Vice President/President Elect Report

Roundtable proposals for the 2016 ALAO conference. The conference will be held

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Krista McDonald

on Friday, October 28th at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH. The theme this year is “User Experience: Exceeding Expectations By Design”. More information and submission guidelines are available on the conference website: 

The deadline for submitting poster and/or roundtable proposals is June 24th.

To submit a proposal, use the online submission form available here:

If you have questions, please contact Carrie Girton


The conference planning committee was excited to receive a slate of excellent presentation proposals this year covering a wide variety of topics. Acceptance letters will be sent shortly as the committee is completing the final steps in the selection process for the conference program. Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal for helping us offer an excellent conference this year and also for your patience as we finalize the program.

Please visit the conference website at: for additional information.

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Past President Report

One of the most important responsibilities for the Past President and the Nominating


Eboni Johnson, Past President

Committee is to put together a slate of candidates for the spring election.  I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t at all worried about this task during my 3-year term on the board. But the old folks used to say, “If you ready, you ain’t gotta get ready.” So I used this wise advice to start identifying possible candidates last summer — about eight or nine months before our recent spring election. We had group of really terrific candidates; I wish everyone could have been elected!  I’m so happy to welcome the following people to next year’s Executive Board:

  • Vice-President/President-Elect
    Katy Kelly
  • Secretary
    Angel Mootispaw
  • Board Member-at-Large (3 positions)
    Meghan Frazer
    Shelly Miller
    Gerald Natal
  • Membership Chair
    Katy Mathuews

I hope that everyone who wasn’t elected this time will consider standing for election next year.  And if you haven’t considered running for an office, think about it! ALAO is a wonderful organization to participate in, whether you are new to the profession or have a few years’ experience.  There are opportunities to be involved in interest groups or committees, to serve on the board, or even to volunteer to help with a specific task or project. Go to the ALAO website and click on the “Get Involved” link — fill out the volunteer form to indicate where you would like to serve.  Trust me, we will find a place for you!

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Member Survey Guides ALAO Planning

At the April 8, 2016 meeting, the Membership Chair reported 351 regular members, 4 retiree members, and 20 student members. Results of the recent Membership Survey were also shared. With a response rate of approximately 44%, survey respondents were fairly representative of the overall membership. The chart below describes the place of employment of the survey respondents as compared to the overall membership.

  Survey Respondents Percent Membership Percent
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Several themes emerged from the responses. The annual conference was cited frequently as one of the valuable membership benefits and was the most preferred format for professional development. This is perhaps due to the networking opportunities provided by the organization. In fact, the opportunity to network with colleagues was the most valued benefit of ALAO membership. However, there were several suggestions to offer a variety of topics and formats for engagement with ALAO. The ALAO Executive Board has used this feedback to explore online workshop options with varying topics. More timely and editorial communication in the form of the website, newsletter, and social media were also suggested. The survey results will also be used to inform future planning for annual conference location, interest group workshop planning, and membership communication.

Katy Mathuews, Membership Chair, Ohio University


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National Library Legislative Day, May 2-3 2016

As Government Relations Liaison, I attended National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington D.C. Once again, I would like to extend my appreciation to ALAO in supporting my travel for this important advocacy event.

On May 2, I attended a series of day long briefings prepared by the American Library Association’s Washington Office. The sessions were held in the ballroom of the Liaison Hotel located on New Jersey Avenue about three blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building. I was part of the Ohio delegation made up of 13 people that included academics, public librarians, businessmen, trustees, and educational lobbyists. Public and school librarians were the overwhelming majority of attendees, with academic librarians being a clear minority with about 20 participating. This year, Missy Lodge from the State Library of Ohio headed the Ohio delegation and did a fine job in coordinating the statewide activities during the two days of the conference.

The briefings including presentations by Ann Ewbank, chair, ALA Committee on Legislation; Keith Michael Fields, executive director, ALA; Julius Jefferson, president, District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA); and former Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ-12). The focus was mostly on broad issues like copyright, broadband access, telecommunications regulation, school libraries, e-books, LC classification changes, and free access to government research (FASTR). As in prior years, much of the legislative focus revolved around continued direct federal funding for libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program (IAL). At this years conference, particular emphasis was given for the confirmation of Dr. Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. Summaries of the issues covered at NLLD can be found at the ALA Washington Office website at: . Later in the day, a reception for attendees was held in the Hart Senate Office Building.

