CMCIG @ ALAO Conference

ALAO's 36th Annual Conference is October 29th, at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North. The Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group - CMCIG - is sponsoring the following session in Salon D at 10:10 am, we hope to see you there!

"Choose to Read Ohio: Read Together, Read Ohio, Read For Life"

Overview: Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) is a flexible framework that spotlights Ohio authors and promotes reading across Ohio. The State Library of Ohio, in partnership with Ohioana Library Association, developed this statewide initiative to connect Ohioans of all ages through the experience of sharing literature by authors native to, residing in, or associated with Ohio. CTRO is intended to be adaptable for use in classrooms, libraries, bookstores, by book discussion groups, by families, and by other groups in various community settings.

The newly-announced 2011 booklist includes 20 titles by notable Ohio authors for adults and youth. Groups of readers select books from the booklist to read and discuss together. Toolkits provide support materials, including discussion questions and extension projects. Participation may be as simple as a class or student group selecting a title to discuss, or as elaborate as a multi-agency community partnership incorporating educational programming and special events. Education classes will want to consider using CTRO titles in student teaching experiences and other collaborations with K-12 schools. CTRO provides excellent opportunities to make connections with your surrounding community.

Join us for an introduction to the CTRO framework, information about possible funding opportunities, and a showcase of successful CTRO projects in academic settings.

Janet Ingraham Dwyer (State Library of Ohio)
Amy Korpieski (Clark State Community College)
Julie McDaniel (Urbana University)
Ann M. Raney (University of Dayton)


OKI Children's Literature Conference

“Creative Expression through Language, Literature, and Literacy,” the fifteenth annual Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature Conference, will be held Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY. Keynote speakers will be author Gail Carson Levine, Newbery Honor winner, and Chris Raschka, author and Caldecott Award-winning illustrator.

The full-day conference will also include a wide variety of workshops useful to teachers, writers, librarians, illustrators, and parents, on subjects including:

  • “Using Children’s Books to Integrate Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Math” with Cincinnati author Andrea Cheng;
  • “Middle School Book Clubs” with school librarian Sandra Lingo; and
  • “Improving Community and Critical Thinking through Improv” with Jennifer Yuenger and Janet Mitchell of Villa Madonna Academy.
  • Rotem Moscovich, Editor at Scholastic/Cartwheel books will discuss the process by which an editor chooses a manuscript for publication, and
  • local author Linda Leopold Strauss will join her for a second workshop about how they worked together to produce Strauss’s new picture book, Preschool Day Hooray!.

Director Benjamin Sapp of The Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio will offer a virtual tour of the museum, and keynote speakers Levine and Raschka will hold informal Meet the Author sessions. In addition, Linda Leopold Strauss is offering a limited manuscript critique option to conference-goers.

The 2010 conference is sponsored by The Dearborn Highlands Arts Council in cooperation with The Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore, Clermont County Public Library, Kenton County Public Library, Kenton County Schools, Madeira City Schools, Northern Kentucky University, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Thomas More College, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.

The conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

Early bird registration is $75; after October 22, $85.
Registration for full-time students with valid student ID is $35.
Manuscript critiques are $35.

Registration and additional information are available at http://oki.nku.edu/.

*Conference information source, ALAO List Serv, 8/31/10

Nominations being accepted

From the ALAO List Serv 8/30/10
Nominations are being accepted for the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award

The ALAO Awards Committee seeks nominations for the 2010 Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes an individual who (1) has been an ALAO member for at least 5 years, and (2) who has promoted academic libraries and librarianship not only on his or her own campus, but also within the state. The award also recognizes someone who has provided leadership in the promotion of ALAO through service such as committee membership, executive board office, or interest group office. The Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award honors the memory of Jay Ladd, a founding member of ALAO in the early 1970s.

This is a wonderful way to recognize a colleague who has provided leadership in ALAO and in the profession. The recipient of this year's award will receive an honorary 5-year membership in ALAO and will be recognized at the ALAO Annual Conference in Columbus, OH on October 29, 2010.

You may access the nomination form from the ALAO web site at:

Please include the following information:

  • Name of nominee
  • Nominee's position title
  • Nominee's college or university
  • Nominee's ALAO activities
  • Your reasons for nominating this person
  • Your name and contact information, including phone and email

NOTE: You may nominate more than one person. Your reasons for nominating your candidate(s) for the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award will be especially valuable to the Awards Committee.

