Library Trustee Workshop

March 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:15 pm
Quest Conference Center (North Columbus)
8405 Pulsar Pl
Columbus, OH 43240

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Sponsored by the Ohio Library Council

Register @ my OLC  |  Registration Deadline: March 2

Registration Fees:  Member $85* | Non-member $170
*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, 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.

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 and all workshop handouts as provided by the presenters. Morning coffee and light refreshments as well as lunch will be provided.

9:00 a.m. | Registration and Refreshments

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

10:00 a.m. | Boardmanship
Chad Seeberg, Trustee, Marysville Public Library and member of the OLC Board of Directors

11:15 a.m. | Thriving in the New Normal: Demystifying Library Finances
William Shkurti, Trustee, Upper Arlington Public Library

12:15 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 p.m. | Funding and Other Legislative Issues for Ohio’s Public Libraries
Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, OLC
Michelle Francis, Executive Director, OLC

2:15 p.m. | Trustees’ Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions
Jason Elvers, OLC Legal Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

3:15 p.m. | “Don’t Ask What Your Director Can Do For You…”
Tony Howard, Director, Pickerington Public Library

4:15 p.m. | Adjourn

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

Continuing Education Credits: None