BroadbandOhio Grant Opportunities Webinar @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Oct 4 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Registration: FREE* for OLC members only.
*Individual members, trustees or administrators of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Register Now!

NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.

Webinar Overview:
The pandemic forced the nation to acknowledge an issue public libraries recognized long ago — the digital divide. We know there are many areas in this state where residents do not have access to reliable high-speed internet.

Recent legislation passed at the Ohio Statehouse is meant to address this issue through grants to internet service providers to fund the construction of broadband projects in unserved and underserved areas of the state. The program is administered by BroadbandOhio, a division of the Ohio Department of Development.

Public libraries are in a unique position to help their local communities bridge the digital divide. During this webinar, you will hear directly from BroadbandOhio about the new grant program at the state level and how public libraries can partner with others in their community to improve access to reliable high-speed internet.

Presenters: Peter Voderberg, Chief, BroadbandOhio and Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

If you are unable to participate in the live presentation, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the OLC website.

2021 Convention and Expo @ Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus
Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day

We are looking forward to meeting in person at the 2021 Convention and Expo in downtown Columbus. We want to assure you that we have secured a venue for this event that will follow all of the local, state and national protocols in place at that time to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

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Marketing and PR Division Discussion Group @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The OLC will host an open discussion for library marketers to ask questions, exchange ideas and share best practices for handling library promotions in the current environment. Send questions and agenda items in advance to

FREE for OLC members.

Register now.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the discussion group.

Sponsored by the Marketing and Public Relations Division.

Ballot Issues Workshop @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Nov 18 @ 9:45 am – 1:15 pm

Sponsored by OLC’s Government Relations Committee

Registration opens soon!  | Registration Deadline: Nov. 11, 2021

Registration Fees:  Member $40* | Non-member $80
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

Workshop: 9:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Is your library considering going on the local ballot with a new levy, renewing an existing levy, or possibly modifying a levy that’s been in place for some time? This workshop will provide the information you need as you prepare for your ballot initiative, including:

  1. determining the need and public support for your library levy;
  2. legal process for placing the issue on the ballot;
  3. developing the campaign message;
  4. running the mechanics of a library campaign;
  5. connecting with the media and developing message strategies; and
  6. coordinating a lawful campaign

The format of this workshop will address each of these six points and allow time to answer questions.

Intended Audience: Directors, trustees, public relations staff, and other staff who will be involved in the library’s levy education effort.

What’s Included: Electronic handouts as provided by the instructors and a copy of the OLC publication, Ballot Issues Handbook  – Campaigns 101: The Nuts and Bolts.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as four (4) contact hours of credit.

Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed in this workshop: Fundraising and Strategic Planning


9:45 a.m. | Zoom Meeting Open
After registering, OLC will send you the link to join the workshop.

10:00 a.m. | Levies – The Basics
Presenter: Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, OLC

11:00 a.m.  | How We Did It!
Presenter: Cheryl Kuonen, Executive Director, Mentor Public Library

12:00 p.m. | Communication & Levy Prep 101
Presenter: Carole Dorn-Bell, Partner, Allerton-Hill Consulting LLC

1:15 p.m. | Adjourn


OLC Planning & Leadership Conference (Invitation Only) @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day

This event is by invitation only.
Invitations will be sent to all current and incoming Committee and Division Action Council members. While outgoing Committee and Division Action Council members will be finishing their terms, we encourage them to attend this conference to share their experience and practical insight with those about to take office.

Registration is required to participate; but there is no charge to attend. Registration will open in October 2021.

About the Leadership Conference
Volunteer leaders are essential to OLC’s success. The work accomplished at the 2021 Planning and Leadership Conference will help guide the organization through 2022 and prepare us to address the challenges ahead. This is an opportunity to meet together, determine goals for OLC Committees and Divisions and plan for 2022.

This year, the event will be held virtually on Dec. 2-3. Over the two-day period there will be a morning General Session and then breakout meeting rooms for Committees and Division Action Councils. OLC leaders are asked to participate on either Thursday, Dec. 2 OR Friday, Dec. 3 (not both days).



2022 Convention and Expo @ SeaGate Convention Centre
Sep 28 – Sep 30 all-day

Mark your calendar:
The Ohio Library Council’s Convention and Expo will return to Toledo in 2022. The event will be held September 28-30 at the SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo. More details to come.