Interest Groups News

Assessment IG News

Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert

The Assessment Interest Group is excited to share with you a sneak peek into the annual workshop, titled, Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert to be held March 8, 2019.

The workshop aim is to bring together learners, researchers and practitioners who have responsibility or interest in library assessment.  Presentations and demonstrations will provide effective, results-oriented library assessment strategies. Presentations will describe topics such as how to identify goals, develop methods, use measures and tools, implement assessment, communicate with stakeholders, or achieve outcomes.

We look forward to you joining us to learn about how you can use assessment to improve your library services and communicate value. Stay tuned for future communications!

-Anna Liss Jacobsen, AIG Co-Chair, Miami University
-Jennifer Starkey, AIG Co-Chair, Case Western Reserve University

Curriculum Materials Center IG News

It’s time to start planning the CMCIG spring 2019 workshop. Please take this brief survey to give us ideas on what you would like to see in your CMCIG workshop. Interested in helping the co-chairs plan the spring workshop? Contact Co-Chairs Colleen ( or Marla to join us. All planning meetings will be held virtually.

Other CMCIG News

CMCIG held a roundtable discussion at the 2018 ALAO conference on November 2. The following academic librarians attended: Marla Beebe (Shawnee State), Colleen Boff (Bowling Green State University), Diane Kolosionek (Cleveland State University), Diane Schrecker (Ashland University), and Susan Steinke (University of Dayton). We were joined by two school librarians representing the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA): Lori Lee, District Librarian for Zanesville City Schools &  Dr. Linda Jacobs Swarlis, Library Director at Columbus School for Girls. One of the take-aways from our discussion was interest in working together to create a module geared towards preservice teachers. This resource would contain an overview of the research environment to expect in Ohio k-12 schools and tips for how to collaborate with school librarians.

CMCIG co-chairs were also invited to have a presence at the OELMA conference held on Oct. 24. As a consequence, the following panel presentation was given by Colleen Boff (Bowling Green State University), Joe Prince (Bowling Green State University), Diane Kolosionek (Cleveland State University) and Lorena Popelka (Columbus State Community College): High school to college transitions: Does the professional literature accurately reflect what’s happening in the trenches?

Both of these events were designed to increase interactions between librarians affiliated with OELMA and the ALAO CMCIG. We look forward to continued discussions and collaborations.

-Marla Beebe, Curriculum Materials Center IG Co-Chair, Shawnee State University
-Colleen Boff, Curriculum Materials Center IG Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University

Collection Management IG News

A small but lively group attended the CMIG forum at ALAO conference in November.  Much of the discussion revolved around licensing and acquiring streaming video; as a result we are planning an online program on this topic for the Spring.  Stay tuned to the listserv for further details.

–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 News

The Community and Two Year College Libraries Interest Group has been meeting for conversations!  During the Interest Group Round Table time at the Annual Conference, eight members talked with Deb Gilchrist about assessment and how to find time to conduct assessments.  Participants shared their experiences with assessment as well as questions and concerns about other local issues.

Four members participated in the November Semester Sound Off – a low-key online discussion.  While the advertised topic was student success, the conversation covered a variety of issues of interest to the participants.

Plan to join us for spring semester Sound Offs and online IG workshop.  If you would like to play an active role in our IG or be part of the workshop planning committee, please contact Sara Klink or Julie McDaniel.

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

Distance Learning IG News

Last Chance to Nominate a “Distance Learning Visionary” December 20th Deadline
The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) wishes to recognize and commend visionary librarians in distance learning who promote equitable access to library resources and services.  Who among your colleagues is implementing creative solutions, conducting studies, or coordinating programs in distance library services and learning?

ALAO’s Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) invites nominations for the 2019 “Distance Learning Visionary”.

To Nominate:

Nomination applications should include (1) a 250-500 word essay that demonstrates the nominee’s contributions to distance learning at an Ohio institution and (2) a brief presentation proposal to suggest what the nominee might share with colleagues at the 2019 DLIG workshop.   Links to relevant supporting materials are encouraged.  Self-nomination or group nominations are permitted.

Visionary Benefits:

  •  Awarded honor of being named the 2019 Distance Learning Visionary.
  •  Recognition at the 2019 ALAO Annual Conference, as well as on the ALAO Website, ALAO Newsletter, and the DLIG Blog.
  • Monetary grant of $150.00 to present at the 2019 DLIG workshop. (Please note that the funds are contingent upon the grantee presenting in person, remotely, or via pre-recorded session.)

