President’s Report

O15513 Kristy McDonald

Krista McDonald, President

Leadership Retreat and Annual Conference Update

Leadership Retreat
The annual leadership retreat took place July 11th and 12th at Deer Creek State Park. The retreat provides an opportunity for people joining the board to:

  • Meet with people leaving those positions and hear about projects in progress;
  • Receive training on the ALAO procedures manual, Google drive, and database software system;
  • Select new chairs for permanent committees and set goals for the coming year;

At this year’s retreat, we tried something new and had a World Café style conversation centered on how ALAO can become a more effective organization.

Conference Update
Early bird registration for the 42nd Annual ALAO conference is open till September 30th. The conference will be held at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio on Friday, October 28. This year’s theme is user Experience: Exceeding Expectations by Design. Our keynote speaker is LJ “Mover and Shaker” Aaron Schmidt. Aaron will also lead one of two preconference workshops on Thursday, October 27th. Aaron’s presentations will cover various aspects of user experience in academic libraries. The second preconference on Thursday will be presented by L. Scott Lissner from Ohio State and Jerry Hensley from Wright State and will focus on accessibility of libraries’ physical spaces and digital presence.

Register for the conference at:

Register for one of the preconference workshops at:

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Vice President/President Elect Report


Katy Kelly, Vice President/President Elect

Planning ahead

Has anyone else noticed an extreme excitement for all things fall this year? I’ve seen Ohioans post and share about rocking their flannel shirts, getting the first pumpkin spice latte of the season and of course watching their favorite college football teams. Oh and the mosquitos will soon be gone. What’s not to love?

Fall also means it’s annual conference time for ALAO: the one gathering where we get together, learn from each other and hear awesome speakers on trending topics. I’m looking forward to attending this year’s preconference and conference in Wilmington, Oct. 27–28, “User Experience: Exceeding Expectations by Design.”

Although the 2016 conference is right around the corner, planning has already begun for next year’s conference at the Nationwide Center in Columbus with a preconference on Oct. 26 and conference on Oct. 27, 2017.

As vice president/president-elect, I’m leading the 2017 conference planning committee (CPC), which comprises ALAO board members and member volunteers. We are just getting started and will be doing a theme brainstorming session in early October.

Upon reaching out to CPC volunteers, I shared with them that I would like to do a theme related to social justice. The phrase “Libraries Respond” is being used now, and I think it’s broad enough in focus. Presentation topics could include information social justice, inclusion on campus, fostering a welcoming culture, etc. I know there’s a lot more out there, too, and I am really interested to hear what the CPC comes up with as our finalized theme.

Planning an ALAO conference means a lot to me. My first involvement with ALAO was answering a call for CPC volunteers by then-vice president Brian Hickam in 2011. I was a new librarian and looking for ways to get involved. At this summer’s ALAO board retreat, I realized many librarians now in ALAO leadership roles also answered that same call, and we all got our start on Brian’s CPC. A whole “generation” of leader librarians involved with ALAO started as CPC volunteers.

After hearing that success story, are you ready to get involved? I invite you to email me ( if you’re interested in serving on the CPC. As I mentioned above, we are just getting started. I welcome ALAO members who are interested in the theme and getting involved in a hands-on way.

Happy fall and conference season, ALAO. It’s a busy time, but it’s good to take a break to learn from our library colleagues, discuss the latest trends and challenges, and maybe also treat ourselves to a pumpkin spice latte (or a mosquito-free campfire).

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Past President’s Report

Brian Gray, President

Brian Gray, Past President

The ALAO Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award.

This award recognizes an individual who has:

  • been an Academic Library Association of Ohio member for at least 5 years
  • promoted academic libraries and librarianship on his or her own campus and within the state
  • 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 Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award honors the memory of Jay Ladd, a founding member of ALAO in the early 1970s. Past recipients are listed here.

This is a wonderful way to recognize a colleague who has provided leadership in ALAO and in the 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 the Roberts Centre (Wilmington, Ohio) on October 28, 2016.

Please submit your nomination through the online nomination form, which requests the following information:

  • Name of nominee
  • Nominee’s position title
  • Nominee’s college or university
  • Nominee’s ALAO activities
  • Your reasons for nominating this person
  • Your name and contact information

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

Please submit your nominations by WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 31, 2016.

