Interest Group News

Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group News

The CMC Interest Group is excited to introduce a new listserv for members of the interest group through BGSU. If you are interested in joining it, please fill out this form: or contact Colleen Boff at

Joint Library Event on June 14th 2019

Representatives from ALAO, OELMA, and OLC are planning a joint library event on June 14th, 2019. This should be an exciting event that will help many ALAO librarians – not just those with a CMC – learn how to partner with librarians outside of the academic world. Save the date and watch for more information coming soon!

One final note: If you are interested in joining the CMC Interest Group, please let the co-chairs, Colleen Boff ( and Marla Beebe ( know.

–Marla Beebe, CMCIG Co-Chair, Shawnee State University
–Colleen Boff, CMCIG Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University

Instruction Interest Group News ALAO Spring Workshop DLIG IIG

Save the Date! Distance Learning & Instruction Interest Groups Spring Workshop on April 26th

Mark your calendars and please join us this coming April 26th, 2019 at the Columbus Public Library Shepard Branch for a co-hosted IIG and DLIG Spring Workshop! This year’s program, titled “Back to Basics: Active Learning & Instructional Design” will focus on basic, evidence-supported strategies for designing library instruction. The workshop will feature two speakers that specialize in instructional design to lead attendees in hands-on, active learning sessions, as well as opportunities to connect and share with colleagues. More information will be coming soon about workshop registration and program details. We hope you can join us!

Blog for us!

IIG is 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 have 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!

-Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University, IIG Co-Chair
-Lindsey Miller, Miami University, IIG Co-Chair

Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group News

Collaboration Connection: Planting the seeds to building successful community partnerships

ALAO’s Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group (PROMIG) and Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS) will jointly sponsor a spring workshop focused on collaboration.

Presenters will discuss developing successful partnerships between schools, libraries, and other local non-profit organizations. Facilitators Kieth Peppers and Wendy Wasman will share their successful collaboration on a grant-funded project between the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Baldwin Wallace University, The University of Akron, and the Cleveland Metroparks.

Collaboration Connection encourages participants to find the collaborator or resources needed to launch a multi-type organizational collaboration. Projects initiated during the afternoon will be judged based on specified criteria and eligible for one-time project support in the amount of $500.00.

The event will take place on May 2, 2019 from 9am-3pm at Mansfield-Richland County Public Library. For additional details and registration, follow this link to the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System’s event page.

Cost:  FREE
There is a $15 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

–Eboni Johnson, PROMIG Co-Chair, Oberlin College
–Shaunda Vasudev, PROMIG Co-Chair, Capital University

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group News

The Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAIG) will be holding its annual spring workshop on May 29th at the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Books Library.  The workshop will focus on primary source instruction and will be taught by University of Dayton archivists Heidi Gauder, Kayla Harris, and Stephanie Shreffler, authors of “The Archives as Classroom: A Primary Source Mini-Course” for the Society of American Archivists’ Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources series.

Registration for the workshop will be available on the ALAO website soon, and event announcements will be sent to all ALAO members.  Any questions regarding the workshop can be sent to SCAIG co-chairs Nick Pavlik ( and/or Suzanne Reller (

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

 Scholarly Communications Interest Group News

The Scholarly Communications Interest Group (SCIG) continues to grow in membership, and new members are always welcome to join. ALAO members who have questions about the Group can find more information about it, including contact information for the group’s co-chairs here.

In May of 2019 the SCIG will be sponsoring a webinar on how to develop outreach and programming around scholarly communications issues and initiatives. The webinar will be presented by Will Cross and Erica Hayes, both of whom work in North Carolina State University’s Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center. More information about this event will be forthcoming!

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

Technical, Electronic & Digital and Services Interest Group News

TEDSIG is planning a Twitter live discussion on April 10th from 11:00a-1:00p.  We will be discussing ideas about equity, diversity and inclusion as it pertains to working in Tech Services. Diversity is a timeless issue and we want to hear about TEDSIG member’s experiences and opinions on how to be inclusive and and promote library services.  We will be tweeting out from @AlaoTedsig and look forward to engaging with TEDSIG members.  Please use the hashtag #TEDSIG19 to connect your tweets to the event.

–Lori Chapin, TEDSIG Co-Chair, Miami University
–Libby Hertenstein,  TEDSIG Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University

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