Associate membership in the OLC is open to any commercial entity that provides products and services to public libraries. The OLC’s enhanced Associate Member program is designed for companies and individuals who want to maintain a connection with public librarians, market their services, and have access to information about the issues and challenges libraries face every day. This is a non-voting membership category.
The OLC’s Associate Member Vendor Mall is featured on the OLC website and allows librarians and library trustees to peruse information about vendors that can fulfill their program and service needs. Associate members can place information about their companies in one or more product categories and add a link that will direct users to their company website for more comprehensive information.
Annual membership (January 1 – December 31) dues for Associate members are $400. Associate members can join at any time but there is no proration of dues.
Benefits of OLC Associate Membership:
- Subscription to the OLC’s print and/or electronic publications (to one representative of the entity)
- One (annual) complimentary set of OLC institutional (library) mailing labels ($50 value)
- Member rates for all company representatives to attend OLC events (with the exception of the annual Convention and Expo).
- An invitation to submit programming proposals for the OLC’s conferences and other professional development workshops
- Early notification of exhibition opportunities at the OLC Expo
- Recognition as an Associate Member in the OLC Expo on-site program and each year in OLC member publications.
- Early notification of OLC conference sponsorship opportunities.
- Spotlighted as a “Featured Vendor” on a rotating basis in OLC’s weekly e-newsletter to library directors.
- Inclusion in the OLC Vendor Mall.
OLC Associate Members
The current Associate Members of the Ohio Library Council include:
- Bricker and Eckler
- CBLH Design Inc.
- Contract Source Inc.
- Design Group
- Fiber-Seal of Northern Ohio
- Gumdrop Books
- HBM Architects
- Midwest Tape
- Ohio Plan
- Organizational Architecture
- TRIAD Architects Inc.
Bricker and Eckler provides legal services in levy planning, bond financing, and construction issues. For more information go to bricker.com
CBLH Design, Inc.
CBLH Design, Inc. is an experienced leader in the architectural community. Our mission is to provide personalized architectural design services emphasizing commitment, integrity and innovation. We understand the complex and evolving issues that our clients face in today’s environment and we strive to develop highly competent solutions in response to these needs. Founded in 1971, CBLH Design has provided exceptional design services for numerous library projects in northern Ohio . Our hands-on approach is one that closely relates to owners, operators and managers to insure that new, expanded and modernized facilities meet program requirements, budgets and schedules successfully. CBLH believes that library design must respect all the varied activities of intended use. Today’s libraries have become community centers providing information, education and recreation for all residents of a community. Library design should reflect stability and character and, when possible, the unique identity of the specific communities they serve. For more information go to www.cblhdesign.com.
Contract Source is a full service furniture dealer specializing in the library market for over 30 years. Our expertise includes Training and Meeting Rooms, Activity areas, Children, Teen and Adult areas as well as Circulation and Reception desks.
Our Turn Key Client Service program is what makes Contract Source the leader. We have a team of Interior Designers on staff to handle space planning as well as fabric and finish selection. We work with over 100 manufacturers and as a result we offer a comprehensive line, of not only furniture but also lighting and signage solutions. Additionally, we provide only the finest installation services. Our Client Care department along with ownership’s direct involvement have the goal of exceeding the expectations of our clients. For more information go to: www.contractsource.com.
The Fiber-Seal Fabric Care System of Northern Ohio combines superior post-installation protection products with exceptional follow-up service. We partner with homeowners, facility managers, architects and design professionals to help keep beautiful interior fabrics and carpeting looking that way, day by day, year after year.
Our customized Fiber-Seal service allows our residential and commercial clients to enjoy the fine furnishings they have selected without worrying about spills and soils – we do the work to help eliminate the worry! The Fiber-Seal Fabric Care System helps make the pretty practical, the luxurious livable – all at a cost-effective price!
Fiber-Seal is effective in both new and existing installations and we include furniture cleaning, carpet and area rug cleaning as part of our service. If you have made an investment in fabrics and carpeting, make Fiber-Seal of Northern Ohio your #1 source for fabric protection and care. For more information, go to: www.fibersealnorthernohio.com.
Holzheimer Bolek + Meehan Architects, a planning/architectural/interior design firm, has built its reputation on providing personal service while producing high-quality project design. The scope of work for our library projects includes studies, interior remodeling, addition and remodeling, historic restoration, and new buildings. Our library projects have ranged from 3,000 SF to over 100,000 SF and each project includes varying degrees of planning, from site selection and establishing budgets for public funding, to very detailed space analysis. With 35 years of library experience, we bring a lot of ideas to each project; however, our continued success is based on listening and understanding the needs specific to each community. Visit our website to see our portfolio of work. Each library design is different because our design solutions respond to the specific needs for each project while celebrating the unique character of each community.For more information go to www.hbmarchitects.com.
Midwest Tape and Hoopla
Located in northwest Ohio, Midwest Tape is a full-service distributor that has been serving public libraries in North America for over twenty years. Our company offers such services as flexible standing orders, VIP processing, electronic ordering, OCLC MARC Records, and a friendly customer service staff that is only a phone call away! On our free, user-friendly website, librarians will find over 120,000 DVD titles, 70,000 Music CD titles, 25,000 Audiobook titles, and 7,000 Playaway titles. For more information go to www.midwesttapes.com
The Ohio Plan provides comprehensive liability and property coverage in addition to risk management services to Ohio libraries since 1988. For more information go to www.ohioplan.org.
Organizational Architecture is a veteran-owned small business and was founded in 2007 to provide organizations with workforce strategy solutions that align with their organizational strategy.
We believe our approach differentiates us from other organizations that provide Human Resource services because we begin by asking questions about your organization, your clients, and your strategy. We are then able to provide solutions tailored to your specific needs and which support your strategy.
Our objectives include:
- Human Resources Consulting – Employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, and development, organizational design, performance, and compliance
- Recruiting and Talent Acquisition – Candidate sourcing, screening, and selection assistance.
- Temporary HR Contractors – Temporary HR consultants or contractors for when you have a need for extra staffing or expertise.
For more information, go to: www.oahumanresources.com
The first and largest nationwide 5G network is offering all library employees a special discounted rate on the premium Magenta Plus Plan. Eligible employee who switch to T-Mobile can save up to $200 (via monthly bill credits) when activating a new account on Magenta Plus. Call 1-855-570-9947 or email Nichole Paparone1@T-Mobile.com for more information.
As the fastest 4G LTE network in the U.S. and the only carrier that is building out a nationwide 5G network, T-Mobile has been partnering with many libraries in Ohio to bring connectivity and to help bridge the digital divide. To learn more how T-Mobile is working with public libraries in Ohio, contact Zachary Shields at 216-276-3462 or Zachary Shileds1@T-Mobile.com.
TRIAD designers and architects work closely with your library to bring your vision to life using a unique analytical approach and the ability to adapt to a changing environment. Triad Architects provides full-service design and architecture services to public and private clients.
Services include: Full-Service Design & Architecture; Conceptual Design; Feasibility Studies; Capital Improvement Planning; Levy / Bond Planning; Master Planning; Owner’s Representation; Construction Administration; Site Selection; Program Management; Cost Analysis; Project Scheduling & Forecasting and more.
For more information, go to triadarchitects.com.