President’s Report

Conference Recap

I want to thank those who attended the annual conference and the preconference. I hope you had many great conversations during the day, and brought home new and exciting


Eric Resnis, President

ideas.  Most presentations and poster files are now available on the ALAO website.

By the numbers:

  • 40: Preconference attendees (sold out)
  • 254: Conference attendees
  • 26: Exhibitor (with 40 attendees representing these exhibitors)
  • 227: Cold weather items collected for The Open Shelter

A special congratulations goes to the winners of the People’s Choice Poster Award. Easy effort, high impact, wide reach:  Cultivating community engagement with a low-tech whiteboard

From Cynthia Comer and  Julie Weir.  Congrats Cynthia, and Julie!

Strategic Plan

We are still in the planning stages for the strategic plan. Some input was gathered at the annual conference, and some more input will be gathered from the membership in late January.


I’m pleased to announce a few new programming collaborations with fellow organizations. More details on these events will be available early next year.

Our Assessment Interest Group is partnering with MiALA for a Spring Workshop that will be held at the University of Toledo.

Our new Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group (PROMIG) will be partnering with the SWON, NEO-RLS and CLC on a event to occur in 2019.

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Conference Planning Update

Katy Mathuews

Katy Mathuews, Vice President/President Elect

The 2019 Conference Planning Committee has already begun planning ALAO’s 2019 Annual Conference! The 2019 Annual Conference will be held on October 18, 2019 with a pre-conference on October 17, 2019. The theme will be, “Libraries Speak Up! Advocate. Collaborate. Educate.”




The 2019 CPC Members are:

Name Institution
Katy Mathuews Ohio University
Don Appleby University of Akron
Carrie Girton Miami University Hamilton
Christina Beis University of Dayton
Michelle Brasseur Wright State University
Allen Reichert Otterbein University
Adam Randolph Wright State University
Gerald Natal University of Toledo
Laura Birkenhauer Miami University
Anne Kumer Case Western Reserve University
Heather Crozier Ohio Northern University
Shelby Stuart Case Western Reserve University
Mandy Shannon Wright State University
Chris Deems Ohio Northern University
Daniela Solomon Case Western Reserve University
Myra Justus Cincinnati State College Library
Rob Withers Miami University
Eboni Johnson Oberlin College
Krista McDonald Miami University Hamilton
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ALAO 2019 Election Call for Nominations

Call for Self-Nominations for Vice President/President-Elect, PR Coordinator, Treasurer, and Board Member at Large (3 positions)

Are you looking for a leadership opportunity? Would you like to get involved in


Katy Kelly, Past President

professional service for an ACRL chapter? If so, please consider nominating yourself for the ALAO Board. Elections will take place in March/April 2019, and successful candidates will take office at the ALAO Board retreat this summer. Come join a fantastic group of Ohio library workers!

Remember that you must be an ALAO member in order to run for office, so this is a perfect time to join or renew.

What does the ALAO Board do?

The Ohio chapter of ACRL has a mission of advancing academic library services in our state and providing opportunities for education and growth for library personnel at all levels and at every career stage. We sponsor an annual conference and spring workshops that focus on innovative topics and showcase Ohio academic librarians; we provide scholarships and awards; and we maintain several active, diverse interest groups and committees. In addition, we have an active mentoring program that pairs up Ohio academic librarians for peer, intergenerational, leadership, or student mentoring relationships.

What is my role as an ALAO Board member?

  1. Perform the duties described for your elected position (see the ALAO Procedures Manual for the specific duties and responsibilities of each position).
  2. Attend the annual Board retreat (usually in June/July of each year; 2019 date and location to be determined).
  3. Attend four Board meetings per year.

In 2019, we will be electing the following officers:

  • Vice President/President-Elect
  • Public Relations (PR) Coordinator
  • Treasurer
  • Board Member At Large (3 positions)

Submit this online nomination form by Friday, February 15, 2019, to be considered as a candidate.

If you have questions, please contact Katy Kelly at

Thank you!

The 2018/2019 ALAO Nominating Committee:

  • Katy Kelly, ALAO Past President and Nominating Committee Chair, University of Dayton
  • Stefanie Hilles, Miami University
  • Yuimi Hlasten, Ohio State University
  • Eboni Johnson, Oberlin College
  • Christine Morris, OhioNET
  • Edith Scarletto, Bowling Green State University
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Congratulations to Krista McDonald, Winner of the 2018 Kathryn L. Venditti Mentoring Award

The Kathryn L. Venditti Mentoring Award is given annually to an academic librarian who has demonstrated excellence as a mentor to a librarian, library worker, or library science student. Through this award, ALAO strives to foster a culture of mentoring within the association.

The award was established in 2016 in memory of longtime ALAO member and friend krista mcdonald vendittiand mentor to many, Kathryn Venditti. Kathryn was an outstanding academic librarian at Ashland University from 1999-2015. She received the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and was an active leader in the field and a loyal colleague. In particular, Kathryn is remembered for her supportive mentorship to many emerging librarians. The ALAO Executive Board voted to establish this award in her name to honor her generous spirit, exhibited through her lifelong mentoring of both new and experienced librarians.

At this year’s conference, I was honored to present the 2018 Kathryn Venditti Mentoring Award to Krista McDonald, Director of Rentschler Library at Miami University-Hamilton. Elizabeth Woods, her mentee who works at the Ohio History Connection, enthusiastically nominated Krista. In her nomination, Elizabeth wrote,

“I first met her during a HUGE turning point in my life; I had recently moved into a management position for the first time. Luckily, I was paired with her through the 2017-2018 ALAO Mentoring Program. From day one, she immediately created space for comfort and growth. She is extremely personable and provided a favorable environment for my career development.”

Elizabeth also described Krista’s sustained activities as a mentor:

“Agreeing to be someone’s mentor is only the first step. She worked hard to set up meetings for us to discuss issues I brought to the table. She provided in-person coaching, guidance via email, and advocated for my participation and engagement in leadership opportunities in library organizations.”

“What I appreciate most about her is her continued availability as a source of guidance. Our relationship did not end when we completed the ALAO Mentoring Program. She wants the best for you and for you to feel supported in the field of librarianship. Hopefully, others get the joy of becoming her mentee!”

Krista has been involved with ALAO committees and leadership positions since 2006. Most recently, she served as president in 2016 to 2017. I count myself as one of the lucky individuals who is mentored and guided by her. She gives so much to see people succeed.

Congratulations, Krista McDonald!

Thank you to the 2018 awards committee that reviewed the nominations and selected our winners: ALAO President Eric Resnis, ALAO Vice President, President-Elect Katy Matheuws, Sue Polanka, 2017 Jay Ladd Award recipient and Jenny Donley, the 2017 Kathryn Venditti Award winner. Many thanks to Eric, Katy, Sue and Jenny for serving with me in order to recognize our colleagues and their important work.

–Katy Kelly, University of Dayton, Past President

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Congratulations to Brian Gray, the 2018 Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award Winner

The Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has been an brian grayALAO member for at least 5 years, and who has promoted academic libraries and librarianship not only on his or her own campus, but also within the state. The award also recognizes someone who has provided leadership in the promotion of ALAO through service such as committee membership, executive board office, or interest group office.

At the annual conference, I had the honor of presenting the 2018 Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award to Brian Gray, Team Leader of Research Services at Case Western Reserve University. Brian received a joint nomination by two of his colleagues at CWRU, Jen Starkey and Mark Eddy. For over a decade, Brian has served in many capacities on the ALAO Executive Board as well as serving as chair and member of numerous committees including:

  • Board Member at-Large from 2007 to 2009, which included membership on the budget and planning committee and professional development committee.
  • Member of the conference planning committee from 2007 to 2009, coordinating the exhibitors and vendors.
  • In addition, from 2008 to 2013, he served in roles to support membership and the website. Brian’s development and vast knowledge of the ALAO website has informed the process of web redesigns and assisted with subsequent webmaster training.

Most recently, Brian served as ALAO President between 2015 and 2016. During his presidency, among many other initiatives, he developed meaningful partnerships with consortiums like SWON and Northeast Ohio Regional Library System to coordinate jointly sponsored programming to connect our members with professional development and social activities around the state.

Here are statements from his nominations:

When asked about their nominee’s activities that promote academic libraries and librarianship on their campus, they said: “He has been a leader in co-developing the Personal Librarian Program and has served on the campus-wide First-year experience advisory group.”

For statewide support of academic libraries, he has not only been a significant leader in ALAO but also in support of OhioLINK as chair and valuable contributing member of CIRM, the Cooperative Information Resources Management committee.

He also promotes academic libraries on a nationwide scale by planning and organizing the Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Conferences at Case Western Reserve University held in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

Lastly, the nominators wrote, “he has a positive attitude even in the face of stressful and difficult situations. He cares deeply about his work and about contributing to statewide and national professional organizations.”

Congratulations to Brian Gray!

