Interest Group and Committee News

Community and Two Year College IG NewsCommunity and Two Year College IG

Join us for a low-key online discussion on July 17th from 2:00-3:00pm.  Where you can “Sound Off” about what’s going on in your library!

-Sara Klink, Co-Chair, Community & Two Year College Libraries Interest Group, Stark State University
-Julie McDaniel, Community & Two Year College Libraries Interest Group, Sinclair Community College

 Instruction IG News

The ALAO Instruction IG was very pleased to partner with the Distance Learning IG to offer a joint spring workshop titled “Authority, Source Evaluation, and Critical Thinking for In-Person & Online Library Instruction” on May 4th at the State Library. The workshop offered a variety of sessions about how librarians are applying the ACRL Authority Frame for Information Literacy to the design of assignments, sessions, and online tutorials that encourage students to engage in critical source evaluation. In addition to a keynote address by DLIG Distance Learning Visionary award winner, Mary Hricko, the workshop featured four presentations and three lightning talks by various speakers. The topics ranged from using an information scoring system to help students better evaluate biased sources, to adopting the evaluation acronym DRAMA, to developing online tutorials in a variety of online platforms and evaluating their usefulness. The workshop ended with some roundtable discussions about topics of interest to attendees. Overall, attendees gave positive feedback about their experience, and the planning committee had a lot of fun putting the workshop together!

Whether or not you were able to attend our spring workshop, we encourage you to submit your instruction ideas to the ALAO Instruction IG blog to share with ALAO members! Blog topics can cover anything of interest to librarians who teach, and we are happy to work with you to develop a blog post idea and give feedback! If you would like to submit a blog post or ask questions about the blog, please contact Mandi Goodsett at

The ALAO Instruction IG is also excited to welcome Lindsay Miller, Assistant Head of Advise and Instruct Department at Miami University’s King Library, as our incoming co-chair. Congratulations Lindsay!

-Mandi Goodsett, Co-Chair, Instruction Interest Group, Cleveland State University
-Mark Eddy, Co-Chair, Instruction Interest Group, Case Western Reserve University

Professional Development Committee News

Continuing Education Grant Program

The ALAO Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Continuing Education Grants.  Please join us in congratulating them!

Chloe Bragg, Ashland University – to attend the Innovative Users Group Conference for the first time.

Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University – to attend the ALA Annual Conference in her new role as President of the New Members Roundtable (NMRT) and to present on professional development for new librarians.

Andrew Kosmowski, University of Dayton – to present a poster and participate in a panel discussion at the ATLA Conference.

We look forward to honoring them at the 2018 ALAO Conference on Friday, Nov. 2nd.

2018-19 ALAO Mentoring Program

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Professional Development Committee (PDC) is excited to announce this Call for Participation in our Mentorship Program for 2018-19.

We invite people interested in being mentors and mentees to complete the application:

Program Overview

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Professional Development Committee (PDC) reviews registration information and matches mentoring pairs over the summer months. The PDC hosts a Meet-and-Greet social event in early August where mentoring pairs can get together in a fun, informal setting. Program participants are free to arrange times to talk or meet up as meets their needs. Watch for opportunities to catch-up at events like the spring IG workshops or the ALAO Annual conference. The annual program typically runs from late July through early May, and participants will be invited to give feedback on their experience to allow the PDC to evaluate and update the program as needed.

Who Can Be a Mentee?

Everyone is welcome to be a mentee, whether you are a student, a newly minted professional, or a more seasoned librarian. This is a great opportunity to connect with someone in the field who will work with you to develop your career.

Who Can Be a Mentor?

We welcome mentors from all levels of professional experience in academic libraries. Mentoring offers a meaningful way to engage with a colleague, be a supportive listener, and help them identify and achieve their professional goals.

Interested in Both?

If you are interested in both mentoring someone and being mentored, simply submit the form twice—once for your preferences as a mentee and once for your preferences as a mentor.
-Shelly Miller, Chair-Professional Development Committee, OhioNET

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