New Directors Workshop 1: Essential Knowledge

June 9, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 3:15 pm
Ohio Library Council
495 Metro Pl S
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. You can attend the entire series or choose the workshop(s) you would like to attend.

Register at my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 6/2/22

Registration Fees:
Entire Workshop Series: Member: $385* | Non-member: $770

Workshop 1 ONLY: Member: $110* | Non-member: $220

*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

The transition to a new management role can be challenging even for experienced and highly-skilled employees. The OLC’s New Directors Workshop Series is created specifically for new and aspiring library directors who want to develop their management skills, confidence and effectiveness. This comprehensive leadership training will cover proven techniques and powerful strategies for success in your new role. The program will be delivered through four workshops; each focusing on a specific area of education. You can attend the entire series, or choose the workshop(s) you would like to attend.

Who Should Attend: Library directors with less than three years of experience as a director, interim or acting directors, or library staff with management and/or administrative experience who aspire to become a library director.

What’s Included:

  • Electronic handouts provided by the instructors.
  • Access to workshop recordings for up to 30 days following event.
  • Free digital copy of the OLC publication, Ohio Public Library Administrator’s Handbook.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop series counts as 20 hours (5 hours per workshop).

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed: Leadership; Organizational Awareness; Advocacy; Ethics

Workshop 1 Agenda: Essential Knowledge

9:30 a.m. | Registration / Join the Zoom Classroom

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Welcome to Ohio’s Public Library Community


  • Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council
  • Wendy Knapp, State Librarian of Ohio, State Library of Ohio
  • Don Yarman, Director, Ohio Public Library Information Network

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | You Have Decided to be a Director!

Presenter: Mary Ellen Icaza, Director, Stark County District Library and Member of OLC’s Board of Directors

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch Break

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Under the Rotunda: Public Library Advocacy & How Ohio’s Public Libraries are Funded

Presenter: Jay Smith, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Ohio Public Library Core Competencies & OLC’s Certification Programs

Presenter: Luke Bentley, Director, Briggs Lawrence County Public Library and Chair of OLC’s Professional Development Committee

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Ohio Ethics Law: Can I Do That?

Presenter: Susan Willeke, Education and Communications Administrator, Ohio Ethics

3:15 p.m. | Adjourn