Interest Groups News

Instruction Interest Group and Distance Learning Interest Group News

Have you been working on ways to make your instruction more accessible? Do you have class activities that you have found to be successful for all students? Have you utilized accessible tools online that you want to share? If so, the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Instruction Interest Group (IIG) and Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) invites you to share your activities and experiences at our joint workshop on Friday, June 5th at Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center.

IIG and DLIG are looking for presenters who have designed and taught library assignments or activities that are accessible for all. Do you have fresh ideas you’d like to present? Now’s your chance!

The deadline for proposals is March 13th, 2020. To submit your idea, please click on the following link and fill out the form: Session proposals will be reviewed by the IIG and DLIG workshop planning committee.

Please e-mail any questions to our Co-Chairs:

–Lindsay Miller, IIG Co-Chair, Miami University
–Stacey McKenna, IIG Co-Chair, The Ohio State University at Newark/Central Ohio Technical College
–Jessie Long, DLIG Co-Chair, Miami University Middletown
–Jennifer Hicks, DLIG Co-Chair, Miami University Middletown


Special Collections and Archives Interest Group News

Save the Date for the Special Collections and Archives Interest Group’s (SCAig) Joint Workshop with the Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA).   The workshop is entitled, “Opening Doors – Outreach with Archives and Special Collections.”  After a history of closed doors and limited access, outreach has become essential to getting the public engaged with special collections and archives. This workshop will address the various ways that archivists and special collections librarians can better reach out to their user communities and cultivate new user communities.  Five presenters from different types of archives and special collections libraries including academic libraries, government records centers, and local historical societies will discuss their outreach efforts and provide their tips and tricks for improving your outreach efforts, no matter the size of your institution and staff.  The workshop will take place on Thursday May 14, but the SCAig co-chairs and SOA are currently considering whether to continue to hold the workshop at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in downtown Columbus, Ohio as planned or move the workshop to an online format.  We will share more information by the end of March on the SCAig website and through the SCAig Google Group.  Please contact the SCAig co-chairs Suzanne Reller at or Rachel Makarowski at with any questions.

–Suzanne Reller, SCAig Co-Chair, University of Cincinnati
–Rachel Makarowski, SCAig Co-Chair, Miami University


 STEM Interest Group News

Due to the current disruption that COVID-19 developments have created for all of us including the traveling bans instituted at many of our institutions, STEMIG has adapted its Spring Workshop to an online format and canceled the in-person meeting.

We hope that the change will encourage the participation of those interested in the topic but have travel restrictions.

Title: Curriculum Mapping

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Online (Zoom meeting)
Speaker: Matt Benzing, Computing and Engineering Librarian at Miami University.


For questions, contact  

–Matthew Benzing, STEM IG Co-Chair, Miami University
–Daniela Solomon, STEM IG Co-Chair, Case Western Reserve University


Support Staff Interest Group News

The Support Staff Interest Group co-chairs are at work on materials for a digital conference tentatively scheduled for April. Our discussion topics will be related to four recent journal articles that focus on Customer Service as well as Cross-Training. We hope the online discussions and the subsequent video chat via Zoom will prove easily accessible to a variety of library staff. More details to come in the next few weeks.

–Erin Smith, SSIG Co-Chair, Case Western Reserve University
–Rob Withers, SSIG Co-Chair, Miami University

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