Interest Groups News

CMIG & TEDSIG Workshop 6/16/17 Register now!

The Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group and the Collection Management Interest Group are happy to announce that we are teaming up for a Summer Workshop!

Technical Services & Collection Management: A Match Made In Heaven will be held on Friday, June 16th 9:30 am-3:00pm at the State Library.

As collections move further into digital spaces, the overlap between collection management and technical services is becoming more pronounced. What issues do these departments share? Where do we run into roadblocks of communication? Where are we going as things like streaming media and open educational resources become increasingly important? These are some of the questions we hope to tackle – and we hope you’ll be there to discuss them with us.

Registration is $30 for ALAO members, $35 for Non-Members

If you have any questions, please contact the chairs of either group. We hope to see you there!

CMIG Co-Chairs:
Calvin Cleary,
Ken Irwin,

TEDSIG Co-Chairs:
Cara Calabrese,
Rich Wisneski,


Support Staff Interest Group (SSIG) 2017 Workshop

The ALAO Spring Support Staff Workshop, “Discover your Superpowers!” had 29 total attendees and went very well. It was on March 15, 2017 at the State Library of Ohio. Participants especially enjoyed the World Café session proctored by Melanie Blau-McDonald, director of SWON Libraries Consortium and Deanna Pina. SSIG received valuable feedback from the evaluations about conference ideas and continuing educational resources for the 2018 Spring Workshop.

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.

 2018 Spring Workshop

The ALAO Spring Support Staff Workshop will be at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College Monday March 12, 2018. The SSIG webpage has been updated to reflect the announcement.

-Chasity Gragg, Co-Chair, SSIG, Ohio University
-Natalie Winland, Co-Chair, SSIG, University of Cincinnati-Clermont College

Scholarly Communications Interest Group (SCIG) Update

The newly formed ALAO Scholarly Communications Interest Group (SCIG) is looking to recruit members of the Ohio library community who have an interest in or work with scholarly communications issues as a regular part of their job responsibilities. Members of this group will work to identify, address, and promote scholarly communications issues that impact libraries and higher education.

The group is being co-chaired by Mark Clemente, the Scholarly Communications Librarian for the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University, and Carla Myers, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for Miami University. Their contact information as well as additional information about the group can be found here.

SCIG will be holding their first meeting on Thursday July 6, 2017 from 1pm-3:30pm on the Miami University campus. SCIG members are encouraged to attend as are members of ALAO who are simply curious about scholarly communications or are considering joining the group. At this kick-off meeting participants will be discussing the group priorities for the year as well as making plans for a professional development event in the fall.

The registration form for the SCIG meeting can be found here.  A WebEx option will be made available for those who wish to attend virtually.

-Carla Myers, SCIG Co-Chair, Miami University
-Mark Clemente, SCIG Co-Chair, Case Western Reserve University

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 email directly to

Deadline for nominations is August 15, 2017.

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