People & Library News

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) News
Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is pleased to announce the following promotions and new library staff members:

Brian Gray: Special Projects Officer (3/1/19)
Previous position: Research Services Team Leader, KSL, CWRU

Jen Green: Digital Learning & Scholarship Team Leader (3/1/19)
Previous position: Digital Scholarship Librarian, Dartmouth College Library, Dartmouth College.

Jen Starkey: Research Services Team Leader (4/1/19)
Previous position: Research Services Librarian, KSL, CWRU

Naomi Langer: Library Assistant V (6/3/19)
Previous position: Photographer and Sales Associate, Ripcho Studio.

Julia Teran: Archivist (6/17/19)
Previous position: Term Archivist. Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

Erin Smith: Research Services Librarian for the Humanities (9/9/19)
Previous position: Library Assistant IV (Student Supervisor). KSL, CWRU

Publication Announcement:
Brian C. Gray (Special Projects Officer) and E. Gail Reese (Associate Director for Public Engagement and Library Administration) of the Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, co-authored a book with two others on personal librarian programs. Personal Librarians – Building Relationships for Student Success ( provides practical advice and case studies examining how to develop, sustain, and assess personal librarian programs.

–Brian C. Gray, Case Western Reserve University
Oberlin College News

Oberlin College welcomed Timothy Keller, new Head of Discovery and Metadata Services. Keller comes to Oberlin from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was Head of Cataloging and Metadata. Previously he worked as University Cataloger at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea.

Megan Mitchell has been appointed Coordinator of Academic Engagement and Digital Initiatives/Team Lead, Instruction. She will focus on strengthening the libraries’ engagement with faculty and various faculty-focused and faculty-led centers and entities. Previously, Mitchell served as Digital Initiatives Librarian at Oberlin; prior to that, she was one of four Reference and Instruction Librarians in Oberlin’s Main Library.

–Alison Ricker, Oberlin College


The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library News


  • Lynda Hartel was recently named assistant vice president, Health Sciences and director of the Health Sciences Library (HSL). Lynda is associate professor and has served the HSL in various capacities since 1991. Now she will lead the strategic planning, budgeting, and programs in support of over 27,000 faculty, staff and students in the College of Medicine, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health as well as the Wexner Medical Center, James Cancer Hospital, and related research institutes.
  • Judith Wiener has been named associate director for collections and outreach. Judith is associate professor and has been at the HSL since 2001.  In addition to leading general and special collections services and outreach efforts, Judith manages HSL fundraising and development programs.
  • Stephanie Schulte has been named assistant director for research and education. Stephanie is associate professor and has been at the HSL since 2008.  Stephanie directs health sciences research, education, and clinical information services and is leading several space planning initiatives.
  • Eric Schnell has been named assistant director for technology and communications. Eric is professor and has been at the HSL since 1992. In this position, Eric oversees library IT systems and operations, medical illustration and graphic design services, and an expanded communications and marketing effort.
  • Missy Creed has been named consumer health librarian at the HSL’s Library for Health Information, located in the OSU Wexner Medical Center. Having recently completed both levels of the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program, Missy is leading a variety of expanding consumer health programs.


In May, the HSL received an All of Us Community Engagement Network Ambassador Program Award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  With this $95,000 award, the HSL will serve as a link between the NIH All of Us Research Program, area public libraries, community organizations, hospitals, and individuals from underrepresented populations in Franklin County, Ohio. Hartel, Wiener, and Creed are leading these efforts in collaboration with partners including the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) and the library at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


The HSL physical space is also changing. The HSL occupies space on five of seven floors in Prior Hall. Over the last year, the HSL has been gathering current and future space-related ideas from students, staff and faculty. In August, all general collection books and journals were moved to an OSU Medical Center space located just off-campus.  Materials will be delivered to the HSL customers via campus courier.  This move allows the HSL to provide a full floor of quiet study space complete with new carpeting, updated furnishings and lighting, and a prayer/meditation area.  This renovation is scheduled for next year along with renovations to the busier, more collaborative spaces on the first and fourth floors.


Wright State University News51107 Heather Back, LIBRARY PUBLIC SERVICES Reference & Instruct Librarian, 8-9-19, Studio Portrait

Wright State University Libraries are pleased to introduce the newest member of our staff, Heather Back. As the Student Success Librarian, she will coordinate First-Year instruction, English Composition instruction, lead the collaboration with the University Writing Center, and serve as the liaison to the Education programs in the College of Education and Human Services.

A native Tennessean, Heather holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature with a minor in Information Studies from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Master’s in Information Sciences, also from University of Tennessee Knoxville.

–Mandy Shannon, Wright State University

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President’s Report

April Board Meeting Report

Strategic Plan Update


Eric Resnis, President

Thanks to the ALAO members who provided feedback as part of the strategic planning process. This feedback has been integrated with other data gathered, and the 2019-2024 plan is currently being drafted and will be reviewed by the board at their retreat in July.


The board adopted a set of guidelines and a review process for activities that ALAO may choose to sponsor.  The process will begin later this summer, and the guidelines will be announced at that time.

Advocacy Chair

The board voted to approve the appointed role of Advocacy Chair, which is an expansion of the duties that were part of the former Government Relations Liaison position.  The tenets of the role can be viewed here. If you are interested in serving in the role, you can let us know by completing the call for interest here.

Support for ALAO Meetings and Webinars

In response to the movement of some ALAO meetings and webinars to the web, the board voted to pilot the online meeting software Zoom.  After a year, the board will review the use of Zoom and make a more permanent decision on support for online meetings and webinars.

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2019 Election Results


Katy Kelly, Past President

Congratulations and welcome to the newly elected ALAO board members! Their terms begin at the July 20th board meeting.

