Interest Groups News

Assessment Interest Group Spring Workshop: May 19

AIG’s spring workshop “Using Assessment to Reshape and Rethinking Service Models” will be held at the Miami University Voice of America Center on Friday, May 19.  Registration is now open at:

The workshop will focus on how assessment can be used constructively to look at current service models, determine what is working (and what is not), and to think about how to make changes going forward. Featured speakers will be Laurie Willis and Charles Vesei from Baldwin Wallace University who will lead attendees in thinking about revamping the reference desk. Expect to leave this workshop full of ideas about using assessment towards positive and meaningful change!


  • 9-10am Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 10-12pm Keynote on Redesigning Reference
  • 12pm-1pm Lunch (provided)
  • 1pm-3pm Afternoon Workshop on Project Design
  • 3pm: Closing and After-Workshop Networking

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


Curriculum Materials Center IG

The CMC Interest Group is seeking members interested in leadership of our interest group. Our current co-chairs are completing their terms of commitment. If you are interested in leading this interest group into the new academic year, please contact Desiree Fuerst,  We are also in search of workshop or networking opportunity for the CMCIG.

-Desiree Fuerst, Co-Chair Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group, The Ohio State University-Newark
-Deidra Herring, Co-Chair Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group, The Ohio State University


Distance Learning IG News

2017 DLIG Visionary Award
The co-chairs of the Distance Learning Interest Group of ALAO are delighted to announce the recipient of this year’s Distance Learning Visionary Award.

Dr. Beate Gersch is the Coordinator of Instruction Services and the Bibliography and Undergraduate Outreach Librarian at the University of Akron Libraries.

She earned her Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Oregon in 2003 and later turned librarian, graduating from Kent State University, School of Library and Information Science in 2011.  She brings an interesting perspective of media, power, and culture to librarianship.  She focuses on information literacy instruction, especially in digital environments.  Dr. Gersch has taught face to face courses and online.  She recently joined the Part-time Faculty of KSU School of Library and Information Science in 2016 with a concentration on Information Literacy Initiatives and Instruction.

She has presented internationally at ACRL, LOEX, DLS, and IFLA on topics such as archival research, collaboration, the Framework, library outreach with students and administrators, and assessment of academic libraries’ web pages.  She has published book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers on these same topics.  She recognizes the importance of intercultural communication as it relates to information literacy instruction as well as collaboration within the university and assessing impact.

Dr. Gersch will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming DLIG Workshop on Friday June 9, 2017 at the Voice of America Learning Center of Miami University, West Chester, Ohio.

DLIG Workshop Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:30 – 4:00
VOALC, Miami University, West Chester, OH
Please save the date and plan to register for the DLIG Workshop in Southwest Ohio.  This year’s theme is Bridging the Distance in Distance Librarianship:  Meeting the Needs of Today’s Online Learners.  Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Beate Gersch who will address intercultural aspects in online information literacy instruction.

For questions about the workshop, please contact DLIG co-chairs, Kristin Cole,  or Beth Tumbleson.

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


 Instruction IG

Registration is now open for the Instruction Interest Group’s Spring Workshop “Learning From Experience: Sharing Applied Threshold Concept Methods in Instruction” on April 20th at the State Library of Ohio. IIG’s Spring Workshop offers a variety of differentIIG Spring Workshop sessions on ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Come with your questions about the new Framework and leave with great ideas and tips. Register at the following link:

Check out Health Sciences Subject Librarian Hannah Schmillen’s “Library Instruction Nirvana vs. Library Instruction Reality: Balancing & Prioritizing Instruction Strategies, Reflections by a New Librarian” published on the IIG Blog. Visit the IIG Blog to read Hannah’s post and to find out how you can become a guest blogger:

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

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group 2017 workshop: Preserving Scrapbooks in the Archives

SCAig is excited to present this year’s workshop, Preserving Scrapbooks in the Archives with Jennifer Hain Teper. The workshop will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:30 am–4:30 pm at the University of Dayton’s Roesch Library. The day will include tours of UD’s archives and special collections, lunch, and networking.

This workshop has been generously supported by the Midwest Archives Conference Speaker’s Bureau program—we thank them for their support of archival education in the Midwest.

Scrapbooks in the Archives will present the different structures and preservation challenges of historic scrapbooks often found in archival collections. After understanding common challenges, participants will be introduced to different simple methods to assist with handling and long-term storage of these valuable and unique artifacts. Attendees are encouraged to bring scrapbooks that present preservation challenges in their own collections for discussion.

Workshop instructor Jennifer Hain Teper serves as the Velde Preservation Librarian at thescaig presenter University of Illinois Libraries overseeing conservation, collections care, digital preservation, and digitization services throughout the library system. Before her current position began in 2009, she served as the head of conservation at the UL Libraries from 2001–2008. Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a MLIS and Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation and Preservation of Library and Archival Materials. She teaches several preservation and conservation related courses in the Graduate School of Information Science at Illinois and also serves as an instructor at the International Preservation Studies Center (formerly the Campbell Center).

Look for registration to open in early April. Please visit for more information.  Registration will be $20 for members of ALAO or MAC or students, $25 for nonmembers, and will include lunch and breaks. Registration capped at 30.

An optional equipment fee will pay for supplies.

Option 1: $30 kit (knife, ruler, Teflon “bone” folder, small awl, Mylar sheet and envelope.)
Option 2: $3.50 kit (Mylar sheet and envelope only)
Option 3: $0 (I already have the equipment or will observe the hands-on portion)

Questions? Contact SCAig cochairs Kate Medicus at or Janet Carleton at Hope to see you there!

-Kate Medicus, Co-Chair Special Collections and Archives Interest Group, Kent State University
-Janet Carleton, Co-Chair Special Collections and Archives Interest Group, Ohio University

 Support Staff IG  2017 Spring Workshop

Registration is now open for the spring 2017 Workshop: “Discover Your Superpower” in March.

The ALAO Spring Support Staff Workshop will offer a variety of presentations to meet the diverse needs of support staff working in Ohio Academic Libraries. Timothy Winland, BBS, AAMN-Men in Nursing representing the University of Cincinnati will be offering the keynote, “Implementation of Leadership: the Physiological Effects of Change.”

Other presenters are Penny McGinnis, Technical Services Manager and Natalie Winland, Public Services Manager of University of Cincinnati-Clermont College Library sharing a session on identifying which superhero you are and discovering your superpower.

Melanie Blau-McDonald, director of SWON Libraries Consortium will proctor a World Café session that fosters collaborative thinking on the topic of organizational planning and development.

New upcoming co-chair for SSIG

Chasity and I are delighted to announce that Jennine Vlach from the Kelvin Smith Library-Case Western Reserve University will be SSIG’s newest co-chair in July. Welcome aboard Jennine!

-Chasity Gragg, Co-Chair Support Staff Interest Group, Ohio University
-Natalie Winland, Co-Chair Support Staff Interest Group, University of Cincinnati-Clermont College


Technical, Electronic, & Digital Services IG

TEDSIG will be co-hosting a workshop with the Collection Management (CMIG) Interest Group for Friday, June 16th at the State Library of Ohio. The workshop will focus on how work in technical services can assist and inform collection managers, and vice-versa. For example, how can the statistics kept in acquisitions and electronic resources assist collection managers in retention and cancellation decisions? How can technical services and collection managers assist each other in examining open access materials, streaming video services, and so on? Speakers will be from Case Western Reserve University, the University of Akron, and OhioLINK, with more details to come.

We will be sending out a call for our 2017 TEDDY nominees later this spring. The TEDDY award recognizes Distinguished Service by an ALAO member in the fields of Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services. Contributions may include service, innovative practices, presentations, publications, and leadership in the profession.  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.

TEDSIG will also be soliciting a new co-chair later this spring when Rich Wisneski’s term expires. If you already have a nominee in mind, or which to nominate yourself, please contact Cara Calabrese.

-Rich Wisneski, Co-Chair Technical Electronic & Digital Services Interest Group, Cleveland State University
-Cara Calabrese, Co-Chair Technical Electronic & Digital Services Interest Group, Miami University of Ohio

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