Thank you to the 2018 awards committee that reviewed the nominations and selected our winners: ALAO President Eric Resnis, ALAO Vice President, President-Elect Katy Matheuws, Sue Polanka, 2017 Jay Ladd Award recipient and Jenny Donley, the 2017 Kathryn Venditti Award winner. Many thanks to Eric, Katy, Sue and Jenny for serving with me in order to recognize our colleagues and their important work.

-Katy Kelly, University of Dayton, Past President

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Apply for Scholarships for ACRL Cleveland

ALAO will be offering a total of 10 scholarships: 5 for ALAO members, and 5 for library students (NOTE: ALAO memberships are free to students). We understand that some institutions may only pay partial costs of attending this conference, and we want to help bridge the gap. These scholarships will be awarded via check so that awardees may use the funds in any way they see fit in helping them attend ACRL 2019.  The only requirement to apply for these scholarships is to be a current member of ALAO. Simple!

The amount of these scholarships is as follows:

For current librarians: $399.00

For library students: $100.00


The application forms will live and made available on the ALAO website on December 1, 2018. We will accept applications until 11:59pm on December 31, 2018. Notifications will be sent out on or before January 15, 2019.  This allows plenty of time for participants to register for the early-bird rate.

–Paul Campbell, Second Year Board Member, Ohio University

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Notes from the Trenches

Teaching and learning human anatomy using a 3-dimensional computer graphics learning tool: Considerations and benefits

Authors: Jacobsen, A. L., Miami University, Social Sciences Librarian and
McMurray, M. S., Miami University, Department of Psychology

Given recent trends in budgeting, academic libraries must implement fiscally responsible decisions to support student learning and institution-wide sustainability goals. Rising prices paired with budget cuts has forced difficult decisions to ensure sustainable access to quality resources at affordable costs. A notable example is the recent emphasis on developing and using open educational resources. Miami University Libraries recently acquired an innovative learning tool called Visible Body-Human Anatomy Atlas, a 3-dimensional computer graphics (3DCG) application that provides accurate human anatomy models, including augmented reality, to develop sustainable access to quality teaching and learning resources in the biomedical and health sciences fields. It is reusable, has no up-front cost to students, and is cheaper than acquiring, maintaining, and disposing of embalmed or plastinated cadavers (Bushey, 2013; Shoepe, 2008). Our long-term goals for this resource are to supplement classroom teaching and learning, as well as potentially replace anatomy textbooks and specimens.

The Visible Body-Human Anatomy Atlas provides sustainable, hands-on, interactive learning opportunities for students and faculty. Users can search and browse through a comprehensive collection of structures and systems that can be digitally dissected in 3-dimensions, reattached, rotated, and more. Its depictions of anatomical structures and systems are more realistic than traditional 3D plastic models and 2D renditions. Students can also quickly access definitions, functions, and common pathologies of structures within the dissection environment. To facilitate learning, students can complete self-guided active learning tutorials, instructor-designed lab activities, create study note cards, and take quizzes. Importantly, the Atlas is also easily accessed using any computer or mobile device, making it especially helpful for students in online teaching settings. These strengths increase intrinsic motivation to learn and therefore overall student success.

This resource compliments learning objects currently used by Miami University faculty. Within the dissection environment, faculty can create and annotate anatomical dissections (both static images and dynamic content) to present in class, and then send these to students (via email or Learning Management System) for at-home review. Faculty can also assign students to conduct their own dissections, and similarly receive reports or videos of their students’ work. It can supplement student learning using Miami University’s Anatomage Table. Students report a high degree of enthusiasm for this resource. According to one Miami University student, the, high level of detail, study quizzes, and ability to study material for brief intervals of time on the Visible Body app such as while sitting on the bus makes the resource particularly valuable (K. Shaw, personal communication, November 28, 2018).

3DCG anatomical atlases provide a promising solution for developing fiscally responsible collection management decisions to support student learning outcomes and university initiatives. We are grateful to have acquired this resource with internal grant funding, as initial investment was high. Comparison analyses of reviews, ratings, and features of other 3DCG anatomical atlases were conducted. Librarians and faculty members in multiple departments further evaluated this resource prior to acquisition to ensure a good return on investment.


Bushey, C. (2013, February, 23). The last industry to face big changes: Supplying cadavers to medical schools isn’t as easy as it used to be. Crain’s Chicago Business. Retrieved from

Shoepe, T. C. (2008). Human cadaver laboratory proposal. Retrieved from Loyola Marymount University, Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Department of Natural Science website:

-Anna Liss Jacobsen, Assessment IG Co-Chair, Miami University

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