No Budget? No Problem! Webinar: Free Online Reference Resources for Library Staff

October 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by:  OLC’s Reference and Information Services Division

Register @ my OLC | Registration Deadline: 10/9/17

Member:  $20* | Non-member:  $40

*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.


Pricey commercial databases can be out of reach for many libraries, especially as our budgets shrink. How can we provide our patrons with quality information if we can’t afford these costs? This webinar will highlight a number of free online resources that anyone can access, and that can replace some or all of the functionality of familiar commercial databases.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will learn more about free online resources that are applicable to a variety of queries received while working the library desk.
  • Topics covered include Readers’ Advisory, Literary Criticism, History and Geography, Science, Careers and Self Education, Reading and Writing, Health, Genealogy, and Consumer Resources.
  • You will gain a better understanding of the resources available that can help with starting a search when you are unfamiliar with a particular topic.

About the Presenters:

Megan Sheeran is a reference librarian at the Upper Arlington Public Library. She currently serves as the Assistant Coordinator of OLC’s Reference and Information Services Division. She enjoys tricky research questions, presenting on patron privacy, and helping patrons learn how to use the latest technology.

Jen Downing is the outreach librarian at the Upper Arlington Public Library. She has been actively involved with OLC’s Reference and Information Division since 2010 and has presented a variety of programs and webinars during that time. Her professional interests include readers’ advisory, adult programming, service to seniors and information literacy.

Intended Audience:  Library staff members who are involved with reference work.

What’s Included: Participation in the live webinar and/or access to the archived version at a later date, Resources (if applicable) provided by the presenter.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as (1) continuing education contact hour of credit.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies Addressed: Reference