Vice President/President Elect Report

Jerry Natal, Vice President/President Elect

Another season is winding down, another semester ending. Traditionally, it is a time of the year for reflection and giving thanks, as well as planning for the coming year. I personally have much for which to be grateful—much of the work I have done over the past several months has resulted in rewards both tangible and intangible. The coming year is sure to present me with many new challenges, and while it is not always possible to anticipate what lies ahead, there is comfort in knowing that there are resources available to help me navigate through the trials and tribulations that may surface. Among these resources are the members of the ALAO board and the next committed group of conference planners as we revert back to an in-person conference. Speaking of the board and conference planning committee, I’d like to publicly thank the 2021 conference planning committee for their time, commitment, and expertise in organizing a successful annual conference, with a special heartfelt thank you to Jessica McIntosh for her service and leadership leading up to the conference. As you likely now know, Jessica has resigned her position as President of ALAO due to a conflict of interest with a new job opportunity; I am happy for her and wish her well in her new position with Cengage.

According to ALAO’s bylaws and procedures, as a consequence of the presidential resignation, I will be acting as interim president of ALAO, pending approval of the ALAO Board to assume the duties officially. Past President Mandi Goodsett has graciously offered to support me in my endeavors as I prematurely take the reins of the organization (I would like to think this is more of a co-interim situation), and I find re-assurance in the collective wisdom of the ALAO board. Onward and upward!

Program Committee Report

Being interim president of the organization does not preclude chairing the 2022 annual conference planning committee, and so I give you a brief update on the CPC. An intrepid group is now assembled, comprised of veterans and new faces, which will be meeting in December to begin initial planning. They are:

Don Appleby, University of Akron

Cara Calabrese, Miami University

Paul Campbell, Ohio University

Kristin Cole, Otterbein University

Melissa Cox Norris, University of Cincinnati

Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve

Kathy Fisher, Ursuline College

Ken Irwin, Miami University

Sara Klink, Stark State College

Katie Maxfield, Wittenberg University

Rob O’Brien Withers, Miami University

Peggy Rector, Denison University

Allen Reichert, Otterbein University

Seth Sisler, Ohio University

Ann Marie Smeraldi, Cleveland State University

Katy Tucker, Xavier University

We have a solid group for now, but I anticipate more volunteers may be needed as the conference date approaches. If anyone is willing to be “on call,” please send me an email.

I have been contemplating ideas for a theme and keynote speaker(s), and hope to have a theme selected at the next CPC meeting; however, I am more than happy to entertain ideas from the membership! A call for proposals will be issued once the theme has been decided.

Before I sign out, there are a few things I’d like to mention. Mandi Goodsett will be directing the efforts of a task force to coordinate interest groups with ALAO’s DEI strategy. Mandi is also leading the effort to develop a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion statement for the organization. Many thanks to Mandi and everyone else involved in this important work.

I’d also like to take this opportunity on behalf of ALAO to thank the SWON library consortium for their years of acting as our organization’s fiscal agent—you were there when we needed you! I would also like to welcome OhioNET, with whom we have had a long relationship, as our new fiscal agent. While I am on about OhioNET, I would like to wish OhioNET’s former deputy director Christine Morris well at her new position as digital resources manager for OPLIN. Christine was a long-time member of ALAO and great supporter of the organization. Finally, I’d like to remind everyone to consider taking advantage of the great opportunities offered to ALAO members, such as the Continuing Education Grant and the Research Grant.

As we head into the remainder of the season and into the new year, I would like to reaffirm my commitment to the organization, and wish you all the best of holidays.

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Past President’s Report

Mandi Goodsett, ALAO Past President

I am pleased to report that the Awards Committee selected winners for the 2021 Kathryn L. Venditti Mentoring and Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Awards.

For his work with MLIS students and his support for colleagues at his institution and around the state, Mark Eddy (Case Western Reserve University) was awarded the Venditti Mentoring Award.

For his tireless work to improve the online image of ALAO and push ALAO members to embrace new ideas and challenges, Derek Zoladz (OhioNET) was awarded the Ladd Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations to both!

We had many excellent nominations this year, so I encourage anyone who submitted a nomination to do so again in the future. 

