President’s Report

Report from February 26 Board Meeting


Eric Resnis, President

Website Redesign Project

The board approved to enter into a contract with Merge Creative for assistance with redesigning the ALAO web presence.  Merge Creative works extensively with customers that use Wild Apricot, which ALAO uses to manage webpages and membership data.

Approved New Sustainability Interest Group

The board approved to create a new interest group that focuses on sustainability issues in libraries.

Online Meeting Software Working Group

A group of board members was formed to determine if it is feasible for ALAO to purchase or subscribe to meeting software that would be used for virtual board meetings and online programming. A report will be presented at the April Board Meeting.

Strategic Planning Update

ALAO membership will be e-mailed a brief survey in March that seeks feedback on the future of ALAO.  We are still on track for a final strategic plan to be presented to the Board at the July retreat.

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Vote in the ALAO 2019 Election

Calling all ALAO members: It’s time to vote for elected leadership positions!


Katy Kelly, Past President

The 2019 ALAO election takes place March 15 to April 15, 2019. You must be a member to vote, so now is the perfect time to join or renew.

There are multiple candidates for each position: two for Vice President/President-Elect, two for Treasurer, three for PR Coordinator and 12 for Board Member at Large (three positions). For more information on each position, review the procedures manual.

Voting will take place online. Candidate biographical information and statements are available on the ALAO website (login required) and the ballot is a SurveyMonkey form. Enter your name and email address at the top of the ballot; this information is used to validate your vote.

The ballot will open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 15 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 15.

Thank you in advance for participating in this important process. Your vote ensures that ALAO will continue to have strong leadership into the future! And, special thanks to the candidates who stepped up to run this year:

Vice President/President-Elect
Jessica Crossfield McIntosh, Public Services Librarian, Otterbein University
Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Cleveland State University

Don Appleby, Library Specialist, University of Akron
Ash Faulkner, Business Librarian, The Ohio State University Libraries

PR Coordinator
Drew Balduff, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Findlay
Melissa Cox Norris, Director of Library Communications, University of Cincinnati
Laura Sheets, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Bowling Green State University

Board Member At Large (3 positions)
Amanda Black, Coordinator of Access Services, University of Dayton
Michael Dziabiak, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Shafer Library, University of Findlay
Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Assistant Professor, Latin American Studies Librarian, The Ohio State University
Jane Hammons, Teaching and Learning Engagement Librarian, Ohio State University
Jennifer L Hicks, Circulation Supervisor, Miami University
Alea Henle, Head of Access & Borrow, Miami University
Zachary Lewis, Student Success Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of Dayton
David Luftig, Assistant Professor and Research Services Librarian, University of Dayton
Jennifer Starkey, Research Services Librarian, Case Western Reserve University
Jennine Vlach, Team Leader, Access & Delivery Services, Case Western Reserve University, Kelvin Smith Library
Amy Wainwright, Outreach and Student Engagement Librarian, John Carroll University
Sarah Whybrew, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Otterbein University

Lastly, thanks goes out to the 2019 nominating committee for helping connect colleagues to these leadership opportunities: Maureen Barry, Bowling Green State University; Stefanie Hilles, Miami University; Yuimi Hlasten, Denison University; Eboni Johnson, Oberlin College; Katy Kelly (chair), University of Dayton; Christine Morris, OhioNET; and Edith Scarletto, Bowling Green State University.

-Katy Kelly, Past President, University of Dayton

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2019 Annual Conference Planning Update

I am excited to share planning updates for our 2019 Annual Conference,

Katy Mathuews

Katy Mathuews, Vice President/President Elect

Libraries Speak Up! Advocate. Collaborate. Educate. The conference will take place on October 18, 2019 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio with a pre-conference at the same location on October 17, 2019.

Speakers Announced

The 2019 Conference Planning Committee is excited to announce speakers for our pre-conference workshop and conference keynote address! Our pre-conference workshop will be held Thursday, October 17 from noon – 5 pm. Ione Damasco, Mérida Allen, and Chanel P. Wright, all of the University of Dayton, will present Integrating Intergroup Dialogue Principles & Skills into Academic Libraries. The workshop will help participants better understand their own social identities and the complex and varied identities of the patrons we serve. This understanding will inform intergroup dialogue skills to enable us to engage in meaningful dialogue across difference, which can lead to positive social change. Our conference will then kick off with a keynote presentation from Char Booth, Associate Dean of the Library at CSU San Marcos and an ACRL Immersion Institute faculty member. Char will be speaking on advocacy in academic libraries. Both presentations promise to be important conversations to further equity, justice, and inclusion in academic libraries.

Call for Proposals

The 2019 call for proposals is now live. All members of the library community are invited to submit a presentation- from public and technical services to librarians, staff, and students!

More information and a proposal submission form can be found here.

–Katy Mathuews, Vice President/President Elect, Ohio University

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ACRL 2019 Update

ALAO Taco Party at ACRL

After an exciting day at ACRL in Cleveland, let’s taco’bout it!

Enjoy appetizers, a taco bar, and desserts while networking with fellow ALAO members. Wear your conference name badge and join us at Zocalo Tequileria.

