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Jul
11
Thu
2024
Voter Registration Responsibilities for Public Libraries Webinar @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Jul 11 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Sponsored by: Ohio Library Council

FREE* for OLC members only.

*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries.

Register at my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 7/8/24

When registering through my OLC, click “Finalize This Transaction” at checkout to successfully complete your registration.

Webinar Overview:
Ohio Revised Code Section 3503.10 designates Ohio’s public libraries as voter registration locations. With this designation comes additional responsibilities. Join OLC staff and Alande Orelien from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office for a one-hour webinar about the requirements for public libraries as we prepare for the 2024 election in November. Utilize this free webinar as an opportunity to educate library staff on the do’s and don’ts before the busy general election cycle this fall.

Presenters:

  • Alande Orelien, Public Integrity Administrator and NVRA Coordinator, Office of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
  • Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

What’s Included: Participation in the live webinar and/or access to the recording, resources (if applicable) provided by the presenters.

NOTE: Webinar access information will be sent via email the day prior to the webinar. Please check that your correct email address is listed in your my OLC profile page.

Jul
17
Wed
2024
New Directors Workshop 3: Essential Administration @ Ohio Library Council
Jul 17 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

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.

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

Register at my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 7/10/24

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

Workshop 3 ONLY: Member: $125* | Non-member: $250

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

Overview:
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; Laws; Personnel Management

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 3 Agenda: Essential Administration

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

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Practical HR: Making It Work in Your Library

  • Andrew Mangels, Director, Westlake Porter Public Library

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Leadership: Personnel Management Tools & Ideas

  • Karen Miller, President, Bradbury Miller Associates

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Leadership & Practical HR Q&A

  • Andrew Mangels, Director, Westlake Porter Public Library
  • Karen Miller, President, Bradbury Miller Associates

12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Lunch & Networking

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Ohio’s Public Records Law & Open Meetings

  • Heather Buchanan, Director of Open Government, Constitutional Offices Section, Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Telling Your Story

  • Gregg Dodd, Director of Marketing, Columbus Metropolitan Library

3:45 p.m. | Adjourn

Aug
9
Fri
2024
Outreach and Special Services Retreat @ The Conference Center at OCLC
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 3:15 pm

Sponsored by the Outreach and Special Services Division

Register at my OLC | Registration Deadline: 8/2/24

Registration Fees:  Member $85* | Non-member $170

*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

Program Overview: Gather successful collaborative ideas from colleagues and share your library’s successful outreach initiatives with others. Come prepared to refresh, rejuvenate, and revitalize your library’s outreach programs and services!

Intended Audience:  All library staff members interested in outreach services.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this conference will count as four (4) contact hours of credit.

What’s Included: Morning refreshments and lunch. All handouts, provided by presenters, will be available online through the OLC app. Print them prior to the retreat, 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.

Ohio Public Library Core Competencies Addressed: Patron Awareness, Customer Service, Community Engagement

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. Availability not guaranteed.

Agenda:

9:30 a.m. | Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking

9:55 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions

10 a.m. | Re-Imagining Library Services for New Americans: Outreach and Language Access

Presenters:

  • Brooke Meyer, Life Skills Coordinator, Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
  • Gabriela Pickett, Newest American Specialist, Dayton Metro Library

We know that libraries are safe spaces that welcome all people. Places that can be particularly helpful for refugees and new Americans to come for resources and support. Public libraries are at a unique advantage to reach underserved adult ESL learners. It’s already happening. Libraries are hosting ESL conversation groups, citizenship classes, and language tutoring. But how do we best increase our effectiveness and reach? In this session, we will discuss how partnering with local non-profit organizations and schools will help your library provide responsive and meaningful outreach and programming to immigrants and refugees. Join us to learn more about the different ways libraries can adapt to fulfill the growing needs of English language learners in our Ohio public library systems.

11 a.m. | Break

11:15 a.m. | Services to Rural Communities and the Amish

Panelists will focus on outreach ideas, programs and tips that libraries have used to better serve rural and Amish communities. This session can beneficial for libraries that service patrons in remote areas as well.

