President’s Report

ALAO February 2021 Board Meeting 

Mandi Goodsett, ALAO President

The ALAO Board continues to work on projects in the following three areas: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); support for Interest Groups; and COVID-19 support and relief. 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

  • Stay tuned for an Ohio academic library worker DEI survey that will be shared in the coming weeks. The survey results will help inform ALAO programming and support going forward. We encourage all ALAO members to complete it and share with their non-ALAO-member colleagues.
  • ALAO will soon be offering a new professional development opportunity for members. We will be providing scholarships for ALAO members to attend We Here events, programs, and classes. Take a look at their offerings and think about what programs you might want to participate in!
  • The ALAO Board has approved a new Code of Conduct for ALAO events and meetings, which can be found in several places on the ALAO website, including the top right menu. We have also recently approved two reporting forms: one for Code of Conduct violations, and one for general inclusivity suggestions from our members. Both forms will be available on the Code of Conduct webpage soon. In addition, we hope to have a slide about the Code of Conduct available for all Interest Group co-chairs to use at events.
  • The Board has also approved changing the title of our webmasters to “web managers” to reduce gendered language in our organization.

Interest Groups Support

  • The Interest Group (IG) Activities Task Force has completed their work and developed a list of potential activities for IGs to explore, as well as the resources needed to accomplish these activities. Since the pandemic, IGs have been flexible, creative, and active in their programming, even though it has necessarily moved online. Before proceeding with efforts in this strategic area, we plan to ask IGs what ALAO can do to support similar programming efforts even after the pandemic is over.

COVID-19 Support

  • Late in 2020, the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Task Force developed a new ALAO membership category with reduced cost for those impacted by COVID-19 financially (such as by being furloughed or laid off). We will continue offering this membership category at least until July 1st. 
  • Our survey of ALAO membership regarding COVID-19 practices has closed, and we will be releasing a report based on the results to all members soon.
  • The ALAO Board is looking into methods of advocating for public-facing academic library workers to be moved earlier in the Ohio vaccine schedule. We will keep the membership informed as we proceed.

We also agreed to extend the deadline for ALAO 2021 Board Elections — thank you to everyone who decided to run! 

I’m grateful for the great ideas and tremendous amount of work the ALAO Board members have contributed this year to our, as you can see, very many projects! If ALAO members have ideas or comments about any of these projects, please feel free share them with us. 

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2021 ALAO Board Election Coming Soon

Katy Mathuews, Past President

The 2021 ALAO Board Election will take place March 22 – April 9, 2021. You must be a member to vote, so it’s the perfect time to consider joining or renewing your membership! More information on joining and renewing here.

This year we are voting on Vice President/President-Elect, Treasurer, Public Relations Coordinator, and three Board Member at Large positions. You can learn more about the responsibilities of these offices in the Procedures Manual and Bylaws.

Voting will take place online. Emails will be sent on March 22 containing access to candidate biographical information and an online ballot form.

Thank you in advance for casting your vote! And special thanks to our wonderful candidates:

Vice President/President-Elect

Gerald Natal, Health and Human Services Librarian, The University of Toledo

Treasurer

Don Appleby, Library Specialist, University of Akron

Public Relations Coordinator

Melissa Cox Norris, Director of Library Communication, University of Cincinnati

Board Member at Large

Melissa Bauer, Online Learning Librarian, Associate Professor, Kent State University – Stark Campus

Mark Eddy, Research Services Librarian, Case Western Reserve University

Michael Hawkins, Data Librarian, Kent State University

Jessie Long, Outreach and Instruction Librarian, Miami University Regionals

Kristen Peters, Interim Library Director, Wittenberg University

Chris Robinson-Nkongola, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Bowling Green State University

Bethany Spencer, Evening Circulation Supervisor, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

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Vice President/President Elect Report

Happy 2021 to our fellow ALAO members. On behalf of the Conference Planning Committee, I am excited to announce the theme for the 2021 conference: Building Bridges: Dialogue, Deliberation, and Connection in Academic Libraries.

Jess Crossfield McIntosh, ALAO Vice President/President Elect

The Conference will take place virtually Oct. 27th-29th and will be accessible via conference website. On Thursday, October 29th, there will be a preconference presented by Fobazi Ettarh focusing on vocational awe and its impact on library work. Our conference social will be held Thursday evening and, while the format is still being determined, is guaranteed to be fun.

On Friday, October 30th, our keynote speaker will be Sofia Leung, a librarian, facilitator, and educator, who works “towards fulfilling the promise of social justice in libraries and higher education.” We will also welcome Nicole Cooke, associate professor at the University of South Carolina, as our closing keynote presenting on “Re-Envisioning LIS: Activating Social Justice.”

Thank you to the members of the 2021 Conference Planning Committee for their dedication and hard work thus far. We are excited to continue planning for October.

Call for ALAO 2021 Conference Proposals

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 47th Annual Conference, Building Bridges: Dialogue, Deliberation, and Connection in Academic Libraries. We encourage thoughtful, timely proposals from all areas of library work.

Adherence to the conference theme is encouraged but not required. 

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Civic engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Dialogue
  • Libraries as space/third space
  • Instruction modalities & virtual libraries
  • Misinformation
  • Service changes/transitions
  • Emerging technology solutions
  • Crisis management

One proposal form will be used for all presentation types:

  • Presentation (or other 50-minute session) 
  • Poster Session (brief, pre-recorded session)
  • Lightning talk (brief live session)

If you have a unique format idea, not listed above, please submit it under the presentation option (Panel discussions, etc… )

–2021 ALAO Conference Planning Committee

Conference Planning Committee Social Event Task Group Seeks Your Input

The ALAO Social task group would like your input on ideas for the ALAO Annual Conference Social. Please Fill out our form by March 22, 2021.

Follow this link below to the Survey

-Cara Calabrese, Allen Reichert, & Katy Tucker CPC Social Event Task Group

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Professional Development Committee News

Continuing Education Grant Program-Apply Now!

The Application for the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant is now open! Are you presenting a conference paper, attending a workshop or course, or looking to participate in other professional development opportunities (virtual or in-person) in 2021? The ALAO Continuing Education Grant can help you get there!

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant is awarded each year to support the cost of participating in professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, course, seminars, etc. which are related to the member’s current position or in pursuit of a professional library degree. Current ALAO members are eligible to apply for funds to defray the costs of attending any library-related educational opportunity occurring during the calendar year.

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a current member of ALAO.
  • Applicant of continuing education activities not related to “We Here” may not have received this grant in the previous three award cycles.
  • Previous recipients of the professional development award in the past three years are eligible to apply for the “We Here” continuing education grants.
  • Funded event must occur between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

Application Deadline: March 19, 2021 11:59 p.m.

Awardees will be notified by April 9, 2021.

For more information and to apply online go the ALAO website. https://www.alaoweb.org/continuingeducationgrant

Use the following scholarship application form to apply: ALAO Continuing Education Grant Application

If you have any questions about the Continuing Education Grant, please contact Professional Development Committee chair, Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros

We Here Scholarships

ALAO is excited to announce that we will now be offering scholarships for ALAO members to participate in We Here events and community school courses! Most We Here courses are open to anyone, and any ALAO member is welcome to apply for a scholarship to participate. Scholarship applications are due by July 1st and will be awarded on a rolling basis while funds last.

We Here is a “supportive community for BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] library and archive workers”. The group provides a safe community for People of Color to learn, share, and intervene in systems of oppression in the library & archive profession. In addition to providing support, advice, and networking for BIPOC members, We Here offers a number of public-facing projects for BIPOC and non-BIPOC folks alike, including a publishing collective called up//root , a newsletter, online events and recordings , and community school courses taught by members here.

Use the following scholarship application form to apply: ALAO Continuing Education Grant Application

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a current member of ALAO.
  • Applicant must complete the scholarship form completely
  • ALAO members may only apply for one We Here scholarship per calendar year

Application Deadline: March 19, 2021 11:59 pm (or until funds are depleted)

Please allow 2-3 weeks between your scholarship application and the event for which you would like a scholarship. The scholarship amount will cover event registration costs only. If you have any questions about the We Here Event or Course Scholarship, please contact the ALAO President, Mandi Goodsett.

See the links above for listings of We Here’s event and course offerings.

Whether or not you apply for a We Here scholarship, we encourage you to consider becoming a We Here patreon if you are financially able. This allows you to make monthly contributions to the work of We Here and support their important projects.

-–Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Professional Development Committee Chair, The Ohio State University.

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ALAO Member Spotlight

Let’s shine the member spotlight on Julie Deardorff from Cedarville University!

What is your role(s) in academic libraries?

Julie Deardorff

I’ve been at Cedarville University for 25 years, most of that time as Director of Collection Services. I’m responsible for collection development and acquisitions for all subjects and formats. I also manage the technical services related operations.

What do you like most about academic library work?

I’m happy to work at a library that values the print book collection and selecting print books is still my favorite part of my job. I enjoy working with our faculty and students to meet their needs. I also like creating efficient processes and fixing problems, which is a good thing considering how much of my time seems to be devoted to that!

