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)