Interest Groups News

Collection Management Interest Group (CMIG) News

On July 14, 2021, the Collection Management Interest Group (CMIG) hosted a 90-minute webinar called “Partners in Success: Libraries and Vendors”. The presentations were followed by a lively discussion and a Q&A session.

Stephanie Church is an Acquisitions Librarian at Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library. Her primary responsibilities include monograph purchases in any format, managing and implementing user-driven initiatives, collection assessment, and vendor relations. She kicked off the day with her tips to success, along with various best practices for partnership.

Michelle Kraft is the Library Director of the Cleveland Clinic Health System. As the Director, Michelle oversees library resources and services for multiple hospitals in Ohio and across the United States. As a result, she works with vendors on the best methods for providing access to online resources to a diverse group of medical professionals with very unique needs. Michelle highlighted the power of collaboration with vendors, instead of always taking an “attack” approach in finding solutions.

Greg Schraft has been with IOP Publishing for over 6 years and he currently manages all US Government and a mid-west academic territory. His entire career has been in publishing with extensive time at Elsevier and Lexis Nexis with both sales and management roles. He shared examples of success through communication efforts and how customer feedback benefits content platforms, features, and content.

Stay informed of future CMIG events on our website and email list.

–Brian C. Gray, CMIG Co-Chair, Case Western Reserve University

–Kevin Messner, CMIG Co-Chair, Miami University

Community and Two Year College Libraries (C2YCLIG) Interest Group

The Community and Two Year College Libraries Interest Group will be holding a general membership meeting on Thursday, September 16th at 2pm via WebEx. Current IG members will receive the meeting link via email later this month. Please contact us at if you would like to be added to the IG listserv. Please consider completing the survey regarding C2YCLIG meetings and events for 2021-2022 by clicking the link below. 

C2YCLIG 2021-2022 Survey

–Megan Mamolen, Community & Two Year College Libraries Interest Group Co-Chair, Lakeland Community College

–Ragan Snead, Community & Two Year College Libraries Interest Group Co-Chair, Lakeland Community College

Instruction Interest Group (IIG) News

The Instruction Interest Group (IIG) is pleased to welcome Stefanie Hilles, Arts & Humanities Librarian at Miami University as the new Co-Chair for the 2021-2023 term. She will serve with Abi Morgan, Social Sciences Librarian, also at Miami University, whose term will end in July 2022. 

IIG will be hosting a coffee/lunch hour discussion at the 2021 ALAO Annual Conference. We welcome all conference attendees interested in teaching and learning strategies to join us for a chance to share your experiences returning to face to face instruction this fall or staying remote. 

We always welcome new members to our group. If you have questions about IIG, or you are interested in joining our workshop planning committee, please contact

–Abi Morgan, Instruction Interest Group Co-Chair, Miami University

–Stefanie Hilles, Instruction Interest Group Co-Chair, Miami University(/em?

Programming, Outreach, and Marketing (PROMIG) Interest Group News

The PROMIG group would like to welcome Nate Floyd as our new co-chair for 2021-23! Nate is the Student Success Librarian for Foundational Learning at Miami University. Outreach and engagement are major parts of Nate’s job at Miami, and he brings some experience with creating marketing materials for other organizations and events on campus. As a graduate student in the Media School at Indiana University, he also taught public relations and visual communication. 

One of the major goals Shaunda and I set when we first started The Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group (PROMIG) in 2018 was to create a toolkit of programming, outreach, and marketing resources and tools. These could be templates for posters and promotional materials, examples of various assessment tools, even a web bibliography of articles or books. Nate is excited to help us make good progress on that goal this year. We’d love your input on this or other ideas that you’d like to see the group work on in the coming year.

Contact us at to share your ideas!

–Eboni Johnson, Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group, Oberlin College

–Nate Floyd, Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group, Miami University

Scholarly Communication Interest Group (SCIG) News

Change in Leadership

The Scholarly Communications Interest Group recently welcomed Cindy Kristof as SCIG co-chair for the 2021-2023 term. This position was formerly held by Heather Crozier of Ohio Northern University. Cindy currently serves as Head of Copyright & Scholarly Communication and Associate Professor at Kent State University. She will work with Drew Balduff, fellow SCIG co-chair, to create professional development opportunities for interested ALAO community members.

–Draw Baldruff, SCIG Co-Chair, The University of Findlay

–Cindy Kristof, SCIG Co-Chair, Kent State University

Special Collections and Archives (SCAig) Interest Group News

The Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAig) is pleased to welcome Joshua (Josh) Zeller as incoming co-chair for the 2021-2023 term. He currently works as the Head of Access Services at Archbishop Alter Library, Mount St. Joseph University. He will serve as co-chair alongside Henry Handley, Collections Librarian at the University of Dayton’s Marian Library, whose term will conclude in June 2022. Josh and Henry express their thanks to Rachel Makarowski of Miami University’s Special Collections and Archives for serving as co-chair from 2019-2021.

If you have ideas, opinions, or questions about what events you would like to see from SCAig, please get in touch with the co-chairs! For the annual SCAig spring workshop we’d love to hear from you about preferences for a virtual or in-person event, potential topics, and speakers. Look for a preliminary survey coming out later this year.

For more information on SCAig, contact the co-chairs at

– Henry Handley, SCAig Co-Chair, University of Dayton

– Joshua Zeller, SCAig Co-Chair, Mount St. Joseph University

Sustainability Interest Group (SusIG) News

The Sustainability Interest Group looks forward to another year of events and learning. In particular, we plan on continuing our ‘Sustainability on Your Campus’ discussion series, in which librarians from around the state share the sustainability activities and programs happening on their campuses. If you are interested in speaking at one of these events and/or joining the interest group, please email

–Bethany Spieth, Sustainability Interest Group Co-Chair, Ohio Northern University

–Kim Hoffman, Sustainability Interest Group Co-Chair, Miami University

Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group (TEDSIG) News

TEDSIG is now accepting nominations for the 2021 TEDDY Award!

The TEDDY award recognizes distinguished service by an ALAO member in the fields of Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services. It recognizes an individual’s significant contributions to their colleagues and to the field. Such contributions may include, but are not limited to: sustained service to the community, pioneering innovative practices, influential publications or presentations, or demonstrated leadership to the profession.

The TEDDY is awarded annually at the ALAO Conference, and includes two waivers to any future TEDSIG event, along with the well-deserved fame and recognition amongst your colleagues. Due to the ongoing pandemic, our TEDSIG mascot TEDS will be spending another year in hibernation.

To nominate a colleague for the TEDDY award, please send a brief nomination rationale to

Nominees must be current ALAO members, who have worked in – or are currently working in – an Ohio academic library in the area of Technical, Electronic, or Digital Services.

The deadline for this year’s nominations is October 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the TEDSIG Chairs Chris Deems and Jerry Yarnetsky via email at

–Chris Deems, Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group Co-Chair, Ohio Northern University

–Jerry Yarnetsky, Technical, Electronic and Digital Services Interest Group Co-Chair, Miami University

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