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

I created our Library Careers Program, which provides internship and independent study courses, as well as other activities and events, for undergraduate students considering library science. I love working with our students and staying connected with them as they go on to impact the profession. I also serve as the archivist for our Higher Learning Commission accreditation team and have been heavily involved with our last two reports.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

My husband and I have traveled to all 50 states. We haven’t made as much progress with countries yet, but we did have the chance to co-teach The English Novel in England twice. Oxford is my happy place.

What do you love about being an ALAO member? 

I am very grateful for the wonderful relationships that I have been able to develop with other Ohio academic librarians through the conferences, workshops, Collection Management Interest Group, and serving on the ALAO Board. I’ve only missed one conference in 25 years and every single one has been helpful.

–Maureen E. Barry, Membership Chair, Bowling Green State University

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Membership Report

The current membership of ALAO includes a total of 316 members consisting of 287 regular members, 5 retiree members, and 24 student members. We are excited to welcome new members who joined between November 26, 2020 and February 24, 2021.

Benjamin Daigle, Five College of Ohio, Inc.

Paul Fehrmann, Kent State University

Matthew Fisk, Kent State University

David Green, State Library of Ohio

Michael Hawkins, Kent State University

Paula Lestini, Wheeling University

Allison Nowak, Hocking College

Josh Olsen, Kettering University

Jessica Rakushin, University of Kentucky graduate student

Bridget Retzloff, University of Dayton

Barbara Slavinski, Fortis College

Bethany Spencer, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Tiffany Whitman, Kent State University

–Maureen Barry, Membership Chair, Bowling Green State University

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Notes from the Trenches

3C GIS Day 2020: An Obstacle Turned Opportunity

Many institutions and libraries have been suffering as a result of the pandemic. Health and safety concerns have made it difficult, among other things, to continue offering and supporting conferences and events that, in the past, serve to advance libraries’ missions and showcase expertise, collections, and services. However, we have also witnessed a rise in virtual events and geographically distributed conferences. This last year, the libraries at The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Cincinnati, as well as the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at OSU, combined their efforts to offer the first ever “3C GIS Day,” an all-day event highlighting research, innovation, and pedagogy around Geographic Information Systems at the three universities (Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, hence 3C) that was hosted by our institutions’ libraries.

This virtual event drew hundreds of participants from around Ohio, the country, and the world to learn about new approaches to GIS being undertaken by researchers at our universities, and highlighted library expertise in supporting innovative pedagogy and research through GIS platforms. The virtual event necessitated by the pandemic encouraged our institutions to collaborate on a single large conference instead of separate programs, as we had in previous years, and facilitated conversations around GIS topics in arenas such as: COVID-19, the environment and mobility, the social sciences and humanities, and industry insights. The event brought together students, staff, faculty, and industry professionals to discuss the work being done at and beyond our institutions, and emphasized the growing importance of GIS in bringing together a world that has become (temporarily!) isolated.

The planning committee for the event included Joshua Sadvari at OSU, Katie Philips with CURA, Amy Koshoffer at UC, and Ben Gorham from CWRU. The CWRU libguide for the event can be found here: https://researchguides.case.edu/3CGIS/


–R. Benjamin Gorham, Case Western Reserve University

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Notes from the Trenches

COVID 19’s Struggle Bus:  How I Manage to Disembark Occasionally

Over the past year, I’ve been hearing from people both inside and outside the academic world about feeling stuck on the dreaded struggle bus.  Realistically speaking, this is no surprise.

I’ll spare you the typical advice about diet, sleep, and exercise that we’ve all heard.  These are all important, but I’m going to share some of the other strategies I’ve tried that have been helpful.  

Personal Self-Care:

Journal:  I write “Morning Pages.”  I’ve done this for years, and it is particularly helpful for venting.  For a simple explanation of this, look to Google.  For more information, look for Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way.    

Meditate: I recommend any type of meditation: guided mediations, mindfulness meditations, walking meditation, mantra meditation, or even just closing your eyes and exploring your breath.  It doesn’t have to be complicated or esoteric.  Just slow down and focus on your breath—it literally keeps you alive, so I think it deserves a little appreciation.  I also appreciate drifting off to sleep using sleep hypnosis sessions.  Some free YouTube channels I like are: 

  • The Mindful Movement
  • Joe. T.-Hypnotic Labs
  • Michael Sealey
  • Progressive Hypnosis

Take a break from social media and news: I quit regularly logging onto social media in October 2020. While this was a personal decision, it can pay to be aware of the feelings engaging with this content can elicit.  It took me a while to realize that I get information from many sources, and I’m unlikely to miss out on the onset of the apocalypse because I’m not on social media 84 times a day.  My clarity of thought and ability to focus have improved exponentially, and I feel happier and less anxious.

