Library Trustee Workshop

March 4, 2023 @ 8:45 am – 4:15 pm
Ohio Library Council
495 Metro Pl S
Ste. 350, Dublin, OH 43017

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: 2/26/23

NOTE: When registering for this workshop, please indicate whether you will be attending in person or online.

Registration Fees: Member $95* | Non-member $190
*Individual members or staff/trustees of OLC institutional member libraries. Fee includes access to in-person or virtual option.

Overview: This workshop will focus on what every library trustee needs to know, including boardmanship, legal issues, library funding, working with your director, and library finances. You will also learn about services that the OLC offers to its member libraries and their trustees. This is important training for new library trustees as well as those with years of experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to be an effective Board member and how to work with your library’s director and staff.
  • Make sense of your library’s finances and understand how libraries are funded in Ohio.
  • Get updates on the latest legislative issues at the Statehouse including the Public Library Fund (PLF).
  • Gain a better understanding of the legal questions library trustees often ask.
  • Learn more about the services that OLC provides to trustees.

Intended Audience: Any member of a public library Board of Trustees. The OLC encourages new trustees as well as current trustees to attend this educational event.

What’s Included: Morning coffee, light refreshments and lunch will be provided for those who attend at the OLC office. All handouts, provided by presenters, will be available online. Print them prior to the workshop, view them from your personal device during the event or view/download them after the event. The handouts will be available online for 30 days following the program. Attendees will also receive a free digital copy of the Ohio Public Library Trustees’ Handbook.


8:45 a.m. | Join the Zoom Classroom/On-site Registration & Refreshments

9:00 a.m. | Welcome and Ohio Library Council Overview
Presenter: Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

9:30 a.m. |Boardmanship

Presenter: Chad Seeberg, Trustee, Marysville Public Library and former member of OLC’s Board of Directors

10:30 a.m. | Break

10:45 a.m. | Thriving in the New Normal: Demystifying Library Finances

Presenter: William Shkurti, Trustee, Upper Arlington Public Library

11:45 a.m. | Funding and Other Legislative Issues for Ohio’s Public Libraries

Presenters: Michelle Francis, Executive Director, and Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

12:30 p.m.  |  Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. | Legal Issues – What Trustees Need to Know

Presenter: Jason Elvers, OLC Legal Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

2:15 p.m. | Break

2:30 p.m.  | The Importance of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Public Libraries
Presenter: Kacie Armstrong, Director, Euclid Public Library and former member of OLC’s Board of Directors

3:30 p.m. | Don’t Ask What Your Director Can Do for You

Presenter: Tony Howard, Director, Pickerington Public Library

4:15 p.m. | Adjourn