Calendar

Apr
25
Thu
2019
Trustee Dinner @ Holiday Inn Cleveland South (Independence)
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration Fees:

Member*: $40  | Non-Member: $80

*Trustees and staff of OLC Institutional member libraries

REGISTER @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: April 18

Program Schedule:
Registration: 6:00 p.m.  |  Dinner: 6:30 p.m.  |  Program: 7:15 p.m.

The program will focus on how library trustees and administrators can be effective advocates, particularly as the new state legislature focuses its attention on the next state budget. The OLC staff will provide up-to-the-minute information on the budget process and how library leaders can be effectively engaged in the discussion. The presentation also will include the latest news from the OLC, including the search for the OLC’s next Executive Director.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share information and ideas with your counterparts throughout the region and learn more about the challenges and opportunities ahead for Ohio’s public libraries.

May
2
Thu
2019
Trustee Dinner @ Stone Ridge Golf Club (Bowling Green)
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration Fees:

Member*: $40  | Non-Member: $80

*Trustees and staff of OLC Institutional member libraries

REGISTER @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: April 25

Program Schedule:
Registration: 6:00 p.m.  |  Dinner: 6:30 p.m.  |  Program: 7:15 p.m.

The program will focus on how library trustees and administrators can be effective advocates, particularly as the new state legislature focuses its attention on the next state budget. The OLC staff will provide up-to-the-minute information on the budget process and how library leaders can be effectively engaged in the discussion. The presentation also will include the latest news from the OLC, including the search for the OLC’s next Executive Director.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share information and ideas with your counterparts throughout the region and learn more about the challenges and opportunities ahead for Ohio’s public libraries.

May
8
Wed
2019
New Directors Workshop 1: Essential Knowledge @ Ohio Library Council
May 8 @ 9:15 am – 4:45 pm

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

Register @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 5/1/19

Registration Fees
Workshop 1 ONLY: Member: $110* | Non-member: $220

Entire Workshop Series: Member: $385* | Non-member: $770

*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Overview:
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. Now in its 20th year, 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.

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 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 olc@olc.org or call (614) 410-8092.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed: Leadership; Organizational Awareness

AGENDA: Essential Knowledge

9:15 – 9:45 am | Registration/Networking Breakfast
Enjoy a continental breakfast while you meet presenters, OLC staff, workshop participants, and special guests. Since many attendees will attend all four workshops, this is a great way to begin building relationships that will carry on throughout the series and your career.

9:45 – 10:45 am | Welcome / Ohio’s Public Library Community
Doug Evans, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council, will welcome Ohio’s newest library directors and aspiring directors to the workshop with an overview the OLC’s services and an introduction to the benefits of OLC membership.

Beverly Cain, State Librarian, and Don Yarman, Director, Ohio Public Library Information Network, will each give a brief overview of how their respective organizations interact with Ohio’s public libraries as well as explain how they collaborate with the OLC on projects and services for public libraries.

11:00 am – Noon | So You’ve Decided to be a Director!
How do you make the transition from library staff member to director? Chris Taylor, Director, Upper Arlington Public Library, will share details about her transition to the role of library director. She will cover a library director’s major areas of responsibility including board, staff, and community relations as well as handling the library’s finances, services and operations.

Presenter: Chris Taylor, Director, Upper Arlington Public Library
Chris has been working in public libraries for more than 30 years starting with her first job as a page. Beginning in 1988, she was employed by the Columbus Metropolitan Library where she worked her way up through various positions including Public Services Director and Chief Operating Officer before moving to Upper Arlington Public Library as its fourth director. Chris has been active in the OLC since first joining the profession. She has served on the New Members Round Table, Management and Administration Division, 2011 Convention Program Committee, and two terms on the OLC Board of trustees. Chris served as the President of the OLC Board in 2013.  She also served on the OHIONET Board of Trustees, the ALA Public Awareness Committee, and the PLA Public Library Data Service Advisory Committee.

Noon – 12:45 pm | Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 pm | Success with Your Board of Trustees
This session will provide management tools and insight to help you develop successful relationships with your board and make your board meetings more productive.

Presenter: Cristie Hammond, President, Pickerington Public Library Board of Trustees, and Tony Howard, MLIS, CPL, Director, Pickerington Public Library

 

2:00 – 3:00 pm | Legal Issues Affecting Your Library
Gain a better understanding of the legal questions, government regulations, and legal requirements that affect both day-to-day and long-term operations of your library.

Presenter: Jason Elvers, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, and OLC Legal Counsel

 

3:00 – 3:45 pm | Under the Rotunda: The History of Public Library Advocacy at the Statehouse, Current Legislative Issues, and Why it Matters
This session will look back at the history of library funding, Internet access, and local funding as well as current issues in the Ohio General Assembly. We will also discuss why politics is not a spectator sport and how and why to get involved.

Presenter: Michelle Francis, OLC Director of Government and Legal Services

4:00 – 4:45 pm | Being a New (or Slightly Used) Director: A Perspective on Being a Newer Director
Learn from a “slightly used” director, as he shares some unique experiences and viewpoints from his first year in the position.

4:45 p.m. | Adjourn

Presenter: Adam Walter, Director, Swanton Public Library

May
9
Thu
2019
Trustee Dinner @ Guernsey County Public Library - Crossroads Branch (Cambridge)
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration Fees:

Member*: $40  | Non-Member: $80

*Trustees and staff of OLC Institutional member libraries

REGISTER @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: May 2

Program Schedule:
Registration: 6:00 p.m.  |  Dinner: 6:30 p.m.  |  Program: 7:15 p.m.

The program will focus on how library trustees and administrators can be effective advocates, particularly as the new state legislature focuses its attention on the next state budget. The OLC staff will provide up-to-the-minute information on the budget process and how library leaders can be effectively engaged in the discussion. The presentation also will include the latest news from the OLC, including the search for the OLC’s next Executive Director.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share information and ideas with your counterparts throughout the region and learn more about the challenges and opportunities ahead for Ohio’s public libraries.

May
15
Wed
2019
Community Engagement @ Your Library: Creating Vibrant, Diverse and Inclusive Communities @ OCLC Conference Center (North Columbus)
May 15 all-day

Overview: This all-new conference will feature breakout sessions that will focus on a variety of community engagement topics, including how to assess community needs, build partnerships, manage expectations, and empower staff. The event will also include a panel discussion featuring Ohio library staff who have done notable work as well as poster sessions on successful collaborations in Ohio.

Nick Tepe

CONFERENCE KEYNOTE: Nick Tepe, Director, Athens County Public Libraries

Conference Tracks:

  1. Diversity
  2. Starting Community Engagement
  3. Youth Services
  4. Story Building
  5. Programming
  6. Workforce Engagement

Register @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 5/8/19

Registration Fees:
Member Fee: $125  |  Non-Member Fee: $250

PLEASE NOTE: In order to qualify for the member rate, the registrant must be an Individual member of the Ohio Library Council.

What’s Included: All conference handouts as provided by the presenters. Morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon beverage break will be provided.

Conference Schedule and Session Descriptions

Hotel Accommodations: Please contact the OLC for a list of hotels in the area.

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

Conference Chair: Amber L. Bertram, Teen Services Librarian II, Toledo Lucas County Public Library (Sylvania Branch Library)
Committee Roster (PDF)

Bertram photo

Amber Bertram, Conference Chair

May
23
Thu
2019
Ballot Issues Workshop @ Ohio Library Council (Columbus)
May 23 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Sponsored by OLC’s Government Relations Committee

Register @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: May 16

Registration Fees:  Member $70* | Non-member $140
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

Registration: 9:30 a.m. | Workshop: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 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.

Presenters:

  • Michelle Francis, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services
  • Cheryl Kuonen, Director, Mentor Public Library
  • Jennifer Economus, Outreach Specialist, Allerton-Hill Consulting LLC.