Vice President/President Elect: Mandi Goodsett
Treasurer: Don Appleby
Public Relations (PR) Coordinator: Melissa Cox Norris
Board Members-at-Large: Amanda Black; Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, and Jennifer Starkey

Thanks to all candidates for stepping up to run this year; ALAO webmaster Melissa Hill for coordinating the online voting, and to my fellow members on the nominating committee: Maureen Barry, Stefanie Hilles, Yuimi Hlasten, Christine Morris, and Edith Scarletto.


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2019 Annual Conference Planning Update

Katy Mathuews

Katy Mathuews, Vice President/President Elect

I am excited to share planning updates for our 2019 Annual Conference, Libraries Speak Up! Advocate. Collaborate. Educate. The conference will take place on October 18, 2019 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio with a pre-conference at the same location on October 17, 2019. New items to report are:

  • We are currently reviewing conference proposals and will have the program set by early July. For those who submitted proposals, you should be contacted about the results by the end of June.
  • Registration will open on June 17, 2019.
  • In an effort to make meaningful steps toward equity, diversity, and inclusion, we are very excited to announce a free active allyship training on October 17, 6-8 p.m. at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. Workshop facilitators are Petey Peterson and Dr. Nicole Carter from Wright State University. The workshop, Active Allyship: An Exploration of Systematic Racism and Allyship in U.S. Libraries, will explore the history of racism in libraries in the United States by providing opportunities to understand white supremacy and privilege, systematic racism, individual acts of racial bias, such as microaggressions, while also providing skills needed to proactively create diverse and inclusive spaces through active allyship. Though the event is free, registration is required. For more information, please see the conference website at
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Diversity Scholarship Award Winner Brenda Foster Announced

The Diversity Committee is pleased to announce that Brenda Foster has been selected as the 2019 Diversity Scholarship Recipient.

Brenda is pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington iSchool. She is an active and effective leader at her school, currently serving as a Diversity Officer for the Association of Library and Information Science Students (ALISS) and also as a board member for the University of Washington Professional Continuing Education (PCE) Student Advisory Board. “Diversity requires a commitment from everyone,” she states.

Professionally, she has a keen interest in data management and library services backed by data analysis. In 2018, she worked for the Library of Congress as a Metadata Intern and lead a project to categorize metadata inconsistencies by using Excel.

–Yuimi Hlasten, Diversity Committee Co-Chair, Denison University
–Edith Scarletto, Diversity Committee Co-Chair, Bowling Green State University

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2019 Research Grant Recipients Announced

Some exciting news from the Research & Publications Committee.  We have completed the 2019 research grant cycle and are excited to announce the grant winners.  Both projects will be looking into really interesting aspects of librarianship.  We are proud that ALAO is able to support their projects.

  1. Jolene Miller, University of Toledo.  Research grant of $765.00 in support of the proposed research project, Health Science Librarians’ Engagement in Reflective Practice: A Qualitative Exploration of Why They Invest in Reflective Practice.
  2. Jessica Crossfield McIntosh, Otterbein University.  Research grant of $500.00 in support of the proposed research project, The Intersection of Social Justice and Public Services: An Action Plan for the Academic Library.

–Heidi Gauder, Research & Publications Committee Co-Chair, University of Dayton
–Brittany Brannon, Research & Publications Committee Co-Chair, OCLC

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Member Spotlight

Shaunda VasudevLet’s Shine the Member Spotlight on Shaunda Vasudev, Outreach & Engagement Librarian at Capital University!

What is your role(s) in academic libraries?

I am an Outreach & Engagement Librarian at Capital University. In this role I provide a library connection to various campus outlets. This includes creating library programs for students and collaborating with campus departments to promote library services. A big part of my role is working with these departments and student organizations to support student success initiatives through library outreach.

In addition to outreach, I offer liaison support and instruction to Education, Art, World Languages & Cultures, and History departments. I also provide an introduction to library services to first year seminar classes.

What do you like most about academic library work?

I enjoy interacting with users through a variety of experiences such as class visits, campus events, and cultural gatherings. Academic librarians are a valuable part of the academic community. We are not only assisting students, but also faculty.

Capital’s faculty engage in sabbatical presentations throughout the year and a Spanish professor invited me to hers. It blew me away…the presentation gave a global perspective on textile creation, waste, and gender identity. I’ve never looked at fashion and excess clothing in this way before. I left feeling empowered and it provided another means for me to connect with students. I want students to use the skills they obtain from information literacy instruction to produce a similar connection for their audience.

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

Our Center for Global Education has some amazing leadership and they really value librarians. I just completed a semester embedded in an Intensive English Language Program with non-native English speakers. The course focused on projects that begin with research consultations for all students. We ended with me attending the students final oral presentation and asking questions related to their research topic. This was a great opportunity to get to know those students better and learn more about their information seeking needs and behaviors.

Last summer I was new to my role and reached out to the Outreach Librarian at Oberlin College. They not only offered tremendous support to me, they had a brilliant idea to start a supportive community of practice for others in similar roles. We worked together with Ohio academic librarians to draft a proposal for the Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group  (PROMIG). In less than a year, the group has expanded its membership to include 32 librarians. We are so excited to move forward with creating a space where librarians can connect and share resources related to marketing, outreach, and programming.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I learned how to play guitar from my dad. He’s been playing as a hobby for years and bought me my first acoustic. It was pretty consistent with weekly lessons scheduled on Sundays for about a year. I got up to some beginners level barre chords and thought I was Hendrix.

What do you love about being an ALAO member?

I love attending the conference the most! It felt like a great balance of learning and getting to socialize with librarians from all over Ohio. It was easy to meet new people and as a result, I made some better connections with librarians in the central Ohio area.

–Anita Slack, Communications Editor, Capital University

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