LinkedIn/ Training and Marketing Webinar
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

UPDATE: This webinar is full; however, it will be recorded and posted to the OLC website.

Sponsored by: Ohio Library Council (OLC) and Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)

When register, click “Finalize This Transaction” instead of “Pay Now” as there is no cost to participate.

Registration is limited to the first 98 registrants | Deadline to register 8/15/18

NOTE: A recording of this webinar will be posted to the OLC website. You do not need to register to view the archived version. Due to limited space, please only register if you plan to participate in the webinar live.

FREE* for OLC members only.

*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Presenters: Don Yarman, Executive Director, OPLIN; and Michelle Francis, Director of Government and Legal Services, OLC

Program Overview: On July 17, 2018, the OLC and OPLIN announced a new venture with LinkedIn Learning  that will allow Ohioans free access to education courses with a valid Ohio library card. This webinar will explain how works, how to implement it at your library (full implementation will be in place by Sept. 1), and how to promote it to your patrons and the community.

Learning Objectives:
You’ll learn how to:

  1. Manage your Lynda Library account
  2. Create a landing page on your website
  3. Gain a better understanding of the patron login experience
  4. Promote the service to your patrons and the community
  5. Utilize the service in your library’s programming (coding clinics, resume building)
  6. Learn tips for marketing the service to individuals, businesses and students

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.

NOTE: Webinar invitations and access information will be sent via e-mail on Aug. 17. Please check that your correct e-mail address is listed in your my OLC profile page.


Library Fiscal Officer 102 @ State Library of Ohio
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:45 pm

Sponsored by:  OLC’s Library Accounting Division

REGISTER @ my OLC  | Deadline to register: 8/17/18

Registration Fees:  Member: $75* | Non-Member: $150

*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries

Please note: Enrollment is limited to 75 attendees.

Intended Audience: New Public Library Fiscal Officers, Deputy Fiscal Officers, and Directors, or anyone who would like an overview of the functions performed by Public Library Fiscal Officers.

What’s included: All handouts as provided by the presenters. Morning coffee, light morning and afternoon refreshments, and box lunch.

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.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed: Organizational Awareness and Fiscal Operations

Accommodations: For a list of hotels in the area please email or call (614) 410-8092.

Workshop Overview:
This one-day workshop is primarily designed for new Public Library Fiscal Officers, Deputy Fiscal Officers, and Directors, but it can also serve as a valuable refresher. You will gain a better understanding of the main duties of a Public Library Fiscal Officer and get the latest information on fund accounting, budgeting, reporting, OPERS, library funding and key legislative issues impacting public libraries. This is an opportunity to learn from and share ideas with other Public Library Fiscal Officers from around the state.


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Registration and Networking

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.  | OPERS Reporting and Library Policies

Presenter: Ruth Morrison, Employer Compliance Specialist, OPERS

Gain a better understanding of the Fiscal Officer’s responsibilities with respect to OPERS reporting and applicable library policy. You will learn what comprises earnable salary, how to properly handle a retire/rehire, how to properly complete the annual Non-Contributing List, how to navigate the online Employer Contribution System, and how to meet the requirements for the PEDACKN Independent Contractor Forms. This session will use real-life scenarios and examples to assist you along the way.

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. | Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Library Fiscal Officer Calendar

Presenters: Meldon Brindley, Fiscal Officer, Greene County Public Library; and Sandra Lodge, Fiscal Officer, Licking County Library

Fiscal Officers have many different deadlines to a variety of external local, state and federal agencies, not to mention their own internal deadlines. This session will provide a framework for managing your massive “To Do List” by reviewing the most common projects and their respective due dates. You will come away from this session feeling prepared and in control of your schedule and on top of your responsibilities.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | Funds and Beyond

Presenter: Tiffany Ridenbaugh, Senior Audit Manager, Ohio Auditor of State

This training session is designed to provide information on

  1. Fund Accounting – Understanding the basis for this method of accounting.
  2. GASB 54 – Fund balance classification and financial statement presentation.
  3. Audit types –Different audit options for different entities.
  4. Budgetary statements – Understanding how your working budget and budgetary statements should be prepared.
  5. Ohio Compliance Supplement matrix – Learn what compliance issues your library will be tested for.

