Registration is now open for the OLC’s new Community Engagement Conference, “Community Engagement @ Your Library: Creating Vibrant, Diverse and Inclusive Communities,” on Wed., May 15, at the OCLC Conference Center in Dublin (North Columbus).
The educational programming for this event includes more than 20 different breakout sessions on how to assess community needs, build partnerships, manage expectations, and empower staff. Nick Tepe, Director, Athens County Public Libraries, will kick off the conference with his keynote presentation, “Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian: Embedding Library Services in Your Community.” Tepe will explore how to apply the principles of embedded librarianship in your community (regardless of its size) and the benefits of growing community connections.
Other topics at the conference include: libraries as entrepreneurial hubs, school collaborations, youth programming, diverse collection development, working with veterans, partnering with local parks and garden clubs, taking adult programming on the road, passing levies with new and emerging technology, incorporating STEM, engaging the community on a shoestring budget, and much more. The event will also include a panel discussion featuring successful collaborations in Ohio.
The registration fee is $125 for members ($250 for non-members). The conference agenda and session descriptions are available on the OLC website.