Calendar

May
25
Thu
2017
Ballot Issues Workshop @ Ohio Library Council
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sponsored by: OLC’s Government Relations Committee

Closed (at capacity) will be offered again on 10/26/17

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.

Presenters: 

  • 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.

Ballot Issues Handbook Vol II – Campaigns 202: Detailed Information for Those Who Need to Turn It Up a Notch is available for purchase online.

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.

May
31
Wed
2017
New Directors Workshop 1: Essential Knowledge @ Ohio Library Council
May 31 @ 9:15 am – 4:45 pm

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

REGISTER @ My OLC | Registration Deadline: 5/24/17

Registration Fees
Workshop 1 ONLY: Member: $100* | Non-member: $200
Entire Workshop Series: Member: $375* | Non-member: $750
*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries. 

For more than 16 years, the OLC’s New Directors Workshop Series has helped public library directors adjust to the main responsibilities of their new roles, and helped those who aspire to become a library director understand the multiple facets of the 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.

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 Stephen Hedges, 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 currently serves on 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 she shares some unique experiences and viewpoints from her first year in the position.

Presenter: Kristi Hale, Director, Wright Memorial Public Library, Oakwood

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 comments section when registering.

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

Jun
29
Thu
2017
New Directors Workshop 2: Essential Human Resources Management @ Ohio Library Council
Jun 29 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

REGISTER @ my OLC | Registration Deadline: 6/22/2017.

Registration Fees:
Workshop 2 ONLY: Member: $100* | Non-member: $200
Entire Workshop Series: Member: $375* | Non-member: $750
*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries. 

For more than 16 years, the OLC’s New Directors Workshop Series has helped public library directors adjust to the main responsibilities of their new roles, and to help those who aspire to become a library director understand the multiple facets of the 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.

Workshop 2: Essential Human Resource Management Agenda

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. | Registration / Networking Breakfast

Enjoy a continental breakfast while you mingle with presenters, OLC staff and workshop attendees. This is a great way to create and build relationships that will carry on throughout the workshop series and your career.

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 Board liaison to OLC’s Diversity Awareness and Resources Committee

 

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: 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.

 

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

 

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 ten 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 currently serves as Chair of the OLC’s Board of Directors. He has nearly 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.

 

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 comments section when registering.

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

Jul
19
Wed
2017
New Directors Workshop 3: Essential Visibility @ Ohio Library Council
Jul 19 @ 9:15 am – 3:45 pm

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

REGISTER @ my OLC | Registration deadline: 7/12/2017.

Registration Fees
Workshop 3 ONLY: Member: $100* | Non-member: $200
Entire Workshop Series: Member: $375* | Non-member: $750
*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

 

For more than 16 years, the OLC’s New Directors Workshop Series has helped public library directors adjust to the main responsibilities of their new roles, and to help those who aspire to become a library director understand the multiple facets of the 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.

Essential Visibility Agenda

9:15 – 9:45 am | Registration / Networking Breakfast

Enjoy a continental breakfast while you mingle with presenters, OLC staff, and workshop attendees. This is a great way to create and build relationships that will carry on throughout the workshop series and your career.

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 – 2:30 p.m. | Strategic / Long Range Planning: Understanding Your Role
Many libraries find strategic or long-range planning to be a vital part of their organizational practices. The first half of this program will address four vital areas of leadership focus that are part and parcel of planning: morale, institutional vision, tactical planning, and the detailed execution and management of work flows. In the second half, this session will look at the practical application of the four areas. Because these interdependent areas of focus must ultimately be directed, with or without a plan, this presentation will be useful to those already familiar with the ‘how’ of strategic planning.

Presenter: Daniel Slife, Director, Wadsworth Public Library

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Connecting: Partners in the Community
Library directors need to forge and sustain relationships with community movers and shakers to galvanize their position in and out of the library. What can you do to make your library more integral in your community? How do these partnerships help with local funding?

Presenter: Mary Jane Santos, Retired Director (Sept. 2015), Delaware County District Library, and former Delaware City Councilwoman, and OLC’s 2014 Librarian of the Year. Mary Jane has turned successful library partnerships into stronger communities.

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 comments section when registering.

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: Collaboration; Marketing

 

Aug
11
Fri
2017
2017 Outreach and Special Services Retreat @ Westerville Public Library
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by the OLC’s Outreach and Special Services Division

Registration opens this summer | REGISTER @ my OLC  | Deadline to register: 8/4/2017

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed: Community Awareness, Patron Awareness, and Programming

Overview:
It can often be difficult to justify and develop new outreach programs and services, secure funding, and determine best practices. Gather successful and creative community collaboration 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!

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.

Full agenda to come.

