2019 Outreach and Special Services Retreat

August 9, 2019 all-day
Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Pl
OH 43240

Special thanks to Farber Specialty Vehicles for sponsoring this event.




Call the OLC Office at 614-410-8092 to register | Deadline to register: 8/5/19

Member: $45* | Non-member $90
*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed: Community Awareness, Patron Awareness, and Programming

Intended Audience: All library staff members interested in outreach services.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as six (6) contact hours.

What’s Included: All handouts as provided by the presenters, morning coffee, and lunch will be provided.

Accommodations: For a list of hotels in the area, please email olc@olc.org or call 614-410-8092.

Overview: Gather successful collaborative ideas from colleagues and share your library’s successful outreach initiatives with others. Come prepared to refresh, rejuvenate, and revitalize your library outreach programs and services!


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Registration 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Safety Panel Discussion 
Outreach is different from other library services in that staff leave the building and even go into people’s homes to deliver materials. This poses unique safety concerns that need to be considered. Panelists from outside the library world will discuss their own best practices and advice on safety when going into people’s homes and out into the community.


  • John Jeffries, Crime Prevention Officer, Westerville Police Department
  • Jennine Harris, Administrator, Comfort Keepers
  • Emily Wampler, Social Worker, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Child Welfare

Moderator: Andrea Legg, Asst. Director, Tuscarawas County Public Library

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  | LIBChats
A series of quick, high-energy talks about outreach topics from Retreat attendees.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Show and Tell 
A series of quick, show and tell sessions to explore cool ideas and best practices from Retreat attendees.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

12:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Optional Farber Specialty Vehicle Facility Tour (max. capacity: 45)

Enjoy a private tour of the Farber plant facility. Learn more about Farber and its specialty fleet of vehicles and get a behind the scenes look at how they are created. Transportation will be provided by Farber to and from the Quest Conference Center. Advanced registration is required and space is limited to the first 45 registrants.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Breakout sessions
Choose one of three separate breakout sessions. These moderated breakout sessions are designed to provide time to brainstorm, problem solve, and share ideas with your fellow Ohio Outreach staff. You can stay at one session or hop around between sessions.

  1. Team Building
    Moderator:  Andrea Legg, Tuscarawas County Public Library
  2. Homebound
    Moderator: Mary Breymaier, Ida Rupp Public Library
  3. Youth Services
    Moderator: Gabrielle Rathge, Worthington Libraries

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | General Session – Embedded Librarianship

Presenter: Mary Jane Santos, Retired, Director, Delaware County District Library

Working in Outreach Services affords you an ideal opportunity to promote your library and your services in ways that may not have occurred to you.  This sessions will offer dozens of suggestions on how you can be an advocate for libraries and its services in unique and tried-and-true ways. And you can be a leader in this effort regardless of your position in the library.

3:00 p.m. | Adjourn