Webinars & Online Learning

Online Training


Reference Education Training 

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.


Webinar Archive

The OLC’s recorded 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 high-speed internet access. The OLC’s most popular archived webinars are listed below in ALPHABETICAL order.

All webinars are approximately 60 minutes in length.

A Conversation with Ohio’s Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour
(Originally presented March 3, 2022)
Presenter: Kari Gunter-Seymour, Ohio’s Poet Laureate; Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

FREE for OLC members. View now.

A Joyous Way to Learn with Jim Gill 
(Originally presented April 26, 2022)
Presenter: Jim Gill, nationally acclaimed author and musician

Objective: Learn how a play-based program provides an inclusive environment for children with special needs and reaches children of all ability levels. This is an interactive session with music play to promote school readiness, literacy, and math development.

*Fee: $20.00 for OLC members; $40.00 for non-members. Login to my OLC to purchase this webinar.

Addressing Race in Public Libraries Workshop
(Originally presented online Nov. 19, 2020)
Presenters: Preshuslee Thompson, Training and Research Specialist, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University; Kacie Armstrong, Director, Euclid Public Library; and Tracy Strobel, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Objective: Gain a better understanding of implicit bias, microaggressions in the workplace and being an active bystander in a public library setting.

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

Advancing Racial Equity within Public Libraries: A Conversation with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
(Originally presented Aug. 6, 2020)
Presenters: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, authors of All American Boys

Objective: To serve as an introduction to the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact library staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces.

Fee: $25.00 for OLC members; $30.00 for non-members. Login to my OLC to purchase this webinar

Afternoon Chat with Nancy Pearl
(Originally presented Oct. 14, 2020)
Presenters: Nancy Pearl, librarian, literary critic, and author; and Sarah Osinsky, Collection Development Librarian, Geauga County Public Library and 2020 Coordinator of OLC’s Adult Services Division.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits for Public Libraries
(Originally presented Feb. 24, 2021)
Presenters: Mark Hamlin and Ben Anderson, Governor Mike DeWine’s COVID Testing Team and Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

Objective: Learn how your library can help distribute free COVID-19 testing kits to patrons. See updated webinar below.

(1) FREE for OLC members. View first webinar now.

(2) Additional webinar available with important updates to the program.
(Originally presented Oct. 22, 2021)

Audiobook Advisory Webinar: How to Talk to Your Patrons about Talking Books
(Originally presented Oct. 22, 2020)
Presenters: Maggie Rose, Librarian, Twinsburg Public Library and Chris Labib, Adult Services Librarian, Kent Free Library

Objective: Covers everything you need to know about audiobooks, including digital audiobook apps, physical audiobook containers, and devices required for use. Plus, you’ll learn some tips and tricks to make you look like an audiobook wizard!

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Beyond Virtual Storytime: 30+ No-Contact Program Ideas for Children and Teens
(Originally presented Feb. 11, 2021)
Presenters: Annamarie Carlson, Youth Services Librarian, Westerville Public Library; Sarah Cramer, Children’s Services Librarian, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library; Kate Knotts, Early Childhood/Intermediate Librarian, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Objective: Learn about 30, no-contact program ideas designed for children and teens (and adaptable for all ages).

*Fee: $20.00 for OLC members; $40.00 for non-members. Login to my OLC to purchase this webinar.

BroadbandOhio Grants Webinar
(Originally presented Oct. 4, 2021)
Presenters: Peter Voderberg, Chief, BroadbandOhio and Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

Objective: Learn more about Ohio’s new broadband expansion grant program.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Closing the Digital Literacy Gap with Northstar Webinar
(Originally presented Oct. 28, 2021)
Presenters: Don Yarman, OPLIN and Theresa Sladek, Literacy Minnesota, Northstar Digital Literacy

Objective: Learn more about this resource available to all of Ohio’s public libraries that helps adults acquire the skills they need in today’s workplace, including assessments and curricula.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Coronavirus Relief Fund – OBM Grants Webinar
(Originally presented Aug. 18, 2020)
Presenters: Kim Murnieks, Director, Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM); Stacie Massey, Ohio Grants Partnership Senior Financial Manager, OBM; Courtney Shalosky, Center for Audit Excellence Single Audit Coordinator, Auditor of State’s Office (AOS); Rhonda Kline, Center for Audit Excellence Chief of Professional Standards, AOS; Nadia Wenrick, Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, AOS; Cody Stanton, Assistant Legal Counsel, AOS; Keely McWhorter, Assistant Legal Counsel, AOS; Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

Objective: Learn how to apply for the new Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) – Public Library Assistance Program

FREE for OLC members. View now.

COVID-19 and Stress: Mental Health Strategies for Your Patrons and Yourself
(Originally presented Oct. 14, 2020)
Presenters: Vicki Montesano, Ph.D., Bureau Chief of Mental Health Treatment and Kim P. Kehl, Trauma-Informed Care Coordinator, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Objective: Learn how to cope with anxiety and manage stress during these challenging times.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Creativity in Quarantine Webinar: Innovative Library Ideas During the Pandemic
(Originally presented Aug. 20, 2020)
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, Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library

Objective: To review some of the amazing and innovative ideas implemented by Ohio’s public libraries during the pandemic.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Crisis Communications Webinar: Planning for the Unpredictable
(Originally presented Sept. 9, 2021)
Presenter: Thomas Fladung, Hennes Communications

Objective: Learn how to define and create key messages; avoid the deadly “no comment;” evaluate social media threats (and how that assessment helps determine your response); leverage your social media outlets and other tools to reach key stakeholders – the people who care most about you and your library.

