Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Yes! It's time for Mock Caldecott

Buttons, pens, and ballots (oh, my)
Yesterday was my annual Mock Caldecott panel session with Dr. Mary Rycik's EDEC 323 Tradebooks and Technology with Literature class. I love this activity!

Students met in the library (second floor), outside the IRC, to review and evaluate picture books for a Mock Caldecott award. Tables are reserved and set up with pertinent handouts, books to evaluate, ballots for voting, IRC pens, and buttons proclaiming 'I voted for the Mock Caldecott.' This year I changed our voting process to include use of weighted ballots (first place vote = 4 points, second place vote = 3 points) and more closely follow the official nomination and voting process. In previous years, we voted by simple raise of hands. While it took longer to tabulate votes and move through the second nomination round and select a winner, student's seemed to enjoy using the ballots. I think it may also have helped remove any subtle peer pressure to vote for your group's initial nominated title. At the conclusion of our session, a clear winner (with 11 of 13 first place votes and a total score twice that of the next nominated title) and two honor books (tied for second place) were selected.

Students were introduced to elements picture book art and illustration such as layout, design, form and function, balance, use of space, and the importance of art telling the story. Artistic media and style, as well as the parts of a picture book are discussed.  They discuss picture book awards and in this instance came with great questions regarding the process.

Sixteen picture books were considered; the selection included a mix of artists publishing their first picture book and well known and award-winning illustrators. A variety of artistic mediums were represented such as collage, gauche, painted oils, pencil, watercolors, and mixed media. All of the titles were recent additions to the library juvenile collection and met basic Caldecott Medal criteria established by the Association for Library Services for Children, American Library Association Medal committee.

All of the titles we reviewed are available on the Mock Caldecott Panel Pinterest board:

Follow IRC's board Mock Caldecott Panels on Pinterest.

Students reviewed nominated titles, and completed two rounds of voting to select a final winner and two honor books.

Our Mock Caldecott winner for Fall 2015:

Honor book distinction was given to:

The IRC web site Mock Caldecott Panels page and EDEC 323 LibGuide provide additional support and resources for this activity.

*Information originally published on the IRC Blog post Mock Caldecott Panel (9/8/15).

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition

"The NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Z├╝rich, are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition during a special online event. This is the second edition of the NMC Horizon Report that explores the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context." - NMC Horizon Report
Links to more information:

Friday, July 24, 2015

ALAO 2015: Registration Open

ALAO 2015
Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future
November 20th - Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Drive South
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Registration is now open for the 41st Annual Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO). This year's keynote address will be presented by Cindy Meyers Foley, Executive Assistant Director, Director of Learning and Experience Columbus Museum of Art.

Conference Website:

Early Bird Registration ends September 30, 2015.

ALAO 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop
November 19, 2015

Are You Ready For Leadership? features Trevor A. Dawes, Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis Pre-conference.

Pre-conference Registration: 

Questions about conference/preconference registration?
Please contact Judy Cerqua, Registration Coordinator, at cerqua.1 at

If you have questions about the 41st Annual ALAO Conference or the preconference, please contact Brian Gray at bcg8 at

Connect With Us! Follow the conference on Twitter  #ALAO2015

*Posted on the ALAO Blog 7/10/15

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Common Craft & Libraries

Common Craft recently posted a new - free - explainer video, this one focuses on  Libraries in the Internet Age. Why, you may ask. Their video summary and description provides that information: "We love libraries and librarians. We want them to succeed and we made this video to help the public understand how libraries have changed in the Internet Age."

This certainly explains why they were looking for librarian feedback in early March (smile).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CMCIG Spring Workshop

Novel Ties: Classics and Comics in the Classroom

Monday, April 20, 2015
The Ohio State University
Thompson Library, Room 150
1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus OH 43210

With so much focus on technology these days, we’re going back to the books to look at how literature can be used in the classroom in innovative ways. We’ll examine the more “traditional” novel and get the inside story from a 2015 Newbery Committee member. We’ll also look at the graphic novel and how its popularity with students can be leveraged in the classroom to enhance reading instruction and to provide new opportunities to engage with text. In addition, we’ll take some time for small group discussions on topics of interest to CMC librarians. The day will conclude with a brief tour of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

To register: Click here
Cost: $20.00, includes workshop, breakfast, lunch, & tour
OSU Parking: $11.25 / day

Workshop Program

9:30 am – 10:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
10:00 am Welcome & Introductions
10:10 am – 11:10 am

“An Insider's Look at the Newbery Medal Process”
Stephanie Bange, Wright State University

11:10 am – 11:20 am Break
11:20 am – 12:00 pm Round Table Discussions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“It's More Than Just a Comic…Using Graphic Novels to Engage Readers of All Levels”
Anita Gonzalez, Ohio Resource Center

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: Exploring Teaching and Learning with Comics in the Classroom” - Caitlin McGurk, The Ohio State University

3:00 pm Visit to OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (optional)

*Originally published CMCIG Blog, 3/24/15

Monday, March 02, 2015

ALAO 2015: Call for Proposals

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our call for proposals for the 2015 ALAO Conference, which will be held on Friday, November 20th at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

This year's theme is "Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future."  For more information and submission guidelines:

The deadline for submitting break-out session presentations and poster sessions is Friday, March 27th.  Questions about the program? Contact the program committee:


Tuesday, February 03, 2015