These two ALAO awards, as well as several others, were presented at the ALAO Conference in a virtual ceremony again this year. There were quite a few attendees, many of whom shared congratulations and well-wishes in the chat. Congratulations to all of our award winners!

In early 2022, the Nominating Committee will be putting out a call for ALAO board nominations. We will need nominees for Vice President/President Elect, Secretary, Membership Chair, and three Members at Large. In the meantime, if you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee (a brief appointment that would begin in January and end in April 2022), let me know by December 16th. Please consider serving the ALAO community in one of these roles!

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ALAO 2021 People’s Choice Poster Award Winners

At every ALAO Annual Conference, the Research & Publications Committee askes attendees to vote for the People’s Choice Poster Award. This award is typically given to one poster; however, this year, we had a three-way tie. All three posters will each be given the $100 award to split among the co-authors. Please join us in congratulating the following People’s Choice Poster Award winners from the 2021 ALAO Annual Conference:

“Beyond the Land Acknowledgement: Indigenous Language Revitalization, Student Activism, and Library Research”

  • Stefanie Hilles (Miami University)
  • Ginny Boehme (Miami University)

“Thinking through Diversity in the University’s Music Library to Connect to the Academic Community and Beyond”

  • Trinidad Linares (Bowling Green State University)

“A Celebration of Us!: A Telling of a Libraries’ Value During COVID-19 Through Stories and Data”

  • Deborah Tenofsky (University of Cincinnati)
  • Ted Baldwin (University of Cincinnati)
  • Catie Carlson (University of Cincinnati)
  • Katie Foran-Mulcahy (University of Cincinnati)

–Paul C. Campbell, Research & Publications Committee Co-Chair, Ohio University
–Katy Tucker, Research & Publications Committee Co-Chair, Xavier University

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2021 Conference Website Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 ALAO Conference website is now open and viewable to all! Even if you did not register for the conference, feel free to view and share the recorded sessions on the conference website, including the keynote sessions, posters, membership meeting, and awards ceremony.

Thank you to all who were able to join us for the annual conference!

P.S. We hope to see you next year for the 2022 ALAO Annual Conference, scheduled for November 3-4!

–Melissa Cox Norris, Public Relations Coordinator, University of Cincinnati

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Notes from the Trenches

The ALAO Mentoring Program: In Our Own Words

NOTE:  We recognize that the mentoring program is a personal experience and for many mentoring relationships to succeed, confidentiality is a critical component.  We are choosing to share our experience because we truly enjoyed working with each other and we hope that by sharing our story, others who are curious about the mentoring program can understand what it involves.

Josh:  When I signed up for the ALAO mentoring program, I had already received my MLIS degree and worked in an academic library for three years. Now I wanted to see what I could do to increase my professional development and engagement. I hoped to receive advice on what I could do to enhance my reference approach, develop my student worker management skills, and learn more about the LIS research process. These areas became our program goals, around which we had structured discussions. Through sharing our experiences, we were led down unexpected avenues, taking us beyond these goals.

Heidi:  I signed up for the mentoring program because ALAO has been a great organization for me and I wanted to give back.  The mentoring program is an easy way to establish a more in-depth connection with a colleague, something that can be difficult in a committee setting.  My goals were more general, but in addition to working with Josh in a way that was beneficial to both of us, we talked about how Josh uses LinkedIn, a platform that I use only infrequently.

Josh: Heidi has worked at public as well as academic libraries, so she was able to give me a diverse perspective on reference. Our valuable discussions of the reference interview, sources, and searching helped to clarify my own approach. It was valuable as well to discuss library student worker management. We both work at Catholic, liberal arts institutions, so it was interesting to see where our recruitment and training strategies aligned or differed. Heidi also alerted me to research opportunities at the ALAO conference–particularly the poster session, an excellent option for the beginning researcher. Furthermore, I learned of the importance of connecting with the university community through presentations, workshops, and demonstrations. This is particularly relevant to my professional situation, as librarians are not able to achieve tenure at Mount St. Joseph University, making our degree of visibility even greater importance.