Professional Self Care:

Productivity: Since 2020 was my first year in a tenure-track position, I felt immense pressure to be productive despite the struggles COVID presented.  Cal Newport’s books have been particularly helpful.  Newport is a professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and a productivity expert.  He absolutely “gets” the demands and lifestyle of the academic world, unlike many productivity “experts.”  Deep Work:  Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World and Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World are practical, useful, and eye-opening.

Daily self-care:  I’ve added a few more small habits that have been helpful including taking breaks during the workday to stretch—particularly muscles associated with computer use in the upper back, neck, and shoulders and getting outside whenever possible, even if just for a breath of fresh air.  Lastly and most importantly, I accept that I’m not a machine. I’m going to have good and bad days, we all do.  Do these strategies solve everything and make life perfect?  Absolutely not—but they do provide brief escapes into calmness, and tools for processing and coping.

I have many more strategies and thoughts on this topic.   Feel free to contact me at aslack@kent.edu if you’d like to chat.

–Anita Slack, Communications Editor, Kent State University
–Guest-Edited by Maureen E. Barry, Membership Chair, Bowling Green State University

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Interest Group News

Get Involved with ALAO Interest Groups!

ALAO has something for everyone! ALAO has 12 active special interest groups that have formed to discuss concerns and issues related to academic librarianship in Ohio. Interest groups hold regular events and offer a variety of leadership opportunities. Joining an interest group is a great way to get involved and network with fellow librarians and library staff. For more information visit the ALAO website https://www.alaoweb.org/igs/index.html

–Sara Klink, Interest Group Coordinator, Stark State College

Collection Management Interest Group News

The Collection Management Interest Group is exploring ideas for a virtual 90-minute spring workshop that will focus on library and vendor partnerships. The idea is 3 presentations of about 15-minutes each followed by Q&A, open discussion, and group brainstorming on these topics. The presentations would look at various concepts embedded in close collaborations and be based on actual examples, best practices, and successful results. 

As a group, we will explore:

·  The benefit to vendors on collaboration & why they want to see partnerships.

·  How librarians and staff can directly influence and direct the collections offered by vendors.

·  How librarians and staff can push for change in how vendors interact with libraries and users, including communication, assessment, fiscal terms, behind-the-scene processes, automation, etc.

More details in the next few weeks!

–Sean Kennedy, CMIG Co-Chair, University of Akron
–Brian C. Gray, CMIG Co-Chair, Case Western Reserve University

Community and Two-Year College Interest Group (C2YCIG) News

Call for Workshop Volunteers

The Community and Two-Year College Interest Group (C2YCLIG) will be hosting an early summer, virtual workshop following the completion of our three-part book discussion series that wrapped up in February 2021. We will continue with the theme, Race in America, for the workshop. We would like to put a call out for volunteers for the workshop planning committee. If you are interested in volunteering please email C2YCLIG co-chairs at c2yclig-chairs@alaoweb.org.

–Megan Mamolen, C2YCLIG Co-Chair, Lakeland Community College
–Ragan Snead, C2YCLIG Co-Chair, Lakeland Community College

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAIG) News

The co-chairs of the Special Collections and Archives Interest Group thank Joshua Zeller and William Modrow for volunteering for the annual SCAig meeting planning committee!  The virtual workshop, “Management in Many Forms: Coordinating People and Projects in Remote and Hybrid Environments,” will be a two-part webinar series in May 2021 focused on building and managing professional relationships in remote/hybrid environments. We have confirmed the speakers of the event and will be sending out a save the date soon.

-Rachel Makarowski, Special Collections and Archives IG Co-Chair, Miami University
-Henry Handley, Special Collections and Archives IG Co-Chair, University of Dayton

STEM Interest Group News (STEMIG)

STEMIG continues to hold open discussions for members (or anyone interested!) to drop in, connect with colleagues, and discuss whatever is on their minds. These virtual discussions take place at 11:00am on the second Friday of each month at this Zoom link. We will next be meeting on April 9th.

We are also planning to team up with SCIG for a late spring/early summer workshop. Stay on the lookout for more information to come!

Like the other IGs, STEMIG will soon be calling for nominations for our next co-chair. If you know (or are) a great science, technology, or engineering librarian who might be interested, please don’t hesitate to submit a nomination when the time comes. We are a small but active group, and the next co-chair will have a tremendous opportunity to chart the course for the future of the IG.

