Addressing Race in Public Libraries Workshop

November 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ohio Library Council via Zoom
31 W 27th St f10
New York, NY 10001

Sponsored by the Ohio Library Council

Program Overview:
This workshop continues the conversation on race in Ohio’s public libraries with training on implicit bias, microaggressions in the workplace and being an active bystander. The OLC is working to promote equity, diversity and inclusion within the library profession to create public libraries that are reflective and inclusive of the communities in which they serve. The OLC is offering this special event as professional development for all public library employees. Take advantage of the reduced registration fee for OLC Individual Members and discounted group rates for OLC Institutional Member Libraries.

Register at my OLC | Deadline to register: 11/12/2020

Registration Fees:

Individual Rates: Fee:
Member Fee* $15
Non-Member $30

*OLC Individual Members or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries.

Group Rates**: # of participants: Fee:
Group Rate 1 Up to 10 participants $100
Group Rate 2 Up to 25 participants $200
Group Rate 3 Up to 50 participants $300
Group Rate 4 Up to 100 participants $400

**Group registration is for OLC Institutional Member Libraries ONLY

OLC defines a group as staff from a single library system logging in individually from multiple locations (or gathered at one access point) to participate in the live webinar broadcast. It will be the responsibility of the registrant to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate.

What’s Included: Participation in an on-demand webinar prior to the live workshop, the live workshop itself, an on-demand webinar following the live workshop, and resources (if applicable) provided by the presenters. The webinar will be recorded and available to registrants for 30 days following the live webinar.

NOTE: Webinar invitations and access information will be sent via e-mail. Please check that your correct e-mail address is listed in your my OLC profile page.

If registering a group, it is the responsibility of the registrant to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as 3 hours of continuing education contact hours of credit.

Ohio Public Library Core Competency: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This event features three components:

  1. On-Demand Webinar —  watch before Live Webinar (Link will be provided one week before the workshop).
  2. Live Webinar on Nov. 19, 2020 (10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  3. On-Demand Webinar — watch after Live Webinar

(1) On-Demand Webinar 
Please watch prior to the Live Webinar on Nov. 19
(Link will be provided one week before the workshop.)

OSU Kirwan Institute LogoFoundational Implicit Bias (Kirwan Institute Session)
An interactive introductory session on the subject of implicit bias. The session includes information on how our minds operate, the real-world implications of implicit bias, and ways to guard against bias. Recognizing that implicit bias can be a challenging topic, we begin by establishing an understanding with our audience that we are there to have a conversation about how our minds work, not about who is a “good” or “bad” person. This session is non-threatening for those new to conversations pertaining to race and identity. This approach to implicit bias is inherent in all components of Kirwan Institute trainings.

Run time: 1 hour and 42 minutes

(2) Live Webinar
Thursday, November 19

10:00 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions

Presenter: Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

10:10 a.m. | Implicit Bias in the Workplace & Microaggressions

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Preshuslee Thompson

Presenter: Preshuslee Thompson, Training and Research Specialist, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University

Preshuslee Thompson earned her degree from Ohio State and joined Kirwan in 2018. She manages the Implicit Bias Curriculum and training calendar and develops content focused on diversity and inclusion, cultural humility, trauma informed care, and implicit bias. Prior to her time at Kirwan, Preshus worked in the non-profit sector advocating for many marginalized communities, including incarcerated youth and adults, those with mental illness, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as transient youth and foster youth. These experiences have shaped her perspective on structuralized racism and oppression and the impact they have on the services and resources provided to these communities.

11:30 a.m. | Break

11:45 a.m. |  Public Library Director Panel – Our Stories and Systemic Racism

Presenters: Kacie Armstrong, Director, Euclid Public Library and Tracy Strobel, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Two Ohio library directors will share their backgrounds, how they became librarians, their path to library leadership and their experiences within the Ohio library community. They will also discuss what they have done in their libraries, especially in recent months to address race.

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Kacie Armstrong

As Director of the Euclid Public Library, Kacie Armstrong is responsible for overseeing the operation of the library, which includes staffing, facility management, administering a $5.6 million dollar budget, and providing a high quality collection of materials and services to meet the needs of the community. She has served in this role for more than seven years. Kacie is also the Past Chair of the Ohio Library Council’s Board of Directors and a frequent speaker on the importance of diversity in public libraries.

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Tracy Strobel

After more than two decades working in libraries, Tracy Strobel became the Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) in 2019. Tracy grew up in Summit County and has spent 15 years with the library system, most recently as deputy director overseeing its 27 branches. Her major accomplishments at CCPL include leading the library’s largest capital improvement program in its history, replacing ten branches and renovating fourteen over seven years. Her career in public libraries began with a focus on technology at the Medina County District Library (1996-1999) and then the Cleveland Public Library (1999-2005). Tracy has long admired librarians. As a kid, she would pretend to be one. Tracy has seen the role of libraries evolve over the course of her career and she will share her insights.

12:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks

1:00 p.m. | Adjourn

(3) On-Demand Webinar
Please watch following Live Webinar on Nov. 19 (Link will be provided)

“Did They Really Just Say That?!” Being an Active Bystander (Kirwan Institute Session)

Have you ever been in a conversation when someone said something biased that made you uncomfortable, but you weren’t sure how to respond? Most of us struggle to address these all too common situations. Even though we want to do what’s right and speak up for equality, we don’t always know how to take action in that awkward moment—especially if we are not sure whether the person making the comment actually meant to cause harm. This session will illustrate the importance of committing to being an active bystander in moments when bias emerges through microaggressions, as well as provide participants with actionable skills to do so.

Run time: 2 hours and 27 minutes

We know racial justice is not achieved by a workshop, webinar, or good intentions, but with ongoing commitments and actions. The OLC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee continues to compile resources on anti-racism and social equity work and recently added more tools to the OLC website at