Please send your nominations via mail, US Cargo, fax, or as an email attachment by Friday, September 17, 2010 to:

Rob Withers, ALAO Past President
Assistant to the Dean and University Librarian
225 King Library
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
Fax: 513-529-3110
Email: rob.withers at muohio.edu


Registration Open! ALAO Conference

From the ALAO list serv, registration is now open for the 36th Annual ALAO Conference!
Register now for the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s 36th Annual Conference, Academic Libraries: Now and Tomorrow.

On Friday, October 29, 2010 join colleagues from Ohio and adjoining states for a conference which offers unique opportunities for learning and networking.

Stephen Abram, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets for Gale Cengage, is the featured speaker for the program. His message will be followed by an exciting array of programs, presentations and poster sessions provided by library innovators from Ohio and beyond.

There will also be a full complement of vendor exhibits.

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue in Columbus. The location is near the intersection of I-71 and I-270 North.

Please visit the conference web site for more details, hotel and registration information.
Registration is $80 ($30 for graduate students) until September 17. Registrations received after September 17 will be $100. The registration deadline is October 15. -- Rocki Strader, ALAO President (8/24/10)


ACRL: Cyber Zed Shed

Cyber Zed Shed wants your 20-min. presentation proposal for ACRL National in Philly.
Deadline Nov 1. http://j.mp/acrlczs

Are you a tech savvy librarian using new technologies in innovative ways? Adapting existing technologies to reach user needs? Here is an opportunity to share your innovations with your colleagues, library administrators, and others at ACRL 2011. The ACRL 2011 Cyber Zed Shed Committee is looking for proposals that document technology-related innovations in every area of the library.

Whether you are teaching in a classroom; answering questions from patrons; acquiring, cataloging, processing or preserving materials; or providing other services, we're interested. We invite you to submit your most innovative proposals to help us make Philadelphia the site of a truly groundbreaking conference.

Cyber Zed Shed presentations are 20 minutes, with 15 minutes to present a demonstration, and five additional minutes for audience Q&A. Presentations should document technology-related innovations in academic and research libraries. A computer, data projector, screen, microphone, and stage will be provided in the Cyber Zed Shed theater. You will be responsible for bringing all other equipment required for your demonstration, except as agreed to in advance.

The deadline for submission is November 1, 2010.

Questions about Cyber Zed Shed submissions should be directed to:
Kenley Neufeld, Santa Barbara City College, kenleyneufeld@gmail.com
Emily Rimland, Pennsylvania State University, erimland@psu.edu


CMCIG 2010: Show & Tell

"Show & tell" was one of several CMCIG spring workshop highlights; each attendee brought three - or more - favorite or new things from their collections to share. Items varied and included children's literature, regular collection, activity books, materials kits, and DVDs. One of the wonderful BGSU staff took notes during the session and the complete list shared at the end of the day.

Juvenile Literature

Activity Books

Library & Literature

Education Topics


Materials Kit Resource Links

DVD Resources

*List originally posted on Library Cloud, 5/22/10


2010 CMCIG Spring Workshop

The CMCIG spring workshop, "Curriculum Materials Centers: What Works," is this Friday, May 21, 2010 at Bowling Green State University's Jerome Library. CMCIG co-chair Kathy Yoder sent out the following information to registered attendees. For those of us needing a refresher, here are a few quick reminders:

  • Plan to arrive between 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM.
  • New Books and Resources Roundtable: Bring up to three items to share that have been popular at your center. Categories include: juvenile literature, curriculum related titles, and teaching aids. We will share ideas and compile a master list of “must have” resources for everyone to take home.

BGSU sits just off Interstate 75 at Exit 181. From the highway take E. Wooster Avenue to the west.

  • To Jerome Library: Turn north (a right from Wooster Ave) on Mercer Road followed by a left onto Ridge Street. Enter Parking Lot N to your left.
  • Google Map: Jerome Library, Bowling Green, OH

The library is the interesting art-clad 8 floor building that looms above the others. I hope to have an assistant handing out parking tags in the parking lot. Otherwise park and come in and you can pick up the parking tag at the registration table. Enter the library at the west entrance at the lowest level.

