Library Management and Leadership Conference

May 20, 2022 all-day
Great Wolf Lodge, 2501 Great Wolf Dr, Mason, OH 43040, USA

Future Focused Leadership

Sponsored by: Ohio Library Council

Register at my OLC  | Deadline to register: 5/13/22

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: Leadership is a skill for any role. This conference is an opportunity to learn key concepts and skills that they didn’t teach you in library school. You will gain a better understanding of your competencies as a library leader and manager, hone critical skills and learn new strategies to level up your library career. The event will feature a variety of sessions on leveraging your leadership potential, delegating with confidence, motivating a superstar team, ensuring organizational health and safety, and creating a dynamic workplace where innovation and open communication thrive.

Intended Audience: Current and aspiring library directors, managers and supervisors.

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: Great Wolf Lodge has rooms available for Thurs., May 19. A discounted room rate of $139/night is available for conference attendees. Reserve your room online at Enter promo code: 2205OHIO_001

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Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval, Conference Keynote

Conference Agenda:

9:30 a.m. | Registration

10-11 a.m. | Welcome and General Session

Kathy Bach, Conference Chair, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library and Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

Keynote: Aftab Pureval, Mayor of Cincinnati

11-11:15 a.m. | Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

1A 1B 1C
I Get By with a Little Help from a Mentor: Mentoring Programs in Libraries Internal Customer Service: It’s More Than Just “Being Nice” To Infinity and Beyond! From Youth Services to Management
Core Competency: Leadership Core Competency: Personnel Management Core Competency: Adaptability

Learn more about Core Competencies

12:15 – 1 p.m. | Lunch and Networking

1-2 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

2A 2B 2C
Leading Without a MLS Creating a Leadership and Management Program for Your Staff Investing In and Developing Your Teams for Greater Mission Impact
Core Competency: Leadership Core Competency: Staff Development Core Competency: Leadership

2-2:15 p.m. | Break

2:15-3:15- p.m. | Breakout Sessions

3A 3B 3C
Creating Leaders at All Levels with Project Teams Managing as an Ally Compensation Beyond Pay
Core Competency: Leadership Core Competency: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Core Competency: Personnel Management

3:15 p.m. | Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. | Closing Session — Speed Mentoring

Speed mentoring is a series of short conversations about specific questions. Here’s your chance to pick the brains of library leaders from across the state!  Submit a question or two in advance and our panel of library leaders will share their wisdom and expertise.

Panel members:

  • Luke Bentley, Director, Briggs Lawrence County Public Library
  • Paula Brehm-Heeger, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director, Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
  • Kim Garrett, Deputy Director, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
  • Mary Ellen Icaza, CEO/Executive Director of Stark County District Library
  • Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio
  • Moderator: Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

4:30 p.m. | Adjourn

Session Descriptions

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Kathy Bach, Conference Chair

Conference Planning Committee:

Kathy Bach, Chair
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Cheri Goldner
Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

Gail Ebey
Medina County District Library

Kate Denier
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Kim Garrett
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library

Lindsay Place
Athens County Public Libraries

Liz Gibbons-Camp
Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library

Pam Brockway
Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

Sagoree Chatterjee
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Tara Kressler
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Luke Bentley, PDC Liaison
Briggs Lawrence County Public Library