–Daniela Solomon, STEMIG Co-Chair, Case Western Reserve University
–Zach Sharrow, STEMIG Co-Chair, College of Wooster

Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group (TEDSIG) News

Speculative Library Futures | Post-Pandemic Libraries

“Futures are not a destination, but a medium for imaginative thought” – Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby[1]

The publication of Speculative Library Futures | Post-Pandemic Libraries is the apotheosis of TEDSIG’s yearlong exploration of speculative design and libraries. Beginning with TEDSIG 2020 in July of 2020, continued through an inspired Speculative Design and Climate Reading Group with LATITUDE | Chicago, and culminating with this publication in March of 2021.

If you want to hear from the contributors to TEDSIG’s upcoming publication, please register for the following event from Penn Libraries.

Speculative Design and Post-Pandemic Libraries

Date: April 7, 2021

URL: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/7335121

–Derek C. Zoladz, TEDSIG Co-Chair, OhioNET
–Chris Deems, TEDSIG Co-Chair, Ohio Northern University

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[1] Dunne, Anthony & Raby, Fiona. (2013). Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.


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People & Library News

Case Western Reserve University News

The Kelvin Smith Library was awarded one of seven Metadata Mini-Grants from the State Library of Ohio to prepare the Cleveland Play House (CPH) Production Photographs Collection (http://hdl.handle.net/2186/ksl:2006052983) for the Ohio Digital Network (ODN) and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

In 2011, the Kelvin Smith Library acquired the Archives of the Cleveland Play House. Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theatre. The archives include correspondence, photographs, posters, legal and financial records, design drawings, and audio and videotapes from the founding of the Play House through 2011. Spanning nearly 100 years, the CPH Production Photographs collection, numbering over 6,000 still images, has been digitized and is accessible online. The collection offers an expansive look at the development of regional theater productions from the view of the audience, backstage, and during rehearsals. The grant will be used to ensure the collection meets the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines.

Depositing the production photographs, and later, other materials from the CPH collection, into DPLA, will give researchers unfettered access to a comprehensive catalog of theatre history, showcasing it alongside similar collections from the New York Public Library, University of Utah, and Tarrant County College. A significant part of Cleveland’s cultural heritage, CPH has long participated in partnerships and collaborations with community organizations. CPH was an early adopter of children’s theater and community-based educational programming and continues to promote and elevate the works of emerging actors and playwrights.  The project is being led by Anne Kumer (Electronic Resources Metadata Librarian, Acquisitions & Metadata Services), Stephanie Becker (Digital Collections Manager, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship), and Nora Blackman (Archivist, Scholarly Resources & Special Collections).

–Brian Gray, Case Western Reserve University

Oberlin College News

Oberlin College bid farewell to Alexia Hudson-Ward, former Director of Libraries, at the end of September 2020.  Hudson-Ward now holds an Associate Director position with MIT Libraries.  Ken Grossi, Oberlin College Archivist, and Tracy Sutherland, Associate Director and Head of Public Services, currently serve as Co-Interim Directors of the Libraries.  A search for a new Director is getting underway.

–Alison Ricker, Oberlin College

Ohio Library Support Staff Institute News

OLSSI (the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute) will be holding its conference online in 2021.  It will be held Monday July 26 – Friday July 30.  We are planning on having 2 classes each day, Monday through Thursday, and a final class on Friday.

More information as it becomes available.

–Michael Bradshaw, OLSSI Chair Emeritus, Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library

University of Dayton News

Katy Kelly Honored

Photo by Lucy Rauker

Katy Kelly, Coordinator of Marketing and Engagement/Associate Professor at the University of Dayton Libraries was selected as one of this year’s honorees of Women of UD. The 2021 theme, “Leading with Character and Resilience,” captures what it means to do our work in the midst of a pandemic, social and political unrest, and economic uncertainty. Katy will be honored in a university-wide virtual ceremony on March 19th.

UD Librarians to Present Poster at ACRL 2021

Kayla Harris, Christina Beis, and Stephanie Shreffler from the University of Dayton will present a poster at ACRL 2021 titled, “Citizen Web Archiving: Empowering Undergraduates to Preserve the Internet.” Through a co-curricular learning experience, a team of librarians and archivists created a self-guided, asynchronous program in order to teach students what web archiving is, why it’s important, the ethics of collecting information on the Internet, and how students can contribute to the historical record by archiving websites they deem important via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. 

–Kayla Harris, Procedures Manual Coordinator, University of Dayton

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