Heidi :  The mentoring program is nice because it’s what the partners agree to make of it.  Josh had very clear goals and my experience aligned with his aims, so it worked really well.  We met for an hour via Zoom every other month this past year.  Josh is a very easy-going person, so once he shared his goals, the conversations were great–there were a couple times when we had to continue our topic the following month because we ran out of time.  It also helped that Josh prepared questions to guide the conversation.  Once Josh shared some of his interests and career plans, I could more easily spot opportunities that he might consider. I also benefited from hearing about his experiences at his library, as it’s always helpful to hear how others tackle similar issues. Josh and I had a good connection and learned from each other during this mentorship.  Even though I’ve been a librarian for a few years, I approached this program as a learner–while I was happy to share my experiences with Josh, I was also there to learn about him as well as from him.  

Josh:  The most valuable part of my experience in the program was the encouragement I received from Heidi to pursue new professional opportunities. As a new librarian, it is difficult to develop and maintain professional confidence. My mentor alerted me to opportunities for leadership, development, and advancement that were always in my grasp, and through her support, I felt more confident in my ability to pursue them. As a result, I served on the spring workshop planning committee of the Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAig). A few months later, I was accepted as SCAig co-chair–something I probably would not have applied for prior to my mentorship experience. This is why I recommend the program to new LIS professionals. When you are struggling with professional timidity, having someone to give you those little pushes is so pivotal!

–Joshua Zeller, Special Collections & Archives Interest Group Co-Chair Head of Access Services, Mount St. Joseph University
–Heidi Gauder, Coordinator of Research & Instruction, University of Dayton

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Member Spotlight

Let’s shine the Member Spotlight on Sterling Coleman from Clark State College!

What is/are your role(s) in academic libraries?

I am the Director, Library Services at Clark State College in Springfield, Ohio.

What do you like most about academic library work?

The thing I like most about academic library work is information literacy. I love teaching students how to find the information they need by using our scholarly electronic resources in a timely manner. I especially love to see the look of enlightenment in their eyes when they have learned something new.

What are some interesting projects you’ve been involved with lately?

I am currently performing archival research for a history project celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Clark State College. Last year, I published my book How Books, Reading and Subscription Libraries Defined Colonial Clubland in the British Empire with Routledge, Taylor & Francis. And for the previous two years, I have served as the moderator for a summer book club among Clark State’s faculty and staff dealing with the topics of anti-racism and racism in our daily lives.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and thus I am a life-long New Orleans Saints fan. GO SAINTS! I graduated from Louisiana State University, the University of Michigan and Florida State University thus I am a Tiger, Wolverine, and Seminole all rolled into one. GEAUX TIGERS! GO BLUE! GO NOLES! 

What do you love about being an ALAO member? (Or if you’re a newer member, you might prefer to answer Why did you join ALAO?)

I love the camaraderie. I love meeting with my peers and sharing ideas with them. Also, I love attending the ALAO Annual Conferences and I love presenting at these conferences when my work schedule permits.

–Maureen Barry, Membership Chair

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Membership Report

The current membership of ALAO includes a total of 312 members consisting of 284 regular members, 5 retiree members, and 23 student members. We are excited to welcome new members who joined between August 30, 2021 and November 30, 2021.

Luann Edwards, Tiffin University

Kathleen Flores, Kent State University, Student

Marcella Gonzales, Tiffin University, Student

Zhanna Griffin, Valdosta State University, Student and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Kristen Kirchgesler, Case Western Reserve University

Tamara Means, Cleveland Public Library

Taryn Mirabello, Valdosta State University, Student

Ryan Mulholand, Dominican University, Student

Simon Robins, University of Dayton

Jill Spreitzer, University of Detroit-Mercy

Derek Wilmott, University of Toledo

–Maureen Barry, Membership Chair, Bowling Green State University

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Funding Opportunities

Call for the ALAO Research Grant applications

As an ALAO member, you have the opportunity to apply for up to $2,000 in grant funding in support of your research.  The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Research Grant is awarded each year to help in funding costs associated with research investigations related to issues in libraries, librarianship, and information science and technology.  

  • Eligibility:  Applicant must be a current member of ALAO.
  • Application Deadline:  February 4, 2022

Apply online here. NOTE: You will need to sign into your Gmail account to apply for this grant.

For more information go to the ALAO Research & Publications Committee website.

If you have questions, please contact the ALAO Research & Publications Committee Co-Chairs, Katy Tucker or Paul C. Campbell.  

–Katy Tucker, Research & Publications Committee Co-Chair, Xavier University
–Paul C. Campbell, Research & Publications Committee Co-Chair, Ohio University

Call for Submissions for the ALAO Continuing Education Grant

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant is awarded each year to support the cost of participating in professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, seminars, which are related to the member’s current position or in pursuit of a professional library degree. Current ALAO members are eligible to apply for funds to defray the costs of attending any library-related educational opportunity occurring during the calendar year.

Eligibility:

Applicant must be a current member of ALAO.

Applicant may not have received this grant in the previous three award cycles.

Application Deadline: February 4, 2022

Notification & Payment: The ALAO Professional Development Committee will notify grant recipients by March 31, 2022 and will arrange payment through SWON, the ALAO fiscal agent.

Apply here

For more information click here. If you have any questions, please contact the ALAO Professional Development Committee Chair, Elizabeth Sullivan, at elizabeth.sullivan@oberlin.edu

–Elizabeth Sullivan, Professional Development Committee Chair, Oberlin College

Support Staff Grant 

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) seeks to encourage support staff development and participation in ALAO activities through the Support Staff Grant. To that end, the ALAO Executive Board may award up to $150 annually to assist and encourage support staff to attend the ALAO Annual Conference. All support staff currently employed in an Ohio academic library are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants with an accepted 2022 ALAO conference program proposal.

–Elizabeth Sullivan, Professional Development Committee Chair, Oberlin College

Student Presenter Grant 

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) seeks to provide opportunities for students and new librarians to grow professionally and encourage participation towards a career in academic libraries. ALAO also recognizes the need to spotlight current research, particularly if the research is in new and emerging fields and technologies. To that end, the ALAO Executive Board may award up to $150 annually to a student to present at the ALAO Annual Conference. Grant monies are intended to assist with the costs incurred in preparing the presentation and modest travel costs associated with the presentation. An ALAO Executive Board member or volunteer from the membership will be assigned to mentor with the recipient on preparing the program, highlight membership benefits, and facilitate networking opportunities at the conference.

–Elizabeth Sullivan, Professional Development Committee Chair, Oberlin College

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Interest Groups News

Get Involved with ALAO Interest Groups

Looking ahead to the new year and ways you can get involved? ALAO has something for everyone! ALAO has 12 active special interest groups. These interest groups meet to discuss concerns and issues related to academic librarianship in Ohio. Interest groups hold regular events and offer a variety of leadership opportunities. Joining an interest group is a great way to get involved and network with fellow librarians and library staff. For more information visit the ALAO website. 

–Sara Klink, Interest Groups Coordinator, Stark State College

Collection Management Interest Group News

CMIG would like to have a meeting or workshop in the spring or summer of 2022. Brainstorming has started. 

One idea that developed was a session to introduce “read & publish journal deals” to those that are not familiar with this fairly new model. Generally, the cost moves from traditional journal subscriptions (read) to publishing costs (OA authoring of articles). In this session, we would include a discussion of the logistics and effects on institutions that do not publish much content but still need access to read the content. Do these deals work for all institutions? If publishers transition to this model as the only option, what does it mean for “read-only” institutions?

Send ideas for other topics or support for this proposed topic to Brian Gray and Kevin Messner.

–Brian Gray, Case Western Reserve University

Community and Two-Year College Libraries Interest Group News

Book Discussion Series

The Community and Two-Year College Interest Group (C2YCLIG) is hosting a book discussion series this year, focusing on academic library trends/hot topics. Discussions will now be held asynchronously using Padlet. Please see details for the second discussion in the series below.

Discussion #2: Programming, service, and outreach – closes on February 21, 2022 @ 2pm

Article citations:

Kasten-Mutkus, K. (2020). Programming as Pedagogy in the Academic Library. portal: Libraries and the Academy 20(3), 425-434.

Lamøy, L. & Kilvik, A. (2021). May I Borrow a Stapler? Is This All Students Ask at the Service Desk in a University Library? Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 16(3), 32–45.

Oldenburg, K. (2021). Student Work in VCC Libraries: From Mannequins in the Library to a Car on the Third Floor. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 15(2), 1–8.

