Interest Group Reports

Message from the Interest Group Coordinator

Greetings! I am the new Interest Group Coordinator, Abi Morgan, stepping into the role from Sara Klink. Thank you Sara, for your years of fantastic leadership in this role. 

ALAO has 12 active special interest groups that have formed to discuss concerns, issues, and new trends related to academic librarianship in Ohio. Joining an interest group is a great way to participate in leadership events and network with fellow librarians and library staff. 

At the 2022 Annual Conference, the interest groups staffed an informational table to spread awareness about our various offerings and encourage new membership. We had 14 new sign ups across our interest groups.

However, you can join an interest group at any time during the year! For more information visit the ALAO website or contact Abi Morgan, Interest Group Coordinator.

-Abi Morgan, Interest Group Coordinator, Miami University

Community & Two Year College Libraries Interest Group (C2YCLIG) News

Calling all LibGuide wizards!

Has your library done innovative things with your LibGuides and you would like a chance to highlight your work and share with your colleagues? The Community & Two Year College Libraries Interest Group (C2YCLIG) is looking for 2-3 libraries to present to our group during our virtual meeting in February (date to be determined once presenters are selected). If you are interested in being a part of this panel, please email Co-Chairs Meagan Fowler and Zoe Orcutt to express your interest.

Please feel free to share this with colleagues who may be interested; they do not need to be a current member of ALAO or our IG.

–Meagan Fowler, C2YCLIG Co-Chair, Cuyahoga Community College
–Zoe Orcutt, C2YCLIG Co-Chair, Overdrive

Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) News

Please welcome Dr. Beate Gersch as the new co-chair of DLIG. Dr. Gersch serves as the Assistant Dean for Student & Research Success at Kent State University.

–Dana Knott, Distance Learning Interest Group Co-Chair, Columbus State Community College

Instruction Interest Group News

The Instruction Interest Group (IIG) is moving into the brainstorming phase for our spring/summer workshops and webinars for 2023 and we want to hear from you! Have you learned something new that you’d like to share with the group? Have a new lesson plan or presentation and are looking for guinea pigs? Or maybe you have an idea for a topic you’d like to see? Let us know! We always welcome ideas for sessions from our members, so please reach out.

If you’d like to join the workshop planning committee, we are seeking additional members! It’s a great way to get involved with ALAO and meet new colleagues. We will be sending out an email later in 2023 to solicit interest. In the meantime, please feel free to contact with any questions.

–Stefanie Hilles, Instruction IG Co-Chair, Miami University
–Jaclyn Spraetz, Instruction IG Co-Chair, Miami University

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAig) News

In accordance with its mission, the Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAig) holds a workshop every spring centered around a special collections or archives-related topic. We are already starting to consider potential themes for our spring 2023 workshop, and would like to know what topics SCAig members are interested in learning more about. Look out for a short survey on topic preferences, to be sent out to the SCAig and general ALAO listservs during December. You should also feel free to reach out to the SCAig co-chairs directly with your suggestions at We look forward to hearing from you!

–Josh Zeller, SCAig Co-Chair, Mount St. Joseph University
–Miriam Intrator, SCAig Co-Chair, Ohio University

Support Staff Interest Group News

It is time to begin a search for a new co-chair for the Support Staff Interest Group (SSIG)  . If you are interested or would like to nominate someone else, let the co-chairs know.

We are starting to plan the annual workshop, which will be held virtually in 2023. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact the co-chairs. Rob is currently gathering topics and workshop ideas. 

Look for a save-the-date for the workshop early in the new year!

-Rob Withers, Co-Chair, Coordinator of Access Services, Miami University
-Peggy Rector, Co-Chair, Assistant to the Director of Libraries, Denison University

Sustainability Interest Group (SUSig) News

The Sustainability Interest Group  is happy to report that our inaugural Swap Table at the in-person ALAO Annual conference this year was a success! Many conference attendees brought swag for the table, and many others shopped the table and brought home new-to-them treasures. The remaining items were donated to Scrap It Up, a creative reuse nonprofit in Cincinnati, and the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. We hope to make this an annual tradition. Please reach out with your feedback and ideas for next year’s swap table!

On December 2nd at 10AM, please join us for a virtual discussion centered around an essay from the compilation volume, All We can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson. We will be discussing “Wakanda Doesn’t Have Suburbs’: How Movies Like Black Panther Could Help Us Save the Planet “, by Kendra Pierre-Louis, which is freely available online from Time magazine in addition to being published as an essay in the book. You can also find this essay available in audio format through the podcast Temperature Check. Event details are posted to the SUSIG web page.

In other big news, SUSIG is seeking a co-chair to finish out the current term ending in July of 2023. This is a great opportunity to try out a shorter-term service commitment. Creative programming and community-building ideas are welcome. This is your opportunity to make your mark on the sustainability committee!

Please reach out to the current co-chair, Megan Jaskowiak ( for more information or to nominate yourself or someone you know! 

–Megan Jaskowiak, Sustainability Interest Group Co-Chair, Miami University

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