Membership Update

At the Executive Board Retreat on July 10-11, 2017 the Membership Chair reported 354 active members including 324 regular members, 5 retiree members, and 25 student members. Welcome to our newest members:

Abagail Burkey, Ohio State University ATI

Mark Clemente, Case Western Reserve University

Ryan Clouston, Ohio State University- Mansfield

Jessica Elder, Cedarville University

Alison Greenlee, Wayne State University

Yiming Guo, Denison University

Irene Herold, College of Wooster

Jennifer Janisko, Kent State University-iSchool

Natalie Jemiola-Wilson, Kent State University-iSchool

Gambo Kwara, Bayero University

Rosalinda Linares, Oberlin College

Jacob Ludwig, Cedarville University

Christina Manthei, Cedarville University

Nicole Miller, Kent State University-iSchool

Jordan Oldham, Cedarville University

Katie Stricker, Cleveland Institute of Art

Lauren Yost, Cedarville University

Katy Mathuews, Ohio University, Membership Chair

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Legislative Report

On August 25, Joseph Dudley (Bryant & Stratton College, Cleveland) and Paul Mitchell (Bryant & Stratton College, Eastlake) previewed their upcoming ALAO poster presentation at the BSC Librarians’ Annual Meeting in Buffalo, NY.  They discussed:

  • How Ohio librarians are currently building selected sharable mini collections and posting these to a system-wide intranet for peer browsing.
  • Invited peers across the system to contribute to the project by adding titles to existing collections and starting new collections
  • How to collaboratively build collections that can be shared to local library pages via LibGuides and modified to meet local needs.
  • How students and faculty at each campus will then be able to to select and access titles directly from LibGuides pages based on:
    • Title
    • Identifier,
    • Subject terms, and
    • Description or table of contents.
  • How collections will be continually updated as new information emerges and user needs change over time.

Lively discussion about the fine points of executing the project across the BSC system followed the presentation.

-Joseph Dudley, Webmaster, Bryant & Stratton College-Cleveland

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Conference Announcement

It was with great enthusiasm that we welcome all to the 3rd National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference on March 21 – 22, 2018.

The conference will focus on creating and sustaining library initiatives that provide services to support first-year students, assess service and resource outcomes, and build relationships with the libraries across the academic enterprise. The goal is to contribute to a stronger and more holistic approach to student success and retention by being a strong contributor to campus partnership efforts.

The 2 days will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions, surrounded by a number of concurrent sessions. Participants are welcomed from all types of organizations and levels of staffing.

More Information:

-Corina Chang, Case Western Reserve University

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People & Library News

Case Western Reserve University News

Kelvin Smith Library is pleased to announce a quartet of new library staff:

Andrew Mancuso joined us as Preservation Officer in June. He has received his BA from St. Bonaventure University and his Master of Library & Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. He brings experience from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, University of Chicago, and Chicago Museum of Holography Rescue Project, among others.

Jacey Kepich is our new Music Librarian. She received her Masters in Library and Information Studies at University of North Carolina in Greensboro as well as a Masters in Clarinet Performance at the same institution. Her background is in performance but has worked in libraries throughout her career.

Charlie Harper is Kelvin Smith Library’s Digital Learning & Scholarship Librarian. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Florida State University. He will be spearheading interdisciplinary digital projects at KSL while drawing on HIS technical, humanities and pedagogical experience.
Jennifer Starkey joined us as a Research Services Librarian who supports the Case Western Reserve University community in Philosophy, Anthropology, History & Modern Languages. She holds a B.A. in German Language & Literature and History from Kalamazoo College and an M.S. in Library Science from University of Michigan.

 -Corina Chang, Case Western Reserve University

Kent State University News

Update on Kent State Shootings Digital Project

The Kent State University Libraries has completed year one of a two-year National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) matching grant project to digitize a significant portion of content from the May 4 collection, which documents the 1970 Kent State shootings and their aftermath. To date nearly 25,000 items have been captured, comprised of the full content of 18 sub-collections that make up part of the May 4 collection. The theme of the grant is related to a range of “reactions” to the shootings, such as student and faculty reactions, international reactions, and artistic reactions.

The project is hosted using open source Omeka, and a recent publication in the July issue of Code4Lib outlines the adaptations made to our instance for the project (

For information about the project and a list of content included, see the grant homepage or follow Kent State University Special Collections and Archives on Facebook or Twitter.


-Cara Gilgenbach, Kent State University

 Lakeland Community College News 

AshleiZakesjpgAshlei Zakes has joined the Lakeland Community College Library as a full-time Reference/Instruction Librarian.  Ashlei earned a Master of Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kent State University. She has previously worked in a variety of library settings, including both medical and academic libraries. Ashlei joined Lakeland as a part-time librarian in April 2015. Prior to joining Lakeland, Ashlei worked as a librarian at Strayer University in Fairview Park, Ohio, as well as at Cuyahoga Community College Eastern and Metro Campuses.

-Michelle Rossman, Lakeland Community College

Ohio State University-Lima News

The Ohio State University-Lima welcomes Zach Walton, their new reference/instruction librarian.

– Tina Schneider-OSU-Lima

University of Dayton News

Christina Beis has joined the Roesch Library as Assistant Professor, Discovery Services Librarian. She received her M.L.I.S. from Kent State University. She has worked as the Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian at Union Institute & University and Web Reference Librarian at Capital University.

– Christina A. Beis, University of Dayton


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President’s Report

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Krista McDonald

This is a time of transitions for many of us. We’re watching students graduate at our institutions and transition to the next chapter of their lives. The season is transitioning from spring to summer our attention turns to planning vacations and other warm weather activities. ALAO is also experiencing some noteworthy transitions. Planning for our annual Board Retreat is underway, and our new board will be installed in early July. I hope you’ll all join me in congratulating our newest board members who were elected this spring:

  • Eric Resnis (Vice President/President Elect)
  • Don Appleby (Treasurer)
  • Michelle Brasseur (Public Relations Coordinator)
  • Paul Campbell, Heather Crozier, and Beate Gersch (Board Members-at-Large)

ALAO is also affected by a transition at our fiscal agent, SWON Libraries. Melanie Blau-McDonald, Director of SWON for nearly six years, recently stepped down for family reasons. While SWON continues to serve as ALAO’s fiscal agent, this is a loss for our organization. Melanie has been a mentor to many of us and has been a strong advocate for and supporter of ALAO. While we have the utmost confidence in SWON Interim Director Cassondra Vick, and look forward to working with the next director, we will miss Melanie and deeply appreciate everything she did for ALAO over the years.

Finally, the ALAO board is looking into options for transitioning how we manage our web presence. A task force has spent significant time this year investigating various organizational database management tools that we might use in the future. We are also studying various options for routine management of our website regardless of which product we ultimately choose.

Perhaps some of you are ready for a transition in your professional lives. Are you looking for a new opportunity to engage with ALAO? Let us know by filling out our volunteer form. ALAO relies on its members to plan programming, select grant winners, and advocate for academic libraries in Ohio. Let­­­ us know how you would like to participate and lead in the coming year.

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2017 Election Results

Brian Gray, President

Brian Gray, Past President

The ALAO elections ran from March 19, 2017, through April 19, 2017. An amazing 49% of membership voted. The new elected officers will take office at the ALAO Board Retreat on July 10-11, 2017.


Eric Resnis (Organizational Effectiveness Coordinator, Miami University)

Public Relations Coordinator

Michelle Brasseur (Marketing Communication Specialist, Wright State University)


Don Appleby (Library Specialist, University of Akron)

Board Member At Large

Paul Campbell (Subject Librarian for the Social Sciences, Ohio University)

Heather Crozier (Electronic Resources Librarian, Ohio Northern University)

Beate Gersch (Coordinator of Instruction Services, Institution: University of Akron)

Thank you to the nomination committee members:

Eileen Theodore-Shusta (Ohio University)

Mandi Goodsett (Cleveland State University)

Katy Mathuews, Membership Chair ALAO (Ohio University)


ALAO/SWON Webinars: Innovation Conversations

The inaugural webinar in partnership with SWON occurred on March 8, 2017. The webinar, called Innovation Conversations – Supporting Digital Scholarship: OSUL’s Research Commons, offered by members of The Ohio State University Libraries Research Services Team, discussed the vision and mission guiding its new Research Commons; their current efforts to support data management, GIS, and Digital Humanities; and their plans to expand support for digital research. Meris Mandernach (Head of Research Services), Amanda Rinehart (Data Management Services Librarian), Josh Sadvari (Research Commons Program Manager & GIS Specialist), and Leigh Bonds (Digital Humanities Librarian) each presented and took questions about their services and specialties. ALAO Past President, Brian Gray, moderated the session, in which 23 ALAO members participated (plus 3 libraries registered through SWON).

The second webinar, Telling your story: Using acting techniques to engage your audience, occurred on May 10, 2017. Amanda Koziura (Digital Learning & Scholarship Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University) leveraged her previous experience as a former actor and stage manager to share approaches, tricks, and guidance in presenting and/or working with library users. The second webinar saw 11 SWON member libraries and 32 ALAO members join in.

ALAO members can participate for free in this webinar series as a benefit of membership. An archive of the recordings, presentation slides, and other content are maintained at: Members will need to sign in to gain access.

Please send webinar suggestions to any ALAO Board member for consideration. We are looking for topics that are new developments or not being covered through other venues. We hope to spark conversations and networking opportunities through these webinars.

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Annual Conference Update: Moving Quickly toward Oct. 27

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Katy Kelly, Vice President/President Elect

The academic year is winding down for many, but ALAO conference planning is in full swing! 

Session, poster and roundtable proposals are under review by the conference planning committee. We are pleased to present a full slate of 28 programs as well as a diverse group of posters and roundtables to choose from on Oct. 27.

The conference program will kick off with a great keynote: New York University scholarly communications librarian April Hathcock, who educates the campus community on ownership, access and rights in the research lifecycle. She received her J.D. and LL.M. degrees in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida. Before entering librarianship, she practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in librarianship, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others. She is the author of the article “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS” and the blog At the Intersection, which examines the intersection of feminism, libraries, social justice and the law.

The evening before conference, we’re bringing back the free Thursday-night social. ALAO conference attendees are invited to celebrate OhioLINK’s 25th anniversary from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Grand Ballroom at Nationwide Conference Center. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, cocktails and nonalcoholic beverages will be available, as well as fun activities to celebrate our libraries’ cooperation. It’s casual dress, so no top hats necessary. You can RSVP to this event when you register for conference. Thank you to sponsors OhioLINK, EBSCO, Innovative Interfaces, OCLC and Ex Libris.

Conference registration opens in late June; more information about preconference activities will be available at that time. Stay tuned to the ALAO listserv for registration announcements. Check out the conference website for complete information:

Or, contact me with any questions:

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