Library Trustee Workshop

March 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Quest Conference Center (North Columbus)
8405 Pulsar Pl
Columbus, OH 43240

Thank you for attending this year’s Library Trustee Workshop. This event is now closed.

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Sponsored by The Ohio Library Council

Location: Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place (North Columbus)

Register @ my OLC | Deadline to register: 3/17/17

Registration Fees:

Member*:  $80 | Non-Member: $160

*Trustees and staff of OLC Institutional member libraries

This workshop will focus on the basics that every library trustee needs to know, including boardmanship, legal issues, library funding, working with your director, 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 an update 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.

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

What’s Included: All workshop handouts as provided by the presenters. Morning coffee and light refreshments as well as lunch will be provided.

Accommodations: For a list of hotels near the Quest Conference Center, please contact or call 614-410-8092.

Continuing Education Credits: None


9:00 a.m. | Registration

9:30 – 10 a.m. | Welcome and OLC Overview
Doug Evans, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

10:00 – 11 a.m.| Boardmanship
Alan Radnor, Trustee, Bexley Public Library, and Immediate Past Chair, OLC Board of Directors

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Thriving in the New Normal: Demystifying Library Finances
William Shkurti, Former Trustee, and John Yesso, Trustee, Upper Arlington Public Library

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Trustees’ Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions
Jason Elvers, OLC Legal Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. | Funding and Other Legislative Issues for Ohio’s Public Libraries
Michelle Francis, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | “Don’t Ask What Your Director Can Do for You…”
Mary Jane Santos, Director (Retired), Delaware County District Library

3:30 p.m. | Adjourn