Padlet link: https://padlet.com/c2ycligchairs/discussion2

Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion. Please email C2YCLIG co-chairs at c2yclig-chairs@alaoweb.org.

–Ragan Snead, C2YCLIG Co-Chair, Northeast Ohio Regional Library System
–Megan Mamolen, C2yCLIG Co-Chair, Lakeland 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 2022. We always welcome ideas for sessions from our members. We also encourage members to join the workshop planning committee. Please feel free to contact iig-chairs@alaoweb.org with any questions. 

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

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group News

The co-chairs of the Special Collections and Archives Interest Group held a small Friday lunch hour discussion during ALAO’s 2021 conference, and would like to thank the attendees for sharing their perspectives on the conference, and what ideas they’re taking with them. Thanks also to those who completed the short poll on format and topic for SCAig’s 2022 workshop in November! More information on the workshop is forthcoming, including an official call for planning committee volunteers. We’re glad to have already heard from folks interested in contributing and welcome others, including MLIS students, who’d like to get involved in SCAig!

-Henry Handley, Special Collections and Archives IG Co-Chair, University of Dayton
-Josh Zeller, Special Collections and Archives IG Co-Chair, Mount St. Joseph University

Sustainability Interest Group News

The Sustainability Interest Group is rolling out a new form to collect information on recycling programs in Ohio. Libraries often have items–from batteries to DVD cases–that can’t be recycled through curbside programs. There are many guides online on how to recycle such items, but they may not be specific to certain localities and may not have recent information. In an attempt to solve these problems, the Sustainability Interest Group decided to create a form to solicit information from library workers in Ohio on programs and services they have used to successfully recycle these types of items. We encourage you to submit programs or services that you’ve used to the form, here. Once we start getting submissions, we will add them to a Google Doc that we’ll link to from the SusIG page on the ALAO website.

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

Technical, Electronic & Digital Services and Sustainability Interest Groups News

Join TEDSIG & SUSIG for a Collaborative Workshop on Speculative Library Responses to Climate Change

Join TEDSIG and SUSIG for the co-sponsored workshop, Creating Radical Hope: Artistic and Speculative Library Responses to Climate Change. The full description for the event and the list of presenters can be found below. The workshop will be held on Monday, January 10, from 11am – 12pm. Interested attendees can register for the workshop by using the following URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsfu-vrT0pE9C0PM6YC4KL9RPB6MEasThP. Please note that space is limited to the first 15 participants, so be sure to register early!

Workshop Description
Heat waves and wildfires, global pandemics, floods, and droughts. We are already experiencing the damaging impact of climate change, particularly communities of color. Young activists are demanding systemic change while governments and local leaders grapple with neighborhood migration and global displacement. Natural disasters will continue to put library facilities and collections at risk and will alter who uses libraries and what they are needed for. What can we do to envision library futures that respond to the hopes, fears, and needs of our patrons, both today and tomorrow?

Focused on the real-world challenge of climate change, this SUSIG & TEDSIG co-sponsored workshop offers participants the chance to imagine libraries from the perspective of future patrons’ needs as well as other responses to the crisis. Using speculative and critical design methods, the presenters will provide attendees with an exploratory framework from which to engage in small group discussions. From these engagements, we’ll brainstorm critical, activist, and artistic responses library staff might take to current and future environmental issues. While we can’t “solve climate change” in one workshop, small actions taken together are powerful antidotes to the paralysis of fear and uncertainty. 

Together, we will generate ideas, both practical and fanciful, while learning from one another and building alliances. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of design thinking, seed ideas for micro-tasks, and opportunities to continue the conversation and deepen their exploration of speculative library futures.