Questions? Please contact Brian Gray ( Thank you!

Brian Gray, Case Western Reserve University

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ALAO at IFLA: One Member’s Experience

alao-banner-sideI was fortunate enough to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2016 Congress held in Columbus, Ohio from August 13-19, 2016. It was an amazing experience! I volunteered for the first three days and attended sessions and library tours for the remainder of the congress.  My volunteer hours were spent assisting attendees from all over the globe reach their destinations in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. It was interesting and exciting to talk with library professionals from all over the world.  I attended major sessions including the President’s Session – Answering the Call to Action: How Might We Respond to the Challenges Presented in the IFLA  Trend Report, as well as a presentation from David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.  I attended other sessions such as From Action to Impact: Health information professionals connecting communities – Health and Biosciences and Privacy Law in the Digital Age: Governments Rethinking the Meaning of Information.  I managed to work in visiting the exhibit hall as well as the poster session.  The IFLA Library Boulevard was in a main hallway.  This area was reserved for Ohio ifla-alaolibraries and library associations to display their library banners.  ALAO‘s banner was displayed alongside all the other banners representing Ohio for all the visitors from all over the world to see!  On the last day I toured Chemical Abstracts Service and OCLC. I heard about patent families and saw an old card catalog! It was an exciting week!  The next IFLA Congress is in Wroclaw Poland in August 2017.

Missy Creed, Health Sciences Library at The Ohio State University

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Membership Update

At the July 11-12, 2016 Board meeting, the Membership Chair reported 331 regular members, 5 retiree members, and 20 student members. As these members (and more) prepare to come together for the 2016 Annual Conference on October 27-28, 2016, we thought it would be fun to show where we are all coming from. Based on the membership database, the map below represents the zip code of the home institutions of all of our members. As the graph shows, most of us are from the major metropolitan areas of the state including Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo. These analytics are not only interesting, but help us as we consider locations for conferences, workshops, and other events. We look forward to sharing more data with you about ALAO members in future newsletters!


Katy Mathuews, Ohio University, ALAO Membership Chair

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Diversity Committee News

The committee has been working on a fall workshop this year, a first for the committee.  The theme focuses on outreach and collaborations around issues of inclusion and diversity.  Presenters are coming from several libraries, including ones from Kentucky and Tennessee – a truly diverse program.  Scheduled for Oct. 6, you can register here.

The committee is meeting for the first time later this month, welcoming several new members, as well as the past-president and the PR coordinator, serving ex officio.  One of the first items on our agenda is to discuss the annual diversity scholarship the committee oversees.
Eileen Theodore-Shusta, Ohio University, Diversity Committee Chair

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Interest Groups News

Assessment IG News

Please save this date for the AIG Spring Workshop:  Friday, April 27. More details will be forthcoming soon.

ALAO Annual will soon be here!  Two offerings you might be interested in:

AIG Sponsored Session: 9:55-10:40am

Measuring the User Experience in Libraries: What it is, why it is important, and how we can do it – presented by Joshua Ethan Sanchez from Michigan State University.

This session is a basic introduction to assessing the user experience within libraries both big and small. We will explore what the user experience in libraries is, why measuring the user experience is important to our work, provide examples of assessment techniques, and demonstrate the impact that UX work can have on our users.

ALAO Informational Roundtable:  10:45-11:30am

Your co-chairs, Eric Resnis and Melissa Engleman, will lead a lively discussion regarding the AIG and its course in the coming year.  We want to hear about your professional development needs regarding assessment, and what types of offerings you would like to see. Please stop by!

