President’s Report

2020 Conference Update

Mandi Goodsett, ALAO President

I’m excited to give an update on the conference planning process for the 2020 ALAO Conference! The Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work putting together a conference that allows for networking, lots of learning opportunities, and time to honor our colleagues for their hard work.

If you haven’t registered yet, the early bird deadline for ALAO members is September 25th! The early bird cost is only $25 for members, and the conference is free for students. We are also offering scholarships, and applications are due on September 15th. All of the registration and scholarship information can be found on the conference website. We would love for you to join us!

Since our last update, we have scheduled a short orientation session for those new to ALAO on Wednesday 10/28 at 7pm, as well as a trivia social event for registrants on Thursday 10/29 at 7pm. There will also be an awards ceremony during the lunch hour on Thursday 10/29. In addition, we chose our conference service project for this year – Dress for Success is an organization that serves women by providing clothes and other tools to seek economic independence. Since we can no longer collect clothing donations in person, we encourage you to give a monetary donation to this important cause on the conference homepage.

I would like to especially thank this year’s Conference Planning Committee for going above and beyond in their hard work and planning for this year’s conference. In these stressful and chaotic times, this year’s conference is a special opportunity for us to connect with our colleagues and share our good ideas. I hope to see you there!

Register to attend the ALAO Annual Conference, October 28-30 

The 2020 conference will take place online and consist of a selection of engaging workshops, live keynote sessions, pre-recorded presentations, and interactive poster sessions. As in years’ past, a pre-conference will kick off the event.

Register by September 25 on the conference website for early-bird pricing – only $25 for members and free for students! Conference registration deadline is October 16.

Pre-Conference (Oct. 28) events include:

  • A session led by Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, ACRL’s 2019 Librarian of the Year, called “Renewal: Promoting Civility and Self-Care in (Academic) Libraries” that will help attendees explore frameworks, outcomes, and emerging countermeasures of low morale in order to promote authentic civility in the workplace (additional cost, limited to 30 attendees).
  • A FREE afternoon workshop on anti-racism in action in the library profession. The workshop will be facilitated by Ione Damasco, Director of Information Acquisition & Organization at the University of Dayton.

Conference (Oct. 29 & 30) events include:

  • Opening keynote address by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System, focusing on the role of libraries in supporting resiliency and sustainability in our communities.
  • Closing keynote address by Nancy Kirkpatrick, Executive Director and CEO of OhioNET, about change management and building healthy organizations.
  • A choice of 20 pre-recorded, informative, and inspirational breakout sessions from your colleagues in Ohio and surrounding states (program available soon).
  • Approximately 20 virtual poster sessions to browse.
  • Opportunities to network and connect with colleagues virtually.

ALAO thanks our conference sponsors for allowing us to keep registration costs low!

Registration Rates:

Pre-Conference: “Renewal: Promoting Civility and Self-Care in (Academic) Libraries

  • $50 ALAO/MiALA Members only (limited to 30 participants)

Pre-Conference: “From Being To Doing: Anti-racism as Action at Work”

  • FREE (but registration required)

Conference Early Bird (until September 25): 

  • $25 ALAO/MiALA Members
  • $30 Non ALAO Members
  • $10 ALAO Retirees
  • FREE Current LIS students

Regular Rates (After September 25):

  • $30 ALAO/MiALA Members
  • $35 Non ALAO Members
  • $15 ALAO Retirees
  • FREE Current LIS students

To register, or for more information, visit:

We look forward to seeing you in October! #alao2020


2020 Executive Board Retreat Report

The 2020 Executive Board held its annual retreat on Friday, July 31st, 2020. Unlike previous retreats, this year’s retreat was completely online, but that didn’t prevent us from having productive conversations, sharing ideas, and training new Board members. Every year, the board retreat is an opportunity for the newly formed Board to conduct strategic planning for the year ahead, and this year we took the chance to re-examine our 2019-2024 ALAO Strategic Focus Areas and Objectives.

Focus 1: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Goal: ALAO will exemplify equity, diversity, and inclusion in daily practices, foster those practices in its membership, and position members to become effective advocates on important issues facing the profession.

Focus 2: Expanding our Horizons

Goal: ALAO will position itself as a regional leader for an array of professional development activities, expanding and innovating upon its well-revered suite of programming.

Focus 3: Efficient and Purposeful

Goal: ALAO will build upon partnerships, management best practices, and sound organizational strategy to refine practices that position ALAO as current, efficient, and valuable.

We will be especially focusing on areas 1 and 2 in the coming year, and the Board identified several projects in these areas to channel our energy. As specific goals in these areas are formulated in the next couple of months, we’ll keep you updated on the projects that we will tackle.


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