Interest Groups & Committees

Curriculum Materials Centers Interest Group

Stephanie Bange, Wright State University

The 2013 CMCIG Spring Workshop was held at the University of Cincinnati on Friday, May 17th. With the theme “Common Core Unraveled”, we began our day listening to Bob Reynolds from Battelle for Kids as he gave us background on the history and unpacked exactly what the Common Core State Standards are and how testing/assessment of CCSS is being done. Tom Shessler followed, speaking about tools INFOhio has developed and/or gathered on their website for teachers to use, including iMatrix and R4S. Dr. Richele O’Connor (a professor at WSU) wrapped it together to show us how it can be implemented in schools. Cheryl Ghosh led us on a tour of the beautiful and functional CECH Library. Our business meeting was brief; two items were discussed. First, we were reminded that Rita Kohrman (Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI) will be sending out a survey email, as a member of the ACRL CMC Directory Committee. Please be sure to respond so we can have an accurate directory. Second, Sharon Kerestes (CMC Librarian at Cedarville University) has volunteered to serve as the 2013-15 CMCIG Co-Chair. In the afternoon, a small group toured the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center — fabulous! While the group was small, we all walked away with fabulous tools to use (the Vertical Progression Guides will be very handy!) and armed with more knowledge about Common Core.

Distance Learning Interest Group, Instruction Interest Group

Lauren Wahman, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College

Spring 2013 Workshop
DLIG_IIG BuffyThe Distance Learning (DLIG) and Instruction (IIG) Interest Groups spring workshop, Making Noise in the Library: Advocating for our Students and our Libraries, took place on Monday, June 3 at Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, OH.
Buffy Hamilton (embed link to Blog — (Learning Strategist | Cleveland Public Library) presented Moving From Nice to Necessary: Academic Libraries and Communities Collaboratively Composing Participatory Practices of Learning. This amazing keynote presentation on participatory learning and librarianship provided attendees with encouragement and great ideas to take back to their home institutions. During the afternoon, Buffy facilitated an Assessment Learning Circle which involved engaging discussions with peers to address all things assessment.

The 2013 DLIG Visionary, Bridget Faricy-Beredo (Clinical Medical Librarian | University of Toledo), presented Finding Your North Star. This engaging presentation highlighted Bridget’s tireless efforts in providing faculty and student outreach.

The panel discussion, They Didn’t Teach this in Library School: Straight Talk From the Trenches, moderated by Rob Snyder (Bowling Green State University) included Jessie Long (Miami University, Middletown) Lauren Wahman (University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College), Katie Foran-Mulcahy (University of Cincinnati, Clermont College), and Sara Klink (Stark State College) and provided a collaborative discussion on teaching and technology.

Overall, we had 30 attendees who enjoyed a kazoo concert, great presentations, great food, and a nature walk!
New Co-Chairs for 2013-2014
We are happy to announce the new co-chairs for DLIG and IIG!
Carrie Girton (Miami University, Hamilton) will be the incoming DLIG co-chair starting July 2013. Jessie Long, current senior co-chair, has completed her appointment.

Sara Klink (Stark State College) will be the new IIG co-chair starting July 2013. Lauren Wahman, current senior co-chair, has completed her appointment.

Diversity Committee

Diane Kolosionek, Cleveland State University

2013 Diversity Spring Workshop
Please attend the <a href=””ALAO Diversity Committee’s Spring Workshop to learn how your colleagues are promoting diversity in their libraries!

Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:45 PM, Check-in begins at 9:30 AM
<strongLocation: OHIONET, 1500 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221
Cost: $25.00 for ALAO members; $35.00 for non-members.
Lunch will be provided.
Seating is limited. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Four sessions will be presented by members of the University of Michigan Library Diversity Council:

Library Diversity Committees, The Basics
Darlene Nichols (Librarian for Diversity and Inclusion)
Deirdre Spencer (Head, Fine Arts Library)
We will provide an overview of the University of Michigan Library Diversity Council including history, committee organization, purpose and activities. We will share the story of our success and challenges, our experience with organizing the committee (and the by-laws which govern the organization) for maximum effectiveness. We will discuss the evolution of our mission and purpose over time and where we stand today. We will offer concrete suggestions and the benefit of our experience in how you can plan and implement diversity within your organization.

Making the Case for a Diversity Committee!
Bob Campe (Chief Business and Financial Officer)
Darlene Nichols (Librarian for Diversity and Inclusion)
We will discuss why an academic library might benefit from a diversity committee and some ways to build a case for library administration. We will discuss the advantage of diversity and seeking to understand other voices, which broadens our perspective, as collection managers, public service providers, technology experts, administrators, etc. We will also discuss how diversity develops leadership through advocacy.

Engaging Staff through Innovative Programs
Steve Griffes (Information Resources Supervisor, Library Operations)
Scott Martin (Biological Sciences Librarian)
Mike McLean (Circulation Supervisor, Askwith Media Library)
There is an amazing array of possible programs that can be done inexpensively or even free. We will go into greater depth about the programming done by U-M LDC. This includes our approach to programming, as well as the factors that inform what we do, how we develop it, and how changing council membership influences it. We will discuss both one-time programs (speakers, discussion panels, film screenings, and events), as well as recurring programs (book clubs, current event discussions, our annual Diversity Celebration, and a long-running workshop that promotes respect and inclusion within the organization). U-M LDC will address strategies to maximize impact of diversity programming and methods to improve staff engagement. This session will demonstrate how diversity programming can support and influence the changing culture of your institution.

Getting out the Word
Mike McLean (Circulation Supervisor, Askwith Media Library)
Kate Saylor (Outreach Coordinator and Liaison Librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library)
How do you communicate what the committee is doing? We will describe our communication plan and strategies for getting the word out. These include developing a brand, building upon existing library communication channels as well as developing our own external network which successfully utilizes social media, live tweeting of events, etc.

One session will be presented by Eileen Theodore-Shusta (Director of Planning, Assessment and Org. Effectiveness), Ohio University Libraries:

Diversity Internships for Undergraduates and LAMP
Learn about ways to establish an internship program for undergraduates from underrepresented populations. Established in 2009, the Libraries have hosted 1-2 interns each year since. The presenter will describe the background of how her organization began exploring internship options, the LAMP program, some of the interns they hosted, and lessons learned.

Please join us!

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