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Aug
5
Wed
2020
New Directors Workshop 4: Essential Administration @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Aug 5 @ 9:15 am – 4:30 pm

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

Due to COVID-19, this workshop will be held virtually.
The OLC is adapting its in-person programming to an online format to meet our members’ needs. The New Director’s Workshop series will be offered completely online. This approach will allow us to bring this important information directly to new and aspiring library directors.

Register @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: July 29

Virtual Workshop Registration Fees:
Workshop 4 ONLY: Member: Member: $50* | Non-member: $100

Entire Workshop Series: Member: $190* | Non-member: $380

*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. For over twenty years now, the OLC’s New Directors Workshop Series has been designed specifically for new and aspiring library directors who want to develop their management skills, confidence and effectiveness. This program is delivered through four VIRTUAL workshops; each focusing on a specific area of education.

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 the multiple facets of your new role.

This workshop series includes intensive work with everyone from OLC staff and legal counsel to seasoned directors and subject experts in various library fields to other “first-timers” just like you. It is designed to align you with other library professionals who aspire to gain the skills and education to be a leader in Ohio’s libraries. Many of the connections made will become lasting friendships throughout your career.

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 who aspire to become a library director.

What’s Included:

  • Electronic handouts provided by the instructors.
  • A copy of the OLC publication, Ohio Public Library Administrator’s Handbook, will be emailed to workshop attendees following the first workshop.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop series counts as 24 contact hours (six contact hours per workshop).

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed: Leadership; Laws; Fiscal Operations; Building Management; Ethics

 

MORNING AGENDA: Essential Administration

9:15 a.m.  | Join the Zoom Classroom (The link will be emailed to you 2 days prior to each workshop.) We will test audio and video connections to ensure all attendees can see and hear the presenters.

9:30 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions

9:45 – 11:15 a.m. | Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Act
This session will provide an overview of best practices for public records management and disposal for public libraries in Ohio. It will cover exemptions to the Public Records Act and how they specifically apply to libraries. You will also learn more about the Open Meetings Act and what library directors must know about the law. This session will close with a question and answer session.

Presenters: Mark W. Altier, Director of Open Government, Office of the Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. |  Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | The Board of Trustees and Library Finances
Learn how to keep your Board involved in your library’s financial issues. This session will show you how to demystify the process for your board members.

Presenter: John Yesso, Past President and Current Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Upper Arlington Public Library. A speaker at the 2017 Library Trustee Workshop and New Directors Workshop, John will lead a discussion on public library finances including how libraries are funded in Ohio.

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch Break

 

AFTERNOON AGENDA: Essential Administration

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Keeping Your Library Budget on Track

This session will take you through each step of the budget process throughout the year. You will receive practical information about forecasting expenditures and revenues, creating a “working” budget, and tracking the budget monthly. You will also get tips on how to work effectively with your fiscal officer, as fostering this unique relationship is vital to the budget process.

Presenters: Ben Heckman, MLIS, Library Director, Bexley Public Library and Jack Winkel, Senior Fiscal Officer, Bexley Public Library

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. |  Break

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. | Managing Your Library Building
Every library director is eventually faced with some unexpected building challenges. Regardless of your library’s size, major facility issues often end up on the director’s desk. This session will cover best practices and valuable tips on a variety of topics including maintenance, repairs, service contracts, housekeeping, emergency preparedness, and planning. You will learn how to keep your building open, safe, and welcoming.

Presenter: Ryan McDonnell, Director, Grandview Heights Public Library

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. |  Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Ohio Ethics Law: Can I Do That?
This session will provide timely information regarding the Ohio Ethics Commission, restrictions in the Ohio Ethics Law, and related statutes that pertain to all public sector employees and private sectors parties who are regulated or do business with public offices.

Session objectives include:

  • Understand how to identify and avoid acting on potential conflicts of interest.
  • Understand definition of public contracts and ethics prohibitions related to public contracts.
  • Identify potential post-employment requirements.
  • Learn about general assistance available from the Ohio Ethics Commission to understand and comply with the Ethics Law and related statutes.

Presenter: Susan Willeke, Education and Communications Administrator, Ohio Ethics Commission.

4:30 p.m. | Adjourn

Aug
6
Thu
2020
Advancing Racial Equity within Public Libraries: A Conversation with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by: Ohio Library Council

The OLC is working to promote diversity and inclusion within the library profession to create public libraries that are reflective and inclusive of the communities in which they serve. Our commitment to racial justice improves our ability to uphold the values of diversity and inclusion in our libraries. The OLC is offering this special event as professional development for all public library employees. Take advantage of the reduced registration fee for OLC Individual Members and discounted group rates for OLC Institutional Member Libraries.

Register at my OLC | Deadline to register: 8/3/20

Registration Fees:

Individual Rates: Fee:
Member Fee* $25
Non-Member $50

*OLC Individual Members or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries.

Group Rates**: # of participants: Fee:
Group Rate 1 Up to 10 participants $150
Group Rate 2 Up to 25 participants $300
Group Rate 3 Up to 50 participants $550
Group Rate 4 Up to 100 participants $1,000

**Group registration is for OLC Institutional Member Libraries ONLY
OLC defines a group as staff from a single library system logging in individually from multiple locations (or gathered at one access point) to participate in the live webinar broadcast. It will be the responsibility of the registrant to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate.

Webinar Overview:
To become a true ally in the fight against racial injustice requires tough conversations. Finding a starting point isn’t easy and it can be uncomfortable. The OLC is committed to efforts that support ongoing learning, action, and engagement on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. This event is a first in a series of programs to help tackle these challenging issues. It is designed to spark conversations and serve as an introduction to the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact the staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces within public libraries. During this webinar, you’ll gain a better understanding of why it is so critical for libraries to focus on race to improve equitable outcomes for all.

This webinar will allow time for Q&A and will be recorded.

Learning Objective: To foster conversations about racism and implicit bias through the themes and topics in the novel All American Boys.

Presenters:

Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely photo

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Together, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely wrote All American Boys, a young adult novel told in alternate chapters by high school classmates Rashad, who is Black, and Quinn, who is white. Rashad is wrongfully accused of shoplifting and is assaulted by a police officer—he is beaten so badly he is hospitalized. Quinn not only witnesses the assault, he knows the police officer personally. When a video of the attack goes viral, their classmates take sides and Rashad and Quinn are forced to think and talk about race in ways they hadn’t before.

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He often speaks about his own early years as a reluctant reader and says his books are for students who don’t see themselves reflected in the pages they are assigned in school.

Brendan Kiely is a New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love StoryThe Gospel of Winter, and Tradition. He received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. Known for his activism around racial justice, Kiely is a former high school teacher who writes dramatic, realistic fiction that engages young people in social issues. His work has been selected twice as one of the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and was a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best.

Intended Audience: All public library staff.

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. Please check that your correct e-mail address is listed in your my OLC profile page. If registering a group, it is the responsibility of the registrant to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as 1.0 hour of continuing education credit.

Ohio Public Library Core Competency: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

 

Aug
7
Fri
2020
Cancelled: 2020 Outreach and Special Services Retreat
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:15 pm

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Sponsored by the Outreach and Special Services Division

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’s outreach programs and services!

 

 

Aug
13
Thu
2020
Small Libraries Discussion Forum @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The OLC will host a discussion forum for directors of small libraries via Zoom. Directors of public libraries with annual operating revenues of less than $1M and a service area of less than 25,000 are invited to register for this free event.

Register now.

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

If you are unable to participate in this forum, another forum is scheduled for Aug. 20 from 1-3 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Small Libraries Division.

Aug
14
Fri
2020
Cancelled: Library Fiscal Officer 102
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:45 pm

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Sponsored by the Library Accounting Division

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 refreshments and 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.

Core Competencies:  Organizational Awareness and Fiscal Operations

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.

 

 

Aug
19
Wed
2020
Cancelled: Innovation Conference
Aug 19 all-day

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Overview: How does your library innovate, take risks, provide new services or help your staff? How do you think outside of the box?  How do you show resilience after your failures?

Objective: During this conference, you will:

  1. Discuss emerging technologies
  2. Explore innovative services
  3. Discover process improvements
  4. Collaborate with other librarians or library staff.
  5. Develop resilience after failure

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

Conference Planning Committee:
Jeff Yahraus, Chair
Williams County Public Library

Kellen Freeman
Delaware County District Library

Katy Hite
Delaware County District Library

Dani Hollar
Lima Public Library

Liz Muether
Mercer County District Library

Gill Nance
Southwest Public Libraries

Leann Schneider
Bexley Public Library

Jennifer Stencel
Akron-Summit County Public Library

Gerry Vogel
Avon Lake Public Library

Holly Walter
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

Jeannine Wilbarger
Rossford Public Library

 

 

Voter Registration Responsibilities for Public Libraries Webinar @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by: Ohio Library Council

FREE* for OLC members only.

*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries.

Register now.

