Interest Group News

Instruction Interest Group News

The Instruction Interest Group (IIG) is pleased to announce that Mandi Goodsett (Cleveland State University) is the IIG’s new co-chair.  Lindsay Miller (Miami University) and Hanna Schmillen (Ohio University) also have agreed to continue this year as members of the IIG planning committee.

The IIG will shortly begin planning our annual Spring Workshop and will share details at ALAO’s upcoming Annual Conference.  Our group will also host a round table at the Conference and highlight our recent workshops on the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.

-Mark Eddy, IIG Co-Chair, Csae Western Reserve University

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group News

Annual Workshop Report

SCAig’s annual workshop, “Preserving Scrapbooks in the Archives,” with Jennifer Hain Teper (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), a well-known expert on scrapbooks, was held Friday, June 9, on the campus of the University of Dayton. It was a 4-hour workshop with both hands-on activity and lecture. The rest of the day included tours of UD’s special collections, along with lunch and networking time.

The venue was a university library conference room, with the room across the hall utilized for lunch, and the hallway outside the rooms for registration and morning refreshments (Panera). Teper as an instructor was amazing—she maintained her energy throughout the day and really knew her scrapbooks!

We partnered with the Midwest Archives Conference’s speakers bureau program to bring Teper to Ohio—they supported the instructor’s travel expenses and honorarium. Beyond the wonderful collaboration with MAC, we are especially grateful to the University of Dayton who hosted us at no cost, helped manage the room, and provided interesting tours of their special collections. Thanks also to the Ohio Preservation Council who provided the necessary cutting mats. It was a great opportunity to collaborate with other groups to bring an excellent workshop to our IG. More at See the Storify from the event –it has photos and links to the handouts and slides!

Annual Meeting

SCAig is planning a conference round table session at the Annual Meeting in October. It will include an overview of SCAig and its activities, as well as open discussion concerning digitization and metadata practices and workflows for special collections and archival materials. All conference attendees are welcome to join the session, and are also encouraged to share their ideas for potential future events and programming that SCAig could pursue.

If you are interested in helping plan for next year’s event, please contact us at

-Janet Carleton, SCAIG Co-Chair, Ohio University
-Nick Pavlik, SCAIG  Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University

Support Staff Interest Group News

Welcome Aboard!

I want to extend a hearty welcome to Jennine Vlach as the new co-chair for the ALAO Support Staff Interest Group. Jennine is from the Case Western Reserve University-Kelvin Smith Library.

2018 Spring Support Staff Workshop

SSIG is excited to be presenting the 2018 ALAO Support Staff Workshop at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Libraries and the Opioid Epidemic so the keynote session will be “No One is Untouched.” Dr. Jill Gomez, UC Clermont professor for Humanities and Social Sciences is helping to design the session and provide information for connecting people with the resources they need. Guest speakers will talk about what library staff can expect from those suffering with addictions. There will be an open discussion at the end for libraries to share their experiences.

There will be a session on Tips & Tricks for using Innovative Interface’s Sierra library system. Participants will have a chance to ask the experts about Sierra functions.

Moe’s Southwest Grill will be catering the event.

More information to follow soon concerning the 2018 Spring Support Staff Workshop!

-Jennine Vlach, SSIG Co-Chair, Case Western Reserve University
-Natalie Winland, SSIG Co-Chair, Clermont College

Technical Electronic Digital Services Interest Group Call for a Co-Chair

ALAO’s Technical Electronic Digital Services Interest Group (TEDSIG) is looking for a Co-chair. The term will last untill July 2019. If you are interested or would like more information about the co-chair’s duties or TEDSIG, please email the Current Co-chair Cara Mia Calabrese ( All are welcome, you don’t need to be a current ALAO member to apply for Co-chair, but must be willing to join if selected.

-Cara Mia Calabrese, TEDSIG Co-Chair, Miami University

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