Ballot Issues Workshop

November 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
OLC Headquarters
1105 Schrock Rd #440
Columbus, OH 43229

Sponsored by OLC’s Government Relations Committee

Register @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: Nov. 14

Registration Fees:  Member $70* | Non-member $140
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

Registration: 9:30 a.m. | Workshop: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Is your library considering going on the local ballot with a new levy, renewing an existing levy, or possibly modifying a levy that’s been in place for some time? This workshop will provide the information you need as you prepare for your ballot initiative, including:

  1. determining the need and public support for your library levy;
  2. legal process for placing the issue on the ballot;
  3. developing the campaign message;
  4. running the mechanics of a library campaign;
  5. connecting with the media and developing message strategies; and
  6. coordinating a lawful campaign

The format of this workshop will address each of these six points and allow time to answer questions.

Intended Audience: Directors, trustees, public relations staff, and other staff who will be involved in the library’s levy education effort.


  • Michelle Francis, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services
  • Cheryl Kuonen, Director, Mentor Public Library
  • Jennifer Economus, Outreach Specialist, Allerton-Hill Consulting LLC.

What’s Included: All handouts as provided by the instructors; morning coffee, light refreshments and lunch. Each attendee will also receive a copy of the OLC publication, Ballot Issues Handbook – Campaigns 101: The Nuts and Bolts.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as four (4) contact hours of credit.

Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed in this workshop: Fundraising and Strategic Planning

Accommodations: For a list of hotels in the area please email or call 614-410-8092.

This workshop is held twice a year in the spring and fall.