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