Registration is now opened for ALAO 2012!

August 16, 2012

The 38th Annual ALAO Conference will feature programming spotlighting ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries report.  Our keynote, Lisa Hinchliffe, Associate Professor and the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the current Co-Chair of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee and a Past-President of ACRL.  Following the keynote a panel comprised of university administrators, David R. Hopkins, President, Wright State University, Thomas Skill, Associate Provost & CIO, University of Dayton, and Whitney Womack Smith, Faculty Director, Miami University Hamilton, will offer insight on the greatest challenges and threats to academic libraries and suggest how they think libraries can make the biggest impact.

In addition to  concurrent sessions, lightning sessions, posters, round table discussions, vendor exhibits, and plenty of time for networking on the day of the conference, the 2012 Conference Planning Committee  is pleased to offer two pre-conferences on October 25.

The Scholarly Communications Preconference, “Researcher Revolt: What Faculty Want from Publishers, Libraries and the Open Access Movement,” will feature Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University Libraries, as keynote along with a panel of faculty from a variety of disciplines and schools who will discuss their experiences with open access.

The World Cafe Preconference, “Participatory Librarianship: Shaping Conversations to Advocate the Impact of Our Academic Libraries,” features 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Buffy Hamilton.  Hamilton, who authors “The Unquiet Librarian,” will lead small groups in interactive conversations about maximizing and communicating value by framing our services and programming through a lens of participatory librarianship.

Detailed program information, venue, and hotel information are available via the following links:
Scholarly Communications Preconference:
World Cafe Preconference:
Roberts Centre:
Conference Hotel:

See our registration site for special discount rates for students, retirees and early registration.  Please note, early registration is available now through September 19.  Registration closes on October 15.  Registration questions may be directed to Sheryl Gannon at (419)-429-8642 or

To register for the conference and/or a preconference select the appropriate link below.
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Register now to learn about current trends, technologies, services and strategies!  

Annual Conference Program Now Available

August 10, 2012

The 2012 Annual Conference program is now available. For full presentation, poster, and pre-conference information see>

ALAO Wants YOU! Government Relations Liaison Volunteer Position Available

August 8, 2012

ALAO Colleagues,

Would you like to make an impact on library funding and legislation?  Want to mingle with legislators and ALA Execs? How does an all expenses trip to Washington, D.C. in May 2013 sound? 

ALAO is looking to fill a vacant position on our Executive Board for a Government Relations Liaison.  Might you be interested in serving in this capacity?  The function and activities required of this position are listed below.  I also encourage you to read the Library Legislative Day report written by Alison Ricker, who attended LLD in April of 2012.  This position gives you the opportunity to work with fellow Ohio colleagues, network with librarians around the country, and keep up-to-date on important legislative and government developments. Please consider joining us in this very important role.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sue Polanka
ALAO President