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. | Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Legislative Update / Library Funding / OLC as a Resource

Presenter: Michelle Francis, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

This session will provide an update on legislation that may affect public libraries including the impact of the state’s new biennial budget. Gain a better understanding of how the Public Library Fund (PLF) has historically been funded and distributed to counties and how current state revenues have affected recent distributions. You will also learn more about the various resources that the OLC can provide to fiscal officers and directors.

3:30 p.m. | Adjourn



2018 Convention and Expo @ Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Oct 3 – Oct 5 all-day

Strengthening Our Core | October 3-5, 2018
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center

A strong library can strengthen the core of the whole community. This starts with an exceptional staff and a commitment to providing the best possible services based on the unique needs of the community. What constitutes a core service can vary from one town to the next, but the essential skills of the profession are tied to a set of core competencies. By focusing on these core competencies, the 2018 Convention and Expo will inspire new ways to explore and strengthen your library’s core services and provide an opportunity for you to enhance your knowledge and skills to the meet the challenges we face now and in the future. Registration opens July 2018!

2018 Convention and Expo Website


Ballot Issues Workshop @ OLC Headquarters
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sponsored by the OLC’s Government Relations Committee. This workshop is held twice a year in the spring and fall.

Register @ my OLC | Deadline to register 10/19/18.

Member $65* | Non-member $130
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries. Enrollment is limited to 30 registrants.

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:

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

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


  • Michelle Francis, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services
  • Tom Adkins, Director, Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County
  • Jennifer Economus, Outreach Specialist, Allerton-Hill Consulting LLC.

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

What’s Included: All handouts as provided by the instructors; morning coffee, light refreshments and lunch. Each attendee will also receive a copy of OLC’s 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 or call 614-410-8092.

OLC Leadership Conference (Invitation Only) @ Crowne Plaza Columbus North
Nov 7 all-day


Registration opens in September 2018

When registering, be sure to select either the  “Yes, I am attending!” OR “No, I cannot attend” ticket, as well as ticket(s) for the division(s) or committee(s) you will be representing at the Conference.

Deadline to register: 10/31/18

Agenda to come.


Hotel Accommodations
Although the time frame for the Leadership Conference is designed to accommodate travel to and from Columbus in one day, some attendees may wish to make reservations for overnight accommodations before or after the conference. Reservations can be made by calling the Crown Plaza Hotel at 614-885-1885. Please indicate that you are attending the OLC Leadership Conference.



RightClick 2018: The Library IT Idea Exchange Conference @ State Library of Ohio
Nov 16 all-day

Best practices and cool ideas for library technology 

Sponsored by the OLC’s Information Technology Division

Registration opens this fall.

Call for Proposals



Legislative Day @ Ohio Statehouse Atrium
Apr 9 all-day

Legislative Day is your day at the Statehouse! It’s an opportunity for you to come to Columbus, meet with your legislators, and advocate on behalf of Ohio’s public libraries! The 2019 event will be held in the Statehouse Atrium. More details to come.


CPIM: Public Library Fiscal Officer Conference @ Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
Apr 17 – Apr 18 all-day

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CPIM: Public Library Fiscal Officer Conference, April 17-18, 2019

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Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, Lewis Center, Ohio (North Columbus)

Sponsored by the OLC’s Library Accounting Division


CPIM Credit:
This two-day conference is designed to provide continuing education credit for the Ohio Treasurer’s Center for Public Investment Management (CPIM)


CPE Credit:
This conference is designed to provide continuing professional education (CPE) credits with the Ohio Accountancy Board. For every 50 Minutes, an individual earns one credit hour. To be eligible, you must sign in at the beginning of the day and sign out when you leave at the end of the day. A certificate for hours earned will be available at the conclusion of the conference.


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When reserving your room, please indicate that you are with the OLC’s CPIM Conference.

Hotel Accommodations: Reservations can be made at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center (PH: 614-880-4300). Please indicate that you are with the OLC’s CPIM Conference. The OLC room rate is $99/night (plus state and local taxes).

Who Should Attend:  Library Fiscal Officers and other staff members responsible for managing library finances.

What Is Included: All handouts and materials provided by instructors, morning refreshments, buffet lunch, and afternoon refreshments each day.

AGENDA (to come)


2019 Convention and Expo @ Duke Energy Convention Center
Sep 25 – Sep 27 all-day

2019 Convention and Expo
September 25-27
Duke Energy Convention Center and the Hyatt Downtown Cincinnati