Breakfast will be pastry, fruit, and coffee during the registration time. Lunch will be a soup and salad buffet at the Gardner Pavilion/Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay.

The University of Findlay is also off I 75 approximately 30 min south of Bowling Green.

  • To Mazza Museum: Exit 159 off of I-75 left on to State Route 224. At first light turn right onto Broad Avenue. Turn left at second stop traffic light. Continue until College Street ends. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion is on the right. Parking is available on both sides.
  • Map: For a visual route to Mazza Museum.


CMCIG Workshop: Registration Deadline

Curriculum Materials Centers: What Works
ALAO-Curriculum Materials Centers Interest Group
Bowling Green State University
University Libraries Curriculum Resource Center
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

This workshop is for anyone interested in sharing and discussing CMC best practices on a shoestring budget. Workshop highlights include:

Registration is $30 for ALAO/OCLIS Members and $60 for Non-members. Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and Mazza Museum fees.

Deadline for registration is May 10, 2010. For more information, contact CMCIG co-chair Kathy Yoder, Curriculum Resource Center, University Libraries, Bowling Green State University Libraries.


OLSSI: Early bird ends May 1st

OLSSI 2010: Libraries ROCK !!!
July 25 – 27, 2010
Baldwin-Wallace College
Berea, Ohio

Register before May 1st for the early bird registration
  • Registration includes two nights lodging, two days of classes, three days of fun, a t-shirt, tote bag, a Sunday Meet & Greet dinner, and nightly entertainment!
  • Scholarship information, class descriptions, and a pritable registration form are available on the OLSSI Registration page.
  • An Online Registration Form is available courtesy of SWON Libraries.
  • Call and pay by credit card, or online with PayPal !
We have some of the best instructors from all over Ohio, and with a rock-n-roll music theme, this will be the best library event EVER ! Oh, and did we mention our Grand Prize? This year, we’re giving away an Amazon Kindle !

Dates to remember:
Early Bird Registration ($200): April 1 – May 1
Regular Registration ($225): May 2 –July 6
OLSSI 2010: July 25 – 27, 2010

Come and be a part of the fun and learning that is OLSSI 2010 !

Michael Bradshaw, OLSSI Past-Chair
Ohio Library Support Staff Institute


Job Posting Announcement

We've been asked to post the following announcement:

Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek an Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian for a tenure track faculty position at the University Park campus that focuses on reference, instruction, collection development, and outreach. This faculty member will become part of a team of 3 library faculty in the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library (EBSL), one of 11 subject libraries at University Park.

See http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/ebsl.html. The EBSL supports all academic programs in the College of Education, as well as the academic units of Communication Sciences & Disorders and Human Development & Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Development and Psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts. The EBSL also serves as the administrative home of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book (PACFTB), affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and sponsored in Pennsylvania by the University Libraries.

Outreach initiatives created and implemented by the PACFTB include an online literary and cultural heritage map of the state, an online family literacy curriculum for children birth through 8 and their parents/caregivers, a statewide writing contest for children in 4th through 12th grade, an annual public poetry broadside series, and several national book awards and annual lists including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry and the annual Baker’s Dozen list of
the best books for family literacy. See http://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/.

We seek a librarian with the broadest possible experience and training in our major areas of service—teacher education, higher education, instruction/information literacy, psychology and human development, children’s and young adult literature, and outreach—a specialized generalist in education and the behavioral sciences.

*Responsibilities:* Reporting to the Head of the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library and Director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the successful candidate will:

• provide expertise and leadership in general reference services (live, remote, and web‑based) in the education and behavioral sciences disciplines,

• develop and present course‑related instruction and conduct seminars, student orientations and student tutorials in all undergraduate and graduate subject areas within the EBSL,

• create subject web pages and guides to research,

• develop collections to support the academic units served by the EBSL,

• serve as liaison to appropriate departments based upon the strengths of the candidate,

• hold rotating administrative responsibility for particular programs and initiatives of the PACFTB, and

• engage in research, scholarship, and service in accordance with promotion and tenure guidelines for Penn State library faculty.

