Interest Group Reports

Collection Management Interest Group

Join us for the CMIG round table at the ALAO annual conference.   We will discuss both the changing landscape of collection management and future professional development needs that CMIG might fill.  As new co-chairs, we are looking forward to meeting current and potential members and learning more about how CMIG can best serve you.

We have also started a CMIG listserv to facilitate communication on collection management issues in Ohio.  All are welcome to join:

–Sean Kennedy, co-chair, Collection Management Interest Group, University of Akron
–Fred Jenkins, co-chair, Collection Management Interest Group, University of Dayton

Community and Two Year College Libraries IG

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Click this link to join.  Join us for either one or both sessions.  No registration required; no recording will be made.  Chrome is the optimal browser.

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Questions? Contact: Sara Klink or Julie McDaniel

–Sara Klink, Community & Two Year College Libraries IG Co-Chair, Stark State College
–Julie McDaniel, Community & Two Year College Libraries IG Co-Chair, Sinclair Community College

Instruction IG

The Instruction Interest Group (IIG) is pleased to announce that Lindsay Miller (Miami University) is the IIG’s new co-chair! The IIG will shortly begin planning our annual Spring Workshop, and we’ll be looking for new members of our workshop planning committee, so stay tuned for a call for participants. The Instruction IG will also be hosting a roundtable at the ALAO Annual Conference, so we encourage IIG members and non-members alike to attend. At our roundtable discussion we’ll be giving a recap of our previous spring workshop, soliciting ideas for our next spring workshop, and exploring the topic of reflective instruction. We hope you can join us!

-Mandi Goodsett, Instruction IG Co-Chair, Cleveland State University
–Lindsay Miller, Instruction IG Co-Chair, Miami University

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group

The Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAig) is pleased to welcome Suzanne Reller, Reference/Collections Librarian at the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Books Library, as incoming co-chair for the 2018-2020 term.  Suzanne will serve as SCAig co-chair with Nick Pavlik, Curator of Manuscripts at Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections, whose term will conclude at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.

SCAig will be hosting a roundtable discussion at the ALAO annual conference during the IG Roundtable hour, which will focus on the actions archivists and special collections librarians can take to cultivate success and convey value within and beyond their institutions.  All conference attendees are welcome to join us!  We also would love to hear your ideas for future SCAig workshops and meetings.

For more information on SCAig, contact the co-chairs at

–Nick Pavlik, SCAig Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University
–Suzanne Reller, SCAig Co-Chair, University of Cincinnati

Scholarly Communications IG

The Scholarly Communications Interest Group continues to identify ways to keep members engaged with and informed on current scholarly communications issues. Initiatives we have been pursuing include:

  • Ongoing Bi-monthly Newsletter: This newsletter goes out every-other-month and contains links to articles (both popular and scholarly), blog postings, short informational videos, etc. exploring current scholarly communications trends and issues.
  • Partnering with OhioLINK and the University of Akron’s Affordable Learning Initiative to co-sponsor the Ohio Affordable Learning Summit, which was held in August 2018 on the University of Akron campus
  • Planning a webinar for the fall of 2018 that will explore copyright and licensing issues

If you are interested in learning more about any of these initiatives or the SCIG, please contact the co-chairs, Mark Clemente ( or Carla Myers ( for more information.

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

STEM IG Report

This is an exciting time for the STEM Interest group of ALAO. After years of discussing the need for an interest group that focusses on the unique aspects of librarianship in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics we are happy to announce that we have gone live and will be participating in this year’s ALAO conference by sponsoring a roundtable! Come by and see us as we discuss future plans for our new group.

Also in the works is our Spring Workshop – STEM Solidarity: Sharing Solutions that Work, May 24th at the State Library of Ohio. We will be looking for groups or individuals who want to present on topics that impact STEM librarians, with an emphasis on problems you’ve solved and how your experiences might help librarians in other institutions. Stay tuned for an official Call for Proposals, and in the meantime if you have any questions contact us at

–Matthew Benzing, STEM IG Co-Chair, Miami University
–Ian, STEM IG Co-Chair, The University of Akron

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