Save the date: ALAO Spring Workshops

February 26, 2013

Save these dates for spring workshops of Interest Groups. Details will follow.

Collection Management Interest Group Workshop
Friday, Mar 22, 2013
State Library of Ohio in Columbus
“E-Books in Ohio: What’s a Librarian to Do?”

Curriculum Material Centers Interest Group Workshop
Friday, May 17, 2013
University of Cincinnati

Distance Learning & Instruction Interest Group
Monday, Jun 3, 2013
Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester

Special Collections and Archives Interest Group
Friday, May 10, 2013

Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service available

July 20, 2012

Project Transfer launches new Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service

Transfer, the UKSG-sponsored initiative to create a Code of Practice to follow when journals are transferred between publishers, is delighted to announce the release of its Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service (ETAS).

ETAS is a rapid alerting service that will allow publishers involved in a journal transfer to notify the various stakeholders by providing a standardised set of information relating to the exchange. This information will then be hosted in a searchable database, providing a simple and easily accessible way for librarians and other groups to find out about journal transfers involving the 36 currently endorsing publishers.

ETAS is the latest development from the Transfer Working Group and is a partnership of JISC, Mimas, UKSG and Cranfield University. It will replace the existing Transfer alerting service, which was not linked to a database. Data from the old alerting service system will also be migrated to ETAS.

Commenting on the new service, Elizabeth Winter, co-chair of the Transfer Working Group and Electronic Resources Coordinator at Georgia Institute of Technology, said: “Keeping up with journal transfers is always a struggle. My colleagues and I have desired a database of transfer information for a long while, so I’m delighted that the project partners were able to bring this to fruition. I hope serials and e-resources librarians everywhere will agree that it is useful”.

The new service is now live at

For more information please contact
About Transfer:
Established in 2006, the Transfer Code of Practice has been endorsed by 36 publishers, including Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell and Springer. All of the publishers have agreed, wherever possible, to use the Code when managing and communicating journal transfers between themselves. A Working Group, comprising publishers, librarians and intermediaries, oversees the development of the Code and associated activities. Later this year the Working Group will introduce an updated Code of Practice that builds on the work already done and the changes that have taken place regarding online journal delivery since the Group was established.

About the ETAS partners:
JISC ( is the UK’s technology consortium for higher and further education and skills. JISC provides advice, guidance and resources to help institutions make the best use of innovative technology. As part of that remit, JISC supports the UKSG to help information professionals work smarter for the benefit of UK education and research.

Mimas ( is an organisation of experts. Its role is to support the advancement of knowledge, powering world-class research and teaching. As a national data centre based at The University of Manchester, Mimas hosts a significant number of the UK’s research information assets – and builds applications to help people make the most of this rich resource. Mimas has a longstanding relationship with JISC, developing services that support teaching, learning and research, and strong connections with research councils, especially the ESRC.

UKSG ( exists to connect the knowledge community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication. It is the only organisation spanning the wide range of interests and activities across the scholarly information community of librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors.

Cranfield University. Positioned between traditional universities and business and industry, Cranfield University combines the academic rigour and long-term perspective of a university with the commercial and business focus of industry. Cranfield educates students at postgraduate level on both professional development and degree-awarding courses bringing a range of multidisciplinary skills to bear in addressing a number of fields including: aerospace, automotive, energy, environment, healthcare, manufacturing, management, security and defence. The Library and Information Service has a record of contributing to the community via involvement in a number of JISC funded research projects including Journals Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics (IRUS).

2010 DLIG/IG Spring Workshop- Friday, March 12

February 19, 2010

ALAO’s Distance Learning and Instruction Groups will be hosting a spring workshop “Effective Instruction from Design to Assessment” on Friday, March 12, 2010. The workshop will take place at Ashland University, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will feature the following sessions:

Instruction by Design: A Panel Discussion
Moderator – Dr. Christina Bonner, Ohio Dominican University
Panelists – Jillian Jevack, Ashland University
Dr. Dawn Snyder, Franklin University
Litsa Varonis, The University of Akron
Lynn Trinko, The Ohio State University at Lima

A well-designed library instruction program can make a big difference for your students’ academic success. A panel of professional instructional designers will share their expertise with creating
instruction programs that work. Discussion will include tailoring programs to fit the audience, to meet objectives, and to be used with on-campus and distance learning settings.

Knowing What They Know: Information Literacy Assessment Techniques
Presenter – Carolyn Radcliff, Kent State University & Project SAILS

This presentation will touch on a variety of assessment techniques that you can use with your students, with an emphasis on knowledge testing. Learn how to create effective tests and work with the results. Find out about options for standardized testing for information literacy, including the Project SAILS test. Get an update on Project SAILS, including a preview of its latest offering. The session will be interactive, and you will be challenged to put the workshop material to work through small group exercises.

Enjoy a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and lunch is included. Please download the registration form for more information.

CMCIG Workshop

March 22, 2006

ALAO’s Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group will hold its annual spring workshop on Friday, May 19, 2006, at Cedarville University, from 8:30 until 3:30. The workshop, “Planting Seeds for Professional Growth,” will feature the following sessions:

  • Making Your Life Easier with BWI!: Eileen Armour and Nancy Cheney of BWI will demonstrate how using TitleTales, a free database, to search, select, and order materials online can benefit Curriculum Materials Center librarians.
  • Promoting Information Literacy through Webquests: Sara Bushong of Bowling Green State University will lead this discussion of using webquests with K-12 and pre-service teachers.
  • EBSS: Curriculum Materials Center Collection Development Policy Manual: Dr. Gary Lare of the University of Cincinnati will share the Collection Development Policy manual his EBSS Commitee has developed and go through the document with workshop attendees.
  • NCATE Technology Requirements: Debra Mallonee of Cedarville University, and formerly of the State Department of Education, will explain NCATE’s increased expectations in the area of information technology and discuss how CMCs and library personnel can help meet those expectations.

Tour the Cedarville University Curriculum Materials Center and enjoy lunch.

For more information and to register for the workshop, visit

Hope to see you on May 19!

Keynote speaker

February 17, 2006

ALAO-SSIG is please to announce Jenifer Grady, Director of ALA-APA, will be our keynote speaker for the Spring Workshop May 12 at the Shisler Center. We also have several breakout sessions planned including a tour of the OSU-ATI arboretum. Registration begins soon. Stay tuned for more information.

Instruction Interest Group workshop planning underway

January 17, 2006

The IIG workshop planners are considering the location and date for the Instruction Interest Group workshop. Please contact Alison Ricker ( if you have specific suggestions! We are very interested in learning of library-related events that we should plan around, especially in April and early May. Thank you.

SSIG Spring Workshop

December 15, 2005

The SSIG Spring Workshopt will be held at the Shisler Center in Wooster on May 12, 2006. We are still planning the keynote and breakout sessions. If you have any suggestions, please leave us a message.