What’s Included: All handouts as provided by the instructors; morning coffee, light refreshments and lunch. Each attendee will also receive a copy of the OLC publication, Ballot Issues Handbook Vol I – 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

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

Jun
14
Fri
2019
Joint Conference of Library Associations in Ohio @ OCLC Conference Center (North Columbus)
Jun 14 all-day

Re-IMAGEing Ohio’s Libraries: A Collaborative Event for the Staffs of Ohio’s Academic, Public and School Libraries

 

Hosted by:
Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)
Ohio Education Library Media Association (OELMA)
Ohio Library Council (OLC)

 

Date: Fri., June 14, 2019

 

Location: OCLC Conference Center, Dublin, OH

 

Overview: 
The conference will feature programs and experiences intended to improve Ohio’s library workforce, facilitate partnerships, and support initiatives that improve the capacity of librarians and library staff to improve their knowledge and skills. Conference participants will have opportunities to network with other library staffs outside of their usual networks, learn what other types of libraries are doing, and explore mutual benefits across different types of libraries. They will discover what other types of libraries can do for and with them, learn to be thoughtful of other library types in developing new ideas, and find inspiration for new and innovative ways to support fellow library staff around the state.

 

Registration will open in late April.
Jun
19
Wed
2019
New Directors Workshop 2: Essential Human Resources Management @ Ohio Library Council
Jun 19 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

Register @ my OLC | Deadline: 6/12/2019

Registration Fees:
Workshop 2 ONLY: Member: $110* | Non-member: $220

Entire Workshop Series: Member: $385* | Non-member: $770

*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Overview:

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. Now in its 20th year, 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.

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 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 olc@olc.org or call (614) 410-8092.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed: Human Capital Management; Facilitation; Staff Training

Workshop 2: Essential Human Resource Management Agenda

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. | Registration / Refreshments

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

9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Staying Legal: Good Advice on HR Matters

When it comes to administering human resources, library directors have a dual role. They have to be aware of the legalities of HR management but they also have to bring a “human” side to human resources as well. This session will cover basic HR issues and provide practical information about potential danger zones in the area of HR management. This session will focus on the practical aspect of HR management including legal compliance.

Presenter: Benjamin A. Shepler, Partner, Labor and Employment Group, Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease. Ben defends clients in federal and state court litigation arising from employment discrimination laws and counsels clients on issues pertaining to employee handbooks, reductions-in-force, terminations, employment agreements, severance agreements, and all other aspects of the employer-employee relationship.

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. | The Importance of Diversity in Public Libraries

The OLC Diversity Awareness and Resources Committee is charged with recommending ways OLC can address diversity as it relates to the library profession in general and to the Ohio library community. Aspects of diversity include but are not limited to age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ethnicity. It is vital that the culture of the library be inclusive and sensitive to all diversity issues. It all begins with you!

Presenter: Kacie Armstrong, Director, Euclid Public Library and current Chair of the OLC’s Board of Directors

 

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.   | Ohio Public Library Core Competencies

The OLC Professional Development Committee is charged with reviewing and updating the Ohio Public Library Core Competencies. Learn why these competencies are so important to libraries that strive for excellence and how you can incorporate them into your library and your career.

Presenter: Evan T. Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, State Library of Ohio.

Prior to assuming his current role, Evan worked as a Library Consultant with the State Library for more than six years. Additionally, he continues to work part-time for the Upper Arlington Public Library. Evan has previously worked for the library membership organization OhioNET, Westerville Public Library, Otterbein University’s Courtright Memorial Library, and the Meigs County District Public Library. In addition to serving on various councils and committees within the OLC, Evan received the OLC’s Diana Vescelius Emerging Leader Award in 2015.

 

1:30 – 2:30 pm | The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership: Personnel Management Tools and Ideas

Learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of human resources and personnel management. This session will give real-world advice and provide templates to help you hire, manage, promote, and discipline staff.

Presenter: Karen E. Miller, M.L.S., Managing Consultant, Bradbury Miller Associates

Prior to her glamorous life as a consultant, Karen was a career librarian in Ohio and has managed people more than she has done anything else, ever. Karen is a member of OLC’s Professional Development Committee.

2:45 – 3:45 pm | Practical HR: Making it Work in Your Library

This presentation will focus on the practical aspects of HR management, including legal compliance, from the perspective of an administrative leader who motivates, coaches, and encourages staff to perform at optimal levels.

