2020 Technical Services Retreat: Moving Forward with 2020 Vision

June 30, 2020 – July 1, 2020 all-day
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Dr S Lewis Center
OH 43035

Libraries focus on offering open and affordable access to resources despite changing budgets, expectations, and environments. Programming at the 2020 Technical Services Retreat will highlight innovative approaches, clear visions, and fresh perspectives for the future. This two-day event draws technical services specialists from libraries and related organizations to learn, share, and network in a relaxed and productive campus environment.

Learn, share, and network with other technical services specialists in a relaxed campus environment at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio (North Columbus). The 2020 Technical Services Retreat will be held April 15-16. #OLCTS2020

Sponsored by the OLC’s Technical Services Division

Register @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: June 23, 2020

Member Fee: $235* | Non-Member Fee: $470

*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

When registering, please indicate if you will be attending the dinner on Wednesday evening.

Continuing Education Credits:
For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this conference counts as 12 contact hours.

Hotel Accommodations: A room block has been reserved at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center (PH: 614-880-4300). Reserve your room online.

What’s Included: 
Wednesday — morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, dinner, and evening event.
Thursday — morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.
All handouts and materials provided by instructors.

Retreat Schedule | Session Descriptions

9: 30 – 10:30 a.m. | Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Welcome and Announcements

John Chapman photo

John Chapman, Keynote

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. | Opening Keynote — Open Doors and Free Puppies with John Chapman, Senior Project Manager Metadata Strategy and Operations, OCLC

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch and Networking

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  | Breakout Sessions

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. | Break and Refreshments

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | Breakout Sessions (un-programs)

5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Dinner and Board Games!
After dinner, enjoy a night of board games and fellowship hosted by the Retreat Committee. We will have a variety of board games and a cash bar. Please indicate if you will be attending the dinner when registering for the Retreat.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Light Morning Refreshments

9: 00 – 10:00 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Break, Refreshments, and Networking (Great time to check out of your hotel room)

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch, Networking and Photo Booth!

Wendy Bartlett photo

Wendy Bartlett, Keynote

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Closing Keynote – Moving Forward with 2020 Vision with Wendy Bartlett, Cuyahoga County Public Library

2:30 p.m. – ?  | Experience Columbus after the Retreat
It’s time to unwind and relax before heading home. Take a minute to explore what the city of Columbus has to offer! The Retreat Planning Committee will have a list of restaurants, parks and some fun activities for you to enjoy.

Session Descriptions


April 15, 2020
9:30 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m. Welcome
11:00 a.m. Keynote — Open Doors and Free Puppies
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking
Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
1:15 p.m. MarcEdit for Absolute Beginners Centralize It! Collection Development and Management, All in One Place Playing Well with Others: How Cooperative Cataloging Prepares Us for Linked Data
2:15 p.m. Break and refreshments
2:30 p.m.
Global Village or Dumpster Fire?: The Technical Services Community Online Down and Dirty Collection Management The Cataloger’s Tool Box
5:00—9:00 p.m. Dinner and Board Games
April 16, 2020
8:30 a.m. Light Morning Refreshments
Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
9:00 a.m. e-Books: The State of Relations Between Libraries and Publishers Getting to Know Your Team! Open Source Cataloging Rules: Leveling the Field
10:00 a.m. Break, Refreshments, and Networking (hotel check out)
10:45 a.m. Less Money … More Circ: How to Maximize e-Book and e-Audiobook Circ on the Cheap Collaboratively Changing Our Classification System Building Responsive Collections by Improving Communication with Public Services Staff
11:45 a.m. Lunch, Networking and Photo Booth
1:00 p.m. Keynote — Moving Forward with 2020 Vision
2:30 p.m. Retreat Adjourns