 

Aug
16
Wed
2017
Customer Service Workshop @ Crowne Plaza Columbus North
Aug 16 all-day

Sponsored by the Customer Service and Support Staff Division

Agenda to come.

Registration opens this summer |  Register @ my OLC | Deadline to register 08/9/17.

Intended Audience: All library staff interested in enhancing customer service skills.

What’s Included: All handouts as provided by the instructors; morning coffee, light 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 of credit.

Ohio Public Library Core Competencies: Customer Service

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

 

Aug
24
Thu
2017
Libraries on the Front Line: Serving Communities in Crisis (Emergency Preparedness Event) @ Scioto County Career and Technology Center
Aug 24 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sponsored by the Southeast Chapter Action Council and the Management and Administration Division

Register @ my OLC | Deadline to register 08/17/17.

Member $60* | Non-member $120
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

Registration: 8:30 a.m. | Workshop: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Agenda:
8: 30 a.m. | Registration and coffee

9:00 a.m. | Homelessness Q&A (Jackson County Homeless Committee)

10:00 a.m. | Drug Awareness Presentation (Chillicothe Police Department)

11:30 a.m. | Lunch

12:30 p.m. | Salvation Army Human Trafficking Program

2:00 p.m. | Pests in the Library (Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension Scioto County)

3:00 p.m. | Survival Against Forced Entry (SAFE) Self-Defense Training

5:00 p.m. | Adjourn

What’s Included: All handouts provided by the presenters. Lunch and snacks will be served. Please indicate any dietary requirements in the comments section when registering.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as eight 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 addressedEmergency Preparedness, Adaptability, Collaboration, Community Awareness, Patron Awareness, Ethics, Laws, Policies and Procedures

Aug
25
Fri
2017
Library Fiscal Officer 102 @ State Library of Ohio
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:45 pm

Sponsored by:  OLC’s Library Accounting Division

Registration opens this summer |  REGISTER @ my OLC |  Deadline to register: 8/18/2017.

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

Overview:
Are you a new public library fiscal officer? Would you like a refresher course on some of the main duties of a public library fiscal officer? Would you appreciate the opportunity for informal discussions with others who use the same accounting software? Or, are you a director who would like a better understanding of what goes on in the fiscal office?

Intended Audience: Public library fiscal officers, deputy fiscal officers, and directors. Anyone who would like an overview of the work done by public library fiscal officers.

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.

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

Agenda to come.

Aug
30
Wed
2017
New Directors Workshop 4: Essential Administration @ Ohio Library Council
Aug 30 @ 9:15 am – 4:45 pm

Sponsor: Ohio Library Council

REGISTER @ my OLC | Registration deadline: 8/23/17

Registration Fees:
Workshop 4 ONLY: Member: $100* | Non-member: $200
Entire Workshop Series: Member: $375* | Non-member: $750
*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries. 

For more than 16 years, the OLC’s New Directors Workshop Series has helped public library directors adjust to the main responsibilities of their new roles, and to help those who aspire to become a library director understand the multiple facets of the 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.

Essential Administration Agenda

9:15 – 9:45 am | Registration/Networking Breakfast
Enjoy a continental breakfast while you mingle with presenters, OLC staff, and workshop attendees. This is a great way to build upon the relationships you have created during the workshop series.

9:45 am – 10:45 am | 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, Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Upper Arlington Public Library. A speaker at the 2017 Library Trustee Workshop, John lead a discussion on public library finances including how libraries are funded in Ohio.

11:00 am – Noon | 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: Jeff Winkle, Director and Ron Stuble, Fiscal Officer, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

Noon – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 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

2:00 – 3:30 p.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: Michelle Francis, Director, Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council and a representative from the Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

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.

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 comments section when registering.

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: Policies and Procedures; Ethics; Facilities; Fiscal Operations

 

Sep
7
Thu
2017
Youth Services Low-Budget Program Exchange @ Athens County Community Center
Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sponsored by the Southeast Chapter Action Council and the Children’s Services Division

Register @ my OLC | Deadline to register 08/31/17.

Member $30* | Non-member $60
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

Agenda:

12:00 p.m. | Registration

12:30 p.m. | Serving “The Whole Child”
Janet Ingraham-Dwyer, State Library of Ohio

1:30 p.m. | Summer Food Service Panel Discussion

2:30 p.m. | Break with refreshments

2:45 p.m. | Hands-on STEM

3:45 p.m. | Roundtable Idea Exchange
Please bring one example of your biggest “hit” in the Children’s/Young Adult Department, plus one example of where you are struggling.

5:00 p.m. | Adjourn

What’s Included: All handouts provided by the presenters. Refreshments will be served during afternoon break.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as four 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 addressedProgramming, Problem Solving, Patron Awareness, Community Awareness