Public Library Construction Workshop

October 21, 2020 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Virtual Event

Registration Deadline: 10/14/20

Registration Fees:
Member: $30* | Non-member: $60

*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries

Program Overview:
This half-day, online workshop will cover everything you need to know whether you are looking at new construction or a renovation project. It will provide informative sessions on topics of interest to all public libraries, regardless of budget, size, population served, or location. This program is designed to answer the most common questions on library construction projects – how to pay for them, competitive bidding requirements and prevailing wage.

What’s Included: Participation in the live workshop and/or access to the archived version, resources (if applicable) provided by the presenters. The webinar will be recorded and available to registrants for 30 days following the live webinar.

NOTE: Workshop invitation and access information will be sent via e-mail. Please check that your correct e-mail address is listed in your my OLC profile page.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as (3) continuing education contact hours of credit.

Ohio Public Library Core Competencies Addressed: Facilities, Contracts and Negotiations, Human Capital Management


9:30 a.m. | Join the Zoom Classroom

The link will be emailed to registrants two days prior to the workshop. We will test audio and video connections to ensure all attendees can see and hear the presenters.

9: 45 a.m. |  Welcome and Introductions

Presenters: Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council; and Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Needs, Wants and Reality: Navigating Project Financing

Presenter: Rebecca Princehorn, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP

Financing projects big and small is interdisciplinary — legal and financial. This session will review voted and unvoted legal options for financing projects and the related cost of funds for each option. Including financing in an overall financial and facilities plan will also be discussed as well as managing expectations about what is possible given practical constraints.

11:00 a.m. | Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | To Bid or Not to Bid? Public Bidding and Procurement Requirements for Design Professionals and Construction

Presenter: Laura Bowman, Partner, Bricker & Eckler, LLP

Learn more about the processes required by Ohio law specifically for public libraries and what you need to know to make sure your library is following the law when hiring a Design Professional, Contractor, Construction Manager at Risk, or Design-Builder – it’s not just bidding anymore!

12:15 p.m. | Break

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Prevailing Wage Requirements

Presenters: Stephen Clegg, Bureau Chief – Wage and Hour, Division of Industrial Compliance; and Sean Seibert, Investigator Supervisor, Bureau of Wage and Hour, the Ohio Department of Commerce

This session will cover the who, what, when, where and why of prevailing wage in Ohio. During this session, you’ll get all of your questions answered, plus find out what you need to know and when it is required.

1:30 p.m. | Adjourn