the membership of ALAO includes 334 regular members, 4 retiree members, and 33 student members. A special welcome is extended to our newest members (joined since December 1, 2017):

  • Stacey Lavender, Ohio University
  • Hannah Pearson
  • Jennifer DeLuke, Kent State University
  • Erin Smith, Case Western Reserve University
  • Stefanie Hilles, Miami University
  • Ursula Lisiakowski, University of Toledo
  • Sean Kennedy, University of Akron
  • Christopher Heckman, Kent State University
  • Alyssa Mitchell, Walsh University
  • Kelly Shook, Kent State University
  • Hannah Goodrick, Franklin University/Kent State University iSchool
  • Rachel Rubin, Capital University
  • Elizabeth Sullivan, Oberlin College
  • Erika Noark, Kent State University

Also at the February 23 meeting, the ALAO Executive Board voted to extend free student membership to full-time and part-time students enrolled in a Master degree in Information and Library Science. Free student memberships are an excellent way to encourage and support the future of our profession. Encourage a student to join ALAO today!

-Katy Mathuews, Membership Chair, Ohio University

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Interest Group News

Announcing a New Interest Group for Community and Two Year Colleges

ALAO has a new interest group!  The new group will focus on work being done in the libraries at Community and Two Year Colleges.  We are looking for members; specifically anyone interested in helping design our ALAO webpage.  We look forward to sharing and discussing ideas as they relate to Community and Two Year College Libraries!  If you are interested in participating in the Community and Two Year Colleges IG, contact Julie McDaniel ( or Sara Klink (

Curriculum Materials Centers Interest Group News (CMCIG)

Spring Workshop Update

Plans are underway for the CMCIG spring workshop. This year, we will experiment with offering a virtual workshop via WebEx followed by a series of discussion questions via the newly formed CMCIG Google Group. The tentative date for the workshop is mid-May. The theme for the workshop will be “Creating Cultures of Reading.” Pre-service teachers are immersed in learning how to teach. They have busy schedules and a jam packed curriculum. How do we entice them to engage with and read children’s literature across genres in a way that doesn’t add to their busy lives? How do we get them excited about reading and familiar with literature to use in their classrooms? A librarian at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) has been working closely with two faculty members to experiment with how to immerse pre-service teachers into the literature in fun and exciting ways.  More details about the CMCIG spring workshop WebEx session will be coming soon but we are aiming for mid-May to offer the session.

CMCIG Discussion Group

Please consider joining the newly formed CMCIG Discussion Group. This is a Google Group that operates as our Interest Group’s listserve. It is open to the public which means anyone can join. It is not necessary to have a gmail account. Just follow the directions below to join and participate in discussions. The CMCIG chair will approve requests to join.

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Get Involved

Interested in becoming a CMCIG Co-Chair for 2018-2019 or in getting involved with CMCIG? Contact Colleen Boff at More information about the CMCIG may be found at .

-Colleen Boff, Bowling Green State University, CMCIG Co-Chair
-Bill Modrow, Miami University, CMCIG Co-Chair

 DLIG Announces Distance Learning Visionary Award Recipient

The co-chairs of the Distance Learning Interest Group of ALAO are pleased to announce that the 2018 Distance Learning Visionary is Dr. Mary Hricko. Dr. Hricko is currently the Director of Library & Information Services and Professor at Kent State University’s Geauga Campus and Regional Academic Center.

Dr. Hricko is well known for her commitment to quality in distance education. She has served in several positions with Quality Matters, including Online Trainer, Course Review Manager, and Master Reviewer. She served as the Quality Matters Coordinator at Kent State. She also holds certifications in online teaching from Sloan-C and the Center of Distance Learning Research at Texas A&M.

Dr. Hricko also has been a leader in addressing textbook affordability. In 2017, OhioLINK named her an Open Textbook Network System Leader. As an OTN System Leader, Dr. Hricko is responsible for coordinating awareness and advocacy initiatives for open educational resources and open textbooks.

-Kristin Cole, Otterbein University, DLIG Co-Chair
-Rebecca Quintus, University of Findlay, DLIG Co-Chair

 SAVE THE DATE – 2018 ALAO IIG/DLIG Co-Hosted Spring Workshop

Mark your calendars and please join us this coming May 4th, 2018 at the State Library of Ohio in Columbus for a co-hosted IIG and DLIG Spring Workshop! This year’s program will again be dedicated to exploring practical applications of the ACRL Framework, specifically with regard to the“Authority is Constructed and Contextual” Frame. We are planning a hands-on workshop where participants will explore and create guidelines for online and in-person tutorials using reflective instruction and critical thinking pedagogy. More information will be coming soon about workshop registration and program details.

Call for Workshop Speakers

Have you experimented with in-person or online strategies for getting students to think critically about the construction, credibility, or influence of information sources?  Would you like the opportunity to share your experience with designing assignments, instruction sessions, activities, or tutorials that focus on critical source evaluation?  If so, the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s (ALAO) Distance Learning and Instruction Interest Groups invite you to share experiences at our 2018 Spring Workshop, “Authority, Source Evaluation, and Critical Thinking for In-Person & Online Library Instruction” on Friday, May 4th at the State Library of Ohio. The extended deadline for proposals is March 20th, 2018. To submit your idea, please click on the following link and fill out the form:

Blog for us!

We are looking for ALAO members who have instructional strategies, teaching experiences, or useful educational frameworks to share! Contact either of the IIG Co-chairs if you’ve got a story or reflection you’d like to share on our blog, or even if you have an idea of a potential blog post and would like some feedback. We also welcome you to contact us with questions or interest in finding out more about the IIG!

-Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve University, IIG Co-Chair
-Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University, IIG Co-Chair

 Special Collections and Archives Interest Group Annual Meeting (SCAIG)

Save the date for the Special Collections and Archives interest group 2018 annual meeting, Description is People–Sharing Descriptive Practices. Details are still being finalized, but please mark your calendar for Thursday, May 17. We are planning a full day of programming, divided between The Ohio State University’s Thompson Library and Ohio History Connection’s Ohio History Center. The day will begin at OSU with educational programming, networking, lunch, and tours. In the afternoon the 2.5 hour workshop “Finding Aids for the Future” with Morag Boyd and Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University Libraries, will be held at OHC in collaboration with the Society of Ohio Archivists. Register for both parts, or choose morning or afternoon.

-Janet Carleton, Ohio University, SCAIG Co-Chair
-Nick Pavlik, Bowling Green State University, SCAIG Co-Chair

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