New Directors Workshop 1: Essential Knowledge

May 8, 2019 @ 9:15 am – 4:45 pm
Ohio Library Council
1105 Schrock Rd #400
Columbus, OH 43229

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

Register @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 5/1/19

Registration Fees
Workshop 1 ONLY: Member: $110* | Non-member: $220

Entire Workshop Series: Member: $385* | Non-member: $770

*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

The transition to a new management role can be challenging even for experienced and highly- skilled employees. The OLC’s New Directors Workshop Series is designed specifically for new and aspiring library directors who want to develop their management skills, confidence and effectiveness. Now in its 20th year, this program is delivered through four, one-day workshops held each month over the summer (May-August).

The OLC’s New Directors Workshop Series will cover the core principles, techniques and approaches that you can apply to any situation that you’ll face as a new library director. You’ll learn how to handle management challenges with ease, including how to establish credibility and authority fast, how to motivate employees, work with your Board of Trustees, keep your library budget on track, handle legal issues, and much more. This comprehensive leadership training will cover proven management techniques and powerful strategies for success in your new role.

Who Should Attend: Library directors with less than three years of experience as a director, interim or acting directors, or library staff with management and/or administrative experience those who aspire to become a library director.

What’s Included:

  • All handouts provided by the instructors.
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch. Please indicate any dietary requirements in the “Categories” section of “my OLC” when registering.
  • A copy of the OLC publication, Ohio Public Library Administrator’s Handbook, will be emailed to attendees following the workshop.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as six contact hours.

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

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed: Leadership; Organizational Awareness

AGENDA: Essential Knowledge

9:15 – 9:45 am | Registration/Networking Breakfast
Enjoy a continental breakfast while you meet presenters, OLC staff, workshop participants, and special guests. Since many attendees will attend all four workshops, this is a great way to begin building relationships that will carry on throughout the series and your career.

9:45 – 10:45 am | Welcome / Ohio’s Public Library Community
Doug Evans, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council, will welcome Ohio’s newest library directors and aspiring directors to the workshop with an overview the OLC’s services and an introduction to the benefits of OLC membership.

Beverly Cain, State Librarian, and Don Yarman, Director, Ohio Public Library Information Network, will each give a brief overview of how their respective organizations interact with Ohio’s public libraries as well as explain how they collaborate with the OLC on projects and services for public libraries.

11:00 am – Noon | So You’ve Decided to be a Director!
How do you make the transition from library staff member to director? Chris Taylor, Director, Upper Arlington Public Library, will share details about her transition to the role of library director. She will cover a library director’s major areas of responsibility including board, staff, and community relations as well as handling the library’s finances, services and operations.

Presenter: Chris Taylor, Director, Upper Arlington Public Library
Chris has been working in public libraries for more than 30 years starting with her first job as a page. Beginning in 1988, she was employed by the Columbus Metropolitan Library where she worked her way up through various positions including Public Services Director and Chief Operating Officer before moving to Upper Arlington Public Library as its fourth director. Chris has been active in the OLC since first joining the profession. She has served on the New Members Round Table, Management and Administration Division, 2011 Convention Program Committee, and two terms on the OLC Board of trustees. Chris served as the President of the OLC Board in 2013.  She also served on the OHIONET Board of Trustees, the ALA Public Awareness Committee, and the PLA Public Library Data Service Advisory Committee.

Noon – 12:45 pm | Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 pm | Success with Your Board of Trustees
This session will provide management tools and insight to help you develop successful relationships with your board and make your board meetings more productive.

Presenter: Cristie Hammond, President, Pickerington Public Library Board of Trustees, and Tony Howard, MLIS, CPL, Director, Pickerington Public Library


2:00 – 3:00 pm | Legal Issues Affecting Your Library
Gain a better understanding of the legal questions, government regulations, and legal requirements that affect both day-to-day and long-term operations of your library.

Presenter: Jason Elvers, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, and OLC Legal Counsel


3:00 – 3:45 pm | Under the Rotunda: The History of Public Library Advocacy at the Statehouse, Current Legislative Issues, and Why it Matters
This session will look back at the history of library funding, Internet access, and local funding as well as current issues in the Ohio General Assembly. We will also discuss why politics is not a spectator sport and how and why to get involved.

Presenter: Michelle Francis, OLC Director of Government and Legal Services

4:00 – 4:45 pm | Being a New (or Slightly Used) Director: A Perspective on Being a Newer Director
Learn from a “slightly used” director, as he shares some unique experiences and viewpoints from his first year in the position.

4:45 p.m. | Adjourn

Presenter: Adam Walter, Director, Swanton Public Library