The September issue of the ALAO Newsletter is now available!

September 24, 2007

Follow this link to read the new issue of the ALAO newsletter.

News from ALA Ohio Councilor

September 17, 2007

ALA Ohio Councilor Pamela Hickson-Stevenson, Assistant Director at Akron-Summit County Public Library, forwarded the following regarding a call for ALA committee volunteers.  Pamela felt this informaiton may be of interest to ALAO members.

Please note this call was also posted on the ALA MemberBlog on August 11, 2007: Call for ALA Committee Volunteers.


ALA President-Elect Jim Rettig is seeking applications and nominations for appointments to 2008-2009 ALA and Council committees. He will fill slots on the following committees: Accreditation; American Libraries Advisory; Awards; Budget Analysis and Review; Chapter Relations; Conference; Constitution and Bylaws; Council Orientation; Diversity; Education; Election; Human Resource Development and Recruitment Advisory; Information Technology Policy Advisory; Intellectual Freedom; International Relations; Legislation; Literacy; Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory; Membership; Membership Meetings; Nominating (Deadline for Nominating Committee applications is September 1, 2007); Organization; Orientation, Training, and Leadership Development; Policy Monitoring (current Council members only); Professional Ethics; Public and Cultural Programs Advisory; Public Awareness; Publishing; Research and Statistics; Resolutions; Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds; Scholarships and Study Grants; Status of Women in Librarianship; Website Advisory; ALA-Children’s Book Council (Joint); ALA-Association of American Publishers (Joint);ALA-Society of American Archivists-American Association of Museums (Joint).

Committee charges can be found in the ALA Handbook of Organization, which is available to ALA members on the ALA website. All applicants must complete and submit the electronic 2008-2009 ALA Committee Volunteer Form.

The form is available at: ALA Committee on Committees and Committee on Appointments will assist ALA President-Elect Jim Rettig in making appointments. Committee appointees will receive appointment letters after the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Appointees will begin their committee service after the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Questions concerning appointments can be directed to ALA President-Elect Jim Rettig at or Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, Council Secretariat, at

ALAO 2007 Annual Conference

September 11, 2007

WHEN: October 25-26, 2007
WHERE: Great Columbus Convention Center, Columbus OH

Have you registered yet? If you haven’t, please consider doing so soon! We have some amazing programming for you.

The President’s Program

Our President’s Program features the return of Mr. Joseph Janes, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academics at the Information School of the University of Washington;Founding Director of the Internet Public Library; co-author of eight books on librarianship, technology, and their relationship; and author of the “Internet Librarian” column for American Libraries magazine. As many remember from the 28th Annual Conference November 1, 2002, Joe is an exciting and thought-provoking speaker. For our conference, Joe states: “Hardly a day goes by that a new opportunity or technology or idea comes whizzing past at the speed of light, and most people can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed and a little guilty for not taking them all on. In this talk, I want to help people to think about what makes the most sense in this fast-paced World of Tomorrow we’re now in.”

Featured Speakers

Other featured speakers include: Kent State’s David Robbins, speaking on web site accessibility and usability; Chad Boeninger from Ohio University speaking on the use of web technologies and social software for outreach; Case Western’s Brian Gray explains “Second Life” and how this virtual environment can be used in libraries today; Glenda Thornton from Cleveland State discusses innovation and how to create a climate where innovation flows naturally; Linda Dobb from Bowling Green continues the innovation discussion be examining innovative collaborations between academic libraries and other partners; Glen Horton from SWON Libraries demonstrates how Web 2.0 tools can be used to enhance your library’s web site; and Diane Kovacs discusses building reference skills and knowledge for virtual reference services.

Interest Groups

ALAO’s Interest Groups have sponsored some fascinating programs to help each of us grow professionally including:

Distance Learning Interest Group
E 4 ME: A Tool for Success for Online Students (FREE!)
Support Staff Interest Group
The Library Degree: Is it For Me?
The ICDL and Libraries: Staff Development Implications for the Learning or Information Commons
Transforming Rocks into Diamonds: How to Cultivate Quality Student Workers
Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group
It Takes Two to Get the Job Done: Librarian and Teacher Collaborations
Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group
Evaluating Electronic Resources and Usage Statistics
The Role of Institutional Repositories in Scholarly Communication
Back to the Future! Innovations in E-Resources Initiatives and Standards
A Joint Technical Services Department

Diversity Committee Programs

ALAO’s Diversity Committee has put together some exemplary sessions including: Defining Diversity Strategies for Your Library: A Conversation with Dr. Steve Michael; Open Forum on Library Diversity Issues; Across the Great Divide: Building Generational Bridges in the Technical Services Department; and Collaborating to Preserve the Past and Sustain the Future: Telling Our Story!

The Author-Vendor Social

Thursday, October 25th is the perfect opportunity to network with your colleagues, mingle with old friends, visit our vendors, and meet a number of fascinating authors. Authors from Ohio University Presses, and authors from Ohio or who write about Ohio will be on hand to discuss their writings. Some of the authors will perform poetry readings, short book readings, and story telling during the event. Titles will be available for purchase and signing. Cash, check, or credit card should be accepted by most of the authors. Library vendors will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate recent products and services.

Visit the Conference Web Site!

For more information about the conference and a complete schedule for the 1.5 day conference, visit the conference web site at