2021 Library Trustee Workshop

March 6, 2021 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
Ohio Library Council via Zoom

Sponsored by the Ohio Library Council

Register at my OLC

Registration Deadline: Feb. 28

Registration Fees:  Member $40* | Non-member $80
*Individual members or staff/trustees of OLC institutional member libraries.

This workshop will focus on what every library trustee needs to know, including boardmanship, legal issues, library funding, working with your director, the importance of diversity and inclusion in public libraries and library finances. You will also learn about services that the OLC offers to its member libraries and their trustees. Although designed for relatively new library trustees, those with years of experience will find this workshop to be a good refresher.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to be an effective Board member and how to work with your library’s director and staff.
  • Make sense of your library’s finances and understand how libraries are funded in Ohio.
  • Get updates on the latest legislative issues at the Statehouse including the Public Library Fund (PLF).
  • Gain a better understanding of the legal questions library trustees often ask.
  • Learn more about the services that OLC provides to trustees.
  • Understand why equity, diversity and inclusion are vital to the libraries success.

Intended Audience:  Any member of a public library Board of Trustees. The OLC encourages new trustees as well as current trustees to attend this educational event.

What’s Included: Attendees will receive a copy of the Ohio Public Library Trustees’ Handbook as well as all workshop handouts as provided by the presenters.

Online Workshop Instructions: The Ohio Library Council will present this workshop via Zoom. The links – one for the morning session and one for the afternoon session – will be emailed to all registrants 2 days prior to the workshop.


8:45 a.m. | Join the Zoom Classroom

Use link for the morning session (this will be emailed to you 2 days prior to the workshop). We will test audio and video connections to ensure all attendees can see and hear the presenters.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Welcome and Ohio Library Council Overview
Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Boardmanship
Chad Seeberg, Trustee, Marysville Public Library and member of the OLC Board of Directors

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Thriving in the New Normal: Demystifying Library Finances
William Shkurti, Trustee, Upper Arlington Public Library

11:45 a.m. | Lunch Break


Use link for the afternoon session (this will be emailed to you 2 days prior to the workshop).

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Funding and Other Legislative Issues for Ohio’s Public Libraries
Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council
Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

1:25 – 2:25 p.m. | The Importance of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Public Libraries
Kacie Armstrong, Director, Euclid Public Library

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Trustees’ Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions
Jason Elvers, OLC Legal Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

3:40 – 4:30 p.m. | “Don’t Ask What Your Director Can Do For You…”
Tony Howard, Director, Pickerington Public Library

4:30 p.m. | Adjourn