Interest Groups News

Assessment IG News

The Assessment Interest Group (AIG) is pleased to have partnered with Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) Assessment Interest Group and University of Toledo Libraries to present the workshop: Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert, held on March 8, 2019. At this workshop, librarians from Michigan, Ohio, and beyond discussed assessment methods in various areas of librarianship.

New Upcoming Co-Chair for ALAO AIG

Jennifer Starkey and I are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Sullivan, Assessment and User Experience Librarian, at Oberlin College has accepted the position as the new ALAO AIG Co-Chair.

Stay tuned for more news and please feel free to contact the co-chairs at to request information.

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

 Collection Management IG News

CMIG and OhioLINK cosponsored the webinar “Managing the Flood: Collection and Budgeting Issues with Streaming Video Resources” on May 14.  Brian Gray (CWRU) and Linda Brown (BGSU) covered vendors, acquisition models, and budgeting issues, while Amy Pawlowski and Joanna Voss addressed challenges to consortia in acquiring streaming content for the 84 participants.

–Sean Kennedy, co-chair, Collection Management IG Co-Chair, University of Akron
–Fred Jenkins, co-chair, Collection Management IG Co-Chair, University of Dayton

 Community & Two Year Colleges IG News

It’s Summer!  And that means it is time for a Summer Sound Off!  Join the Community & Two Year College Interest Group for their upcoming Summer Sound Off! — an opportunity to share ideas and discuss challenges with colleagues from around the state.  Sound Offs are online discussions — sound capabilities (speaker and microphone) are needed, video is optional.  No registration is required.  No recording will be made.

Join us on Wednesday, July 24 from 10 – 11am as we talk about Connecting with High School Librarians and Students.  Tracy Kemp and Wendy Harper from Columbus State Library will share their experiences.  Learn about their program, share what you’ve done or bring your questions.

Plan to join the conversation to share your experiences and ask questions to help share expertise with other ALAO members.

To logon,
For more details, contact co-chairs Sara Klink, Stark State,, or Julie McDaniel, Sinclair Community College,

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

Instruction Interest Group News

The Instruction Interest Group, along with the Distance Learning Interest Group, co-hosted a Spring Workshop held on April 26th at the Shepard Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The workshop, Back to Basics: Active Learning & Instructional Design, was led by two instructional designers: Carolyn Kraut of the University of Findlay, and Hanna Primeau of Ohio State University. We had 39 attendees.

Stacey McKenna, Reference and Instruction Librarian at OSU-Newark has agreed to be the new co-chair for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years to replace Mandi Goodsett.

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!

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

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group News

The Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAIG) held its annual workshop on May 29th at the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Book Library.  The workshop focused on teaching with primary sources and was taught by a team from the University Libraries at the University of Dayton, including Heidi Gauder (Coordinator of Research and Instruction), Kayla Harris (Librarian/Archivist, Marian Library), and Stephanie Shreffler (Collections Librarian/Archivist).  The workshop was attended by thirty library and archives professionals from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

SCAIG will also be holding an election to appoint its new incoming co-chair for the 2019-2021 term.  The new co-chair will replace current senior co-chair Nick Pavlik of Bowling Green State University Libraries, whose term will end in July 2019.

–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

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