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

Webinar Overview:
Ohio Revised Code Section 3503.10 designates Ohio’s public libraries as voter registration locations. With this designation comes additional responsibilities. Join OLC staff and representatives from Ohio Secretary of State’s Office for a one-hour webinar about the requirements for public libraries as we prepare for the 2020 general election in November. Utilize this free webinar as an opportunity to educate library staff on the do’s and don’ts before the busy general election cycle this fall.

Presenters:

  • Emily Bright, Deputy Elections Administrator, Office of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
  • Patricia Currie, NVRA Coordinator, Office of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
  • Jeff Hobday, Senior Elections Counsel, Office of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
  • Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

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 presenters.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend this live presentation, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the OLC website.

 

Aug
20
Thu
2020
Creativity in Quarantine: Innovative Library Ideas During the Pandemic @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sponsored by: Ohio Library Council

Register at my OLC | Deadline to register: 8/18/20

FREE* for OLC members only.
*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

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

Webinar Overview:
When Ohio’s public libraries closed their buildings in March to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, library staff quickly came up with ways to continue to serve their communities. Libraries are masters at adapting and this crisis only fueled their creativity. During this webinar, you’ll have the opportunity learn more about the amazing ideas implemented at Ohio’s public libraries during the pandemic. Topics include:

Greene County Public Library

  • Makerspace initiatives
  • Creating PPE
  • Video instruction
  • Sign and floor decal production
  • Innovative library services
  • Home collections

Dayton Metro Library

  • Youth initiatives
  • Partnering to provide free food at all 18 library branches
  • Shifting the popular in-person Career Adventures Camp online
  • Imagine Your Story Reading and Adventure Camp

Lorain Public Library

  • Digital inclusion initiatives
  • WiFi hotspot distribution to schools
  • Chromebook distribution to senior living centers
  • Creating a new Library on the Lake

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Library

  • Workforce development initiatives
  • Facebook Live Lunch & Learns  events
  • Providing job search assistance from home

Presenters:

  • Diane Farrell, Director of External Relations and Development, Dayton Metro Library
  • Mandie Burns, Youth Services Director, Dayton Metro Library
  • Cara Kouse, Innovation and Makerspace Manager, Greene County Public Library
  • Sam Lewis, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Lorain Public Library
  • Keith Armour, Education and Homework Support Manager, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Learning Objective: Learn how to implement inventive ideas at your library in spite of the current pandemic and the challenges it presents.

Intended Audience: All public library staff.

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 presenters.

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

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as 1.5 continuing education contact hours of credit.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies Addressed: Innovation and Adaptability

 

 

Small Libraries Discussion Forum (2) @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The OLC will host a discussion forum for directors of small libraries via Zoom. Directors of public libraries with annual operating revenues of less than $1M and a service area of less than 25,000 are invited to participate in this free event.

Register now.

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

This event is sponsored by the Small Libraries Division.

Aug
21
Fri
2020
Library on the Go: Delivering Curbside, Drive-Through, and Lobby Service Safely and Efficiently @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sponsored by: Ohio Library Council

Register at my OLC | Deadline to register: 8/18/20

FREE* for OLC members only.
*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

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

Webinar Overview:
When the physical library buildings closed in March due to COVID-19, many libraries remained “open” with a virtual library presence while simultaneously planning how to serve their communities further in new and innovative ways. Many libraries adapted quickly to the times by creating curbside and lobby services while updating existing services such as drive-through in order to offer customers access to physical materials, tax forms, printing services, and more.

Discover how libraries of different sizes have executed these services from a customer and staff perspective. During this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • How libraries have adjusted and improved their processes and guidelines to ensure services are delivered in a safe and effective manner (even after some libraries have reopened their buildings to the public).
  • How  libraries have strengthened the one library, one team concept since other departments have played a pivotal role with delivering and supporting these services.
  • How the inclusion of summer reading logs, prizes, and themed, activity-based grab-and-go kits have provided customers access to summer reading in a new way.
  • How you can implement these ideas at your library.

This webinar will allow time for Q&A.

Presenters:

  • Kacy Cox, Branch Manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Whitehall Branch
  • Katy Hite, Assistant Branch Manager, Delaware County District Library
  • Ashley Mensah, Customer Services Manager, Pickerington Public Library

Learning Objective: Learn how to adapt your delivery processes from both the staff and customer perspective while keeping everyone safe.

Intended Audience: All public library staff.

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 presenters.

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

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as 1.5 continuing education contact hours of credit.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies Addressed: Adaptability