Panelists:

  • Jamie Hubler, Bookmobile Manager, Wayne County Public Library
  • Michael Limer, Director, Guernsey County District Public Library
  • Lacy Bartley, Mobile Services Supervisor, Tuscarawas County Public Library System and Action Council Member, OLC’s Outreach and Special Services Division

12:15 p.m. | Lunch and Networking

1 p.m. | They’re More Afraid of You Than You Are of Them: Connecting with Teens through Outreach Services

Daycares? Check. Preschools? Check. Senior centers and retirement homes? Check. Teens? Are teens an underserved population in your Outreach Services? Is your staff nervous or uncomfortable at the thought of engaging with teens? If so, join Rachel Rausch of OLC’s Teen Services Division as she speaks about ways to reach your community’s teens where they are and how to successfully connect with them when you do.

Presenter:

  •  Rachel Rausch, Youth Services Librarian, Delaware County District Library

2 p.m. | Break

2:15 p.m. | Strategies for Self-Care and Avoiding Burnout

The line between stress and burnout is a blurred one, and it’s often difficult to see where one ends and the other begins. This interactive session will discuss the difference between stress versus burnout and ongoing change in the workplace, compassion fatigue and what we can do about it. We will identify practical coping skills that can benefit you both professionally and personally. Audience participation is encouraged as we will borrow strength and real-life suggestions from each other.

Presenter:

  • Helka Casey, LPCC-S, Real Talk Presentations, LLC

3:15 p.m. | Wrap-up and Adjourn

 

Aug
20
Tue
2024
Small Library Director Forum @ Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library Annex
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by the OLC’s Small Libraries Division

Registration: FREE* for Directors of OLC Institutional Member Libraries Only.

NOTE: When registering through my OLC, click “Finalize This Transaction” at checkout to successfully complete your registration.

Register at my OLC | Registration deadline: 8/16/24

Overview: This event is designed for directors of small libraries in Ohio. OLC’s Executive Director Michelle Francis will attend each forum and provide an update on several items of interest, including Public Library Fund (PLF) distributions and forecasts as well as current Intellectual Freedom issues and recent book banning tactics. The forum will also allow time for discussions with your peers about issues and challenges unique to small libraries.

Intended Audience: Small Library Directors

 

 

Aug
23
Fri
2024
Adult Services and Customer Service Conference: Sparking Inspiration @ Quest Conference Center Columbus
Aug 23 all-day

Register at my OLC | Registration Deadline: 8/16/24

Registration Fees: Member $150 | Non-member $300

*In order to qualify for the member rate, the registrant must be an Individual member of the Ohio Library Council.

Conference Overview: This conference will focus on best practices and specific skills for providing exceptional library services and programs.

Conference Agenda and Session Descriptions

Intended Audience: Library staff who work in Adult Services or Customer Service areas, or who would like to know more about them.

What’s Included:  Morning refreshments and lunch. All handouts, provided by presenters, will be available online through the OLC app. 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 in the OLC app for 30 days following the program.

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.

Accommodations: There are three hotels located within walking distance of the Quest Conference Center: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus Polaris (614) 568-0770; Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Columbus Polaris (614) 885-8400; and Four Points by Sheraton Columbus Polaris (614) 844-5888. Please call them directly to check on rates and availability.


Conference Planning Committee:

Ada Myers, Chair
Guernsey County District Public Library

Jon Simmons
Jackson City Library

Michele Woodruff
Licking County Library

Melody Flick
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

Sue Shipe-Giles
Bexley Public Library

Heather Phillips
Muskingum County Library System

Kristine Cook
Columbus Metropolitan Library

Katy Hite
State LIbrary of Ohio

PDC Liaison:
Molly McGirr Norris
Euclid Public Library

Aug
26
Mon
2024
Teen Services Talk @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The OLC will host an online discussion forum for youth services staff to ask questions, exchange ideas and share best practices for handling programs and services for the teens in your community. Join members of the Teen Services Division for an informal discussion.

Send questions and discussion topic suggestions in advance to ajacobsen@olc.org.

FREE – for OLC Individual members only.