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

Intellectual Freedom – A Foundation Webinar
(Originally presented March 28, 2022)
Presenters: Dr. Richard Rubin, Trustee of the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library and member of the OLC Board of Directors; Jen Farrell, Branch Manager of the Huron County Community Library and Chair of OLC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee; Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

Objective: Gain a better understanding of Intellectual Freedom from both a librarian perspective and from the idea that society is the healthiest when ideas flow freely between individuals.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

FAFSA Webinar with the Ohio Department of Higher Education
(Originally presented Jan. 26, 2022)
Presenters: Mike Duffey, Senior Vice Chancellor; Jana Fornario, FAFSA Project Manager; Faren Morris, Program Manager, Ohio Department of Higher Education; Carlos Bing, State Director, GEAR UP; Beth Yoke, Chief Strategy Officer, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Objective: Learn more about Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program and how libraries can help students and their parents.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Library on the Go Webinar: Delivering Curbside, Drive-Through, and Lobby Service Safely and Efficiently
(Originally presented Aug. 21, 2020)
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

Objective: To explore how libraries of different sizes successfully executed curbside, drive-through and lobby services safely and efficiently.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Message Dissemination During a Crisis 
(Originally presented Oct. 8, 2020)
Presenter: Gregg Dodd, Director of Marketing, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Objective: Learn how to implement a crisis communication plan for your library and how to navigate the complexities of message dissemination during any crisis through the use of real-life examples.

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

Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and Summer Reading/Fall Events
(Originally presented April 23, 2021)
Presenters: Fran DeWine, First Lady of Ohio; Timberly Pierce, Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library; Karl Colon, Executive Director, Kim Bautz, Coordinator of Youth Services, Greene County Public Library; Mary Ellen Icaza, Executive Director, Stark County District Library; Suzanne Cline, Executive Director, Shelby County Libraries; Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio; and Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

Objective: Provides the latest information on the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) and explains how to promote the program and integrate OGIL titles into your current programming.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Ohio Legal Help:  Reliable Online Legal Information
(Originally presented July 9, 2020)
Presenters: Susan Choe, Executive Director, Ohio Legal Help and Rachel Harris, Content Manager, Ohio Legal Help

Objective: Learn how to use the free Ohio Legal Help website to help patrons find reliable information on common civil legal problems.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Public Library Construction Online Workshop
(Originally presented online Oct. 21, 2020)
Presenters:  Rebecca Princehorn, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP;  Laura Bowman, Partner, Bricker & Eckler, LLP;  Stephen Clegg, Bureau Chief – Wage and Hour, Division of Industrial Compliance; Sean Seibert, Investigator Supervisor, Bureau of Wage and Hour, the Ohio Department of Commerce; Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council; and Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

Objective: Covers everything you need to know whether you are looking at new construction or a renovation project. Answers the most common questions on library construction projects – how to pay for them, competitive bidding requirements and prevailing wage.

*Fee: $20.00 for OLC members; $30.00 for non-members. Login to my OLC to purchase this webinar.

Right Click 2.0: Cybersecurity & TechCred Online Workshop
(Originally presented May 2, 2022)
Presenters: Eric Leach, Project Management Director, Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation; Jason Kucsma, Executive Director, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Mike Graybeal, Director of Operations, Toledo Lucas County Public Library; David Kruse, Director, Business Development, Tetra Defense; Kyle Warriner, Enterprise Account Executive, Arctic Wolf; Jon Halar, Senior Sales Engineer, Arctic Wolf

Objective: Cybersecurity is a growing issue and ransomware attacks are on the rise — unfortunately public libraries are not exempt from the threat. This is an important issue that has already impacted different sizes and types of library systems here in Ohio. It doesn’t matter if you are small, large, rural or urban — your library needs to be prepared. Learn how to better prepare your library and upskill your staff through Ohio’s TechCred program.

Fee: $30.00 for OLC members; $60.00 for non-members. Login to my OLC to purchase this webinar.

State Budget Update Webinars
(Originally presented Feb. 8, 2021 — series of webinars)
Presenters: Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services and Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

Objective: To update library directors, fiscal officers and trustees on the state budget bill and its impact on public libraries.

FREE for OLC members. View now.

Virtual Programming 2.0: Creating High-Quality Video Production for Libraries
(Originally presented: Dec. 8, 2020)
Presenter: Emily Lohr, Adult Services Librarian, Kent Free Library

Objective: Learn the three stages of video production and a time-tested blueprint for planning, organizing, and seamlessly implementing your ideas for filmed programing.

FREE for OLC members. View Now.

Voter Registration Responsibilities for Public Libraries Webinar
(Originally presented: Aug. 30, 2022)
Presenter: Laura Hooks, Elections Administration Specialist, Office of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Objective: Ohio Revised Code Section 3503.10 designates Ohio’s public libraries as voter registration locations. With this designation comes additional responsibilities. Learn about the voter registration requirements for public libraries in Ohio (includes the do’s and don’ts of voter registration).

FREE for OLC members. View Now.

Weeding Your Collection 
(Originally presented: Aug. 23, 2022)
Presenter: Mary Schreiber, Collection Development Specialist, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Objective: Weeding is an integral part of library collection management. Learn more about the challenges and benefits of weeding your library and explore different ways to approach weeding.

Fee: $20.00 for OLC members; $40.00 for non-members. Login to my OLC to purchase this webinar.