Ballot Issues Workshop
Sponsored by OLC’s Government Relations Committee
This is a hybrid event. Participants can attend in person at the OLC office in Dublin (Northwest Columbus) or online with the same access to workshop content.
Register at my OLC | Registration Deadline: 11/22/22
Registration Fees: Member $65* | Non-member $130
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries. Fee includes access to in-person or virtual option.
Workshop Overview: 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 virtual 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 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: Lunch will be provided for those that attend in person. Handouts as provided by the instructors will be available online. Attendees will also receive a free digital 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. | Registration
10 a.m. | Levies – The Basics
Presenter: Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council
11 a.m. | Break
11:15 a.m. | How We Did It!
Presenter: Cheryl Kuonen, Executive Director, Mentor Public Library
12:30 p.m. | Lunch
1:00 p.m. | Nuts & Bolts of a Successful Levy
Presenter: Galen Schuerlein, Of Counsel / Director of Public Affairs, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP