Registration: FREE* for OLC members only.
*Individual members, trustees or administrators of OLC Institutional member libraries.
Register at my OLC | Registration Deadline: 2/1/23
When registering, click “Finalize This Transaction” instead of “Pay Now” as there is no cost to participate.
The Ohio House of Representatives will soon begin working on the biennial state budget following its introduction by the administration. This will be an extremely important time as the OLC and its member libraries continue their advocacy efforts to ensure state funding for public libraries through the Public Library Fund (PLF). To prepare library directors, fiscal officers and trustees to work with the members of the new General Assembly, the OLC will be hosting a free webinar on Wed., Feb. 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. If you are unable to participate in the live presentation, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the OLC website.
NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the discussion group.
Presenter: Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council
Jay Smith, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services, will provide an update on the state budget, the PLF, and what it means for public libraries. He’ll also discuss our work with the Ohio House and Ohio Senate over the next several months and effective advocacy tools and techniques for developing relationships with legislators.
Registration is free for directors of OLC Institutional Members Libraries.
Sponsor: Small Libraries Division
Who Should Attend: All directors of small libraries (typically service area of 25,000 or fewer).
Overview: The session is designed for discussions with your peers about current issues and challenges unique to small libraries.
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 email@example.com.
FREE – for OLC IT Division members only.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the discussion group.
Sponsored by the Information Technology 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.
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.
- 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
Sponsored by the Ohio Library Council
Registration opens in February 2023
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 is an opportunity to have focused conversations on library services for children and teens, including ways to address learning loss caused by the pandemic, how to bring more families into the library, and ways to build relationships with kids, parents/caregivers, teachers and other community partners.
What’s Included: Morning refreshments and lunch. All handouts, provided by presenters, will be available online.
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.
Hotel Accommodations: To reserve a room for Wed., March 29, please call the Salt Fork Park Lodge directly at 740-435-9000, mention that you are attending the OLC conference, and receive a special rate of $120/night (plus fees and taxes). Reservation Deadline: March 8, 2023.
9:30 a.m. | Registration and Continental breakfast
10 a.m. | Welcome
- Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council
- Kelsey DeCoste, Conference Chair, Lorain Public Library System
10:10 a.m. | General Session — Panel Discussion
Addressing Challenges Through Collection Development and Program Policies
The panel will share how they have handled recent material and program challenges and updated collection development and program policies to help with future challenges. Panelists will also have time to take questions related to challenges and policies from attendees. Michelle Francis, Executive Director of the Ohio Library Council will moderate.
- Nick Tepe, Director, Athens County Public Libraries
- Chaz Carey, Youth Services Librarian, Worthington Public Library
- Sandra Hedlund Tunnell, President, Ashland Public Library Board of Trustees
11 a.m. | Break
11:15 a.m. | Breakout Sessions (choose one)
(A) Taking Teen Programming to the Next Level
(A) Early Literacy & Speech Delays Post-Pandemic: How Librarians Can Help Foster Speech Development in Storytime
(C) Generations Together
12:15 p.m. | Lunch and networking by table topics
1 p.m. | Breakout Sessions (choose one)
(A) Redefining Teen Volunteering Post-Pandemic
(B) The ABC Storytime Solution
(C) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Public Library and School Partnerships
2 p.m. | Break
2:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions (choose one)
(A) Budget-Friendly Tween Programs
(B) Kindergarten Club: A School Readiness Program
(C) Reimagining Summer at Your Library
3:15 p.m. | Break
3:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions (choose one)
(A) Focusing on the Caregiver: Cultivating Caregiver Knowledge, Well-Being, and Community to Create a Strong Foundation for Very Young Children
(B) Supporting Kindergarten Readiness with Explore More Storytimes
(C) Expedition Club: Creating Engaging After-School Programming for Grades K–5
4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks & Adjourn
Conference Planning Committee:
Kelsey DeCoste, Chair
Lorain Public Library System
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Upper Arlington Public Library
Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library
Greene County Public Library
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Stark County District Library
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
Jessica Smith, Marysville Public Library
Sponsored by the Library Accounting Division
Registration opens February 2023
Who Should Attend:
Library Fiscal Officers and other staff members responsible for managing library finances.
What is Included: Morning refreshments and lunch. All handouts, provided by presenters, will be available online. Print them prior to the conference, 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 Accounting Handbook.
This conference may qualify for continuing education credit for the Ohio Treasurer’s Center for Public Investment Management (CPIM). You must report your own hours for EACH day to MyCPIM.
This conference may qualify for continuing professional education (CPE) credits with the Ohio Accountancy Board. A certificate will be provided at the conclusion of the conference.
Continuing Education Credits:
For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this conference counts as 12 contact hours.
Hotel Accommodations: A room block has been reserved at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center (PH: 614-880-4300). Please use code 304881 when reserving your room online to receive the special rate of $115/night (plus fees and taxes).
The OLC will host an online discussion forum for library staff to ask questions, exchange ideas and share best practices for handling outreach services in the current environment.
Grab your favorite hot beverage and join the OLC’s Outreach and Special Services Division for an informal discussion about outreach in the time of Covid. Hear about the ways your colleagues have adapted, share what has worked for your library, and get some ideas for new things to try.
Send questions and agenda items in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE for OLC members.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the discussion group.
Sponsored by the Outreach and Special Services Division.
sponsored by the Outreach and Special Services Division
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.
What’s Included: Morning refreshments and lunch. All handouts, provided by presenters, will be available online. 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
Mark your 2023 calendar:
The Ohio Library Council’s Convention and Expo will return to Cincinnati in 2023. The event will be held September 27-29 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
151 W. Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Group Rate: $179/night (plus fees and taxes)
Hotel reservation cutoff date: 9/6/23