For complete details and submission guidelines, please see the Distance Learning Visionary Research/Project and Presentation Grant website here or email the DLIG Co-Chairs, Rebecca Quintus and Jessie Long.

Applications are due by December 20, 2018.

-Rebecca Quintus, Distance Learning IG Co-Chair, University of Findlay
-Jesssie Long, Distance Learning IG Co-Chair, Miami University, Middletown

Instruction IG News

The Instruction Interest Group (IIG) is in planning mode for the annual Spring Workshop and we will again be pairing up with the Distance Learning Interest Group! Stay tuned for a save the date! In addition to the DLIG Co-chairs, Rebecca Quintus (Findlay) and Jessie Long (Miami-Middletown), we welcome a few new faces to the IIG/DLIG Spring workshop planning committee: Zach Walton (OSU-Lima), Abigail Morgan (Miami University) and Stacy McKenna (OSU).

We had a great turn out at the Instruction IG roundtable at the ALAO Annual Conference. It was great meeting and chatting with so many of you. It was a great way to hear what was on your mind as instruction season wraps up at our institutions. We  talked ideas for our next spring workshop, explored reflective instruction and explored the possibility of merging IIG and DLIG. We hope you can join us for the Spring Workshop!

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

Programming Outreach, and Marketing IG News

PROMIG held its first roundtable at the 2018 ALAO Annual Conference. The attendees included library professionals from Akron U. Otterbein, Miami, Cincinnati, Hiram and other local institutions. As an introductory meeting for the new Programming, Outreach, and Marketing interest group, the focus was on establishing a community of support and identifying barriers to achieving success.

The round table participated in a team sharing exercise identifying accomplishments that participants were proud of (in relation to programming, outreach, and marketing) and areas that have presented challenges. This activity was a great way to learn the valuable strengths that each new member will be bringing to the group.

We plan to use the information discussed at the round table to further develop resources for supporting the PROMIG community. If you are interested in joining this new interest group and being a part of the listserv, please contact Eboni Johnson  or Shaunda Vasudev.

-Eboni Johnson, Programming, Outreach, and Marketing IG Co-Chair, Oberlin College
-Shaunda Vasudev, Programming, Outreach, and Marketing IG Co-Chair, Capital University

Special Collections and Archives IG News

The Special Collections and Archives Interest Group met on November 2 at the ALAO Annual Conference for an informal roundtable discussion on the actions archivists and special collections librarians can take to cultivate success and convey value. The group shared challenges and successes and discussed ideas for future workshops.  Also, we are pleased to announce our 2019 Special Collections and Archives Interest Group annual meeting and workshop planning committee:

  • Stefanie Hunker, Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University Libraries
  • Rachel Makarowski, Walter Havighurst Special Collections & University Archives, Miami University;
  • Christine Mannix, Packard Library, Columbus College of Art & Design;
  • William Modrow, Walter Havighurst Special Collections & University Archives, Miami University;
  • Christian Sheehy, University Library, Xavier University.

Look for a save-the-date early in the new year!

-Nick Pavlik, Special Collections and Archives IG Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University
-Suzanne Reller, Special Collections and Archives IG Co-Chair, University of Cincinnati

Scholarly Communications IG News

The ALAO Scholarly Communications Interest Group hosted a webinar, “Building a Comprehensive Licensing Review and Negotiation Program: How to Use Licenses to Secure Rights for Your Library and Your Users and to Push the Scholarly Communication System toward Openness” on November 29.  The webinar, featuring Mark Clemente, Scholarly Communications Librarian, and Shelby Stuart, Electronic Resources Librarian from Case Western Reserve University as speakers, described: the overall purpose of subscription licenses; key license clauses in the structure of license agreements; how to license for greater openness in scholarly communication; how to leverage staff expertise to collaboratively build your licensing program; how to use and create licensing tools, checklists, and model language; general license negotiation strategies; and how to track and market newly acquired rights in your licenses.  Forty-five individuals from various Ohio libraries registered for the webinar.  The webinar recording and slides will be made available in December 2018.

-Mark Clemente, Scholarly Communications IG C0-Chair, Case Western Reserve University
-Carla Myers, Scholarly Communications IG C0-Chair, Miami University

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