ALAO Research Grant Awarded

April 4, 2013

Mark Eddy, Case Western Reserve University

The ALAO Research and Publications Committee is very pleased to announce the 2013 RPC Research Grant Program Award winners. The committee received a total of five very impressive applications and would like to extend sincere thanks to all of our applicants. We look forward to hearing more about their exciting research projects, and we very much appreciate your participation in the 2013 RPC research grant program!

For this year’s program the committee elected to grant a single award of $944.50 to a cohort of three Ohio University researchers in support of a project entitled, Informed Instruction: A Needs Assessment Model for Library Workshop Implementation. This project will address the information needs of Ohio University graduate students and implications for instructional design. The study will explore how the information needs of on-campus graduate students differ from those of graduate distance learners, whether or not there is a need for out-of-class instruction for both on-campus and distance students, and what format these instruction opportunities should take in order to maximize the efficiency of student learning and limited staff time.

The co-researchers are,
Hilary C. Bussell
eLearning Librarian / Subject Librarian for Political Science & Public Administration
Ohio University

Christopher S. Guder
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Ohio University

Jessica Hagman
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Ohio University

The ALAO Research & Publications Committee extends hearty congratulations to our award winners!

As chair of the RPC, let me also take this opportunity to thank our committee members for their considerable time and effort with this year’s program. We wish also to thank the ALAO Executive Board for their continued support of our research grant program. It’s been another great year!

CMIG Workshop – March 22nd — still room left!

March 14, 2013

There is still room left in the CMIG e-books workshop on Friday, March 22nd at the State Library in Columbus.

The program will include:

Registration starts: 9:00am
Program: 9:30am-3:00pm

Registration includes light breakfast & lunch. Vegetarian options will be available for lunch.
During the morning we will have a panel presentation and discussion on the following topics:
ebrary Academic Collection – Jessica Grim, Oberlin College
ebrary to EBSCO: Declaring a Preference- Jennifer Bazeley, Miami Univ
OSUs PDA Program – Dracine Hodges
PDA, Kent’s Experience – Kay Downey
We’re going to devote the afternoon to an introduction of the eBook pilot. The pilot will be introduced by Julie Gammon and Karen Wilhoit followed by an OL-YBP presentation.

The day will end with a small-group questions and answer sessions.

The afternoon speaker list includes:
Karen Wilhoit, WSU
Julie Gammon, AkronU
Julie Blake, OhioLINK
Kit Clatanoff, YBP (Collection Development Manager Central US)
John Elliot, YBP (VP US Sales)
Stephen Hyndman, YBP (Senior Digital Sales Manager)

To register go to:

We hope you can join us!

ALAO Election begins tomorrow

March 14, 2013

The 2013 Academic Library Association of Ohio election will be open from MARCH 15 through April 15.

During that time, please go to:
to see the candidates’ bio’s and cast your ballot. You will be prompted for your ALAO login. There is a link for anyone who has forgotten his/her password.

Please remind your colleagues who are members to vote and any who might need to renew their memberships to do so.

TEDSIG Spring workshp

March 4, 2013

ALAO’s TEDSIG will be holding its spring workshop on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Ohionet in Columbus.

This year’s theme is “Organizational Change in Libraries”.

We are pleased to announce the following speakers, who will present their experience with change in the workplace:
Nancy Beals, Coordinator for Acquisitions and Electronic Resources (Wayne State University Libraries)
Gwen Evans, Executive Director (OhioLINK)
Melanie McGurr (Instruction & Access Librarian, the Ohio State University Libraries).

Details regarding registration and workshop times will be announced via listserv and on TEDSIG’s website ( in April.

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

Upcoming: ALAO to host ACRL webcasts

February 6, 2013

The Academic Library Association of Ohio is pleased to announce that we are planning to host rebroadcasts of two ACRL webcasts later this spring.  Registration for these webcast rebroadcasts will be free for ALAO members ($30 for nonmembers).  Time, date and location will be announced soon along with information on how to register.  Please consider joining us for the webinars and conversation with colleagues about these important topics.

From the ACRL website:

The Crisis in Academic Libraries (and Why This is the Best Thing Ever) 90 minutes
There is a crisis in academic libraries and librarianship. Or so we are being told. Frankly, Michael Ridley delighted. This is happening not a moment too soon. While there are some significant challenges in our field, the real looming crisis is that we might not grasp the tremendous opportunity before us. It’s time to escape the echo chamber and break out of the filter bubble. Our universities are at a critical stage of transformation.

Fair Use in Your Library after Georgia State 90 minutes
In this webcast, copyright librarians and lawyers will explore and dissect the court’s framework using specific examples from the Georgia State case in order to explain the ruling, the effect that the case may have on future fair use analyses, and its impact on library policies such as course reserves and interlibrary loan.

Keep an eye out for future announcements concerning this event.

Alisa Mizikar

ALAO Board Member and Chair of the Professional Development Committee

Apply now: ALAO Continuing Education Grant

December 4, 2012

Dear ALAO members,

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant is awarded each year to support the cost of participating in professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, seminars., which are related to the member’s current position or in pursuit of a professional library degree. Current ALAO members are eligible to apply for funds to defray the costs of attending any library-related educational opportunity occurring during the 2013 calendar year.  Applicants may not have received this grant in the previous three award cycles.

The ALAO Professional Development Committee (PDC) will select the application that best explain how the grant will further the applicant’s professional development, the extent of financial support for the applicant from their employer (if any), and completeness of application. Preference will be given to Ohio residents or employees of Ohio libraries. The amount of money available for the 2013 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.

Recipients may use the grants to attend any library-related event or educational opportunity. If the event costs less than the amount of the grant, ALAO will not provide the excess money to the recipient. If the amount of the grant awarded is less than the cost of the event, the recipient is responsible for the balance.

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.

The PDC will announce the grant winner in the ALAO Newsletter and on the ALAO web site, and the winner will be recognized at the annual conference.

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 15, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact the PDC Chair, Alisa Mizikar at