Presenters

Shannon Robinson
Assistant Director, Fisher Fine Arts Library
University of Pennsylvania

John Jung
Senior Programmer/Analyst
The University of Chicago Library

Heidi Beke-Harrigan
Technical Support Librarian
OhioNet

–Chris Deems, Technical, Electronic & Digital Services Interest Group Co-Chair, Ohio Northern University
–Jerry Yarnetsky, Technical, Electronic & Digital Services Interest Group Co-Chair, Miami University
–Bethany Spieth, Sustainability Interest Group Co-Chair, Ohio Northern University
–Kimberly Hoffman, Sustainability Interest Group Co-Chair, Miami University

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People & Library News

ALAO Planning Committee News

The 2020 ALAO Conference Planning Committee (CPC) faced a significant challenge in spring of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic made in-person gatherings dangerous. After weighing several options, the CPC decided to go forward with the 2020 conference but take on the daunting task of transitioning it completely online. Many of you attended that first online ALAO conference (and are hopefully the second!) and witnessed first-hand the decisions and results of the CPC’s work. By many accounts, the conference was a success.

ALAO was not alone in its need to make a quick transition of its events to an online venue. To help other organizations who might need to move their professional development offerings online, a subset of 2020 CPC members collaborated to write an article about their experiences. We are excited to announce that our article, titled “Going digital: Strategies for transitioning a conference to an online format” will be published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship later this year! A corrected proof is currently available on the Journal of Academic Librarianship website: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2021.102433. Thank you to all of the 2020 CPC members for contributing to the success of the conference, and we hope you will all take a look at the article when it is published!

–Mandi Goodsett, Past President, Cleveland State University
–Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve University
–Melissa Hill, Web Manager, Ohio Wesleyan University
–Sara Klink, Interest Group Coordinator, Stark State College
–Stacey McKenna, The Ohio State University
–Marsha Miles, Cleveland State University

Case Western Reserve University News

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the Kelvin Smith Library hosted Kepler at 450: An Interdisciplinary Celebration

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was a central figure of the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. His work was interdisciplinary, involving not only astronomy and physics, but he also described musical harmonies that the planets orchestrated in their paths around the sun, offered political advice to the Holy Roman Emperor, and agonized over theological doctrines that led to his excommunication.  KSL Special Collections recently acquired a valuable 1621 edition of Mysterium Cosmographicum, which laid the groundwork for many of Kepler’s pursuits.  This is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the book and the 450th anniversary of Kepler’s birth. Our event brought together scholars from the fields of music, history, physics, astronomy, philosophy, and the library to discuss Kepler’s impact on and across their fields. The celebration included opening and closing music performances featuring guest artist and world-renowned cornettist Bruce Dickey, who performed with faculty and students from CWRU’s Historical Performance Practice program.

A full program of the day’s events can be found here, and a playlist of recordings of the events can be found on CWRU’s YouTube channel here.

On October 12th, Provost Ben Vinson III today announced the appointment of Emory University’s dean and librarian Yolanda Cooper as Case Western Reserve’s vice provost and Lindseth Family University Librarian. She will begin her new role on January 1st. See the full announcement for more details.

-Brian Gray, Case Western Reserve University

Oberlin College News

Oberlin College welcomed Valerie Hotchkiss as the new Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries.  For the past five years, Hotchkiss served as university librarian at Vanderbilt University. Prior to that, she led Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois.  Soon after her arrival, Valerie initiated a strategic planning/visioning process, reaching out to every sector of the campus community and to the Friends of the Oberlin College Libraries.  She now chairs the search committee for the long-vacated Associate Director for Collections and Resource Services position

Read more about Valerie Hotchkiss here.

–Alison Ricker, Oberlin College

Ohio University News

After more than 25 years of service to the Libraries and Ohio University, Eileen Theodore-Shusta will be retiring from her position as the Libraries’ Director of Planning, Assessment, and Organizational Effectiveness on December 31, 2021.  Eileen’s contributions to the Libraries have been many and varied; and she is known across the university as a respected collaborator and colleague.  Eileen has contributed in numerous ways to ALAO over the years, including helping to establish and serving as the first chair of the Assessment IG; and as a member and chair of the Diversity Committee for several years.

–Eileen Theodore-Shusta

Ohio University Libraries is proud to announce the following staffing changes:

  • Katy Mathuews has accepted the position of Senior Director of Administration. Katy began her new position on August 15, 2021. She formerly served as the Head of Collections Assessment & Access.
  • Seth Sisler has accepted the position of Head of Acquisitions & Collections Services. Seth began his new position on November 1, 2021. He formerly served as the Electronic Resources Librarian.

—Katy Mathuews, Ohio University

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