Only one week left to register for ALAO 2012!

October 9, 2012

We have an amazing conference planned featuring ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries report.  Are you thinking about registering, but need a rationale to justify attending?   Here’s more reasons to attend ALAO 2012:

  • KEYNOTE BY LISA HINCHLIFFE, current Co-Chair of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee.  Hinchliffe will address the multitude of challenges academic librarians face in responding to user needs as well as economic, technological, and accountability demands, and focus in on the dual imperatives of providing value to our users and then documenting that value which can serve as touchstones to understand and serve our institutions.
  • PANEL OF UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS who will offer insights on the greatest challenges and threats to academic libraries and suggest how they think libraries can make the biggest impact.
  • CONCURRENT sessions! LIGHTNING sessions! ROUND TABLE discussions! POSTERS!  VENDORS! 
  • RESEARCHER REVOLT preconference featuring a keynote by Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University Libraries, and a panel of faculty from a variety of disciplines and schools who will discuss their experiences with open access.
  • PARTICPATORY LIBRARIANSHIP preconference features 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Buffy Hamilton.  Author of “The Unquiet Librarian,” blog, Hamilton will lead small groups in interactive conversations about maximizing and communicating value by framing our services and programming through a lens of participatory librarianship.
  • THURSDAY NIGHT (10/25/12) RECEPTION at the Roberts Centre featuring savory canapes, succulent fresh fruit kabobs, tasty snacks, tantalizingly scrumptious desserts and a full cash bar.  Be there from 7 pm to 9 pm to share in the fun!
  • NETWORKING!  ALAO 2012 offers oodles of opportunities to catch up with old friends and make connections with new ones!

For the logistically inclined…

Register now to join in the national conversation on having an impact and communicating our story! 

Events and Announcements of Interest to ALAO Members

October 8, 2012

Makerspaces Workshops
ALA TechSource and Library Boing Boing are offering an exciting series of free webinars, Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. In this series of four 60-minute webinars, registrants will have the opportunity to learn about a fast-growing library phenomenon from librarians who have been ahead of the pack. Registration for this free event is available at

ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award
The ALA Public Programs Office is taking nominations for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award until December first. “The award will recognize a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by developing and presenting a cultural or thematic program or program series during the previous year (September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012). The Award consists of $5,000 and a citation of achievement, to be presented during the ALA Award Presentation at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.”
See for more information.

Support Staff Symposium
SWON will be hosting a symposium for support staff titled “Convincing Communications.”
Description: Think about it: most communications tasks – grant proposals, presentations, cover letters, job interviews, even teaching – are actually persuasive. Whether through the spoken or written word, the communicator seeks at some level to convince the audience of the message’s value. The challenge, of course, is that the typical audience doesn’t seek to be persuaded! That’s why defining you audience and leading with their goal are so important. In this “keynote workshop,” participants will gain hands-on experience using simple frameworks to profile and audience and organize content; and then create a communications plan to deliver desire results.
Date: October 17
Location: Boone County KY Public Library, Main Branch
More information:

“Have you heard of ALAO?” Survey results from KSU-SLIS students

October 1, 2012

ALAO member Aaron Coldren undertook a survey of his fellow graduate students in the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. Thirty-five students completed the online questionnaire, conducted in late August 2012. Coldren summarizes the results here:

The survey results from library science school students provide some revealing insight about the awareness of ALAO. Over 80% of the respondents answered “No” to the question “Are you a current member of ALAO?” About 75% of survey participants have indeed heard about ALAO, and almost half of them answered that they heard through KSU SLIS or from a colleague; with email/newsletter being the second most popular answer. About 85% responded that academic librarians are the group most encouraged to join ALAO and about half answered that library science students are also encouraged to join the organization.

Interestingly, none of the survey participants had heard about ALAO through Twitter and only one respondent heard about ALAO through Facebook. With social media growing increasingly popular in today’s world, promoting ALAO more through social media markets would only benefit the membership development of the organization. Overall, the survey was a great success because the results provided ALAO with answers to essential questions about who is aware of ALAO and how are they hearing about it. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.

My thanks to Aaron for taking the initiative to conduct the survey, and providing the results to the ALAO Executive Board.

Alison Ricker
Membership Chair

Apply Now for the 2013 Research Grant

October 1, 2012

Working toward tenure, or perhaps interested in putting together your first research project? Will you need money to fund that new or current research project on libraries, librarianship, or information science and technology? The ALAO Research and Publications Committee would love to help! As an ALAO member you have the opportunity to apply for up to $1000 in grant funding in support of your research. Our 2013 research grant program is underway, and you can apply today!

For more information about award eligibility, application procedures and deadlines, check out the Research and Publications Committee web page on the ALAO Wild Apricot main site at Our RPC page is in the “Committees” section of ALAO main page. Here also is the direct link to the 2013 grant program page,

And, make sure to submit your application for this year’s research grant program to by December 20, 2012 . We look forward to learning about your research project!