The taco bar includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. The cash bar includes specialty tequilas, margaritas, beer and wine. Zocalo is accessible and is located ½ mile from the convention center.

Registration is free, but limited to 75 attendees. You must be a current ALAO member to register.

-Katie Blocksidge, ACRL Liaison, The Ohio State University at Newark/Central Ohio Technical College    

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Committee News

Research Grant: Call for proposals

Applications are now open for the 2019 ALAO Research Grant! You can apply here. Within the form, you must submit a research proposal, budget information, and a current resume or C.V. for each applicant. For more information, visit here.

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. Grants are intended to help in funding such incremental research costs as the organization of data, the hiring of interviewers or other assistants, charges for computer time, and modest travel costs associated with research. Grants may not be used for purchase of equipment. Grants are limited to investigations related to issues in libraries, librarianship, and information science and technology. **NOTE**: You must be a current member of ALAO in order to apply for the research grant.

–Brittany Brannon, Research & Publications Committee Co-Chair, OCLC
–Heidi Gauder, Research & Publications Committee Co-Chair, University of Dayton

 Continuing Education Grant Recipients

The ALAO Professional Development Committee is excited to announce that continuing education grants have been awarded to the following recipients:

Carla Myers, Miami University, $1000 (The Library Publishing Forum)

Jessica McIntosh, Otterbein University, $500 (ACRL 2019)

Justin Bridges, Miami University, $500 (RBMS Annual Conference 2019)

Jane Wu, Otterbein University, $500 (2019 MLA Research Training Institute).

Congratulations One and All!

–Beate Gersch, Professional Development Committee Co-Chair, Harvard University
–Heather Crozier, Professional Development Committee Co-Chair, Ohio Northern University

ACRL Scholarships Awarded

In 2018, the ALAO Board voted to offer scholarships that would assist our membership in attending ACRL 2019.  The amount of these scholarships would be the cost of early-bird registration for the conference at the full and student levels.

The Professional Development Committee had originally hoped to offer 5 librarian and 5 student scholarships.  Sadly, the committee did not receive any applications for the student scholarship.  As a result, the PDC decided to convert the funds for the student scholarships into one additional librarian scholarship in order to maximize the impact to our membership.

The committee is pleased that 5 of the 6 awardees stated they expected their institutions would pay none of their cost in attending ACRL 2019.  We hope that this serves as evidence in showing the positive impact that ALAO can have on our membership.

The PDC awarded 6 of our members scholarships to ACRL 2019.  Our awardees are:

  • Ariel Bacon
  • Carla Myers
  • Jillian Sandy
  • Michelle Brasseur
  • Maureen Barry
  • Mark Dahlquist

 –Paul Campbell, Second Year Board Member, Ohio University

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Membership News

Member Spotlight

Let’s shine the Member Spotlight on Amy Zell, Coordinator of Teen and Patron Technology Services at the Hubbard Public Library and MLIS Student Member!

What are your aspirations after obtaining your MLS/MLIS degree?Amy Zell Member Spotlight

While I dearly love my position as Coordinator of Teen and Patron Technology Services at Hubbard Public Library, my dream is to run a community makerspace in an academic library setting, or in conjunction with educating future librarians on program development. I believe makerspace programming is more than introducing individuals to 3D printers, it is teaching that failure and problems are the beginning of learning. I am working on a toolkit to demonstrate how to develop programs within the makerspace that feature design planning and maker empowerment.

In what capacity do you aspire to work in academic libraries?

I currently work in a public library but my hope is to make a transition after obtaining my degree. I then plan to go on to acquire a second masters degree or my doctorate.

What do you like most about library work?

I enjoy educating other librarians. I think it is important that we continue to learn from one another on an ongoing basis. Open, honest exchanges of information, programming ideas, and how to move forward in our profession are invaluable pieces of wisdom from all of our colleagues at every level.

What are some interesting projects you’ve been involved with lately – at work and/or in class?

I run a Makerspace Bookclub for homeschoolers. The first book we read was Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind. They had to identify problems the characters were experiencing and then choose one of them to relate to a social problem. After choosing the social problem (they chose isolation), they had to create a way through making to improve that problem. This group of three 10 year old girls chose to install a little free library in the community. Each book was equipped with stickers and registration and the side of the library said “Connect with a book” because these young ladies believe that we are all connected through reading. In a few weeks, I will begin a similar type of process with a Makerspace Storytime at our local VFW Post to help bring families closer together through making.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I have a special chair in my dining room (called a Swingasan) for doing homework and reading that no one in the family is allowed to sit in unless they are reading a book.

Why did you become/What do you love about being an ALAO member?

I enjoy the multitude of resources that come with being a member- always learning!

Membership Report

The current membership of ALAO includes a total of 382 members consisting of 341 regular members, 2 retiree members, and 39 student members. We are excited to welcome our newest members!