Register at my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 8/22/24

When registering through my OLC, click “Finalize This Transaction” at checkout to successfully complete your registration.

NOTE: The link to join will be sent via email the day prior to the event. Please check that your correct email address is listed in your my OLC profile page.

Sponsored by the OLC’s Teen Services Division.

Aug
28
Wed
2024
New Directors Workshop 4: Essential Knowledge (Part Two) @ Ohio Library Council
Aug 28 @ 9:30 am – 3:15 pm

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.

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

Register at my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 8/21/24

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

Workshop 4 ONLY: Member: $125* | Non-member: $250

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

Overview:
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; Project Management; Fiscal Operations; Building Management; Community Engagement; Marketing

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 or ask for the Ohio Library Council (OLC) corporate rate at the front desk if not reserving in advance. Availability not guaranteed.


Workshop 4 Agenda: Essential Knowledge (Part Two)

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

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Success with Your Board of Trustees

  • Cristie Hammond, President, Pickerington Public Library Board of Trustees and
  • Tony Howard, Director, Pickerington Public Library

11  a.m. – 12 p.m. | Managing Your Library Building

  • Cheryl Kuonen, Director, Mentor Public Library and member of the OLC Board of Directors

12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch & Networking

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Keeping Your Library Budget on Track

  • Paula Brehm-Heeger, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director, Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
  • Molly Defosse, Chief Finance and Facilities Officer, Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Establishing Relationships with the Community

  • Karl Colón, Director, Greene County Public Library

3:15 p.m. | Adjourn

 

 

Sep
6
Fri
2024
IT Division ‘Rack’side Chat @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Sep 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The OLC will host an online discussion forum for IT library staff to ask questions, exchange ideas and share best practices for handling technology’s evolving impact on library services. Grab your favorite hot beverage and join the OLC’s IT Division for an informal discussion.

Send questions and discussion topic suggestions in advance to rswanson@olc.org.

FREE – for OLC IT Division members only.

Register now

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the discussion group.

Sponsored by the Information Technology Division.

Sep
12
Thu
2024
Library Fiscal Officer 102 @ Ohio Library Council
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the Library Accounting Division

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.

Registration opens this summer | Registration Deadline: 9/5/24

Registration Fees:
Member: $75* | Non-member: $150

*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries

Please note: When registering on your my OLC account, be sure to indicate your registration type — select in person OR virtually. If you have a change to your registration, please notify the OLC office at least one week prior to the program.

Program Overview:
This workshop is primarily designed for new public library fiscal officers, deputy fiscal officers, and directors, but it can also serve as a valuable refresher. You will gain a better understanding of the main duties of a public library fiscal officer and get the latest information on fund accounting, budgeting, reporting, OPERS, library funding and key legislative issues impacting public libraries. This is an opportunity to learn from and share ideas with other public library fiscal officers from around the state.

Intended Audience: New public library fiscal officers, deputy fiscal officers, directors, or anyone who would like an overview of the functions performed by public library fiscal officers.

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. All handouts will be available online for 30 days following the program.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as 6 continuing education contact hours of credit.

CPIM Credit: This workshop will be submitted to the Ohio Treasurer’s Center for Public Investment Management (CPIM) for continuing education credit. Following the workshop, you must report your hours to MyCPIM.

Core Competencies Addressed: Fiscal Operations and Organizational Awareness

 

Sep
24
Tue
2024
Small Library Director Forum @ Bellevue Public Library
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by the OLC’s Small Libraries Division

Registration: FREE* for Directors of OLC Institutional Member Libraries Only.

NOTE: When registering through my OLC, click “Finalize This Transaction” at checkout to successfully complete your registration.

Register at my OLC | Registration deadline: 9/20/24

Overview: This event is designed for directors of small libraries in Ohio. OLC’s Executive Director Michelle Francis will attend each forum and provide an update on several items of interest, including Public Library Fund (PLF) distributions and forecasts as well as current Intellectual Freedom issues and recent book banning tactics. The forum will also allow time for discussions with your peers about issues and challenges unique to small libraries.

Intended Audience: Small Library Directors