Interest Group News

Announcing a New Interest Group for Community and Two Year Colleges

ALAO has a new interest group!  The new group will focus on work being done in the libraries at Community and Two Year Colleges.  We are looking for members; specifically anyone interested in helping design our ALAO webpage.  We look forward to sharing and discussing ideas as they relate to Community and Two Year College Libraries!  If you are interested in participating in the Community and Two Year Colleges IG, contact Julie McDaniel ( or Sara Klink (

Curriculum Materials Centers Interest Group News (CMCIG)

Spring Workshop Update

Plans are underway for the CMCIG spring workshop. This year, we will experiment with offering a virtual workshop via WebEx followed by a series of discussion questions via the newly formed CMCIG Google Group. The tentative date for the workshop is mid-May. The theme for the workshop will be “Creating Cultures of Reading.” Pre-service teachers are immersed in learning how to teach. They have busy schedules and a jam packed curriculum. How do we entice them to engage with and read children’s literature across genres in a way that doesn’t add to their busy lives? How do we get them excited about reading and familiar with literature to use in their classrooms? A librarian at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) has been working closely with two faculty members to experiment with how to immerse pre-service teachers into the literature in fun and exciting ways.  More details about the CMCIG spring workshop WebEx session will be coming soon but we are aiming for mid-May to offer the session.

CMCIG Discussion Group

Please consider joining the newly formed CMCIG Discussion Group. This is a Google Group that operates as our Interest Group’s listserve. It is open to the public which means anyone can join. It is not necessary to have a gmail account. Just follow the directions below to join and participate in discussions. The CMCIG chair will approve requests to join.

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Get Involved

Interested in becoming a CMCIG Co-Chair for 2018-2019 or in getting involved with CMCIG? Contact Colleen Boff at More information about the CMCIG may be found at .

-Colleen Boff, Bowling Green State University, CMCIG Co-Chair
-Bill Modrow, Miami University, CMCIG Co-Chair

 DLIG Announces Distance Learning Visionary Award Recipient

The co-chairs of the Distance Learning Interest Group of ALAO are pleased to announce that the 2018 Distance Learning Visionary is Dr. Mary Hricko. Dr. Hricko is currently the Director of Library & Information Services and Professor at Kent State University’s Geauga Campus and Regional Academic Center.

Dr. Hricko is well known for her commitment to quality in distance education. She has served in several positions with Quality Matters, including Online Trainer, Course Review Manager, and Master Reviewer. She served as the Quality Matters Coordinator at Kent State. She also holds certifications in online teaching from Sloan-C and the Center of Distance Learning Research at Texas A&M.

Dr. Hricko also has been a leader in addressing textbook affordability. In 2017, OhioLINK named her an Open Textbook Network System Leader. As an OTN System Leader, Dr. Hricko is responsible for coordinating awareness and advocacy initiatives for open educational resources and open textbooks.

-Kristin Cole, Otterbein University, DLIG Co-Chair
-Rebecca Quintus, University of Findlay, DLIG Co-Chair

 SAVE THE DATE – 2018 ALAO IIG/DLIG Co-Hosted Spring Workshop

Mark your calendars and please join us this coming May 4th, 2018 at the State Library of Ohio in Columbus for a co-hosted IIG and DLIG Spring Workshop! This year’s program will again be dedicated to exploring practical applications of the ACRL Framework, specifically with regard to the“Authority is Constructed and Contextual” Frame. We are planning a hands-on workshop where participants will explore and create guidelines for online and in-person tutorials using reflective instruction and critical thinking pedagogy. More information will be coming soon about workshop registration and program details.

Call for Workshop Speakers

Have you experimented with in-person or online strategies for getting students to think critically about the construction, credibility, or influence of information sources?  Would you like the opportunity to share your experience with designing assignments, instruction sessions, activities, or tutorials that focus on critical source evaluation?  If so, the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s (ALAO) Distance Learning and Instruction Interest Groups invite you to share experiences at our 2018 Spring Workshop, “Authority, Source Evaluation, and Critical Thinking for In-Person & Online Library Instruction” on Friday, May 4th at the State Library of Ohio. The extended deadline for proposals is March 20th, 2018. To submit your idea, please click on the following link and fill out the form:

Blog for us!

We are looking for ALAO members who have instructional strategies, teaching experiences, or useful educational frameworks to share! Contact either of the IIG Co-chairs if you’ve got a story or reflection you’d like to share on our blog, or even if you have an idea of a potential blog post and would like some feedback. We also welcome you to contact us with questions or interest in finding out more about the IIG!

-Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve University, IIG Co-Chair
-Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University, IIG Co-Chair

 Special Collections and Archives Interest Group Annual Meeting (SCAIG)

Save the date for the Special Collections and Archives interest group 2018 annual meeting, Description is People–Sharing Descriptive Practices. Details are still being finalized, but please mark your calendar for Thursday, May 17. We are planning a full day of programming, divided between The Ohio State University’s Thompson Library and Ohio History Connection’s Ohio History Center. The day will begin at OSU with educational programming, networking, lunch, and tours. In the afternoon the 2.5 hour workshop “Finding Aids for the Future” with Morag Boyd and Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University Libraries, will be held at OHC in collaboration with the Society of Ohio Archivists. Register for both parts, or choose morning or afternoon.

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

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