All-New Youth Conference: Call for Programs

The OLC is now accepting program proposals for the all-new youth conference, Beyond Books & Programs: Changing Youth Services Conference, set for Fri., Aug. 10 on the campus of Ohio University in Athens. This event is designed for library staff who work with children and teens.


Services for youth (of all ages) is in a constant state of change from forces both within our libraries and outside the profession. While books and programming will always be a cornerstone of what we do, this conference will focus on the other aspects of library services for kids and teens. You’ll take a closer look at how to best serve patrons from birth through high school and explore innovative ideas that you can implement back at your library.


The educational programming for the conference will include:
  • Keynote
  • 60-minute breakout sessions
  • LIBchats (Library Interesting Briefs, 10-minute, high energy talks)
  • Un-programs (moderator gets the discussion going, then participants lead the discussion and direction of the session)


The Program Committee is seeking presentations that tie to the Core Competencies of public library service and focus on best practices and trending topics in children’s and teen services.


If you are interested in presenting a program, please consider contacting one of the OLC’s Divisions or Committees to sponsor your submission. Whether you’re a novice at presenting or a veteran, we welcome your proposals.
Proposals will be accepted until March 23, 2018. 


For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this conference will count as six (6) contact hours of credit.