New Directors Workshop 2: Essential Human Resources Management

June 19, 2019 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Ohio Library Council
1105 Schrock Rd
Columbus, OH 43229

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

Register @ my OLC | Deadline: 6/12/2019

Registration Fees:
Workshop 2 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: Human Capital Management; Facilitation; Staff Training

Workshop 2: Essential Human Resource Management Agenda

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. | Registration / Refreshments

Enjoy coffee and light refreshments while you mingle with presenters, OLC staff and workshop attendees.

9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Staying Legal: Good Advice on HR Matters

When it comes to administering human resources, library directors have a dual role. They have to be aware of the legalities of HR management but they also have to bring a “human” side to human resources as well. This session will cover basic HR issues and provide practical information about potential danger zones in the area of HR management. This session will focus on the practical aspect of HR management including legal compliance.

Presenter: Benjamin A. Shepler, Partner, Labor and Employment Group, Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease. Ben defends clients in federal and state court litigation arising from employment discrimination laws and counsels clients on issues pertaining to employee handbooks, reductions-in-force, terminations, employment agreements, severance agreements, and all other aspects of the employer-employee relationship.

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. | The Importance of Diversity in Public Libraries

The OLC Diversity Awareness and Resources Committee is charged with recommending ways OLC can address diversity as it relates to the library profession in general and to the Ohio library community. Aspects of diversity include but are not limited to age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ethnicity. It is vital that the culture of the library be inclusive and sensitive to all diversity issues. It all begins with you!

Presenter: Kacie Armstrong, Director, Euclid Public Library and current Chair of the OLC’s Board of Directors


1:15 – 1:30 p.m.   | Ohio Public Library Core Competencies

The OLC Professional Development Committee is charged with reviewing and updating the Ohio Public Library Core Competencies. Learn why these competencies are so important to libraries that strive for excellence and how you can incorporate them into your library and your career.

Presenter: Evan T. Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, State Library of Ohio.

Prior to assuming his current role, Evan worked as a Library Consultant with the State Library for more than six years. Additionally, he continues to work part-time for the Upper Arlington Public Library. Evan has previously worked for the library membership organization OhioNET, Westerville Public Library, Otterbein University’s Courtright Memorial Library, and the Meigs County District Public Library. In addition to serving on various councils and committees within the OLC, Evan received the OLC’s Diana Vescelius Emerging Leader Award in 2015.


1:30 – 2:30 pm | The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership: Personnel Management Tools and Ideas

Learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of human resources and personnel management. This session will give real-world advice and provide templates to help you hire, manage, promote, and discipline staff.

Presenter: Karen E. Miller, M.L.S., Managing Consultant, Bradbury Miller Associates

Prior to her glamorous life as a consultant, Karen was a career librarian in Ohio and has managed people more than she has done anything else, ever. Karen is a member of OLC’s Professional Development Committee.

2:45 – 3:45 pm | Practical HR: Making it Work in Your Library

This presentation will focus on the practical aspects of HR management, including legal compliance, from the perspective of an administrative leader who motivates, coaches, and encourages staff to perform at optimal levels.

Presenter: Andrew Mangels, Director, Westlake Porter Public Library, for more than 12 years. He spent three years overseeing Human Resources operations at his library due to a hiring freeze. Andrew has been very active in OLC, serving as Chair of the Professional Development Committee, making presentations at conferences and workshops, and served on the OLC’s Board of Directors. He Chaired the Board in 2017. He has over 20 years of experience in libraries and has learned one thing: just when you think you have seen it all…

3:45 – 4:00 pm | Q&A – Karen Miller and Andrew Mangels

The workshop will close with an opportunity for you to ask questions.