Wearing Different Hats: The 2018 Technical Services Retreat

March 28, 2018 – March 29, 2018 all-day
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Dr S
Lewis Center, OH 43035

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Learn, share, and network with other technical services specialists in a relaxed and productive campus environment. The 2018 Technical Services Retreat will be held March 28-29 in North Columbus. Follow the conversation now on Twitter using #OLCTS.

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The two-day event will be held at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in  Lewis Center, Ohio (North Columbus).

Technical Services is not a singular job. There are many different roles and tasks to perform including issues surrounding intellectual freedom, diversity, adaptability and resourcefulness. Join your colleagues for the biennial 2018 Technical Services Retreat, an educational event that strikes the perfect balance between the big picture and focused, practical topics. The Retreat’s theme this year is “Wearing Many Hats,” and we are excited to take a closer look at the many roles technical services staff perform behind-the-scenes. This two-day event draws technical services specialists from libraries and related organizations to learn, share, and network in a relaxed and productive campus environment.

REGISTER @ my OLC | Registration Deadline: 3/21/18

Registration Fees: 

Member Fee: $235 | Non-Member Fee: $350


PLEASE NOTE: In order to qualify for the member rate, the registrant must be an Individual member of the Ohio Library Council. Please indicate if you will be attending the dinner on Wednesday evening and/or the OCLC tour.


Sponsored by: OLC’s Technical Services Division

What’s Included: 
Wednesday — morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, dinner, and evening event.
Thursday — morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.
All handouts and materials provided by instructors.

Continuing Education Credits:
For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as 6 contact hours each day (12 for the entire retreat).

Hotel Accommodations: A room block has been reserved at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center (PH: 614-880-4300). Please indicate that you are with the OLC’s Technical Services Retreat when reserving your room.  The OLC room rate is $95/night (plus state and local taxes). Reservations must be made by March 6, 2018.

Retreat Schedule:

Eboni Johnson

9: 00 – 10:30 a.m. | Registration and morning refreshments
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Welcome and Announcements
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Opening Keynote — Librarian as Field Archivist in Africatown: A Grassroots Experiment with Eboni A. Johnson, Oberlin College Library, Mudd Center
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.  | Breakout sessions
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Break and refreshments
3:00 – 4:15 p.m. | Breakout sessions
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Dinner and Kahoot!
After dinner, enjoy a night of trivia and fellowship, testing your knowledge and reflexes with a series of “Kahoot!” quizzes hosted by the Retreat Committee. Play against the other attendees on your smart phone, laptop, tablet, or other device. There will be a cash bar. Please indicate if you will be attending the dinner when registering for the Retreat.

Terry Reese

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Morning Refreshments
9: 00 – 10:15 a.m. | Breakout Sessions
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Breakout Sessions
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Closing Keynote – Making the Choice to Be Relevant: Open Systems, Open Communications with Terry Reese, Ohio State University Libraries

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | OCLC Headquarters Tour (6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin, OH)
Join us for a tour of the OCLC headquarters in Dublin. For security purposes, registration is required. Please indicate if you will be attending this event when registering for the Retreat. See tour details below for map and directions.

OCLC Tour Details (PDF)

Program Grid (PDF)

Session Descriptions

Retreat Planning Committee (PDF)