Eric Resnis, Miami University, 
Melissa Engleman, Denison University, Assessment Interest Group Co-Chairs

Distance Learning IG

DLIG @ ALAO 2016

The Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) will be sponsoring 1 session at the upcoming ALAO Annual Conference, 10/28/16.  If you like fun and are passionate about developing students’ information literacy understanding and skills, then attend our sponsored session:  Which Path Will You Take?: Building a “Choose Your Own” style interactive research tutorial by Jessica Long, Miami University – Middletown.  Participants will learn how gamification engages student learning as well as the technical steps of building a “Choose Your Own Adventure” tutorial for use on your campus.
In addition, DLIG members are invited to join our Round Table Discussion to get acquainted and discuss best practices, current challenges, and on-going projects of distance librarians in Ohio.  For more information contact the new co-chairs:  Beth Tumbleson, or Kristin Cole,

Beth Tumbleson, Miami University
Kristin Cole, Muskingum University Distance Learning Interest Group Co-Chairs

Instruction Interest Group News

The Instruction Interest Group (IIG) is pleased to announce that Research Services Librarian Mark Eddy at Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library is IIG’s new co-chair.  IIG is also happy to share that Paul Clayton Campbell has joined the IIG planning committee. Paul is an instructional librarian/instructional designer at Ohio University-Lancaster. The IIG will shortly begin planning for its Spring Workshop. Stay tuned for details at ALAO’s Annual Conference.

Dana Knott, Columbus State Community College,
Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve University, Instruction Interest Group Co-Chairs

Support Staff IG News

Chasity Gragg and Natalie Winland have been elected co-chairs of the Support Staff Interest Group for the 2016-2017 term. They will be hosting a round table discussion group at the Annual ALAO conference in Wilmington on October 28, 2016. Topics to be covered are support staff concerns, best practices for student workers and save the date for the SSIG workshop on March 15, 2017. SSIG will be sponsoring Joshua Michael’s (Cedarville University) session, “What Can the Library Do for You? Redesigning our New Student Orientation to Match Goals and Patrons.”

Chasity Gragg along with Katy Mathuews, Janet Hulm, and Patrick Koga (Ohio University) will be presenting, “Safeguarding the Collection: Procedures for Pest Prevention and Response.” Ensuring well-maintained print library collections is important for a positive user experience. Library staff developed a pest inspection and response procedure to ensure the integrity of the physical collection. The presentation will share an overview of the procedure and best practices for detecting and responding to pest issues.

The Support Staff Interest Group is excited to be presenting a workshop for Support Staff at the State Library of Ohio on March 15, 2017 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. The keynote speaker for the workshop is Freedom Rider, Dr. David Fankhauser. He is a professor of Biology & Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College and Civil Rights Activist.

Natalie Winland, University of Cincinnati-Clermont College
Chasity Gragg, Ohio University, SSIG Co-Chairs

Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services IG Summer Workshop Recap

The Technical, Electronic, and Digital Service Interest Group (TEDSIG) held its workshop at the University of Akron’s Bierce (main) Library on August 12, titled “Streamlining Technical Services Workflows with MarcEdit.” Terry Reese, Head of Digital Initiatives at the Ohio State University, lead the workshop on how to use MarcEdit to streamline typical technical services workflows, especially pertaining to cataloging, file loading, and electronic resources. The workshop nearly filled to capacity, and was very well received. Terry Reese, who created the open-source MarcEdit tool, began the day with a general introduction to MarcEdit. He then explained various MARC tools within the program, and concluded the day with instruction on how to edit data with an editor program built into MarcEdit. He provided hands-on exercises and answered questions from participants.

TEDSIG wishes to thank the University of Akron Bierce Library for hosting the event, and Don Appleby, Michael Monaco, and Aimee DeChambeau for their invaluable assistance.

ALAO TEDSIG is accepting Nominations for its “TEDDY” Award

The TEDDY award recognizes Distinguished Service by an ALAO member in the fields of Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services. It recognizes an individual’s significant contributions to the technical, electronic or digital services fields.  Contributions may include service, innovative practices, presentations, publications, and leadership in the profession.  The TEDDY is awarded annually at the ALAO Conference.   The award includes two waivers to a future TEDSIG event and TEDS, the TEDSIG mascot.

Nominees must be current ALAO members, who have worked in or are currently working in an Ohio academic library in the area of technical, electronic, or digital services.

To nominate a colleague, please send an e-mail directly to or

Deadline for nominations is October 21, 2016.

Rich Wisneski, TEDSIG Co-Chair, Cleveland State University
Cara Calabrese, TEDSIG Co-Chair, Miami University of Ohio, TEDSIG Co-Chairs

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