Joint Conference of Library Associations in Ohio

June 14, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
OCLC Conference Center (North Columbus)
6600 Kilgour Place Dublin
OH 43017

Re-IMAGEing Ohio's Libraries logo

Hosted by:
Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)
Ohio Education Library Media Association (OELMA)
Ohio Library Council (OLC)


Registration for this event is only available through eventbrite (not myOLC)


Date: Fri., June 14, 2019


OCLC Conference Center
6600 Kilgour Place, Dublin, Ohio 43017
[map and directions]



The conference will feature programs and experiences intended to improve Ohio’s library workforce, facilitate partnerships, and support initiatives that improve the capacity of librarians and library staff to improve their knowledge and skills. Conference participants will have opportunities to network with other library staffs outside of their usual networks, learn what other types of libraries are doing, and explore mutual benefits across different types of libraries. They will discover what other types of libraries can do for and with them, learn to be thoughtful of other library types in developing new ideas, and find inspiration for new and innovative ways to support fellow library staff around the state.

Registration Fee: $45 | Registration Deadline: Noon, Mon., June 10, 2019
Please note: the registration fee is only $45 per person thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

Please note: Registration for this event is only available through eventbrite (not myOLC)

Hotel Accommodations: Please contact the OLC for a list of hotels in the area.

Continuing Education Credits: 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.

What’s Included: All conference handouts as provided by the presenters. Morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon beverage break will be provided.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Welcome and How to Use the Conference Graffiti Wall
Learning Outcomes:

  • listen to what other libraries need
  • discuss how to share patrons
  • highlight experiences
  • share new ways to use data and analysis
  • tell stories

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. | Keynote

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Kay Coughlin, Keynote

How to Be Heard in a Noisy Business World

Presenter: Kay Coughlin, CEO, Facilitator on Fire
About Kay Coughlin

Our workplaces are “noisy” operations with lots of competition for limited time, attention, and energy. When you have something important to say, finding your voice in that crowded business culture seems to require skill and experience that may feel out of reach. In this talk, Kay Coughlin delivers a simple technique anyone can use, any time you need to be heard.

Learning Outcomes:

  • develop a new communication skill
  • learn about marketing and influencing
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Sheri Chaney Jones

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. |  How to Create a Culture of Curiosity    

Presenter: Sheri Chaney Jones, President, Measurement Resources Company

The effective use of data is the foundation to creating a culture of high performance. The ability to talk about the value of your organization to patrons, funders, community stakeholders and peer librarians is a hidden success factor. National measurement thought leader, Sheri Chaney Jones will explore how asking the right questions is the key to getting powerful data.

Learning Outcomes:

  • discover new ways to use data and analysis,
  • learn about marketing and influencing,
  • highlight experiences instead of just information


10:45 – 11:00 a.m | Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Keys to Successful Partnerships (Panel Discussion)

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Lori Overmyer

Tammy Voelker photo

Tammy Voelker

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Molly LaBadie

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Tracy Overbey

Moderator: Lori Overmyer, Consultant, Goettler Associates, Inc. and President, Friends of Worthington Libraries 

Panelists: Tammy Voelker, Molly LaBadie and Tracy Overbey

When you need to find a partner organization for a project, how do you know what (or who) to look for? What kinds of questions should you ask one another to decide whether a joint venture would be a good fit for you? Moderator Lori Overmyer, fundraiser and longtime president of Friends of Worthington Libraries, will lead a discussion on two successful partnerships with panelists Molly LaBadie, Deputy Director, Delaware County District Library; Tracey Overbey, Asst. Professor, Ohio State University Libraries; and Tammy Voelker, Librarian, Kent State University.

Learning Outcomes:

  • highlight experiences
  • listen to what other libraries need
  • talk about sharing resources and patrons


12:00 – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | World Cafe at Re-IMAGEing

The World Cafe at Re-IMAGEing will be a lively place to voice your thoughts about critical topics affecting Ohio’s libraries! Conversations will be facilitated at each topic station, and you will have an opportunity to speak up about the issues most important to you.

