New Directors Workshop 1: Essential Knowledge

May 31, 2017 @ 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: 5/24/17

Registration Fees
Workshop 1 ONLY: Member: $100* | Non-member: $200
Entire Workshop Series: Member: $375* | Non-member: $750
*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries. 

For more than 16 years, the OLC’s New Directors Workshop Series has helped public library directors adjust to the main responsibilities of their new roles, and helped those who aspire to become a library director understand the multiple facets of the role. This workshop series includes intensive work with everyone from OLC staff and legal counsel to seasoned directors and subject experts in various library fields to other “first-timers” just like you.

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 Stephen Hedges, 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 currently serves on 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 she shares some unique experiences and viewpoints from her first year in the position.

Presenter: Kristi Hale, Director, Wright Memorial Public Library, Oakwood

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 comments section when registering.

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