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2015 ALAO Conference Registration Open

Wednesday, October 7, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
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The Academic Library Association of Ohio invites you to attend their 2015 Annual Conference, "Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future," on November 20 in Columbus, Ohio.

The day begins with a keynote talk from Cindy Foley, Executive Assistant Director and Director of Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art. Her talk is entitled "Centers for Creativity; Reimagining the Impact of Libraries in the 21st Century."

We know Cindy from the energizing talk she gave at SWON's spring Membership Meeting in 2013. Then, she described how the Columbus Museum of Art was designing new ways for visitor to engage with the museum's exhibits. Having planned those activities, they could measure their outcomes and adapt or improve them. These designs included everything from new programs that built relationships with local teens to new furniture.

You can hear Cindy Foley speak in this TEDxColumbus talk from 2014, where she talks about the value of thinking like an artist and the pitfalls of thinking of creativity as something possessed only by a special few. Inspirational and grounded in practice, Cindy is a speaker you won't want to miss.

The rest of the day is filled with a diverse abundance of presentations. The full program schedule is now online, describing the 28 sessions available to choose from. With such a full day, you can design the agenda that best suits your needs. Registration closes October 28, so act now to register online.

  • Nathan Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator


Strengthen STEM in Everyday Storytime with Saroj Ghoting

If you want to improve your understanding of early literacy, you want to talk to Saroj Ghoting. She literally helped write the book for the Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library initiative. Saroj's breadth of research knowledge in child development and direct experience with children and caregivers makes her an invaluable resource, whether you are new to the field or a veteran.

Space is still open for the October 27 session in Kettering and the October 28 session in Loveland, but time is running short.


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