Learning Outcomes:

  • listen to what other libraries need
  • discuss how to share patrons
  • highlight experiences
  • share new ways to use data and analysis

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. | Handing Off Patrons: What Libraries Can Expect from Each Other (Panel Discussion)

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Christy Farnbauch

Stephanie Meeks

Stephanie Meeks

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Lorena Popelka

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Laura Birkenhauer

Moderator: Christy Farnbauch, Executive Director, NAWBO Columbus, and President, Strategic Links

Panelists: Stephanie Meeks, Lorena Popelka, Laura Birkenhauer

Patrons love their libraries, but they aren’t interested in why one type of library is different from the others. What is the experience for libraries who “inherit” patrons from one another? Students outgrow K-12 libraries, become independent patrons of academic and public libraries, and eventually start the cycle all over again with their own families. Can we be intentional about handing off patrons, and even sharing patrons?

Moderator Christy Farnbauch, longtime strategic planner for non-profits in Ohio, will lead a discussion with panelists: Stephanie Meeks, Digital Learning Strategist, Ohio Department of Education; Lorena Popelka, Upper School Librarian, Columbus Academy; and Laura Birkenhauer, Student Success Librarian for Campus Engagement, Miami University Libraries.

Learning Outcomes:

  • listen to what other libraries need
  • discuss how to share patrons
  • learn about marketing and influencing

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Creating Powerful Connections

Presenter:  Kay Coughlin, CEO, Facilitator on Fire

After a day of learning and talking together, this strategic session will help identify specific needs and create long-lasting connections among the conference participants. Get ready to be led through a powerful and productive connection-building exercise.

Learning Outcomes:

  • listen to what other libraries need
  • connect to new people and resources

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Don’t Leave Us Hanging: Top Takeaways for Re-IMAGEing Ohio’s Libraries

Presenter:  Kay Coughlin, CEO, Facilitator on Fire

What have we learned from each other? What are the next steps? During this fun, practical, and engaging session, Kay Coughlin will give participants the opportunity to share opinions, discuss ideas, and create action plans. This debriefing session will reflect on the day’s experiences, draw out key takeaways, and provide important insights to take forward.

Learning Outcomes:

  • develop a new communication skill
  • highlight experiences
  • reinforce lessons learned and connections made

Please note: Registration for this event is only available through eventbrite (not myOLC)

Conference Committee:
Kay Coughlin
Team Experience Curator
CEO, Facilitor on Fire

Doug Evans
Executive Director
Ohio Library Council

Theresa M. Fredericka

Lori Hensley
Director of Education and Events
Ohio Library Council

Katy Kelly
Coordinator of Marketing and Engagement, University of Dayton Libraries
Past President, Academic Library Association of Ohio

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick
Executive Director/CEO

Diane Kolosionek
Head, Research & Teaching Services
Michael Schwartz Library
Cleveland State University

Lori Lee
District Librarian/Instructional Technology
Zanesville City Schools
OELMA Director of Teaching & Learning

Deb Logan
District Gifted Coordinator/Makerspace Teacher
Pleasant Local Schools
OELMA 2018-19 President

Miriam Matteson
Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean
College of Communication and Information
Kent State University

Shelly S. Miller
Community and Training Manager

Lisa Santucci
Tipp City Public Library

Evan T. Struble
Associate State Librarian for Library Development
State Library of Ohio

Nick Tepe
Director, Athens County Public Libraries
Immediate Past Chair, Ohio Library Council Board of Directors

About Kay Coughlin
Kay Coughlin, CEO and Chief Facilitator of Facilitator On Fire, is on a mission to help Millennials, Gen X-ers and Boomers (and Zs and Traditionalists, too!) work together on teams that are higher-performing and happier. Kay’s Great Teams on Purpose Mastermind helps leaders and managers build amazing multi-generational teams. The skill she teaches in her presentation, “How to be Heard in a Noisy Business World,” is part of the formula she created to help teams become abundantly successful, together. Facilitator on Fire is a subsidiary of Donor Relations Mindset LLC, which Kay founded in 2015.