New Directors Workshop 4: Essential Administration

August 14, 2019 @ 9:15 am – 4:30 pm
Ohio Library Council
1105 Schrock Rd
Columbus, OH 43229

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

Register @ my OLC  | Registration deadline: 8/7/19

Registration Fees:
Workshop 4 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. 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.


AGENDA for Workshop 4: Essential Administration

9:15 – 9:45 am | Registration / Refreshments

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

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.| Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Act
This session will provide an overview of best practices for public records management and disposal for public libraries in Ohio. It will cover exemptions to the Public Records Act and how they specifically apply to libraries. You will also learn more about the Open Meetings Act and what library directors must know about the law. This session will close with a question and answer session.

Presenters: Michelle Francis, Director, Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council and Mark W. Altier, Chief, Opinions Section, Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | The Board of Trustees and Library Finances
Learn how to keep your Board involved in your library’s financial issues. This session will show you how to demystify the process for your board members.

Presenter: John Yesso, Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Upper Arlington Public Library. A speaker at the 2017 Library Trustee Workshop and the 2017 New Directors Workshop, John will lead a discussion on public library finances, including how libraries are funded in Ohio.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. – Noon | Keeping Your Library Budget on Track

This session will take you through each step of the budget process throughout the year. You will receive practical information about forecasting expenditures and revenues, creating a “working” budget, and tracking the budget monthly. You will also get tips on how to work effectively with your fiscal officer, as fostering this unique relationship is vital to the budget process.

Presenters: Jeff Winkle, Director and Ron Struble, Fiscal Officer, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Managing Your Library Building
Every library director is eventually faced with some unexpected building challenges. Regardless of your library’s size, major facility issues often end up on the director’s desk. This session will cover best practices and valuable tips on a variety of topics including maintenance, repairs, service contracts, housekeeping, emergency preparedness, and planning. You will learn how to keep your building open, safe, and welcoming.

Presenter: Ryan McDonnell, Director, Grandview Heights Public Library

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Ohio Ethics Law: Can I Do That?
This session will provide timely information regarding the Ohio Ethics Commission, restrictions in the Ohio Ethics Law, and related statutes that pertain to all public sector employees and private sectors parties who are regulated or do business with public offices.

Session objectives include:

  • Understand how to identify and avoid acting on potential conflicts of interest.
  • Understand definition of public contracts and ethics prohibitions related to public contracts.
  • Identify potential post-employment requirements.
  • Learn about general assistance available from the Ohio Ethics Commission to understand and comply with the Ethics Law and related statutes.

Presenter: Susan Willeke, Education and Communications Administrator, Ohio Ethics Commission.

4:30 p.m. | Adjourn


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 workshop 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: Policies and Procedures; Ethics; Facilities; Fiscal Operations



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.