Webinars & ORE Online Learning

ORE Online Learning

The OLC provides reference education training to improve the quality of reference services at public libraries throughout Ohio. Ohio Reference Excellence (ORE) Online is comprised of six self-paced training modules that cover many aspects of the reference process. If you’re new to library reference, you can work through all of the modules in order or you can jump to the modules you need as a refresher. Each module includes resource links, exercises and quizzes. Start ORE Online.

Current Webinars

The OLC’s webinars are a convenient and cost-effective way for you to gain practical, real-world knowledge from the convenience of your desktop—or anywhere you have hi-speed Internet access. A variety of webinars are offered throughout the year. See what’s coming up.

Webinar Archive

The OLC’s most popular webinars are listed below in alphabetical order. Please run this technology test before you launch the webinar to ensure your device supports the audio and video functions. Webinar audio is VoIP only through your device speakers.
Please Note: All webinars are approximately 60 minutes in length.

ABCs of Babytime
(Originally presented Feb. 12, 2015)
Presenters: Lindsey Krabbenhoft, Children’s Librarian and Dana Horrocks, Children’s Librarian, Vancouver Public Library

Learning Objectives:

  • To gain a better understanding of what constitutes babytime and how to locate the appropriate songs, rhymes, bounces, books and early brain development research to support your programs.
  • To increase confidence in your ability to plan and deliver babytime programs at your library.

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

ABCs of Movement
(Originally presented April 28, 2016)
Presenter: Laurie Gombash, Physical Therapist, ABCs of Movement
Objective: Learn how to use movement to teach literacy skills.

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

Advocating for Public Libraries with the New Ohio Legislature
(Originally presented Jan. 26, 2017)
Presenter: Michelle Francis, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services
Objective: Learn how to work with the new Ohio General Assembly (includes a legislative update).

Fee: FREE for OLC members. View now.

Best Practices for Collection Development for Children
(Originally presented Nov. 3, 2016)
Presenter: Mary Schreiber, Youth Collection Development Specialist, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Objective: Learn how to develop current, diverse, and balanced children’s collection.

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

Digital Detoxing and Your Health Webinar: Time for a Technology Break?
(Originally presented Jan. 18, 2017)
Presenter:  Jenny Lobb, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension
Objective: Learn strategies to reduce technology consumption in your daily life and how doing so can have a positive impact on your physical, mental and social health.

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

eBook Alternatives
(Originally presented May 21, 2014)
Presenter: Chris May, Administrator of Branch Services, Mansfield/Richland County PL and Jen Downing, Outreach Librarian, Upper Arlington Public Library

eBooks are everywhere. Your library most likely subscribes to an eBook provider, but did you know there are a number of ways patrons can access eBooks at little to no cost? Join us for a discussion about eBooks, access, and libraries who have thought out of the eBook box. Find your favorite eBook classics, amazing nonfiction titles, and the latest undiscovered gems. We’ll also cover how to convert DRM free eBooks into different formats. Attendees will walk away with an arsenal of eBook resources to share.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know where to find current eBook news and information
  • Learn what other libraries have done to build and promote their own eBook collections
  • Learn several alternative resources to download eBooks
  • Learn how to convert DRM free eBooks to different formats

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

Genealogy 101: Or, Do You Have a Book About My Family History
(Originally presented June 13, 2013)
Judy James, Special Collections Manager, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Are you stumped when asked to help a customer research his or her family tree? How do you assist genealogists, and what can your library offer these “newbies?” As genealogy grows in popularity, libraries are experiencing an increased demand and interest in genealogy. Learn basic genealogy reference skills and how to navigate the mosy useful and popular family history resources, websites, and databases.

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

Grief Inside and Outside Your Library and Your Unique Role
(Originally presented Jan. 23, 2014)
Mary McCutchen, Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children and Families

Learn how libraries as workplaces are impacted by death, loss, and grief. Find avenues for support; learn how to be a resource; and take away practical tips you can use. The webinar agenda includes:

  • brief history of Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children and Families and description of its services
  • how we grieve – a general overview of two models
  • death, loss, and grief are universal experiences – every living thing dies
  • grief in the workplace
  • how libraries are unique workplaces that serve and interact with the public
  • when death impacts a library staff – how to support one another
  • when death impacts a member(s) of the community – libraries as resources
  • take away tips

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

Hinkle System (Notes) Training for Public Libraries
(Originally presented Oct. 17, 2016)
Presenters: Nita Hendryx and Anna Mary Thomas, Ohio State Auditor’s Office, and Michelle Francis, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services
Objective: Training for public library fiscal officers which explains how to prepare notes to the financial statements for a library’s annual report.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

I Can Help You With That: Computer Basics for Frontline Staff
(Originally presented March 11, 2015)
Presenter: Chris May, Deputy Director, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

Do you get asked computer questions all over the library? Some might be easy to answer like “How do I print?” Others are more difficult to answer such as “How do I create a formula in this spreadsheet?” Do you feel like you need more training to handle such queries? This webinar will share a multitude of free websites and statewide databases to help you gain the knowledge you need to handle patron computer questions. Many of these resources offer continuing education credits and certificates to help you track your progress.

Objectives:

  • Attendees will become more familiar with various computer applications, leading to increased confidence when approached with a technological question.
  • Attendees will become more familiar with several statewide databases including LearningExpress Library.
  • Useful sites for learning MS Office products, tablets, eReaders, and other applications will be shared including GCFLearnFree.org.
  • Attendees will learn how to track their progress with various programs and how to report progress to supervisors.

