New Directors Workshop 1: Essential Knowledge (Part One)

May 14, 2024 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 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. You can attend the entire series or choose the workshop(s) you would like to attend.

Register at my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 5/7/24

Note: When registering, please indicate if you will be attending in person or virtually.

Registration Fees:
Entire Workshop Series: Member: $400* | Non-member: $800

Workshop 1 ONLY: Member: $125* | Non-member: $250

*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: 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 through the OLC app. Print them prior to the conference, view them from your personal device during the event or view/download them after the event. Workshop recordings and handouts will be available online for 30 days following the program. Attendees will receive a 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

Hotel Accommodations: The OLC has secured a discounted room rate at the nearby TownePlace Suites Columbus Dublin, 5155 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, Ohio 43017. Reserve your room online to receive 15% off the best available Studio Suites.

Workshop 1 Agenda: Essential Knowledge

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

9:45 a.m. – 11:30 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. | Lunch & Networking

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Under the Rotunda: Public Library Advocacy & How Ohio’s Public Libraries are Funded

  • Jay Smith, OLC Director of Government and Legal Services

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | You have Decided to be a Director!

  • Jennifer Buch, Director, Huron Public Library

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Ohio Public Library Core Competencies & OLC’s Certification Programs

  • Molly McGirr Norris, Adult Services Manager, Euclid Public Library and Chair of OLC’s Professional Development Committee

3 p.m. | Adjourn