Apply now for ALAO Continuing Education Grant

January 6, 2012

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant is awarded each year to support the cost of participating in professional development opportunities. Current ALAO members are eligible to apply for funds to defray the costs of attending any library-related educational opportunity occurring during the 2012 calendar year.
The ALAO Professional Development Committee (PDC) will select the application(s) that best explain how the grant will further the applicant’s professional development. The amount of money available for the 2012 Continuing Education Grant Program is $2,500. These funds may be awarded to one individual or divided among two or more top-ranked applicants. The PDC will take into consideration the amount of funding the applicant’s employer will provide for the request, as well as what the employer provided during the past fiscal year. The PDC will notify award recipients and will arrange payment. Within sixty days of the educational event, the recipient must submit a brief report to the PDC confirming proof of attendance.
Please note that awards equal to or greater than $600 USD are subject to taxation and will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service. Recipients of awards equal to or greater than $600 USD must provide their social security number to the ALAO fiscal agent prior to disbursement of award monies.
Please complete the online application for the grant at Be sure to provide the required documentation, including a description of how the continuing education opportunity will further your professional development and an itemized list of associated costs. The deadline for application is January 20, 2012.
If you have any questions, please contact the PDC Chair, Krista McDonald at:

Congratulations to Kenneth Burhanna, 2012 Distance Learning Visionary!

January 6, 2012

Kathleen Pickens-French, Miami University Hamilton

Kenneth Burhanna, Head of Instructional Services for Kent State University Libraries, has been named ALAO’s 2012 Distance Learning Visionary. Kenneth’s leadership and vision in supporting distance learning has been demonstrated through his commitment to developing strategic partnerships on campus, providing professional development opportunities, and by developing support tools and resources for librarians and instructors.

Ken will share more of his distance learning experience & philosophy at the 2012 DLIG Spring Workshop in a session entitled “A Strategic Action Plan for Distance Learning Support.” Attendees can look forward to four learning outcomes:
1. A clearer vision for the strategic role their libraries can play in distance learning.
2. Tools and approaches for providing leadership on distance learning initiatives.
3. Models for creating guiding documents and online support tools.
4. An awareness of key challenges for libraries in distance learning.
Congratulations, Kenneth! For more about the Distance Learning Visionary and/or Kenneth, please visit the DLIG blog at or the ALAO website at .
Save the date! The DLIG Spring Workshop is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 11th at the Voice of America Learning Center located in West Chester, Ohio (on I-75, just north of Cincinnati). Details about additional sessions and registration will be forthcoming in February.