Presenter: Andrew Mangels, Director, Westlake Porter Public Library, for more than 12 years. He spent three years overseeing Human Resources operations at his library due to a hiring freeze. Andrew has been very active in OLC, serving as Chair of the Professional Development Committee, making presentations at conferences and workshops, and served on the OLC’s Board of Directors. He Chaired the Board in 2017. He has over 20 years of experience in libraries and has learned one thing: just when you think you have seen it all…

3:45 – 4:00 pm | Q&A – Karen Miller and Andrew Mangels

The workshop will close with an opportunity for you to ask questions.

 

 

Jul
24
Wed
2019
New Directors Workshop 3: Essential Visibility @ Ohio Library Council
Jul 24 @ 9:15 am – 3:30 pm

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

Register @ my OLC  | Registration deadline 7/3/19

Registration Fees:
Workshop 3 ONLY: Member: $110* | Non-member: $220

Entire Workshop Series: Member: $385* | Non-member: $770

*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Overview:
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 3: Essential Visibility

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

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

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Telling Your Story
On-brand messaging can have tremendous impact. With the explosive growth of social media and content marketing, the opportunities to tell your story are vast. Learn how to engage and connect emotionally with your customers through a variety of marketing channels including: social media, website, and earned-media. A good marketing strategy can drive real results such as increased visits and community engagement.

Presenter: Gregg Dodd, Director of Marketing, Columbus Metropolitan Library. Whether you are speaking to reporters or fans in social media, Gregg can share how important it is to have a consistent message throughout all communication channels.

 

11:00 a.m. – Noon | 5 Steps to Creating a Strong Online Library Presence

As a library director, you play a key role in your library’s online presence. Learn five important ways you can support the creation and maintenance of a strong website and social media presence.

Presenter: Georgia Mergler, Community Relations Manager, Washington-Centerville Public Library. Georgia leads a full-time staff of four employees and oversees all the library’s external communications efforts. When people ask her what she does, she says, “I tell people about all the cool things available via the library, and more importantly, why they should care.”

Noon – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch

12:45 – 2:15 p.m. | Strategic Planning for Libraries

A great strategic plan is one that taps into the aspirational desires of your community, enthusiasm of your Board of Trustees, strengths of your staff and the Director’s vision for the organization. This session will provide a strategic planning framework and discuss why a plan is so critical for every library.

Presenter: Brian C. Hare is the Director of Reed Memorial Library, Promotions Chair of Main Street Ravenna, and a member of the OLC Professional Development Committee.  Brian believes that a Strategic Plan can and should serve as the guiding document for a library and hopes to share the insights he has gained leading his library through the process.”

 

2:30– 3:30 p.m.
Community Connections: Libraries at the Core of the Community
Libraries only succeed when they are an integral part of their communities.  Library directors serve their communities best when they have personal relationships with community movers and shakers, and are key parts of the success of key community partnerships. Learn how to make your library more integral in your community, and how these partnerships are critical to local funding?

Presenter: Karl Colón is the Director of the Greene County Public Library, OLC Government Relations Committee Member, former Chairman of OPLIN, Xenia Rotary incoming Board President, Founder of the Friends of WYSO, and member of seven Chambers of Commerce. Karl has built successful partnerships across Greene County, Ohio, and the nation and leveraged those partnerships into success with local funding.

3:30 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 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 olc@olc.org or call (614) 410-8092.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressedCollaboration; Marketing

 

Jul
25
Thu
2019
Keeping Up with the Upkeep: Building a Better Library (Library Facilities Conference) @ Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main)
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – 4:45 pm

The OLC’s all-new library facilities conference will provide informative sessions on topics of interest to all public libraries, regardless of budget, size, population served, or location. The conference will target ‘decision makers’ with responsibilities for overseeing all facilities systems, from buildings to landscaping, roofing to plumbing, renovations to new construction, space planning to furniture, and of course funding, this conference is intended to help public libraries “Build a Better Library” for all of our patrons!

The conference will include:

  • One-Hour Sessions and Panel Discussions related to construction/renovation, space planning, disaster/emergency planning, building systems, energy efficiency, funding/budgeting, and preventative maintenance projects.
  • Poster Sessions related to successful and innovative building projects (posters will be displayed the morning of the conference and during lunch time).

 

Conference Chair: Travis Bautz, Director, MidPointe Library System
Committee Roster (PDF)

Travis Bautz photo

Travis Bautz

facilities conference graphic