Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conference

October 19, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Inn Cleveland South
6001 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131

The Road to Equity: The Journey, The Detours, and Staying the Course

Sponsored by the Ohio Library Council

Register at my OLC  |  Deadline to register: 10/12/22

Registration Fees:
Member: $135* | Non-member: $270

*In order to qualify for the member rate, the registrant must be an Individual member of the Ohio Library Council.

Conference Overview: This conference is an opportunity to have focused conversations surrounding EDI, learn from one another, provide professional and personal growth, and share the important work libraries are doing to help create equitable and inclusive communities in Ohio. Learn how to plan, build, improve and grow in the areas of EDI and access. The event is designed to provide a roadmap for implementing and sustaining a culture of EDI at your library.

The conference supports the planning and delivery of activities in four key areas:

  • Leading Diversity — examples of how library leaders support and promote EDI, including policies and practices embedded in the workplace and best practices for implementation.
  • Employment Practices — examples of how libraries recruit and retain a diverse pool of employees, Boards of Trustees and Friends groups.
  • Inclusive Collections — examples of ways to ensure inclusive library collections, including specific resources and collection management policies.
  • Measuring Success — examples of how libraries evaluate their progress and effectiveness, including methods and best practices.

Intended Audience: All library staff

What’s Included: Morning refreshments and lunch. All handouts, provided by presenters, will be available online.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this conference will count as six (6) contact hours of credit.

Hotel Accommodations: To reserve an overnight room, please call the Holiday Inn Cleveland South directly at (216) 524-8050, mention that you are attending the OLC conference, and receive a group rate of $109/night (plus fees and taxes). Reservation Deadline: Sept. 19, 2022.

Conference Agenda:

9 a.m.  | Registration and morning refreshments

9:30 a.m. | Welcome and General Session

Presenters: Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere, Co-Founders, Enlightened Solutions

10:30 a.m. | Break

10:45 a.m. | Equitable Decision Making in Program Planning

Presenter: Aimee Adams, Branch Manager, Elyria Public Library

11:30 a.m. | Break

11:45 a.m. | How to Develop a Staff-Led Diversity Campaign

Presenters: Gale Koritansky, Director, and Ann Malthaner, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

12:30 p.m. | Lunch and Networking

1:15 p.m. | Creating and Analyzing Collections with Inclusion in Mind

Presenters: Erin Kelsey, Consultant, State Library of Ohio; and Jake Stone, Project Coordinator, Teaching Books/Overdrive

2 p.m. | Break

2:15 p.m. | Coretta Scott King Book Awards: How to Use This Award-Winning Collection to Advance EDI in Public Libraries

Presenters: Kacie Armstrong, Director, Euclid Public Library; Kristen Schmidt, Branch Manager, and Tamara Steward, Children’s Librarian, Cleveland Public Library

3 p.m. | Break

3:15 p.m. | Closing General Session

Presenter: Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director & CEO, Cleveland Public Library

4 p.m. | Adjourn

Conference Planning Committee:

Felton Thomas, Jr., Chair
Cleveland Public Library

Amanda Toth
Lane Libraries

Barb White
Akron-Summit County Public Library

Dr. Anthony Wilson
Columbus Metropolitan Library

Jennifer Darling
Westlake Porter Library

Mary Beth Rogers
Dayton Metro Library

Steve Capuozzo
Cleveland Public Library

Tara Shiman
Worthington Libraries

Traci Haynes
Cuyahoga County Public Library

PDC Liaison: Maggie Killman