2017 Chapter Conferences



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Registration Fees
Member $90 | Non-Member $145 | Student $50 | Speaker $0

Chapter Programming
The programming at each Chapter Conference has been designed with the members’ needs in mind. The program grids for each conference (see below) provide an overview of the sessions that will be offered and are organized by room assignments and/or by a learning track.

Program Grids (PDF):  Northeast | Southwest | Northwest | Central | North

Program Descriptions
Program descriptions are listed alphabetically by program title.

Directors’ Choice Programs for Staff Development

Back by popular demand, the OLC Chapter Conferences feature a full day of programming based upon library directors’ top choices for staff development and are identified with this symbol (below). In a survey, library directors throughout the state identified their need for staff development programs. The directors told the OLC what topics they would address if they were able to close their library for a day of staff development.

Re-Certification Credits
Those who have received Ohio Public Library Certification or Ohio Public Library Staff Certification may count Chapter Conference attendance toward contact hours for re-certification. A full day of participation in this event counts as six (6) contact hours. Complete information on the re-certification process is available on OLC website.

Important: Registration Guidelines 

  • All speakers receive complimentary registration; however, speakers still must register for the conference(s).
  • Member Rate: In order to qualify for the member rate, the registrant must be an Individual member of OLC. The library’s Institutional membership does not permit employees of that library to attend OLC Chapter Conferences at the member rate.
  • Student Rate: This reduced registration rate is intended for full-time library school students who are not working. The OLC may request proof of eligibility for this rate. Note: Registrants who do not meet the above criteria must pay/will be billed at the non-member rate.
  • No confirmation of registration will be sent. View the Event Roster on OLC’s website to confirm your registration. Rosters are updated weekly.
  • Individual members of an OLC-member Friends of the Library group may register at the OLC member rate.
  • Lunch is included in the registration fee and cannot be broken out from the registration fee.

Cancellations/Refunds Policy
The Ohio Library Council assumes a financial liability in the presentation of its programs and events, including but not limited to catering guarantees, space rental, and speaker fees.

Cancellation requests must be received in writing at the OLC via fax, mail, or e-mail (, at least two weeks prior to the event in order to receive a refund of registration fees. (Please retain a copy of the cancellation notice for future reference.) A $20 administrative fee will be applied to all cancellations and will be deducted from the refund (if the registration has been paid). If the registration fee has not been paid, a $20 administrative fee will be assessed.

Cancellation requests received less than two weeks but more than one week prior to the event will be charged a $20 administrative fee PLUS the cost of meals (if applicable). No refunds will be issued to registrants who cancel less than one week prior to the event or who do not attend a program without any prior notice. The full amount of the registration fee will be billed if the registration has not been paid and OLC does not receive any cancellation notice.

OLC reserves the right to refuse refund for meals or special events unless cancelled by OLC. Appeals to this cancellation policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and any deviations will be at the discretion of the Executive Director. Refunds will not be made until after the scheduled event has taken place.

Substitution Policy
Registrants who cannot attend an event may send a substitute attendee. The OLC requests that the name of the substitute attendee be provided as soon as possible via fax, mail, or e-mail ( A surcharge will apply if the substitute attendee is not a member of the OLC.

Inclement Weather
The OLC reserves the right to cancel or postpone a program due to inclement weather. Program registrants will be issued a full refund if the program is cancelled, and given the option of attending the program or receiving a full refund if the program is rescheduled on another date.

Chapter Conference Dates and Locations

Central Chapter Conference
March 24, 2017 @ Holiday Inn Worthington

Northeast Chapter Conference
March 30, 2017 @ Kent State University

Southwest Chapter Conference
April 5, 2017 @ Great Wolf Lodge (Mason)

North Chapter Conference
April 27, 2017 @ Holiday Inn Independence

Northwest Chapter Conference
May 12, 2017 @ Bowling Green State University

NOTE: Instead of a Chapter Conference, the Southeast Chapter will be presenting several events throughout the year. Special thanks to the Southeast Chapter Action Council for planning the following professional development programs: