Ballot Issues Workshop

November 18, 2021 @ 9:45 am – 1:15 pm
Ohio Library Council via Zoom

Sponsored by OLC’s Government Relations Committee

Registration opens soon!  | Registration Deadline: Nov. 11, 2021

Registration Fees:  Member $40* | Non-member $80
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

Workshop: 9:45 a.m. – 1:15 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:

  1. determining the need and public support for your library levy;
  2. legal process for placing the issue on the ballot;
  3. developing the campaign message;
  4. running the mechanics of a library campaign;
  5. connecting with the media and developing message strategies; and
  6. coordinating a lawful campaign

The format of this workshop will address each of these six points and allow time to answer questions.

Intended Audience: Directors, trustees, public relations staff, and other staff who will be involved in the library’s levy education effort.

What’s Included: Electronic handouts as provided by the instructors and a copy of the OLC publication, Ballot Issues Handbook  – Campaigns 101: The Nuts and Bolts.

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


9:45 a.m. | Zoom Meeting Open
After registering, OLC will send you the link to join the workshop.

10:00 a.m. | Levies – The Basics
Presenter: Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, OLC

11:00 a.m.  | How We Did It!
Presenter: Cheryl Kuonen, Executive Director, Mentor Public Library

12:00 p.m. | Communication & Levy Prep 101
Presenter: Carole Dorn-Bell, Partner, Allerton-Hill Consulting LLC

1:15 p.m. | Adjourn