New members who joined between December 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019:

Holly Birk, Ohio Wesleyan University
Kelly Moore Broughton, Ohio University
Marel Corroedor-Hyland, Case Western Reserve University
Melissa Cox Norris, University of Cincinnati
Christopher Deems, Ohio Northern University
Michael Dziabiak, University of Findlay
Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Ohio State University
Ash Faulkner, Ohio State University
Jane Hammons, Ohio State University
Alea Henle, Miami University
Elizabeth Lang, Ohio Wesleyan University
Zachary Lewis, University of Dayton
David Luftig, University of Dayton
Laura Miller, Ohio State University
Zoe Orcutt, University of Akron
Jennifer Rice, Kent State University
Laura Sheets, Bowling Green State University
Jerry Yarnetsky, Miami University

–Maureen Barry, Membership Chair, Bowling Green State University

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Interest Group News

Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group News

The CMC Interest Group is excited to introduce a new listserv for members of the interest group through BGSU. If you are interested in joining it, please fill out this form: or contact Colleen Boff at

Joint Library Event on June 14th 2019

Representatives from ALAO, OELMA, and OLC are planning a joint library event on June 14th, 2019. This should be an exciting event that will help many ALAO librarians – not just those with a CMC – learn how to partner with librarians outside of the academic world. Save the date and watch for more information coming soon!

One final note: If you are interested in joining the CMC Interest Group, please let the co-chairs, Colleen Boff ( and Marla Beebe ( know.

–Marla Beebe, CMCIG Co-Chair, Shawnee State University
–Colleen Boff, CMCIG Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University

Instruction Interest Group News ALAO Spring Workshop DLIG IIG

Save the Date! Distance Learning & Instruction Interest Groups Spring Workshop on April 26th

Mark your calendars and please join us this coming April 26th, 2019 at the Columbus Public Library Shepard Branch for a co-hosted IIG and DLIG Spring Workshop! This year’s program, titled “Back to Basics: Active Learning & Instructional Design” will focus on basic, evidence-supported strategies for designing library instruction. The workshop will feature two speakers that specialize in instructional design to lead attendees in hands-on, active learning sessions, as well as opportunities to connect and share with colleagues. More information will be coming soon about workshop registration and program details. We hope you can join us!

Blog for us!

IIG is 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 have 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!

-Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University, IIG Co-Chair
-Lindsey Miller, Miami University, IIG Co-Chair

Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group News

Collaboration Connection: Planting the seeds to building successful community partnerships

ALAO’s Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group (PROMIG) and Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS) will jointly sponsor a spring workshop focused on collaboration.

Presenters will discuss developing successful partnerships between schools, libraries, and other local non-profit organizations. Facilitators Kieth Peppers and Wendy Wasman will share their successful collaboration on a grant-funded project between the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Baldwin Wallace University, The University of Akron, and the Cleveland Metroparks.

Collaboration Connection encourages participants to find the collaborator or resources needed to launch a multi-type organizational collaboration. Projects initiated during the afternoon will be judged based on specified criteria and eligible for one-time project support in the amount of $500.00.

The event will take place on May 2, 2019 from 9am-3pm at Mansfield-Richland County Public Library. For additional details and registration, follow this link to the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System’s event page.

Cost:  FREE
There is a $15 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

–Eboni Johnson, PROMIG Co-Chair, Oberlin College
–Shaunda Vasudev, PROMIG Co-Chair, Capital University

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group News

The Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAIG) will be holding its annual spring workshop on May 29th at the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Books Library.  The workshop will focus on primary source instruction and will be taught by University of Dayton archivists Heidi Gauder, Kayla Harris, and Stephanie Shreffler, authors of “The Archives as Classroom: A Primary Source Mini-Course” for the Society of American Archivists’ Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources series.

Registration for the workshop will be available on the ALAO website soon, and event announcements will be sent to all ALAO members.  Any questions regarding the workshop can be sent to SCAIG co-chairs Nick Pavlik ( and/or Suzanne Reller (

–Nick Pavlik, SCAIG Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University
–Suzanne Reller, SCAIG Co-Chair, University of Cincinnati

 Scholarly Communications Interest Group News

The Scholarly Communications Interest Group (SCIG) continues to grow in membership, and new members are always welcome to join. ALAO members who have questions about the Group can find more information about it, including contact information for the group’s co-chairs here.

In May of 2019 the SCIG will be sponsoring a webinar on how to develop outreach and programming around scholarly communications issues and initiatives. The webinar will be presented by Will Cross and Erica Hayes, both of whom work in North Carolina State University’s Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center. More information about this event will be forthcoming!

-Mark Clemente, SCIG Co-Chair, Case Western Reserve University
-Carla Myers, SCIG Co-Chair, Miami University

Technical, Electronic & Digital and Services Interest Group News

TEDSIG is planning a Twitter live discussion on April 10th from 11:00a-1:00p.  We will be discussing ideas about equity, diversity and inclusion as it pertains to working in Tech Services. Diversity is a timeless issue and we want to hear about TEDSIG member’s experiences and opinions on how to be inclusive and and promote library services.  We will be tweeting out from @AlaoTedsig and look forward to engaging with TEDSIG members.  Please use the hashtag #TEDSIG19 to connect your tweets to the event.

–Lori Chapin, TEDSIG Co-Chair, Miami University
–Libby Hertenstein,  TEDSIG Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University

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