This year’s ALAO Annual Conference (Nov. 14) at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio, marked an important anniversary: 40 years of continued service and educational opportunities for academic libraries. The conference’s theme of “Engagement, Advocacy and Outreach: Empowering our Communities” continues to resonate. In the midst of finals week, many of us are looking forward to a long winter nap, but we’re also looking ahead to how we may further engage our communities in the year to come.
ALA President Courtney L. Young in her keynote address “Diversity, Professional Development & Participation: How Academic Libraries Empower Communities” spoke of how libraries represent “the richest untapped source of diversity.” This remark strikes deep during a time when libraries have to constantly demonstrate their value.
Speaking of value, the Instruction Interest Group sponsored the session “Demonstrating Our Value: Using Assessment Data as Advocacy Tools.” Maureen Barry, Amanda Shannon, and Piper Martin from Wright State University gave a wonderful presentation on how librarians can utilize knowledge from Project Information Literacy and data assessment to increase student and faculty involvement. Close to 60 participants attended this session!
Thanks to all of you who stopped by our Instruction Interest Group table. We always enjoy seeing new faces. We are looking for enthusiastic librarians to share their ideas about library instruction and cool tools, especially on this blog. If we missed you at this year’s conference, there are still opportunities to participate or be a guest blogger for the ALAO IIG Blog!
At the start of the new year, the Instruction Interest Group will be hard at work planning our Spring Workshop. Mark your calendars! The IIG Spring Workshop is scheduled for May 15, 2015, at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. See you there!
We hope everyone will have a very relaxing semester break. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!