Youth Services Conference: Thriving in Changing Times – Adapting and Improving

August 19, 2021 all-day
Ohio Library Council via Zoom

Call for Programs
The OLC is accepting program proposals for this virtual conference through Mon., June 14. The Conference Planning Committee is seeking proposals that tie to the core competencies of public library service and examine how to best serve patrons from birth through high school. Special consideration will be given to proposals that cover how to address student learning loss due to the pandemic; how to get kids and families back to the library; how to prepare children for Kindergarten; how to keep and maintain diverse materials; how to partner with schools and teachers; and how to host programs in the new normal (virtual, in-person, hybrid).

Program Form (PDF) | Deadline for proposals: June 14, 2021
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Conference Overview: Serving youth is a constantly changing field and has only become heightened in the past year. Youth staff have been experiencing, adapting, and improving services in the face of the biggest change any of us have seen in our careers. We’ll share the unique ways to best serve patrons from birth through high school and explore innovative and inclusive ideas that will inspire us and improve our communities all while working through the first pandemic we’ve all lived through. Together, we’re stronger.

Registration Fees: Member $65* | Non-member $130
*In order to qualify for the member rate, the registrant must be an Individual member of the Ohio Library Council.

Intended Audience:  Library staff who work with children and teens.

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.

What’s Included: All conference handouts as provided by the presenters.

Conference Planning Committee:

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Christiana Congelio, Chair

Christiana Congelio, Chair
Marysville Public Library

Katherin Assink
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

Tara Bahnsen
Kaubisch memorial Public Library

Susan Deatrick
Paulding County Carnegie Library

Bridgid Gallagher-Sauter
Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library

Ruby Smart
Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library

Raychelle Steele
Kent State University iSchool

Angela Young
Reed Memorial Library

Morgan Hidy
Worthington Libraries

Ally Doliboa
MidPointe Library System