May 3 was legislative day proper and was spent entirely on Capitol Hill. During the morning, myself and the rest of the delegation met with staffers for both Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). In the afternoon, I met with staffers for Representatives Bill Johnson (R-OH-6), Jim Jordan (R-OH-4), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11). The issues covered in the meetings included LSTA, IAL, e-rate, net neutrality, FASTR, privacy law reform, the Marrakesh Treaty, and the confirmation of Carla Hayden. Beside my efforts, other Ohio advocates got out and reached most of the state’s congressional delegation. As always, a big thanks needs to go out to the staff of the ALA Washington Office in organizing NLLD and in their full-time lobbying mission on behalf of libraries.

Joseph Straw, Government Relations Liaison, Marietta College

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2016/17 ALAO Diversity Scholarship Award

The ALAO Diversity Committee is pleased to award the 2016/17 Diversity


Dierric Rogers

Scholarships to Dierric Rogers. 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.

Dierric will be attending Kent State University this year in their Library and Information Science program, and received her bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati. She is currently employed part-time by the Bexley Public Library, as a library associate, as well as secretary for the Columbus City School.

Her supervisor at the Bexley Library reports that Dierric is confident, jumping right in to help when staffing was low, professional in her approach to her work responsibilities, and supportive with new staff, helping coach them as they start in the library.

Dierric has demonstrated her potential for leadership in the profession, with her supervisor mentioning her great contributions to the team she works with. Her potential contributions to the field for diversity is evidenced by her exceptional ability to connect with library patrons from diverse backgrounds and interests, partnering with them to achieve their goals. She reports that she is looking forward to her new career and the opportunities for leadership and contributing to the profession.

Past awardees include Kristen Zajac (2016, Euclid Public Library) and Stephanie Everett Dawson (2015, Akron)

Eileen Theodore-Shusta, Diversity Committee Chair, Ohio University

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Continuing Education Grant Recipient Report

Thanks again for awarding me a continuing education grant to help fund my attending last month’s Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER & L) Conference in Austin, TX.

The conference took place April 3-6, 2016, and consisted of a number of sessions on a variety of topics, including: managing e-resources and licensing; user experience with e-resources; emerging technologies and trends; and collection development and assessment. Some of the sessions that were of particular interest for me concerned making data-informed decisions in digital resources, implementing data-driven approaches to electronic resource management, and exploring data visualization tools to more effectively present statistical information to constituents. These, and other sessions complemented many of the responsibilities I currently have in regards to collection development and electronic resource management, and initiatives underway to highlight data-driven decision making in light of increasingly tight materials budgets.

In my own presentation, “When Numbers Don’t Lie: Telling Not-So-Good Assessment Stories to Faculty and Administrators,” I discussed methodologies in presenting and discussing budgetary and statistical matters pertaining to electronic resources with faculty and administrators, including matters that highlight fiscal challenges. The presentation was well-received, and provided me with a lot of useful feedback to explore the topic further.

Richard Wisneski, TEDSIG Co-Chair, Cleveland State University

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Conference and Professional Developement Opportunity Announcements

Are you a new information professional or library school student in Northeast or Southwest Ohio? Consider joining one of the regional New-to-Libraries Network groups to gain professional development experience and network with colleagues throughout Ohio. For more information and alerts about upcoming events, see our website:  or our Facebook page:

Mandy Goodsett, Cleveland State University

IFLA Professional Development Satellite Meeting in Cleveland. Aug 10-12

Transforming Libraries: What does this mean for continuing professional development and workplace learning?” The program is now online for the “Transforming Libraries: What does this mean for continuing professional development and workplace learning?” conference.  This IFLA Satellite meeting will be held in Cleveland, OH, on August 10-12, just prior to the IFLA 2016 WLIC in Columbus, Ohio.  The meeting will provide a great opportunity to explore how librarians can support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Lyon Declaration, strategies for planning for new library sectors and programs, what continuing professional development should look like in a modern workplace, and librarians as leaders in their organizations.

The preliminary program, registration information and contact details, available on the satellite conference website

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

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