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Call for Proposals, Academic Library Association of Ohio 2017 Conference

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 43rd Annual Conference.

  • Theme: Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment
  • Date: October 27, 2017
  • Location: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio

Presentation Submission Deadline: April 10, 2017

Poster and Roundtable Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017

Think creatively about how your work connects to this year’s conference theme, “Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment.” Explore how academic libraries and librarians provide resources and initiate programs, partnerships, and policies that empower patrons, staff, and stakeholders while advancing equity and social justice. Remember, small actions in any area of the library can lead to big transformations.

More information and submission guidelines are available on the conference website

All presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

Presenter grants

ALAO encourages library support staff and library student growth, career development, and participation in conference activities, and awards two presenter grants, one for support staff and the other for students. These grants (up to $150 each) are intended to assist with the costs incurred in preparing the presentation and modest travel costs associated with the presentation. Additional information will be sent to those who indicate eligibility on their submission forms.

Ideas can include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical Librarianship
  • Nontraditional resources and services
  • Services for and inclusion of diverse populations
  • Collection development trends and models
  • Open Access/Scholarly Communication
  • Programming/Outreach/Marketing
  • Accessibility
  • Leadership, and Mentoring
  • Discovery and Metadata
  • Information Literacy
  • Sustainability

If you have questions, please visit the website or contact Cara Mia Calabrese or Eric Johnson at

Call for Special Faculty Assignment Applications

Special Faculty Assignment Application URL: 

The Committee on Faculty Benefits, Responsibility and Research (CFBRR) invites any interested regular faculty member to apply for Special Assignments (SA). SA releases a regular tenure track faculty member from some regular duties for a period of up to one full term so that he or she may concentrate on a unique research, service or other endeavor related to librarianship or may invest in a relatively brief professional development opportunity.

Applications for SA that will begin in Summer/Fall 2017 are due by March 19, 2017. All regular tenure track faculty are eligible to apply for an SA; priority is given to untenured faculty members. There are many options for length, timing, scale of project and so forth. Interested faculty are encouraged to consult with their supervisor and to contact a member of CFBRR with questions ( 

Important Resources:

Timeline for submitting application for SA that will begin in Summer/Fall 2017:

  • March 19:  Applications due to CFBRR
  • April 19:  CFBRR’s recommendations in priority order forwarded to the Director of University Libraries
  • May 17:  Director of University Libraries notifies CFBRR of SA awards; CFBRR’s chair notifies all applicants


HR Service Center Location Change

Due to renovations in Bricker Hall, the Office of Academic Affairs HR Service Center will temporarily move office locations. Effective January 23, the Service Center will be located in room 035 Bricker Hall (basement level). Please inform student new hires to report to 035 Bricker instead of the normal 3rd floor location for hire paperwork beginning on January 23.

All Service Center phone numbers will remain the same and should be operational within a few days of the move.

Career Closet Event February 13

(1/11/17) Student Life will be hosting another Career Closet event for students on Monday, February 13,  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Last year, Career Closet helped approximately 400 students find professional attire needed for opportunities, such as career fairs, interviews, internships and career employment. Please consider donating your gently used professional clothing, shoes and accessories to the Student Life Career Closet.

All donated clothing will be used to provide a closet where students can “shop” for free professional attire.  Donations will be accepted through February 3 and can be placed in a collection bin at any of the locations below. Donation receipts are available upon request.

Bricker Hall

Donation Bin Location:  101 Bricker Hall

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental

Donation Bin Location: Agriculture Administration Building Lobby

College of Medicine

Donation Bin Locations:

  • Graves Hall, first floor near elevator
  • Meiling Hall, first floor near elevator

Fisher College of Business, Office of Career Management

Donation Bin Location: 150 Gerlach Hall

Ohio Union

Donation Bin Location: Information Desk

Younkin Success Center

Donation Bin Location:  2nd Floor, near elevator

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Tour: Tuesday, January 24, 3 p.m.

(12/28/16)  Ever wondered about the science that goes on at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center? Then consider signing up for this free tour, on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 3-4:30 p.m., at the Byrd Center, Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road.

Participants can expect to learn about the various research groups at the Center—and a chance to pay a visit to the ice core freezer.

RSVP to Laura Kissel,  Space is limited, so reply early!

Welcome Kristin Gall to Libraries’ HR

(12/28/16)  Kristin Gall is joining the Libraries’ HR staff as a one-year temporary employee beginning January 3.

As a Human Resources Associate, Kristin will support the recruitment and hiring process, update positions and post vacancy notices, support the interview scheduling process, generate offer letters, prepares new hire checklists, and monitor and prepare onboarding materials.

Kristin has a bachelor of science degree from Miami University.  She comes to University Libraries from Sandvik Hyperion, where she served as Human Resources Representative.


OSU Health Plan offers group health coaching opportunities online as YP4H service

(12/28/16)  Upcoming group sessions include Meal Prep for Success!, Find Your Happy Weight, and Having a Buckeye Baby. Join other Buckeyes on a similar health journey. To join a group, visit and click Group Health Coaching Session.

To schedule an in-person group health-coaching session at your department, contact To schedule a telephonic individual health-coaching session, email

Exhibit commemorates 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Photo by Ken Aschliman.

Photo by Ken Aschliman

(12/28/16)  An exhibit in the third floor south exhibition cases of the Thompson Library commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  This was a defining moment of the 20th century, moving the U.S. out of its post-WWI isolationism and into a role of world leadership.

The exhibition, by Bill Young, captures some of the germane points of this battle, its causes, its actions, its results, and its effects on individuals.  Bill is available for any questions you may have.

Ann Marie Davis, our Japanese librarian, has also put up a display on Japanese and Pacific area imperialism in the post-Edo era.  She has another very surprising addition we hope will arrive soon.

Free Lynda Tutorials for Windows 10/Office 2016

(12/28/16)  Lynda. com provides video tutorials on a wide range of topics, and you can access these tutorials for free with your Columbus Metropolitan Library borrower’s card.

Once you get logged in, here are a few tutorials that might be helpful to those of you moving to Office 2016 and Windows 10.

Professorial lecture January 18

sarah-murphy-prof-lecture-3(12/21/16)  The professorial lecture by Sarah Murphy, postponed last month, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Campus Reading Room of the Thompson Library.

Tableau, the Titanic, and Other Tales:  Data analytics and data visualization offers both libraries and the communities they serve the ability to effectively query and utilize volumes of strategic and operational data. Sarah will discuss how Tableau, a rapid analytics and data visualization software with an intuitive drag and drop interface, can be used to craft compelling stories with data.

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