Convention & Expo

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LIBRARIES IN BALANCE | October 4-6, 2017

Dayton Convention Center and Crowne Plaza Hotel

It is a thrilling time to be in libraries. We have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of our communities, yet how do we maintain balance in the frenzy to remain relevant and innovative? What is the balance between quiet space and collaborative space? Money spent on physical or digital materials? Space for shelving or computers? The 2017 Convention and Expo will focus on maintaining this balance between the traditional and the innovative and responding to the needs of the community.


Shiobhan Reardon photo John Scalzi photo

OPENING SESSION | Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Library Futures: Balancing the Importance of Change With Traditional Preferences
There are many exciting changes occurring in the library space across the country and internationally, from community building to physical buildings to programming that places libraries at the center of a community. These changes are occurring rapid-fire and against a backdrop of a desire to maintain traditional library services that meet the needs of the community. Siobhan Reardon, President & Director, Free Library of Philadelphia, will take a look at how libraries are handling this change, how diminishing budgets have played a role, and today’s best examples of how to handle this balancing act. Reardon was Library Journal’s 2015 Librarian of the Year.

CLOSING SESSION | Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Living in Two Americas
John Scalzi is rapidly becoming one of the most highly regarded science fiction authors in the country. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Redshirts, an intergalactic sci-fi adventure that won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He is sometimes gets labeled as a “coastal elite” for his political views, but fans are often surprised to learn that he lives in Bradford, Ohio (population: 1,850). He’ll talk about what it’s like to spin between two Americas: his liberal world community of writers and creative people that he sees every day online and at professional gatherings versus his physical world, a conservative community of friends and neighbors and the place he calls home. Explore how we all find ourselves living simultaneously in two separate worlds and how we balance this reality. Scalzi is the former president of The Science Fiction and served as a creative consultant for the television series Stargate Universe. His other works include the popular Old Man’s War series, The Android’s Dream, Agent to the Stars and Lock In.

Full Convention Fee:
Member Fee:* $175
Non-Member: $285
Student/Retired: $105
One Day Only Fee:
Member Fee:* $150
Non-Member Fee: $215
Student/Retired Fee: $75
Exhibits Only Fee: $90
Guest/Spouse Fee: $45

*Individual members of OLC.


50+ Professional Development Sessions
Awards and Honors Luncheon
Poster Sessions
Exhibit Hall Opening Event
Career Fair—NEW!
Certified Public Librarian and Certified Public Library Staff Luncheon
Author Luncheons
Woodland Cemetery Tour
Kent State University SLIS Reception
Reception at New Dayton Metro Main Library
Trivia DJ Night
Live Music Hootenanny
Snackchat with Vendors—NEW!



2017 Convention & Expo Chair

Connie Sureck photo

Connie Sureck

2017 Program Committee Chair

Sarah Clevidence photo

Sarah Clevidence

2017 Expo Committee Chair

Zimmerman Hogan photo

Debbie Zimmerman Hogan

2017 Local Arrangements Committee Chair

Steven Moser photo

Steve Moser



The OLC has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Crowne Plaza in Dayton with a group rate of $129/night (plus applicable taxes):

Crowne Plaza Dayton
33 E. Fifth St.
Dayton, OH 45402
T: 937-224-0800

To receive the discounted group rate, please indicate that you are attending the OLC Convention and Expo when you reserving your room. Group rate expires: Sept. 11, 2017

Other Accommodations:
The OLC has also reserved a block of hotel rooms at a nearby Marriott (6-minute drive) with a group rate of $132/night (plus applicable taxes):

1414 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, OH  45409
To receive the discounted group rate, please indicate that you are attending the OLC Convention and Expo when you reserving your room. Group rate expires: Sept. 11, 2017