*Required Qualifications*: Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA‑accredited program (or equivalent); experience or academic preparation in one of the subject areas served by the EBSL; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; strong commitment to service and outreach missions; ability to work independently and collaboratively; expertise in the use of print and online resources.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience or academic preparation in working directly with children in schools, libraries, or other settings; reference, instruction, or outreach experience in an academic, school, or public library; strong web skills; and experience working with diverse populations.

Environment: Penn State, a land‑grant institution, is a member of the CIC (Big 10) academic consortium. The Penn State University Libraries currently rank 8th in North America among private and public research universities, based on Association for Research Libraries data. In 2009 Washington Monthly, a political, inside‑the‑beltway publication, ranked Penn State 7th in the nation among public universities in preparing students to benefit the nation. The Libraries hold membership in ARL,
OCLC, and CRL. Collections exceed 5.3 million volumes, including more than 88,000 current serial subscriptions. The University Libraries are located at University Park and 23 other locations throughout Pennsylvania, with approximately 6,000 faculty and 42,000 students at University Park, and more than 92,000 students system wide. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a
university town located in the heart of central Pennsylvania.

State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half‑day drive to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Pittsburgh. For more information, please www.libraries.psu.edu and www.cbicc.org.

*Salary and Benefits:* Potential for promotion and tenure will be considered based upon University standards in librarianship, research, service, and outreach. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges.

*To Apply:* Send letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses) to: Search Committee, Box EBSL‑PSUA, The Pennsylvania State University, 511 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802. Review of resumes will begin on May 26, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.


ALAO Conference: Proposal Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit presentation and poster proposals for the 36th Annual ALAO Conference, Academic Libries: Now and Tomorrow, has been extended until April 30th.

"The ALAO Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for presentations and poster sessions that bring new, exciting, and practical ideas and approaches that can be used in all academic library settings. This year’s conference theme “ Academic Libraries: Now and Tomorrow”, looks at the challenging first decade of the 21st century we’ve just come through and gives us a window to the future as we look ahead to the next ten years." -- ALAO Conference Site


CMCIG 2010 Spring Workshop

Curriculum Materials Centers: What Works

Friday, May 21, 2010
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Bowling Green State University
Curriculum Resource Center

What works in Curriculum Materials Centers in 2010? This workshop is for those interested in sharing and discussing best practices on shoestring budgets.
Registration is $30 for ALAO/OCLIS Members and $60 for Non-members; registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and museum fees. Deadline for registration is May 10, 2010. For more information, contact CMCIG co-chair Kathy Yoder, Curriculum Resource Center, University Libraries, Bowling Green State University Libraries.

Registration forms were sent via the CMCIG List last week.


ALAO 2010 Officer Elections

It's time to vote! ALAO elections are now open and members will be choosing a new Vice President/President elect, Secretary, Membership Chair, and three Board Members at Large.

Election polls will be open until Thursday, April 22nd, at 5pm.

You must be signed into the online membership system to have
access to the ballot and candidate bios. If you have not logged into this new system in the past, you will see a "forgot password" link in the upper right-hand corner. This is the easiest way to get your password emailed to you. The password can be changed later. -- ALAO Elections Page


ALAO Conference Photos

Pictures from the 35th Annual ALAO Conference, held October 30, 2009 in Wilmington, are posted on the ALAO web site.
I also noticed, somewhat belatedly, that handouts and presentations are now live on the 2009 Annual Conference Program page. There are a significant number of items available in PowerPoint and PDF. This is always a popular feature, I enjoy being able to revisit attended sessions and peruse others I was unable to attend.


14th Off-Campus Library Services Conference

"The Fourteenth Off-Campus Library Services Conference will be held April 28-30, 2010, at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Please join us for this opportunity to explore issues related to delivering library resources and services to distance students and faculty." -- Conference Web Site
Registration is open until March 26 – Late Registration begins March 27, 2010! For more information, visit the conference web site, facebook page, follow them on Twitter, or sign up for the list serv


ALAO Newsletter Blog

The newest edition of the ALAO Newsletter, Volume 24, Number 4 (January 2010) is now available. Highlights include:
Don't forget, as reported by CMCIG co-chair Kathy Yoder in the October ALAO Newsletter, keep May 21, 2010 on your calendar for the spring workshop at Bowling Green.