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

Motivation: Tips and Tricks to Stay Positive at Work
(Originally presented Nov. 10, 2016)
Presenter:  Mary Wnoroski, Borrower Services Manager, Kent Free Library
Objective: Learn how to motivate staff, coworkers, and even yourself!

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

National Register of Historic Places Series:
(1) Introduction to the National Register of Historic Places
(Originally presented Jan. 25, 2017)
Presenter:  Barbara Powers, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for Inventory & Registration, Ohio History Connection
Objective: Learn how to identify the categories and evaluation standards of historic places; nominate a property; explain benefits and common misconceptions.

(2) Building Inspection Tips from the Building Doctor
(Originally presented Feb. 1, 2017)
Presenter:  Nathan A. Bevil, Community Planning & Preservation Manager, Ohio History Connection
Objective: Learn how to recognize and solve some common repair problems; make informed decisions about repairs and improvements to older buildings; and maintain a building’s historic integrity.

(3) Researching Any House’s History 
(Originally presented Feb. 8, 2017)
Presenter: Elizabeth Plummer, Outreach Reference Archivist, Ohio History Connection
Objective: Learn how to research a house’s history using county, engineer and probate court records, maps, city directories, photos, personal papers and more.

 

Fee: $15.00/webinar for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this series.

Ohio History Day 101: The Experience of History Day in Ohio Webinar
(Originally presented Aug. 11, 2016)
Presenters: Shoshanna Gross, State Coordinator, Ohio History Day, Ohio History Connection; Deanna McDaniel, Media Specialist, Genoa Middle School Library, Westerville, OH
Objective: Gain a better understanding of the structure and educational goals of Ohio History Day.

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

OhioMeansJobs Training for Public Libraries
(Originally presented Dec. 7, 2016)
Presenters: Gerrie Cotter, Project Manager with OhioMeansJobs and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Michelle Francis, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services
Objective: Training for public library staff on OhioMeansJobs website and tools.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Reference Tips for Supportive Staff
(Originally presented Jan. 30, 2013)
Lea Carrigan, Reference Librarian, Fairfield County District Library

If you find yourself on the front lines at your library and are looking to brush up on your reference skills, this is the webinar for you! This webinar will provide basic information on the reference interview, including examples of “reference gone wrong,” talk about virtual reference and share valuable print and online resources to take back and apply at your library.

Fee: $10.00 for OLC members; $15.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

Serving the Business Customer: Basic Business Reference Resources and Tools
(Originally presented Feb. 4, 2015)
Chrissie Harris, Librarian, Columbus Metropolitan Library

You’re not a business librarian, but you work with business customers. Or, your library wants to reach out to the business community, but you don’t know how to start. Sound like your situation?

There’s plenty you can do to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, even if your library doesn’t have a specialized business department. This webinar will show you how to work with what you’ve got. Free online resources, local organizations and databases from the Ohio Web Library can be valuable tools. We’ll also cover practical ways to share those resources with your customers.

Attendees will:

  • Get a list and overview of free business reference resources;
  • Have a list of business organizations from around the state for referrals and partnerships;
  • Get ideas for how to connect with business customers inside and outside the library; and
  • Learn about low and no cost staff development sources.

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

Teen Readers’ Advisory Webinar Series
(Series originally presented March 2016)
Objective: Gain a deeper sense of teen literature today. Be better prepared to address teen readers’ advisory issues in your library.

  1. Racial and Ethnic Diversity
    Presenter: Sarah Rosenberger, Assistant Youth Services Coordinator, Akron-Summit County Public Library
  2. Graphic Novels
    Presenter: Sarah Deisler, Teen Librarian, Akron-Summit County Public Library
  3. Literary Fiction
    Presenter: Sean Rapacki, Teen Librarian, Medina County District Library
  4. LGBTQIA Fiction
    Presenter: Steve Moser, Teen Services Coordinator, Dayton Metro Library

Fee/webinar: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar or entire series.

The Friendly Cataloger: How You Can Help Your Cataloger Help You
(Originally presented Feb. 11, 2015)
Erin Valentine, Cataloger Librarian, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Have you ever wanted to increase exposure to your archives and special collections materials through your library’s OPAC? If you do already, are you perhaps wondering how you can make it easier on your cataloger? This webinar will show you how one public library cataloger has worked with her library’s special collections librarians to increase access to their materials. Learn some basic cataloger terminology and concepts, such as authority control, as well as the limits of the MARC record compared to the traditional finding aid, and how these can help you help your cataloger better represent your materials in the library’s OPAC.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how name authority control and controlled vocabularies can increase access to collections, using examples of commonly used vocabularies and resources (LCNAF/LCSH, AAT, etc.);
  • Explain the difference between an EAD finding aid and a MARC bibliographic record;
  • Examples of what a cataloger can and cannot use directly from finding aids, and how the information displays in an OPAC; and
  • Examples and resources for further exploration if you need to create a MARC record on your own.

Fee: $15.00 for OLC members; $20.00 for non-members. Login to My OLC to purchase this webinar.

U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Rule
(Originally presented June 1, 2016)
Presenters: Jonathan R. Vaughn, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Michelle Francis, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council
Objective: Gain a better understanding of the new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) changes and get answers to your legal questions.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Voter Registration Responsibilities for Ohio’s Public Libraries
(Originally presented May 23, 2016)
Presenters: Pat Currie, Elections Division, Office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted; Michelle Francis, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council
Objective: Learn more about the Ohio voter registration requirements for public libraries.

FREE for OLC members. View now.