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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